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
- El Latino Man Sientes La Conga(CD, Album) db Records (12), Network Records - Italy 1995 Sell This Version
- El Latino Man Toca Toka(CD, Single) db Records (12), Network Records - Italy 1995 Sell This Version
12 NTW 1 Various Back 2 Back Retro Classics(12", Ltd) Network Records 12 NTW 1 UK Unknown Sell This Version
12 NTW 2 Various Back 2 Back Retro Classics(12", Ltd) Network Records 12 NTW 2 UK Unknown Sell This Version
12 NTW 3 Various Back 2 Back Retro Classics(12", Ltd) Network Records 12 NTW 3 UK Unknown Sell This Version
12 NTW 4 Various Back 2 Back Retro Classics(12", Ltd) Network Records 12 NTW 4 UK Unknown Sell This Version
12 NTW 5 Various Back 2 Back Retro Classics(12", Ltd) Network Records 12 NTW 5 UK Unknown Sell This Version
0060235 CLU Darlene Lewis Let The Music (Lift You Up)(CD, Maxi) Club Tools, Club Tools, Club Tools 0060235 CLU Germany 1994 Sell This Version
525 860-2 Various Dance Zone Level 6(2xCD, Comp) PolyGram TV 525 860-2 UK 1995 Sell This Version
660935 6 The Reese Project The Colour Of Love(12") Network Records 660935 6 France 1994 Sell This Version
855 221-2 U.S.U.R.A. Tear It Up(CD, Maxi) Airplay Records 855 221-2 France 1993 Sell This Version
422 869 905-2 K.W.S. Please Don't Go(CD, Maxi) Next Plateau Records Inc., London Records 422 869 905-2 Canada 1992 Sell This Version
0 6700 30874 2 1 Aliqua All I Want(CD, Album + 14xFile, MP3, Album) Network Records 0 6700 30874 2 1 Canada 2009 Sell This Version
A8 PIC 1 Altern 8 Full On .. Mask Hysteria(LP, Album, Ltd, Pic) Network Records A8 PIC 1 UK 1992 Sell This Version
ACD 1346 Various Technorave 2: Trance Atlantic... The Wave Of The Future(CD, Comp) Attic ACD 1346 Canada 1992 Sell This Version
BEV 1 CD Beverlei Brown On And On(CD, Promo, Rad) Sidestep Records, Network Records BEV 1 CD UK 1996 Sell This Version
BEV101 Beverlei Brown On And On(12") Network Records BEV101 UK 1996 Sell This Version
BEVCD101 Beverlei Brown On And On(CD, Single) Sidestep Records, Network Records BEVCD101 UK 1996 Sell This Version
BIO CD 1 Various Bio Rhythm - "Dance Music With Bleeps"(CD, Comp) Network Records, Network Records BIO CD 1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
BIO CD 2 Various Bio Rhythm 2 - "808 909 1991"(CD, Comp) Network Records BIO CD 2 UK 1990 Sell This Version
BIO DJ1 Paris Grey / Nexus 21 Paris Grey / Nexus 21 - Limited Edition Sampler(12", Promo) Network Records BIO DJ1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
BIO DJ2 Various Preview(12", Promo) Network Records BIO DJ2 UK 1990 Sell This Version
BIOLP 1 Various Bio Rhythm - "Dance Music With Bleeps"(LP, Comp) Network Records BIOLP 1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
BIO LP 2 Various Bio Rhythm 2 - "808 909 1991"(LP, Comp) Network Records BIO LP 2 UK 1990 Sell This Version
BIO MC 1 Various Bio Rhythm - "Dance Music With Bleeps"(Cass, Comp) Network Records BIO MC 1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
BIO MC 2 Various Bio Rhythm 2 - "808 909 1991"(Cass, Comp) Network Records, Network Records BIO MC 2 UK 1990 Sell This Version
BSTNCD 101 Mother All Funked Up!(CD, Single) Bosting Records BSTNCD 101 UK 1993 Sell This Version
BZZXL 106041 The Reese Project Direct Me Edition 1(12") Buzz BZZXL 106041 Belgium 1991 Sell This Version
