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Ovum Recordings was founded by Josh Wink with his then partner King Britt in his hometown of Philadelphia. Wink wanted Ovum to be a place where he could put out music that he loved and also as a place to release his own material. Josh explains "The music had to be credible and it had to be revered, but just as importantly the label's integrity had to be very strong." Compromising this vision has never been an option. Matt Brookman, label manager since 1996 understands why: "We have always focused on the quality of the music and avoided jumping on any bandwagon or trend, I believe that this is why the label has survived all of these years and remained not only relovant, but a tastemaker." A four year production and distribution deal with Sony (as part of Josh signing as an artist) between 1996 and 2000 helped Ovum gain a wider footing, but it was the label's core belief of scouring the globe for new talent, which has seen it reap the benefits. Loco Dice, Steve Bug, D'julz, David Squillace, Shlomi Aber, KiNK, Nic Fanciulli, and more have felt the Ovum touch and they in turn have allowed the label to grow. And as diverse as he aforementioned artists reveals, no two Ovum releases are the same. Something which is refelcted in the caliber of DJ's who have consistently supported the releases over the years: Laurent Garnier, Dubfire, Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, John Digweed, Dixon, Gilles Peterson, Pete Tong and so many more. "I love the fact that so many diverse DJ's can play our records" boasts Josh proudly. 'Fifteen For Fifteen" is a comprehensive blend of the labels output from the past 15 years. It is great display of the labels depth and stylish diversity. In a time when it has become harder and harder for labels to survive, what makes Wink proudest is the fact that we are still here today. He says, "It is a great accomplishment to have survived all of these years. It hasn't been an easy road, but we have pushed on because doing this is a labour of love. The fact that people are still interested in what we are doing after 15 years is really quite humbling. So kick back and enjoy some amazing music from the likes of Loco Dice, Steve Bug, Nic Fanciulli, Joris Voorn, Shlomi Aber, and more and hear what Ovum is really all about. Let the musc play!


Fifteen For Fifteen

  • Various Artists
  • Release Date 2010-08-03
  • Label Ovum Recordings
  • Catalog OVM90092

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