Blu Mar Ten

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Blu Mar Ten
Also known as BMT
Blumarten
Origin London, England
Genres Drum and bass
House
Breakbeat
Ambient
Electronica
Techno
Years active 1995–present
Labels Blu Mar Ten Music, Good Looking Records, Exceptional Records, Hospital Records, Med School, Renegade Hardware, Shogun Audio, 31 Records
Website www.blumarten.com
Members Leo Wyndham, Chris Marigold, Michael Tognarelli

Blu Mar Ten is a music production outfit based in London, and is made up of Leo Wyndham, Chris Marigold, and Michael Tognarelli.[1]

History[edit]

Blu Mar Ten's first track to be released was "The Fountain" / "Lunar" in 1996 on the now defunct Way Out Records.[2] The track appeared on numerous compilations and was named by Fabio as his 'tune of the year'. This was closely followed by the Blu Mar Ten remix of Erykah Badu's first single "On & On" for MCA Records, which reached the mainstream top 10 music chart. Following these releases Blu Mar Ten were offered a long-term deal by LTJ Bukem's Good Looking Records, which was accepted. This partnership saw a long chain of releases on the label including features on the Logical Progression, Earth and Progression Sessions LPs and tracks on Good Looking's partner labels. A dedicated artist EP and Blu Mar Ten artist compilation LP were also released by Good Looking.[3]

In early 2001 Blu Mar Ten and Good Looking Records parted company. Following this Blu Mar Ten has gone on to release records in a variety of musical styles. They have produced breaks for Rennie Pilgrem's label TCR and Danny Macmillan's In-flight label, 2-step garage for Lime, tech-house for Guidance Recordings and left-field downbeat for the Big Chill, Exceptional Records and Naked Music. They have also taken on remix duties for Erykah Badu again, Terry Lee Brown Junior, Joey Negro, The Ananda Project and Annie Lennox.

Blu Mar Ten tracks have been played by a diverse set of DJs such as Tom 'The Jedi' Middleton,[4] Chris Coco & Rob da Bank,[5] Felix da Housecat, Bobby Friction,[6] Ben Watt, Carl Cox, Lee Burridge, Erol Alkan, Howie B and Mary Anne Hobbs.[7]

September 2003 saw the release of the first Blu Mar Ten album following their split with Good Looking Records, The Six Million Names of God, on Exceptional Records. The LP represented work from 1997 through to 2003 and focused on the downbeat side of the duo than the dance floor material for which they were initially recognised. The album featured collaborations with Blame (720 Recordings / Charged), Nor Elle (Plastic City) and Fink (Ninja Tune).

In 2004, Wyndham and Marigold were joined by Michael Tognarelli. As a teenager in Manchester, Tognarelli had worked in Eastern Bloc and Spin Inn record shops with Marcus Intalex and Sappo.

During 2005 and 2006, Blu Mar Ten returned to producing drum and bass with a number of releases on labels including Hospital Records, Nookie's Phuzion Records, Friction's Shogun Audio, Basement Recordings, John B's Tangent Recordings, Renegade Hardware, Subject 13's Vibez Recordings and Doc Scott's 31 Records.

September 2007 saw the release of the album Black Water, which featured several vocal tracks with guests Alexis Strum, Kameel and Ernesto. Several singles were released around the launch of the album, including remixes from Tom Middleton, Sabre, Kubiks, Cicada and Blu Mar Ten themselves.[8]

In 2009, Blu Mar Ten released their Natural History drum and bass project, with the Close and Believe Me EPs early in the year, and the album Natural History following in November. A series of remixes from the album were released in 2010, featuring versions by Seba, Klute, Bop, Stray, Badmammal & Kastle.

In 2011 Blu Mar Ten released the Love is the Devil album, following it in 2012 with remixes of the album tracks from dBridge, Marcus Intalex, Joe Syntax, Unquote, Sunchase & BCee.

During 2012 Blu Mar Ten expanded their label, (rebranding it 'Blu Mar Ten Music' or 'BMTM') and started releasing music from other artists.

In 2013 Blu Mar Ten released their 6th album 'Famous Lost Words'.

