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Global Underground

Global Underground
Founded1996
FounderAndy Horsfield
GenreTrance, progressive house, trance house
Country of originUnited Kingdom
LocationLondon
Official websiteglobalunderground.co.uk

Global Underground is a British record label and compilation series founded in 1996 by Andy Horsfield and James Todd. The label symbolised[citation needed] the international explosion of dance music during the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s and first manifesto for high-end DJs such as Tony De Vit, Sasha, Paul Oakenfold, John Digweed, Danny Tenaglia, Nick Warren, Dave Seaman, Darren Emerson, James Lavelle, Carl Cox, and Solomun.

The name Global Underground originally refers to a series of electronic music compilation albums which reflect the performances of various DJs in venues around the world. The Global Underground series was released by a record label formerly known as Boxed which featured several sister series such as Nubreed and Electric Calm. Boxed closed in 2001 and was superseded by Global Underground Ltd. Since its first release in 1996, the series was well received and became a hallmark in the progressive house world.[citation needed] The dance music style featured is mostly progressive house, but there is some house, trance house, hard house, techno and breakbeat included in the releases. The first five installments were live recorded from respective clubs, while the rest are mixed and recorded in a studio.

Background

Each issue in the series is based on the idea that Global Underground would take DJs to play a party in one of the most unusual, exotic clubbing locations on Earth. The set is then released in a 2CD format that is formatted to capture the night of the party and the overall feel of the DJ visit in music, contemporary photography by photographer Dean Belcher and extensive sleeve notes.

There are consistent characteristics in almost every album in the series including:

  • Each album being mixed by a globe-trotting DJ.
  • The prominent influence of the location on the music and packaging.
  • Extensive sleeve notes describing local clubbing scene and/or venue often written by Mixmag Editor Dom Phillips.
  • Each album consisting of two discs.
  • The song list is edited from the complete set based on a retrospective view of the performance.
  • Photography by Dean Belcher

International recognition

Billboard has recognized Global Underground as the first DJ mix compilation to place high-quality photographs of DJs on the album covers. This, it further asserted, played a part in turning DJs into superstar figures within the culture of electronic dance music.[1]

Thrive Records was the U.S. distributor for some of the early Global Underground releases. Global Underground albums had an alternate numbering sequence and had different artwork, but were otherwise the same.

Catalogue

This is the complete listing of available albums in the Global Underground main series which includes the sequential number of the album in the series, the performing DJ/producer, the location in which the performance took place and the official release date. The listed catalog numbers are for the British releases. The numbers on the albums distributed by Thrive in the United States are shown in parentheses - those without such labels do not have a differing release number. Global Underground also has several "sub-series" entitled Nubreed, Prototype, 24:7, Electric Calm, Afterhours, and most recently Global Underground DJ.


GU official

This map shows the countries which have been featured in the GU series through GU043.
Title Artist Release date Peak chart positions
UK
Comp

