Compost Records

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Compost Records is a German record label established by Michael Reinboth in 1993.[1] The label is known for progressive downbeat dance[1] and Nu jazz releases [2] incorporating influences of bossa nova, techno, and drum n bass.[3] The Future Sounds of Jazz compilation series helped establish the label early in its history.[1] The majority of artists signed to the label are those known to Reinboth personally, from connections in the German downbeat club scene.[1] The label has resisted licensing its catalog to larger labels, instead it sought to develop roster reputations in-house.[4] Reinboth selected the name "Compost" for his label because it translates well among many languages, and felt it denoted a "catalyst for constitution and reactions".[5]

In the United States, Compost was initially distributed by K7! Distribution,[1] and then by Studio Distribution until 2002, when it switched to Shelter Music Group.[2]

The label has been described as "organic"[1] and "revered".[2]

The book "Soul Love: 20 Years Compost Records" was released in 2015, featuring text in both English and German, over 450 photographs from the history of Compost Records and a download code for a 40 track compilation.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g Comer, M. Tye (November 8, 1999). "Compost Records:Top German Downbeat Dance Label Comes to America". CMJ New Music Report. p. 7. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Roseberry, Craig (November 23, 2002). "Kyoto Shows 'Spirit' on Compost". Billboard. p. 27.
  3. ^ Shapiro, Peter (1999). Drum 'n' Bass: The Rough Guide. Rough Guides. p. 256. ISBN 9781858284330.
  4. ^ Roseberry, Craig (November 6, 1999). "Germany's Compost Fortifies Club Beats". Billboard. p. 37. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  5. ^ Sin, Jeong-Won (2014). Du bist, was du hörst: Musiklabels als Wegweiser im digitalen Zeitalter (in German). Campus Verlag. p. 291. ISBN 9783593501031.
  6. ^ TITEL kulturmagazin (2015). "20 Years Of Compost Records: An Interview with Michael Reinboth". Retrieved April 19, 2016.

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