Ovum In 5 Records
With Ovum’s most recent EP ‘This Is How’ from Israel’s Yotam Avni and a specialized 10-track compilation entitled ‘Ovum x Traxsource, Vol. 1’ out now, we had a chat with Josh Wink’s label manager, Matt Brookman, about 5 significant releases they both felt best shape and currently represent the label. Here is OVUM in 5 Records. Also don’t miss Josh Wink’s guest mix on Traxsource LIVE, Friday, October 23rd.
1) Wink “Are You There.”
Coming off Josh’s string of hits with Size 9 “I Am Ready”, Winx “Don’t Laugh” and Wink “Higher State Of Consciousness”, Wink delivered this breakbeat monster on his own label. The record would see the light of day initially as a promo on Ovum and would be our first single released through our worldwide distribution deal via Sony/Ruffhouse/Columbia. This relationship would help establish Ovum as a global brand and helped to put us on the map. The track, which is still featured in many DJ sets today was most recently remixed by Ben Klock, ROD and Harry Romero and once again became an underground anthem.
2) DJ Dozia “Pop Culture.”
Ovum wanted to keep our connection to the underground during our relationship with Sony and did it with a bang. In 1998, we hit the underground by storm with Philadelphia’s own DJ Dozia’s anthem “Pop Culture”. The track would be championed by the likes of Danny Tenaglia, Carl Cox, DJ Sneak, Doc Martin and so many more at the time. It became a big record for the label and helped keep is in touch with our house and techno roots. The original package included two 12 inches with remixes from Josh Wink under his Size 9 alias and King Britt under his Scuba alias. The record is still played today by the likes of Ame, Dixon, Scuba, Nic Fanciulli, Joris Voorn, Catz N Dogz, Ricardo Villalobos and so many more. It also has become one of the most sought after releases on Discogs as it as never been released digitally. New mixes coming in October from Joris Voorn, KiNK, Phil Weeks and Ambivalent as well as remasters of the original mixes, which should take this track to a whole new audience.
3) King Brit presents Sylk 130 “Whe The Funk Hits The Fan” album
Our first album release as label and via our deal with Sony, this debut album release under King Britt’s alias Sylk 130 would go onto become a cult classic and received critical acclaim. Similar to “Are You There”, the original single “Getting Into It” originally saw the light of day as a 12 inch promo on Ovum and saw the support of many of the worlds tastemakers like Gilles Peterson before ever seeing a commercial release. The album which tapped into the neo-soul movement that was breaking worldwide, also showed Britt’s incredible diversity with touches of Soul, Funk, Hip Hop, and Electronic Music. As a label, we have always prided ourselves on keep things diverse and this releases was a great example of setting the groundwork of what Ovum would be then and in the future.
4) Josh Wink feat. Lil Louis “How’s Your Evening So Far.”
A track that started as a secret weapon for Josh Wink when playing live that turned into a global hit. Josh has done many edits or remixes of tracks that he likes to use in his live sets. Most of these have never been released, but do to the incredible response to this reworking of Lil Louis we felt that we had to get this one an official release. This wasn’t an easy task as we tried clearing the sample but eventually decided doing this joint venture release with Ovum releasing for North America and London Records for the rest of the world. I will never forget seeing the response when Carl Cox dropped this tracks at Crobar in Miami during Winter Music Conference. This was still during the time that were “records of the conference”. We knew at that point that we had a hit on our hands, and the rest is history.
5) KiNK “Rachel” EP
Every once in a while there is a demo that you hear that completely turns you on your head. That was the case with KiNK’s “Rachel” EP. This diverse three tracker includes three tracks that are all equal of their own release. This is what Ovum is all about as this EP goes from the most incredible deep track in “E79” to the full on hands in the air “Existence”. Road tested by Josh; it became an instant standout in his sets. This EP is still played by many in their sets today, and it helped to launch KiNK into one of the most sought after producers/remixers around. This is what Ovum stands for as a label and has for over 20 years, trying always to stay diverse and always focusing on quality.
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