StreetSounds (record label)

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StreetSounds (record label)
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Founded 1982
Founder Morgan Khan
Genre Various
Country of origin United Kingdom
Official website

StreetSounds is a British compilation record label, that specialised in urban and electronic club/dance music during the mid-1980s. StreetSounds was an offshoot of producer and promoter Morgan Khan's StreetWave label. The first Streetsounds release was the first edition of the label's core compilation series, StreetSounds 1 in late 1982. This regular compilation series proclaimed itself 'one hour packs of the latest dance tracks'. They were composed of full-length versions of (mainly) black club and urban dance music. The tracks were licenced from the US.


The StreetSounds formula for compilations was quality track selection, and reacting quickly to trends with a frenetic release rate.[1][2]

The run of the StreetSounds series coincided with, and helped promote, the rise of electronic dance music during the mid-1980s, at a time when style conscious young adults in the UK were looking for an alternative to rock, pop and post-punk music.[3]

Khan later extended the formula and released other compilation series including jazz-funk, house and high energy genres.

Notable StreetSounds releases included the Philadelphia Story; SOLAR; Love Ballads; and Dance Decade box sets. The Artists compilations, that collected representative tracks from specific artists, and 'Anthems' series (compilations of dance music classics) were also well-regarded. The Japanese instrumental group A.B.'s album called Deja Vu was released on the label, in 1983. The StreetSounds logo was changed several times over the lifespan of the label.

The StreetSounds label went into liquidation in 1988, mainly as a result of large losses incurred by StreetScene, Khan's club music magazine.[4]

After its collapse, the StreetSounds label was dormant for some years. It has since been revived by Khan, and offers mainly reissues of back-catalogue material from the original StreetSounds incarnation.

In April 2009, Streetsounds released a new electro compilation through the Streetsounds website. Nu Electro Volume 1 featured twenty tracks mixed by Freddy Fresh and Diplomat, and the musical style returned to the electronic roots of the series rather than the Hip Hop style compilation that was released in 1988 as Electro 22.


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