Articles for 2012

December 21, 2012

Frank Stratmann

Position: Managing Director

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December 21, 2012

Heribert “Mue” Meuser

Position: Managing Director

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December 20, 2012

Tim Wermeling

Position: Label Manager & Head of Marketing

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December 20, 2012

Harry Hamacher

Position: Export Manager

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December 20, 2012

To all of you happy holidays and best wishes for 2013

On behalf of the entire team we want to thank you for a successful year and the great collaboration. We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year 2013!

December 19, 2012

Staff Charts 2012

Let me make one thing perfectly clear, 2012 was amazing! Number-one position in the German Media Control album charts, gold, platin, multiple awards – CRO took it all. The artist with the famous panda mask infected the entire country with his genre-bend

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December 18, 2012

Ina Luebke

Position: Business and Legal Affairs

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December 17, 2012

Daniel Bortz

It was the mid-'90s, the heyday of techno in Munich-Riem, home to the Optimal and other legendary clubs, when Daniel Bortz stepped into the never-ending, untiring loop of the stoically pumping bass drum. He was born in Berlin in 1981, but shortly thereaft

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December 17, 2012

The Ghetto Brothers

The South Bronx's Ghetto Brothers, originally formed from the Melendez family unit (Benjy, Robert and Victor) who came to New York in the 1950s from Puerto Rico. They had their share of incidents with violence and crime, but Benjy also pushed his crew int

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December 17, 2012

Barrington Levy – Sweet Reggae Music 1979-1984 (17 North Parade)

40-track 'Best Of' in the Reggae Anthology series. 2CD set with comprehensive linernotes. Barrington Levy started singing with the tender age of 12, his first album was released in 1979 just being 15 - he is a real veteran in the music industry and is amo

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December 17, 2012

Judith Theiss

Position: Business and Legal Affairs

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December 13, 2012

Five-time Grammy winner Ziggy Marley presents his first live album

Recorded live on Ziggy's 2012 World Tour, Ziggy Marley In Concert captures the excitement of his shows and the connection to his audiences that has made Ziggy Marley one of the most beloved artists in the world. Filled with passionate performances, except

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December 13, 2012

Masta Killa

Masta Killa may not be the most high-profile member of the Wu-Tang Clan, but he's undoubtedly among the most consistent. The last original member to go solo, Killa has released two critically acclaimed albums in No Said Date and Made In Brooklyn, and has

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December 10, 2012

Silla – Die Passion Whisky (Maskulin)

Brand new full-length album by Maskulin label artist Silla. Produced by Ilan, Beatzarre & Djorkaeff, Sti & Mel Beatz. Featuring guest appearances from the Maskulin crew (CEO Fler, Nicone, G-Hot, Dizztino), MoTrip & Joka, J-Luv, She-Raw and more. www.ma

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December 10, 2012

John Talabot

If there is one person, who has been causing a stir on the international club circuit recently, it is Barcelona's John Talabot. Already his debut "My Old School" (which is meant literally by the way) on Permanent Vacation in 2009 and shortly after that th

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December 10, 2012

Dominik Eulberg

In the early morning hours you might happen to run into Dominik Eulberg at a lake shore thatched with reeds, standing there all by himself with his telescope. There, where nobody disturbs him, he follows his hobby: to observe birds. If the passionate orni

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December 6, 2012

Permanent Vacation presents a special edition of John Talabot’s debut album “Fin”

Wow! Time flies quickly these days and we're almost already celebrating the first birthday of John Talabot's "Fin" album. Feels like yesterday when we first held it in our hands. They grow so fast! And it's already become one of the most influential genre

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December 5, 2012

Highly anticipated new album by Philadelphia legend Freeway

Arguably the most revered lyricist to ever come out of Philadelphia, Freeway, returns to his roots, once again using his powerful voice to drop gems on listeners with his highly-anticipated solo album, Diamond In The Ruff. Serving as his first official fu

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December 5, 2012

Wu-Tang Clan member Masta Killa returns with his third solo effort

Masta Killa may not be the most high-profile member of the Wu-Tang Clan, but he's undoubtedly among the most consistent. The last original member to go solo, Killa has released two critically acclaimed albums in No Said Date and Made In Brooklyn, and has

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December 5, 2012

Cerys Matthews

Cerys Matthews is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, author and broadcaster. She hosts a Sunday morning music show on BBC 6 Music and makes documentaries for television as well as BBC Radio 2 and 4. Cerys has, since childhood, collected, sung and

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December 5, 2012

Anja Schneider

Label founder, internationally renowned DJ and producer, world-traveler, and charming personality all rolled into one, Anja Schneider might just be one of the hardest-working individuals in the business. After getting her start as a producer for KissFM an

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December 4, 2012

Masta Killa

Masta Killa may not be the most high-profile member of the Wu-Tang Clan, but he's undoubtedly among the most consistent. The last original member to go solo, Killa has released two critically acclaimed albums in No Said Date and Made In Brooklyn, and has

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December 4, 2012

King Tubby, Winston Edwards, Blackbeard – The Evolution Of Dub Vol.7 (Box-Set) (Greensleeves)

