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Ibadan Records

A new month and a new Focus On… On this occasion we are focusing on the legendary New York label Ibadan Records headed by Jerome Sydenham. Founded in 1995 to fulfill of Sydenham’s search for an outlet for his own creative and entrepreneurial skills ,the label recently celebrated its 15-year anniversary in 2010; while also reaching over 100 releases to date. The imprint’s motto is: A higher quality experience in music.

Now, label founder Jerome Sydenham’s artistic ambitions for Ibadan Records couldn’t be clearer. From the earliest years of acoustic, afro-tinged house to the Pan-African Electro of the 10″ series, to more recent explorations into Techno and Tech House, the sound of Ibadan has always pioneered new directions in dance music.

Over the years, Ibadan Records has had countless of iconic releases of critical acclaim, including Joe Claussell’s compilation Language in 1999, which features productions by Claussell, Sydenham, Chandler, Marc Cary and Dele Sosimi. On release considered today as a milestone in Deep House.

Among the latest endeavors for Ibadan is the launch of two new label imprints; Apotek Records and Avocado Records, created to push the boundaries of Techno

In this Focus On series we enjoy four of Ibadan Records’s artists:

  • Aschka
  • Sylvie Forêt
  • Quell
  • Jerome Sydenham