Strictly Rhythm

Strictly Rhythm

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NOTE: Be aware of the Strictly Rhythm UK label as well.

The New York-based label Strictly Rhythm was set up in 1989 by genial dance music mogul Mark Finkelstein and A&R expert Gladys Pizarro. The label subsequently expanded into Europe, moving into the commercial sector with a diverse roster including Reel 2 Real, Josh Wink, and the young Armand Van Helden.

Strictly Rhythm folded in October 2002 after entering into a venture with Warner Music Group nine months earlier, but after four years of legal wrangling, Mark Finkelstein was able to get control of the label, its trademark, and all recordings and publishing rights. In 2006 relaunched worldwide with the assistance of the British label Defected.

Strictly rhythm Records, Inc. is the label's incorporated company.

In 2013, the label's recording catalogue was acquired by BMG Rights Management. Since January 2013, Strictly Rhythm continues to release new recordings independently.
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Contact Info:
Strictly rhythm Records, Inc.
626 RXR Plaza
Uniondale, NY 11556
USA

Heather Nash, head of publishing
heather@strictly.com

Phil Cheeseman, head of licensing
phil@strictly.com
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
12AMPMDJ127 Wamdue Project King Of My Castle (Armin Van Buuren / Bini & Martini / Roy Malone Mixes)(12", Promo) AM:PM, Strictly Rhythm 12AMPMDJ127 UK & Europe 1999 Sell This Version
12cool287 River Ocean Featuring India River Ocean Featuring India - Love And Happiness (Yemaya Y Ochun)(12") Cooltempo, Strictly Rhythm 12cool287 UK 1994 Sell This Version
12MOREL-001 George Morel Feat. Heather Wildman George Morel Feat. Heather Wildman - Let's Groove(12") Positiva, Strictly Rhythm 12MOREL-001 UK 2001 Sell This Version
12 MULTY 4 Rhythm Factor You Bring Me Joy(12") Multiply Records 12 MULTY 4 UK 1995 Sell This Version
12STFDJ001 Ultra Naté Stranger Than Fiction(12", Smplr) Strictly Rhythm 12STFDJ001 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
12TIVX-62 George Morel Featuring Heather Wildman George Morel Featuring Heather Wildman - Let's Groove(12", Ltd) Positiva, Strictly Rhythm 12TIVX-62 UK 1996 Sell This Version
12WALK4R CZR Feat. Darryl Pandy CZR Feat. Darryl Pandy - Bad Enough (The Smokin’ Beats Remixes)(12") Sidewalk Music Inc. 12WALK4R UK 1999 Sell This Version
1898 Powerhouse Feat Duane Harden Powerhouse Feat Duane Harden - What You Need(CD, Maxi) Strictly Rhythm, Defected, F1 1898 Australia 1999 Sell This Version
6313-2 Various Strictly Rhythm Superjams(CD, Comp) Strictly Rhythm 6313-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
12153 SR350EP 2 Various Strictly Miami EP 2(12", EP) Strictly Rhythm 12153 SR350EP 2 UK 2010 Sell This Version
015 500-2 Soul DuJour Here We Go Again(CD, Single) Planetworks 015 500-2 Greece 2001 Sell This Version
051871 2 Ultra Naté Situation:Critical(CD, Album) Jive, Strictly Rhythm 051871 2 Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
153 578-2 Wamdue Project Best Of(CD, Comp) Urban 153 578-2 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
156297-2 Powerhouse Feat. Duane Harden Powerhouse Feat. Duane Harden - What You Need(CD, Maxi) Urban, Strictly Rhythm 156297-2 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
156 572-2 Wamdue Project You're The Reason(CD, Maxi) Urban, Strictly Rhythm, Universal 156 572-2 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
156629-2 New Vision (Just) Me And You(CD, Maxi) Strictly Rhythm, Urban 156629-2 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
