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26.May.2011 Empathy Recordings 8th Birthday Special

It all started for Empathy back in 2003 with a drunken brag that our mate’s music was as good as anything we were hearing on the radio. Putting our money where our mouths was, a short while later Empathy Recordings was formed and our first release was on the shelves. The first release was humble – a limited edition compilation CD featuring music from up and coming local electronic artists. It’s now eight years later and the Empathy story has continued with many more friends and much broader horizons.

Empathy has developed an extensive digital catalogue with more than forty artists represented as well as six commercially released compilations featuring New Zealand’s top breakbeat talent. For 8 years Empathy has been uncovering secret bedroom talent and in that time we’ve seen dozens of artists develop into genuine stars. To celebrate our 8 years we thought it was about time we gathered together some of our favourite artists to strut their stuff through the mighty Sandwiches sound rig. In true Empathy style, we’re covering all genres.

Borderline’s meteoric rise in the international Drum n Bass scene has seen him releasing on labels such as Cyanide, Red Light, Citrus, Smptm, DSCi4, Shadybrain and of course Empathy. He’ll be representing the darker side of things with what will no doubt be a brooding affair, oozing with deep basslines.

K+Lab is one of Empathy’s rising stars. He has been waving the Glitch Hop flag loud and proud. He has dominated all that is Glitch in New Zealand for the last couple of years. Expect a live Ableton set that’s heavy in basslines, glitched out beats and is dripping with his signature funk. Guesting with K+Lab is the amazingly talented female soul vocalist Sacha Vee. They are a combination that is not to be missed.

Olie Bassweight – head honcho of New Zealand’s own Bassweight Recordings – needs no further introduction. He will be bringing the absolute freshest Dubstep there is to offer. Will it be heavy? Will it be lush? You’ll just have to come to find out!

Empathy’s own co-founder Double_Negative will be balancing the night out with hands in the air bass injected party breakbeats. In true Dneg style he’ll have you nodding your head and clambering for the dance floor.

Holding things down in the Front room we have some of our favourite ‘Friends of Empathy’ DJs keeping things diverse and vibing. With Swamp, Snax, Dr Zhivago & Cest La Vie on the controls, you’ll have plenty of aural treats to sip your drinks and talk shit to your mates about.

We can’t wait to hear what all these artists have in store us and for $10 on the door it’s a bargain. Throw in the 50 back catalogue Empathy CDs we’re giving away to early arrivals, it’s a hands down steal.

Come celebrate in style with us… we hope to see you there!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=147527315318611

To browse all things Empathy Check out the following links. You’ll find our back catalogue, forthcoming previews & downloadable DJ Mixes.


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Greetings fellow dance music lovers. Winter is upon us – as power bills rise and woodpiles diminish, do not fear as Empathy Recordings has another log to throw on your fire. You may remember Empathy’s latest release EMPD008 ‘The Empathy Digital EP 2009′. This collection of quality tunes showcasing the talents of our current artists featured a stormer of a breaks number entitled:

‘Vegas’- produced by label stalwarts Double_Negative. Since its release, the brooding monster that is Vegas has rocked both radio waves and dance floors alike. Empathy is now excited to announce the release of EMPD009 the ‘Vegas Remix EP’.

Still going strong after seven years, Empathy has made some great friends and released some super-talented artists. Spanning a variety of dance genres – Empathy has notched up several quality releases on its belt and been a staple for dance music enthusiasts, from New Zealand and abroad.

Feeling super chuffed with ourselves – we decided to celebrate by asking some of the best talents we’ve had the pleasure of releasing to remix Double_Negative’s ‘Vegas’. The result is an irresistible assortment of tunes in every colour of the dance genre rainbow from Drum n Bass to Dubstep, Breaks/Electro to Glitch.

WARNING: This EP contains HUGE remixes from the likes of Johnny Hooves, White Papoo, Opiuo, Undertow, Flirt with Dirt, Organikismness and Mars.

To hear previews of the tracks and to purchase, visit the following Online Digital Stores:


11.Apr.2009 EMPD008: EMPATHY DIGITAL 2009 EP

Hot off the heels of releasing the ‘Rumble in the Jungle 2009 CD’ Empathy Recordings is excited to announce the release of the ‘Empathy Digital 2009 EP’. Featuring 10 stunning tracks created by some very talented producers. We are confident this release will strike a chord with all you DJs and dance music lovers alike.

The release is divided into two parts:

PART 1 – Covering the Drum and Bass side of things:

Johnny Hooves – Eye of the Beholder
Cern – Salvador
Trei – Morning Glory
Trisector – Love Stays
Subtone feat. Stabba – Desmond
Consequence – Someone to Watch

PART 2 – more breaks influenced tracks

Double_Negative – Vegas
Opiuo – Wizards of Oz
Opiuo – Monkey Crunk
Consequence and Search – The Fountain (White Papoo remix)

For more info on the artists included in this release check the following links:

Consequence: http://www.myspace.com/consequencenz
Trei: http://www.myspace.com/tr3i
Johnny Hooves: http://www.myspace.com/johnnyhooves
White Papoo:http://www.myspace.com/whitepapoo
Double_Negative: http://www.myspace.com/doublenegativenz
Opiuo: http://www.myspace.com/opiuo
Cern: http://www.myspace.com/cernnz
Subtone: http://www.myspace.com/subtone
Trisector: http://www.myspace.com/trisectorfi

Hold tight for the next empathy release: double_negative – vegas remixes. feat white papoo, johnny hooves, organikismness, opiuo, pvans, flirt with dirt, mars & more…

Crunk em, funk em & slam dunk em! All tracks are available from the following stores:

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