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Co-founded in 1978 by Chris Cutler, London-based ReR Megacorp remains a musician-led independent label after almost 40 years. Blithely disregarding market wisdom, it continues to release titles across a wide spectrum of genres.
ReR is home to cult bands This Heat, Henry Cow, Faust, Art Bears, The Necks...
Music De Wolfe is the debut release for Megaphone Unlimited, a new subsidiary of Megaphone Records devoted to issuing library music. This first release features an ultra rare collection of funk and psych blasters from the archives of the De Wolfe Sound Library.
After initially hearing the dramatically flashing boogie that opens this collection, Jason Willett, founder of Megaphone Records, was quickly sent down a rabbithole of research, resulting in this monsterous piece of vintage European instrumental soul. Each track on this collection stands alone in it's brilliance. With songs titled, "Hard Hitter," "Silver Thrust," "Sexy Sox," "Heavy Gravy," and "Sweet Destruction", their lure is only more magnified. All of it is dazzlingly constructed and performed, with subtle care given to the warmth of sounds and the vigor of the rhythms. And, most likely, virtually all of it would have remained the exclusive intellectual domain of a tiny elite of obsessive Sound Library fanatics. It is not music which needs to recontextualized to be seen as beautiful or funky. It just is.
The De Wolfe Sound Library is a fifty-year-old business, headquartered in London, that provides soundtrack material to film, video and television commercials. Their name crops up on Monty Python records for providing incidental music, and their website boasts that they have a song on the Brokeback Mountain soundtrack. Aside from film and television work, these days, in the spirit of sustaining a great multi-generational business, they license out material to hip-hop producers in their eternal quest for the perfect beat.
The late 1960s through the mid 70's is considered to be the true 'Golden Age' of De Wolfe Sound Library music. De Wolfe brought in many of Britian's most innovative composers, including Nick Ingman, Keith Papworth, Alan Parker, and Roger Webb, encouraging them to experiment with new studio techniques and the burgeoning field of electronic music.
1. 'Hard Hitter' by Keith Papworth
2. 'Down Home' by Nick Ingman
3. 'Export' by Hugh Cortley & Musi Silvio
4. 'Silver Thrust' byPeter Reno
5. 'Sexy Sox' by R. Tilsley
6. 'Stomp' by Nick Ingman
7. 'Skinhead' by P. Milray
8. 'Rollin Easy' by P. Milray
9. 'Spotcheck' by J. Trombey
10. 'Heavy Gravy' by R. Tilsley
11. 'Heavy Lace' by Roger Webb
12. 'Sliced Orange' by J. trombey
13. 'Swarf' by Alan Parker
14. 'Orgy' by Nick Ingman
15. 'Sweet Destruction' by P. Kass