Published Nov 01, 2005Two years ago Finnish producer Vladislav Delay decided to strike out on his own by forming Huume Recordings. The label had a slow start, but this fall Huume has come into fruition, showcasing Delay for the genre-hopping, moniker-mixing producer capable of effortlessly creating trailblazing albums. Huume is reissuing Vocalcity, his circa-2000 debut album as Luomo, one of the best house albums of the past decade. The albums six epic tracks sound just as comfortable amidst this past summers slew of melancholy psych-house cuts as it once did among the micro-house movement it originally spearheaded. Vocalcity is one of those rare records that will always sound ahead of its time. To boot, Delay also has two new works. As Vladislav Delay, he showcases his experimental side with The Four Quarters, which returns him to the restless heights of Anima, his crowning 2001 ambient masterpiece. The other Delay-related release to see record shelves this fall is his collaboration with the Dolls, comprising of Berlin glitch-queen Antye Greie (AGF) and soundtrack composer Craig Armstrong. A bristling pop album, the self-titled effort has some striking moments but is ultimately marred by too many cooks in the kitchen.
What is Huume to you? I dont see Huume as a label per se; just a practical way to release my own music. I dont think we're in very positive times for record labels anyways. With Huume I try to minimise the crap and concentrate on essentials and maintaining full quality control.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of being the owner and principal recording artist for Huume? There are plenty of advantages. Its nice to be finally able to do things how I like them being done. For the first time I really know whats going on and can decide for myself if this or that makes sense. Ive never had so easy a time with releases than I do now, although the sales figures are lower, but this I can compensate because there are no greedy people taking most of the money. Disadvantages are hard to find. There are some conflicts when youre both the artist and the label; very limited resources both time-wise and financially. Most things are out of the reach to begin with, so if youre after something beyond a small operation you need to begin hiring people and making the fuss and spending money, and then it starts to get fucked up. (Huume)