Apollo Records was set up to release music away from the R&S ethos of ‘In Order To Dance’ and was responsible for some of the most beautiful, chilled and experimental music of the decade including one of the high points in electronic music Aphex Twin’s ‘Selected Ambient Works 85-92’.
The Apollo label is the ambient division of R&S Records based in Belguim and it was launched back in 1992. Whilst it has artists who only release on the Apollo label (e.g. Biosphere) it also features releases from R&S artists issuing ambient LP/12"/EP's (e.g. Robert Leiner, Ken Ishii, etc).
Because of this link to the techno material available on R&S, the general style of Apollo releases tends to be ambient-techno. Many releases have beats (usually with low BPMs) instead of tending to the beatless and more minimal forms of ambient music.
Apollo 12" releases have a catalogue number in the form of APOLLO . Album catalogue numbers currently take the form AMB LP/CD/MC/.. The for albums is usually in the form xxyy (where yy is the issue number). Like R&S catalogue numbers, the xx reflects the year (eg. AMB 39xx is for the year 1993, AMB 49xx for 1994, etc).
Over the next ten years they released numerous classics that refused to be walled in by genres from the likes of Biosphere, David Morley, Locust, Sun Electric, John Beltran, The Irresistible Force, Caberet Voltaire, DJ Krush and Toshinori Kondo .
Now Apollo is back, with Renaat Vandepapeliere again at mission control, with a renewed vigour for new music that excites him as much as when he started the label in 1992.