About the concept:
Here is the twenty-first instalment of our series “abc plays xyz”.
The idea behind it is to ask some DJs/mixing artists if they have an artist or label in mind that they love and would like to use for a mix.
So the approach of each mix is clear: the choosen DJ/mixing artist makes a selection of tracks produced by one artist (and her/his monikers) or released on a label (and its sublabels) and creates a nice mix from it.
Find links to all instalments at our overview. Today we present you Gutter’s mix of tracks released on R&S Records.
Gutter was born and raised in Berlin and focuses not only on techno or other dance music genres, but also on other music which is not meant for the dance floor, such as ambient experimental or other contemporary music. He is part of the record label called Mandatory Records and a resident DJ of the [selected] collective.
About R&S Records:
Ever since the glory days of disco in the 70s the allure of a record label has often equalled or even eclipsed the artists, not only for the ubiquitous trainspotters but simply devotees looking for a seal of quality, something to take the music forward or simply something guaranteed to blow the roof off. Disco had Salsoul and Prelude, Chicago house was dominated by DJ International and Trax, Detroit techno gained its mystique from labels like Metroplex and Transmat while New York deep house was ruled by Nu Groove and Strictly Rhythm.
Meanwhile in Ghent, Belgium, the distinctive Ferrari-like prancing horse logo of R&S heralded a stream of cutting edge techno gold unleashed as the label corralled more seismic electronic battle-weapons than any in European dance music history. R&S licensed the hottest tunes from all over the world while developing its own formidable stable of producers. It’s catalogue is nothing short of stunning. The roster reads like the who’s who of electronic music, Aphex Twin, Derrick May, Ken Ishi, CJ Bolland, Kenny Larkin, 69 / Carl Craig, Joey Beltram, Model 500, Dave Angel, the list goes on…
The start of 2008 saw the relaunch of R&S, releasing a number of re-mastered classic albums, and remixes of classics from the likes of Audion, Prins Thomas, Tom Middleton, Optimo and Boyz Noise. But the label is not about looking to the past, it’s continuing it’s tradition of releasing brand new, cutting edge music. Since the relaunch the label has re-positioned itself again as one of the most forward thinking electronic labels with the new roster featuring the likes of James Blake, Pariah, Space Dimension Controller, Blawan, Lone, Vondelpark, Model 500, Tessela, Paul White and Airhead.
Text taken from R&S website
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“Gutter plays R&S Records” (download coming soon)
Gutter About His Choice:
This podcast primarily focuses on the dance music published by R&S. But I chose this label, because, with its 30 year history, R&S released an uncountable number of diverse music reaching from new wave, experimental ambient, techno, drum and bass to pop and jazz funk. This made it quite a challenge to put everything in one podcast, which is why i decided to do for the why i decided to do just the electronic part.
01. CJ Bolland – The Tower of Naphtali
02. Josh Wink – Meditation Will Manifest
03. The Source Experience – Synaesthesia
04. Aphex Twin – Digeridoo
05. Patrick Pulsinger – Construction Tool
06. CJ Bolland – Ravesignal III Horsepower (Remix)
07. DJ Hell – I Feel Love
08. Blawan – Lavender
09. Tessela – Nancy’s Pantry
10. Unknown Archetype – Tripp
11. Struction – Kreen
12. Benjamin Damage – Drum Computer
13. Lakker – Containing a Thousand
14. Lost Souls Of Saturn, Mashrou’ Leila – Bint El Khandaq (Instrumental)
Gutter’s “Taiyo” on Mandatory
Lakker’s “Tundra (Remixed)” on R&S Records
Tessela’s “Bottom Out” on R&S Records
Model 500’s “Control” on R&S Records
Alex Smoke’s “Love Over Will” on R&S Records
Alex Smoke’s “RS 1403” on R&S Records