‘STRICTLY RHYTHM ONE-SHOTS VOLUMES 1 & 2’
INCLUDES A TOTAL OF 64 SAMPLES
FROM THE PIONEERING HOUSE LABEL
SOUNDS.COM released two exclusive new sample packs drawn from the archives of Strictly Rhythm Records–the legendary New York-based label that defined house music. Strictly Rhythm One-Shots Volumes 1 and 2—which can be downloaded now by SOUNDS.COMsubscribers–includes a total of 64 samples from artists Reel 2 Real, Black Magic, Tristan Garner, Dennis Ferrer, Afro-Cube, Armand Van Helden,Ultra Naté and more.
Founded in 1989, Strictly Rhythm Records continuously supplied cutting-edge house tracks to club DJs and fans for more than a decade. The labelinvented the 12-inch white label, released the first-ever commercial DJ mix CD, and generated a steady stream of crossover hits. Some of the label’s most well-known releases merged pulsating electronic dance beats with atmospheric textures, Latin grooves, tinges of psychedelia, and echoes of R&B.
Gladys Pizarro, former VP of A&R at Strictly Rhythm, helped shape the label’s sound. “I was always looking for something that I liked. I knew that if I liked it, the crowd would like it,” says Pizarro.
“The secret sauce was having a cool intro so that DJs could mix in a really good breakdown so people could participate, and then a section that would build up to a climax,” says Pizarro. “It was always a ride.”
While Strictly Rhythm today continues to support new and established talent,BMG Rights Management acquired the rights to historic Strictly Rhythm recordings. Now, through a partnership with BMG, Native Instruments is bringing the essence of those recordings to Sounds.com through multiple volumes of one-shot samples.
Strictly Rhythm One-Shots Volumes 1 and 2 are available today forSOUNDS.COMsubscribers through the SOUNDS.COMwebsite. AdditionalStrictly Rhythm sound packs will be released over the next several weeks.
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SOUNDS.COM is powered by Native Instruments, the leading manufacturer of software and hardware for music production and DJing. In 1996, the company pioneered the world of software synthesis and has continued pushing the boundaries of computer-based music production and performance for over 20 years.
About Native Instruments
Native Instruments is the industry leader in innovative, software, hardware and digital services for music creation, production, and DJing. Founded in 1996, the company pioneered the application of real-time sound synthesis on standard computers.
Today, NI caters to producers, performers, and DJs with a comprehensive ecosystem of connected hardware and software systems: KOMPLETE, the industry-leading collection of virtual instruments and effects, complemented by a range of keyboard controllers and audio interfaces; MASCHINE, a powerful range of beat-making instruments now at the heart of hip-hop and electronic music communities; and TRAKTOR, the first DJ software to conquer the club, and now a range of integrated controllers that power house parties, club booths, and the world’s biggest stages.
In 2018, Native Instruments launched Sounds.com, a market-leading online subscription platform for loops and samples that also creates new revenue and promotion opportunities for individuals, brands, and business across the music industry. Along with recent acquisitions of Metapop and The Loop Loft, these three online platforms further enhance NI’s ecosystem for music creation and community.
Based in the heart of the German capital’s creative hub, the company currently employs more than 500 people in its seven offices in Berlin, Los Angeles, Tokyo, London, Toronto, Paris, and Shenzhen, and works closely with more than 40 international distribution partners to ensure its future growth and success.