NOW ON BANDCAMP 50+ Exclusive Tracks on the Electronic Explorations Compilation

It’s some oldschool Jungle Biz, shit that I like to play and listen to, from back in the days, during the first incarnation of Global Darkness. There’s this strange calming effect in those machine gun drums for me, but at the same time it gets me riled up and ready for war. I wish I had more chances to play that stuff in clubs really – DJ TLR

This is the home of Creme Organization, a RECORD LABEL based in The Hague, Netherlands in 2000 by DJ TLR.

Originally (and erroneously) lumped in with the sickly sheen of electroclash, Crème have been doling out deep-fried house music for a decade plus. Their front bench includes sizeable figures like Legowelt and Orgue Electronique, whose individual proclivities – a love for Chicago jack, plenty of vintage analogue kit, and no small crush on classic electro – run across the entire Crème catalogue. Other artists to grace their books include D’Marc Cantu, Willie Burns, John Heckle, and Italo disco legend Alexander Robotnick.

Catch DJ TLR at fabric London, Saturday March 15th – “Room Three will see Crème Organisation boss DJ TLR teaming up with the superlative The Trilogy Tapes / L.I.E.S. associate Willie Burns to play all night long. With both DJs backgrounds in the raw analogue infused world of record making, their combined collections are sure to set the pace to jack for the entirety of the party session.

For more Crème Organization heat, peep their Twitter and Soundcloud. If you’re new to Crème, we’d advise checking out TLR’s gleefully written guide to 10 of the label’s biggest achievements.  ( Words: Source: FACT )

“Like so many music stories, this one begins in the early 80s, or 1983 to be precise. That was the year that Jeroen Van Der Star now more commonly known as DJ TLR, played his first DJ gig. As he recalls:

“Somehow I have always played records. I think my first time was when I was twelve spinning bargain bin Culture Club and Grandmaster Flash and Stevie Wonder 7″es for my classmates on a single turntable with a microphone”

It was an inauspicious start to a long and colourful career. Following his high school days, Jeroen and his friends first played at jungle parties but soon began to come under the influence of The Hague’s squat parties. Organised mainly by the Acidplanet collective, these events brought together all the freaks residing in the Dutch administrative capital.

Electronic music wasn’t the only soundtrack in TLR’ life and, as a child of the 80s and 90s, he lived through periods of radical cultural change. “I’m lucky enough to have witnessed the early years of most of the major music genres up close – Hip Hop, House, Techno, Jungle and to an extent Electro, Disco, 80s Pop, Wave, but also Punk, Hardcore, Garage Rock and all the sub genres it spawned in the 90s,” he explains.

While he dug the Bunker Records parties, he only connected on a musical level with the label as the decade neared its end. By then, he was spinning as DJ TLR – “you just pick something when it doesn’t seem to matter and then you’re stuck with it,” he says of the name – and the first international gigs and as he says himself, ‘remote chances of a professional career’ had started to materialize.

Those possibilities soon became a reality as the 90s morphed into the 00s and the West Coast of Holland started to gain recognition for underground electronic artists like Legowelt, Orgue Electronique, Alden Tyrell and Rude 66. Around the same time, TLR set up the pre-social media Global Darkness web forum to connect with like-minded electro/jak-aholics around the globe and concurrently established his own label, Crème Organization.

Originally home to local artists like Danny Wolfers – under his various guises – and Orgue Electronique, the label has since welcomed producers from around the world, including Bangkok Impact, Alexander Robotnick, JTC and Willie Burns, while releasing acclaimed albums from D’Marc Cantu, Neville Watson and DJ Overdose.

Despite his DJ background, TLR says that Cr?me wasn’t set up to release music that he would play out.

“A lot of the early Creme stuff was not really about the clubs, we always were more in a freak zone, it never really worked for big floors, with some exceptions here and there,”

he explains, adding that he admires DJs who are selectors as much as technical DJs, with Farley Jackmaster Funk, Ben Liebrand, DJ Hype, I-F, Guy Tavares and newer names like Traxx, Speculator, Ben UFO, Will Bankhead and Ron Morelli all cited as influential.

The same rationale that led him to set up Crème now underscores R-Zone, Cr?me’s sub-label. Inspired by the early part of the 90s, in particular the intersection of rave and hard-core with techno, this sub-label allows well-known producers to put out esoteric music anonymously.

Unsurprisingly, TLR keeps one ear on the past and the other on the present. He recently put together an excellent Bunker retrospective mix – “there is such an immense body of work that you can cherry pick yourself into oblivion, so why not take advantage of that” – and regularly makes new mixes available via the Crème Soundcloud. These selections document his changing DJ style. ( Source: fabric blog )

For DJ TLR & Creme Organization BOOKINGS mail Paul Gibson paulos@paramountartists.com

Tracklist

  1. DJ TLR (Creme Organization) - 304 - Electronic Explorations
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  3. Dubtronix - Screwface (Screwface remix)
  4. Rufige Cru - Ghosts Of My Life
  5. Doc Scott - Here Comes The Drumz
  6. DJ Rap & Aston - Jeopardy (Desired State mix)
  7. Johnny Jungle - Flammable (Nookie mix)
  8. Johnny Jungle - Johnny 94 (Danny Breaks remix)
  9. The Noise Of Art - The Legacy
  10. DJ Krome & Mr Time - Final Destination
  11. In Perfection - Expression (Bay B Kane remix)
  12. Liftin Spirits - Will I Dream
  13. Dubtronix - Thunder
  14. K Tee - Danger Zone
  15. Lick Back Organisation - Maniak Musik (The Lick Back remix)
  16. Tango & Fallout - Positive Chaos
  17. Andy C - Feel It (Stakka & KTee remix)
  18. Hyper On Experience - Half Stepper
  19. Joint Venture - Just A Dream
  20. Red One - Alive N Kickin (Ant Miles remix)
  21. Marvelous Cain - Dub Plate Style
  22. Source Direct - The Cult
  23. DJ SS - Black (VIP remix)
  24. Goldie - Manslaughter (Rider Proto 96 mix)
  25. K Tee - Rugged & Raw
  26. Paradox - Deep Sleep
  27. Concept 2 - Soon Come
  28. Ed Rush & Nico - Proton
  29. Paradox - A Certain Sound
  30. Roni Size & DJ Die - The Calling (Goldie remix)
  31. K Tee - Dream World
  32. Ant Miles - Lucid Dreams
  33. Rufige Kru - Special Request
  34. Future Forces Inc - Dead By Dawn
  35. Origin Unknown - Truly One (remix)