Know Your Label: Smallville Records
“Somewhere between Detroit, Amsterdam, Hamburg and Berlin, a tiny village in the world of minimal techno and deep house rises up: Smallville.” Smallville is a record store, party producing team, and record label all in one funky-fun package. Since 2006, they’ve been releasing quality music from artists such as Sven Tasnadi, Move D & Benjamin Brunn, Steven Tang, and three of the label’s founders, Peter Kersten AKA Sten AKA Lawrence and Dionne & Julius Steinhoff AKA Smallpeople.
Their catalog currently boasts 35 EPs and 7 full-length albums. Their characterizing blend of minimal and deep house has carved them a distinctive place in both the competitive German techno landscape and throughout the world. The music and accompanying designs are perhaps best described as “quirky,” as Melbourne Deepcast put it. It’s no wonder you can find their records in the bags of artists like Troy Pierce, Martin Landsky, and Jimpster.
Unless you have the pleasure of visiting Berlin to check out Smallville in person, we highly recommend a dive into Smallville Record’s catalog. Like them on Facebook and check out their offerings via Beatport or Resident Advisor. Your ears will thank you!