Network Records

Network Records

Profile:
Network Records was a Rave music label based in Birmingham, England during the late 80's and early to mid 90's. It was owned by Neil Rushton and Dave Barker (14). In 1996 they signed a deal with Avex to release tracks. Neil Macey was employed with the label as head of club promotion and to assist with A&R. Andy Stanley (aka DJ Stan the Devil Tune Man) did van sales for the label. They also employed John McCready and Mark Mortimer for press relations/PR. Judy Nanton also worked with promotions.

The label started as "Bleep" offshoot of Kool Kat, and went on to play a massive role in the development of early Hardcore and British techno. Latterly it concentrated on bringing Garage music to Britain & developing UK House artists. Along the way it hosted artists such as True Faith, Juan Atkins / Model 500, Derrick May / Mayday, Cyclone, Rhythm On The Loose, MK, Neal Howard, Kevin Saunderson, Funky Green Dogs From Outer Space, Nexus 21, Altern8, as well as collaborating with the Underground Resistance, KMS, NuGroove and Serious Grooves labels among others. They also promoted the Bio Rhythms club night in Walsall.

At first the label was distributed by Pinnacle (3), but Network bought themselves out of the contract in 1992. In August 1993 Sony bought 49% of the shares of the company and offered them a wider distribution. Officially the company was now called Best Beat Dance Limited (yet only internally). They launched 6 x 6 Records for street level house releases.
They also started distributing smaller labels. These ‘third party’-distributed labels included Bosting Records, other, Journeys By DJ, Good Boy Records, Strictly 4 Groovers, Gem Records, Planet Four Communications, Hott Records, U.F.G and Silver City Records. Other labels under the Network umbrella included Vinyl Addiction (underground house), Stafford (South), Stafford (North) (a more hardcore sister label), EU4EA Recordings (for trance releases), Hidden Agenda (2) and The One After D.

There was also a 4CD Network label compilation (released on the Passion label) entitled The Network Collection, and more recently a 5CD retrospective on the Endulge label entitled Network - The Box Set.

Network is closely associated with the following labels:
Stafford (North)
Stafford (South)
The One After D
Dansa Records
as well as the listed sub-labels.
UK releases on
Serious Grooves,
Smack Music UK,
KMS (UK) &
Vicious Muzik Records
were also released through Network.
Sublabels
Parent Label:
Contact Info:
Network Records,
Stratford House,
Stratford Place,
Camp Hill,
Birmingham,
B12 OHT.
021 766 7311.

The Licensing Partnership UK Ltd
Aldenham Lodge
Gaveston Close
Byfleet, West Byfleet
Surrey KT14 7HE
England

