Strictly Rhythm

Strictly Rhythm

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Prolific New York City-based house label established in 1989 by music executive Mark Finkelstein and A&R Gladys Pizarro.
Bari G. aka Bari Gossmann was Vice President of promotions and later A&R executive.
The label subsequently expanded into Europe where Phil Cheeseman headed its European operations and acted as A&R for various UK-based producers.
A short-lived UK subsidiary Strictly Rhythm UK existed in 2001.
In addition to its various sub-labels, it also manufactured and distributed a number of other independent labels for much of the 1990s.
Strictly Rhythm folded in October 2002 after entering into a venture with Warner Music Group nine months earlier. After four years of legal wrangling, Mark Finkelstein regained control of the label, its trademark, and its recordings and publishing rights.
The label relaunched in 2006 as a Defected subsidiary with Aaron Ross as A&R manager.
In 2013, the label's catalogue was acquired by BMG Rights Management. Since January 2013, Strictly Rhythm continues to release new recordings independently.
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Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title ( Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
12AMPMDJ130 Wamdue Project - You're The Reason Wamdue Project You're The Reason(12", Promo) AM:PM 12AMPMDJ130 UK 1999 Sell This Version
12cool287 River Ocean Featuring India - Love And Happiness (Yemaya Y Ochun) River Ocean Featuring India River Ocean Featuring India - Love And Happiness (Yemaya Y Ochun) 12cool287 UK 1994 Sell This Version
12cooldj296 The Boss - Congo The Boss Congo(12", Promo) Cooltempo, Strictly Rhythm 12cooldj296 UK 1994 Sell This Version
12MOREL-001 George Morel Feat. Heather Wildman - Let's Groove 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 Rhythm Factor You Bring Me Joy(12") Multiply Records 12 MULTY 4 UK 1995 Sell This Version
12STFDJ001 Ultra Naté - Stranger Than Fiction Ultra Naté Stranger Than Fiction(12", Smplr) Strictly Rhythm 12STFDJ001 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
12TIVDJX127-D Barbara Tucker, Darryl D'Bonneau - Stop Playing With My Mind Barbara Tucker, Darryl D'Bonneau Barbara Tucker, Darryl D'Bonneau - Stop Playing With My Mind(12", Promo) Positiva, Strictly Rhythm 12TIVDJX127-D UK Unknown Sell This Version
12TIVDJY127 Barbara Tucker Feat Darryl D'Bonneau - Stop Playing With My Mind (Artful Dodger Remixes) Barbara Tucker Feat Darryl D'Bonneau Barbara Tucker Feat Darryl D'Bonneau - Stop Playing With My Mind (Artful Dodger Remixes)(12", Promo) Positiva, Strictly Rhythm 12TIVDJY127 UK 2000 Sell This Version
12TIVX-62 George Morel Featuring Heather Wildman - Let's Groove 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 - Bad Enough (The Smokin’ Beats Remixes) 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 - What You Need Powerhouse Feat Duane Harden Powerhouse Feat Duane Harden - What You Need(CD, Maxi) Strictly Rhythm, Defected, F1 1898 Australia 1999 Sell This Version
2048-2 DJ Choopie* - In My House DJ Choopie* In My House(CD, Comp, Mixed) Strictly Rhythm, Phonokol 2048-2 Israel 1996 Sell This Version
2064-2 Various - Strictly Dance Various Strictly Dance(CD, Comp, Mixed) Strictly Rhythm, Phonokol, Agnosia Records 2064-2 Israel 1996 Sell This Version
2124-2 Ultra Naté - Situation:Critical Ultra Naté Situation:Critical(CD, Album) Strictly Rhythm, Phonokol 2124-2 Israel 1998 Sell This Version
6313-2 Various - Strictly Rhythm Superjams Various Strictly Rhythm Superjams(CD, Comp) Strictly Rhythm 6313-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
12153 SR350EP 2 Various - Strictly Miami EP 2 Various Strictly Miami EP 2(12", EP) Strictly Rhythm 12153 SR350EP 2 UK 2010 Sell This Version
12192-CT Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman - I Like To Move It Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman - I Like To Move It(Cass, Maxi) Strictly Rhythm, Strictly Rhythm 12192-CT US 1994 Sell This Version
14530 Reel 2 Real - Are You Ready For Some More Reel 2 Real Are You Ready For Some More(12", Ltd, TP) Strictly Rhythm 14530 US 1996 Sell This Version
