Reinforced Records

Reinforced Records

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NOTE: Catalogue numbers followed the "RIVET 12xx" format from 1992-1996. Upon the 100th release, releases switched to the "RIVET 1xx" format. With the beginning of Reinforced 2nd Wave in the year 2000, cat#s switched to lowercase from "rivet 136" onwards.

Reinforced Records was run by Mark Clair, Gus Lawrence, Dennis McFarlane & Ian Bardouille (aka 4 Hero).
They first met in college in 1987 while all studying electronic engineering (OND). Mark and Ian had already formed a sound system from '86 called Solar Zone.While in college they met an electronic wizard who claimed he could build radio transmitters (Gus), so they put their money together to start a pirate radio station. A determinedly individual approach to the music played ensured that Strong Island Radio soon established a cult following. Enter Dego, one of the best DJs on the station, and the quartet are formed.

At Gus' suggestion, they started to produce hip-hop, with some level of success. Mark was convinced that the cru could record and put records out themselves but, by this time, the UK hip hop scene was fading, due in part to the explosion of House Music but also because of frustration at the perceived failings of the UK scene felt by those within it. So in the Autum of 1989, Mark and Gus formed Reinforced Records.

The first release on the label was 4 Hero's 'Rising Son' produced by Mark, a rough, hip hop beat using the current House sounds incorporated into the beat. The main loop was from the 'Shaft in Africa' soundtrack, and gave the track a 'jungle' sound . Once the track had been recorded on an old broken down 4 track fostex, the guys put money together and pressed and sold 800 copies. The second recording was a track called 'Mr Kirks Nightmare' produced by Mark and Gus. Mr Kirk sold more than 24,000 copies and the rest, as they say, is history. Goldie later joined the label as A&R and sleeve designer.

Through the whole of the 1990's, Reinforced earned, and deserved, a reputation as the most important and innovative Drum n' Bass label in the world. Their limited-edition 'Enforcers' picture discs are now worth more than gold! Maybe a dozen of the scene's most important producers (including Goldie) kick started their music careers with Reinforced...the influence of this label reaches far and wide and now 20 years later... maybe even further.

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Contact Info:
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1992 (obsolete):
Reinforced Records
387-389 Chapter Road, Dollis Hill
London, NW2 5NQ

