Julius Steinhoff’s Vinyl Alter Ego

    Always in the need for social validation, a few years ago I was searching for tags and labels I can describe myself with. From a musical perspective, that meant finding my own underground tribe, bound by the same elitist taste in electronic music, especially house music. Deep House was my religion and, as a good crusader, I had to fight to protect this tag, trying to convince all the people around me what deep house really is. Until I played Salty Days. Launched in 2012 at the amazing Hamburg based Smallville Records, this album has its own special place in my record collection: genre defying, deep house in its DNA, yet with glitters and sprinkles of techno, acid and dub, with that Smallville-esque nostalgic air, yet amazingly groovy.



    Fast forward 6 years and here I am, undressed of all the frameworks, categories and taxonomies you can possibly imagine when it comes to music. It was the perfect moment to chat with Julius Steinhoff, one half of Smallpeople, founder and CEO at Smallville Records. More than a chat, it was a head-first dive into his private record collection because, hey, this is the perfect angle to discover the artists’ genuine personality :)

    A second hand dig I’m most proud of

    Seidensticker – Scribbled – Out To Lunch
    I found a second hand white label of this really cheap, unfortunately its pressed as a single LP and my copy is not in a very good condition- but such an amazing album, every track is amazing..

    The record I’d love to see it repressed
    Maybe The Bass Foundation ‎– Recognition – I actually have it and play it whenever i can, but my copy is getting real thin.. the Soul Signal Mix works so well on so many dancefloors:


    The label I’d buy all their releases without even listening to them
    Schatrax and almost all FXHE.


    The record artwork that blows my mind every time I look at it

    Chick Corea – Return to Forever and Smallville LP 01 – Move D & Benjamin Brunn :-)


    The record that triggers childhood memories


    The record shop I would spend my whole savings in
    Diskunion next to a few other stores in Japan.. Also A1 in New York was really amazing when i visited for the first time a few years back .


    The record that never leaves my DJ bag

    Parallel 9 – Dominus

    STL – Silent State


    Last record I checked its price on discogs

    Moonman – The Sticky EP (Attic Space)
    I want it because of this track:


    Last record I bought for my home listening pleasure
    The Sea And Cake – Any Day


    The record closest to my heart from my entire collection
    Pheew- there is so many of them… Maybe some listening records like

    The Sea And Cake – Everybody

    Keith Jarrett – The Köln Concert

    Bill Wells & Maher Shalal Hash Baz – Osaka Bridge

    Miles Davis – Sketches of Spain

    and many more…

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