Label Liaison: Lumberjacks In Hell

As many of us bemoan, there is too much music released these days. Now imagine if there were no record labels, the bastions of quality that act as the initial filter between producer and listener.  While DJs and producers garner so much attention from the media and fans, the role of the independent record label has had an immeasurable impact on the shape of the music world. So our new Label Liason feature will profile the people who take on the role of creative director and commercial manager and wrap it into one difficult balancing act.

Marcel Vogel setup Lumberjacks in Hell in Amsterdam at the turn of the 10’s. Focusing on soul-infused, disco-fuelled sounds, the label has released killer records from the who’s who of the modern disco tribe such as Rahaan, Jamie 3:26, Cratebug, Philou Louzolo, Giovanni Damico, Dan Shake and Eddie C.  We caught up with Marcel to learn more about the past, present and future of Lumberjacks In Hell.

Can you tell me about the beginning of Lumberjacks In Hell? What inspired you to start the label? Who’s on the label team and what do they do?

I started the label in 2010. I did a lot of edits at the time that I put on Soundcloud and the feedback was nice and encouraged me to try something. There is a quote from Mike Huckaby that I like: “People are trying to get involved with the music and everybody is trying it on their own terms.

My own productions just weren’t good enough to be released but I needed to get myself out there and participate on a wider level.

Lumberjacks in Hell is all me. I do the A&R, the release schedule, every decision goes through my hands. Since LiH 002 I work with South African Graphic Designer, Chris Keyz who drives me crazy most of the time missing all deadlines but the look of the label talks for itself.

Apart from that, there is Lana who helps me a bit with social media.


Soulphiction Parking Lot Blues EP vinyl records Funky,Club House

Soulphiction – Dirty Hot

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Where did the name come from? It always makes me think of this underrated film

Please bear with me that I didn’t click the link. It’s more or less an inside joke between Mark Seven and me. It was an unfortunate gig, a really empty party and two DJ’s in Lumberjacks shirts that made me think of the name. Simple. I suppose my advice to all aspiring label owners is, whatever you start probably will become bigger than you can foresee if you mean it. So you might wanna consider the name twice. It’s a funny name though and I guess it works.

How do you select the artists to release through LIH?

Quality is really the only thing I consider. Sometimes I get a track from big-name artists that just don’t fit the bill and at the same time, I have released a lot of great first records by a bunch of artists and people really liked it. If I think it’s interesting, I‘ll go for it. It’s a bit of a family thing, so I guess it helps if I like you and you like me.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve had running the label?

Cash flow I suppose. There is always money that needs to be paid for all sorts of things and if the other end is disrupted that’s where it becomes problematic. If you prepare a lot of releases but for some reason, you get some delays and all these things. It must be great to have a huge security net to catch you. But for me most of the times when something goes wrong, it becomes tight for me.


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Dan Shake – The Bee Won

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Which other labels do you admire?

I love Sound Signature, KDJ, Philpot, EGLO records, Stilllove4music, Razor N Tape, Al Tone’s Label ( i don’t really know the name), BBE, Clone, Rush Hour, Stones Throw, there are tons and tons… and maybe for different reasons. I also have a thing for labels that have unusual releases but I would have to go through my shelve to remember what I am talking about 🙂

What role do you think labels play in the music industry?

What is that, the music industry? For the small bubble in that we operate, labels are a tastemaker. A creative force itself. Filtering a certain sound from everything that is available. Nowadays that everything is available to everyone, it becomes more interesting to be more specific with your sound.

Major labels have a different role of course. They have more power to force a certain product into the market. I find that interesting and appealing too.

What’s coming up next for Lumberjacks In Hell?

We just released Andy Compton & Shamrock – Bunny Chow which is pretty much what I mean. A very original beautiful record that was recorded in South Africa. I have another record coming next month and in July we have Alma Negra joining the label with a great record.


Andy Compton | Shamrock Bunny Chow vinyl records Disco,Nu-Disco

Andy Compton & Shamrock – Roga Mizki

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Which record do you wish you’d signed?


In your opinion, what is one tip that an aspiring producer needs to know?

It’s all about your own taste, your vision, your sound. Stop copying others. Your education is in the record store. You need to listen to as much music as possible and stay thirsty. Learn to play instruments, go and dance as much as possible. Be in love with music. Inspiration lies everywhere. Movies, music, books, musea, theatre. If you are just trying to have the next club hit you are probably boring as fuck to me.