0518712 Ultra Naté Situation: Critical(CD, Album) Strictly Rhythm 0518712 1998 Sell This Version
533 732-1 Wamdue Project Resource Toolbook Volume One(2x12", Album) Urban 533 732-1 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
559 037-2 Various Strictly Rhythm - The Deeper State Of Sound(CD, Comp, Mixed) Urban 559 037-2 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
559086-2 Various Strictly Rhythm - Urban Sessions. 01(CD, Comp, Mixed) Urban 559086-2 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
562 488-1 Wamdue Project King Of My Castle (Roy Malone / Bini & Martini / Armin Van Buuren Mixes)(12") AM:PM, Strictly Rhythm 562 488-1 UK & Europe 1999 Sell This Version
562 488-2 Wamdue Project King Of My Castle (Single) 562 488-2 UK 1999 Sell This Version
562867 2 Ultra Naté Desire(CD, Maxi) AM:PM, AM:PM, Strictly Rhythm 562867 2 UK 2000 Sell This Version
567 617-2 Ultra Naté New Kind Of Medicine(CD, Enh) Motor Music GmbH, Strictly Rhythm, Urban 567 617-2 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
569 481-2 Funkjunkeez* Got Funk?(CD, Maxi) Urban Tracks 569 481-2 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
569 827-2 Ultra Naté Found A Cure(CD, Maxi) Urban Tracks, Strictly Rhythm 569 827-2 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
570 341-2 Mass Syndicate Feat. Su Su Bobien Mass Syndicate Feat. Su Su Bobien - You Don't Know(CD, Single) FFRR, Strictly Rhythm 570 341-2 UK & Europe 1998 Sell This Version
571 455-2 Ultra Naté Free(CD, Maxi) Strictly Rhythm, Urban, Motor Music GmbH 571 455-2 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
573 355-2 Blunt Funkers Move Around(CD, Maxi) Urban, Strictly Rhythm 573 355-2 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
573 985-1 DJ Sneak Keep On Groovin'(12") Urban, Strictly Rhythm 573 985-1 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
580 941-1 R.A.W. Higher (Feel It)(12") A&M PM, Strictly Rhythm 580 941-1 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
0581872 Ultra Naté New Kind Of Medicine(CD, Single) Strictly Rhythm, Jive 0581872 Benelux 1998 Sell This Version
582 645-2 Ultra Natē* Found A Cure(CD, Single) AM:PM, A&M Records, Strictly Rhythm 582 645-2 UK 1998 Sell This Version
582 647-1 Ultra Naté Found A Cure (Remixes)(12") AM:PM, Strictly Rhythm 582 647-1 UK 1998 Sell This Version
582 751-2 Ultra Naté New Kind Of Medicine (Remixes)(CD, Single) AM:PM, A&M Records, Strictly Rhythm 582 751-2 UK 1998 Sell This Version
740 090-2 Various D.J. Club Mix Vol. 11(CD, Comp, Mixed) PolyTel, Numuzik 740 090-2 Canada 1997 Sell This Version
740 125-2 Ultra Naté Situation:Critical(CD, Album) Strictly Rhythm 740 125-2 Canada 1998 Sell This Version
8 52705 1 Reel 2 Real Are You Ready For Some More?(2xLP, Album) EMI, Positiva, Strictly Rhythm 8 52705 1 UK 1996 Sell This Version
8 81442 2 Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman - I Like To Move It(CD, Single) Positiva 8 81442 2 UK & Europe 1993 Sell This Version
889664 Various The Deep And Slow(CD, Comp) Edisom, Lda. 889664 Portugal 1995 Sell This Version
900001 4 Ultra Naté Situation Critical(Cass, Album) Strictly Rhythm, Sony (Türkiye) Müzik ve Sanat A.S. 900001 4 Turkey 1998 Sell This Version
1009068-1 Various Strictly Rhythm - Underground Tracks(CD, Comp) Paradoxx Music 1009068-1 Brazil 1997 Sell This Version
1009088-1 Ultra Naté Situation: Critical(CD, Album) Paradoxx Music 1009088-1 Brazil 1998 Sell This Version
2105940 The Pianoheadz Distortion(12") Noise Traxx 2105940 Belgium 1998 Sell This Version
5318412 Various Strictly Rhythm - House Classics 1990-1996(CD, Comp, Mixed) Urban 5318412 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