015 500-2 Soul DuJour - Here We Go Again Soul DuJour Here We Go Again(CD, Single) Planetworks 015 500-2 Greece 2001 Sell This Version
051871 2 Ultra Naté - Situation:Critical Ultra Naté Situation:Critical(CD, Album) Jive, Strictly Rhythm 051871 2 Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
153 578-2 Wamdue Project - Best Of Wamdue Project Best Of(CD, Comp) Urban, Universal Records, Strictly Rhythm 153 578-2 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
156297-2 Powerhouse Feat. Duane Harden - What You Need 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 Wamdue Project You're The Reason (Maxi) 156 572-2 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
156629-2 New Vision - (Just) Me And You New Vision (Just) Me And You(CD, Maxi) Strictly Rhythm, Urban 156629-2 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
156 825-1 Barbara Tucker Feat. Darryl D'Bonneau - Stop Playing With My Mind (Part 2) Barbara Tucker Feat. Darryl D'Bonneau Barbara Tucker Feat. Darryl D'Bonneau - Stop Playing With My Mind (Part 2)(12") Strictly Rhythm, Urban 156 825-1 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
156 842-1 Barbara Tucker Feat. Darryl D'Bonneau - Stop Playing With My Mind (Part 1) Barbara Tucker Feat. Darryl D'Bonneau Barbara Tucker Feat. Darryl D'Bonneau - Stop Playing With My Mind (Part 1)(12") Strictly Rhythm, Urban 156 842-1 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
158 135-1 Ultra Naté - Desire Ultra Naté Desire(2x12") Urban, Strictly Rhythm 158 135-1 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
158 135-2 Ultra Naté - Desire Ultra Naté Desire(CD, Single) Urban, Strictly Rhythm 158 135-2 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
491176 2 Ultra Naté - Situation:Critical Ultra Naté Situation:Critical(CD, Album) Strictly Rhythm 491176 2 Australia 1998 Sell This Version
495480 2 Various - MTV Ibiza 99 Various MTV Ibiza 99(2xCD, Comp) Columbia, Columbia, MTV Music Television 495480 2 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
533 732-1 Wamdue Project - Resource Toolbook Volume One Wamdue Project Resource Toolbook Volume One(2x12", Album) Urban 533 732-1 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
539 008-2 Mood II Swing - All Night Long With... Mood II Swing All Night Long With...(CD, Comp) Groove On, Strictly Rhythm, Urban 539 008-2 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
540 824-2 Ultra Naté - Situation:Critical Ultra Naté Situation:Critical(CD, Album, Ltd) AM:PM, A&M Records, Strictly Rhythm 540 824-2 UK 1998 Sell This Version
555 035-2 Various - Kiss In Ibiza 97 Various Kiss In Ibiza 97(2xCD, Comp) PolyGram TV 555 035-2 UK 1997 Sell This Version
557 583-2 Ultra Naté - Situation:Critical Ultra Naté Situation:Critical(CD, Album) Strictly Rhythm, Motor Music, Urban Tracks 557 583-2 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
559 037-2 Various - Strictly Rhythm - The Deeper State Of Sound 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 Various Strictly Rhythm - Urban Sessions. 01(CD, Comp, Mixed) Urban 559086-2 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
562 488-2 Wamdue Project - King Of My Castle Wamdue Project King Of My Castle (Single) 562 488-2 UK 1999 Sell This Version
562867 2 Ultra Naté - Desire Ultra Naté Desire(CD, Maxi) AM:PM, AM:PM, Strictly Rhythm 562867 2 UK 2000 Sell This Version
562867 4 Ultra Naté - Desire Ultra Naté Desire(Cass, Single) AM:PM, AM:PM, Strictly Rhythm 562867 4 UK 2000 Sell This Version
563 891-2 Wamdue Project - King Of My Castle Wamdue Project King Of My Castle (Single) 563 891-2 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
567 617-2 Ultra Naté - New Kind Of Medicine 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? Funkjunkeez* Got Funk?(CD, Maxi) Urban Tracks 569 481-2 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
569 817-2 Wamdue Project - Where Do We Go? Wamdue Project Where Do We Go?(CD, Maxi) Motor Music 569 817-2 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
