Platipus

Platipus

Profile:
Long-running and massively popular trance label based in the UK. Early releases were almost exclusively by owner Simon Berry and associates (recording as Union Jack, Clanger, Poltergeist, Art of Trance), but later the label branched out to include artists like Terra Ferma, Salamander and Quietman.

Most famous releases include the Platinum selling 'Children' by Robert Miles, smash-hits 'Madagascar' by Art Of Trance, 'Anomaly (Calling Your Name)' by Libra presents Taylor (a.k.a. BT and DJ Taylor, respectively), 'Red Herring' and 'Two Full Moons and a Trout' by Union Jack, and 'Air' by Albion.

In 2003, Platipus embarked on a new direcion which encompassed a series of high quality compilation concepts compiled by artists such as The Orb, System 7, Bent, Hardfloor, Bliss, Jon Hopkins, I Monster, Chris Coco and Amorphous Androgynous aka Future Sound Of London. These included The Art Of Chill, Addicted, Tales Of The Unexpected, The Big Freeze and the highly acclaimed A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Exploding In Your Mind.

Platipus shut down in early 2010 and all the productions and co-productions from label owner Simon Berry, including (but not limited to) Art Of Trance, Union Jack, Poltergeist, Clanger, will be released through newly founded label: Porcupine Records.

Format guideline: Platipus explicitely markets its CDs as Single or Album. These tags can be verified via the label homepage.