5331312 Strictly Rhythm The Next Generation - Da Future Sound Of House(CD, Comp, Mixed) Motor Music GmbH 5331312 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
5337482 Planet Soul Energy & Harmony(CD, Album) Urban, Motor, Strictly Rhythm 5337482 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
5339712 Various Strictly Rhythm Presents Strictly Pride(CD, Mixed) Urban 5339712 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
5339722 Armand Van Helden The Best (Greatest Hits)(CD, Comp) Urban 5339722 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
5398462 Various Strictly Pride '97(CD, Mixed) Motor Music GMBH, Strictly Rhythm 5398462 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
092742457 2 Live Element Be Free(CD, Maxi) Strictly Rhythm 092742457 2 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
0927 44479-0 Aly Us* Follow Me(12") Strictly Rhythm, WEA Music 0927 44479-0 France 2002 Sell This Version
0927 47616 0 Team Factor feat. Kenny Bobien Team Factor feat. Kenny Bobien - It Feels Good(12", Maxi) Strictly Rhythm 0927 47616 0 UK 2002 Sell This Version
3218-38031-2 Ultra Naté Stranger Than Fiction (Album) 3218-38031-2 Indonesia 2001 Sell This Version
3218 38931-4 Ultra Naté Stranger Than Fiction(Cass, Album) Strictly Rhythm 3218 38931-4 Indonesia 2001 Sell This Version
8573 80753 2 Michael Moog That Sound(CD, Single) FFRR, Strictly Rhythm 8573 80753 2 UK & Europe 1999 Sell This Version
0.9274.24560 Live Element Be Free(12") Strictly Rhythm 0.9274.24560 Benelux 2002 Sell This Version
0927440830 Live Element Be Free(12") Warner Music (Germany), Strictly Rhythm 0927440830 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
0927 444142 Aly Us* Follow Me(CD, Maxi) Strictly Rhythm, Strictly Rhythm, WEA Music, WEA Music 0927 444142 France 2002 Sell This Version
0927 476160 Team Factor It Feels Good(12") Strictly Rhythm 0927 476160 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
7567-96261-0 LB Simone My Family Depends On Me(12") Strictly Rhythm, EastWest 7567-96261-0 LB Germany 1991 Sell This Version
7243 8 30965 2 7 Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman - Move It! (Album) 7243 8 30965 2 7 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
7243 8 81171 2 8 Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman - I Like To Move It(CD, Single) Positiva, Positiva, Strictly Rhythm 7243 8 81171 2 8 UK 1994 Sell This Version
7243 8 81245 2 2 Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman - I Like To Move It(CD, Single) Positiva, Strictly Rhythm 7243 8 81245 2 2 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
7243 8 81442 2 3 Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman - I Like To Move It(CD, Single) Positiva, Strictly Rhythm 7243 8 81442 2 3 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
7243 8 81857 2 1 Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman - Raise Your Hands (Single) 7243 8 81857 2 1 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
7243 8 83137 2 8 Reel 2 Real Are You Ready For Some More?(CD, Single) EMI, Positiva 7243 8 83137 2 8 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
7243 8 85939 2 2 Barbara Tucker Everybody Dance (The Horn Song) (Single) 7243 8 85939 2 2 UK 1998 Sell This Version
453453453453 Rabbit In The Moon The Next Strictly Rhythm Generation(Cass, Comp, Mixed) Strictly Rhythm 453453453453 US 1996 Sell This Version
732183 001764 Barbara Tucker I Get Lifted(7xFile, WAV) Strictly Rhythm 732183 001764 US 2014
732183 203465 After Hours Feel It / Waterfalls(6xFile, WAV) Strictly Rhythm 732183 203465 US 2014
732183 206961 CLS Can You Feel It(5xFile, WAV) Strictly Rhythm 732183 206961 US 2014