569 827-2 Ultra Naté - Found A Cure 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 - You Don't Know 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 Ultra Naté Free (Maxi) 571 455-2 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
573 355-2 Blunt Funkers - Move Around 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' DJ Sneak Keep On Groovin'(12") Strictly Rhythm, Urban, Motor Music GmbH 573 985-1 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
573 985-2 DJ Sneak - Keep On Groovin' DJ Sneak Keep On Groovin'(CD, Maxi) Motor Music GmbH, Urban, Strictly Rhythm 573 985-2 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
580 941-1 R.A.W. - Higher (Feel It) R.A.W. Higher (Feel It)(12") A&M PM, Strictly Rhythm 580 941-1 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
580 941-2 R.A.W. - Higher (Feel It) R.A.W. Higher (Feel It)(CD, Single) A&M PM, A&M Records, Strictly Rhythm 580 941-2 UK 1994 Sell This Version
581 741-2 Moné - We Can Make It Moné We Can Make It(CD, Single, Ltd) AM:PM, Strictly Rhythm 581 741-2 UK 1996 Sell This Version
0581872 Ultra Naté - New Kind Of Medicine 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 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) 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) 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 Various D.J. Club Mix Vol. 11(CD, Comp, Mixed) PolyTel, Numuzik 740 090-2 Canada 1997 Sell This Version
740 090-4 Various - D.J. Club Mix Vol. 11 Various D.J. Club Mix Vol. 11(Cass, Comp) PolyTel, Numuzik 740 090-4 Canada 1997 Sell This Version
740 125-2 Ultra Naté - Situation:Critical Ultra Naté Situation:Critical(CD, Album) Strictly Rhythm 740 125-2 Canada 1998 Sell This Version
7823-12 Maurice* - Got Me Burning Up Maurice* Got Me Burning Up(12") ZYX-MUSIC GMBH, Strictly Rhythm 7823-12 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
8 52705 1 Reel 2 Real - Are You Ready For Some More? Reel 2 Real Are You Ready For Some More?(2xLP, Album) EMI, Positiva, Strictly Rhythm 8 52705 1 UK 1996 Sell This Version
889662 Todd*, Todd*, "Little" Louie* & Kenny "Dope"* Todd*, "Little" Louie* & Kenny "Dope"* - Another Classic Dance Tracks Compilation(CD, Comp, P/Mixed) Strictly Rhythm, Edisom 889662 Portugal 1995 Sell This Version
889664 Various - The Deep And Slow Various The Deep And Slow(CD, Comp) Edisom, Lda. 889664 Portugal 1995 Sell This Version
900001 4 Ultra Naté - Situation:Critical Ultra Naté Situation:Critical(Cass, Album) Strictly Rhythm 900001 4 Turkey 1998 Sell This Version
1009068-1 Various - Strictly Rhythm - Underground Tracks Various Strictly Rhythm - Underground Tracks(CD, Comp) Paradoxx Music 1009068-1 Brazil 1997 Sell This Version
1009088-1 Ultra Naté - Situation:Critical Ultra Naté Situation:Critical(CD, Album) Paradoxx Music 1009088-1 Brazil 1998 Sell This Version
190 736.2 CeCe Rogers* - No Love Lost CeCe Rogers* No Love Lost(CD, Single, Car) Scorpio Music 190 736.2 France 1994 Sell This Version
2105940 The Pianoheadz - Distortion The Pianoheadz Distortion(12") Noise Traxx 2105940 Belgium 1998 Sell This Version
23 22762-2 Daniel Bovie & Roy Rox - Stop Playing With My Mind Daniel Bovie & Roy Rox Stop Playing With My Mind(CD, Single) Belgian House Mafia, Strictly Rhythm, Mostiko 23 22762-2 Belgium 2009 Sell This Version
23 22898-2 Daniel Bovie & Roy Rox Feat. Nelson* - Love Me Daniel Bovie & Roy Rox Feat. Nelson* Daniel Bovie & Roy Rox Feat. Nelson* - Love Me(CD, Single, Car) Belgian House Mafia, Strictly Rhythm, Mostiko 23 22898-2 Belgium 2009 Sell This Version
5318412 Various - Strictly Rhythm - House Classics 1990-1996 Various Strictly Rhythm - House Classics 1990-1996(CD, Comp, Mixed) Urban 5318412 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
5331312 Various - Strictly Rhythm [The Next Generation - Da Future Sound Of House] Various Strictly Rhythm [The Next Generation - Da Future Sound Of House](CD, Mixed) Strictly Rhythm, Urban, Motor Music GmbH 5331312 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
5337482 Planet Soul - Energy & Harmony Planet Soul Energy & Harmony(CD, Album) Urban, Motor, Strictly Rhythm 5337482 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