[2]
UK
Dance

[3]
US
Dance

[4]
NL
[5]
001: Tony De Vit, Live in Tel Aviv

Tony De Vit

11 November 1996
002[a] None Not released
003: Nick Warren, Live in Prague

Nick Warren

24 March 1997 39
004: Paul Oakenfold, Live in Oslo

Paul Oakenfold

9 June 1997 21
005: Tony De Vit, Tokyo

Tony De Vit

6 November 1997 68
006: John Digweed, Sydney[b]

John Digweed

13 April 1998 16
007: Paul Oakenfold, New York[c]

Paul Oakenfold

25 May 1998 12 43
008: Nick Warren, Brazil

Nick Warren

27 July 1998 27
009: Sasha, San Francisco[d]

Sasha

9 November 1998 18
010: Danny Tenaglia, Athens[e]

Danny Tenaglia

15 February 1999 16
011: Nick Warren, Budapest[f]

Nick Warren

31 May 1999 20
012: Dave Seaman, Buenos Aires

Dave Seaman

23 August 1999 26
013: Sasha, Ibiza

Sasha

28 September 1999 12
014: John Digweed, Hong Kong

John Digweed

14 December 1999 24
015: Darren Emerson, Uruguay

Darren Emerson

15 May 2000 20
016: Dave Seaman, Cape Town

Dave Seaman

14 August 2000 22
017: Danny Tenaglia, London

Danny Tenaglia

18 September 2000 21
018: Nick Warren, Amsterdam

Nick Warren

6 November 2000 24 26[g]
019: John Digweed, Los Angeles

John Digweed

26 February 2001 14 11
020: Darren Emerson, Singapore

Darren Emerson

2 July 2001 33
021: Deep Dish, Moscow

Deep Dish

29 October 2001 25 37[h] 13
022: Dave Seaman, Melbourne

Dave Seaman

29 April 2002 31 8
023: James Lavelle, Barcelona

James Lavelle

30 September 2002 18 19
024: Nick Warren, Reykjavik

Nick Warren

24 March 2003 34 25
025: Deep Dish, Toronto

Deep Dish

2 June 2003 33 30[i] 1
026: James Lavelle, Romania

James Lavelle

1 March 2004 27 26
027: Danny Howells, Miami

Danny Howells

28 March 2005 33 14
028: Nick Warren, Shanghai

Nick Warren

12 July 2005 44 14
029: Sharam, Dubai

Sharam

2 October 2006 35 1
030: Nick Warren, Paris

Nick Warren

19 February 2007 44 2 20
031: Dubfire, Taipei

Dubfire

2 April 2007 42 2
032: Adam Freeland, Mexico City

Adam Freeland

4 June 2007 42 3
033: Layo & Bushwacka!, Rio

Layo & Bushwacka!

8 October 2007 44 4
034: Felix Da Housecat, Milan

Felix Da Housecat

13 May 2008 53 11
035: Nick Warren, Lima

Nick Warren

13 October 2008 57 1
036: Darren Emerson, Bogotá

Darren Emerson

9 February 2009 71 11
037: James Lavelle, Bangkok

James Lavelle

3 August 2009 31 8
038: Carl Cox, Black Rock Desert

Carl Cox

1 February 2010 38 12 28
039: Dave Seaman, Lithuania[6]

Dave Seaman

27 September 2010 39 24
040: Solomun, Hamburg[7]

Solomun

31 August 2014 72 25
041: James Lavelle, Naples[8]

James Lavelle

6 November 2015 41 5 23
042: Patrice Bäumel, Berlin[9]

Patrice Bäumel

29 March 2019 48 5
043: Joris Voorn, Rotterdam[10]

Joris Voorn

30 October 2020
044: Amelie Lens - Antwerp[11]

Amelie Lens

25 November 2022
045: Danny Tenaglia - Brooklyn[12]

Danny Tenaglia

22 November 2023
046: ANNA - Lisbon[13]

ANNA

June 2024
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
GU Sampler series releases
  • GUSAM001 The Forth, Departures, release date: 27 October 1998
  • GUSAM002 The Forth, Arrivals, release date: 1999
  • GUSAM003 The Forth, Destinations, release date: 29 January 2001
  • GUSAM004 The Forth, Locations, release date: 2001
  • GUSAMUS001 The Forth, Passport, release date: 2001
  • GUSAM005 The Forth, Exposures, release date: 2004
  • GUSAM006 The Forth, Synchronised, release date: October 2005
  • GUSAM007 Dubfunk, Synchronised 2, release date: 6 November 2007
Anniversary compilations
  • GUXCD GU10 10th anniversary compilation release date: 15 May 2006

GU DJ

  • GUDJ001 Nic Fanciulli, release date: 27 April 2009
  • GUDJ002 Plump DJs, release date: 12 October 2009
  • GUDJ003 Wally Lopez, release date: 27 April 2009
  • GUDJ004 Tom Novy, release date: 15 November 2010

Nubreed

Nubreed features mix albums from what Boxed considers "up-and-coming DJs", though it has featured experienced DJs such as Satoshi Tomiie.