You’ve got an unlimited budget and no one is dead – who would play at your ultimate club-night, and where would it be?

That question is so boring because the answers must be so similar. There is beauty in the limitations we have. If there are no limits often we follow a formula to make more money and foster more success. It is much more interesting to try to create the perfect night for 200 people that are all in the same vibe. Creating the perfect vibe is maybe more important than the biggest lineup. But obviously, it’s easier to book the hippest names to try to achieve that.

Want to find more records like the sound of Lumberjacks In Hell? Head over to Sound Shelter and get an ever-changing list of vinyl records personally picked for you, and buy them from some of the best stores in the world.

The Best Carl Craig Remixes

Just the glimpse of the words Carl Craig remix on the tracklist of an otherwise unremarkable looking EP will send DJs scrambling for their headphones, ready to have their ears and minds scrambled by the latest interpretation from the man who’s been likened to the Miles Davis of techno.


Since his first remix in 1988, Carl Craig has an extraordinary 605 remixes credited to his name on Discogs. While not all of these have shown his true skill, the vast majority would make any producer envious of his ability to turn even the blandest pop track into a techno masterpiece capable of sending even the most critical dancefloor into raptures.

To celebrate the Detroit legends numerous gifts to sound systems across the globe, we’ve compiled the best ever Carl Craig remixes.

Cesaria Evora – Angola (Carl Craig remix) [2002]

Organic percussion, psychedelic synth and 909s collide in this killer building remix of Cape Verdean songstress Cesaria Evora.


Hugh Masekela – The Boy’s Doin’ It (Carl Craig remix) [2005]

Two historically politically-charged cities join forces as Detroit meets Johannesburg as C2 tackles South African flugelhorn player Hugh Masekela.


Maurizio – Domina (Carl Craig’s mind remix) [1993]

A true house masterpiece as Craig energises Mark Ernestus and Mauritz Von Oswald’s dub techno with swinging 909s, sub bass and mind-melting pad swirls.


Telex – Moskow Diskow (Carl Craig remix) [1998]

Odd-ball Italo gem from 1979 gets thumped up by C2 in one of his best remixes.


Theo Parrish – Falling Up (Carl Craig remix) [2005]

For many, the quintessential Carl Craig remix. Techno meets Jazz with stunning effect.


Faze Action – In The Trees (Carl Craig mix #1) [2007]

Opening with paranoid synths bursts, the track goes to the next level as those strings come into play.


Throbbing Gristle – Hot On The Heels Of Love (Carl Craig Re-Version) [2004]

Thumping, psychedelic, big room techno


Tony Allen – Kilode (Carl Craig’s straight remix) [2007]

Fela Kuti’s drummer, Tony Allen gets dragged into the future as a breaky intro full of street-vocals leads into a ridiculously funky bassline, and quite possibly the best kick drum in house history.


Junior Boys – Like A Child (Carl Craig remix) [2006]

C2 turns the playful original into a sinister uptempo soundscape of arpeggio leads, hushed vocals and metallic pads.



Rhythm & Sound – Poor People Must Work (Carl Craig remix) [2006]

Craig, Ernestus and Von Oswald join forces again, this time on the Berlin duos Rhythm & Sound project as Craig takes Bobbo Shanti’s vocals out from under the smokey dub haze into the dancefloor stratosphere. Check out our guide to the best Rhythm & Sound records here


GusGus – Polyesterday (Carl Craig’s Shot In The Leg Dub) [1998]

A severely underplayed remix that easily stands the test of time despite being nearly 20 years old. All acid-riffs, floaty vocals and rolling claps. The vocal remix is equally as good.


Alexander Robotnick – Problèmes D’Amour (Carl Craig Remix) [2007]

The oddball Italo-tinged original gets looped up into a disco-house roller with jazzy drums edits breaking things up.


Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom – Relevee (Carl Craig remix) [2006]

An opening burst of kaleidoscopic synths slowly morphs into a full jazz workout over the space of 11 glorious minutes.


Hot Lizard – The Theme (Carl Craig Mix) [1995]

Nearly 23 years old and still sounding like the future.


