Label Liaison: Lumberjacks In Hell

As many of us bemoan, there is too much music released these days. Now imagine if there were no record labels, the bastions of quality that act as the initial filter between producer and listener.  While DJs and producers garner so much attention from the media and fans, the role of the independent record label has had an immeasurable impact on the shape of the music world. So our new Label Liason feature will profile the people who take on the role of creative director and commercial manager and wrap it into one difficult balancing act.

Marcel Vogel setup Lumberjacks in Hell in Amsterdam at the turn of the 10’s. Focusing on soul-infused, disco-fuelled sounds, the label has released killer records from the who’s who of the modern disco tribe such as Rahaan, Jamie 3:26, Cratebug, Philou Louzolo, Giovanni Damico, Dan Shake and Eddie C.  We caught up with Marcel to learn more about the past, present and future of Lumberjacks In Hell.

Can you tell me about the beginning of Lumberjacks In Hell? What inspired you to start the label? Who’s on the label team and what do they do?

I started the label in 2010. I did a lot of edits at the time that I put on Soundcloud and the feedback was nice and encouraged me to try something. There is a quote from Mike Huckaby that I like: “People are trying to get involved with the music and everybody is trying it on their own terms.

My own productions just weren’t good enough to be released but I needed to get myself out there and participate on a wider level.

Lumberjacks in Hell is all me. I do the A&R, the release schedule, every decision goes through my hands. Since LiH 002 I work with South African Graphic Designer, Chris Keyz who drives me crazy most of the time missing all deadlines but the look of the label talks for itself.

Apart from that, there is Lana who helps me a bit with social media.


Soulphiction Parking Lot Blues EP vinyl records Funky,Club House

Soulphiction – Dirty Hot

Listen to Soulphiction – Parking Lot Blues EP

Where did the name come from? It always makes me think of this underrated film

Please bear with me that I didn’t click the link. It’s more or less an inside joke between Mark Seven and me. It was an unfortunate gig, a really empty party and two DJ’s in Lumberjacks shirts that made me think of the name. Simple. I suppose my advice to all aspiring label owners is, whatever you start probably will become bigger than you can foresee if you mean it. So you might wanna consider the name twice. It’s a funny name though and I guess it works.

How do you select the artists to release through LIH?

Quality is really the only thing I consider. Sometimes I get a track from big-name artists that just don’t fit the bill and at the same time, I have released a lot of great first records by a bunch of artists and people really liked it. If I think it’s interesting, I‘ll go for it. It’s a bit of a family thing, so I guess it helps if I like you and you like me.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve had running the label?

Cash flow I suppose. There is always money that needs to be paid for all sorts of things and if the other end is disrupted that’s where it becomes problematic. If you prepare a lot of releases but for some reason, you get some delays and all these things. It must be great to have a huge security net to catch you. But for me most of the times when something goes wrong, it becomes tight for me.


Dan Shake Shakes On A Plane vinyl records Disco,Nu-Disco

Dan Shake – The Bee Won

Listen to Dan Shake – Shake’s On A Plane

Which other labels do you admire?

I love Sound Signature, KDJ, Philpot, EGLO records, Stilllove4music, Razor N Tape, Al Tone’s Label ( i don’t really know the name), BBE, Clone, Rush Hour, Stones Throw, there are tons and tons… and maybe for different reasons. I also have a thing for labels that have unusual releases but I would have to go through my shelve to remember what I am talking about 🙂

What role do you think labels play in the music industry?

What is that, the music industry? For the small bubble in that we operate, labels are a tastemaker. A creative force itself. Filtering a certain sound from everything that is available. Nowadays that everything is available to everyone, it becomes more interesting to be more specific with your sound.

Major labels have a different role of course. They have more power to force a certain product into the market. I find that interesting and appealing too.

What’s coming up next for Lumberjacks In Hell?

We just released Andy Compton & Shamrock – Bunny Chow which is pretty much what I mean. A very original beautiful record that was recorded in South Africa. I have another record coming next month and in July we have Alma Negra joining the label with a great record.


Andy Compton | Shamrock Bunny Chow vinyl records Disco,Nu-Disco

Andy Compton & Shamrock – Roga Mizki

Listen to Andy Compton & Shamrock – Bunny Chow

Which record do you wish you’d signed?


