Led by Busy P (AKA baseball-capped, head honcho Pedro Winter), Ed Banger Records has risen from low key Parisian rock n’ roll cool, to become one of global clubland’s most colorful and recognizable music outlets. It could be said they’ve ascended to maturity yet, in many ways, Ed Banger remains gleefully youthful, holding to the spirit of the party – a stable of DJ-producers with a huge sense of fun and old-fashioned loyalty to each other and their fans criss-crossing the world. In celebration of the label’s 10th anniversary, Ed Banger Records will release a compilation titled Ed Rec Vol. X on June 11 in conjunction with Because Music. The 14-track album is available to pre-order now on iTunes.
Ed Banger hasn’t put a full compilation out since Vol.III in 2008 and the time is ripe. All their artists contribute exclusive tracks, from long-standing label figureheads Justice, who soon release their own live album, to new disco-house kid on the block, Boston Bun. The Balearic android cocktail-disco slowie ‘The Beach’ by Breakbot sits easily with DSL’s sleaze-funk electro throbber ‘In Your House’, and there’s plenty more, from Mr Oizo, Feadz, Cassius, SebastiAn, Krazy Baldhead, Mr Flash and Mickey Moonlight. As if that wasn’t enough, Ed Banger are taking their birthday party around the world. They started with a spectacular 7000 capacity rave in Paris live streamed on You Tube with more than one million viewers, followed by a May 3 performance in London, and will venture on to Brussels, Barcelona, Los Angeles, Tokyo, New York City, Montreal, Mexico, Sydney and Berlin in the coming months.
Over the years, Ed Banger has released music by everyone from Rick Rubin to LFO to, recently, Laurent Garnier, and the new collection represents such diverse thinking. The imprint’s illustrious history and adventures have been documented in a new photographic book by label designer So Me called ‘Travaille. Famille. Party’ – Work. Family. Party.
As Pedro explains “After managing Daft Punk between 1996 and 2008 I wanted to create my own history. By creating Ed Banger records I launched my own musical adventure in a way. I learnt so much with Daft Punk, I owe them a lot. Celebrating this 10th anniversary is very emotional, I’m proud I managed to write a pretty nice musical chapter in my life. Daft Punk as chapter #1 and Ed Banger records as chapter #2 is pretty cool.”
A decade in, Ed Banger shows no sign of slowing down. “I am a happy boy. It’s been 10 years of fun, travel, hard work and discovery. I feel lucky too, I met some strong artists, they are Ed Banger records. My main goal is to keep challenging ourselves. We are an alternative label, we are free to go where we want.”
Ed Rec Vol. X Tracklisting:
1/ Mr. Oizo – “IntroX”
2/ Krazy Baldhead – “My soul is like a tree”
3/ Breakbot featuring Pacific! – “The Beach”
4/ Busy P – “Still Busy”
5/ Mr. Flash – “Reckless”
6/ Justice – “BrianVision MMXIII”
7/ Cassius – “Sunchild”
8/ Mr. Oizo – “Secam”
9/ So Me – “TX/FL/PA”
10/ DSL – “In your house”
11/ Mickey Moonlight – “Transition”
12/ Feadz – “Coleslaw43″
13/ Boston Bun – “Grinded”
14/ Sebastion – “Moi” (demo version)