via DR: Over the past six years, Dimensions has firmly marked its place as a leading name in the underground, with its festival, International Series, DJ Directory, and Dimensions Soundsystem.
Now, Dimensions is ready to extend its influence with the start of its label imprint – Dimensions Recordings which launches this July with an eclectic 12-track compilation featuring Byron The Aquarius, Mim Suleiman, Mike Dehnert, Marcos Cabral, Obsolete Music Technology and more.
Available from 14th July 2017 across three separately available 12” EPs and a digital compilation the debut reflects the flavours and variety of what’s in store. The compilation ties together twelve tracks across the three discs with very different personalities from soul and house through to techno and electro. With contributions from Dimensions friends old and new, breakouts and long-established names, it’s a solid-gold offering from the Dimensions Recordings team headed up by Andy Lemay and David Martin.
Part 1 calls upon artists from different corners of the globe who share the similarity of undeniable soul and expression in their music. The EP has an earthy, worldly feel to it. From the Swahili sung harmonies on Mim Suleiman’s ‘Pole Pole’, to the afro influences of Swiss collective Alma Negra’s ‘Onga’, both tracks work raw percussion with just enough swing that either would sit comfortably within late-night UK dance floors or on the sun-kissed beaches of Pula. Then there’s the jazz-tinted glow of Istanbul’s Kerem Akdag whose ‘Getdownsoclose’ deep roller makes use of lush pads and rushing snares. Closing is Maryland’s James Tillman, who’s soulful vocals on ‘Wander’ sit gracefully over transcendental keys and compellingly loose drumming, rounding off Part 1 with a cleanse of the soul.
Led by Dimensions Soundsystem’s David Martin and Andy Lemay, the aim of Dimensions Recordings is to provide an outlet to release music they love; whether it’s abstract jazz explorations or cosmic techno. Always ones to bring through new talent, as well as paying homage to the veterans that have shaped our underground movements, Dimensions Recordings will reflect the vast tastes, influences and motivations of the team. For those unfamiliar with Dimensions, the brand originally started as a Croatian festival six years ago, and now operates as a festival, DJ collective (Dimensions Soundsystem) and a DJ Directory series, a project dedicated to shining a light on emerging DJ talent.