Beanfield – Tides (C’s Movement #1) [2004]

At the time this was possibly a career-high for Craig, as he turns the soul-drenched original into a brooding-and-then-euphoric club masterpiece.


Factory Floor – Turn It Up (C2 remix) [2013]

A stripped down 808-driven DJ tool of the highest calibre


Ultramarine – Hooter (Carl Craig / Ver. 1.1) [1994]

808s, tribal rumbles and quitessential Detroit synths collide


Incognito – Out Of The Storm (C’s Planet E Special Mix) [1996]

Jazzy, mellow brilliance


Directions – Busted Trees (C’s Spacestrumental) [2004]

C2 takes the coffee-table jazz original and turns it into a string-driven wonder that builds over the space of 8 and a half glorious minutes. (Tip from Peter Benedetto)


Dave Angel – Airborne (Carl Craigs Drums Sucks remix) [1995]

12 minutes of beatless Detroit techno (Tip from Tom Sin-r Vde)


Carl Craig Vs. Johnny Blas – Picadillo 7 (A Lo Blas) [1999]

Another beatless excursion, this time on a remix of Latin conguero Johnny Blas (Tip from João Pedro)

Want to hear more Detroit-themed brilliance? Head over to Sound Shelter and check out our guide to the best new Detroit Techno records

DVS1 – fabric 96

The Midwest-raised, Berlin-based DJ, producer and label boss, DVS1 steps up for the 96th instalment of fabric’s mix series.

With over 20 years of dedication under his belt, Zak Khutoresky exhibits an artistic profile that is truly distinctive. From illegal 90s raves in the Midwest to marathon sets at Berghain, there are few DJs so unanimously trusted by audiences the world over. With a career that includes opening a nightclub in his hometown of Minneapolis, building and maintaining a custom ‘wall of sound’ system, releasing on Ben Klock’s Klockworks and Derrick May’s Transmat imprints and running 2 of his own renowned labels – HUSH and Mistress Recordings – there is no denying his reputation as a true bastion of underground culture.

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15 records you might have missed over Christmas and New Year

Christmas and New Year are often occupied by these things:

– Fearing the words “Can I have a word…” from your boss, the day after over-zealous Christmas party activities
– Researching the returns policy of multiples stores in expectation of receiving yet another t-shirt that you’ll never wear
– Justifying excessive amounts of food and drink intakes with the phrase “go on, it’s Christmas”
– Formerly peaceful family homes turning into war zones from yet more accusations of cheating at the annual game of Monopoly on Christmas day

Searching for new records is often low on peoples agendas, so here’s some records we’re enjoying that you might have missed over the last few weeks.


Afriqua - Soul CorrectionAfriqua – Soul Correction (Cure Music)

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Versalife - PolychangeVersalife – Polychange (Brokntoys)

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Pst | Porn Sword Tobacco | Svn - RECORDING 2Pst | Porn Sword Tobacco | Svn – RECORDING 2 (Recording)

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Mike Dunn | Md Iii - 88 90 Proto Acid EPMike Dunn | Md Iii – 88 90 Proto Acid EP (Clone Jack For Daze)

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Librarian - God Gave Us Scissors To Chop SamplesLibrarian – God Gave Us Scissors To Chop Samples (Waxtefacts)

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Ricardo Villalobos | Umho - Melo De MeloRicardo Villalobos | Umho – Melo De Melo (Drumma)

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Gu | Glenn Underground - Classiques Volume TwelveGu | Glenn Underground – Classiques Volume Twelve (GU Classics)

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Omar S - Hit It BubbaOmar S – Hit It Bubba (FXHE)

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Circulation - Emotions Unknown EP (reissue)Circulation – Emotions Unknown EP (reissue) (Mint Condition)

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Kinetic Electronix - Music For BeingsKinetic Electronix – Music For Beings (Mood Hut)

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Bjorn Torske | DJ Sotofett - HostBjorn Torske | DJ Sotofett – Host (Sex Tags Mania)

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Gregor Tresher - Quiet Distortion: The RemixesGregor Tresher – Quiet Distortion: The Remixes (Break New Soil)

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DJ Fett Burger | DJ Sotofett - AMFIBIA 21DJ Fett Burger | DJ Sotofett – AMFIBIA 21 (Sex Tags Amfiba)

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Wareika - Break New Sol EPWareika – Break New Sol EP (Amphia)

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Max Graef | Glenn Astro - The Yard Work Simulator RemixesMax Graef | Glenn Astro – The Yard Work Simulator Remixes (Ninja Tune)

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Zippo | Yotam Avni | Abstract Division | Observer - Where The Night Takes UsZippo | Yotam Avni | Abstract Division | Observer – Where The Night Takes Us (Enemy Ltd)

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Want to find more great house and techno records? Head over to Sound Shelter where we combine expert curation with a clever algorithm that offers insightful personalised recommendations, based upon your favourite records labels and producers.

