Seminal Belgium label R&S Records was established in 1983 by founders Renaat Vandepapeliere and Sabine Maes (with R&S representing the couple’s initials). At this time Disco, Chicago House, Detroit Techno and New York House had firmly established their roots, but meanwhile in Belgium a new wave of cutting edge techno was surfacing under the unique dancing horse logo of R&S Records. The label’s catalogue of artists is every dance music heads idea of heaven - including Aphex Twin, Derrick May, Ken Ishi, CJ Bolland, Kenny Larkin, 69 / Carl Craig, Joey Beltram, Model 500, Jaydee, and many more besides.
By the late 90s, dance music culture had become increasingly influenced by commercial ventures, which conflicted with what R&S stood for – a hard, dark techno underground label that had no desire to be commercialised. Founder Vandepepaleire decided it was time to take a lengthy sabbatical from the label to focus on personal interests. In 2006, Renat decided it was ready for the R&S relaunch, with the aim to re-position the label within cutting edge dance music. Now R&S is home to some of the most forward-thinking electronic talent of our time, with the new roster boasting artists such as James Blake, Pariah, Space Dimension Controller, Blawan, Lone, Paula Temple and Tessela .
Since the mid-noughties R&S records have topped DJ charts and sold out dance floors worldwide, and this July they return to London for a label showcase hosted by iconic venue Egg.
Headlining the showcase is American producer Mariel Ito, who ismostfamous for his alter ego Maceo Plex. After 12 years he’s returning to his electro alias (Mariel Ito) and has an EP out on R&S later in August. Joining him is none other than the label founder himself - Renaat Vandepapeliere – who’ll be gracing the decks with more than 20 years of experience, and a personality that has helped shaped the scene into what it is today. Playing alongside Renaat is Swedish techno producer Evigt Mörker – a quality producer who’s released on well-respected techno labels such as Semantica and Northern Electronics. Completing the line-up is Romanian artist Ada Kaleh and French duo G-Prod, who’ll be sure to bring nothing but grooves and good vibes.
Check out material from the artists playing on the night below.
Tickets start at £5 and are available now. Don’t miss out on what is set to be a special night of celebrating one of dance music’s most historic and influential labels.