On a Saturday night you might find yourself in a dark, smoky club, dancing until your clothes are soaking wet, but somewhere else in the world someone is cutting down a tree in a rainforest at the same time. A red car crashes into a lamppost and a girl with curly hair falls deeply in love with a Japanese mailman.
Something Happening Somewhere. The name of the record label founded by the DJ, producer and former Trouw resident Nuno dos Santos, residing in Utrecht, The Netherlands. “The name itself leaves a lot open for your own imagination. I want to release musical material from befriended producers, new talent and my own work on Something Happening Somewhere (SoHaSo).”
Having build up an impressive catalogue already, with music by Love over Entropy, Kiani & His Legion, Nuno dos Santos, Dixon, The Drifter, Kurt Baggaley and Sigward among others, SoHaSo is one of the most exciting young labels around. Reaching a milestone in 2015 with the two part SOMEWHERE compilation, and a string of bold releases planned for 2016/2017, they continue to spread their love with notorious label showcases at Tivoli Vredenburg (Utrecht), De Marktkantine (Amsterdam), Paradigm (Groningen) and upcoming editions abroad and beyond.
LLxSoHaSo 001 – King Britt pres. Obafunke – Uzoamaka EP 1
SoHaSo 010 Love over Entropy – Sea EP
SoHaSo 008 Kiani & His Legion – Paper Unicorn EP
SoHaSo 007 Various artists – Somewhere Vinyl Sampler
SOMEWHERE01 Various artists – Compilation
SOMEWHERE02 Various artists – Compilation
SoHaSo 006 Love over Entropy – Tonii EP
SoHaSo 005 Kurt Baggaley – Former Self EP
SoHaSo 004 Sigward – Black Mambo EP
SoHaSo 003 Presk – Babou EP
SoHaSo 002 Mayaku – Bushwalking EP
SoHaSo 001 Love over Entropy – Off The Grid EP
This record is the result of an undeniable desire to uncover a once lost and forgotten gem from beyond the dust. To recover the magic underneath, that has never grown nor subsided and doesn’t belong to anything but itself. A love story between two music labels that found each other in this blissful journey, Lossless and Something Happening Somewhere are here to presents their first findings.
Uzoamaka is an original track by King Britt from 2002, that still remains as fresh and uplifting as it was 14 years ago. Nuno dos Santos has been in love with the sonic narrative since it was released, but felt the urge to bring the transformative beauty to a wider audience. In an attempt to recover the original, the original master and pre-master turned out to be lost by the waves of time. Calyx mastering have remastered the music straight from vinyl, keeping the raw charm of the original but giving it a sonic facelift to fit with modern standards, also making it available in the digital format for the first time since it’s release.
The original by King Britt is an ode to the ritual of dance music in it’s purest form. With vocals panning across the stereofield that preach ‘Sing, dance, be, free to dance’, it resonates with the primordial human playfulness, joy and expression in all of us. Teasing with a melodic bassline, almost reaching twelve minutes running time, it’s a modern hymn that never fails to mesmerize and bring people’s spirit together.
Besides remastering the original, it gave the opportunity to invite other artists to retell the story. Love over Entropy stayed true to the original groove, but added his characteristic atmospheres and expanded on the melodic movement with a hang drum that takes the whole thing to deeper dancefloor meditiations.
SBTH take a more techy approach with a trippy twist, while adding some extra percussive power and groove certain to deliver maximum impact on the dancefloor. Stripping the original back to essentials, restraining it to an even more hypnotizing effort.
With the Lossless family on board, both Love over Entropy and Mathias Schober aka SB spending time on both platforms, it was a natural progression to turn this into a collaborative release. It seems only now that there are more horizons to be explored together, as human beings are imbedded to do. This might be the first chapter in that story…
23 Oct ADE De Marktkantine, Amsterdam (Konstantin Sibold, Nuno dos Santos, Tsepo, Love over Entropy (live), Matthias Schober)
17 Sept Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht (Mano Le Tough, New Jackson (live), Nuno dos Santos, Oceanic
12 Aug Paradigm Festival, Groningen (Kink, Agents of Time, Matthew Dekay, New Jackson, Daniel Bortz, Nuno dos Santos, Malbetrieb, BDKR)
25 Jun Corsica Studios, London (Nuno dos Santos, The Drifter, Love over Entropy, Polynation)
15 May De Marktkantine, Amsterdam (Nuno dos Santos, Kiani & His Legion, Sigward)
9 April Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht (Hunter/Game, Mattheis (live), Nuno dos Santos)
20 Feb Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht (Kink (live), Patrice Bäumel, Nuno dos Santos, Pieter Jansen)