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A Guide to the Legendary Reggae Catalog of Studio One

When, in the late 1950s, naturally curious and open-minded sound system owner Clement “Coxsone” Dodd supplemented the imported records that comprised his DJ set with a smattering of recordings he’d produced himself, his intention was to grow Jamaican music. 1,192 more words

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The Black Metal Magic of I, Voidhanger Records

When Luciano Gaglio founded I, Voidhanger Records a decade ago, the music journalist—perhaps unwittingly—put forth his mission statement in the name of the label. If he had called it, say, Transilvanian Hunger Records, it would be pretty obvious what kind of music he hoped to put out. 2,308 more words

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Genot Centre Releases Brave, Innovative Music on Cassette

Wim Dehaen and Ondřej Lasák met in early 2014 at a Swans concert in Prague. Dehaen had just moved to the Czech Republic and was looking for like-minded people in the area, so bumping into Lasák at that concert was a real stroke of luck. 1,589 more words

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Black Editions Keeps P.S.F. Records' Experimental Spirit Alive

The story of the Black Editions label begins with P.S.F. Records—and thus, with Tokyo native Hideo Ikeezumi. He owned the city’s revered Modern Music shop, which opened in the late 1970s. 1,279 more words

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The Dark Entries Label Champions the Oft-Forgotten Underground

Josh Cheon had been in Berlin less than 24 hours, when he drunkenly departed a small Neukölln bar, armed with the name of an Italo disco track he’d heard for the first time. 1,122 more words

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Philophon Records’ “Local Raw Soul”: Reinvigoration, Not Reissues

Listening through the catalogue of Berlin-based Philophon Records feels more like unearthing a rare batch of vintage African jazz-funk than the focused recreation of that well-loved genre. 1,052 more words

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The Blood Music Label Explores the Darker Side of Metal and Synth Music

Blood Music started with a simple mission statement: “ an organization dedicated to the anthropological and cultural preservation of extreme metal music.” Started and run entirely by founder “J” for almost the entirety of its existence, the label began with a focus on reissues. 1,058 more words

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