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Wednesday, Jun 04 2003 | 13:12

Deep in the remote Bavarian countryside, two hours train journey from the Southern German city of Munich. Not the likeliest base for a collective making musical movements at the forefront of new-jazz and progressive dance music- or perhaps it is?

The sleepy rural town of Pfarrkirchen is home to Spinning Wheel Records (label and store). Which along with their charismatic reclaimed 70’s porn cinema called ‘Club Bogaloo’ is currently celebrating its fifth Birthday. Welcome to Lower Bavaria.

Reinhard Wimmer, the man making it all happen, after varied twists and turns in the Spinning Wheel journey is still endeavouring to keep things fresh. Pulling the project together initially through the love of digging for rare and collectable Euro, Afro and Latin jazz and other grooves from the exotica, movie soundtrack and library music vaults. These tastes are reflected by the selection in their by appointment record store, which acts as a meeting point for local and visiting DJ’s to pick up new releases also researching the roots with knowledgeable recommendations from Reini.

The love and knowledge is mirrored in the labels output, from the essential “Pop Boutique” compilation series raiding the vaults of the Selected Sounds library classics. With more recent “Spinning Wheel of Jazz” comps showcasing independent European Jazz from the past.

Reini also looking to the future, working on nurturing new talent and well established artists for current projects under the Progressive Spins monica. Catering more for the new-jazz and diverse beat generation. This being where their new compilation “Club Bogaloo Vol.2” fits.

Some of the highlights being “The Way It Goes” by Mark De Clive Lowe’s progressive keys workout along with the vocal dexterity of Maiya James. Another tasty broken beat affair “Make It Right” by Alex Phountzi featuring Vanessa Freeman. Plus additional killer dancefloor movers by Max Fresh, Jimpster and Russ Gabriel.

The birthday weekends events at Bogaloo covered the whole Spinning Wheel gambit of sounds. With Stefan Rogall (Sonar Kollectiv) and Toasta taking care of the larger dance area upstairs. Along with another regular `StylePimp’ controlling the multimedia angle with rare retro erotica visuals.

The more eclectic musical offerings being in the basement from Reini accompanied by Munich based reggae sound system ‘Roots Rockers’ and young local `Hip-Hop Snacks’ crew who’s talent has earned them work on upcoming production work for Spinning Wheel with Julie Dexter.

The club has obviously had to adapt to the commercial rigours of running a twice weekly night for 5 years, but certainly no more than some of the most celebrated venues in major cities and metropolitan areas.

But this is what makes the personality of Bogaloo unique, its miles away from all of the associated stress and strain of modern city living, and still boasts visits from Jazzanova, IG Culture and Bugz In The Attic, Nicola Conte, Peshay to name a few. Attracting a regular range jazz-cats, b-boys and clubbers alike. From all over Germany, Swizterland, Austria, France and Italy whilst continuing to spread alternative underground musical options to the local clientele.

With friendly permission of Straight No Chaser

“Club Bogaloo Vol.2” (SWCD1026) is out now on Spinning Wheel

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