Merck

Merck

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Owned and operated by Gabe Koch, based in Miami, Florida, US. Started in January 2000, ended in January 2007, Merck Records was home to many artists producing experimental electronic music in many styles, including IDM, hip-hop, ambient, and indie. The music has a generally upbeat and melodic feel to it, technical, but not overly cerebral. Obvious influences are early UK labels like Warp, Skam, and Rephlex, as well as all the early Miami electronic labels.

In January 2007, Merck reached the end of its release schedule with a total of 51 CD releases and 50 vinyl releases. The label is still selling its catalogue online but is no longer releasing any new material.

At the end of 2007, Gabe Koch posted a really interesting analysis on his blog about the end of Merck.
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Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title ( Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
merck 001 Syndrone - Triskaideka Syndrone Triskaideka(CD, Album, Ltd) Merck merck 001 US 2000 Sell This Version
merck 002 Various - Squadron Various Squadron(CD, Comp, Ltd) Merck merck 002 US 2000 Sell This Version
merck003 MD - Appelsap MD Appelsap(CD, Album, Ltd) Merck, Merck merck003 US 2000 Sell This Version
Merck 004 Various - Aurora Various Aurora(CD, Comp, Ltd) Merck Merck 004 US 2000 Sell This Version
MERCK 005 Machine Drum - Now You Know Machine Drum Now You Know (Album) MERCK 005 US 2001 Sell This Version
MERCK 006 Proem - Negativ Proem Negativ (Album) MERCK 006 US 2001 Sell This Version
MERCK 007 Ilkae - Pistachio Island Ilkae Pistachio Island(CD, Album, Ltd) Merck MERCK 007 US 2001 Sell This Version
MERCK 008 MD - Between Gaps MD Between Gaps(CD, Album, Enh, Ltd) Merck MERCK 008 US 2001 Sell This Version
MERCK 009 Kristuit Salu vs. Morris Nightingale - My Mines I Kristuit Salu vs. Morris Nightingale Kristuit Salu vs. Morris Nightingale - My Mines I(CD, Album, Ltd) Merck, Merck MERCK 009 US 2002 Sell This Version
MERCK 010 Proswell - Konami Proswell Konami(CD, Album, Ltd) Merck MERCK 010 US 2002 Sell This Version
MERCK 011 Machine Drum - Half The Battle Machine Drum Half The Battle(CD, Comp, Ltd) Merck MERCK 011 US 2002 Sell This Version
merck012 Machine Drum - Urban Biology Machine Drum Urban Biology(CD, Album, Ltd) Merck merck012 US 2002 Sell This Version
MERCK 013 Blamstrain - Ensi Blamstrain Ensi(CD, Album, Ltd) Merck MERCK 013 US 2003 Sell This Version
MERCK 014 Esem - Serial Human Esem Serial Human (Album) MERCK 014 US 2003 Sell This Version
MERCK 015 Lackluster - Showcase Lackluster Showcase(CD, Comp, Ltd) Merck MERCK 015 US 2003 Sell This Version
MERCK 016 Adam Johnson - Chigliak Adam Johnson Chigliak (Album) MERCK 016 US 2003 Sell This Version
MERCK 017 Secede - Bye Bye Gridlock Traffic Secede Bye Bye Gridlock Traffic(CD, Album, Ltd) Merck MERCK 017 US 2003 Sell This Version
MERCK 018 Various - Miasmah Various Miasmah(CD, Comp, Ltd) Merck MERCK 018 US 2003 Sell This Version
MERCK 019 Tiki Obmar - High School Confidential Tiki Obmar High School Confidential (Album) MERCK 019 US 2003 Sell This Version
MERCK 020 Various - Dosage Various Dosage(CD, Comp, Ltd) Merck MERCK 020 US 2003 Sell This Version
MERCK 021 Various - Doubledown Various Doubledown(CD, Comp, Ltd) Merck MERCK 021 US 2003 Sell This Version
MERCK 022 Proswell - Carrot Dossier Proswell Carrot Dossier(CD, Album, Ltd) Merck MERCK 022 US 2003 Sell This Version
MERCK 023 Proem - Socially Inept Proem Socially Inept(CD, Album, Ltd) Merck MERCK 023 US 2004 Sell This Version
MERCK 024 Mr. Projectile - Sinking Mr. Projectile Sinking (Album) MERCK 024 US 2004 Sell This Version
MERCK 025 Syndrone - Salmataxia Syndrone Salmataxia (Album) MERCK 025 US 2004 Sell This Version
MERCK 026 Helios - Unomia Helios Unomia (Album) MERCK 026 US 2004 Sell This Version
