Hooj Choons

Hooj Choons

Profile:
One of the UK's largest progressive labels, founded in 1991 by Red Jerry and Phil Howells (who left soon thereafter). It released numerous #1 records to the world. Its changing styles throughout the years did much to guide the tastes of DJs and dance floors around the world. Probably best known for re-releasing the mid-90's dance floor hit "Café Del Mar" by Energy 52, which remains a dance floor classic. It specialized in progressive house and progressive trance, although later releases dabbled in breaks, deep house, electro and ambient flavours. It shut down in mid-2003 due to ongoing financial difficulties, but returned in 2006 under the same management as Lost Language. Only a few new releases appeared on the label, and the company Hooj Choons Ltd. that operated since 1993 was dissolved in 2010. After a few years in a dormant state, the Hooj name has again been restarted in January 2014, with an expected "sparse but high quality release schedule".
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Contact Info:
Hooj Choons Ltd. / Hooj Music
PO Box 16789,
London,
NW6 6ZX.

Phone: 020 7328 7787
Fax: 020 7328 7727

E-mail:
General Enquiries: info@hoojchoons.co.uk
Licensing: natasha@hoojchoons.co.uk
A&R: ross@hoojchoons.co.uk
A&R / Promotions: ben@hoojchoons.co.uk
Web Site: christian@hoojchoons.co.uk
Shop: bobby@hoojchoons.co.uk
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
95402 Lustral Everytime(CD, Maxi) Fairway Record 95402 France 1997 Sell This Version
95403 Lustral Everytime(CD, Single, Car) Fairway Record 95403 France 1997 Sell This Version
525 860-2 Various Dance Zone Level 6(2xCD, Comp) PolyGram TV 525 860-2 UK 1995 Sell This Version
850 627-2 JX There's Nothing I Won't Do(CD, Maxi) Hooj Choons 850 627-2 Australia 1996 Sell This Version
857 785-2 Sister Bliss with Colette (2) Sister Bliss with Colette (2) - Cantgetaman, Cantgetajob (Life's A Bitch!)(CD, Single, CD1) Go! Beat, Hooj Choons 857 785-2 UK & Europe 1994 Sell This Version
857 787-2 Sister Bliss with Colette (2) Sister Bliss with Colette (2) - Cantgetaman, Cantgetajob (Life's A Bitch!)(CD, Single, CD2) Go! Beat, Hooj Choons 857 787-2 UK & Europe 1994 Sell This Version
987658-2 Various 100% Hits: The Best Of 1995(CD, Comp) Polygram 987658-2 Australia 1995 Sell This Version
850 049.2 JX You Belong To Me(CD, Maxi) Ffrreedom, Hooj Choons 850 049.2 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
857 493.2 JX Son Of A Gun(CD, Maxi, Car) Internal Dance, Hooj Choons, Polydor 857 493.2 Australia 1994 Sell This Version
74321 10983 1 Felix Don't You Want Me(12") Deconstruction 74321 10983 1 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
74321 10983 2 Felix Don't You Want Me(CD, Single) Deconstruction, Deconstruction 74321 10983 2 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
74321 27934 2 Graeme Park, Pete Tong, Paul Oakenfold, Justin Robertson Graeme Park, Pete Tong, Paul Oakenfold, Justin Robertson - Cream Live(2xCD, Mixed, Bla) Deconstruction 74321 27934 2 UK 1995 Sell This Version
743 215 0253 2 Disc-O-Thek Don't You Want Me '97(CD, Maxi) Logic Records, BMG 743 215 0253 2 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
74321550482 Disc-O-Thek Don't You Want Me '97(CD, Single, Car) Omnisonus 74321550482 France 1997 Sell This Version
BARSP 002 Lustral Deeper Darker Secrets Album Sampler #1(2x12") Baroque Records BARSP 002 UK 2007 Sell This Version
CD LOSE 37 Gloworm I Lift My Cup(CD, Single) Pulse-8 Records, Pulse-8 Records CD LOSE 37 UK 1992 Sell This Version
CDLOSE67 Gloworm I Lift My Cup(CD, Maxi) Pulse-8 Records CDLOSE67 UK 1994 Sell This Version
DST 1102-8 Andronicus Make You Whole(CD, Maxi) Dance Street DST 1102-8 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