In your opinion, what is one tip that an aspiring producer needs to know?

It’s all about your own taste, your vision, your sound. Stop copying others. Your education is in the record store. You need to listen to as much music as possible and stay thirsty. Learn to play instruments, go and dance as much as possible. Be in love with music. Inspiration lies everywhere. Movies, music, books, musea, theatre. If you are just trying to have the next club hit you are probably boring as fuck to me.

You’ve got an unlimited budget and no one is dead – who would play at your ultimate club-night, and where would it be?

That question is so boring because the answers must be so similar. There is beauty in the limitations we have. If there are no limits often we follow a formula to make more money and foster more success. It is much more interesting to try to create the perfect night for 200 people that are all in the same vibe. Creating the perfect vibe is maybe more important than the biggest lineup. But obviously, it’s easier to book the hippest names to try to achieve that.

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The 10 Best Rhythm & Sound Tracks

Rhythm & Sound is one of several projects linked to the mysterious Berlin dub-techno duo Moritz Von Oswald and Mark Ernestus. They released a series of 10″ records on Burial Mix and 12″ records on Rhythm & Sound, both labels distributed by Hardwax.

Von Oswald and Ernestus’ Rhythm & Sound recordings are much more dub-influenced and less techno-orientated than the duo’s previous, and more legendary, dub-techno recordings as Basic Channel and Maurizio.

Where those earlier recordings synthesized a Detroit-influenced style of minimal techno with dub-reggae bass lines, the late-’90s Rhythm & Sound productions emphasized the dub-reggae aesthetic.

Here are our favourites from their outstanding discography, where the deep, FX-driven warmth of Jamaican dub meets the ice cold, machine patterns of techno.

Mango Drive


Roll Off


Rhythm & Sound ft Tikiman – Music A Fe Rule


Free For All (Soundstream remix)


Rhythm & Sound ft Savage –  Smile








No Partial


Poor People Must Work (Carl Craig remix)


Want to hear more Dub Techno brilliance? Head over to Sound Shelter and check out our guide to the best new Dub Techno records



10 Best Records of November 2016

Here are the best house records of November 2016, according to the users of Sound Shelter.

theo parrish gentrified love

Theo Parrish | Duminie Deporres | Waajeed – Gentrified Love Part 2 (Sound Signature)

Theo, Duminie and Wajeed form a Detroit dream team on the new Sound Signature

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erp pithERP – Pith (Frustrated Funk)

A 2016 repress of an underated atmospheric Gerd Hanson aka Convextion killer

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Newworldaquarium - The Games That We PlayNewworldaquarium – The Games That We Play (Ape)

Marvellous NWAQ tracks brought back to life with a remaster by Marco Spaventi. Sludgy on one side, floaty on the other.

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Max Graef - Apron EPMax Graef – Apron EP (Apron)

MG goes raw for Funkineven’s Apron label

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Cottam 6Cottam – Cottam 6 (Cottam)

7 years after his first mysterious 12, the UK chugger returns to this self-titled form with more slow and heavy edits.

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DJ Dog & Double Dancer - Rebound LoungeDJ Dog & Double Dancer – Rebound Lounge (Rebound Lounge)

A killer classic house influenced project from DJ Fett Burger and Double Dancer.

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SW - Sued 015SW – Sued 015 (SUED)

Stunning house and techno album covering a huge array of influences including hi-tech soul and UK broken beat.

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Jay Daniel - Broken KnowzJay Daniel – Broken Knowz (Technicolour)

Outstanding first album from the Detoit producer, blending raw leftfield house with tripped out jazz vibes.

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Glenn Underground - Savior Of ChicagoGlenn Underground – Savior Of Chicago (Strictly Jazz Unit Muzic)

GU with a 303’d up journey through lush ambient pads and spacey rhythms. Backed with an ode to the master of house music, Larry Heard.

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A Made Up Sound - BygonesA Made Up Sound – Bygones (AMUS)

Outstanding deep techno excursions from the ridiculously underated Dutch producer

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Want to find more great house and techno records? Head over to Sound Shelter where we combine expert curation with a clever algorithm that offers insightful personalised recommendations, based upon your favourite records labels and producers.


