DAT Records

DAT Records

Profile:
Label based in Italy, idea and realization of Federico Rossi, DJ and collector. Early steps in planning/organizing the label were made in 2008 and in September of that year the label was registered and opened in Italy. Its main objective is to publish unreleased goa trance from the early years, music that often circulated only on DAT tapes.
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Contact Info:
DAT Records
Foro Buonaparte 51
20121 Milano
Italy

Sites:
[l132833]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
DATCD001 Crop Circles Tetrahedron (Album) DATCD001 Italy 2008 Sell This Version
DATCD002 Blue Planet Corporation A Blueprint For Survival (Comp) DATCD002 Italy 2009 Sell This Version
DATCD003 Crossing Mind The Holographic Paradigm (Album) DATCD003 Italy 2010 Sell This Version
DATCD004 Etnica Live In Athens 1996 (Album) DATCD004 Italy 2012 Sell This Version
DATCD005 Various Analog Dreams (Comp) DATCD005 Italy 2014 Sell This Version
DATCD006 Doof Let's Turn On - Remixed & Remastered (Album) DATCD006 Italy 2015 Sell This Version
DATCD007 Pleiadians I.F.O. [I.dentified F.lying O.bject] (Album, Comp) DATCD007 Italy 2015 Sell This Version
DATCD008 Various Analog Trips (Comp) DATCD008 Italy 2016 Sell This Version
DATCD009 Virtuart Virtuart & Friends(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) DAT Records DATCD009 Italy 2016 Sell This Version
DATCD010 Etnica The Juggeling Alchemists Under The Black Light(3xCD, Album, RE, Dig) DAT Records DATCD010 Italy 2018 Sell This Version
DATDG001 Crop Circles Tetrahedron(8xFile, FLAC, Album + 8xFile, MP3, Album, 320) DAT Records DATDG001 Italy 2012
DATDG002 Blue Planet Corporation A Blueprint For Survival(21xFile, FLAC, Comp + 21xFile, MP3, Comp) DAT Records DATDG002 Italy 2012
DATDG003 Crossing Mind The Holographic Paradigm(9xFile, FLAC, Album + 9xFile, MP3, Album, 320) DAT Records DATDG003 Italy 2012
DATDG004 Etnica Live In Athens 1996(16xFile, FLAC, Album, P/Mixed + 16xFile, MP3, Albu) DAT Records, Etnicanet DATDG004 Italy 2012
DATDG005 Various Analog Dreams(9xFile, FLAC, Comp + 9xFile, MP3, Comp, 320) DAT Records DATDG005 Italy 2014
DATDG006 Doof Let's Turn On - Remixed & Remastered(18xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, RM + 18xFile, MP3, Album) DAT Records DATDG006 Italy 2015
DATDG007 Pleiadians I.F.O. [I.dentified F.lying O.bject](23xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, RM + 23xFile, MP3, Album) DAT Records DATDG007 Italy 2015
DATDG008 Various Analog Trips(9xFile, FLAC, Comp + 9xFile, MP3, Comp) DAT Records DATDG008 Italy 2016
DATDG009 Virtuart Virtuart & Friends(16xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, RM + 16xFile, MP3, Album) DAT Records DATDG009 Italy 2016
DATDG010 Etnica The Juggeling Alchemists Under The Black Light (Album) DATDG010 Italy 2018
DATEP 001 Crop Circles Full Mental Jackpot EP (EP) DATEP 001 Italy 2013 Sell This Version
DATEP 002 Virtuart Sacred Drop EP (EP) DATEP 002 Italy 2014 Sell This Version
DATEP 003 Crop Circles Lunar Civilization EP (EP) DATEP 003 Italy 2013 Sell This Version
DATEP 004 Symbiote Symbiote EP (EP) DATEP 004 Italy 2014 Sell This Version
DATEP 005 Vedama & Spies Vedama & Spies - Photonic EP (EP) DATEP 005 Italy 2015 Sell This Version
DATEP 006 Opale (2) Anaconda's Dance (EP) DATEP 006 Italy 2015 Sell This Version
DATEP 007 Morphic Resonance (4) Trip To The Stars(CD, EP) DAT Records DATEP 007 Italy 2017 Sell This Version
DATEPDG 001 Crop Circles Full Mental Jackpot EP(4xFile, FLAC, EP + 4xFile, MP3, EP) DAT Records, Etnicanet DATEPDG 001 Italy 2013
DATEPDG 002 Virtuart Sacred Drop EP(3xFile, FLAC, EP + 3xFile, MP3, EP, 320) DAT Records DATEPDG 002 Italy 2014
DATEPDG 003 Crop Circles Lunar Civilization EP(4xFile, FLAC, EP, RE + 4xFile, MP3, EP) DAT Records, Etnicanet DATEPDG 003 Italy 2013
DATEPDG 004 Symbiote Symbiote EP(3xFile, FLAC, EP + 3xFile, MP3, EP, 320) DAT Records DATEPDG 004 Italy 2014
DATEPDG 005 Vedama & Spies Vedama & Spies - Photonic EP(6xFile, FLAC, EP + 6xFile, MP3, EP, 320) DAT Records DATEPDG 005 Italy 2015
DATEPDG 006 Opale (2) Anaconda's Dance(4xFile, FLAC, EP + 4xFile, MP3, EP, 320) DAT Records DATEPDG 006 Italy 2015
DATEPDG 007 Morphic Resonance (4) Trip To The Stars (EP) DATEPDG 007 Italy 2017
DATGOA 001 You'll Never Know You'll Never Know EP (EP) DATGOA 001 Italy 2017 Sell This Version
DATLP004 Etnica Live In Athens 1996 (Album) DATLP004 Italy 2014 Sell This Version
DATLP007 Pleiadians I.F.O. [I.dentified F.lying O.bject] (Album) DATLP007 Italy 2017 Sell This Version
none Blue Planet Corporation Ltd Ed. Bonus Tracks (Comp) none Italy 2009