DST 1102-12 Andronicus Make You Whole(12", Gen) Dance Street DST 1102-12 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
eb 9772-2 Various Dorian Gray - History Of Magic(2xCD, Comp) FFM Dance Department eb 9772-2 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
EC 002 Various Club Foundations(12") EC Records EC 002 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
FCD324 Marmion Schöneberg(CD, Maxi) FFRR, FFRR FCD324 UK 1998 Sell This Version
FRCDM 20 JX You Belong To Me(CD, Maxi) Flex Records (2) FRCDM 20 UK 1995 Sell This Version
FXDJ 324 Marmion Schöneberg(2x12", Promo) FFRR, Hooj Choons FXDJ 324 UK 1998 Sell This Version
GEMR001 The Human League The Things That Dreams Are Made Of (Single) GEMR001 UK 2007 Sell This Version
HJ 10 Circulation Turquoise(12", W/Lbl) Hooj Choons HJ 10 UK 2001 Sell This Version
HJ 28 Future Primitive (4) R U Somewhere(12", S/Sided, W/Lbl, Promo) Hooj Choons HJ 28 UK 2001 Sell This Version
HJ 33 Solar Stone* Green Light(12", W/Lbl, S/Sided) Hooj Choons HJ 33 UK 1995 Sell This Version
HJ 34 Miro (2) By Your Side (DVK Remix)(12", S/Sided, TP, W/Lbl) Hooj Choons HJ 34 UK 2000 Sell This Version
HJ 61 KC Flightt vs. Funky Junction KC Flightt vs. Funky Junction - Voices (Promo Disc One)(12", TP) Hooj Choons HJ 61 UK 2001 Sell This Version
HJ 61 / HJ 61R KC Flightt vs. Funky Junction KC Flightt vs. Funky Junction - Voices (Disc Three)(12", TP) Hooj Choons HJ 61 / HJ 61R UK 2001 Sell This Version
HJ 61 R KC Flightt vs. Funky Junction KC Flightt vs. Funky Junction - Voices (Promo Disc Two)(12", TP, W/Lbl) Hooj Choons HJ 61 R UK 2001 Sell This Version
HJ 61 X KC Flightt Vs. Funky Junction KC Flightt Vs. Funky Junction - Voices (Promo Disc Three)(12") Hooj Choons HJ 61 X UK 2001 Sell This Version
HJ65 David James (Always) A Permanent State(12", S/Sided, W/Lbl) Hooj Choons HJ65 UK Unknown Sell This Version
HJ 68 Datar U(12", S/Sided, TP) Hooj Choons HJ 68 UK 2002 Sell This Version
HJ 90 Rasoul* Oh Baby(12", Promo, W/Lbl) Hooj Choons HJ 90 UK 2002 Sell This Version
HOO 002-6 NRG* Never Lost His Hardcore(12") Orbit Records, Hooj Choons HOO 002-6 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
HOO 003-6 Lustral Everytime(12") Orbit Records, Hooj Choons HOO 003-6 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
HOO 004-6 Lost Tribe The Distant Voices Ep(12", EP) Hooj Choons, Orbit Records HOO 004-6 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
HOOJ 001 Up On High Away(12", Promo, W/Lbl, Sta) Hooj Choons HOOJ 001 UK 1991 Sell This Version
HOOJ 1 T Rio Rhythm Band Carnival Da Casa HOOJ 1 T UK 1990 Sell This Version
HOOJ 002 Tomoaki* Past, Present & Future HOOJ 002 UK 2009
HOOJ 2 T Tomoaki* Past, Present and Future HOOJ 2 T UK 1990 Sell This Version
HOOJ 3T Simon Sed Wigged HOOJ 3T UK 1990 Sell This Version
HOOJ 4 T Unknown Artist Interplay Ep(12", EP, W/Lbl) Hooj Choons HOOJ 4 T UK 1990 Sell This Version
HOOJ 5 Rave 2001 Poor London HOOJ 5 UK 1991 Sell This Version
HOOJ 006 Inner Accuser We Love You Too HOOJ 006 UK 1991 Sell This Version
HOOJ 007 Sed Together Break Loose HOOJ 007 UK 1991 Sell This Version
Hooj 009 Up On High Away Hooj 009 UK 1991 Sell This Version
Hooj 010 Relay Believe Hooj 010 UK 1992 Sell This Version
Hooj 011 Andronicus Make You Whole(12") Hooj Choons Hooj 011 UK 1992 Sell This Version
Hooj 012 Felix Don't You Want Me Hooj 012 UK 1992 Sell This Version
HOOJ 014 Hyper Go Go High HOOJ 014 UK 1992 Sell This Version
HOOJ 15 Restless Rockers Dem Dem / Restless(12") Hooj Choons HOOJ 15 UK 1992 Sell This Version
Hooj 016 Diss-Cuss Pissed Apache Hooj 016 UK 1992 Sell This Version
HOOJ 17 Rio Rhythm Band Carnival Da Casa HOOJ 17 UK 1992 Sell This Version
HOOJ 18 Choci & Fruits Of Fresh Funk Choci & Fruits Of Fresh Funk - Music Of The Phewcha(12") Hooj Choons HOOJ 18 UK 1992 Sell This Version
HOOJ 19 Gloworm I Lift My Cup (To The Spirit Divine) HOOJ 19 UK 1992 Sell This Version
