3 beat blue
3 Beat Blue represents the Funky House & Electro offshoot of UK's 3Beat Productions Ltd launched in 2007.
3 Beat was founded in 1989 by Jon Barlow and began life as a second-hand record stall in Liverpool's Quiggins market. At the time the UK was falling under the spell of house music and the shops of London and Manchester were stuffed with Chicago Trax, Italo House and New York's funky garage. In Liverpool there were few places to buy it until Barlow and two other vinyl addicted students (Dave Nicoll and Phil Southall) decided that the hours journey to Manchester's Eastern Bloc was becoming a bit dull and 3 Beat opened its doors with a shop on Wood Street. All the big name DJs – Pete Tong, Sasha, Paul Oakenfold, Judge Jules and more shopped there religiously via their globally acclaimed mail order service. The shop went on to win numerous awards including the prestigious Music Week independent retailer of the year award in 2002.
Between 2002 and 2007 the label had multiple hits under the name Boss Records. You might remember "I See Girls" by Studio B, Angel City "Love Me Right" and "Do You Know" and Aaron Smith "Dancing" and Mason Ft. Princess Superstar "Exceeder".
In 2007 the label was reborn as 3 Beat Productions building up a hugely talented roster of artists. With the likes of Alyssa Reid, Duck Sauce, Inna, Martin Solveig, Skepta, Alexandra Stan and Sway the label is now a hotbed of hits. And after 20 years at the forefront of dance music we had our first UK number 1 in 2011 with Sak Noel "Loca People".
Just as its parent label, 3 Beat Blue has developed ever since its inception an impressive back catalogue which contains over 80 releases coming up from a variety of artists such as: Erick Morrillo, Alexandra Stan, Robbie Rivera, Marco Demark, Mike Di Scala, Cahill, The Ian Carey Project, Agnes, Jason Herd, Wheels, Steve Mac, Natural Born Grooves, amongst many others.