Strut 20 – the year so far

We’ve been celebrating a big 20 years here at Strut in 2019 and taking a look back in the archives for some Strut history gems. Thanks everyone for all the support along the way and we’re looking forward to the next 20!

Chris Greenwood’s always excellent Netil Radio show plays the latest global sounds and talks with Quinton Scott on Strut’s 20th Anniversary

Launch party at Fabric for Ashley Beedle’s excellent ‘Grass Roots’ compilation in November ’99

Noisey in France review 20 years of Strut in a new interview with label founder Quinton Scott. Big thanks to Maxime Delcourt for the piece! You can read it here

For Record Store Day this year Joey Negro and Sean P’s brilliant first ‘Disco Not Disco’ compilation received its first repress since its original release back in 2000. Packed full with leftfield disco classics from Yoko Ono, Ian Dury, Arthur Russell and more.

One of the early Strut label parties at HQs in Camden in March 2000 with ESP live and Loose Joints’ Steve D’Acquisto (RIP) as guest DJ.

Flashback to ‘Funky Nassau’, Strut’s compilation documenting the heyday of Compass Point Studios in Nassau. Ian Dury and Chaz Jankel pictured here with sonic scientist Steven Stanley during the ‘Lord Upminster’ album sessions in 1980. Photo by Alison Jarvis

The original design ideas for the Strut logo from the lovely folks at Amp design back in the late ’90s…

Strut’s first event back in 1999 in conjunction with the brilliant Wah Wah 45s – Club Africa night with Osibisa live and influential Brighton DJ Russ Dewbury!

The launch for the Disco Italia compilation back in 2008. Fun night in London with compiler Stevie Kotey and the Horse Meat Disco DJs.

The one that got away… Promos were made for @Antibalas‘ debut album in 2000 but the band eventually self-released it and paved the way for a whole new generation of Afrobeat bands.

Back to 2002 when Grandmaster Flash cut up some anthems and breaks on Westwood’s show around the time of his ‘Official Adventures’ compilation.

We have always loved this great Alexis Maryon shot of the Horse Meat Disco DJs at the Milk In The Park festival in Vauxhall in 2009. Horse Meat still going strong 10 years later – their Sunday residency at The Eagle is still an essential fixture of London nightlife.

An early label highlight, the Wild Bunch compilation followed the story of the pioneering Bristol DJ crew. Great photo by Beezer here showing DJ Milo at St Paul’s Carnival in Bristol, 1985

DJ Russ Dewbury played an important part in kickstarting the surge in interest in archive African sounds over the last 20 years with his forward-thinking ‘Africafunk’ and ‘Club Africa’ compilations. You can still catch him at his Soulful Strut nights at Brighton’s Green Door club.

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