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Veteran Italian label UMM is reborn

Underground Music Movement returns after 10 years

2017 Feb 20     
2 Bit Thugs

First release on the regenerated label is Ten Words' 'Eighteen' EP

Veteran Italian label UMM - Underground Music Movement - has been relaunched after a 10-year hiatus.

UMM was originally launched in 1991, as part of the Flying Records group. The label put out a long string of Italian house and techno releases in the 90s, including one bona fide podium classic in the form of Blast's Crayzy Man [sic] from 1994. But it was also key in bringing fresh US sounds to the European market, licensing tracks by everyone from Masters At Work and Ce Ce Rogers to Underground Resistance and Blake Baxter.

When Flying Records went under in 1997, UMM was acquired by Italian label group Media Records, which also owns the Nukleuz and BXR imprints, among many others. Under Media's ownership, UMM put out material by Mohito, Tom Neville and Justin Timberlake, but there hasn't been a UMM release since 2007.

Friday (17 February), however, saw the release of the Eighteen EP by Milanese DJ/producer Ten Words (not to be confused with Ten Walls, who hails from Lithuania). The title track is a big room house affair featuring a vocal from Ghost Wars, while remixes from 10WS and End To End take the track into more undergound territory. The sparser, more techno-oriented Satellite completes the package.






Tags: UMM, Underground Music Movement, Ten Words, Ghost Wars, Flying Records, Media Records, Masters At Work, Ce Ce Rogers, Underground Resistance, Blake Baxter, Mohito, Tom Neville, Justin Timberlake