- Afro / Afrobeat
Strut Records is one of the UK's finest music labels, founded by the famous Quinton Scott, dedicated to dig out raew to find music treasures and focuses on dance music and afrobeat.
The UK record company was set up in 1999 to document important areas of dance music's history, and since then, Strut's releases cut no corners, bringing together killer dancefloor tracks as well as giving a full context to the music, telling the story of the characters behind the tunes, the clubs and the scene of the time. All releases are featuring extensive sleevenotes, researched and written by respected journalists, rare photographs, and other hard to find memorabilia. Stylistically the release policy covers all styles from Funk, original breaks, Afrobeat, leftfield Disco, and Reggae to old skool Hip Hop, New Wave, Industrial, as well as long forgotten music library classics.
In the period of 1999-2003, Strut was one of the UK's leading record labels dedicated to unearthing the lost gems of dance music past, covering music from hard funk, underground disco, original breaks and Nigerian Afrobeat to old skool hip hop and forgotten music library classics. The label was famous for its uncompromising high quality packages documenting landmarks in the history of dance music from Italo Disco, Calypso, Afro Beat. Despite a reputation for austere post-punk, the label's first decade produced a slew of landmark dance records, primarily brought to the label by Rob Gretton, who valued tunes and beats over Situationist theory and laboratory experiments in popular art. Conversely, founder Tony Wilson disparaged pure dance music as lacking intellectual rigour.
Strut was reactivated in 2008 and together with Gold Media Dus are now part of the !K7 label group, which today is best known for producing electronic music artists and especially for the DJ-Kicks compilations. Strut has more recently forged a reputation for helping to build the careers of various music legends, including Ethio-jazz bandleader Mulatu Astatke, Ghanaian highlife guitarist Ebo Taylor and Motown guitarist Dennis Coffey, through progressive new studio albums and well packaged back catalogue reissues.
So far Strut released records by Grandmaster Flash, Mulatu Astatke, Lafayette Afro Rock Band, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, or Tony Allen. Furthermore highly acclaimed samplers were compiled by celebrated DJs like Trevor Jackson, Danny Krivit, or Joey Negro.