The news broke on Facebook yesterday, but back catalogue will still be available to purchase for a little while longer
Black Vinyl, the UK house label headed up by Alan Russell, is closing after 20 years of bringing deep, soulful house music to the masses.
Established in 1996, initially as an offshoot of Hott Records, Black Vinyl was instrumental in bringing the likes of Miguel Migs, DJ Spen, Rasmus Faber, Karizma, 95 North, Tedd Patterson, DJ Chus, DJ Ermi and Paulo Rocha to popular attention - in some cases issuing those artists' very first releases. Since 2007, releases have been sporadic and digital-only, but only now are Alan (who some may recall was one of the iDJ reviews team for a while, a claim to fame that's almost up there with being the first UK DJ ever to play at the Winter Music Conference!) and his wife/business partner Janet calling it a day properly.
A statement issued on the Black Vinyl Records Facebook page said in part:
"That is pretty much it for Black Vinyl. It's been (almost exactly) 20 years since we started the label. The label was always about our personal taste (Janet had the last word on every release) and NEVER about passing trends or jumping on bandwagons. That's why there was never any UK garage/speed garage on Black Vinyl. Or two-step, or happy house or trance or hardcore or drum & bass or dubstep or any of the other nonsense that distributors and others told us we should have been doing at various times. For us it was always about real house music - from deep and tribal, to soulful vocal, to Latin and Afro and way, way beyond.
"Instead of signing tracks or commissioning remixes from the big names of the day we championed new and emerging talents from all over the globe. Many of the artists who had their first (or very early) releases on Black Vinyl went on to get deals with bigger labels and become 'big name' DJs and producers; some of them became superstars!
"So there will be no more Black Vinyl releases. We'll continue to make the catalogue we still own available to download via sites like Traxsource, Beartport, Juno and the rest for now, but will gradually take them down too. So that's yer lot. Thanks to everyone who has supported Black Vinyl over the years. Over and out. A&J"
So, RIP Black Vinyl. We wish Alan and Janet all the best in their future endeavours; in the meantime, we'd suggest you grab what back catalogue material you can while it's still available!