Fax: 081-459 7634
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Releases

Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title (Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
12 SEL 4 4 Hero - Universal Love 4 Hero Universal Love(12") Selector 12 SEL 4 Belgium 1995 Sell This Version
1209R Manix - Manic Minds (4 Track Remix) Manix Manic Minds (4 Track Remix)(12", Promo, W/Lbl) Reinforced Records 1209R UK 1991 Sell This Version
0060812CLU Various - Jungle Beat (Wicked & Wild) Various Jungle Beat (Wicked & Wild)(2xCD + CD, Mixed + Comp) Club Tools, Club Tools 0060812CLU Europe 1995 Sell This Version
558 465-4 4 Hero - Two Pages 4 Hero Two Pages(Cass, Album) Talkin' Loud, Reinforced Records 558 465-4 UK 1998 Sell This Version
568 879-1 4 Hero - Two Pages 4 Hero Two Pages(4xLP, Album) Talkin' Loud, Reinforced Records 568 879-1 UK 1998 Sell This Version
828 646-2 Goldie - Timeless Goldie Timeless(CD, Album, RE) FFRR, Metalheadz 828 646-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
3069182 Gilb-R* - Novamix 01 / Full Spectrum Gilb-R* Novamix 01 / Full Spectrum(CD, Mixed) Nova Records, Wagram Music 3069182 France 2001 Sell This Version
697-124 073-2 Goldie - Timeless Goldie Timeless(CD, Album) FFRR 697-124 073-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
74321 42085 2 Kruder & Dorfmeister - Conversions - A K&D Selection Kruder & Dorfmeister Conversions - A K&D Selection(CD, Mixed) Spray Records 74321 42085 2 Austria 1996 Sell This Version
7243 8 40616 2 3 Various - Jungle Heat 95 Various Jungle Heat 95(CD, Comp, P/Mixed) Virgin, Virgin 7243 8 40616 2 3 UK 1995 Sell This Version
88843021712 Various - Warehouse Anthems Various Warehouse Anthems(3xCD, Comp, Mixed) Sony Music 88843021712 UK 2014 Sell This Version
AICT 49 Various - Reinforced : The Next Chapter Various Reinforced : The Next Chapter(CD, Comp) Reinforced Records AICT 49 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
AICT 83 Various - R Sound Various R Sound(CD, Album) Reinforced Records AICT 83 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
AICT 157 Paradox - The Musician As Outsider Paradox The Musician As Outsider(CD, Album) Reinforced Records AICT 157 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
AKO150 004 Tom & Jerry* / DJ Stretch - Maximum Style (Dubplate Mix) / W (Dubplate Mix) Tom & Jerry* / DJ Stretch Tom & Jerry* / DJ Stretch - Maximum Style (Dubplate Mix) / W (Dubplate Mix)(12", Ltd, Gre) AKO150 Arcade AKO150 004 UK 2017 Sell This Version
BDRLP 006 Various - Drum & Bass Selection 4 (Reload - Part 4 - Running It Red) Various Drum & Bass Selection 4 (Reload - Part 4 - Running It Red)(2xLP, Comp) Breakdown Records BDRLP 006 UK 1995 Sell This Version
C2K 63924 Goldie - INCredible Sound Of Drum'n'Bass Mixed By Goldie Goldie INCredible™ Sound Of Drum'n'Bass Mixed By Goldie (Comp) C2K 63924 US 1999 Sell This Version
CK 68140 Various - Ovum Sampler Various Ovum Sampler(CD, Smplr, Dig) Columbia, Ovum Recordings, Ruffhouse Records CK 68140 US 1997 Sell This Version
DCBX 102 Various - Full-On Drum 'N' Bass Various Full-On Drum 'N' Bass(3xCD, Comp + CD, Mixed + Box) DCI DCBX 102 UK 1997 Sell This Version
DDCD 611 Various - Techno Nation Various Techno Nation(CD, Mixed) DCI DDCD 611 UK 1997 Sell This Version
DMC 110/3 Various - Commercial Collection 3/92 Various Commercial Collection 3/92(12", P/Mixed) DMC DMC 110/3 UK 1992 Sell This Version
INC6LP Goldie - INCredible™ Sound Of Drum'n'Bass Mixed By Goldie Goldie INCredible™ Sound Of Drum'n'Bass Mixed By Goldie(3xLP, Comp) INCredible, Dance Pool, Small, Sony Music INC6LP France 1999 Sell This Version
KickLP23 Various - Hard Leaders 7 - Jungle Dub•3 Various Hard Leaders 7 - Jungle Dub•3(2xLP, Comp) Kickin Records KickLP23 UK 1995 Sell This Version
KMS-038 Manix - Feel Real Good Manix Feel Real Good KMS-038 US 1992 Sell This Version
LP TOT 4 Various - Noise 2 Various Noise 2(2xLP, Comp) Jumpin' & Pumpin' LP TOT 4 UK 1992 Sell This Version
