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When we look back at  the history of Highgrade, and look towards the future of the label, we have put  special emphasis on one key statement: ÒWe will continue to produce music on vinyl until the end of its existence.Ó This almost provocative and affectionate commitment to vinyl  is
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When we look back at  the history of Highgrade, and look towards the future of the label, we have put  special emphasis on one key statement: ÒWe will continue to produce music on vinyl until the end of its existence.Ó This almost provocative and affectionate commitment to vinyl  is typical of a Berlin label who knows where it comes from, and aims to act with passion and commitment in every instance. Highgrade is one of the labels that has built the musical soul of  Berlin, and the city would not be the same without it.   But back to the beginning. As if prompted by the ã millennium bug Ó, Tom Clark decides to start his own record label. The commercialization of Techno, with the mass marketing of the Love Parade and major label exploitation had reached a depressing new low. Tom describes these as the darkest days for House and Techno music. At the same time, many artists were searching for a new and better platform to release their music in Berlin. Tom ClarkÕs ÒlivingroomÓ label had always been more about passion than being a well structured and carefully organized business operation, and in many ways this served the label perfectly. Today, Tom sees part of the purpose of Highgrade to act as a driving force behind the reinvention of the Berlin Techno scene.   Tom Clark signed the first wave of Highgrade artists, Sebo K, James Flavour und Guido Schneider from the ranks of his friends and fellow DJs in the ever expanding Berlin club scene. Todd Bodine, Jens Bond, Dub Taylor and Daniel Dreier formed the second generation of artists to join the Highgrade family.   There have always been important to discover new artist, like Format B and Heinrichs & Hirtenfellner. The first goal: The sound must first survive the bar, club and dancefloor test. The spectrum ranges from deep House and minimal till techno. ÒWe donÕt release music that armchair philosophers can chill out on the sofa with, our records have to work in the clubÓ, says A & R man Todd Bodine. With Todd and label manager Mariana Luzardo, Tom Clark has found the perfect partners with which to push the label forward. Highgrade has also moved out of the living room and into a slick new office in BerlinÕs Friedrichshain. Needless to say the family atmosphere still remains.   The voluminous output from the label is testament to the highly talented group of artists in the Highgrade stable. Every month the label puts out one vinyl and one digital release, and every year Highgrade takes on at least two new artists. The best form of defence is attack. In times where other labels are reducing output and going digital only, Highgrade continues to release electronic dance music of the highest quality and dancefloor efficiency. This produces a wide range of releases that are not about genre definitions, but are chosen for their musical impact and individuality. In Germany and worldwide, label parties and club nights define the label sound and push the artists creative skills behind the turntables and in front of the crowd. Thus the label always stays fresh and surprising and acts as a major contributor to the sound of the city   Especially in the ongoing development of the digital market, the label relies on its independent character. We focus on a commitment which offers Highgrade artists a complete package. ÒWe want to show that classical label representation and artist management are still requiredÓ, says Mariana. The in-house booking agency works in close collaboration with the artists, providing both gig support and guidance in their artistic development.  
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05-05-2014
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Fierro Por Kilo

Todd Bodine Remix

 
   
Simba

Todd Bodine Remix

 
   
Munsee

Todd Bodine Remix

 
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14-04-2014
TechHouse
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Sleeping Water

Original Mix

 
   
Rainbow Chasers

Original Mix

 
   
Rainbow Chasers

Mihai Popoviciu Remix

 
   
Outta Space

Original Mix

 
 
07-04-2014
TechHouse
MP3WAV
 
   
Throwing in Your Soul


 
   
Troublesome


 
   
Vamonos Pest


 
 
17-03-2014
TechHouse
MP3WAV
 
   
Devotly


 
   
Devotly

Todd Bodine Remix

 
   
In Da Stay


 
 
10-03-2014
TechHouse
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Black Comes the Day


 
   
Glow


 
   
Count on It


 
10 more songs
 
 
03-03-2014
TechHouse
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Eastbound feat. Demian Muller


 
   
Westbound feat. Demian Muller


 
 
03-02-2014
TechHouse
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Chocolate


 
   
Chocolate

Todd Bodine Remix

 
   
In It


 
   
Basic Groove


 
 
02-12-2013
TechHouse
MP3WAV
 
   
Static Bubbles


 
   
Albir


 
   
Bob & Curly


 
11 more songs
 
 
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