MERCK 027 Deceptikon - Lost Subject Deceptikon Lost Subject(CD, Album, Ltd) Merck MERCK 027 US 2004 Sell This Version
MERCK 028 Landau - Thepicompromise Landau Thepicompromise (Album) MERCK 028 US 2004 Sell This Version
MERCK 029 Tiki Obmar - Seasons Tiki Obmar Seasons(CD, Album, Ltd) Merck MERCK 029 US 2004 Sell This Version
MERCK 030 Lateduster - Easy Pieces Lateduster Easy Pieces(CD, Album, Enh, Ltd, RM) Merck MERCK 030 US 2004 Sell This Version
MERCK 031 Machinedrum* - Bidnezz Machinedrum* Bidnezz (Album) MERCK 031 US 2004 Sell This Version
MERCK 032 Ilkae - Bovine Rearrangement Ilkae Bovine Rearrangement (Album) MERCK 032 US 2004 Sell This Version
MERCK 033 Deru - Trying To Remember Deru Trying To Remember(CD, Album, Ltd) Merck MERCK 033 US 2004 Sell This Version
MERCK 034 Malcom Kipe - Breakspiracy Theories Malcom Kipe Breakspiracy Theories (Album) MERCK 034 US 2005 Sell This Version
MERCK035 Blamstrain - Blamstrain: Remixed Blamstrain Blamstrain: Remixed MERCK035 US 2005 Sell This Version
MERCK 036 Various - Aurora 2 Various Aurora 2(CD, Comp, Ltd) Merck MERCK 036 US 2005 Sell This Version
MERCK 037 Malcom Kipe - Lit Malcom Kipe Lit (Album) MERCK 037 US 2005 Sell This Version
MERCK 038 Tstewart* - Living Exponentially Tstewart* Living Exponentially(CD, Album, Ltd) Merck MERCK 038 US 2006 Sell This Version
MERCK 039 Machine Drum - Mergerz & Acquisitionz Machine Drum Mergerz & Acquisitionz(2xCD, Album, Ltd) Merck MERCK 039 US 2006 Sell This Version
MERCK 040 Tim Koch - Faena Tim Koch Faena(CD, Album, Ltd) Merck MERCK 040 US 2006 Sell This Version
MERCK 041 Various - Squadron 2 Various Squadron 2 (Comp) MERCK 041 US 2006 Sell This Version
merck042 Proem - You Shall Have Ever Been Proem You Shall Have Ever Been (Album) merck042 US 2006 Sell This Version
MERCK 043 Ilkae - Bring Extra Dragons Ilkae Bring Extra Dragons (Album) MERCK 043 US 2006 Sell This Version
MERCK 044 Tycho (3) - Past Is Prologue Tycho (3) Past Is Prologue(CD, Album, Ltd) Merck MERCK 044 US 2006 Sell This Version
MERCK 045 Various - Merck Fragments Various Merck Fragments(CD-ROM, Ltd) Merck MERCK 045 US 2006 Sell This Version
MERCK 046 40 Winks* - Sound Puzzle 40 Winks* Sound Puzzle (Album) MERCK 046 US 2007 Sell This Version
MERCK 047 Proswell - Bruxist Frog Proswell Bruxist Frog (Album) MERCK 047 US 2007 Sell This Version
MERCK AJ Adam Johnson - Chigliak Sampler Adam Johnson Chigliak Sampler MERCK AJ US 2003 Sell This Version
MERCK AR Sense - 2 Day Dub Sense 2 Day Dub MERCK AR US 2003 Sell This Version
MERCK BA Machine Drum - Half The Battle Machine Drum Half The Battle MERCK BA US 2002 Sell This Version
MERCK BA2 Machine Drum - Half The Battle 2 Machine Drum Half The Battle 2 MERCK BA2 US 2003 Sell This Version
MERCK BA3 Machine Drum - Half The Battle 3 Machine Drum Half The Battle 3 MERCK BA3 US 2004 Sell This Version
MERCK BT1 Malcom Kipe - Breakspiracy Theories Vol. 1 Malcom Kipe Breakspiracy Theories Vol. 1 MERCK BT1 US 2004 Sell This Version
MERCK BT2 Malcom Kipe - Breakspiracy Theories Vol. 2 Malcom Kipe Breakspiracy Theories Vol. 2 MERCK BT2 US 2005 Sell This Version
MERCK BV1 Various - Remixes Of Ilkae BV1 Various Remixes Of Ilkae BV1 MERCK BV1 US 2005 Sell This Version
MERCK BV2 Various - Remixes Of Ilkae BV2 Various Remixes Of Ilkae BV2 MERCK BV2 US 2005 Sell This Version
MERCK BV3 Various - Remixes Of Ilkae BV3 Various Remixes Of Ilkae BV3 MERCK BV3 US 2005 Sell This Version
MERCK BV4 Various - Remixes Of Ilkae BV4 Various Remixes Of Ilkae BV4 MERCK BV4 US 2005 Sell This Version
MERCK BZ Machine Drum - Bidnezz Machine Drum Bidnezz (Album) MERCK BZ US 2004 Sell This Version
MERCK DE Proem - Debone Proem Debone(7", Ltd, Cle) Merck MERCK DE US 2005 Sell This Version
MERCK DO Various - Dosage Various Dosage MERCK DO US 2002 Sell This Version
MERCK DO2 Various - Dosage 2 Various Dosage 2 (Comp) MERCK DO2 US 2003 Sell This Version
MERCK DR Ilkae - Bring Extra Dragons Ilkae Bring Extra Dragons MERCK DR US 2004 Sell This Version