There is a two entry for platipus company: Platipus Records and Platipus Records Ltd.
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Email: info@platipus.com
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
73 00542 Art Of Trance Madagascar(CD, Maxi) Transk 73 00542 Netherlands 1999 Sell This Version
9902292 Various Hypnotrance 4 - The Intergalactic Trance Collection(2xCD, Comp) Arcade, ID&T 9902292 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
ПРЗ CD9865 D.J. Володя Фонарь* In The Mix(CD, Mixed) World Club Music, Platipus ПРЗ CD9865 Russia 2005 Sell This Version
none Pob Essence (Album Sampler)(CDr, Album, Smplr) Platipus none UK 2001 Sell This Version
none Jamnesia Get Busy / She's My Friend(2xFile, MP3, 256) Platipus none UK & Europe 2012
none Kansai Remember This Night(CDr, Single) Platipus none UK 2003 Sell This Version
none Innate Changes(CDr) Platipus none UK 2000 Sell This Version
none Art Of Trance Madagascar (Single) none UK 2002 Sell This Version
none Union Jack Funnelweb(CDr, Single, Promo) Platipus none UK 2009 Sell This Version
none Union Jack Papillon(CDr, Single, Promo) Platipus none UK 2009 Sell This Version
none Greg Murray I Feel Loved(CDr) Platipus none UK 2003 Sell This Version
none Various Midnight Club II Soundtrack Sampler(CD, Comp, Promo) Rockstar Games, Platipus none US 2003 Sell This Version
none Various Platipus - 5th Anniversary Collection(CD, Comp) Wax Magazine, Platipus none UK 1998 Sell This Version
none Various Clubbing Cities Of Russia. Саратов(CD, Comp) Правительство Звука, TME none Russia 2005 Sell This Version
none I Monster & Skywatchers (2) I Monster & Skywatchers (2) - I Monsters Art Of Chill - EP(4xFile, AAC, EP) Platipus none UK 2009
none Pathaan Globetronica - Radio Sampler(CDr, Smplr, Promo) Platipus none 2008 Sell This Version
none Various Midnight Club II Official Soundtrack(4xCD-ROM, Album) Rockstar Games none US 2003 Sell This Version
none Various Platipus / Gekko Sampler 2001 / 2002(CDr, Smplr) Platipus none UK 2002 Sell This Version
PIN 1 Various Pineapple Music Sampler Volume One(CD, Smplr, Promo) Platipus PIN 1 UK 2000 Sell This Version
PLAT 01 The Art Of Trance* Deeper Than Deep E.P. (EP) PLAT 01 UK 1993 Sell This Version
plat 1 cd Art Of Trance Deeper Than Deep EP(CDr, EP) Platipus plat 1 cd UK 2003 Sell This Version
PLAT 02 Poltergeist Vicious Circles(12") Platipus PLAT 02 UK 1993 Sell This Version
plat 2 cd Poltergeist Vicious Circles(CDr, Single) Platipus plat 2 cd UK 2003 Sell This Version
PLAT 03 Nicely A Problem Joe Nicely (E.P)(12", EP) Platipus PLAT 03 UK 1993 Sell This Version
PLAT 04 The Art Of Trance* The Colours E.P.(12", EP) Platipus PLAT 04 UK 1993 Sell This Version
PLAT 05 The Art Of Trance* Gloria(12") Platipus PLAT 05 UK 1993 Sell This Version
PLAT 06 Union Jack Two Full Moons And A Trout / Lollypop Man PLAT 06 UK 1993 Sell This Version
PLAT 07 The Art Of Trance* Cambodia(12") Platipus PLAT 07 UK 1994 Sell This Version
PLAT 08 Technossomy Chameleon / Elektron Bender PLAT 08 UK 1994 Sell This Version
PLAT 09 Union Jack Cactus / Morning Glory(12") Platipus PLAT 09 UK 1994 Sell This Version
PLAT 10 CD Various Platipus Records Volume One(CD, Comp) Platipus PLAT 10 CD UK 1994 Sell This Version
PLAT 10 LP Various Platipus Records Volume One(2xLP, Comp) Platipus PLAT 10 LP UK 1994 Sell This Version
PLAT 11 Quietman Plastic Gourd / Tranquil PLAT 11 UK 1994 Sell This Version
PLAT 12 The Art Of Trance* Octopus(12") Platipus PLAT 12 UK 1995 Sell This Version
PLAT 13 Poltergeist Vicious Circles - The Remixes(12") Platipus PLAT 13 UK 1995 Sell This Version
PLAT 14 Union Jack Red Herring / There Will Be No Armageddon(12") Platipus PLAT 14 UK 1995 Sell This Version
plat 14 cd Union Jack Red Herring (Remixes)(CDr, Maxi) Platipus plat 14 cd UK Unknown Sell This Version
PLAT 14 CD Art Of Trance / Union Jack Art Of Trance / Union Jack - Red Herring / There Will Be No Armageddon PLAT 14 CD UK Unknown Sell This Version
PLAT 15 CD UnionJack* There Will Be No Armageddon (Album) PLAT 15 CD UK 1995 Sell This Version
PLAT 15 LP UnionJack* There Will Be No Armageddon(2xLP, Album) Platipus PLAT 15 LP UK 1995 Sell This Version
PLAT 16 Salamander Tempest(12") Platipus PLAT 16 UK 1995 Sell This Version
PLAT 17 The Art Of Trance* Octopus (Remixes)(12") Platipus PLAT 17 UK 1995 Sell This Version
PLAT 18 Robert Miles Children(12") Platipus PLAT 18 UK 1995 Sell This Version
PLAT 19 Catalyst (2) What? / Stare PLAT 19 UK 1995 Sell This Version
PLAT 20 CD Various Platipus Records Volume Two(CD, Comp) Platipus PLAT 20 CD UK 1995 Sell This Version
PLAT 20 LP Various Platipus Records Volume Two(2xLP, Comp) Platipus PLAT 20 LP UK 1995 Sell This Version
plat 21 cd Terra Ferma Floating / The Scream(CD, Maxi) Platipus plat 21 cd UK 1996 Sell This Version