CDB NTW 1 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 Various The Six6 Collection(3xCD, Comp + CD, Mixed + Box) Passion Music CDB NTW 2 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CDB NTW 4 Various Garage... This Is Paradise(3xCD, Comp + CD, Mixed) Passion Music CDB NTW 4 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CDB NTW 5 Various The Ibiza Anthems(Box + 3xCD, Comp) Passion 98 CDB NTW 5 UK 1998 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 Various Back 2 Back Retro Classics #2(CD, Comp, Ltd) Network Records CDS NTW 2 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CDS NTW 4 Various Back 2 Back Retro Classics #4(CD, Comp, Ltd, Car) Network Records CDS NTW 4 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CNR 136 Various Doo Bee Doo Goes Undercover(LP, Comp) CNR Records CNR 136 Greece Unknown Sell This Version
COCD000004 L'Homme Van Renn The (Real) Love Thang(CD, Single) Crossover Music, Polydor COCD000004 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
COFF 9406-1 Slo Moshun Bells Of N.Y. / I Feel High(12") Mocca COFF 9406-1 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
CON 4056-5 The Reese Project Free At Last / Miracle Of Life(CD, Maxi) Control CON 4056-5 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
DAN - 1101 Madagascar (2) Madagascar(12") Dansa Records DAN - 1101 UK 1994 Sell This Version
DAN-1105 Xen Mantra Primecuts Volume #2(12") Dansa Records, Dansa Records DAN-1105 UK 1995 Sell This Version
DAN - 1111 Nu-Federation* Yes I Am(12") Dansa Records DAN - 1111 UK 1995 Sell This Version
DAN - 1114 Ed 'Chunk' Rodriguez* More Love (Remixes)(2x12") Dansa Records DAN - 1114 UK 1995 Sell This Version
DAN - 1115 Tuff Jam Let Me Tell You(12") Dansa Records DAN - 1115 UK 1996 Sell This Version
DANCD1 Various You Are A Dansa...(CD, Comp + CD, Comp, Mixed) Dansa Records DANCD1 UK 1995 Sell This Version
DMC 116/3 Various Commercial Collection 9/92(12") DMC DMC 116/3 UK 1992 Sell This Version
DREAM DJ 40 Rhythm Quest The Dreams EP(2x12", EP, Ltd) Network Records DREAM DJ 40 UK 1992 Sell This Version
EV1 Various Elixir Vitae (Network '92 Summer Sampler)(2x12", Promo, Ltd, Smplr, Gat) Network Records, Network Records EV1 UK 1992 Sell This Version
EV2 Various Elixir Vitae II(2x12") Network Records EV2 UK 1992 Sell This Version
EV 2DJ Various Elixir Vitae II(2x12") Network Records EV 2DJ UK 1992 Sell This Version
E-VAPO 38DJ Altern 8 E-Vapor-8 (Special D.J. Edition)(12") Network Records E-VAPO 38DJ UK 1992 Sell This Version
EXPCD003 Various Flux Trax 02(2xCD, Comp, Jew) EXP Recordings EXPCD003 UK 1996 Sell This Version
GROOVCD1 The Groove Corporation* Co-Operation(CD, Album, Ltd) Network Records, 6 x 6 Records GROOVCD1 1994 Sell This Version
HAVIN LP003 Various Havin'It Dancefloor Classics (Volume One)(2xLP, Comp) Havin' It Records HAVIN LP003 UK 1995 Sell This Version
hbr8 Phil Asher Phlash EP (EP) hbr8 UK 1995 Sell This Version
HBR 09 Car Bomb Business Free Music HBR 09 UK 1995 Sell This Version
HBR11 Essa Porny Hellcats EP(12", EP) Strictly 4 Groovers HBR11 UK 1995 Sell This Version
HBR13 Apollo Grooves Gibby Music(12") Strictly 4 Groovers HBR13 UK 1995 Sell This Version
HBR15 To-Ka Area 51 (EP) HBR15 UK 1995 Sell This Version
HBR 17 Funky Squad Voyager EP (EP) HBR 17 UK 1996 Sell This Version
HT005 Michael Watford Love Change Over(12") Hard Times The Label HT005 UK 1995 Sell This Version
HT006R 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 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 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 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 C & M Connection Another Night(12") KMS KMS 029 US 1990 Sell This Version
KMS-030 Nexus 21 (Still) Life Keeps Moving (The U.S. Remixes)(12") KMS KMS-030 US 1989 Sell This Version
KMSCD1 Various Kevin Saunderson Presents KMS - The Party Of The Year(CD, Comp + CD, Mixed) KMS (UK) KMSCD1 UK 1994 Sell This Version
KMS LP S1 Various Kevin Saunderson Presents KMS - The Party Of The Year(12") KMS (UK) KMS LP S1 UK 1994 Sell This Version
