Razor Recordings is the 2014 reboot of Razor Records, Australia’s first independent dance music label, founded in 1988 by DJ Gavin Campbell (following the success of his seminal underground nightclub 'Razor' (1986-1992). The taste maker was signed to Mushroom Records, and Razor became a subsidiary label under the Mushroom banner.
The label's main act was the dance production outfit Filthy Lucre, comprised of Campbell, Robert Goodge (of ‘80s band I’m Talking) and DJ Paul Main, who together, famously made Australia’s first international club hit with their legendary remix of Yothu Yindi’s ‘Treaty’.
The ‘Filthy Lucre Remix’ of ‘Treaty’ was awarded Song Of The Year at the 1991 A.R.I.A. awards, and was the fifth biggest-selling Australian record that same year, according to the Australian Recording Industry Association. ‘Treaty’ also resulted in Campbell and Main being the first Australian DJs to be awarded an ARIA-certified Gold Record, along with an ARIA award nomination, in the Best Producer category.
After the success of the Razor 25th anniversary party in 2012 and the Tasty Raid 20th Anniversary event in 2014, both garnering widespread media attention and attracting multi-level, jam-packed floors of former devotees and young clubbers alike, Gavin was compelled to re-launch Razor Recordings, as it was now time for Razor to get some music back out there.
The Razor ethos has long been embedded in the attitude of the infamous Razor club itself, renowned as a cross between two legendary New York clubs from the same era, Studio 54 (a similarly notoriously hard club to get into but once inside, a wonderland of celebrities, freaks and great music) and The Paradise Garage (like Razor, a legendary off-the-wall haven with a mixed crowd, where music was free from the tyranny of genre).
Razor is all about diversity, freedom of expression and originality and is widely regarded as the original nurturer of the modern Melbourne underground scene, as the club and label morphed into Razor Promotions in the 90s, producing a string of essential dance club offshoots including Savage, Tasty, Uranus, Bump! and Temple, indelibly impacting a unique influence on Melbourne club culture and nightlife, as well as the broader entertainment industry.
The reborn Razor Recordings cultivated young songstress Evangeline, having successfully signed her to an exclusive worldwide licensing deal, with Polydor France, on the back of the label's success with the single 'My Kingdom'.
Razor recently commissioned the 25th anniversary remixes of Yothu Yindi's Treaty, which included the world exclusive Carl Cox mix, a new Filthy Lucre version, The Featherfoot Jam and cracking remixes from Baker Boy and current Melbourne underground darlings, The Journey. Filthy Lucre has also recently expanded, with the addition of Nick Coleman (Faces Of Meth) and Ania Reynolds (Circus Oz).
The success of the Treaty remixes also resulted in Razor producing the popular live show 'Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project', with appearances across Australia and the release of the 'Mabo' single in 2019.
Razor Recordings is currently preparing a 2021 reissue of the seminal Australian dance music compilation 'Razor Cuts', to celebrate the landmark dance music projects' 30th anniversary. The release is set to include several bonus tracks, including club remixes and previously unreleased material from the Razor vault.
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