MIDDLE 6 LP Various - Rocket Fuel Various Rocket Fuel(4xLP, Comp) Middle Earth Recordings, Jungle Records MIDDLE 6 LP UK 1996 Sell This Version
MILL 038-CD Aphrodite - Atmospheric Drum & Bass Vol. II Aphrodite Atmospheric Drum & Bass Vol. II MILL 038-CD UK 1997 Sell This Version
MSS 0050-2 Various - More Massive Various More Massive(CD, Comp) Mutant Sound System, Labello Blanco Recordings MSS 0050-2 US 1999 Sell This Version
none Manix - Hypnosis Manix Hypnosis(8xFile, FLAC, MiniAlbum) Reinforced Records none UK 2018
none Jacob's Optical Stairway - Jacob's Optical Stairway Jacob's Optical Stairway Jacob's Optical Stairway(13xFile, FLAC, Album, RE) Reinforced Records none 2021
none 4 Hero - Parallel Universe 4 Hero Parallel Universe(24xFile, FLAC, Album) Reinforced Records none 2021
none 4 Hero - Journey From The Light 4 Hero Journey From The Light(Acetate, 10", S/Sided) Reinforced Records none UK 1993 Sell This Version
none Rufige Kru - Dettra EP Rufige Kru Dettra EP(Acetate, 12") Reinforced Records none UK 1992 Sell This Version
none Rufige Kru - Terminator II (Remix) / Riders Ghost (V.I.P) Rufige Kru Terminator II (Remix) / Riders Ghost (V.I.P)(Acetate, 10") Reinforced Records none UK 1993 Sell This Version
none Alpha Omega - Journey To The 9th Level Alpha Omega Journey To The 9th Level(CD, Album, Promo) Reinforced Records none UK 1999 Sell This Version
none Manix - Living In The Past Manix Living In The Past (Pre-Order) (Album) none UK 2013
none Rufige Kru - Terminator Rufige Kru Terminator none UK 1992 Sell This Version
none Manix - Coolin' Down (Pre-Order) Manix Coolin' Down (Pre-Order) (EP) none UK 2014
none Doc Scott - NHS / Street Knowledge The Lost Track Doc Scott NHS / Street Knowledge The Lost Track (Acetate, 10") Reinforced Records none UK 1992 Sell This Version
none New Skool Society - The Natural / Measuring Distance New Skool Society The Natural / Measuring Distance(Acetate, 10") Reinforced Records none UK 1996 Sell This Version
none Manix / 4 Hero / Underground Software - Hardcore Junglism / Unknown / We Bring The Trophy / Different Ting Manix / 4 Hero / Underground Software Manix / 4 Hero / Underground Software - Hardcore Junglism / Unknown / We Bring The Trophy / Different Ting (Acetate, 12") Reinforced Records none UK 1992 Sell This Version
none No Artist - Jungle Universe No Artist Jungle Universe(CDr, Sam) Reinforced Records none UK 2019 Sell This Version
none Underground Software - He's Gone / Music Maker Posse Underground Software He's Gone / Music Maker Posse(Acetate, 10") Reinforced Records none UK 1993 Sell This Version
none Guyver (4) / Unknown Artist Guyver (4) / Unknown Artist - Untitled / Untitled(Acetate, 10") Reinforced Records none UK Unknown Sell This Version
none Code 071 - A London Sumtin' (Remix) Code 071 A London Sumtin' (Remix)(Acetate, 10", S/Sided) Reinforced Records none UK 1992 Sell This Version
none Manix / Underground Software - Hardcore Junglism (Remix) / Different Ting Manix / Underground Software Manix / Underground Software - Hardcore Junglism (Remix) / Different Ting(Acetate, 12") Reinforced Records none UK 1993 Sell This Version
none 4 Hero / Manix / Nebula II - The Elements (Remix) / When You Hold Me Close (Remix) / X-Plore H-Core 4 Hero / Manix / Nebula II 4 Hero / Manix / Nebula II - The Elements (Remix) / When You Hold Me Close (Remix) / X-Plore H-Core(Acetate, 12") Reinforced Records none UK 1993 Sell This Version
none Rufige Kru / Internal Affairs - Rollin Like Scottie / Find A Way Rufige Kru / Internal Affairs Rufige Kru / Internal Affairs - Rollin Like Scottie / Find A Way(Acetate, 10") Reinforced Records none UK 1993 Sell This Version
none Internal Affairs / Rufige Kru - Hands To Heaven / Ghosts Of My Life Internal Affairs / Rufige Kru Internal Affairs / Rufige Kru - Hands To Heaven / Ghosts Of My Life(Acetate, 10") Reinforced Records none UK 1993 Sell This Version
none Tek 9 / Primary Source - Untitled / Untitled Tek 9 / Primary Source Tek 9 / Primary Source - Untitled / Untitled (Acetate, 10") Reinforced Records none UK 1993 Sell This Version