732183 207265 Hardrive Featuring L.G.* Hardrive Featuring L.G.* - Sindae(5xFile, WAV) Strictly Rhythm 732183 207265 US 2014
732183 217363 Deep Soul The Rhythmz(4xFile, WAV) Strictly Rhythm 732183 217363 US 2014
732183 219664 The Believers Who Dares To Believe In Me?(4xFile, WAV) Strictly Rhythm 732183 219664 US 2014
732183 220066 George Morel Morel's Grooves Part 4(4xFile, WAV) Strictly Rhythm 732183 220066 US 2014
732183 225160 Photon, Inc.* Feat. Paula Brion Photon, Inc.* Feat. Paula Brion - Generate Power(5xFile, WAV) Strictly Rhythm 732183 225160 US 2014
732183 225467 Hardhead New York Express(3xFile, WAV) Strictly Rhythm 732183 225467 US 2014
732183 240361 Black Magic Freedom (Make It Funky)(4xFile, WAV) Strictly Rhythm 732183 240361 US 2014
732183 242068 Black Magic Freedom (Make It Funky) (The Remixes)(3xFile, WAV) Strictly Rhythm 732183 242068 US 2014
732183 256461 Phunkie Souls Tha Music (Floats Your Cares Away)(3xFile, WAV) Strictly Rhythm 732183 256461 US 2014
732183 711465 Darkman (3) Annihilating Rhythm(5xFile, WAV) Strictly Rhythm 732183 711465 US 2014
732183751362 Ultra Naté Free (Full Intention / R.I.P. Mixes)(4xFile, WAV) Strictly Rhythm 732183751362 US 2014
732183 752864 Ultra Naté Free (M+S & George Acosta Remixes)(5xFile, WAV) Strictly Rhythm 732183 752864 US 2014
826194 139391 Su Su Bobien You Don't Know(5xFile, WAV) Strictly Rhythm 826194 139391 US 2014
826194 141998 Reel 2 Real Feat. The Mad Stuntman Reel 2 Real Feat. The Mad Stuntman - I Like To Move It (2010 Mixes)(7xFile, WAV) Strictly Rhythm 826194 141998 US 2014
832183 210064 Sole Fusion We Can Make It(3xFile, WAV) Strictly Rhythm 832183 210064 US 2014
832183 226362 Sun, Sun, Sun Curious(3xFile, WAV) Strictly Rhythm 832183 226362 US 2014
832183 240764 M+S* Present The Girl Next Door M+S* Present The Girl Next Door - Justify(4xFile, WAV) Strictly Rhythm 832183 240764 US 2014
8014090070678 David Agrella, Nico De Ceglia* 'Paper Aeroplane' F Rossi (Clock Place Remix)(File) D:vision Records, Strictly Rhythm 8014090070678 Italy 2013
a 8678 cd Simone My Family Depends On Me(CD, Single) EastWest Records America, Strictly Rhythm a 8678 cd UK 1991 Sell This Version
APTI-4013~5 DJ Nori & Tohru Takahashi DJ Nori & Tohru Takahashi - 20 Years Of Strictly Rhythm Mixed By DJ Nori & Tohru Takahashi(2xCD, Comp, Mixed + CD, Comp) Apt. International, Strictly Rhythm APTI-4013~5 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
BANG CD095 Various Bang The Rhythm - A Go Bang! Compilation Of Strictly Rhythm Club Classics(CD, Comp) Go Bang! Records, Strictly Rhythm BANG CD095 Netherlands 1992 Sell This Version
BBR EP 01 DJ Spen Presents Jasper Street Company* DJ Spen Presents Jasper Street Company* - New Birth EP(12", EP) Basement Boys Records, Basement Boys Records BBR EP 01 US 2000 Sell This Version
BCR002 I Like It Electric Featuring Sophia Lolley I Like It Electric Featuring Sophia Lolley - Do You Want To Or Not?(CDr, Single, Promo) Beat Congress, Peace Bisquit BCR002 US 2011 Sell This Version
BUCD 88260611 Bob Sinclar Strictly Bob Sinclar(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Strictly Rhythm BUCD 88260611 Indonesia 2010 Sell This Version
CD 9711-2 Poliskomissar Braun* House Party Seven(CD, Mixed) Nextera CD 9711-2 Czech Republic 1997 Sell This Version
CDAMPMDJ133 Ultra Naté Desire(CD, Single, Promo) AM:PM, Strictly Rhythm CDAMPMDJ133 UK 2000 Sell This Version
CD HUT 34 Tracy & Sharon Drag Addict(CD, Mixed) Hut Recordings, Stuff Records (6), Hut Recordings CD HUT 34 UK 1996 Sell This Version
CDI-2174 Various Ultra Club Non-Stop(CD, Comp, Mixed) Musart CDI-2174 Mexico 1999 Sell This Version