10 Best Records of November 2016

Here are the best house records of November 2016, according to the users of Sound Shelter.

theo parrish gentrified love

Theo Parrish | Duminie Deporres | Waajeed – Gentrified Love Part 2 (Sound Signature)

Theo, Duminie and Wajeed form a Detroit dream team on the new Sound Signature

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erp pithERP – Pith (Frustrated Funk)

A 2016 repress of an underated atmospheric Gerd Hanson aka Convextion killer

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Newworldaquarium - The Games That We PlayNewworldaquarium – The Games That We Play (Ape)

Marvellous NWAQ tracks brought back to life with a remaster by Marco Spaventi. Sludgy on one side, floaty on the other.

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Max Graef - Apron EPMax Graef – Apron EP (Apron)

MG goes raw for Funkineven’s Apron label

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Cottam 6Cottam – Cottam 6 (Cottam)

7 years after his first mysterious 12, the UK chugger returns to this self-titled form with more slow and heavy edits.

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DJ Dog & Double Dancer - Rebound LoungeDJ Dog & Double Dancer – Rebound Lounge (Rebound Lounge)

A killer classic house influenced project from DJ Fett Burger and Double Dancer.

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SW - Sued 015SW – Sued 015 (SUED)

Stunning house and techno album covering a huge array of influences including hi-tech soul and UK broken beat.

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Jay Daniel - Broken KnowzJay Daniel – Broken Knowz (Technicolour)

Outstanding first album from the Detoit producer, blending raw leftfield house with tripped out jazz vibes.

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Glenn Underground - Savior Of ChicagoGlenn Underground – Savior Of Chicago (Strictly Jazz Unit Muzic)

GU with a 303’d up journey through lush ambient pads and spacey rhythms. Backed with an ode to the master of house music, Larry Heard.

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A Made Up Sound - BygonesA Made Up Sound – Bygones (AMUS)

Outstanding deep techno excursions from the ridiculously underated Dutch producer

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Want to find more great house and techno records? Head over to Sound Shelter where we combine expert curation with a clever algorithm that offers insightful personalised recommendations, based upon your favourite records labels and producers.

10 Best House Records of October 2016

Here are the best house records of October 2016 according to the users of Sound Shelter

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Nebraska – F&AR001 (F&R)

Noted for releases on labels such as Rush Hour, Delusions Of Grandeur and Mister Saturday Night, London-based producer Nebraska brings us three characteristically top-notch slices of sample-rich deep house.

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Javonntte – Mind Over Matter (Sistrum)

NDATL artist Javonntte hits Patrice Scott’s marvellous Sistrum label with an excellent 12 of warm Detroit house.

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glenn astro coloured sands

Glenn Astro – Colour Sands (Big Bait)

Essential repress of Astro’s debut release on Big Bait. Expect warm, jazzy swinging house.

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Zarate Fix / DJ Sotofett – Planetary Involvement (Thug)

Cosmic & earthy dubbed out house. Essential leftfield house as expected from these two.

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rick wade the elixir

Rick Wade – the ELIXIR (Harmonie Park)

Deep detroit house tunes released on Wade’s own Harmonie Park label

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Call Super – New Life Tones (Houndstooth)

After an outing on Dekmantel with the excellent “Nervous Sex Traffic”, Call Super returns to Houndstooth with a couple of multi-genre-straddling melancholic ambient house tracks.

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Move D / Fred P / Christopher Rau / Easy To Remember – A Tribute To Klang Club Volume 2 (Unclear)

An All-star lineup don’t disapoint with their classy house homages to the now-defunct Tuscan club.

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general ludd sunset yellow

General Ludd – Sunset Yellow (Mister Saturday Night)

General Ludd return to the New York label with more mind-being high-octane psychadelic house sounds.