Six Mixes You Need To Hear

Here’s 6 DJ mixes we’ve been loving recently.

XLR8R Podcast 460 – Prins Thomas

The Norwegian artist drops a tight 70 minutes of dancefloor shakers, made up of everything from electro to house and acid, all with a pleasant retro feel.

Fred P for Deephouse Amsterdam

The New York selector glides through 90 minutes of his unique deep house vibes.

FACT mix 527 – A Made Up Sound

The Hague musician shows FACT the records that never leave his crate.

Mr Beatnick – NTS Radio

The Don’t Be Afraid label boss presents a heady 2 hours of sophisticated disco, dusty house and spiritual jazz for NTS

Livity Sound, with Simo Cell

The Livity Sound affiliate mixes up an array of bassy sounds.

Pangaea – Crack Mix

A whistle-stop tour through cutting edge techno from one of the UK’s very best.

Want to find more great house and techno records? Head over to Sound Shelter where we combine expert curation with a clever algorithm that offers insightful personalised recommendations, based upon your favourite records labels and producers.


Member Mix: Nils Anthes

Germany-based DJ and producer behind the wonderfully-named Traxxploitation project, Nils Anthes mixes up an array of edits and African-influenced house.

Sound Shelter members post high quality mixes and tracks in our Facebook Group all the time, come and join the group here

Want to find more great house and techno records? Head over to Sound Shelter where we combine expert curation with a clever algorithm that offers insightful personalised recommendations, based upon your favourite records labels and producers.


Member Mix: Tim Reade

UK DJ Tim Reade turns out a mix that moves through melodic territory into break-beat driven vibes. A mix fit for any house and techno dancefloor.

We’ll let the tracklist do the talking…

Steve Kasper – Unvexed Dub
Frankey & Sandrino – Izar
Lonya – Still Waters Run Deep (3LIAS & Nesta remix)
Jay Shepheard – Elementary
Suzanne Kraft – DJ Safety Track
Dave Aju – 14324
Lay-Far – Lock & Rock (Mr Scruff remix)
Chaos in the CBD – Dusty Sundays
Leif – Tumbler
Berkson & What – Lost Solina (Maayan Nidam remix)
Christian S. – Give it Up
Frankey & Sandrino – Merging Black
Dinky – Casa (Axel Boman dub)
Dorisburg – Transform
Jay Shepheard – K3
Land of Light – Flares (Tambien remix)
Lorenzo Dada – Love Apparel (Axel Boman remix)

Sound Shelter members post high quality mixes and tracks in our Facebook Group all the time, come and join the group here

Want to find more great house and techno records? Head over to Sound Shelter where we combine expert curation with a clever algorithm that offers insightful personalised recommendations, based on your favourite records labels and producers.


SSMX02: thatmanmonkz mix (Shadeleaf / Classic / Delusions of Grandeur)

Some people curate, some people mix, some people produce. thatmanmonkz does all 3.

Scott Moncrieff is a Sheffield based recording artist, DJ, and label boss at his own Shadeleaf Music. He manages to tread that fine line of simultaneously picking up props from all angles and wrecking dance floors the world over, whilst remaining resolutely underground and focused on the more interesting corners of dance music. He releases on Delusions of Grandeur, Kolour LTD, and Classic and his recent debut album “Columbusing” was a fine document that touched on authentic deep house, funk and soul with plenty of proper song structures and real vocalists amidst the underground club heaters.

We’ve been a big fan of his music for a few years so thought it was time to learn more about him, and we scored a house masterclass in the form of a mix that covers the Detroit sounds of Moodymann and Leron Carson, the edits of Popular Peoples Front and Jamie 326, and the disco sounds of The Jacksons.

Whats been happening in your world recently?

