Dopeness Galore represents the Dutch label, established in 2004 by Wouda.
The Dopeness Galore story started with Wouda’s first single, which he pressed up on vinyl back in 2004. It must be an auspicious start when Afrika Bambaataa buys two copies of your first record and praises its mid-tempo funk. But it was when the label linked with Amsterdam-based jazz label Timeless Records, which had recordings from legends like Art Blakey and Marion Brown, Archie Shepp and McCoy Tyner to name a couple. Wouda and Jacob Malik Ladder aka Kid Sublime wanted to bring the feel of the Timeless catalogue up to the modern day, and started the Timeless Interpretations Project.
Another game-changer was Frank n Dank’s double EP, which saw the Detroit rappers deliver their strongest and most coherent raps to date, pulling together a collection of beats from dutch producers like I.N.T., Kid Sublime, Wouda, Elsas and Y’skid. It was quickly followed by Kid Sublime’s last LP Rappin’ Blak, a collection of raw soulful beats and conscious party throw-downs.
But Dopeness wasn’t made to get stuck in one style, and after their hip hop exploration, they dug deep again to bring some curveballs for their unsuspecting music lovers. Chet Baker and Pharaoh Sanders were represented with the ‘Finest project, collecting together and remastering the artists’ best gems. Oddball drummer and electronics mad scientist Overlast also took the label in a different direction all his own, and the rich personal tapestry of Dopeness Galore started to become clearer. Forthcoming artists to collaborate with the label will be Rednose Distrikt ten year anniversary, and Suzi Analogue, so you know there’s no precedent for what to expect…
While Amsterdam lacks in satisfying like-minded people, Dopeness Galore shows itself as a leading operative for new and settled artists. Enabling quality by fixing links between artists and their potentials and making an end with the idleness resulted from superficiality Dopeness‘ carries a variety of expressions from anywhere, back to you.
Arousing it's like-minded people, it seems the world is finally ready (Huw Ellis) for Dopeness’ proper bounce (Recloose) and doin‘ just what’s needed right now (DJ Spinna).