NuBreed series releases

Prototype

  • PRO:001 Seb Fontaine, release date: 29 April 1999
  • PRO:002 Seb Fontaine, release date: 2 November 1999
  • PRO:003 Seb Fontaine, release date: 18 April 2000
  • PRO:004 Seb Fontaine, release date: 29 May 2001

24:7

24:7 is a series where DJs are asked to put together a set of two notably contrasting halves, based on the conceptual opposites of 'day' and 'night'.

24:7 series releases
  • GU247001 Danny Howells, release date: 21 July 2003
  • GU247002 Lee Burridge, release date: 15 September 2003

Chill out compilations

Electric Calm is a series in the chill or "calm" side of electronica while Afterhours is similar to the Back to Mine series. Both Afterhours and Electric Calm, along with GU "Sampler" CDs, were compiled and mixed by Global Underground themselves.

Electric Calm series releases
  • GUEC001 The Forth, release date: 30 September 2002
  • GUEC002 The Forth, release date: 25 August 2003
  • GUEC003 The Forth, release date: 13 February 2006
  • GUEC004 Dubfunk, release date: 1 October 2007
  • GUEC005 Trafik, release date: 7 December 2009
  • GUEC006 Trafik, release date: 21 August 2015
  • GUEC007 Trafik, release date: 19 May 2017
Afterhours series releases
  • GUAF001 The Forth, release date: 11 November 2002
  • GUAF002 Trafik, release date: 21 February 2005
  • GUAF003 Trafik, release date: 29 January 2007
  • GUAF004 Trafik, release date: 16 July 2007
  • GUAF005 Unknown, release date: 30 March 2008
  • GUAF006 Unknown, release date: 28 July 2008
  • GUAF007 Unknown, release date: 22 April 2016
  • GUAF008 Unknown, release date: 20 April 2018

Lights Out

In 2002, former NuBreed DJ Steve Lawler was given his own imprint on the Global Underground label that he titled "Lights Out". The concept of the series of mixed CDs was to bring the darker, grittier side of the dancefloor into the spotlight.

Lights Out series releases
  • GULO001 Steve Lawler, release date: 24 June 2002
  • GULO002 Steve Lawler, release date: 27 October 2003
  • GULO003 Steve Lawler, release date: 3 October 2005

Fundacion

Fundacion series releases

GU Music

In 2003, the Global Underground franchise began their "GU Music" imprint. Up until this time, they were strictly a label that dealt in DJ compiled and mixed CDs. GU Music allowed Global Underground to get into full length artist albums and Vinyl/CD/MP3 single releases. The GU Music team commented: "Having nurtured some of the worlds finest DJs we have applied this expertise to original music, cherry picking the coolest future talent from across the globe..." They have featured releases from such artists as UNKLE, Lostep, and Trafik. In 2007, it expanded with the release of the compilation GU Mixed which started a series of the same name that consisted of music sought from GU Music.[citation needed]

