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Music Portrait | posted 10.06.2021
BBE Records
The influencer's influencer
Peter Adarkwah is the reason why some lives have been changed by J Dilla, why Roy Ayers experienced a second spring and why Japanese jazz albums are reviewed by Pitchfork. In other words: BBE Music turns 25 years this year.
Music Portrait | posted 12.05.2021
Arsivplak
The Past, Re-presented
Volga Çoban’s Arsivplak label and Arşivplak edit project are two sides of the same coin: his approach to Turkish funk, disco, pop, rock and jazz is archival on the one hand and with edit compilation such as »Moog Edits« or »Mirror« strives to shed a new light on old sounds on the other. Not because he wants to cash in quickly on the hype around Anadolu pop and rock, but with the fierce passion of a seasoned digger.
Music Portrait | posted 08.04.2021
Gondwana Records
Soul And Character
As a DJ and musician, Matthew Halsall became a label operator. Starting with a local focus on Manchester’s contemporary jazz scene, the trumpeter, composer and bandleader has since given his imprint Gondwana Records a fairly international focus. And stylistically, too, they are getting broader and broader. What the releases have in common, is »a sense of soul and character that, when you then face the artist in person, feels true and makes you feel a strong, deep connection between the person and the music«.
Music Portrait | posted 11.03.2021
Important Records
Deep Listening Forever!
For 20 years now, Important Records has been the best place to go for music that needs to be heard intensively. Whether the archives of Pauline Oliveros, the long-form pieces of an Éliane Radigue or new sound art by Alina Kalancea and compositions by Caterina Barbieri: label owner John Brien aka ELEH continues to pursue the approach that started it all two decades ago. Important functions like a well-stocked record shop for exciting, exhilarating sounds.
Music Portrait | posted 11.02.2021
Far Out Recordings
At the epicenter of the Brazil craze
Joe Davis is the train driver whose bandwagon a whole generation of Brazil-affine producers jumped on in the mid-nineties. With his Far Out Recordings label, he became the worldwide representative of Brazilian music culture.
Music Portrait | posted 17.12.2020
On The Corner
Bangers for the backroom
With his label On the Corner Records, Pete Buckenham serves a heady stew of afro-futuristic jazz concepts and contemporary street grooves beyond the genre ascriptions. Deeply rooted in the traditions of black music, the British DJ and music journalist is opening the gates to the sound universe of tomorrow.
Music Portrait | posted 12.11.2020
Tidal Waves
Riding the Wave
A powerful wave has already washed many treasures ashore. Seen in this way, the name fits, because the Belgian reissue label Tidal Waves searches for, discovers and publishes pearls of music history believed to be lost. And they release the music exclusively on vinyl. »Good music, with true heart and soul, made and produced by people with a passion will always deserve its righteous place on the vinyl format,« says Phil Merckx. We introduce you to his label.
Music Portrait | posted 15.10.2020
Dark Entries
Between Disco, Goth and Porno Soundtracks
Since 2009, Josh Cheon has been running his label for underground music from the 1980s and those who want to be the next big underground hit.In addition to lost gems from the era of shoulder pads and Goths, more and more contemporary artists such as Borusiade, Red Axes, Sepehr or Billy Conversefound can be found here. Next year he will have released over 300 records. We introduce you to the label from San Francisco.
Music Portrait | posted 10.09.2020
Melody As Truth
On the threshold of sound and silence
With his label Melody As Truth, Jonny Nash moves between balearic and ambient. The journey leads from new age to a new art of world chamber music. He himself speaks of »an exploration of space and timing«. We introduce you to the label of the Scottish artist Jonny Nash, now based in Amsterdam, which has been patiently spreading his idea of sound in high quality for six years now.
Music Portrait | posted 11.08.2020
Light In The Attic
Everything Is Illuminated
For almost 20 years, the Seattle-based record label Light In The Attic has been shedding some light on releases that have long been in the dark. At a time when vinyl was neither young nor hip, they focused on vinyl as the medium for their artistically versatile releases. A strategy that was to pay off in the long run and which today rightfully gives the label the role of a pioneer.