HOOJ 20 Diss-Cuss Tra-la-la-la-la(12") Hooj Choons HOOJ 20 UK 1993 Sell This Version
HOOJ 21 The Source Sanctuary (Of Love)(12") Hooj Choons HOOJ 21 UK 1993 Sell This Version
HOOJ 22 DCO2* Do What You Feel HOOJ 22 UK 1994 Sell This Version
HOOJ 023 JX Son Of A Gun(12") Hooj Choons HOOJ 023 UK 1994 Sell This Version
HOOJ 024 Tin Tin Out featuring Sweet T* Tin Tin Out featuring Sweet T* - The Feeling(12") Hooj Choons HOOJ 024 UK 1994 Sell This Version
HOOJ 025 Diss-Cuss Save The Day HOOJ 025 UK 1994 Sell This Version
HOOJ 026 Black Diamond Let Me Be HOOJ 026 UK 1994 Sell This Version
HOOJ 027 Ramjack (2) Let Me Hear Music HOOJ 027 UK 1994 Sell This Version
HOOJ 28 Sister Bliss Can't Get A Man, Can't Get A Job (Life's A Bitch)(12") Hooj Choons HOOJ 28 UK 1994 Sell This Version
HOOJ 28 A A Deeper Cut* Love Surround You(Acetate, 12", S/Sided, TP) Hooj Choons HOOJ 28 A UK 1995 Sell This Version
HOOJ 29 JX You Belong To Me(12", Promo, S/Sided) Hooj Choons HOOJ 29 UK 1995 Sell This Version
HOOJ 030 Tin Tin Out + Espiritu Tin Tin Out + Espiritu - Always...(12") Hooj Choons HOOJ 030 UK 1994 Sell This Version
HOOJ 30TX JX You Belong To Me(2x12") Hooj Choons HOOJ 30TX UK 1995 Sell This Version
HOOJ 31 Artemesia Bits + Pieces(12") Hooj Choons HOOJ 31 UK 1995 Sell This Version
HOOJ 032 Hyperlogic Only Me (Single) HOOJ 032 UK 1995 Sell This Version
HOOJ 33 Escrima Deeper(12", W/Lbl) Hooj Choons HOOJ 33 UK 1995 Sell This Version
HOOJ 034 Spacebaby Free Your Mind(12") Hooj Choons HOOJ 034 UK 1995 Sell This Version
HOOJ 34 MC Spacebaby Free Your Mind(Cass, Single) Hooj Choons HOOJ 34 MC UK 1995 Sell This Version
HOOJ 35 JX Son Of A Gun '95(2x12", Promo) Hooj Choons, Ffrreedom HOOJ 35 UK 1995 Sell This Version
HOOJ 036 Frontier Man Express It Thru The Dance HOOJ 036 UK 1995 Sell This Version
HOOJ 37 Various Some Of These Were Hooj ...Remixes(12") Hooj Choons HOOJ 37 UK 1995 Sell This Version
HOOJ 38 Antic The Ultimate(12") Hooj Choons HOOJ 38 UK 1995 Sell This Version
HOOJ 39 Chakka Boom Bang* Tossing And Turning(12") Hooj Choons HOOJ 39 UK 1995 Sell This Version
HOOJ39CD Chakka Boom Bang* Tossing And Turning(CD, Single) Hooj Choons HOOJ39CD UK 1995 Sell This Version
HOOJ 40 Andronicus Make You Whole (Remixes)(2x12") Hooj Choons HOOJ 40 UK 1996 Sell This Version
HOOJ40CD Andronicus Make You Whole (Remixes)(CD, Single) Hooj Choons, Hooj Choons HOOJ40CD UK 1996 Sell This Version
HOOJ 41 Space Kittens Storm (Disc One)(12") Hooj Choons HOOJ 41 UK 1996 Sell This Version
HOOJ 41R Space Kittens Storm (Disc Two)(12") Hooj Choons HOOJ 41R UK 1996 Sell This Version
HOOJ 42 Diss-Cuss Save The Day (Remixes)(12") Hooj Choons HOOJ 42 UK 1996 Sell This Version
HOOJ 43 Marmion Schöneberg (Disc One)(12") Hooj Choons HOOJ 43 UK 1996 Sell This Version
HOOJ 43R Marmion Schöneberg (Disc Two)(12", Dis) Hooj Choons HOOJ 43R UK 1996 Sell This Version
HOOJ 44 Movin' Melodies Indica(12") Hooj Choons HOOJ 44 UK 1996 Sell This Version
HOOJ 45 Red Sun This Love(12", S/Sided, W/Lbl, Promo) Hooj Choons HOOJ 45 UK 1996 Sell This Version
HOOJ 46 Mr & Mrs Smith* Gotta Get Loose HOOJ 46 UK 1996 Sell This Version
HOOJ 47 Antic The Ultimate (Remix)(12") Hooj Choons HOOJ 47 UK 1996 Sell This Version
HOOJ 48 Greenfield No Silence(12") Hooj Choons HOOJ 48 UK 1996 Sell This Version
HOOJ 49 Red Sun This Love HOOJ 49 UK 1996 Sell This Version
HOOJ 50 Solar Stone* The Calling HOOJ 50 UK 1996 Sell This Version
HOOJ 51 Energy 52 Café Del Mar (Disc 1) HOOJ 51 UK 1997 Sell This Version
HOOJ 51 R Energy 52 Café Del Mar (Disc Two) HOOJ 51 R UK 1997 Sell This Version
HOOJ 51 R TP Energy 52 Café Del Mar (Disc Two)(12", W/Lbl, TP) Hooj Choons HOOJ 51 R TP UK 1997 Sell This Version
HOOJ 51 TP Energy 52 Café Del Mar (Disc One)(12", W/Lbl, TP) Hooj Choons HOOJ 51 TP UK 1997 Sell This Version