Tel: +44 (0)1932 350573
info@licensingpartnership.com
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
- Sientes La Conga  album cover El Latino Man Sientes La Conga(CD, Album) DB Records (4), Network Records - Italy 1995 Sell This Version
- Toca Toka  album cover El Latino Man Toca Toka(CD, Single) DB Records (4), Network Records - Italy 1995 Sell This Version
12 NTW 1 Back 2 Back Retro Classics  album cover Various Back 2 Back Retro Classics(12", Ltd) Network Records 12 NTW 1 UK Unknown Sell This Version
12 NTW 2 Back 2 Back Retro Classics  album cover Various Back 2 Back Retro Classics(12", Ltd) Network Records 12 NTW 2 UK Unknown Sell This Version
12 NTW 3 Back 2 Back Retro Classics  album cover Various Back 2 Back Retro Classics(12", Ltd) Network Records 12 NTW 3 UK 1996 Sell This Version
12 NTW 4 Back 2 Back Retro Classics  album cover Various Back 2 Back Retro Classics(12", Ltd) Network Records 12 NTW 4 UK Unknown Sell This Version
12 NTW 5 Back 2 Back Retro Classics  album cover Various Back 2 Back Retro Classics(12", Ltd) Network Records 12 NTW 5 UK Unknown Sell This Version
0060235 CLU Let The Music (Lift You Up)  album cover Darlene Lewis Let The Music (Lift You Up)(CD, Maxi) Club Tools, Club Tools, Club Tools 0060235 CLU Germany 1994 Sell This Version
130 005 Please Don't Go  album cover K.W.S. Please Don't Go(12") XIII BIS Records 130 005 France 1992 Sell This Version
525 860-2 Dance Zone Level 6  album cover Various Dance Zone Level 6 (Comp) 525 860-2 UK 1995 Sell This Version
660935 6 The Colour Of Love  album cover The Reese Project The Colour Of Love(12") Network Records 660935 6 France 1994 Sell This Version
855 221-2 Tear It Up  album cover U.S.U.R.A. Tear It Up(CD, Maxi) Airplay Records 855 221-2 France 1993 Sell This Version
8108572 Profecia  album cover Noelia Profecia(CD, Album) Virgin, Ultralab 8108572 Italy 2001 Sell This Version
162 351 009-2 Technorave 4  album cover Various Technorave 4(CD, Comp) Next Plateau Records Inc. 162 351 009-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
162 351 009-4 Technorave 4  album cover Various Technorave 4(Cass, Comp) Next Plateau Records Inc. 162 351 009-4 US 1992 Sell This Version
422 869 905-2 Please Don't Go  album cover K.W.S. Please Don't Go(CD, Maxi) Next Plateau Records Inc., London Records 422 869 905-2 Canada 1992 Sell This Version
A8 PIC 1 Full On .. Mask Hysteria  album cover Altern 8 Full On .. Mask Hysteria(LP, Album, Ltd, Pic) Network Records A8 PIC 1 UK 1992 Sell This Version
ACD 1346 Technorave 2: Trance Atlantic... The Wave Of The Future  album cover Various Technorave 2: Trance Atlantic... The Wave Of The Future(CD, Comp) Attic ACD 1346 Canada 1992 Sell This Version
AVCD-11026 Nonstop Super Club Groovin Exciting Hyper Night Vol.1  album cover Various Nonstop Super Club Groovin Exciting Hyper Night Vol.1(CD, Comp, Mixed) Avex Trax AVCD-11026 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
BEV 1 CD On And On  album cover Beverlei Brown On And On(CD, Promo, Rad) Sidestep Records, Network Records BEV 1 CD UK 1996 Sell This Version
BEV101 On And On  album cover Beverlei Brown On And On(12") Network Records BEV101 UK 1996 Sell This Version
BEVCD101 On And On  album cover Beverlei Brown On And On(CD, Single) Sidestep Records, Network Records BEVCD101 UK 1996 Sell This Version
BIO CD 1 Bio Rhythm - "Dance Music With Bleeps"  album cover Various Bio Rhythm - "Dance Music With Bleeps"(CD, Comp) Network Records, Network Records BIO CD 1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
BIO CD 2 Bio Rhythm 2 - "808 909 1991"  album cover Various Bio Rhythm 2 - "808 909 1991"(CD, Comp) Network Records BIO CD 2 UK 1990 Sell This Version