PLAT 22 CD Virtualmismo Last Train To Universe(CD, Single) Platipus PLAT 22 CD UK 1996 Sell This Version
plat 23 cd Universal State Of Mind All Because Of You(CD, Maxi) Platipus plat 23 cd UK 1996 Sell This Version
PLAT24 Libra Presents Taylor Libra Presents Taylor - Anomaly - Calling Your Name PLAT24 UK 1996 Sell This Version
PLAT 24 CD Libra Presents Taylor Libra Presents Taylor - Anomaly - Calling Your Name (Single) PLAT 24 CD UK 1996 Sell This Version
PLAT24X Libra Presents Taylor Libra Presents Taylor - Anomaly - Calling Your Name(12") Platipus PLAT24X UK 1996 Sell This Version
PLAT 25 CD Art Of Trance Wildlife On One (Album) PLAT 25 CD UK 1996 Sell This Version
PLAT 25 LP Art Of Trance Wildlife On One(2xLP, Album) Platipus PLAT 25 LP UK 1996 Sell This Version
PLAT26 Quietman Now & Zen PLAT26 UK 1997 Sell This Version
PLAT 26 CD Quietman Now & Zen(CD, Single) Platipus PLAT 26 CD UK 1997 Sell This Version
PLAT 27 Art Of Trance Kaleidoscope(12") Platipus PLAT 27 UK 1997 Sell This Version
PLAT 27 CD Art Of Trance Kaleidoscope(CD, Single) Platipus PLAT 27 CD UK 1997 Sell This Version
PLAT28 L.S.G. Hidden Sun Of Venus(12") Platipus PLAT28 UK 1997 Sell This Version
PLAT 28 CD L.S.G. Hidden Sun Of Venus(CD, Single) Platipus PLAT 28 CD UK 1997 Sell This Version
PLAT 29 CD Terra Ferma Lunar Sunrise / Visions(CD, Maxi) Platipus PLAT 29 CD UK 1997 Sell This Version
PLAT 30 Terra Ferma Turtle Crossing(2xLP, Album, W/Lbl) Platipus PLAT 30 UK 1997 Sell This Version
PLAT 30 CD Terra Ferma Turtle Crossing(CD, Album) Platipus PLAT 30 CD UK 1997 Sell This Version
plat 30 lp Terra Ferma Turtle Crossing(2xLP, Album) Platipus plat 30 lp UK 1997 Sell This Version
PLAT 31 Pob Featuring X-Avia Pob Featuring X-Avia - The Awakening PLAT 31 UK 1997 Sell This Version
PLAT 31 CD Pob Featuring X-Avia Pob Featuring X-Avia - The Awakening(CD, Single) Platipus PLAT 31 CD UK 1997 Sell This Version
PLAT 32 Loveclub The Journey(12") Platipus PLAT 32 UK 1997 Sell This Version
PLAT 32 CD Loveclub The Journey(CD, Single) Platipus PLAT 32 CD UK 1997 Sell This Version
PLAT 33 Clanger Seadog PLAT 33 UK 1997 Sell This Version
PLAT 33 CD Clanger Seadog(CD, Maxi) Platipus PLAT 33 CD UK 1997 Sell This Version
PLAT34 Chromium Chrome PLAT34 UK 1997 Sell This Version
PLAT 34 CD Chromium Chrome(CD, Single) Platipus PLAT 34 CD UK 1997 Sell This Version
PLAT 35 CDX Various Platipus Records Volume Three(CD, Comp) Platipus PLAT 35 CDX UK 1997 Sell This Version
PLAT35LP Various Platipus Records Volume Three(2xLP, Comp) Platipus, Platipus PLAT35LP UK 1997 Sell This Version
PLAT36 Union Jack Cockroach / Yeti(12") Platipus PLAT36 UK 1997 Sell This Version
PLAT 36 CD Union Jack Cockroach / Yeti(CD, Single) Platipus PLAT 36 CD UK 1997 Sell This Version
PLAT37 Quietman The Sleeper(12") Platipus PLAT37 UK 1998 Sell This Version
PLAT 37 CD Quietman The Sleeper(CD, Single) Platipus PLAT 37 CD UK 1998 Sell This Version
PLAT38 Albion Air(12") Platipus PLAT38 UK 1998 Sell This Version
PLAT 38 CD Albion Air(CD, Single) Platipus PLAT 38 CD UK 1998 Sell This Version
PLAT39 Pob Boiler(12") Platipus PLAT39 UK 1998 Sell This Version
PLAT 39 CD Pob Boiler / Beast(CD, Single) Platipus PLAT 39 CD UK 1998 Sell This Version
PLAT40CD Quietman Shhhh (Album) PLAT40CD UK 1998 Sell This Version
plat 40 cd-r Quietman Shhhh(2xCDr, Album) Platipus plat 40 cd-r UK 2006 Sell This Version
PLAT40LP Quietman Shhhh(2xLP) Platipus PLAT40LP UK 1998 Sell This Version
PLAT41 Conscious Northern Lights(12") Platipus PLAT41 UK 1998 Sell This Version
PLAT 41 CD Conscious Northern Lights(CD, Single) Platipus PLAT 41 CD UK 1998 Sell This Version
PLAT42 Union Jack Two Full Moons & A Trout(12") Platipus PLAT42 UK 1998 Sell This Version
plat42cd Union Jack Two Full Moons & A Trout (Remixes)(CDr) Platipus plat42cd UK 1998 Sell This Version
PLAT43 Art Of Trance Madagasga(12") Platipus PLAT43 UK 1998 Sell This Version
PLAT 43 CD Art Of Trance Madagasga(CD, Single) Platipus PLAT 43 CD UK 1998 Sell This Version
PLAT44 Quietman Now & Zen / Celestial Body (Remixes)(12") Platipus PLAT44 UK 1998 Sell This Version
plat44cd Quietman Now & Zen / Celestial Body (Remixes)(CDr) Platipus plat44cd UK 1998 Sell This Version
PLAT 45 CD Various A.R.C. - Artist Remix Collection (One)(CD, Comp) Platipus PLAT 45 CD UK 1998 Sell This Version
PLAT45LP Various A.R.C. - Artist Remix Collection (One)(2xLP, Comp) Platipus PLAT45LP UK 1998 Sell This Version
PLAT46 Terra Ferma Featuring I-Ching Terra Ferma Featuring I-Ching - Obelix(12") Platipus PLAT46 UK 1998 Sell This Version
plat 46 cd Terra Ferma Featuring I-Ching Terra Ferma Featuring I-Ching - Obelix(CD, Maxi) Platipus plat 46 cd UK 1998 Sell This Version
PLAT47 Humate 3.1 PLAT47 UK 1998 Sell This Version
PLAT 47 CD Humate 3.1.1998(CD, Single) Platipus PLAT 47 CD UK 1998 Sell This Version
PLAT48 Narcotik Blue / Twelve Miles(12") Platipus PLAT48 UK 1998 Sell This Version