none Tek 9 / Manix / 4 Hero - Dis Original Style / Hardcore Junglism / Where's The Boy (Remix) Tek 9 / Manix / 4 Hero Tek 9 / Manix / 4 Hero - Dis Original Style / Hardcore Junglism / Where's The Boy (Remix) (Acetate, 12") Reinforced Records none UK 1992 Sell This Version
QCS 2028 Various - Have A Nice Trip Various Have A Nice Trip(Cass, Comp) Quality Music (2) QCS 2028 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
REFLECTCDLP0221 Nu-Era* - Beyond Gravity Nu-Era* Beyond Gravity(2xCD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Reflective (2) REFLECTCDLP0221 UK 2021 Sell This Version
REFLECT LP 002RP Nu-Era* - Beyond Gravity Nu-Era* Beyond Gravity(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Blu + 2xCD, Album, Ltd, ) Reflective (2), Reflective (2) REFLECT LP 002RP UK 2021 Sell This Version
RIVET 003 C Various - The Definition Of Hardcore Various The Definition Of Hardcore(Cass, Comp, Yel) Reinforced Records, Reinforced Records RIVET 003 C UK 1993 Sell This Version
RIVET 003 CD Various - The Definition Of Hardcore Various The Definition Of Hardcore(CD, Comp) Reinforced Records RIVET 003 CD UK 1993 Sell This Version
RIVET 003 MC DJ Randall* - The Definition Of Hardcore DJ Randall* The Definition Of Hardcore(Cass, Comp, Mixed, Red) Reinforced Records, Reinforced Records RIVET 003 MC UK 1993 Sell This Version
RIVET 100 Various - Enforcers 9 & 10 Various Enforcers 9 & 10(2x10", Ltd, Pic) Reinforced Records RIVET 100 UK 1996 Sell This Version
RIVET 101 Arcon 2 - The Beckoning / Skyland Arcon 2 The Beckoning / Skyland RIVET 101 UK 1996 Sell This Version
RIVET 101 CD Arcon 2 - The Beckoning Arcon 2 The Beckoning(CD, Single) Reinforced Records RIVET 101 CD UK 1996 Sell This Version
Rivet 102 New Skool Society - The Natural / Measuring Distance New Skool Society The Natural / Measuring Distance(12") Reinforced Records Rivet 102 UK 1996 Sell This Version
Rivet 103 Leon Mar - Running / Tha Men Who Fell To Earth Leon Mar Running / Tha Men Who Fell To Earth(12") Reinforced Records Rivet 103 UK 1996 Sell This Version
RIVET 104 Alpha Omega - Outer Dimensions / New Armageddon Alpha Omega Outer Dimensions / New Armageddon(12") Reinforced Records RIVET 104 UK 1996 Sell This Version
RIVET 105 Alpha Omega - Realism / Visions Alpha Omega Realism / Visions RIVET 105 UK 1996 Sell This Version
RIVET 106 Aquasky - Concrete Boom Aquasky Concrete Boom RIVET 106 UK 1997 Sell This Version
RIVET 107 The Sonar Circle* - Strength / Forgone Conclusion The Sonar Circle* Strength / Forgone Conclusion(12") Reinforced Records RIVET 107 UK 1997 Sell This Version
RIVET 108 Procedure 769 - Lethal Dosage Procedure 769 Lethal Dosage(12") Reinforced Records RIVET 108 UK 1996 Sell This Version
RIVET 109 Seiji - Crashing Dreams / Storm Report Seiji Crashing Dreams / Storm Report(12") Reinforced Records RIVET 109 UK 1997 Sell This Version
RIVET 110 Vortexion - This Side Down / New Chapter Rd. Vortexion This Side Down / New Chapter Rd.(12") Reinforced Records RIVET 110 UK 1997 Sell This Version
RIVET 111 Alpha Omega - Nubian Minds / Dark Dimension Alpha Omega Nubian Minds / Dark Dimension(12") Reinforced Records RIVET 111 UK 1997 Sell This Version
RIVET 112 Sonar Circle - Fresh / Checkmate Sonar Circle Fresh / Checkmate RIVET 112 UK 1997 Sell This Version
RIVET 114 Arcon 2 - Zorak / 90/90 Arcon 2 Zorak / 90/90(12") Reinforced Records RIVET 114 UK 1997 Sell This Version
RIVET 115 Seiji - The Long Way / Innovition Seiji The Long Way / Innovition RIVET 115 UK 1997 Sell This Version
RIVET 116 Nucleas & Paradox* - Esoteric Funk / Places And Spaces Nucleas & Paradox* Esoteric Funk / Places And Spaces(12") Reinforced Records RIVET 116 UK 1997 Sell This Version
RIVET 117 Sonar Circle - Devient Concept / Keep My Sanity Sonar Circle Devient Concept / Keep My Sanity(12") Reinforced Records RIVET 117 UK 1997 Sell This Version
