Based out of Atlanta, Georgia U.S.A., Body Control Records has been a non-stop force in our scene since 2013, bringing us a wide array of titles by some of your favorite artists like -=UHU=-, Robodrum, Weakmassive, and of course, label mastermind Mr. Myoplast. The label was originally conceived as Ben Wehunt, founder of the imprint explains: "after my good friend Kyle from Virtual Urban Records was putting out various compilations in which many of my music friends were involved. At the time I was listening to tons of DJ Stingray, Paul Blackford, Mandroid, Gosub, and other similar styles so I thought I may organize a compilation of my own. That is when the idea for Global Systems came along".
A unique aspect of the label, is that as opposed to most other imprints that gear their releases to promote a specific label brand, Body Control Records aims at truly letting the artist's particular expression of the music, be equally expressed through the illustrations themselves. As Wehunt states: "the artist works directly with our illustrator and has their album look the way they want it. The album is to represent the musician, not the label".
The label's first release came in 2014, with the release of Dorosoto's "Molly's Mood/Acid Industries" E.P.; an experimental Acid Techno invasion from Warren Kroll (Illuminated Paths, Milieu Music), followed by "Various Program Errors" by Kontyx. Not long after, the iconic "Global Systems" CD compilation would be released, catapulting the label to international recognition, with great artists such as Inkamera, DJ Stingray, and Gosub to name a few, leading the pack on what has been warmly received as an exciting and eclectic collection of music by many of the best artists of the past 2 decades.
2014 continued to prove to be an exciting year for the label, bringing us several more digital E.P.'s like Cybertone's "Analog Symmetry"; featuring Mr. Myoplast on remix duties, as well as Resting Cell's "Cellular Damage", and CANVAX's menacing "Anomaly". The label also brought us some great CD titles like Oxynucid's "pHolcacid", Robodrum's incredible CD album "Robot Aggressor", and Jerry La Flim's unique "End Of Time Master"; also as an album, and featuring remixes by Dave Mono, Weakmassive, and the iconic Luke Eargoggle.
Since the beginning of 2015, the label continues to stay consistent with its output and selection of international acts, kicking off with AL355|0's "Presence In Absence" E.P., followed by the incredible "Bioelectric" CD album by Weakmassive, as well as Dave Mono's first solo release on the label with "Stargazing"; which also saw remixes by Mr. Myoplast, Jerry La Flim, Faceless Mind, and also introducing the first reworks for the label by Weakmassive and D-Omen. There has also been the release of the incredible label debut by Wundertones called "2nd Genesis", as well as "The Album" (no pun intended) by a name that has been making its rounds lately, -=UHU=-; who presents here a solid collection of the great work he has to offer. Also T/Error, uprising Electro icon, who hot on the heels off of his Bass Agenda releases, signs his first to the label with the 2xCD album "U 235", not to mention Analogous Doom, who would see her "Departing The Hourglass" album remixed by many of the label's artists, including AI355|0 and T/Error himself; concluding thus far with Luke Eargoggle's "Harbours Are Magic". Body Control is clearly one of the busiest labels we have seen in quite some time, and a prolific year if ever for such a young imprint who shows a tremendous amount of promise.
As for the future, Wehunt comments that he is currently not just looking for follow up releases by his current artists, as well as plans for vinyl titles including one by Andreas Gehm aka Elec Pt. 1, but also some new ones he is working on signing to the label, saying that "I have a lot lined up like Datentraeger, Juan Del Rio, PL_anet, D-Omen, and LAYUP", which means...Stay tuned folks! And in the mean time support this fantastic imprint and all of the amazing artists it has to offer. This is one of those good ones that comes about every so often with a unique vision for our music and that of close counterpart sub-genres that we all love so much, and one which will surely continue to flourish with its strong sense of determination and integrity towards keeping the scene...and the vibe, alive over the years to come!
Written by: Santino Fernandez