MERCK DU Deru - Trying To Remember Deru Trying To Remember MERCK DU US 2004 Sell This Version
MERCK EN Blamstrain - Sansi Empler Blamstrain Sansi Empler MERCK EN US 2003 Sell This Version
MERCK FB Frank & Bill* - MA0x Frank & Bill* MA0x MERCK FB US 2002 Sell This Version
MERCK GC Deceptikon - Greater Cascadia Deceptikon Greater Cascadia(12", Ltd, Pur) Merck MERCK GC US 2007 Sell This Version
MERCK II Aphilas - Instrumentally Ill EP Aphilas Instrumentally Ill EP (EP) MERCK II US 2004 Sell This Version
MERCK KS Kristuit Salu - My Mines I Kristuit Salu My Mines I MERCK KS US 2002 Sell This Version
MERCK LL Lackluster - A Lackluster Remixer Lackluster A Lackluster Remixer(12") Merck MERCK LL US 2002 Sell This Version
MERCK LL7 Lackluster - Rikos 7 Lackluster Rikos 7"(7", Single) Merck MERCK LL7 US 2001 Sell This Version
MERCK LS Deceptikon - Lost Subject Deceptikon Lost Subject MERCK LS US 2002 Sell This Version
MERCK LS2 Deceptikon - Lost Subject 2 Deceptikon Lost Subject 2 MERCK LS2 US 2004 Sell This Version
MERCK LT Malcom Kipe - Lit Malcom Kipe Lit (Album) MERCK LT US 2006 Sell This Version
MERCK LW Anders Ilar - Ludwijka Anders Ilar Ludwijka(LP, Album, Ltd, Mar) Merck MERCK LW US 2006 Sell This Version
MERCK MA Machine Drum - Mergerz & Acquisitionz Sampler Machine Drum Mergerz & Acquisitionz Sampler(12", Ltd, Smplr, Gre) Merck MERCK MA US 2006 Sell This Version
MERCK MD2 Various - MD2 Various MD2 (Comp) MERCK MD2 US 2002 Sell This Version
MERCK MIX1 Various - Merck Mix 1, Spring 2003 Various Merck Mix 1, Spring 2003(CD, Ltd, Mixed) Merck MERCK MIX1 US 2003 Sell This Version
MERCK MIX2 Various - Merck Mix 2 Various Merck Mix 2(CD, Ltd, Mixed) Merck MERCK MIX2 US 2003 Sell This Version
MERCK MIX3 Various - Merck Mix 3 Various Merck Mix 3(CD, Ltd, Mixed) Merck MERCK MIX3 US 2004 Sell This Version
MERCK MIX4 Proswell - Merck Mix 4 Proswell Merck Mix 4(CD, Ltd, Mixed) Merck MERCK MIX4 US 2004 Sell This Version
MERCK MN Morris Nightingale - My Mines I Morris Nightingale My Mines I MERCK MN US 2002 Sell This Version
MERCK MR MD - MD Remixes MD MD Remixes MERCK MR US 2001 Sell This Version
MERCK NY Machine Drum - Now You Know Machine Drum Now You Know (Album) MERCK NY US 2001 Sell This Version
MERCK PK Secede & Kettel - Perspeeks Secede & Kettel Secede & Kettel - Perspeeks MERCK PK US 2007 Sell This Version
MERCK PM Proem - 2=1 Proem 2=1 MERCK PM US 2002 Sell This Version
MERCK PP Tycho (3) - Past Is Prologue (Sampler) Tycho (3) Past Is Prologue (Sampler) MERCK PP US 2007 Sell This Version
MERCK PS Quench (3) - Punctuated Sampler Quench (3) Punctuated Sampler(12", Ltd, Smplr, Blu) Merck MERCK PS US 2005 Sell This Version
MERCK RE1 Blamstrain - Blamstrain Remixed Part One Blamstrain Blamstrain Remixed Part One MERCK RE1 US 2005 Sell This Version
MERCK RF Royal Foxbridge - Bored Break / Hippie Stomp Stall Royal Foxbridge Bored Break / Hippie Stomp Stall MERCK RF US 2004 Sell This Version
MERCK RU Lackluster R U Oho? MERCK RU US 2003 Sell This Version
MERCK SA Various - Squadron Sampler Various Squadron Sampler MERCK SA US 2001 Sell This Version
MERCK SA2 Various - Squadron 2 Various Squadron 2 MERCK SA2 US 2006 Sell This Version
MERCK SC Lackluster - Showcase Lackluster Showcase MERCK SC US 2004 Sell This Version
MERCK SG Mr Projectile* - Sinking Sampler Mr Projectile* Sinking Sampler MERCK SG US 2005 Sell This Version
MERCK SI Proem - Sociallyinept Proem Sociallyinept MERCK SI US 2004 Sell This Version
MERCK SP 40 Winks* - Sound Puzzle Sampler 40 Winks* Sound Puzzle Sampler(12", Ltd, Smplr) Merck MERCK SP US 2007 Sell This Version
MERCK TC Landau - Thepicompromise Sampler Landau Thepicompromise Sampler MERCK TC US 2004 Sell This Version
MERCK TO Tiki Obmar - Seasons Tiki Obmar Seasons MERCK TO US 2005 Sell This Version
MERCK UB Machine Drum - Urban Biology Machine Drum Urban Biology (Album) MERCK UB US 2003 Sell This Version