5339712 Various - Strictly Rhythm Presents Strictly Pride Various Strictly Rhythm Presents Strictly Pride(CD, Mixed) Urban 5339712 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
5339722 Armand Van Helden - The Best (Greatest Hits) Armand Van Helden The Best (Greatest Hits)(CD, Comp) Urban, Motor, Strictly Rhythm 5339722 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
5398462 Boris Dlugosch - Strictly Pride '97 Boris Dlugosch Strictly Pride '97(CD, Comp, Mixed) Urban Tracks, Strictly Rhythm 5398462 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
8301452 Various - The Greatest Hits '94 - Volume 2 Various The Greatest Hits '94 - Volume 2(CD, Comp) EVA 8301452 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
850 759.1 El Mariachi - Cuba El Mariachi Cuba(12", Single) FFRR, Strictly Rhythm 850 759.1 UK 1996 Sell This Version
8811712 Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman - I Like To Move It Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman - I Like To Move It(CD, Maxi, Car) Positiva, Strictly Rhythm 8811712 Australia 1993 Sell This Version
11001669 Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman - Move It! Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman - Move It!(LP, Album) Strictly Rhythm 11001669 Colombia 1995 Sell This Version
092742457 2 Live Element - Be Free Live Element Be Free(CD, Maxi) Strictly Rhythm 092742457 2 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
0927 44479-0 Aly Us* - Follow Me 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 - It Feels Good 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
0927 47616 2 Team Factor Featuring Kenny Bobien - It Feels Good Team Factor Featuring Kenny Bobien Team Factor Featuring Kenny Bobien - It Feels Good(CD, Maxi) Strictly Rhythm 0927 47616 2 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
3218 38031-2 Ultra Naté - Stranger Than Fiction Ultra Naté Stranger Than Fiction (Album) 3218 38031-2 Indonesia 2001 Sell This Version
3218 38931-4 Ultra Naté - Stranger Than Fiction Ultra Naté Stranger Than Fiction(Cass, Album) Strictly Rhythm 3218 38931-4 Indonesia 2001 Sell This Version
7567-98678-7 Simone - My Family Depends On Me Simone My Family Depends On Me(7", Single) EastWest 7567-98678-7 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
8573 80753 2 Michael Moog - That Sound Michael Moog That Sound (Single) 8573 80753 2 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
8573 80754 5 Michael Moog - That Sound Michael Moog That Sound(CD, Single) FFRR, Strictly Rhythm 8573 80754 5 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
0.9274.24560 Live Element - Be Free Live Element Be Free(12") Strictly Rhythm 0.9274.24560 Benelux 2002 Sell This Version
0927440830 Live Element - Be Free Live Element Be Free(12") Strictly Rhythm 0927440830 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
0927 444142 Aly Us* - Follow Me 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 Team Factor It Feels Good(12") Strictly Rhythm 0927 476160 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
7243 8 30965 2 7 Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman - Move It! 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 30965 4 1 Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman - Move It! Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman - Move It!(Cass, Album) Positiva, Positiva 7243 8 30965 4 1 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
7243 8 52705 2 9 Reel 2 Real - Are You Ready For Some More? Reel 2 Real Are You Ready For Some More?(CD, Album) Strictly Rhythm, Positiva 7243 8 52705 2 9 UK & Europe 1996 Sell This Version
7243 8 52705 4 3 Reel 2 Real - Are You Ready For Some More? Reel 2 Real Are You Ready For Some More?(Cass, Album) Positiva, Positiva 7243 8 52705 4 3 Poland 1996 Sell This Version
7243 8 81171 2 8 Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman - I Like To Move It 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 81171 2 8 UK 1994 Sell This Version
7243 8 81209 2 0 Barbara Tucker - Beautiful People Barbara Tucker Beautiful People(CD, Single, Car) Positiva, Positiva, Strictly Rhythm 7243 8 81209 2 0 Australia 1994 Sell This Version