RIVET 118 Torus - Fuse / Shift Torus Fuse / Shift(12", Single) Reinforced Records RIVET 118 UK 1997 Sell This Version
RIVET 119 Paradox - Cuba / Scanners Paradox Cuba / Scanners(12") Reinforced Records RIVET 119 UK 1997 Sell This Version
RIVET 120 Arcon 2 - Neut / Shock Arcon 2 Neut / Shock RIVET 120 UK 1997 Sell This Version
RIVET 121 Torus - Perspective / Contours Torus Perspective / Contours(12") Reinforced Records RIVET 121 UK 1997 Sell This Version
RIVET 122 Hidden Agenda & Seven (2) - Transmission / Fish Eggs Hidden Agenda & Seven (2) Hidden Agenda & Seven (2) - Transmission / Fish Eggs(12") Reinforced Records RIVET 122 UK 1998 Sell This Version
RIVET 123 Nucleus & Paradox - This Side Of Forever / Decompositions Nucleus & Paradox This Side Of Forever / Decompositions RIVET 123 UK 1998 Sell This Version
RIVET 124 The Force Of One - Dope Stepper / Independance Day The Force Of One Dope Stepper / Independance Day(12", Promo) Reinforced Records RIVET 124 UK 1998 Sell This Version
RIVET 125 Various - Enforcers 11 & 12 Various Enforcers 11 & 12(2x12", Ltd, Pic) Reinforced Records RIVET 125 UK 1997 Sell This Version
RIVET 126 Fusion Forum - Summer Mist Fusion Forum Summer Mist(12") Reinforced Records RIVET 126 UK 1998 Sell This Version
RIVET 127 Alpha Omega - Nighttrain Alpha Omega Nighttrain RIVET 127 UK 1998 Sell This Version
RIVET 128 Steve Alexander - Isometric 1 Steve Alexander Isometric 1(12") Reinforced Records RIVET 128 UK 1998 Sell This Version
RIVET 129 Alpha Omega - Electro Cyanide / Landscapes Alpha Omega Electro Cyanide / Landscapes(12") Reinforced Records RIVET 129 UK 1998 Sell This Version
RIVET 130 Sonar Circle - The 5th Dragon Sonar Circle The 5th Dragon(12") Reinforced Records RIVET 130 UK 1998 Sell This Version
RIVET 131 Steve Alexander - Isometric 2 Steve Alexander Isometric 2 RIVET 131 UK 1998 Sell This Version
RIVET 131 Steve Alexander - Isometric Steve Alexander Isometric(CD, Maxi) Reinforced Records RIVET 131 UK 1998 Sell This Version
RIVET 132 Seiji - Density / Taste Seiji Density / Taste RIVET 132 UK 1998 Sell This Version
RIVET 133 Paradox - Dioxide 170873 / Give The Drummer Some Paradox Dioxide 170873 / Give The Drummer Some(12") Reinforced Records RIVET 133 UK 1998 Sell This Version
RIVET 134 Eniac (5) & Search Engine - Pulse / Frontier Attack Eniac (5) & Search Engine Eniac (5) & Search Engine - Pulse / Frontier Attack(12") Reinforced Records RIVET 134 UK 1998 Sell This Version
RIVET 135 Paradox - Drumworks EP Paradox Drumworks EP (EP) RIVET 135 UK 1999 Sell This Version
rivet 136 Alpha Omega - Jah Step / Realism 2000 Alpha Omega Jah Step / Realism 2000(12") Reinforced Records rivet 136 UK 2000 Sell This Version
rivet 137 Digital - Natty Dread / Rockers Digital Natty Dread / Rockers rivet 137 UK 2000 Sell This Version
rivet 138 Sonar Circle - Free Spirit Sonar Circle Free Spirit rivet 138 UK 2000 Sell This Version
rivet 139 Alpha Omega - The Return / Back To The Future Alpha Omega The Return / Back To The Future rivet 139 UK 2000 Sell This Version
rivet 140 Special Touch - Just A Groove II / Always Special Touch Just A Groove II / Always rivet 140 UK 2000 Sell This Version
RIVET 141 Paradox - The Unspoken Divide / Conform To What Paradox The Unspoken Divide / Conform To What RIVET 141 UK 2000 Sell This Version

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timibbitson

timibbitson

March 15, 2016
I have rivet 142 on white, no artist or song details though
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Lixx

Lixx

January 4, 2016
Doesn't matter the year, this label will always be the cream of the crop. So ground breaking and ahead of it's time yet every track off every record still holds up when listened to years later. That's the mark of a great label.
willow13

willow13

October 4, 2013
Rivet 1210 was apparently basic rhythm- the rhyme, which was later remixed on rivet1215 neurosis ep. its on the J4M label, same as nebula 2- seance/atheama.
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