BIO DJ1 Limited Edition Sampler  album cover Paris Grey / Nexus 21 Paris Grey / Nexus 21 - Limited Edition Sampler(12", Promo) Network Records BIO DJ1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
BIO DJ2 Preview  album cover Various Preview(12", Promo) Network Records BIO DJ2 UK 1990 Sell This Version
BIOLP 1 Bio Rhythm - "Dance Music With Bleeps"  album cover Various Bio Rhythm - "Dance Music With Bleeps"(LP, Comp) Network Records BIOLP 1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
BIO LP 2 Bio Rhythm 2 - "808 909 1991"  album cover Various Bio Rhythm 2 - "808 909 1991"(LP, Comp) Network Records BIO LP 2 UK 1990 Sell This Version
BIO MC 1 Bio Rhythm - "Dance Music With Bleeps"  album cover Various Bio Rhythm - "Dance Music With Bleeps"(Cass, Comp) Network Records BIO MC 1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
BIO MC 2 Bio Rhythm 2 - "808 909 1991"  album cover Various Bio Rhythm 2 - "808 909 1991"(Cass, Comp) Network Records, Network Records BIO MC 2 UK 1990 Sell This Version
BSTNCD 101 All Funked Up!  album cover Mother All Funked Up!(CD, Single) Bosting Records BSTNCD 101 UK 1993 Sell This Version
BZZ 106078 The Colour Of Love  album cover The Reese Project The Colour Of Love(7", Single) Buzz BZZ 106078 Belgium 1992 Sell This Version
BZZXL 106041 Direct Me Edition 1  album cover The Reese Project Direct Me Edition 1(12") Buzz BZZXL 106041 Belgium 1991 Sell This Version
CDB NTW 1 The Network Collection  album cover Various The Network Collection(3xCD, Comp + CD, Comp, Mixed + Box) Network Records, Passion 98 CDB NTW 1 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CDB NTW 2 The Six6 Collection  album cover Various The Six6 Collection(3xCD, Comp + CD, Mixed + Box) Passion 98, Passion Music CDB NTW 2 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CDB NTW 3 Nu Groove - Here Comes That Sound Again  album cover Various Nu Groove - Here Comes That Sound Again(4xCD, Comp) Nu Groove Records, Passion 98 CDB NTW 3 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CDB NTW 4 Garage... This Is Paradise  album cover Various Garage... This Is Paradise(3xCD, Comp + CD, Mixed) Passion 98, Passion Music CDB NTW 4 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CDB NTW 5 The Ibiza Anthems  album cover Various The Ibiza Anthems(Box + 3xCD, Comp) Passion 98 CDB NTW 5 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CDRUMD 108 Warehouse 8  album cover Various Warehouse 8(CD, Comp) Rumour Records CDRUMD 108 UK 1993 Sell This Version
CDS NTW 1 Various Back 2 Back Retro Classics #1(CD, Comp, Ltd) Network Records CDS NTW 1 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CDS NTW 2 Back 2 Back Retro Classics #2  album cover Various Back 2 Back Retro Classics #2(CD, Comp, Ltd) Network Records CDS NTW 2 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CDS NTW 3 Back 2 Back Retro Classics 3  album cover Various Back 2 Back Retro Classics 3(CD, EP) Network Records CDS NTW 3 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CDS NTW 4 Back 2 Back Retro Classics #4  album cover Various Back 2 Back Retro Classics #4(CD, Comp, Ltd, Car) Network Records CDS NTW 4 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CDS NTW 5 Back 2 Back Retro Classics 5  album cover Various Back 2 Back Retro Classics 5(CD, EP) Network Records CDS NTW 5 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CNR 136 Doo Bee Doo Goes Undercover  album cover Various Doo Bee Doo Goes Undercover(LP, Comp) CNR Records CNR 136 Greece Unknown Sell This Version
COCD000004 The (Real) Love Thang  album cover L'Homme Van Renn The (Real) Love Thang(CD, Single) Crossover Music, Polydor COCD000004 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
COFF 9406-1 Bells Of N.Y. / I Feel High  album cover Slo Moshun Bells Of N.Y. / I Feel High(12") Mocca COFF 9406-1 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