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Terrence Parker Deep Detroit Heat

Terrence Parker – Deep Detroit Heat Edits Volume 1 (Groovement)

TP documents 90’s piano house with a set of new and unreleased versions and edits.

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jovonn peak hour

Jovonn – Peak Hour EP (Body ‘N Deep)

US House master Jovonn launches his new label with Jersey-templated, swinging house tracks.

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Want to find more great house and techno records? Head over to Sound Shelter where we combine expert curation with a clever algorithm that offers insightful personalised recommendations, based upon your favourite records labels and producers.

Six Mixes You Need To Hear Vol.1

Here’s 6 DJ mixes we’ve been loving recently.

XLR8R Podcast 460 – Prins Thomas

The Norwegian artist drops a tight 70 minutes of dancefloor shakers, made up of everything from electro to house and acid, all with a pleasantly retro feel.

Fred P for Deephouse Amsterdam

The New York selector glides through 90 minutes of his unique deep house vibes.

FACT mix 527 – A Made Up Sound

The Hague musician shows FACT the records that never leave his crate.

Mr Beatnick – NTS Radio

The Don’t Be Afraid label boss presents a heady 2 hours of sophisticated disco, dusty house and spiritual jazz for NTS

Livity Sound, with Simo Cell

The Livity Sound affiliate mixes up an array of bassy sounds.

Pangaea – Crack Mix

A whistle-stop tour through cutting edge techno from one of the UK’s very best.

Want to find more great house and techno records? Head over to Sound Shelter where we combine expert curation with a clever algorithm that offers insightful personalised recommendations, based upon your favourite records labels and producers.

Theo Walbeck – Freek Tool

We first heard this killer on Mr Beatnick’s NTS show, and since then it’s been on a regular repeat here.

The first release on the new Tune label, Freek Tool is the work of an apparently well-known producer, who wanted some anonymity for this track (we’re guessing the producer is a fan of the Arsenal football team based upon the pseudonym being a fusion of two of the clubs most injury-prone players.).

Tune is the new sister label to the mighty fine Local Talk label, and is focusing on releasing single-sided vinyl, where the track is strong enough to not require a B-side or remix.

There isn’t much substance to Freek Tool – it’s pretty much just an acapella from 90s RNB banger, Joedci – Freakn You, layered over a crunchy drum workout but in the hands of Walbeck, this combination is seriously powerful.

No download for this one so jump over to your favourite record store and pick this one up pronto.

(Video courtesty of Soundspace)

Want to find more great house and techno records? Head over to Sound Shelter where we combine expert curation with a clever algorithm that offers insightful personalised recommendations, based upon your favourite records labels and producers.


Member Mix: Nils Anthes

Germany-based DJ and producer behind the wonderfully-named Traxxploitation project, Nils Anthes mixes up an array of edits and African-influenced house.

Sound Shelter members post high quality mixes and tracks in our Facebook Group all the time, come and join the group here

Want to find more great house and techno records? Head over to Sound Shelter where we combine expert curation with a clever algorithm that offers insightful personalised recommendations, based upon your favourite records labels and producers.

Member Mix: Tim Reade

UK DJ Tim Reade turns out a mix that moves through melodic territory into break-beat driven vibes. A mix fit for any house and techno dancefloor.

We’ll let the tracklist do the talking…

Steve Kasper – Unvexed Dub
Frankey & Sandrino – Izar
Lonya – Still Waters Run Deep (3LIAS & Nesta remix)
Jay Shepheard – Elementary
Suzanne Kraft – DJ Safety Track
Dave Aju – 14324
Lay-Far – Lock & Rock (Mr Scruff remix)
Chaos in the CBD – Dusty Sundays
Leif – Tumbler
Berkson & What – Lost Solina (Maayan Nidam remix)
Christian S. – Give it Up
Frankey & Sandrino – Merging Black
Dinky – Casa (Axel Boman dub)
Dorisburg – Transform
Jay Shepheard – K3
Land of Light – Flares (Tambien remix)
Lorenzo Dada – Love Apparel (Axel Boman remix)

Sound Shelter members post high quality mixes and tracks in our Facebook Group all the time, come and join the group here

Want to find more great house and techno records? Head over to Sound Shelter where we combine expert curation with a clever algorithm that offers insightful personalised recommendations, based on your favourite records labels and producers.