Citinite

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Citinite
Citinite logo small.jpg
Founded 2006
Location London
Official website citinite.com"

Citinite is a record label launched in 2006. Its artist roster is a mix of new artists, such as Her Bad Habit, Gosub and Sweat.X, and older artists who helped pioneer the electrofunk genre, such as John Davis and Egyptian Lover.

The first release on the label, Cazelica, was by Robert O'Dell from Detroit. O'Dell was an occasional collaborator of techno pioneer Juan Atkins in the 90s and has worked with George Clinton.

Flashcan, a collection of electrofunk tracks from 1984 by John Davis, was the label’s second release. Davis found infamy in the 90s as one of the real voices behind the pop group Milli-Vanilli and has also worked with Terry Lewis of The Time and Babyface.

Gosub's album for the label, Watchers from the Black Universe, was described by DJ Magazine's reviewer Richard Brophy as the electro album of the year, 2007.[1]

Her Bad Habit is an alias of Jimmy Edgar and his debut release, I Don’t Know (What You’re Doing To Me), featured more live instrumentation than he was previously known for.[2]

Sweat.X are a South African group consisting of Markus Wormstorm and Spoek Mathambo and their two releases on the label, Ebonyivorytron and I'm That Alley, met with critical success.[3]

The label's retro-futurist ethos is epitomised by 2011's Give It To Me Hot recordings, which invited contemporary musicians to rework songs by the 80s funk group, Sexual Harrassment.[4] [sic]

The label is also notable for releasing for the first time on vinyl, “Modernaire” by Dez Dickerson, a track produced by Prince which featured in the film Purple Rain. The track was released on limited edition red vinyl and featured remixes by electro artists such as Egyptian Lover and DMX Krew.

In 2008, Citinite also began co-hosting occasional special events, the first of which, held in London on 8 August 2008, was a celebration of the Roland TR-808 drum machine and featured 808 State, Arthur Baker, DMX Krew and I-f. The following year, Citinite gained further exposure [5] with their second event, a collaboration with Glasgow's LuckyMe music and arts collective.

Citinite is based in London and run by Manuel Sepulveda.

Roster[edit]

  • Robert O’Dell
  • John Davis
  • Gosub
  • Her Bad Habit
  • Sweat.X
  • Dez Dickerson
  • AD Bourke
  • Drive Me Home

Additional featured artists[edit]

  • Amalia
  • Lil’ Kenny
  • G.rizo
  • Olivier Daysoul
  • Spoek Mathambo
  • Riky Rick

Miscellaneous[edit]

Most Citinite releases are designed by Manuel Sepulveda.
Citinite has a sister company called Optigram, specialising in artwork for other record labels, such as Hyperdub, Warp (record label) and Planet Mu.
Citinite launched a monthly radio show in 2011 called Nitetrax, broadcast from the London-based internet radio station, NTS.

Discography[edit]

Cat # Artist Title Production Remixes Format Date
NITE-1 Robert O’Dell Cazelica Robert O’Dell EP & MP3 24 Jul 2006
NITE-2 John Davis Flashcan John Davis LP & MP3 24 Jul 2006
NITE-3 Gosub Watchers from the Black Universe Shad T Scott LP & MP3 28 May 2007
NITE-4 Her Bad Habit I Don’t Know (What You’re Doing To Me) Jimmy Edgar EP & MP3 7 Apr 2008
NITE-5 Robert O’Dell The Elite Robert O’Dell MP3 20 Nov 2006
NITE-8 Sweat.X Ebonyivorytron Markus Wormstorm EP & MP3 29 Oct 2007
NITE-9 Gosub The Last Time... Shad T Scott EP & MP3 6 Apr 2010
NITE-10 Dez Dickerson Modernaire Prince, Complexxion, Egyptian Lover Hot Persuasion, DMX Krew, Faceless Mind EP & MP3 8 Sep 2008
NITE-12 Private Stock Modernaire Private Stock MP3 10 Nov 2008
NITE-13 Sweat.X I'm That Alley Markus Wormstorm Mike Slott EP & MP3 24 Aug 2009
NITE-14 AD Bourke Mirage Adam Bourke Ulysses82 EP & MP3 22 Nov 2010
NITE-16 Sexual Harrassment Give It To Me Hot Dâm-Funk, Markus Wormstorm, Jimmy Edgar, Robert O'Dell EP & MP3 11 Apr 2011
NITE-18 Drive Me Home Fast Life Dominik Binegger Machinedrum, Computer Jay EP & MP3 31 Oct 2011

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Richard Brophy, Great Scott, testindustries.com, 12/04/2007
  2. ^ Serena Kutchinsky, Jimmy Edgar - Motor City Houdini, electronicbeats.net, 26/01/2010
  3. ^ Allison Stewart, Singles File, washingtonpost.com, 18/08/2009
  4. ^ Patric Fallon, Dâm-Funk, Jimmy Edgar and More Featured on New Sexual Harrassment Covers EP from Citinite, xlr8r.com, 01/14/2011
  5. ^ Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, Citinite x Luckyme Mix du Funk, thefader.com, 08/10/2009

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