GU Music album releases
  • GUMU001 Pako & Frederik - Atlantic Breakers, release date: 20 October 2003
  • GUMU002 Trafik - Bullet, release date: 4 October 2004
  • GUMU003 Lostep - Because We Can, release date: 17 April 2006
  • GUMU004 The Remote - Too Low to Miss, release date: 26 June 2006
  • GUMU005 Sissy - All Under, release date: 2006
  • GUMU006 Dark Globe - Nostalgia for the Future, release date: 2006
  • GUMU007 Trafik - Club Trafikana, release date: 6 August 2007
  • GUMU008 Roland Klinkenberg - Mexico Can Wait, release date: 20 August 2007
  • GUMU009 Eelke Kleijn - Naturally Artificial, release date: 2 October 2007
  • GUMU010 Pako & Frederik - The Alert, release date: 5 November 2007
  • GUMU011 Rogue Audio - Haphazard, release date: 21 April 2008
  • GUMU012 Alex Dolby - Psiko Garden, release date: 17 June 2008
  • GUMU013 The Last Atlant - A Cloudburst of Colors, release date: 25 August 2008
  • GUMU014 Anil Chawla & Dale Anderson - Roadhouse, release date: 23 February 2009
  • GUMU015 Trafik - None But the Brave, release date: 21 June 2010
GU Mixed Releases
  • GUMIX1CD CD1, CD2, CD3 In mixed and unmixed formats, release date: 21 May 2007
  • GUMIX1CDX CD1, CD2, CD3, CD4 Limited Edition in mixed and unmixed formats, release date: 21 May 2007
  • GUMIX2CD CD1, CD2, CD3 In mixed and unmixed formats, release date: 3 September 2007
  • GUMIX2CDX CD1, CD2, CD3, CD4 Limited Edition in mixed and unmixed formats, release date: 3 September 2007
  • GUMIX3CD CD1, CD2, CD3 In mixed and unmixed formats, release date: 16 June 2008
  • GUMIX3CDX CD1, CD2, CD3, CD4 Limited Edition in mixed and unmixed formats, release date: 16 June 2008
  • GUMIX4CD CD1, CD2, CD3 In mixed format, release date: 25 May 2009

GU002

In Boxed's UK releases, GU002 was the never released second installment in the Global Underground series (in Thrive's US re-numbered releases, Paul Oakenfold's New York mix was released as GU002). Global Underground jumped directly from GU001: Tony De Vit - Live In Tel Aviv to GU003: Nick Warren - Prague, which resulted in a lot of controversy and rumours[citation needed] on the nature of GU002. However, GU002 does exist in form of the tape pack of Tony De Vit's Tel Aviv CD as the actual catalogue number of the release is GU002T. When Boxed started the GU series in 1996, they did not have a clear vision about the numbering scheme (later to become part of their image), which resulted in the "missing" release.[15]

References

  1. ^ See #GU002
  2. ^ Numbered 001 in the US release.
  3. ^ Numbered 002 in the US release.
  4. ^ Numbered 003 in the US release.
  5. ^ Numbered 004 in the US release.
  6. ^ Numbered 005 in the US release.
  7. ^ UK Dance Albums chart positions prior to 2005 were not counted. This album re-entered the chart in 2007.
  8. ^ UK Dance Albums chart positions prior to 2005 were not counted. This album re-entered the chart in 2007.
  9. ^ UK Dance Albums chart positions prior to 2005 were not counted. This album re-entered the chart in 2007.
  1. ^ Mason, Kerri (17 June 2006), "BeatBox: Wink with a Nod to Compilations", Billboard, vol. 118, no. 24, p. 62, ISSN 0006-2510
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  5. ^ "Carl Cox - Chart history". Dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  6. ^ "Dave Seaman - Lithuania : GU39". Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Solomun - #GU40 Hamburg". Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  8. ^ "James Lavelle Presents UNKLE Sounds – Naples #GU41". Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Patrice Bäumel - Berlin #GU42". Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Joris Voorn drops new melodic tech-house record 'Nea Skioni': Listen". We Rave You. 23 October 2020. Retrieved 26 November 2020.
  11. ^ "Amelie Lens – Antwerp #GU44". Retrieved 13 December 2022.
  12. ^ "Danny Tenaglia – Brooklyn #GU45". Retrieved 8 August 2023.
  13. ^ "ANNA - Lisbon #GU46". Retrieved 26 April 2024.
  14. ^ Cheah, Jason. "Pulling out all the stops for a night of EDM fun". The Star Online. Star Media Group Berhad. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  15. ^ "FEATURE INTERVIEW: Andy Horsfield - My vision for Global Underground was always to make it something really special and to spend a lot of time and money to make that vision a reality, we work the very best in the world be it DJ's, photographers or writers, I'm glad to say there's no such thing as second best at GUHQ". 4 October 2015.
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