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Ingoma Records represents the Techno label set up by Ben Sims and launched back in 2002.

The name "Ingoma" derives from African language meaning "drum" and "kingdom" which clearly set the intention of the label from the offset. This followed by a wave of tough, rhythmic and percussion driven dancefloor tracks established the label as a forerunner in the chosen styles and has seen support from many of the scences big players. Over time it was inevitable that other forms of percussion driven music were to influence the releases too. Hence the Latin, Brazilian and Samba flavours that can be found in many of the tracks.

From early formative days earning his stripes spinning hip hop, house and rave on pirate radio, and at parties around Essex and East London, through the 90’s as an ever more in demand DJ, and on into the new millennium as a label boss, producer and internationally recognised techno legend in his own right, Ben Sims has spent all his conscious life exploring all facets of underground dance music.

Throughout that time, the man has honed his reputation as a tight, energetic mixer who skilfully weaves together his own distinctive blend of tough funk and hardgrooves, often using three-deck wizardry and plenty of dexterity. Be it at clubs like Fabric London, Atomic Jam, Berghain, Florida 135, or any number of festivals around the world, Sims’ sets are powerful, memorable, and unique, while constantly pushing the boundaries of a DJ set – utilising a mesmerizing blend of vinyl, CDs, and software.

As well as carving a reputation as one of the world’s leading techno DJs, Ben has curated many of his own revered labels over the years. Chief amongst them is Ingoma – an imprint that counts amongst it’s supporters contemporary connoisseurs like Cave, Greenwhich, Mark Williams, Boriqua Tribe, Vince Watson, Daniel Jacques, and more - proof, then, that Sims is on the form of his life production wise.

*** The label is closed now. INGOMA030 is the last release.

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