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808-MAN

808-MAN

December 10, 2021
edited 10 months ago
I have about 160 Strictly EPs. I class Strictly as one of the pioneers of American house music for sure. There isnt 1 single DJ from back in the day who hasnt dropped the needle on a Strictly track and thats a fact. I knew of 1 dDJ who played After Hours-Waterfall over and over until the record had no grooves left, then the record got used as a frisbee somewhere over Blackpools Central Pier. Who knows might still be there! lol. For me its Rhythm Warfare-Two Notches, Boriqua Posse,House 2 House-Boom is a proper mellow one, Tribal Confusion! or you might LUV DANCIN or have an OBSESSION with FLESH or like to TIME TRAVEL and turn off the light and listen to VOICES IN THE DARK, others might TAKE A CHANCE and UNLEASH THE GROOVE, one night he might take too many pills and say GOT ME BURNIN UP, or pills might be shite so he will say GIMME SOME MORE lol.theres loads. Classic Record Label!. All those crap comments about mediocre records etc lol theres mediocre records on every label. Discomagic out of Italy had classics and mediocre, even shite tracks on. Strictly is a classic in its own right 89-95 defo. I wouldnt know about the bullshit that came after 95 as i love underground not chart.
GoodNF

GoodNF

September 7, 2021
My first encounter with Strictly Rhythm (SR) as a label was when Belgian record company Who's That Beat? was willing to release Photon Inc. Featuring Paula Brion - Generate Power in our country (The Netherlands). At that time, I did not know what the original label of the tune was, only that it was a departure from what I usually heard early 1992. It was the era of minimal house (Speedy J., Ultimate Seduction) and techno rave (T99, L.A. Style etc.) to the point of becoming painfully ridiculous ("Rode schoentjes" and all those rip-offs). A local record shop suggested me to listen to Bang The Rhythm - A Go Bang! Compilation Of Strictly Rhythm Club Classics and although this was already going towards my preferred sound, it did not get me (yet). Dutch label Natural released Aly-Us - Follow Me, but this was a bit too soft. Reel 2 Real Featuring Erick Moore* - The New Anthem in its Union City mix was more like it. But at that time, SR already released more than 100 vinyls, most of them ignored by our country, and it seemed to me that apart from aforementioned label departments and record shop crews, the only person in our country showing a slight bit of interest for the label was me...