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dogbrain555

dogbrain555

September 1, 2010
Killer Progressive House label.
vinguru

vinguru

March 24, 2010
edited over 5 years ago
Of all the music and labels that I have been collecting only Hooj Choons has had such a constant flow of excellence regarding their releases over the years they were active that I somehow feel forced to write something about them. I have been considering this writing a long time after all I have way over hundred releases from their catalog (and actually determined to seek the rest).

So what´s so special about this label? I was reading some conversation over forums where there was talked about the greatest electronic music labels of all time and someone mentioned Hooj Choons. Suddenly it was everyone fighting against this opinion and the conversation ended everyone laughing for their effort (this was some forum for IDM-stuff, so it was obvious there would be critical opinions ahead). Anyway, I think most of the arguments were kind of immature and showed unawareness of the history and development of the electronic music scene in the whole scale. Sure it´s a fact that there has been lots of labels that put out more experimental and forward thinking releases over the years (R&S, Warp, ...) but I think it´s a bit harsh to say that a label that worked over 15 years independent in slightly more commercial venues would be less effective and meaningfull, specially when they were able to move forward, change their sound in progressive manner and always keep their input high quality! I personally think that Hooj Choons shoul be regarded as one of the few special labels that changed the sound of electronic music for good!

The excellence behind their work lies down to one man: Rej Jerry (Jeremy Dickens)! Even though he was not alone making all it happen I believe that he was responsible for finding the talent and quality behind several artists. Hooj was always ahead of everyone seeking really good tracks to be signed for their label. Quality that really turned them genious was however the nose for talented producers to remix the signed tracks and turn them to Hooj Choons sound. The list is long but at least these names should be praised: Martin Freeland (Man With No Name), John Graham (from the Red Parrot label) and the rest of the Tilt posse, Matt Darey (Li Kwan, Bi Boy Action Squad, Lost Tribe), Jesse Skeens (Medway), Omid Nourizadeh, Nalin & Kane and several others!

Hooj was also able to surf the waves of evolving music scene. Their dramatic curve spanning over the years had at least three different noticeable stages. First one being melodic and almost happy house period (releases around 1-60), second one for the progessive and somewhat euphoric house and trance sound (up to around 100th release) with out forgetting some techno and breakbeat orientated releases and finally the matured and sophisticated progressive, electro and breakbeat influenced house and disco that dominated until the closure of the label in 2003. There was always hints for what was coming in the future in their releases, because the producers behind the remixes had their recognicable sound and I feel they had artistic liberacy to create their own path.

