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    More than 20 years in business, over 700 catalogue releases, over 7000 songs + remixes and still going strong!! Compost is one of the most prolific, highly acclaimed and in demand indie labels in Europe. Compost and its sublabels Compost Black Label, Compost Disco, Drumpoet Community, Derwin Recordings and rumpelmusig standing for quality music, a sophisticated mixture of electrifying disco, house, techno, soul, jazz and a little bit of pop. XLR8R wrote: "...top address where electronica meets musicality". Besides internationally respected artist like Robert Owens, Trüby Trio, Koop, Beanfield, Christian Prommer, Felix Laband, Karma, Ben Mono, Kyoto Jazz Massive, Marsmobil, Eddy Meets Yannah, Sepalot, Alif Tree, Shahrokh, Wigald Boning a.o. the label is also well known for its praised compilation series V.A. "Elaste" (Vol.1-4), "Future Sounds Of Jazz" (Vol.1-12), "Partykeller" (Vol.1-3) or "Glücklich" (Vol.1-5). Like Gilles Peterson once said: “With great pleasure I pronounce Compost the most consistent and forward thinking record label of continental Europe.“

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    In spring 2003, Compost owner and head honcho Michael Reinboth founded another platform for more club-oriented electronic music. The Compost Black Label unites a variety of both newcomer and internationally renowned house and electro composers, such as Peter Kruder, Christian Prommer, Solomun, Manuel Tur, Alex Attias, Roland Appel, Matt Flores, Phreek Plus One, TJ Kong & Nuno Dos Santos, Patrick Pulsinger, DJ Yellow & Flowers And Sea Creatures, Zwicker, Johnwaynes, Jay Shepheard, Rainer Trüby, Roberto Rodriguez, K’Bonus & Negghead, DJ Le Roi, dan Mela, Dodi Palese, Sarras, DJ Enne, Turntablerocker, SHOW-B, Ogris Debris or Shahrokh Dini, Cocolores, Rey & Kjavik, Nils Penner, The OhOhOhs, Trickski and many others. The Compost´s sub-label output feeds the worldwide dancefloors and is also celebrated at the “Compost Black Label Sessions” clubnights at Munich´s popular clubs Die Registratur, Harry Klein, Bob Beaman, Mixed Munich Arts (MMA) or Kong. Up to date there were roughly 280 Compost Black Label 1h Radio Sessions streamed weekly via various radio stations, for example Ibiza Sonica, Ego FM, Pioneer DJ Radio, Big City Beats, Soundcloud a.m.o. The Compost Black Label Radio Sessions are hosted by Tom Burclay and Flo Førg. It’s a 1h DJ mix with fresh house and deep house music from around the globe. From time to time the Compost Black Radio Sessions featuring a prominent guest DJ mix. Actually, there are 120 Compost Black Label 12“ releases and one album by Christian Prommer. Up to date there are five (5) Compost Black Label released, containing top quality house tracks of the Black Label, thereof three selected and mixed by Jay Shepheard (Vol.3), SHOW-B (Vol.4) and Thomas Herb (Vol.5) In autumn 2013 Compost Black Label # 105 DJ Yellow & Flowers And Sea Creatures went #1 in the Groove charts.

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    In 2010 Michael Reinboth launched a new subsidiary label of his majestic Compost Records called Compost Disco. It’s about more soul, more disco, doesn’t matter if it’s new, old, balearic, spacey, soul, crunchy, edited or without any references. Since old Compost acts like Syrup or Phreek Plus One or few disco-ish releases on Compost Black Label, the distinctive disco feel is here and there. Compost’s long term freelance graphic designer Benjamin Roeder, a genius multimedia artist, DJ has designed lot of album covers,12inches, flyers for Compost and Black Label. He came up with an definitely fantastic catchy collage artwork concept for a kinda disco label, which are designed exclusive for Compost Disco. Each Compost Disco release will coming with fully printed 12” covers, designed by Benjamin Roeder. His collages of disco related images and styles are predestined for and as a piece of art, some of them already be shown in galleries, at exhibitions or related club events. In addition to the fact that Benjamin Roeder is a respected graphic designer with an outstanding reputation in the peripherals of modern art, he has shown in several exhibitions or galleries, on top he is an amazing DJ, owner of the club called „Charlie“ in Munich, and last but not least he is also a recording artist. Check his project Spectacle on Permanent Vacation or his solo 12“ called „Sugar Steady“. These artists released on Compost Disco: Genf, Hard Ton, The Blaxploited Orchestra, John Gazoo, Michael Reinboth, Joash, Evol Ai, Ed Lee featuring Alison David.

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    Beat Art Department is specializing in contemporary hip hop funkyness, from abstract dope instrumentals to funky breakbeats, from soulful jazzy flavours, or trip hop to trap. From retro to next school. Beat Art Department founded by Michael Reinboth and DJ Rude Teen. Both entrepreneurs coming their own long way, both starting collecting vinyl, writing articles about hip hop and its culture, or organized parties and various labels since the 80s.

    Michael Reinboth compiled the very first German hip hop compilation called „Krauts With Attitude“, and organized the first hip hop related sprayer, breakdance events in Munich in the mid, late Eighties, while he is most famous as the head honcho behind Compost Records and a few associated subsidiary labels for over 20 years. Michael toured the world as a DJ, lector at Red Bull Music Academy, journalist (writing for all music mags like Groove, Spex, Jazz-Thing, Musikexpress and dozens others), produced music and remixes under various project or pseudonyms.

