Originally started as a duo in 1999, 2005 saw the Beat Bizarre project finding it's final formation as the solo project of Martin Spanner Zimmermann. From the first moment and first beats, Beat Bizarre turned the established paradigm of Psychedelic Tranceupside down with it's minimal and repetitive, yet everything but monotonous grooves. Dark yet funky, the fresh sound left behind the prominent melodies and catchy hook lines in favour of slowprogression, and powerfully seductive hypnotic journeys. Back then, the sound of this Danish project was the epitome of a movement thathad just begun: Progressive Trance. Fast forward 20 years later,and Beat Bizarre's unique approach to progressive trance continues to evolve and grow, always finding a multitude of fresh structuresand soundscapes with which it can entrance our minds and heartsthrough perpetual motion, booming basslines and perfectly sleekgrooves.
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The story of Iboga Records began in the beginning of the 90´s when an organization called “Rotundum” arranged several events in the period between 1990-97 in the greater area of Copenhagen, Denmark. Dj's Amon, Banel, and Emok were 3 of the 25 involved in the group, and after years of event organizing & performing, the idea of a Copenhagen record label, a platform for a new progressive electronic sound was beginning to take shape.
A studio was started, and in 1993 the first C.D. compilation (Tabernanthe) was released. It consisted mainly of the newest and freshest Scandinavian sounds of that time, and it was in these early days that the artists Beat Bizarre, Phony Orphants, Oryx, Reefer Decree, and Lurifax, made their first groundbreaking releases and started to build a very strong reputation on the Iboga label.
Today the Iboga artist roster includes names such as Behind Blue Eyes, Phony Orphants, Antix, FREq, Liquid Soul, Perfect Stranger, Sun Control Species, Flowjob, Ace Ventura, Beat Bizarre, and Reefer Decree.
Furthermore Iboga records have a sub label, “Sofa Beats” (downbeat and chill-out / ambient). Since the early days Banel & Emok have been working hard on establishing the label on a global level. It is one of the leading in its genre and they assure that the label will keep delivering those beautiful & amazing sounds that have become the trademark of Iboga Records.