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sandwell district



Sandwell District was a record label and multinational collective of techno DJs and producers that operated between 2002 and 2011. Their sound has been highly influential across the following generation of techno musicians, and has informed a major shift in world techno. By the time the collective announced its "glorious death" in 2012 the American Billboard magazine could write that "Sandwell District's influence on underground techno can hardly be overstated."

Sandwell District was established as a record label in 2002 by Regis (Karl O'Connor) and Female (Peter Sutton) as an extension of their Downwards Records label,which had been instrumental in shaping techno's Birmingham sound in the early 1990s.

The label was revived in 2004 and from 2005 increasingly incorporated the artistic input of the New York City-based Function (David Sumner) and the Los Angeles-based Silent Servant (Juan Mendez). Initially releasing records under their own identities, as the label's success grew, it came to be seen increasingly as a collective entity, releasing tracks and albums anonymously partly in revolt against the increasingly celebrity-oriented DJ culture of the time, culminating in its 2010 collective album Feed Forward.

At the very beginning of 2012, record label Sandwell District announced its "glorious death." Over the course of 10 years, head honchos Regis, Function, Silent Servant, and Female had garnered a strong identity and cult following for the outpost with a series of dark, noise-tinged techno releases accompanied by bleak, grayscale artwork. Still, they felt the project had run its course, at least for the time being.

Sandwell District's influence on underground techno can hardly be overstated. During the collective's decade-long run, its releases often siphoned key elements and moods from other genres-- dub techno's hollowed-out sprawl, post-punk's stark seriousness, the grim purposefulness of industrial-- to develop its own identity separate from the minimal overload that swept techno in the 2000s. There are a few flashes of gray-toned color to be found in SD's catalog, but ultimately darkness reigns supreme, as uncredited releases and stark as the DIY packaging that drove home the music's ominousness and severity.

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