New Dawn Records was first established in 1996, and were the original parent company of UrbanElite PR.
Becoming dormant in 2004 so that all resources could be redirected into developing and establishing the promotional division as one of the leading publicists of independent hip hop & rap music worldwide, the label are relaunching in 2019 with UEP reverting to its original role in house.
Just launched today, the official website www.newdawnrecs.com has all the details about the label’s history while outlining their plans for the future, including information regarding the initial set of releases specially formulated to mark their return.
Originally releasing on vinyl and CD formats, New Dawn Records have partnered with US company Ingrooves for worldwide digital distribution, and have four new EP’s in the pipeline representing a mix of back catalogue never before available in digital format, re-worked and produced originals and brand new exclusive tracks.
This early release phase is ahead of the label working with new artists and their products, several of whom may be very familiar to those aware of past work done by UrbanElite PR.
26th April 2019 sees the first of these EP’s releasing, “Y’All in Meltdown – Lazarus EP Vol 1” by the crew Belles in Monica. A mix of their two singles “Y’All Under Surveillance” and “Meltdown”, originally released on 12″ vinyl, both were championed by BBC Radio 1’s Steve Lamacq among others, enjoyed extensive international club support, received coverage in magazines such as Billboard, DJ and Blues & Soul, and were featured in independent films.
Included are remixes by Phi Life Cypher beatmeister DJ Nappa and the legendary DMC finalst DJ Krash Slaughta with further contributions by producers G-Sharp, Gripper and turntablist supreme DJ Mr Thing. The originals have also received the “re-work” treatment reflected in the ’18 edits.
The second in the series releases 17th May 2019, the “Sapientia EP” by Underground Cartel
A project masterminded by producer Kruze to represent the traditional values of global hip hop culture, this is an international collaboration in the truest sense, with multiple territories represented.
Featured artists include Swiss Precise (KBH), Yukonn MC, Brandon J Atlas, Tone Rome, Lockness, Black Market and Crazy Ballhead (all USA), Creamo and Rapstation’s Mr CRF (both UK), El Meswy (Spain), Magellano (Croatia), Beni Blanco (Originaires du Sud France), Bleek (Holland), Grizu (Germany), Dumi Right (Zimbabwe) and from Italy, Marya and the late, great, Primo Brown (Cor Veleno).
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