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Big Crown Records (Record label)
Big Crown Records is a record label from New York City founded in 2016 by Leon Michels and Danny Akalepse. The two got to know each other at Truth & Soul Records – a record label co-founded by Leon Michels, where Danny Akalepse worked. Especially known for Funk and Soul, the label managed to work for a niche, but this was not enough for Michels and Akalepse. »We had outgrown Truth & Soul. The label was well known for one thing and we had enough of it. So we started Big Crown, because we love to make records, and needed a new label, on which we could make a fresh start with a broader range of musical styles.« For Akalepse and Michels this implies, making a place for not only the well-established analogue sound Retro-Funk, but rather also reissues, Indie-Rock, or R’n’B on Big Crown Records. Continuity is maintained through the taste of the owners: »Our only requirement for the music on the label is that we like it. When a record is dope, then it is dope, it doesn’t matter how it is made. I don’t know, whether a common theme is noticeable, but it is there.« A couple of months down the line, it is clear, that the two do really mean it. »By now we have published 14 releases, but still have 50 in the pipe line." Even though Big Crown is a new thing, some known protagonists from Truth & Soul are of course also on board, for example the Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band from Hamburg, or El Michels Affair, whose leader is Leon Michels. There won’t be a shortfall of new publications: »We have heaps of reissues in the planing, we certainly want to go a step further and work together publishing newly recorded music.«
Big Crown Records in Features
Music − Portrait | posted 27.10.2021
With their debut album »Float Back To You«, the New York trio Holy Hive presented a folk-soul balm for the sore and bare nerves in 2020. On the self-titled follow-up »Holy Hive« Paul Spring, Homer Steinweiss and Joe Harrison continue on the chosen course between country-folk, Philly soul, Quiet Storm and yacht-rock, but sound even more intimate and personal.
Big Crown Records in Reviews
Music − Review | posted 10.05.2016
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band
Since 9 years, the Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band shows how good Steel Drum Funk can function with Hip-Hop elements. On their debut-LP »55« the group stays loyal to their sound.
Big Crown Records in News
Music − News | posted 30.08.2021
Second album out soon, check the exclusive Edition
New York City-based Holy Hive’s second album will be released September 27, 2021, on Big Crown. Mary Lattimore, Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pechnold, and musicians from Antibalas and El Michels Affair helped a little. Exclusive Edition on HHV Records.
Music − News | posted 24.05.2021
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band
Exclusive Edition: »Expansions«
With »Expansions«, the third album of the Hamburg-based Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band is released this July, featuring very special groovy cover versions of Grace Jones, Ike Turner, Jay-Z and Minnie Riperton.
Music − News | posted 12.08.2016
New Record Labels
Big Crown, CinCin, Defrostatica und Repitch
Month by Month we are going to introduce you to a bunch of record labels, which are new at hhv.de webshop and/or you definitely have to discover now. The record labels this month are: Big Crown, CinCin, Defrostatica und Repitch.
Music − News | posted 04.01.2022
Exciting compilation with jazz from Japan
Yusuke Ogawa is one of the experts on Japanese jazz. In April, the compilation »WaJazz Japanese Jazz Spectacle Vol.1« curated by him will be released. A limited edition will be available exclusively from HHV Records.
Music − News | posted 20.09.2021
Now on Vinyl: »Pandemie und Freunde«
Tracks against stress: Our HHV Label now releases the EP »Pandemie & Freunde« by Stuttgart based beat smith Dexter in a limited edition of 500 copies on vinyl.
Music − News | posted 01.10.2021
Das Große Ganze
Now it’s all about »Das Große Ganze". The songwriter Girlwoman from Bielefeld releases her debut on Staatsakt. Exclusively at HHV Records there’s a limited Red Vinyl Edition available.
Music − List | posted 01.12.2021
End-of-year review 2021
Top 20 12inches
12inches are mostly, but not always, made for the club. A look at the 20 best records in 2021 shows that in this year, not only was dance music rethought – but that also quiet counterpoints were set.
Music − Review | posted 07.11.2021
On »Valentine,« Snail Mail makes even bigger gestures than before, but fortunately that doesn’t change the effect.