Early 1993, Fresh Fruit started their business and it became one of my favourite labels. I went on listening to Rave Radio where Ronald Molendijk was mixing for an hour; among the tracks I recognised were tracks from the Harddrive EP and the MK dub of Chatman - New Thang, but the track that really got me was Deep Soul - The Rhythmz in its Native mix. This was a track that, edited down to 3-4 minutes, I would love to hear a couple of times a day on the radio! The year would provide many more interesting SR tracks, but I had to wait until 1994 before they got released.

1994 was SR's breakthrough year in our country, with a tsunami of excellent releases: to begin with Jack & Jill - You Make Me Feel (Mighty Fierce), Reality - Yolanda, George Morel - Morel's Grooves Part 4 (thanks to ZYX, a CDM version of all of them was available in our country). Fresh Fruit remixed South Street Player - (Who?) Keeps Changing Your Mind, but the by far biggest crossover hit SR ever accomplished was Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman - I Like To Move It. Although it is probably the cheesiest record SR ever released, it seemed to open the doors to many of us. Dutch record companies started to gain interest in the label, with CDM releases of Smooth Touch - House Of Love (In My House), Barbara Tucker - Beautiful People, River Ocean Featuring India - Love & Happiness (Yemaya Y Ochún) - The Tribal EP and The Boss - Congo. ZYX were releasing compilations like Various - Strictly House and the series This Is Strictly Rhythm (2).
The aforementioned Fresh Fruit were causing a boomerang effect when SR themselves were releasing an album full of Brazil-flavoured tracks (Strictly Rhythm's Latin Thang) similar to their track "Give It Up", and their Fresh Tunes #1* - Do You Know What I Mean? saw a SR release; the second ever release SR licensed after Djaimin - Give You. Tracks like Circle Children - Indonesia / Mamba Mama and Full Swing (3) - Choices landed on Dutch mix compilations. Reel 2 Real scored several follow-ups and the next vocal highlight was Barbara Tucker - I Get Lifted. With the Dutch remix package of Armand Van Helden - Witch Doktor, the perfect blend between the New York sound and the Dutch sound seemed to be made.
And the year ended with pretty much all highlights included on This Is Strictly Rhythm - Volume 4; even though most of tracks there were edited, they were long enough for inclusion in a DJ mix set. Highlight of that comp was Loop 7 - The Theme in its Legend version; I do not understand why this was not picked up in other countries.

1995 started with me digging up the compilation Down, Deep + Dark so I had that Deep Soul track finally on CD. However, the label seemed to move towards more techno-oriented styles, most notably with the remixes of Wink* - Higher State Of Consciousness and George Acosta's outfit Planet Soul - Set U Free. In the same league were The Mole People - Break Night, Maurice* - Got Me Burning Up and DJ EFX - Give 'em Panik EP (most notably the track "München, Köln, Berlin"). The more soulful stuff is found on Barbara Tucker - Stay Together and Moné - We Can Make It. Morel's Grooves Part 8 - Officer Where's Your Brother? (Get Her) was the first Morel's Groove released as a single in our country, but it was not his best effort (I prefer vol. 7 myself). With This Is Strictly Rhythm - Volume Five, I had all the highlights of the year together, and one of SR's sublabels provided another highlight: Ruffneck Featuring Yavahn - Everybody Be Somebody.

1996 started with one of the label's highlights: Black Magic - Freedom (Make It Funky), a track that would be released in our country at the end of the year. However, the label achieved the most fame with remixes of earlier tracks: Lil' Mo' Yin Yang* - Reach received a stunning remix package with new mixes by Basement Jaxx and Alcatraz, with Higher State Of Consciousness (The European Remixes), Josh Wink received even more attention, and one of Morel's Grooves got vocalised: George Morel Featuring Heather Wildman - Let's Groove. Roger Sanchez recycled an old Gibson Brothers hit on El Mariachi - Cuba. Reel 2 Real came up with Reel 2 Real - Are You Ready For Some More? and two other singles, but it seemed as if we did not need more.

