Dolly represents the german imprint run by Panorama Bar resident and Klakson boss Steffi, launched in 2010 and based in Berlin, Germany. Dutch-born Steffi is a key figure in the realms of contemporary electronic music. A resident at Panorama Bar, and a respected producer and label owner, her work embraces underground electronic culture in its many forms.
With the experience that comes with promoting underground parties for over a decade, and running two record labels – Klakson, and her quickly expanding Dolly imprint – Steffi has developed a natural and professional balance between DJing and making records. Her productions continue to mature and shine, exploring many different aspects of House and Techno, with a distinctive clarity and classic approach.
Launched in 2010, Dolly started life as a sub-label of the now dormant Klakson, which Steffi ran with fellow Dutch native Dexter. Its focus has been primarily on raw house and techno cuts with inspiration rooted in classic Chicago and Detroit styles, with artists such as Uncanny Valley’s Jacob Korn, Dexter, Basic Soul Unit and cult Detroit figure Jared Wilson all contributing to the series of hand-stamped 12″s.
Now Dolly has announced a new sub-label – Dolly Dubs – which will supposedly "widen the spectrum". They don’t specify how exactly, but the first release will come from Swedish producer Staffan Lindberg, whose remix of Steffi’s "Yours" last year obviously impressed her enough to give him his first full release. The label describe the EP as containing "four excellent modern and sharply produced house/club tracks that will work on any floor", and the comparatively bright, chord heavy sound of the release in comparison to the stripped-back, heads-down fare of Dolly’s primary output hints at the direction the newly formed label will take.
Always looking forward, Steffi’s field of influence continues to expand. Her work as a DJ, distinctive productions, and sought after releases on her own labels, all reflect the love she has for vinyl and help to celebrate the culture of underground dance music.
Sublabel: Dolly Dubs.
Dolly's back catalogue includes releases from acts such as: Jakob Corn, Dexter, Tyrez, Brooks Mosher, Jared Wilson, Basic Soul Unit, XDB, MOS, The Oliverwho Factory, Leonid, Obsolete Music Technology, Duplex, amongst many others.