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ObliqSound: Without Boundaries

Gilfema

ObliqSound is a U.S.- and Germany-based label that’s making serious noise in the jazz scene-and on the dance floor. The company’s motto is “Music without boundaries,” and its adventurous roster includes Gilfema (featuring buzz-worthy Beninian guitarist Lionel Loueke), Maori singer and songwriter Tama Waipara and Flügelschlag!, a three-piano group based in Germany. Meanwhile, the label’s marketing strategies cater to DJ culture by enlisting top-notch knob-twisters such as Osulande, Matthew Herbert and Trüby Trio for 12-inch releases destined for clubs, not living rooms.

“I think our 12-inch vinyl was one of the first things that we had a lot of success with. That really shocked us,” says Tobias Tanner, ObliqSound’s cofounder and president. “We worked closely with [the dance-floor jazz label] Giant Step in releasing the remixes; they got to some very prominent DJs. Those releases spawned a little area within our company.”

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