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deephouse412

deephouse412

April 18, 2014
Hands down not just my favorite tech label, but my overall favorite music. The older style of music has a certain sound that i almost have trouble quantifying it into any sub genre. I think calling it straight "Psy trance" is just too simplistic. Platipus Records were true pioneers in the Tech scene in the 90's and, in my opinion, for at least eight years. My first piece of vinyl was Union Jack- Two Full Moons & a Trout. It was 1997, the record was already four years old, and i was 14. Platipus was insanely ahead of their time throughout the 90's. I think when their sound changed in the early 2000's, it was Simon trying to stay relevant, instead of just doing his thing. I also dont belive the label ever got the credit it deserved, @ least not here in the states. The "best of platipus" 2x disc is by far my all time favorite CD. Anthony Pappa did a phenomenal job with the mixing, and whoever picked out the tracks and the order in which they appear on the disc... truly a work of art. I think the label started having trouble when Claudio Giussani (terra ferma) decided to pursue other works. Alot of Platipus' best work came from Union Jack, which was Berry & Giussani. Simons stuff always seemed a little raw to me and i feel like Claudio played a really big role in the label. I wasnt there so i cant say for sure, obviously. But it seemed like after Claudio left, thats when the label started to shift away from its roots. Ive thought about this alot and just based on what the label was releasing and all the different names that were coming out with work on the label, it seemed like Simon was scrambling maybe, to find someone to fill Claudios place. There were always artists remixing and dropping original tracks on the label, but to me Platipus was Simon, Claudio and Paul Brogden (POB). THANK YOU PLATIPUS!! Your music literally changed my life
maxi_vinylnut