Music Portrait | posted 14.07.2020
WeWantSounds
Contagious passion
WeWantSounds has been publishing music from the 1970s and 1980s since 2015. The name of the label is a catchphrase. When the Parisian two-man company selects the reissues, genre and country borders don‘t matter.
Music Portrait | posted 07.07.2020
International Anthem
In search of the truth
For six years the label International Anthem from Chicago has been reliably delivering jazz with their own attitude and idea. Although the founders refuse to be ascribed almost any kind of attribution to a genre. For them, the most beautiful sound is just always: the truth.
Music Portrait | posted 30.06.2020
We Jazz
With emphasis on We
We Jazz, that stands for edgy, surprising jazz from the north. And also not. Since 2013 the festival has been held in Helsinki, since 2016 the label was founded. Matti Nives mainly publishes Finnish bands there. And acts as one of the most important networkers of the local scene. We introduce the label to you. There is also a mix, which contains a lot of unreleased material and is absolutely worth listening to.
Music Portrait | posted 09.06.2020
Dekmantel
Infinite Holidays
For the better part of a decade now, the Dekmantel imprint from Amsterdam is successfully squaring the circle as label, festival and promoter of several events: Connecting innovation and underground with a quality standard that is by now globally recognized without failing its aspirations. An end? Even in times of crisis far away. Soon the debut of upsammy will be released and this could already be the next big Dekmantel thing.
Music Portrait | posted 05.05.2020
Soviet Grail
Collective memory
Amid jazz experiments, electronic brutalism and psychedelic underground, Sergey Klimov digs for treasures for which musicians ended up in prison. With Soviet Grail, the Russian label boss traces the history of Soviet music. That is not so easy. Many of the musicians of yesteryear are dead or hard to find; the recording tapes are porous. It’s a jigsaw puzzle, but one that’s worth the effort.
Music Portrait | posted 03.03.2020
Kalahari Oyster Cult
The best of all possible worlds
Diving for pearls in the mud, tracking down rave classics from the nineties and working with producers for whom it doesn’t matter if the record ends up in the Beatport charts: Colin Volvert’s label Kalahari Oyster Cult mixes up the underground with its DIY ethos. We introduce the Amsterdam label and there is a mix of Rey Colino with mostly unreleased music.
Music Portrait | posted 03.02.2020
Mad About Records
Sinfully summery
With his label Mad About the Portuguese Joaquim Paulo takes care of the really hard to find records from Jazz to Bossa Nova. With success. Since 2018, two handfuls of these records have been reissued there, records you never knew that they were your favorites before they get its second coming. We introduce you to the label in detail.
Music Essay | posted 27.05.2013
10 Favourites
Tape Labels You Better Should Know
Hurrah! The cassette tape is turning 50 and though that’s really old, or sort of anyway, the tape is alive and kicking it big style.
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Music Portrait | posted 30.06.2021
Hōzan Yamamoto
Meditation out of improvisation
For over five decades he pushed Japanese jazz towards spiritual spheres, without kitsch or esoteric – and just a little pathos. Above all, he garnered reputation for it back home. Even today Hōzan Yamamotos work is internationally considered an insider tip.
Music Review | posted 17.07.2021
The Same
Sync Or Swim
The apparently so precisely measured 1980s must nevertheless be supplemented with the component »Sync Or Swim« by The Same from 1981.
Music News | posted 20.06.2021
Betty Lou Landreth
Exclusive Edition: »Betty Lou«
The album »Betty Lou«, originally released in 1979, was to remain the only one for Betty Lou Landreth. Now it has been reissued. Available on HHV Records in an exclusive Coloured Edition.
Music Column | posted 12.07.2021
Records Revisited
Funkadelic – Maggot Brain (1971)
With »Maggot Brain« Funkadelic 1971 goes to the dark side of funk. The triumphant pleasure principle is interspersed with dystopian eschatology, and juxtaposes the celebration of life with an oppressive doomsday mood.
Music Review | posted 15.07.2021
Sylvia
Sweet Stuff
Sylvia Robinson not only kicked hip-hop into high gear, she also made music of her own. Her album »Sweet Stuff« from 1975 has now been reissued.