Athens of the North is a prodigious reissue label specialising in painfully funky soul, disco, boogie and Brazilian jams – and a lot more besides.
We jump on every release here are Bullitt and are buzzing to welcome some of the lads from their Edinburgh base.
Gav and Ken — two of our fav deep soul selectors — will be on support along with our own JC from 8pm and as always it’s FREE.
Party & get on down.
‘Take yourself back to 2015 and the final night of Plastic People. Floating Points is playing out the soaring gospel anthem ‘The Power Of Your Love’ by Spirit Of Love to close the club. It’s a moment that has gone down in dance music folklore. Six months later and Edinburgh-based reissue label Athens Of The North reissues the record and announces itself as a major player, and a democratic force, in the revitalized disco scene. No longer would online sellers hold longtime lovers and new fans of these rare records ransom.
Fast forward to 2017 and Euan Fryer’s label has kept that promise, keeping its fingers in the deepest crates as well as the pulse of today’s DJ scene. Taking it’s name from the title Edinburgh gave itself as a sign of its growing importance on the world stage, the label has followed suit and spread its wings with over 20 releases served up in signature 7-inch format this year. It’s no mean feat in a world full of licensing pitfalls, dodgy record presses and the snobby Discogs elite. But Athens Of The North has made it seem easy, turning its momentum of the past few years into a buy-on-sight reputation.
From the party-boogie of Frazelle to the soul of Willie Dale to straight-forward disco rarities like BAB’s ‘Party & Get On Down’, it’s no wonder the label has been a constant source for Mixmag’s disco rarities playlist. But there’s a healthy vision for the future with the label dropping an album of cinematic jazz oddities by Hampshire and Foat, and releasing the debut album from Grupo Magnético on sub label Atenas Del Norte. While the label might specialise in rehashing history, its method will never grow old.’
— Louis Anderson-Rich, Mixmag – The 20 Best Record Labels of 2017