KMS UK 08 Shake Club Scams EP(12", EP) KMS (UK) KMS UK 08 UK 1993 Sell This Version
KMS UK 11 Members Of The House Party Of The Year(12") KMS (UK) KMS UK 11 UK 1994 Sell This Version
KMSUK14CD Darlene Lewis Soul Fly Free(CD, Single) KMS (UK), 6 x 6 Records KMSUK14CD UK 1994 Sell This Version
KMS UK15 Naomi Daniel Feel The Fire(12") KMS (UK), KMS (UK) KMS UK15 UK 1995 Sell This Version
KMS UK 16 Infiniti Game One / Think Quick(12", Ltd, Blu) KMS (UK) KMS UK 16 UK 1995 Sell This Version
KMS UK17 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 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 Darlene Lewis Soul Fly Free(12") KMS (UK) KMSUKT14 UK 1994 Sell This Version
KWSCD1 KWS* KWS(CD, Album, Dig) Network Records KWSCD1 UK 1992 Sell This Version
KWSLP1 KWS* KWS KWSLP1 UK 1992 Sell This Version
LOW T1. Futura (2) Chitarra(12") Futura Records LOW T1. UK 1994 Sell This Version
LP TOT 4 Various Noise 2(2xLP, Comp) Jumpin' & Pumpin' LP TOT 4 UK 1992 Sell This Version
MK PROMO 1 M.K.* Somebody New(12", Promo) Network Records MK PROMO 1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
MUZ 103 Houztown Brooklyn "A" Train MUZ 103 UK 1995 Sell This Version
MUZCD 102 Shades Of Love Keep In Touch (Body To Body)(CD, Single) Vicious Muzik Records, 6 x 6 Records MUZCD 102 UK 1995 Sell This Version
NEC 759509 Ronni Simon Take You There(12", Promo) Network Records NEC 759509 Belgium 1994 Sell This Version
NET-BR1 Various Bio Rhythm - Re Mastered - "808 909 2008"(2xLP, RM, Comp) Network Records NET-BR1 UK 2008 Sell This Version
netg1 Rhythmatic / Final Cut Presents True Faith Rhythmatic / Final Cut Presents True Faith - Take Me Back / Take Me Away (Pin-Up Girls Remix)(12") Network Records netg1 UK 2008 Sell This Version
netg2 The Reese Project / Rhythm On The Loose The Reese Project / Rhythm On The Loose - Direct Me / Break Of Dawn(12") Network Records netg2 UK 2008 Sell This Version
netg3 Reese And Santonio* / Model 500 Reese And Santonio* / Model 500 - Rock To The Beat / The Chase(12") Network Records netg3 UK 2008 Sell This Version
netg4 Mother / Slo Moshun Mother / Slo Moshun - All Funked Up / Bells Of NY(12") Network Records netg4 UK 2008 Sell This Version
netg5 Neal Howard / Nexus 21 Neal Howard / Nexus 21 - Indulge / Self Hypnosis(12") Network Records netg5 UK 2008 Sell This Version
netg6 The 10th Planet / Inner City The 10th Planet / Inner City - Strings Of Life / Ahnonghay(12") Network Records netg6 UK 2008 Sell This Version
netg7 Inner City Hiatus / Ahnoghay / Do Ya(12") Network Records netg7 UK 2008 Sell This Version
Netg9 Xen Mantra / Stereogen / Madagascar (2) Xen Mantra / Stereogen / Madagascar (2) - Golden Delicious / Hi-Q / Madagascar(12") Network Records Netg9 UK 2008 Sell This Version
netg10 The Reese Project / Slo Moshun The Reese Project / Slo Moshun - Direct Me / Help My Friend(12") Network Records netg10 UK 1995 Sell This Version
NGDJ 1 Aphrodisiac / Utopia Project* Aphrodisiac / Utopia Project* - Nu Groove - Secret Codes (LP Sampler)(12", Ltd, Smplr) Network Records NGDJ 1 UK 1992 Sell This Version
NGV 1 Various Nu Groove - 25 West 38th - A Compilation(2xLP, Comp, W/Lbl) Network Records NGV 1 UK 1991 Sell This Version
ngv 91 Various Nu Groove - 25 West 38th - A Compilation(2xLP, Comp) Network Records ngv 91 UK 1991 Sell This Version
ngv 92 Various Nu Groove - Secret Codes - A Second Compilation (Comp) ngv 92 UK 1992 Sell This Version
NGVC 91 Various Nu Groove - 25 West 38th - A Compilation(Cass, Comp) Network Records, Network Records NGVC 91 UK 1991 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 10 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.