Perfecto Records celebrates 25 years with double-disc
This March, just in time for Miami Music Week, heavyweight Paul Oakenfold will release a two-part CD celebrating two and a half decades of his Perfecto Records. Since its inception in 1989, Perfecto has served as a major influence in the electronic music scene. That bit should come as no surprise, given that it was founded by a three-time Grammy nominee, former DJ Mag #1 DJ and all-around legend within the music industry, period.
“They say time flies when you’re having fun and here we are twenty five years after I started Perfecto Records, looking back over two and a half decades of incredible music, as well as all the wonderful memories attached to each of these amazing releases,” says Oakenfold. According to him, Perfecto was born during a period of flux within the dance music scene. House music and rave culture were “all in full bloom in the UK”, creating the perfect environment for an infant label led by an artist with vision to thrive.
“Every single one of these records and the hundreds of others, that sadly there wasn’t enough room to include on the album, represent a chapter in the history of a record label that I feel incredibly proud to have been a part of since it started,” maintains Oakenfold.
Over the course of its life, Perfecto has released the music of modern-day musical legends such as Carl Cox, BT, David Guetta, Timo Maas, Man with No Name, Grooverider, Tiësto and countless others. Serving as a platform with which Oakenfold could present fresh sounds and artists to a global audience, Perfecto was, in many ways, a vehicle of musical innovation.
“There have been many manifestations of Perfecto Records, from the early days under Warner right through to our current partnering with Armada Music, but throughout all these stages our manifesto has remained the same – to always be on the hunt for great songs, killer melodies, and exciting new artists regardless of style or genre,” says Oakenfold.
A quarter of a decade (and 10 million record sales) later, Perfecto has continued continues to provide listeners with exciting and creative young talent from diverse musical backgrounds.
According to Oakenfold, “there is nothing more exhilarating than finding fresh music from an new artist that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. I would say that this has been the main driving force behind my entire existence for the last three decades and Perfecto Records has been my platform to present these great talents – like Hernan Cattaneo, Timo Maas, Plump DJs, Infected Mushroom, Arthur Baker, Tiësto, Astrix, David Guetta and so many more – to you.”
25 years of Perfecto Records is, in many ways, a comprehensive dive into the history of dance music. It features Goa trance, soulful house, progressive house and break influences, just to name a bit. Oakenfold says he feels confident that, as a whole, the album “really is an authentic representation of the many stages of Perfecto’s evolution.” It is “a story that will excite those that were part of it and educate those that were not.”
Few labels have lived to experience the full journey that dance music has taken from a burgeoning underground scene to the mainstream pop-infused arena that currently holds commercial dominion over the music industry.
In a recent interview, Oakenfold was asked to describe his musical career in one word, and the answer was “Perfecto.” This album is a testament to that.
25 Years of Perfect will be available for digital download and stream on March 20, 2015.
1. Paul Oakenfold ft. Angela McCluskey – You Could Be Happy (Future House Mix)
2. BT – Embracing The Sunshine (Embracing The Future Mix)
3. Grace – Not Over Yet (Perfecto Mix)
4. Robert Owens – I’ll Be Your Friend (Glamorous Mix)
5. Lost – The Gonzo (Original Mix)
6. Tilt – My Spirit (Groovestation Ext Mix)
7. Mozaic – Sing It (The Hallelujah Song) (Quivvers Dirty Dub)
8. Quivver – Believe In Me (Original Q Mix)
9. Grace – Skin On Skin (Orange Mix)
10. Dope Smugglaz – The Word (Original Mix)
11. Stella Browne – Every Woman Needs Love (Full Intention Mix)
12. Ce Ce Peniston ft. Joyriders – Finally (Tiger Stripes Remix)
13. Paul Oakenfold – Southern Sun (Moe Aly Remix)
14. Paul Oakenfold & Cassandra Fox – Touch Me (Paul Oakenfold ‘Stateside’ Mix)
15. Timo Maas ft. Martin Bettinghaus – Ubik (Original Mix)
16. Tilt vs Paul van Dyk – Rendezvous (Tilt’s Quadraphonic Instrumental)
17. Man With No Name ft. Hannah – Paint A Picture (Vocal Mix)
18. Man With No Name – Vavoom (Original Mix)
1. BT – Loving You More (Man With No Name Remix)
2. Leama – Requiem For A Dream (Paul Oakenfold Remix) [Cover]
3. Paul Oakenfold ft J Hart – Surrender (Protoculture Remix)
4. Paul Oakenfold – Cafe Del Mar (Original Mix)
5. Mekka – Diamondback (Original Mix)
6. Paul Oakenfold – Barber’s Adagio For Strings (Original Mix)
7. Ascension – Someone (Original Mix)
8. Perfecto Allstarz – Reach Up (Papas Got A Brand New Pig Bag) (Perfecto Remix)
9. Amoeba Assassin – Rollercoaster (Oakey’s Courtyard Mix)
10. Tilt – I Dream (Casa De Angeles Remix)
11. Man With No Name – Floor Essence (Apogee Remix) [Cover]
12. Jan Johnston – Flesh (DJ Tiesto Remix)
13. Planet Perfecto Knights – ResuRection (Paul Oakenfold Full On Fluoro Mix) [Cover]
14. Paul Oakenfold – Full Moon Party (Thomas Datt Remix)
15. Planet Perfecto – Bullet In The Gun (Saturday Mix)
16. BT – Flaming June (BT & PvD Mix)