CON 4056-5 Free At Last / Miracle Of Life  album cover The Reese Project Free At Last / Miracle Of Life(CD, Maxi) Control CON 4056-5 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
CON 4058-5P Free At Last  album cover The Reese Project Free At Last(CD, Single, Promo) Control CON 4058-5P Germany 1993 Sell This Version
DAN - 1101 Madagascar  album cover Madagascar (2) Madagascar(12") Dansa Records DAN - 1101 UK 1994 Sell This Version
DAN-1105 Primecuts Volume #2  album cover Xen Mantra Primecuts Volume #2(12") Dansa Records, Dansa Records DAN-1105 UK 1995 Sell This Version
DAN - 1111 Yes I Am  album cover Nu-Federation* Yes I Am(12") Dansa Records DAN - 1111 UK 1995 Sell This Version
DAN - 1114 More Love (Remixes)  album cover Ed 'Chunk' Rodriguez* More Love (Remixes)(2x12") Dansa Records DAN - 1114 UK 1995 Sell This Version
DAN - 1115 Let Me Tell You  album cover Tuff Jam Let Me Tell You(12") Dansa Records DAN - 1115 UK 1996 Sell This Version
DANCD1 You Are A Dansa...  album cover Various You Are A Dansa...(CD, Comp + CD, Comp, Mixed) Dansa Records DANCD1 UK 1995 Sell This Version
DDCD 611 Techno Nation  album cover Various Techno Nation(CD, Mixed) DCI DDCD 611 UK 1997 Sell This Version
DINTV 33 Essential Hardcore  album cover Various Essential Hardcore(LP, Comp) Dino Entertainment DINTV 33 UK & Ireland 1991 Sell This Version
DMC 116/3 Commercial Collection 9/92  album cover Various Commercial Collection 9/92(12") DMC DMC 116/3 UK 1992 Sell This Version
DREAM DJ 40 The Dreams EP  album cover Rhythm Quest The Dreams EP(2x12", EP, Ltd) Network Records DREAM DJ 40 UK 1992 Sell This Version
EV1 Elixir Vitae (Network '92 Summer Sampler)  album cover Various Elixir Vitae (Network '92 Summer Sampler)(2x12", Ltd, Promo, Smplr, Gat) Network Records, Network Records EV1 UK 1992 Sell This Version
EV2 Elixir Vitae II  album cover Various Elixir Vitae II(2x12", Gat) Network Records EV2 UK 1992 Sell This Version
EV 2DJ Elixir Vitae II  album cover Various Elixir Vitae II(2x12") Network Records EV 2DJ UK 1992 Sell This Version
E-VAPO 38DJ E-Vapor-8 (Special D.J. Edition)  album cover Altern 8 E-Vapor-8 (Special D.J. Edition)(12") Network Records E-VAPO 38DJ UK 1992 Sell This Version
EXPCD003 Flux Trax 02  album cover Various Flux Trax 02(2xCD, Comp, Jew) EXP Recordings EXPCD003 UK 1996 Sell This Version
EXPL 003 Party Time  album cover XX-Large Party Time(12") Explosive Recordings EXPL 003 UK 1997 Sell This Version
GROOVCD1 Co-Operation  album cover The Groove Corporation* Co-Operation(CD, Album, Ltd) Network Records, 6 x 6 Records GROOVCD1 1994 Sell This Version
HAVIN LP003 Havin'It Dancefloor Classics (Volume One)  album cover Various Havin'It Dancefloor Classics (Volume One)(2xLP, Comp) Havin' It Records HAVIN LP003 UK 1995 Sell This Version
hbr8 Phlash EP  album cover Phil Asher Phlash EP (EP) hbr8 UK 1995 Sell This Version
HBR 09 Business Free Music  album cover Car Bomb Business Free Music HBR 09 UK 1995 Sell This Version
HBR11 Porny Hellcats EP  album cover Essa Porny Hellcats EP(12", EP) Strictly 4 Groovers HBR11 UK 1995 Sell This Version
HBR13 Gibby Music  album cover Apollo Grooves Gibby Music(12") Strictly 4 Groovers HBR13 UK 1995 Sell This Version
HBR15 Area 51  album cover To-Ka Area 51 (EP) HBR15 UK 1995 Sell This Version
HBR 17 Voyager EP  album cover Funky Squad Voyager EP (EP) HBR 17 UK 1996 Sell This Version
HEL0100 Sunrise In Riverland  album cover Insania (4) Sunrise In Riverland(CD, Album) Hellion Records HEL0100 Brazil 2001 Sell This Version
HT005 Love Change Over  album cover Michael Watford Love Change Over(12") Hard Times The Label HT005 UK 1995 Sell This Version