Of course the original material was good at it`s own (Greece 2000, Stage One, Sacred Cycles, Escape (Drivin to Heaven), Dont You Want Me, and so on...) and that proves the skills of Red Jerry to pick the cherries, to be outstanding. And when he found tracks that were too far out from the main label to sell they introduced some fine sublabels to do the job (Prolekult is one heck of a label for the acid and hardtrance heads)!

I haven´t found a single release from their catalog yet that I wouldn´t have liked. Every release is a winner and if the original track has dated somewhat badly, there is always some remixes that still sound fresh! My personal favourites are Billy Hendrix – Body Shine, 16B – Escape, Red Sun – This Love (Our House Remix), Jark Prongo – Moving Trough Your System, Katcha – Touched by God and naturally all the L.S.G, Space Manouevres, Nalin & Kane and Lost Tribe releases.

I strongly suggest that everyone who`s interested about evolution of (commercial) electronic music to listen at least the excellent compilations they released: Some of these were Hooj 1-3, Deeper Shades of Hooj 1-3, Nu-Progressive Era and specially if you can find Red Jerry`s Late Night Drive mix (for the Muzik mag) to sum up the late sound.
sbastien4678

sbastien4678

January 19, 2009
Hooj Choons always looked forward to bring quality music without searching for the unique style. Trance, house, progressive who cares ? Only music counts. Label is now history but definitely the most influenced label with artists from different sources.
Just buy all the releases from the very first one to the very last one and you'll see.
Also pay attention to the hoojman mate who appears on each release. By all accounts this started off as a roughly drawn makeshift logo by Phil Howells Girlfriend. In the early releases this was in crayon. The artwork developed and became more definted with each release. After the 30th or so release the Hooj Man cartoon on the back of each release was inspired by the title on the flip side. We can call this artwork "The Adventures of Hooj Man"
Hooj Man, the early years (HOOJ-01-29)
Hooj Man, The Teenage Years (HOOJ 30-59) & Cross Over
Hooj Man, The Undiscovered Files (HOOJ Albums)
Hooj Man, Grows Up (HOOJ 60-89)
Hooj Man, Today (HOOJ 90-Now)

Mrmilano

Mrmilano

December 12, 2007
With more than two (or even four) handfulls of excellent releases, like Lustral's Everytime, Tilt, Space Manouvres Stage One, Greece 2000,Viper, and many other now classics, Hooj not only has defined music during the 90's and early 21st Century, and played in clubs around the world, Any respectable DJ still carries a Hooj Choons release in their crate.
But now with their reappearance in the scene, we are looking at another Era of excellent music from this label.
They are not only the spice of life, they are the Chef, with all the right ingredients for a superb musical feast.
psymonkey

psymonkey

May 18, 2004
In my opinion a label that represents all that trance should have remained. Hooj Choons always seemed to have a knack for releasing tracks that were deep, emotional and story-telling while avoiding the pop-like evolution of trance as a whole. Such artists as Solar Stone, Energy-52, Paragliders (Oliver Lieb), Nalin and Kane, Three Drives and many others released some of thier best works on this now defunct but timeless label. More than just "The Occasional Providers of Half Decent House", Hooj Choons was the epitome of what a label should be.
Sanctuary

Sanctuary

September 20, 2003
It appears that Hooj is no more - after ongoing finaincial difficulties, the label has finally closed down. Hooj.com will continue to trade, and all back-catalogue releases currently available will remain so for the time being.

Hooj has done more for the dance / electronic music industry than any other label, DJ or artist. They will be sorely missed.
Supernatural

Supernatural

August 17, 2002
Hooj is the spice of life.. there's so much variety here, from deep dark scary releases to breaks influenced house, to techno, to progressive house.. Hooj does it all, and they do it well.
Vezatron

Vezatron

May 28, 2002
This label produces some excellent progressive house that ranges from floor stomping to tribally tinged to deep fun. 16B produces so many remixes and makes great tracks like "The Game." Morel puts many musical elements together to produce some good tracks like the contemporary classic "Escape (driving to Heaven)". To top it off they have acts like LSG (great tracks), marmion (of five years and tomarrow!), and the makers of the "orange theme", Cygnus X. Hooj keeps Seb Fontaine in business!