Dave Seaman and Steve Parry discuss all manner of things to do with their label including how it all began, the origins of the name, the state of the music business right now, the highs and the lows of the first 5 years and much more besides. Watch it all right here >>
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 5 years already since we smashed a metaphorical bottle on the side of the good ship Selador and set sail upon the choppy waters of the independent record label business, but that’s where we’re at.
To celebrate this milestone we wanted to do something a little bit special and so it was decided (on a beer mat, over a beer, like so many of our best laid plans) to assemble a team of artists who’d helped us get thus far (plus a few added cameos for good measure) and ask them to collaborate. The result is a statement of just how far we’ve come. 24 esteemed artists creating 12 tracks across 3 EPs.
This first EP sees 4 mouthwatering pairings. From the Progressive heavy hitters Quivver & Cristoph teaming up for the slamming wall of sound that is ‘In Name Only’ to the deep Tech wizardry of ‘Friendship’ by Robert Babicz & Stelios Vassiloudis through the inspired, effortless chic of Just Her & Raw District on ‘Three Hearts’ finishing with the ‘knock-it-out-of-the-park’ Techno monster of Luke Brancaccio & Tim Healey’s ‘Voices’ featuring Kiki Cave, it’s an awesome foursome. And this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
So please raise your glasses and join us in a toast to 5 Years Of Selador. Or even better, come join us in person at Watergate, Berlin on April 26th for the launch party. We’ll even throw in some cake (though not in the Steve Aoki sense obviously).
Happy Birthday to us
For our latest Seladorian adventure, chapter 83 no less, we welcome back to the fold a potent partnership who have previous with the label, German Producer Florian Kruse and the self proclaimed South African slam poet, Lazarusman.
The duo previously teamed up for one of our highlights of 2017 with their ‘Proof Of Life’ release which found favour from all quarters of the electronic cognoscenti and now they return with another standout in the majestic, ’Breathe’.
Built upon Florian’s tight pulsating groove, Lazarus extols the benefits of that simple, life sustaining action we all largely take for granted in his own unmistakable, idiosyncratic style. It’s a winning combination. Listen up.
The task of remixing Breathe falls to a producer who we are overjoyed to have on the label. In fact, we are truly honoured to have the World’s first ever Frankey solo production whilst his regular recording partner Sandrino is absent on maternity leave following the birth of his first child.
No stranger to being in the studio alone of course, Frank has flown solo before under his other alias, Beckers, and he shows off his own personal production prowess yet again here with a deeper rework that had us purring from the get-go.
To complete the package, Florian also throws further fuel on the fire with ’Skyarp’. Like so many of the bonus tracks we have on our EPs at Selador, they’re not just here to make up the numbers, they’re all star players in their own right and here’s another that demands your attention. A peak time, acid laced monster that’ll set pulses racing.
Team Selador – inhale, exhale.
It gives us enormous pleasure here at Selador Towers to see the boss (or Sir Steven of Parry as he insists we address him) scaling unprecedented heights with his recent studio output. The frequency, consistency and quality of his productions has grown exponentially over the last couple of years and we believe he’s only just getting into his stride.
Now notching up his 3rd full release on the label, not to mention a selection of outstanding remixes for the likes of Wally Lopez and Rob Hes, his new outing, the deliciously titled Squidfist EP is exactly the kind of thing that gets us out of bed in a morning.
A powerhouse of textbook electronic goodness that draws on over 20 years of dance floor experience and expertise, this one goes straight for the jugular and never lets up. With a nod and a wink and a doff of the cap to Lil Louis’ perennial ‘French Kiss’, it’s bona fide stomper.
First out of the traps on remix duty, we are honoured to have Mr Charles Webster join our extended family. Something of a God around these parts, his name and pedigree is an assurance of class and quality and here is no exception. Deep, dark and deadly.
Next we welcome back James Dutton, aka Athea, whose currency has continued to rise since his Selador debut early last year with his lauded remix for Just Her. Here he opts for a more stripped back approach, a techy roller that glides and grooves in an effortlessly chic manner.
And finally, the proverbial cherry on top comes courtesy of blossoming Manchester duo, OC & Verde who get to grips with Steve’s previous Selador release, ‘303V’. A firm favourite of John Digweed’s who practically wore his copy out such was the extent of his support, this new version is equally potent. Solid peak time roof raising action.
Team Selador – Riding the rhythm.