Environ

Environ

Profile:
Environ was born in the spring of 1995 in the college town of Oberlin, Ohio. The Detroit-inspired "Premise EP" (produced by the label's founder, Morgan Geist), a veritable Roland orchestra of crisp beats, emotive chords and acid basslines, sold out its small initial run through Dan Curtin's Deep Distribution. Dreamy Dutch duo The Connection Machine, then fresh from releasing their groundbreaking debut on Carl Craig's innovative Planet E label, joined the maiden voyage with a slow-motion remix clearly intended for the head rather than the feet.

Released one year later in 1996, Geist's "REMnants EP" reinforced the the label's efforts to create its own sound that would speak to both the mind and the body. Alongside the Chicago and Detroit influences, bits of hip-hop, jazz and classic soul bubbled up through the six tracks. With its varied styles, the record received both DJ and critical support from across the musical spectrum. Unfortunately, Environ would soon discover that trying to forge a unique path was not necessarily compatible with selling records.

When the collaborative "Titonton & Morgan EP" (produced by Titonton Duvante and Morgan Geist) was sent to American dance distributors in early 1997, its complex programming and schizoid moods were met with ambivalence. The record was branded as too inaccesible, and with presales dismal, the project was scrapped. The remaining U.S. test pressings were sold and generated enough of a buzz in Europe that the EP was licensed by Phono (the UK label would later issue a compilation of the first three Environ releases). And while "Titonton & Morgan" went on to sell quite well, the necessity of a license was a blow to the label's independence.

After the disappointing experience with the third record, Environ was put on hiatus until late 1998, when a P&D deal was struck with Ideal UK. Four EPs were released that year: two volumes of disco-techno hybrid 12"s by Nebula Jersey, plus an innovative house EP called "What Is Today's R&B?" (produced by Morgan Geist) that toyed with same temporal shifts espoused by hip-hop and R&B. Joining these projects was "The Mechanical Birds," an eccentric and vibrant EP from a NYC disco producer by the name of Daniel Wang.

Signing Wang (already a cult hero via his outstanding Balihu disco label) marked an important shift for Environ. Besides the obvious stylisistic swerve, Wang's EP was the first solo release by an artist other than the label's founder. Inspired by Wang's vibrant productions and increasingly dissatisfied with the P&D arrangment, Environ was brought back home to the States in 1999 with a new project: Metro Area, the brainchild of Geist and Darshan Jesrani. With the record's hot pink and lime green artwork and fresh sound, the domestic renaissance of the label felt as exciting and brave as the first release.
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Contact Info:
244 court street
2F brooklyn
NY 11201
USA

