Exist Dance

Exist Dance

Profile:
Well-known West-coast label founded in the early 1990's in Los Angeles by Tom Chasteen and Michael Kandel releasing ravey breaks, deep and trippy house and other sounds in a West-coast style. Best known releases are Freaky Chakra's 1994 sleeper hit "Hallucifuge" and Tranquility Bass' ambient classic "Cantamilla".
Label had a brief hiatus between 1996 and '97 after which Tom Chasteen returned to take over the label on his own in 1998 to release primarily his own material. The label's renaissance reflected a diversion into even broader styles of music with many of the new releases featuring guest musicians on a variety of instruments as well as a far more expansive range of sampling sources. Musical styles as far apart as dub reggae and country and western are examples of the many genres Chasteen began fusing together over the course of the following years in an altogether succesful attempt to steer away not only from the "rave" name the label had acquired over the years but to escape the musical stagnation affecting much of the dance scene at the time.
As a result Exist Dance continues to assert itself as one of the most ground-breaking labels the west coast has seen since it appeared at the start of the nineties alongside contemporary peers Hardkiss, Garth, Dubtribe et al.
Contact Info:
existdance@mac.com
Sites:
[l1421]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
BRCDX 607 Various The Rebirth Of Cool 1994 Most(CD, Comp) 4th & Broadway, 4th & Broadway BRCDX 607 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
ED 001 Merge (7) You Move Me(12") Exist Dance ED 001 US 1991 Sell This Version
ED 002 Tranquility Bass They Came In Peace ED 002 US 1991 Sell This Version
ED-003 High Lonesome Sound System Love Night ED-003 US 1991 Sell This Version
ED 004 High Lonesome Sound System We're Go(12") Exist Dance ED 004 US 1991 Sell This Version
ED 005 Eden Transmission I'm So High(12") Exist Dance ED 005 US 1991 Sell This Version
ED 006 Odyssey 2000 The Odyssey / Hop On Pop (Single) ED 006 US 1992 Sell This Version
ED 007 Voodoo Transmission Voodoo Fire ED 007 US 1992 Sell This Version
ED 008 High Lonesome Sound System Waiting For The Lights(12") Exist Dance ED 008 US 1992 Sell This Version
ED 009 Up Above The World Unleashed In The East(12", W/Lbl, TP) Exist Dance ED 009 US 1993 Sell This Version
ED 010 Freaky Chakra Halucifuge(12") Exist Dance ED 010 US 1993 Sell This Version
ED 011 Up Above The World Trying To Reach Sawaan ED 011 US 1993 Sell This Version
ED 012 Tranquility Bass Broadcast Standard Issue No. 1 ED 012 US 1994 Sell This Version
ED 013 Tranquility Bass Broadcast Standard Issue No. 2(12") Exist Dance ED 013 US 1994 Sell This Version
ED 014 Cap'm Stargazer Vs Commander Mindfuck Cap'm Stargazer Vs Commander Mindfuck - Untitled(12") Exist Dance ED 014 US 1994 Sell This Version
ED 015 Off And Gone Off And Gone(12") Exist Dance ED 015 US 1994 Sell This Version
ED 016 Commander Mindfuck / The What Of Sane Commander Mindfuck / The What Of Sane - Whiskey And Blood / The House That Tyler Built(12") Organico, Exist Dance ED 016 US 1997 Sell This Version
ED 018 Le Pimp Hijack Party ED 018 US 1998 Sell This Version
ED 019 Ballistic Mystic Miami ED 019 US 1998 Sell This Version
ED 020 Ballistic Mystic Rock The Place ED 020 US 1999 Sell This Version
ED 021 Tom Chasteen Salome(12", Single) Exist Dance ED 021 US 1999 Sell This Version
ED 022 Skull Valley Green Woman EP(12") Exist Dance ED 022 US 1999 Sell This Version
ED 023 Skull Valley Granite Mountain Morning(12") Exist Dance ED 023 US 1999 Sell This Version
ED 024 Ballistic Mystic Imperial Cruise EP(12") Exist Dance ED 024 US 1999 Sell This Version
ED 025 Tom Chasteen Together ED 025 US 1999 Sell This Version
ED 026 Tom Chasteen Together(12") Exist Dance ED 026 US 2000 Sell This Version
ED 027 Dada Munchamonkey The Operator(12") Exist Dance ED 027 US 2000 Sell This Version
ED 028 Heaven & Earth* The Business ED 028 US 2000 Sell This Version
ED 029 Heaven And Earth Very Happy ED 029 US 2000 Sell This Version
ED 030 Tom Chasteen Steam Dream ED 030 US 2000 Sell This Version
ED 031 Ballistic Mystic Imperial Cruise Remixes ED 031 US 2000 Sell This Version
ED 032 Dada Munchamonkey Outside Time (Remix)(12") Exist Dance ED 032 US 2000 Sell This Version
ED 033 The Hand The Hand ED 033 US 2000 Sell This Version
ED 034 Various Musical Rampage Volume One(12") Exist Dance ED 034 US 2001 Sell This Version
ED 035 Various Musical Rampage Volume Two(12") Exist Dance ED 035 US 2001 Sell This Version
ED 036 Various Musical Rampage Volume Three(12") Exist Dance ED 036 US 2001 Sell This Version
ED 037 Renee Ruffin Now I Know(12") Exist Dance ED 037 US 2001 Sell This Version
ED 038 Heaven And Earth The Flippet & The Bouncet(12") Exist Dance ED 038 US 2001 Sell This Version
ED 039 Tom Chasteen Salome - The Remixes(2x12") Exist Dance ED 039 US 2001 Sell This Version
ED 040 Tom Chasteen Caramel Blond(12", W/Lbl) Exist Dance ED 040 US 2003 Sell This Version
ED 043 Tom Chasteen Movin'(12", W/Lbl, TP) Exist Dance ED 043 US 2003 Sell This Version
ED 044 Ballistic Mystic Fire Burning(12", W/Lbl) Exist Dance ED 044 US 2004 Sell This Version
ED 045 Tom Chasteen Clean Heart(12", W/Lbl) Exist Dance ED 045 US 2004 Sell This Version
ED CD-001 Various Transmitting From Heaven (Comp) ED CD-001 US 1993 Sell This Version
ED CD-002 Dada Munchamonkey Dada Munchamonkey(CD) Exist Dance ED CD-002 US 2000 Sell This Version
ED-CD-003 Various Bombshelter DJ's Emile And Radar Present Future's Past(CD, Comp, Mixed) Exist Dance, Exist Dance ED-CD-003 US 2001 Sell This Version
ED CD-004 Dada Munchamonkey Rebaked(CD, Album) Exist Dance ED CD-004 US 2001 Sell This Version
ED CD-005 Various Put Your Hands Together(CD) Exist Dance ED CD-005 US 2001 Sell This Version
ED-DD-001 Various Transmitting From Heaven(File, ALAC, FLAC, Comp) Exist Dance ED-DD-001 US 2009
ED-DD-002 Tranquility Bass A Hundred Billion Stars(File, Single, ALAC, FLAC) Exist Dance ED-DD-002 US 2011
ED-DD-003 Tranquility Bass Broadcast Standard Series(14xFile, ALAC, FLAC, Comp) Exist Dance ED-DD-003 US 2011
ED-DD-004 Tranquility Bass Heartbreaks & Hallelujahs (Album) ED-DD-004 US 2012
ED-DD-005 Tranquility Bass Mike's House(File, ALAC, FLAC, Single) Exist Dance ED-DD-005 US 2012
ED-DD-006 Michael Kandel, Wesley Owen Michael Kandel, Wesley Owen - the "God Particle" ED-DD-006 US 2013
EDP 001 Renee Ruffin / Tom Chasteen Renee Ruffin / Tom Chasteen - Now I Know / Night Light (Dub)(12", W/Lbl) Exist Dance EDP 001 US 2001 Sell This Version
Exist Dance 009 Up Above The World Unleashed In The East(12") Exist Dance Exist Dance 009 US 1993 Sell This Version
Exist Dance 017 High Lonesome Sound System Champion Sound Remixes(2x12") Exist Dance, Exist Dance Exist Dance 017 US 1998 Sell This Version
MW026CD Various Headz : A Soundtrack Of Experimental Beathead Jams(2xCD, Comp, RP) Mo Wax, Mo Wax MW026CD UK 1996 Sell This Version
MW LP 026 Various Headz (A Soundtrack Of Experimental Beathead Jams.)(3xLP, Comp, Gat) Mo Wax MW LP 026 UK 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7211-2 Various Ethnotechno: Sonic Anthropology Volume I(CD, Comp) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7211-2 US 1994 Sell This Version