Licensed tracks[edit]

Blu Mar Ten tracks have been licensed to several major commercial video games. Two tracks, "Home Videos" and "Simon and Lisa" were featured in Rockstar Games' 2003 racing title Midnight Club II.[9] The track "Trauma" was featured in Rockstar Games' 2006 title, Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis.[10][11] The track "Emi's Song" was featured in Konami's 2008 music video game, Dance Dance Revolution Universe 2.

Members[edit]

  • Leo Wyndham
  • Chris Marigold
  • Michael Tognarelli

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles & Album Appearances[edit]

  • The Fountain / Lunar - Way Out Records (1996)
  • Slipstream / Futureproof - Good Looking Records (1997)
  • Global Access / Myriad - Looking Good Records (1997)
  • Blu Mar Ten / PHD & Conrad - Slipstream / Future Proof / Progression Session / 3 By 4 (CD, Maxi) - Good Looking Records (1997)
  • Fall / Suspended Animation - Ascendant Grooves (1998)
  • Butterflies & Moths / Osaka - 720 Degrees (1998)
  • Blu Mar Ten / Akira (6) / Nu Moon* - B.R.O / Yellow River / Dark Matter / Sakhmet (2x12") - Good Looking Records (2000)
  • Fisher King - Lime Limited (2001)
  • The Conversationalist - In-Flight Entertainment (2001)
  • I'm Still Waiting / Tea & Sympathy - ISW (2001)
  • The Swarm - Thursday Club Recordings TCR (2001)
  • Blu Mar Ten / Abacus - Mace / Black Thanx (16B Mix) - Guidance Recordings (2001)
  • Clarky Cats / Slow Stop - Deep Structure (2002)
  • Storyteller / Storyteller (Blame Remix) - Deep Structure (2002)
  • Untitled #1 / Numbers - Deep Structure (2002)
  • Infected / Blurunner - Deep Structure (2003)
  • The Sky EP Series No. 6 - Exceptional (2003)
  • The Feeling / Drendie Girl - Deep Structure (2003)
  • Fitness / Rouge - Deep Structure (2004)
  • Why Me Why Now - Exceptional Records (2008)
  • Five Summers / Still the One (2011)
  • Problem Child / Sweet Little Supernova (2011)
  • All Thoughts Are Prayers (2012)
  • The Beginning / Blue Skies / All or Nothing (2012)
  • Blind Soul / Damage (2012)

Compilations and EPs[edit]

  • Everglades (1999 - Good Looking Records) compilation
  • Producer 03 (2002 - Good Looking Records) A dispute caused by the release of this Blu Mar Ten artist compilation by Good Looking Records prompted the separation of both parties.[12]
  • Weapons of Mass Creation 3 (2007 - Hospital Records) compilation
  • The Chillout Lounge (2007 - I Label) compilation
  • Renaissance: 3D (2008 - Renaissance) mixed compilation
  • The Chillout Lounge More... Downtempo Grooves For Late Night Lounging (2008 - I Label) compilation

References[edit]

  1. ^ UK. "Blu Mar Ten | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  2. ^ IMO Records "Blu Mar Ten Biography", IMO Records, Retrieved on 7 December 2011.
  3. ^ "Blu Mar Ten discography @ rolldabeats - dance music discography resource". Rolldabeats.com. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  4. ^ "The Sound of the Cosmos: Various Artists, Tom Middleton (mixed by): Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  5. ^ www.t75.org. "music - The Blue Room, the lowdown on Chris Coco and Rob Da Bank, The Late Night Sound of Radio 1". indielondon.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  6. ^ "Asian Network - Friction". BBC. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  7. ^ "Radio 1 - Mary Anne Hobbs - Tracklisting". BBC. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  8. ^ "Blu Mar Ten". Blu Mar Ten. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  9. ^ kingkarlit0s (2009-02-11). "Midnight Club II (disc 1) – Various Artists – Listen and discover music at". Last.fm. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  10. ^ "Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis (2007) Wii credits". MobyGames. 2007-10-19. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  11. ^ "Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis: Information from". Answers.com. 2006-05-23. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  12. ^ "Blu Mar Ten - Producer 03 (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2008-12-24. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 

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