    DJ Rude Teen started djing as a 12 year old HipHop head back in 1989 in a local youth club in Munich and established himself as a sought after scratch DJ for local hip hop acts. In about 1995 he formed a production team alongside Wei-Chi and first songs have been released. During that period the song “Don’t Know” was recored, which became a small underground hit and was later picked up by Michael Reinboth for his Future Sounds Of Jazz Series. In 1996 he started his own first label “Pigeon Records” which focused on releasing Instrumental hip hop and downbeat. It released music by Main Concept, Rootsoul, Fauna Flash and Abstract Art, just to mention a few, and let him touring as a DJ nearly half of the world. For his studies, Rude Teen moved to Shanghai, China in 2000 and became a sought after hip hop DJ within the clubs all over China and the scratch-DJ for several local hip hop acts from Shanghai and Beijing, underneath the bands he made scratches for where Yin Tsang, which were the first and so far the only rap-music band ever to release an album in China. Since his comeback into the Munich scene in around 2010, Rude Teen was working at 58Beats, the renowned hip hop Label by the german rap legends Main Concept.

    Beart Art Department signed fresh young artists like Hans Hu$tle, Grandezza Five, L One, next to familiar but established producers like Urbs from Vienna. Fresh remixes on Beart Art Department were supplied by Retrogott, Cookin’ Soul, Brenk (aka Brenk Sinatra), J*Star, Marc Mac (4 Hero) aka Visoneers, Peter Kruder, Patrick Pulsinger & Irl, Flip, Trishes.

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    Always on the run to find the latest beat and the freshest sound the four Drumpoet founders share the same vision and taste when it comes to music. And in a city like Zurich it was just a matter of time before they decided to start the drumpoet.community. Ron Shiller, Tobi Foster, Alex Gustafson and Alex Dallas met each other a couple of years ago on the vibrant scene which was surrounding Dallas & Gustafson’s Straight Ahead record label, realising that they had such a similar way to make, listen & support music the four decided to create a new platform for their music and joining forces to keep Zurichs open-minded music scene alive. Sharing the same love for soul, disco, funk, hip hop, house, some minimal, detroit and electro they are now aiming for new musical levels, a combination which incorporates all the beloved styles to a mix which they like to call b-boy house & technosoul… The philosophy of the Drumpoet Community is not only being a record label but more being a collective of people with a very distinguished musical taste that use this platform to establish unknown artists and music which moves your soul as well as your booty! The Community is growing and is very happy to have artists, DJs and projects such as Kawabata (Lexx), Quarion, Soultourist (Ron Shiller), The Lost Men (Alex Dallas), Crowdpleaser & Ly Sander, Wah Chu Ku, Langenberg, Cavalier, Manuel Tur & Dplay, Sascha Dive, Foster, Willie Graff, Ray Okpara and their Designer Marlene Meier on the boat. Together with Michael Reinboth and Compost Records label, taking care of production, distribution, manufacturing, handling, accounting, whole promotion, they are now able to release their music on a professional basis. In fact Compost in Munich performing the whole backing label and distribution work, while the four guys in Zurich are the A&Rs, deciding what shall be released. For further informations visit: www.drumpoet.com / www.myspace.com/drumpoet

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    Kalabrese is an independent music producer, DJ, club owner and village romantic residing in the charming city of Zurich. In January 2013, he has founded his own record label called „Rumpelmusig“. The label’s first output is happening in April 2013 focusing on the new album by Kalabrese, followed-up with further collaborations with befriended artists and solo projects. Stylistically there are no boundaries. Kalabrese’s aim is to bring musicians from all corners of the globe together in order to create something unique. Rumpelmusig is a musical playground and a research station for those magical characters willing to cut their own paths. Being a sublabel of Compost Records, Rumpelmusig uses its given framework and support. For further informations visit: www.rumpelmusig.com

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    Let there be no musical barriers, the time was ripe to extend Composts musical visions. Despite all open-mindedness it would be irritating and slightly pervert to just release such music on Compost. But the idea of Angora Steel appealed to label head Michael Reinboth who has his roots in the Punk/New Wave corner. Having lived with a Nu Wave Punk formation in the early 80s and the foundation of Zeitgeist magazine `Elaste` has had an substantial impact on him. Trash, crap, imitations and plain plagiarism? No. Moreover a new home for experimental Punk, Rock, Wave, Electronic Body Music elements. Made by people who show off with their background, experience and know-how rather than neon-coloured leggings. The special kind of people Martin Peter belongs to. The Munich-based DJ, film-maker and jury member of the annual Red Bull DJ Academy is the first to release his album on Angora Steel this spring, 17 crunchy Punk-Rock-Electro-burner or `Computer Punk` as Martin likes to put it. Featuring among others Alec Empire (Atari Teenage Riot) and the legendary Mark Stewart (Mark & The Maffia / The Pop Group).

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    Their experiences with several labels and their musical diversity led them to an intendedly congruent and colourful label policy these days: The album will be released on the newly found label: Derwin Recordings. A&R are Alex Barck and Christian Prommer. (The label’s administration will be handled by their long-term partners and friends: Compost). The first single appeared in October 2010 on Permanent Vacation, followed by a second single on Best Works, another one on Hells label Gigolo. Further singles, as well as several remixes will follow on Derwin Recordings. Watch out for remixes.

    Some friends that have heard the music are already big fans: Kruder & Dorfmeister, DJ Hell, Gilles Peterson, Toshio Matsura, Mousse T, DJ Harvey, Carl Craig, Jerome Sydenham, Ben Watt, Joey Negro, Osunlade, Kyoto Jazz Massive.

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