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AUTOMATIXROMANTIX

AUTOMATIXROMANTIX

April 20, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
Wonderfully psychedelic electronic dance label that solidified a west coast "dance sound" through the 90s, being somehow ( and perhaps without intending to) a bridge that started in Chi-town in the mid 80s, then migrated to the UK through the experimental band Psychic TV (who legend has it came to Chicago to perform and bought buckets of "acid" and "house" records out of curiosity and brought them back to spin them in the UK) , and then finally bouncing back to California via the influx of acid tinged British house explosion of the late 80's. While there were several vibrant electronic music hot spots here and there within the states (LA, NY, Chitown, Detroit, Miami) Existdance brought in a sound that was very representative of a whole new 'vibe". More hippy, tripped out, with touches of exotica, rock, and prog rock, all rolled up into the totally new "rave" and "acid house" of the time. You can almost see how people who grew up listening to their older siblings, parents, and local radio station pumping Led Zeppelin would naturally lead such folks to create mental dance music with a darker more spaced out energy, surfs up dude!
filfefil

filfefil

October 13, 2010
great label, but does anyone else release that they are pressed on dark purple clear vinyl,or does this only apply to first press
djnameless

djnameless

March 7, 2008
Back it the 90's, Exist Dance was responsible for some serious, yet strange underground releases. Never falling victim to the status quo, Exist Dance was able to incorporate their own brand of electronica with the help of some amazing producers. The result was a style of music that went down well on a dance floor.
Then around 2000, Exist Dance records started to lose touch with their audience. Tracks like "Very Happy," were fun, but not dance floor friendly. It became harder for dj's to play new Exist Dance records, so they stopped buying them. A few years later, Exist Dance was no more.
Fortunately, there is a large back catalogue of amazing releases which have yet to be discovered by dj's that are trying to map out their sounds. Anyone who looks deep enough will find what they need and discover that these blasts from the past are as relevant today as ever.