!K7 Records is renowned as one of the most diverse labels for electronic music worldwide. The story of international success finds its beginnings back in 1985 with the idea of releasing digital video clips. Later on came the specially mixed DJ sets to go with them: the X-Mix series was born.
Ten years later, the DJ-Kicks series came to life. A revolutionary concept was realized, since complete albums with DJ cuts to be played on your home stereo were completely unknown at that time. Thrilled by the idea of bringing the vibrant sound of the dancefloor to the listener's home, music innovators such as Kruder & Dorfmeister, Nightmares On Wax, Thievery Corporation and Stereo MC's dared to explore new frontiers, earning the DJ series worldwide fame.
In 1996, !K7 started launching artist albums. A decade later, !K7 is reaping the rewards of this set-up with artist albums from the likes of Kruder & Dorfmeister, Matthew Herbert, Dani Siciliano, Ursula Rucker, Swayzak, and Boozoo Bajou.
In 2001, another step was taken: Rapster Records, a new label under the !K7 umbrella, started focussing on Urban, Soul and HipHop. Since then, Rapster has been releasing records by some of the HipHop & Soul scene’s most impressive artists. DJ Jazzy Jeff, Pete Rock and Roy Ayers are just some of the names on the labels’ fine roster. Always looking for opportunities to work with partners of excellence and to explore new possibilities and styles, Rapster forged an alliance with UK based soul aficionado Peter Adarkwah whose label BBE has been dealing in diverse, eclectic sounds covering many genres from old scratchy Brazilian grooves through 70's funk via jazz fusion and new HipHop for over a decade. And with special projects such as the Exit Music “Songs with Radio Heads” compilation or the Kings of… series (featuring Masters at Work, RZA, Gilles Peterson and many more), as well as the Beat Generation albums, Rapster’s reputation as one of the hottest hiphop labels to date established itself in no time.
But being represented in rhymes and on turntables was not enough for the ambitious !K7 crew: With its newly founded subsidiary Ever Records in 2006, !K7 has given some of the greatest Indie bands and singer/songwriters such as Cortney Tidwell, Cyann and Ben, and Howie Beck a platform.
Instead of only serving a small fraction of the international music scene, !K7, Rapster and Ever Records see the whole picture - in full stereo - and continually deliver the top-notch releases for which the Berlin-based label hybrid stands.
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