contact@environrecords.com
Sites:
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
CDSOUR070 Metro Area Metro Area(CD, Album) Source, Source, Environ, Environ CDSOUR070 UK & Europe 2002 Sell This Version
ENV 001 Morgan Geist Premise EP(12", EP) Environ ENV 001 US 1995 Sell This Version
ENV 002 Morgan Geist Remnants ENV 002 US 1996 Sell This Version
ENV 003 Titonton Duvanté & Morgan Geist Titonton Duvanté & Morgan Geist - Titonton & Morgan EP(12", EP, W/Lbl) Environ ENV 003 US 1997 Sell This Version
ENV 004 Morgan Geist Nebula Jersey Volume One ENV 004 US 1998 Sell This Version
ENV 005 Daniel Wang The Mechanical Birds EP (EP) ENV 005 US 1998 Sell This Version
ENV 006 Morgan Geist What Is Today's R&B? ENV 006 US 1999 Sell This Version
ENV 007 Morgan Geist Nebula Jersey Volume Two (EP) ENV 007 US 1999 Sell This Version
ENV 008 Metro Area Metro Area (EP) ENV 008 US 1999 Sell This Version
ENV 009 Daniel Wang Silver Trophies ENV 009 US 2000 Sell This Version
ENV 010 Metro Area Metro Area 2 ENV 010 US 2000 Sell This Version
ENV 011 Metro Area Metro Area 3 ENV 011 US 2001 Sell This Version
ENV 012 Morgan Geist Super (EP) ENV 012 US 2001 Sell This Version
ENV012R Morgan Geist Super(12", RE, RM) Environ ENV012R US 2016 Sell This Version
ENV 013 Daniel Wang Nocturnes(12") Environ ENV 013 US 2001 Sell This Version
ENV 014 Metro Area Metro Area 4 ENV 014 US 2001 Sell This Version
ENV 015 Morgan Geist Moves ENV 015 US 2002 Sell This Version
ENV016 Kelley Polar Quartet Audition EP (EP) ENV016 US 2002 Sell This Version
ENV017 Kelley Polar Quartet Recital EP (EP) ENV017 US 2003 Sell This Version
ENV 018 Jersey Devil Social Club Homage At 121 BPM ENV 018 US 2004 Sell This Version
ENV 019 Metro Area Metro Area 5 ENV 019 US 2004 Sell This Version
ENV 020 Kelley Polar Quartet Rococo EP(12", EP) Environ ENV 020 US 2004 Sell This Version
ENV021 Jersey Devil Social Club Magnifique ENV021 US 2004 Sell This Version
ENV 022 Metro Area Metro Area 6 ENV 022 US 2005 Sell This Version
ENV 023 Kelley Polar Love Songs Of The Hanging Gardens ENV 023 US 2005 Sell This Version
ENV024 Kelley Polar Love Songs Of The Hanging Gardens (Limited Edition Album Sampler Volume Two)(12", Ltd, Smplr) Environ ENV024 US 2006 Sell This Version
ENV 025 Morgan Geist Raremix(12") Environ ENV 025 US 2006 Sell This Version
ENV 026 Morgan Geist Most Of All(12") Environ ENV 026 US 2006 Sell This Version
ENV 027 Baby Oliver Primetime (Uptown Express)(12") Environ ENV 027 US 2007 Sell This Version
ENV 028 Kelley Polar Chrysanthemum EP(12", EP) Environ ENV 028 US 2007 Sell This Version
ENV 029 Baby Oliver Feelings 2(12") Environ ENV 029 US 2007 Sell This Version
ENV 030 Metro Area Metro Area 7 (EP) ENV 030 US 2007 Sell This Version
ENV031 Kelley Polar Entropy Reigns(12") Environ ENV031 US 2008 Sell This Version
ENV032 Morgan Geist Detroit ENV032 US 2008 Sell This Version
ENV033 San Serac Music Never Ends(12") Environ ENV033 US 2009 Sell This Version
ENV034 Storm Queen Look Right Through ENV034 US 2010 Sell This Version
ENV035D Kelley Polar I'm Not What You Want(2xFile, AAC, 256) Environ ENV035D US 2011
ENV036 Storm Queen It Goes On (Single) ENV036 US 2011 Sell This Version
ENV037 Storm Queen Let's Make Mistakes ENV037 US 2012 Sell This Version
ENV038 The Galleria Calling Card / Mezzanine (EP) ENV038 US 2015 Sell This Version
ENV 039 Morgan Geist Megaprojects One (EP) ENV 039 US 2015 Sell This Version
ENV040 Morgan Geist Megaprojects Two (EP) ENV040 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
ENVCD001 Daniel Wang Idealism(CD, Album) Environ ENVCD001 US 2001 Sell This Version
ENVCD002 Metro Area Metro Area (Album) ENVCD002 US 2002 Sell This Version
ENVCD003 Various Unclassics: Obscure Electronic Funk & Disco 1978-1985 ENVCD003 US 2004 Sell This Version
ENVCD004 Daniel Wang Idealism 2005(CD, Album, RE, Ltd) Environ ENVCD004 US 2005 Sell This Version
ENVCD005 Kelley Polar Love Songs Of The Hanging Gardens (Album) ENVCD005 US 2005 Sell This Version
ENVCD006 Kelley Polar I Need You To Hold On While The Sky Is Falling (Album) ENVCD006 US 2007 Sell This Version
ENVCD007 Morgan Geist Double Night Time (Album) ENVCD007 US 2008 Sell This Version
ENVDMA 56 Metro Area Metro Area 5 & 6(5xFile, WAV) Environ ENVDMA 56 US 2012
ENVDS01 Morgan Geist The Shore (Paul Woolford Remixes)(2xFile, FLAC) Environ ENVDS01 US 2009
ENVLP002 Metro Area Metro Area (Album) ENVLP002 US 2002 Sell This Version
ENV-MR1 Metro Area Straight A's(2x12", RM, Comp) Environ ENV-MR1 US 2013 Sell This Version
ENVUN01 Dance Reaction Disco Train ENVUN01 US 2003 Sell This Version
ENVUN02 Margueritas / Pluton & Humanoids Margueritas / Pluton & Humanoids - Margherita / World Invaders ENVUN02 US 2003 Sell This Version
ENVUN03 Purple Flash We Can Make It(12") Environ ENVUN03 US 2004 Sell This Version
ENVUN04 Various Unclassics #4 (Comp) ENVUN04 US 2005 Sell This Version
ENVUN05 Victor (2) Go On Do It(12") Environ ENVUN05 US 2005 Sell This Version
LMQCD018 Various La Gare Lounge Station(CD, Comp) Le Maquis LMQCD018 France 2000 Sell This Version
none Kelley Polar Entropy Reigns (Single, Maxi) none 2008 Sell This Version
none Storm Queen Look Right Through (MK Remix)(File, AAC, Single, 256) Ministry Of Sound none UK & Ireland 2013
SOURLP070 Metro Area Metro Area(2xLP, Album) Source, Environ SOURLP070 UK 2002 Sell This Version
SOURLPDJ070 Metro Area Album Sampler(12", Promo, Smplr) Source, Environ SOURLPDJ070 UK 2002 Sell This Version

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Charlie6Fingers

Charlie6Fingers

March 6, 2015
To me Environ = BUY ON SIGHT
servo

servo

April 13, 2002
the ENVIRON label has definitely perfeceted "the art of hot!" i dont even bother to give the tracks a listen anymore. no need to! these guys have mastered the art of texture. everything from the obvious metro area joints to old morgan geist and daniel wang tracks. they are sick! ive made it a mission to get my hands on as much as i can. the sound is laid back sexy hot. i think im in love.