For 022 we’ve decided to turn the spotlight onto one of our favourite labels to have emerged in the the last year or so, and one of Amsterdam’s most highly regarded music blogs; Sleazy Beats.
Whilst still a youngster on the scene as a label, with only four releases to date, Sleazy Beats Recordings has already turned all the right heads in the mid tempo house and disco community, with their limited sell out releases from the likes of Eddie C, LTJ X-Perience and Melbourne’s own Tornado Wallace.
With impeccable timing, Sleazy Beats 004 has just dropped too, a sexy four track sampler featuring yet another gem from Tornado which we’ve all been frothing over!We caught up with Sleazy Beats’ own Monsieur Monod for a candid chat about vinyl, scantily clad women, the future of beatdown house, and the rise of a couple of Melbourne based artists.
He’s no stranger to the decks either, mixing up for us a tasty selection of some of the labels fav’s and some hot new edits soon to be doing the rounds..
Q: You’ve been running a blog since early 2009 letting the world know about some really amazing music, is this how the label come about or was it always in the pipeline?
A: The label was actually born out of a misunderstanding. We set up the blog and were happily posting away, untill I got in touch with Cole Medina to ask him about a release date of a track we were really excited about. A few days later, he got back to me to let me know ‘he was up for releasing it on my label’. I had to disappoint Cole at the time but the miscommunication did set the wheels in motion for the label. Haha, now that I think of it, that Cole Medina track still hasn’t been released, I should get in touch with him.
Q: All of the SleazyBeats records feature a lovely lady posing on the artwork, do you have a crush on them or what’s the story there?
A: Easy question: basic marketing principles, boobs sell We felt the vintage pinup theme worked well with the ‘sleazy’ angle (even though the ladies have been quite classy so far, haven’t they?). Every release has its own lady and its own colour. Full-colour sleeves are just not a viable option with these limited runs of vinyl, so we’re trying to at least make the center stickers look as appealing as possible and stand out a bit on the wall of a record store. We’ve had some really great feedback on the sleazy ladies so far, there’s people in Japan collecting and framing them, how awesome is that?
Q: There was a little while when you guys were releasing digitally but you made the move back to vinyl only. Was that a tough decision for you or were you thinking about hitting the eject button on the digital world for a while?
A: Yeah our decision to pull the plug on the digital side of things sure did raise some eyebrows. After the first release sold out within a few weeks, we had loads of people asking us for a digital release, so when the second 12″ came out, we put up the first release on Juno Download. It actually did really well but it just didn’t feel right. I don’t know about you, but I always feel like I’m treating myself to something special when I buy a 12″ that only a couple hundred other people have. I really do feel a digital release takes some of that magic away. And erm, there’s this thing called blatant copyright infringement that might have helped us pull the plug.
Q: As fast as things find their way into this scene, they seem to disappear in the blink of an eye. Do you think beatdown house is here to stay or will it get taken over by something new?
A: Man that’s a tough call. On the one hand, it’s all house, and proper house is here to stay. I do think the whole slo mo / disco crazy will blow over within the next year or so. Might be a good thing too, everyone and his mum seems to be making edits. Mark my words, Hed Kandi will put out a SloMo compilation before the end of the year, and we all know that means it’s over and done. I think people will start moving away from disco and soul and start exploring, sampling and reworking 80s boogie stuff and proto house. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?
Q: Speaking of something new, you’ve recently put out a record by Melbourne based Tornado Wallace. How did you end up working with him and what’s the SleazyBeats position on the hit machine that is Tornado?
A: Craig Smith did a mix for us a while ago and the standout track on that mix was a track by ‘Tornado Wallace’. I’d never heard of him so I started looking around and stumbled upon his myspace page (I know! Myspace! How 90s!). I honestly think he’s the most exciting name in midtempo/beatdown land at the moment. His release on Delusions of Grandeur and his remixes of Alex Agore for Kolour have been some of my favorite releases to have come out this year, and we’ve had some amazing feedback on Tornado’s ‘Stop Holding Back’, which should be out any day now.
Q: AND, speaking of Hit Machine, you’ve got Nicholas’ new joint ‘Never’ (out on Daniel Solar’s new imprint Dikso) in your mix which came out alongside another Melbourne based artist Francis Inferno Orchestra. Do you have any plans to work with either of these guys in the future?
A: Haha, yeah, in fact SBR005 will be a release by Daniel Solar, and SBR007 will be an EP by Francis Inferno Orchestra. We’re really excited about both releases, these guys both have a really fresh take on midtempo beatdown disco. We’ve been big fans of Nicholas’ for a while now, so I really hope we get to work with him too.
Q: Is there anyone else we should be keeping our eyes on in the future? And what’s install for SleazyBeats in 2011?
A: The Dead Rose Music Company are about to blow up big with releases on Wolf Music, E.A.R. and their own imprint (forget what it’s called but the first release contains a beast of a Bruce Springsteen edit).As for our own release schedule, apart from the two EPs I mentioned before we have an EP by Italian newcomer La Tuerie in the pipeline and we’re working on another sampler.
Giano – Stella in Starlight (Dave Allison Remix) // Alphabet
Zambon – Soul City Dub // Unreleased
Super Value 11 – Get Down // Super Value Special Edits
Tornado Wallace – Tornado Never Dies // Sleazy Beats Recordings
SouthWestSeven – The Ride // Kolour LTD
KRL – Recession Beat // Wolf Music
Nicholas – Never // Dikso
The Francis Inferno Orchestra – Washing Machine // Unreleased
6th Borough Project – Stratus Quo // Instruments of Rapture
One Man Edit – Feeling Dance // Small World Disco
Daniel Solar – Twinkle Love // Sleazy Beats Recordings
Artwork Picture: Sean Wood | http://50mm.jp