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COMPRESSIR

COMPRESSIR

July 23, 2016
I really miss this forward thinking label. They had such a solid line up of artists and such epic releases. Come back Merck!
adam01

adam01

March 6, 2012
An epic label that shared some great music with the world.
Viva La Meck !
Eikwel

Eikwel

March 12, 2006
edited over 17 years ago
I think Merck records is the best label for someone who loves abstract hiphop and would like to discover a more experimental and electronic sound. Merck is a kinda family. Every artist is different, but all want to make extremely beautiful and innovative digital music.
It is my favourite label for all these reasons. Colorful, futuristik & urban releases with marvellous artworks overmore.
Respect!
Naem_Underground

Naem_Underground

February 1, 2006
edited over 17 years ago
One of the best IDM label in the word (if not THE best) won't exist anymore at the end of the year.
I'm sad, very sad.
Too difficult to find some merck releases in France, I've ordered all their discography from their website (I had machine drum and proem releases before this order) and ALL the releases are fantastic..
Merck is exceptional because there was a strong cohesion between all the members... Merck was a kind of family, and a real and original soul has been developed into this community.
IDM, IDM/hiphop beat, Abstract HipHop, Breaks, Minimal Techno, Ambient, with a very artistic and urban feeling.
It's all I love, Merck is the future!
Reticulum_Flux

Reticulum_Flux

January 27, 2006
edited over 17 years ago
Like everyone else, I too am depressed about Merck coming to an end. They had some really good artists and releases under their belt and it just kept getting better and better. Their artists range from IDM to ambient to hip hop electronic. Some really good stuff from this label.

Their releases are often limited to 1000 units each so their whole catelog is collector items. They will be closing their doors sometime around summer 2006... I suggest anyone who wants a release by them does it quick!
timpong

timpong

December 23, 2005
edited over 17 years ago
I was very sorry to hear that Merck will only be around untill sometime 2006. I have been very impressed with their catalog and will certainly miss their releases. Here is the press releases from Merck "We are both sad and happy to announce that this will be the last year of Merck Records. Once we have released 50 cds and 50 vinyls sometime mid 2006, we will stop releasing new material. We have many reasons for this, in the interest of briefness we will just say that its time to move on. After we have completed 100 total releases (currently at 81) we will sell off our remaining stock and there will be no more represses. We thank ALL the people who have supported us over the years, you have made this possible."
zodiakk

zodiakk

March 8, 2005
edited over 18 years ago
What a strong and good label. The quality of the releases is getting better with the years in my opinion. Their motto of 'severely electronified hiphop' doesn't seem to cover enough ground for all the music they release, it's all amazingly produced. I personally like the fact they release entire cd's with all kinds of remixes by related artists. I have yet to see a slip-up in their catalogue. With amazing talent like Deru, Landau, Helios, Machinedrum, etc they are becoming one of my all-time favourite labels.
alphalogic

alphalogic

July 4, 2002
A really good young IDM lable, that releases stuff of some "famous" IDM|Downbeat artists like lackluster, brothomstates. I would prefer they would release more of there stuff on vinyl. But nevertheless its a great label.