HT006R Back From The Dead E.P Vol 2  album cover Todd Terry Presents Sound Design Todd Terry Presents Sound Design - Back From The Dead E.P Vol 2(12", EP) Hard Times The Label HT006R UK 1995 Sell This Version
JDJ CD3 Journeys By DJ Volume 3: Party Mix With Danny Rampling  album cover Danny Rampling Journeys By DJ Volume 3: Party Mix With Danny Rampling(CD, Comp, Mixed) Music Unites, Music Unites JDJ CD3 UK 1993 Sell This Version
JDJ CD6 Music Unites Presents The Ultimate House Party Mix  album cover Jay Chappell Music Unites Presents The Ultimate House Party Mix(CD, Mixed) Music Unites, Music Unites, Music Unites JDJ CD6 UK 1994 Sell This Version
JZKT1 DJ1 Cum Be My Lover  album cover Johnny Zee With DJ Kendell* Johnny Zee With DJ Kendell* - Cum Be My Lover(12", Promo) Network Records, Refit JZKT1 DJ1 UK 1992 Sell This Version
KMS 029 Another Night  album cover C & M Connection Another Night(12") KMS KMS 029 US 1990 Sell This Version
KMS-030 (Still) Life Keeps Moving (The U.S. Remixes)  album cover Nexus 21 (Still) Life Keeps Moving (The U.S. Remixes)(12") KMS KMS-030 US 1989 Sell This Version
KMSCD1 Kevin Saunderson Presents KMS - The Party Of The Year  album cover Various Kevin Saunderson Presents KMS - The Party Of The Year(CD, Comp + CD, Mixed) KMS (UK) KMSCD1 UK 1994 Sell This Version
KMS CD 17 The (Real) Love Thang  album cover L'Homme Van Renn The (Real) Love Thang(CD, Single) KMS (UK), 430 West, Network Records, 6 x 6 Records KMS CD 17 UK 1995 Sell This Version
KMS LP S1 Kevin Saunderson Presents KMS - The Party Of The Year  album cover Various Kevin Saunderson Presents KMS - The Party Of The Year(12") KMS (UK) KMS LP S1 UK 1994 Sell This Version
KMSUK5 Mind Storm: Mind Drive E.P.  album cover The Formula Mind Storm: Mind Drive E.P.(12", EP) KMS (UK) KMSUK5 UK 1993 Sell This Version
KMS UK 08 Club Scams EP  album cover Shake Club Scams EP(12", EP) KMS (UK) KMS UK 08 UK 1993 Sell This Version
KMS UK 11 Party Of The Year  album cover Members Of The House Party Of The Year(12") KMS (UK) KMS UK 11 UK 1994 Sell This Version
KMSUK14CD Soul Fly Free  album cover Darlene Lewis Soul Fly Free(CD, Single) KMS (UK), 6 x 6 Records KMSUK14CD UK 1994 Sell This Version
KMS UK15 Feel The Fire  album cover Naomi Daniel Feel The Fire(12") KMS (UK), KMS (UK) KMS UK15 UK 1995 Sell This Version
KMS UK 16 Game One / Think Quick  album cover Infiniti Game One / Think Quick(12", Ltd, Blu) KMS (UK) KMS UK 16 UK 1995 Sell This Version
KMS UK17 The (Real) Love Thang  album cover L'Homme Van Renn The (Real) Love Thang(12") KMS (UK), 430 West, Network Records, 6 x 6 Records KMS UK17 UK 1995 Sell This Version
KMSUKCD10 Let The Music (Lift You Up)  album cover Loveland Featuring Rachel McFarlane vs. Darlene Lewis Loveland Featuring Rachel McFarlane vs. Darlene Lewis - Let The Music (Lift You Up)(CD, Single) KMS (UK), 6 x 6 Records KMSUKCD10 UK 1994 Sell This Version
KMSUKT14 Soul Fly Free  album cover Darlene Lewis Soul Fly Free(12") KMS (UK) KMSUKT14 UK 1994 Sell This Version
KWSCD1 KWS  album cover KWS* KWS(CD, Album, Dig) Network Records KWSCD1 UK 1992 Sell This Version
KWSLP1 KWS  album cover KWS* KWS KWSLP1 UK 1992 Sell This Version
LOW T1. Chitarra  album cover Futura (2) Chitarra(12") Futura Records LOW T1. UK 1994 Sell This Version
LP TOT 4 Noise 2  album cover Various Noise 2(2xLP, Comp) Jumpin' & Pumpin' LP TOT 4 UK 1992 Sell This Version
MK PROMO 1 Somebody New  album cover M.K.* Somebody New(12", Promo) Network Records MK PROMO 1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
MM 011.5 Ahnonghay  album cover Inner City Ahnonghay(12") Music Man Records MM 011.5 Belgium 1994 Sell This Version
MRCD 3217 KWS  album cover K.W.S. KWS(CD, Album) Mega Records, Mega Records MRCD 3217 Denmark 1993 Sell This Version

