Launched in 1995, Ibadan Records is an eclectic label founded by Jerome Sydenham. Now run in Berlin, its motto is simply “a higher quality experience in music”, but with the aim to “make high quality music which covers all areas of electronic music, acoustic dance music, ultimately jazz funk, jazz and maybe even hip hop and R&B”. Jerome Sydenham and Janne Tavi made us a selection of the best releases on the label since its creation.
1. Kerri Chandler & Jerome Sydenham – Espirito du Tempo (Talib’s Dream)
I have always been in love with this release. You can just feel the sunshine radiating out of this one and the flutes take you completely somewhere else in time.
2. Dennis Ferrer – Son of Raw
Always in my bag! It’s just one of those records that sounds good on every sound system. That warm subtle sub bass is just indescribable. I remember Jerome telling me about the recording session, how they were all tired and had to lock Dennis in the studio so so he could finish those chord stabs. When the “you don’t know” part comes in – it’s game over!
3. Ten City – Whatever Makes You Happy (The Union Vocal)
This is the first Ibadan Records release from 1996! The signature Kerri synths and Byron Stingily’s falsetto voice is a 90s combination that you simply can’t resist!
4. Kerri Chandler – Atmosphere (Jerome’s Runaway Dub)
A brilliant house masterpiece by Kerri Chandler! This is one of those tracks that you always want to hear out. I will always remember playing this at Panorama Bar and the people just going crazy. Those fat stabs and the extended breakdown…. very sexy. Who knows it might just get repressed….
5. The Songstress – See Line Woman (Vocal)
Do I actually have to say something about this? A timeless piece by the beautiful Nina Simone. Pure elegance, 10/10.
1. Kerri Chandler – Atmospheric Beats (Original Extended Version)
2. Joe Claussell – Git Wa
3. Slam Mode – Obyah
4. Tony Watson – Passages
5. Earth People – Dance (Kerri Chandler Centro Fly – Jerome Sydenham Special Edit)