So, I’ve been on my grind as usual really.. After releasing my debut album earlier this year (“Columbusing” on Delusions Of Grandeur) I thought I might get to chill back a little, but, that definitely hasn’t been the case! I’ve had remixes out for the likes of Diz and Inkswel amongst others, an original track on Kon’s BBE compilation, and also have remixes due for Amp Fiddler, Kraak and Smaak, and J Kriv all slated for this year. I’ve also been producing a hip hop album with my man Malik Ameer (under our Madison Washington moniker), and have just started writing some new thatmanmonkz material recently too. Between all of that, gigging more frequently, and running Shadeleaf Music, it’s all go over here, and i’m very thankful for that!

Tell us about this mix…where was it recorded and how?

I recorded it in my studio room, on my dj set up, the typical way y’know? As it was for you guys, and because i’m a fan of the site, I picked out 20 or so tracks I wanted to use in the mix (in a variety of formats), and just deejayed as I would in a club environment. Sometimes with podcasts or radio shows or whatever it can be all about exposing new music, and other times you just want to catch a vibe and be more representative of what you do when out on the road…. this is one of those ones. I won’t lie, I had to work pretty hard a couple of the mix transitions, but, again that’s more of an honest representation of me playing out, so i’m all for not masking a little bit of human error. I just recorded it into a DAW and did a little bit of post-mix processing , nothing more complicated than that. A handful of tunes, two channels and a mixer, no frills.

How and why did your start your label, Shadeleaf?

Just as a personal thing, I’d always wanted to self curate have my own label, initially as a way of a&r’ing my own music and getting out there at my own speed, and, I also very quickly realised that I knew a lot of people that I felt were making great music that needed to be heard… After Tone Control were kind enough to put out my first couple of solo artist releases (i’d been involved in a project called Small Arms Fiya about 10 years ago, then had a break from the music game) I met with my good friend and, well, mentor really, Chris Duckenfield (Swag,Popular Peoples Front) and showed him the demo’s I was working on, and he schooled me in how to set up on my own from there. Anything he doesn’t know about the vinyl game isn’t really worth knowing! Most of my heroes and inspirations have their own imprints, and also, having a label also adds a little leverage when releasing music on other labels. I’d highly recommend it to all up and coming artists, it’s a lot of work, but also a lot of fun, and very rewarding. We’ve been lucky enough for Shadeleaf to work with a lot of people I’m genuinely a fan of, and i’ve developed some great friendships from working on projects or remixes for the label. I’m really proud of our back catalogue, and that it quickly turned into something that isn’t really focussed just on me as an artist, and we’ve some really exciting projects in the pipeline!

Have you ever seen House royalty, and fellow Sheffield resident, Maurice Fulton at your local supermarket?

Hehhehheh, I have seen Maurice around occasionally, though maybe not yet at the supermarket! I don’t really know him personally other than to say ‘hi’, but, he seems like a really nice guy, and, you’re right, he’s definitely house royalty! I did once see him play at a small house party, doing two copy business with disco records and busted up walkman headphones, and can confirm that he’s as brilliant a deejay, as you already know he is….

You’re asked to book your favourite DJs and live acts for a night at your favourite club. Who plays, and which club?

Awwww man, that’s nearly impossible to pin down! There are so many great deejays and live acts, and, a whole lot of amazing clubs and venues around the world, some of which i’ve been lucky enough to see…. For today I’ll go with Chris Duckenfield, Recloose, Byron The Aquarius, and Larry Heard on the decks, with live sets from Henry Wu’s jazz project and D’angelo, at Flammable (Re Bar) in Seattle. My heart always holds a special place for those smaller ‘red light basement’ style spots with a big sound and a knowledgable crowd, and Re Bar definitely fits the bill for that! My answer to this question would probably change on a daily basis though… Also, just let me thank you guys for having me in, I’m a big fan of the site, as you know, and had a lot of fun doing this for you. Much appreciated!

If you want thatmanmonkz to play your party then get in touch with [email protected] , and make it happen?

Want to find more great house and techno records? Head over to Sound Shelter where we combine expert curation with a clever algorithm that offers insightful personalised recommendations, based on your favourite records labels and producers.


Andres – Mighty Tribe (La Vida)


It’d be pretty difficult to make a mess of the ridiculously funky chorus of Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Mighty Mighty”. It’d also be relatively easy to make a mediocre loopy disco track from the sample and still have a playable track.