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adylee

adylee

August 25, 2016
Great label with great dance music within its archives unfortunately the abundance of early CD releases were pressed using the dreaded PDO manufacturing rendering the majority of peoples collections with disc rot.

Most early pressed CD's from the late 80's and early 90's were glassed mastered by Nimbus,DADC or Disctronics and PDO if only Network had used one of the other 3......
although it wasn't the only label that suffered.....but most of the larger labels or more popular/well known artists/commercial stuff had many re presses or re releases from the masters' unfortunately the rare and early limited CD pressings of Dance/rave/house stuff didnt.

Philips manufactured these only once, consequently this sub par manufacturing process ruined good music that never saw light of day again and not many of the original recordings were ever available again years down the line not even to pick up on compilations (out of print rare mixes/versions etc) and if they were they were Vinyl rips.

I spent months in the 90's trolling the shops with my old receipts replacing/exchanging my PDO CD's (before any corrosion had set in) with the new "Acrylic formulation" (PDO/Making Records) that Philips had sneakily started issuing the problem here is only the well known artists and there Albums got them etc and no dance CD singles were re pressed maybe one or 2 i.e. Orb and N-Trance etc.

If your like me with 10-20% of old 90's CD Singles on PDO (Network,3 Beat,Rising High,All Around The World,Warp etc etc) they include great mixes and obscure tracks (in clean quality)
these won't be found anywhere else unless they re appear on modern 2000 compilations chopped up/edited overly mastered MP3 transcodes or Vinyl rips.....
steady-j

steady-j

February 12, 2007
edited over 11 years ago
Network was one of the defining labels of the early 90s for me. Starting as an offshoot of the Kool Kat stable, which had been releasing material from Chicago and Detroit since 1987, releases such as NealHoward's "Indulge" (the first on the label) meant it soon became established as one of the top labels for the "bleep" sound. With its distinctive orange sleeves and circuit-board logo, Network releases stood out from the crowd alongside WARP's purple bags.

There was some cross-fertilization with the WARP stable, with Rob Gordon being involved in releases on both labels. But like WARP, its sound was varied, and spread beyond the likes of Nexus 21, Cyclone and Rhythmatic encompassing a broad spectrum of house and techno sounds right from the outset, such as MK's "Somebody New" and early Derrick Carter Outing "Symbols & Instruments"

Classic underground releases from Jay Denham (Fade II Black), Reese and Derrick May, not to mention the immense "Take Me Away" cemented the label's credibility, alongside compilations of material from NuGroove and Underground Resistance.

Before long, massive commercial success came in the form of hardcore rave outfit Altern 8, some of who's earlier releases as Nexus 21 and C&M Connection had also been on the label. As the rave scene expanded and split, so Network followed suit, releasing vocal house from the likes of the Reese Project and KWS while Tronik House and MC Lethal kept Altern8 company in the breakbeat section of the label's catalogue. The label also acted as a springboard for UK offshoots of Kevin Saunderson's KMS and Terrence Parker's Serious Grooves imprints.

By the mid-90s, Network was releasing mostly vocal Garage house, things slowed down and attention focused on the Six6 offshoot; as with so many labels, refreshing the image allowed the company to move forward. The Network label was then used for a series of remixes and reissues of classic material, some from its own back-catalogue, some not. A series of four quad-CD boxsets on the Passion label summed up the labels history, one each dedicated to Network, NuGroove, Six6 and the Paradise Garage sound.

Overall a high quality and varied catalog, with something to please everyone who was raving in the early 90s, and very little disappointing material - surely deserving of iconic status in british rave history.