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yellow_roland

yellow_roland

November 22, 2014
some good comments here :-) ... "what are the truly memorable classic releases??" aside from those already mentioned, 4 more of mine, from 1990 ... (18) Tech Nine (The Rubba Mix ... boomin'!), (19) Raw Power, (22) DV8, (23) E-Culture and 4 from '92 ... (73) Phuture (Rise!), (98) Djaimin (licensed), (103) Code 718, (106) DJ Pierre
tracks to love forever ...
1skunkus

1skunkus

September 26, 2012
Being there is such a huge cataloge, if I may recommend my most favorite off this label would be two of them. M&M-I'm hot for you, and Joint Venture-Come on/Sound Blaster. These two are always played in my sets.
FunkyCold

FunkyCold

July 9, 2008
For me this label was a let down. The potential was there, the quantity was there but the quality wasnt. I mean what are the truly memorable classic releases?? CLS maybe, a few other decent releases but nothing ground breaking which is poor when you consider how big their catalog is / was. I mean look at the size of it. It dwarfs nearly all independents

If the A & R had severly tighten up and pushed artists into producing their best rather than rushing out 'just another release', which inevitably was sub standard poldy noise, things could have been very different

Still you cant have it both ways and at least they paid there artists and ran a reputable business!
Frontosa

Frontosa

October 29, 2007
My issue with Strictly Rhythm records is that for every great song they put out, you'll find 20 other pieces of crap they also released. Of course they've given us outstanding classics, too many to list here, but I feel they didn't use enough discretion and released too many records, a lot of them completely worthless. I dig through the used section in record stores in New York City all the time. I always come across tons of Strictly Rhythm records and most of the time it is utterly disapointing. Look at how many releases they have. Too many in my oppinion if a lot sound like garbage.
ledjfab

ledjfab

July 14, 2007
edited over 9 years ago
Huge House label that just got re-activated from the UK (their website is now back online). You just couldn't avoid Strictly Rhythm in the 90's. It was a very important label that turned many people into electronic music. As for the musical taste, it's every man for itself. The majority of the S.R. catalog is not very well known and was not entirely available to the general public due to the format. But everyone seems to agree on the best stuff: Erick Morillo, Armand Van Helden, MAW, Barbara Tucker, Todd Terry, Josh Wink... I agree that the end was nothing like the beginning. Projects like Soul Du Jour, or even that Crystal Waters single sampling "The Price Is Right" were not typical from the label in my opinion. But, if you search their catalog extensively, you will most definitely find something that fits your tastes. I personally enjoyed the works from Roger Sanchez, Endangered Species, TNT Experience, some of DJ Pierre and George Morel. I hope future releases will not disappoint us. Remixes of "Higher State Of Consciousness" are coming soon, as well as that new Todd Terry single. We can dream on again!
ijustspeak

ijustspeak

April 25, 2006
edited over 3 years ago
Strictly Rhythm was a glorious label and the best times in my opinion was from 1990 to 1994. Strictly are credited for being the first label pushing forward the US Garage sound for a wider audience and bringing it worldwide. Both Pizzaro and Finklestein were skilled in their buisness by creating a large network with producers. Everyone released a track on this label. I believe at their most productive era they released like 4-5 records a week. They kept a steady pace with good releases uptil '98-'99 but then the Ibiza went commercial and Strictly put a foot into that area... Bad Idea. And by then it was over for my part. Alot of cheese were released and the sound they were known to push was slowly decaying. Not just the Label itself but the garage sound took a slow downfall all over the world.
Many people are scared to really dig into this label because Strictly didn't just release good tracks. With an output of 4 releases a week you would be sure there was some crap comming out with the good ones as well. If you really want to buy records from their massive back catalouge you ought to do some research to filter out the poor releases. But stick to the early ninetees and you will find bombs a-plenty.
Today i don't hear much talk about Strictly which i think is A shame. They released tons of classics like the Hardrive EP, 'Beautiful People', 'Luv Dancin' & loads more. Many of Masters At Work's tracks released here are in my opinion their finest. They raised stars like Roger Sanchez, Barbara Tucker and Armand Van Helden. And i think the label was the biggest responsibility of really making the Garage sound widespread all around the world.
The biggest label in New York that excisted still lives with me. Respect and RIP!!
restless

restless

April 24, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
Hmmm, no comment on Strictly Rhythm, they must have been deleted accidentally i guess ;)
To summarize, this label is the epitome of the New-York house sound in the 1990s. Deep, garage, freaky, dark, dubby, latino, wild pitch...any quality house artist coming out of NYC at that period has releases on Strictly.
Let's not mention the international smash hits : Ultra Nate 'Free', Wink 'Higher State Of Consciousness', Reel To Real 'I Like To Move It'...and the many underground all-time classix like 'Break Night' (Mole People), 'The Warning' (Logic), 'Deep Inside' (Hardrive), 'Witch Doktor' (Van Helden), 'Luv Dancin' (Roger S), 'Follow Me' (Aly-Us), 'Needs (Not Wants)' (Mood Life), 'Love&Happiness' (Rivr Ocean), 'Bass Tone' (Sole Fusion) etc etc
Very probably the most important label in the New-York house music history.

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