Possibly the best in this series so far! Four very fine Dub Reggae albums in a smooth box for the price slightly higher than one fullprice CD. Disc 1 has the 'Natty Locks Dub' from Winston Edwards, a real collector's item, the original LP from 1974 was ne

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November 28, 2012

Nostalgia 77 And The Monster

"The Taxidermist" is the upcoming album from Nostalgia 77 and the Monster - a fresh new project from one of the leading lights of the UK jazz scene, which sees him revisiting his experimental instrumental roots. Nostalgia 77 has been heartily championed b

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November 26, 2012

Moguai

Miami, Montevideo, Melbourne, Mailand ... and Marl. Marl, the northernmost town of Germany's Ruhr area, which may not be a household name to you, but it fits perfectly in our story, which also begins with the letter M. M for music and M for Moguai, the st

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November 26, 2012

Hot 8 Brass Band

The members of the Hot 8 were all born and raised in New Orleans; many of them began playing together in high school. In 1995 they came together and began playing traditional New Orleans brass band music professionally. Founded by Bennie Pete, Jerome Jone

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November 26, 2012

Various – Diablos Del Ritmo (Analog Africa)

There are a number of theories as to how, in the mid-20th century, African music made its way to Colombia's vibrant port city of Barranquilla, today's mecca of Caribbean tropical music flled with the chaos of loud music, frenetic taxis, delicious Sancoch

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November 23, 2012

French duo Zombie Zombie returns with “Rituels d’un Nouveau Monde” on Versatile

In the year for end-time prophecies to be fulfilled, Zombie Zombie is releasing their new record "Rituels d'un Nouveau Monde" ("Rituals Of A New World"). A title in French aimed to emphasize and affirm the "made in France"' for the two talented producers.

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November 23, 2012

The New Mastersounds will be releasing their eighth studio album

As their live shows continue to charm audiences in USA, Japan and Europe, The New Mastersounds have built on their own impressive musical heritage and produced a soulful, funk-drenched eighth studio album - real instruments, recorded this time in downtown

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November 19, 2012

Freeway

Arguably the most revered lyricist to ever come out of Philadelphia, Freeway, returns to his roots, once again using his powerful voice to drop gems on listeners with his highly-anticipated solo album, Diamond In The Ruff. Serving as his first official fu

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November 19, 2012

We know you’re gonna dig this: Truth & Soul’s re-release of “Power Fuerza” by the Ghetto Brothers

This revered and incredibly rare 1972 Latin Rock album by South Bronx street-gang-turnedmusic-group gets deluxe reissue treatment, including remastered audio and extensive 80-page book, featuring rare photos and visual artifacts from gang members, the his

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November 19, 2012

Le Pop 7

Here it is, the new "Le Pop", right on time for the 10th anniversary. Le Pop, the series for francophone music and contemporary chanson, is more than just a compilation series. Up to now, Le Pop has introduced more than 70 different artists, many of whom

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November 19, 2012

Michael Mayer

As a DJ, producer and remixer, Michael Mayer remains one of Germany's core celebrities in dance music. It's no secret that he spends his weekends traveling around the globe. It's likely throughout his career he's played in front of millions. Then, as a co

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November 19, 2012

Beres Hammond – One Love, One Life (VP)

It was a four year wait since the last album and "One Love, One Life" is worth the wait, it's another five star set, this time with two CDs: disc one showcasing Beres in a mellow mood (hit picks include "In My Arms" & "No Candle Light") with a second CD d

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November 15, 2012

Cocoa Tea

Cocoa Tea is one of reggae's most talented and versatile artistes. His smooth, easy-going vocal presentation (pre-recorded or live) have become his trademark, earning him wide international acclaim; with songs like "Lost My Sonia," "Tune In" and "Rocking

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November 15, 2012

Roc Marciano is dropping his sophomore full-length on Decon

Long Island rapper/producer/ex-Flipmode Squad member Roc Marciano is dropping his sophomore full-length on Decon. The long-awaited 15-track album is an ice-cold slice of New York rap grittiness from a dead-eyed master of the craft. Reloaded is largely sel

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November 15, 2012

Analog Africa presents an anthology of the immense sound of 1970s Colombia

There are a number of theories as to how, in the mid-20th century, African music made its way to Colombia's vibrant port city of Barranquilla, today's mecca of Caribbean tropical music flled with the chaos of loud music, frenetic taxis, delicious Sancoch

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November 13, 2012

The new studio album from top reggae vocalist Beres Hammond

It was a four year wait since the last album and "One Love, One Life" is worth the wait, it's another five star set, this time with two CDs: disc one showcasing Beres in a mellow mood (hit picks include "In My Arms" & "No Candle Light") with a second CD d

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November 13, 2012

Martha High & Speedometer

'Legend' is a word so overused in the music business that it has lost much of it's original impact. But Freestyle Records feels wholly justified in describing our latest signing as precisely that. Martha Highs' impeccable soul credentials are beyond quest

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November 12, 2012

Christopher Rau

Of course we still have those venues, promoters, musicians who do not believe in flatrates and refuse the constant synchronize button. Those few are always on a rush to find that feeling so many have lost. Like Robert Johnson Club where magic is happening

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