1997's highlight was undoubtedly Ultra Naté - Free, and Smooth Touch - Tripping also got a Dutch release. But overall, our interest in the label started to fade. House was gradually replaced here by trance; follow-ups from Black Magic and Moné did not make any impact. Most notable tracks of 1997 were unreleased mixes of Hardhead - New York Express and Roger S. disguised as The Funk Junkeez* - Got Funk?. It seemed as if the Dutch got the funk, SR was no longer responsible for it. People like Daft Punk and Olav Basoski were gradually taking over the dance landscape here, and follow-up singles of Ultra Nate failed to make impact.

Between 1999-2002, several tracks of the label made impact here, but unlike the early years, they were not primarily associated with SR's name. Some examples are Powerhouse Featuring Duane Harden - What You Need, Wamdue Project - King Of My Castle, Michael Moog - That Sound and New Vision - (Just) Me And You. Although the label went on focusing on quality instead of quantity, it was only a matter of time when acitivities came to a halt, which was the case in 2002.

In 2007, the label was given a reboot an although there is certainly material that is interesting, the most attention is made with remixes of the old classics. These tracks, roughly between 1989-1997, are what SR will be remembered for, and although the label also released quite some under-par material, the number of outstanding tracks is large enough to put other labels in the shade.
soul.reflector

soul.reflector

August 8, 2021
Wow, what happened to the SR comment section?
Early 90's SR is some of the very best house music put on plastic for my money. And yeah, there's cruft to sift through in the catalogue (admittedly more since the frequently mentioned hey-day). Still, for me, there are releases up to the modern ones that make their way into heavy rotation, usually capturing some of the magic of that early sound. As other's have noted, it's worth digging. I agree- one of the best house labels of all time- a lot of this stuff is timeless.
StrictlyRhythmfan

StrictlyRhythmfan

November 3, 2020
edited about 1 year ago
This is one of the best house music labels of all time. From 1989-1994 is where Strictly was at. I also want to ask a question. Why did they get rid of the 33 1/3 after Sr1283 (SR-1 - Da Rhythm) and I know this might be a silly question, but why did they removed the bricks and add the barcode?
Perennial_Rhythms

Perennial_Rhythms

June 19, 2019
Boy a lot of peope talking shit about Strictly Rhythm - maybe its not that SR had a lot of mediocre/bad titles, it's just that you don't have the patience to dig. Beyond the dozens of classic house tracks they released, some underground, some a bit more commercial, there are tons of little sleeper tracks in their catalogue that you can scoop for under $5. I have about 100 of their releases and none of it filler. Yes, some records are for maybe a mix or a particular track, but it's because it delivers and stands up. I think the same complaints could be made of Nervous and King Street. But to imply that Gladys or anyone working for SR was more interested in putting out loads of bullshit than quality music is ignorant and insulting.
groovefactory

groovefactory

April 2, 2019
People who's favorite track from SR was released in 2017 should immediately disqualified from commenting here. With Mark and Gladys at the helm, SR was an monster in the early days of house. Every big player at the time (Roger S, DJ Pierre, Armand Van Helden, Dana Kelly, Todd Terry, Louie Vega and Kenny Dope, Mood II Swing etc) were on SR. What happened to them in the last 15 years is unfortunate, but to say you know house and not feel a BIG DEPT to Strictly, shows a serious lack of knowing your history.
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justsaysean

justsaysean

December 18, 2016
Of course SR released lots of classics but bloody heck they produced far more average tracks. Been flicking thru most of the tracks and I rarely come across any real cutting edge,inventive tunes. So generic. For me personally my fave is hardhead-demon dreams-gravediggin mix. A real dark head nodder.
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ilevel

November 26, 2016
SR is all about Logic "The Warning" and Scram "No sleep tonight"
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 ...
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!
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