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Articuno

Articuno

October 15, 2016
edited 8 days ago
DAT Records was created with the goal of releasing previously unreleased Goa Trance music from the golden era of the 1990s. They had a strong start with the legendary canceled Crop Circles album. Unfortunately, over time DAT Records has proven to be a disappointment.

The Crop Circles album was the first and last time DAT Records released anything of importance. Most of their releases have been reissues of popular classics plus inferior remixes that could have stayed unreleased, or tracks that were previously released only on vinyl. Some of their purely unreleased works, like Opale, were not good music to begin with. In over a decade of operation they've failed to find unreleased material of significance or to secure contracts to release it. That is because the great majority of unreleased music was unreleased for a good reason (it was inferior).

The second and bigger problem with DAT Records is their poor judgement when it comes to mastering and remastering. Unfortunately, this is a serious problem which sours almost everything they release. The owner of DAT Records, Draeke, has at times commented about "modernizing" the music, which seems like a peculiar thing to want to do when releasing unreleased tracks from the 1990s. In practice what this means to him is compressing the dynamic range of the music and making it louder. To those of us with fine and delicate hearing, this effectively degrades and ruins the music: it is not an improvement to have everything at the same volume; it's fatiguing, and these tracks were better in their original forms.

I cannot recommend DAT Records because in all cases I would prefer to have the original releases of tracks that they reissued, or to try to find a digital copy of tracks that were not previously released before they were butchered by DAT Records' mastering engineers. And beyond the Crop Circles album, they haven't released anything of great importance anyways. DAT Records releases cause listening fatigue and I've not encountered any cases where their remastering was an improvement.

Note that DAT Records has a cult-like following on Discogs, with a small army of friends-of-the-label-owner keen to rate all of their releases 5/5, shower often-illiterate praise on them, and attack and berate anyone who dares to raise a criticism. Anyways, it's an unimportant label that can be ignored by all but the most enthusiastic Goa Trance aficionados. This genre of music flourished in the mid-1990s and anyone interested in ought to go directly to the source: the original classics, without any questionable "modernizing" applied to them.