Network Records

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Not to be confused with Nettwerk Records.

Network Records, originally called Kool Kat Records, was an independent record label founded in Birmingham, England, in 1988 by Neil Rushton and Dave Barker.[1] It was instrumental in first introducing Detroit techno to British and European audiences.[2]

The label concentrated on bringing Detroit techno to Britain and moving UK house music to a new level as well as playing an important role in the development of early hardcore and techno, with artists such as True Faith, Juan Atkins, R Theme, Derrick May, Cyclone, MK, Neal Howard, Model 500, Mayday, Kevin Saunderson, Rhythm On The Loose, Lost Entity, Funky Green Dogs From Outer Space, SL2, Nexus 21, Altern8, label among others.

Network (sometimes incorrectly referred to as Netwerk Records). The best known artists such as Altern 8 (themselves an alter-ego of Nexus 21 and MC Lethal, and the more US Garage sound of others such as Kevin Saunderson's the Reese Project, before spinning off a new label Six6 also known as 6x6. The label was distributed by Virgin Records from 1988 until its demise in the mid 90s.


  1. ^ Larkin, Colin, ed. (1995), "Network Records", The Guinness encyclopedia of popular music 4 (2nd ed.), Enfield: Guinness Publishing, pp. 3010–3011, ISBN 0851126626 
  2. ^ Price, Emmett George, ed. (2010), "Techno", Encyclopedia of African American Music 3, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, p. 942, ISBN 0313341990, retrieved 2013-07-13 

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