It seems like a distant memory now, but the 12” vinyl single was very much alive and kicking in 2001. Whilst not possibly enjoying the sales in house music’s honeymoon period, the vinyl single was the format that drove NRK’s busy 12 months of 2001. Hot singles from this year included Miguel Mig’s “Soul Selecta EP” and the double EP and CD “Underwater Sessions”, Joey Negro and Linda Clifford’s absolutely huge “Ride The Storm” (which narrowly missed a UK Top 40 chart position) and Joshua’s “Watch Da Bass”.
01 was definitely the year for most things samba/latino in house, and NRK scored two big singles in this year, namely Nick Holder’s now legendary “Summer Daze”, and Joeski & DJ Chus “El Amor” (with the remix courtesy of Tim Deluxe).
Tech-house also scored highly for NRK in this year, with the release of albums, and respective singles, from Chicago’s Audio Soul Project, and UK’s Jamie Anderson. Audio Soul (AKA Mazi Namvar) had his sprawling concept album “Community” released, with singles “Techtonic Blur EP” and “Memory” out, and Jamie had his “Blue Music” debut album released, with the devastating “Black Sun” and lighter “They See Nothing” released as singles.
Our sister label, Honchos Music, also got in on the act, with pivotal singles from Mood II Swing and DJ Dan, alongside new rising talent such as A J Scent. Mood II Swing’s “Slippery Track” was picked up from Stickman Records, and Honchos added an awesome Dano remix to the package that already included a Jamie Anderson and a Josh Wink remix. DJ Dan’s “Put That Record Back On” got the re-rub from Junior Sanchez, H-Foundation and Peace Division, a heavyweight package if ever there was one!
And so onto nite:life, our DJ mix compilation series. Such was the breadth of DJs and punters out there at the time, it was possible to squeeze in no less that five compilations that year. Terry Farley (Junior Boys Own) gave us a taste of the darker tribal rhythms working the clubs, whilst Nick Holder’s “nite:life 05” was pure deep house, with those aforementioned latin influences. “nite:life 06” was brought to us from our favourite German friend, Ian Pooley, with some wonderful funky/techy/discotech moments on there, and NRK showed big support for the underground by enlisting ex-pat, DJ Garth, to the series, and his wonderfully trippy/psychedelic deep house offering. Finally, Joey Negro completed another year working closely with NRK with his mix for “nite:life 08”, a pure hedonistic deep garage house mix that still gets an airing in the office regularly!