Thankfully in the hands of the former Slum Village DJ, justice is done and the result is a wonderfully energetic dancefloor killer that should outlast Dez Andres biggest hit to date, “New 4 U”.

Want to hear more house brilliance? Head over to Sound Shelter and check out some similar tracks to Andres – Mighty Tribe

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Carlos Nilmmns Mix (Planet E)

France-residing, Scottish expat, Carlos Nilmmns has released and featured on over 50+ vinyl releases, 6 albums and many remixes with notable releases including “Subculture”, “Red”, “Distant Galaxy” (As Solab) and “Get By Me” which featured Detroit artists Davina Bussey (Underground Resistance) Niko Marks (Planet-E, Underground Resistance) and Andrés (KDJ, Mahogani Music).

Turns out he’s also a pretty fine DJ, so we hit him up for a mix and a quick chat.

What’s been happening in your world recently?

So far this year its been a busy one. In January I released a record on Deetron’s label Character with Ripperton, Niko Marks and Keter Darker.

I also just released a new mini album record on Ornaments. Its crazy because these new records have attracted a wider audience the usual. The label Ornaments have been ramping up my releases too. They just released the digital versions of my popular “Subculture” and “Cupid & Psyche” mini albums due to a lot of people requesting repress/digital releases. Ornaments actually are planning another record with a well known DJ/artist from Detroit on the remix duties.

I’ve completed a new club track album too I’ve only sent it off to one label at the moment so its early days. It will be my second full length Carlos Nilmmns album since “Lune Eclaire” from 2012.

Other side projects include collaborations with Niko Marks for his forthcoming album on Carl Craig’s label Planet E.

Tell us about this mix…where was it recorded and how?

The mix was recorded in my home. It was around the time when I played for 6 hours with another great DJ at “Fête de la Musique” in my hometown in Angers. These tracks were some of the highlight tracks that I played, if I remember rightly.

I used my new rotary mixer offered by my wife. Some girl eh?! 🙂

How did you wind up recording for Planet E?

I recorded a bunch of tracks with Niko Marks. I kept saying to Niko…: “ Send them to Carl!! Send them to Carl!!!!”.

We reworked some tunes and also created new ones to submit. Around the same time and in a funny coincidence, my bro Santiago Salazar surprised me with an awesome remix. He actually sent me a private video on Facebook with the track playing in the background. Man.. another great guy… We played together in Glasgow.. He walked into the Sub club and the first thing he did was walking up to me and gave me a big hug!!!! Legend!!! So.. anyway! Eventually Niko and I decided to send Santi’s mix with the other tracks to Carl.

It was great to finally meet both Carl and Niko in person in Paris but sadly the time was cut short due to the terrible attacks in Paris.

I’ve seen Carl playing a few good times in Glasgow at the Sub club and at festivals in Europe. He really is down to earth guy and a gentleman.

I’ve been making albums and records with Niko for many years. Firing tunes from Glasgow to Detroit and now France to Detroit. Our work flow is solid, we send ideas and trust each other, to work out the best way to release the music. Whether its a Niko Marks album on Planet E or a Carlos Nilmmns project on Ornaments… Both of us are purely into this for the music and always thinking about our next project together.

Why the move to France? How do you think this has affected you as an artist and DJ?

I moved to France after meeting my wife in Paris. We decided it was best to live here than in Scotland.

I can say for me at least that environment changes the way I create. I’ve been more productive since settling here. Warmer weather changes everything! Signing to labels like the giant Circus Company and Skylax have helped my music to reach more people here in France.

I’ve played quite few amazing festivals and clubs around the country and abroad with some really great people, but I still prefer Glasgow I feel not many places will ever match the Sub Club’s edgyness and vision.

You’re asked to book your favourite DJs and live acts for a night at your favourite club. Who plays, and which club?

Hmm difficult…

Venue: Sub Club in Glasgow (would have to be a late license as the club shuts at 3)

Lineup: Paul Johnson, Kenny Dope, Claude Young, Domenic Cappello

Want to hear more great house and techno records? Head over to Sound Shelter where we curate the best house, techno, bass and soul jazz records from across the planet.

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The Martian – Sex In Zero Gravity

Amazing techno coming out of Detroit from 1993.

Pick it up at Discogs