maxi_vinylnut

October 27, 2013
edited 20 days ago
Like the other reviews here i totally agree, my 1st Plat record ever was Kaleidoscope in 1997, the artwork on their covers was reflective of the music inside, organic sounding trance that can conjure an image in your mind without the need for lyrics.it kicked off a Platipus obsession that has never ended, , i was disapointed when they changed their cover art logo around 2000 as this reflected a change in musical direction as well which wasn't as good as the music before the change, thats not to say they didn't release some very cool tunes such as Patrick Reids Splat and pink hearts Elektonika were reflective of their older tunes. I kind of place Platipus next to "FLYING RHINO RECORDS" whilst Platipus was trance oriented and flying rhino were goa, Matt Evans and James Munro the founders of flying rhino were affiliated with the Platipus boys and released their first tune Elektron bender/chameleon on the platipus label and their names come up on the credfits for more than 1 platipus release.
Richard_23

Richard_23

May 11, 2011
At its beginning Platipus Records had an impressive signal to noise ratio in its releases. Simon Berry seemed to have worked out a successful formula for electronic trace without sounding formulaic that retains its value years later. That Platipus Records is no longer active and can serve as a time capsule for a decade and a half of high quality releases is about as good an ending as one could hope for. The label will not be tarnished by new corporate ownership by an entity that would care nothing about the label's reputation and which would happily drives the once respected label into a painful and distasteful obscurity.

I'm sure I will always have a fondness for Platipus and the window it provides into a period of time which will forever remain behind us.

I hope that Porcupine is able to perform some future magic that will be reminiscent of Platipus only in terms of its quality and the consistency of whatever the "sound" turns out to be. Platipus cannot be repeated nor should it be. It's history, baby.

The only other label I can think of for which I had a similar connection perhaps was Chicago's Wax Trax, also no longer with us. Endings are necessary; all one can hope for is that there is dignity left when the time comes. In that sense, Platipus succeeded. Spin on.
vinylparadise

vinylparadise

November 9, 2010
edited over 5 years ago

Platipus released some quality tracks in the late 90's many of which are up there with my favourite trance records of alltime.

Like previous reviewers, I didnt dig the releases from more recent years quite as much but the the old ones are always the best ones, right?

If you would like an introduction to Platipus then Volume 4 is an amazing album that showcases lots of the best tracks on this label.

A Legendary label!
platigreg

platigreg

July 20, 2010
And the end of PLATIPuS arrived...
I'm so sad that I can't say anything more, except "10x for these 17 years of heaven".
Hope the spirit and the sound will be kept alive through the new Porcupine Records label.
Please, give us news Simon.
Love !
dogbrain555

dogbrain555

April 17, 2010
Progressive House Masters. In a league of their own.
Beyonder26

Beyonder26

November 9, 2008
Platipus was one of those labels from the middle of the nineties until the end of the century you could buy records buy nearly blind from and you were as good as never really disappointed. Without a doubt this label has a special place in the heart and mind of many musiclovers and has also left his remarkable and unique sound to the (Hard)Trance-Scene: Classics from Union Jack like Cactus or Two Full Moons And A Trout as well as Art Of Trance - Kaleidoscope or Octopus or the famous Libra pres. Taylor - Anomaly - Calling your Name.
Brillant and simply timeless.
DJ_zen

DJ_zen

March 1, 2005
edited over 10 years ago
Despite much great naysaying, I still like this label an awful lot. Sure, a lot of the thunder's gone, but they still manage to put out releases that feel slightly left of center. Their sub-label, Gekko, is especially consistent with quirk and curiosity, while Platipus Euro is a little more loud and raucous. The label isn't trying to write out its own history, as is evidenced by their re-releasing many older records. They're just trying to stay afloat in changing times. Times where trance isn't even sure of its own direction anymore. It's perfectly fair to not like their current output, but it's also only fair to acknowledge their significance.
swk24

swk24

March 6, 2004
One of the very few trance labels that's still near and dear to my heart. I personally didn't like the wimpier flavors that starting coming around when they got new sleeve designs in 2000, but they've still managed to keep the production standards relatively high, it seems. But <i>old</i>-time Platipus records can still bring the house down. Relentless, layered acid lines and tribal madness, especially on early Union Jack releases. Melodic trance lovers: buy, beg or steal a couple of releases from before 1997; I can guarantee that you'll be shocked and provoked.