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Sonar Base

Sonar Bases 4 - 10

This was the final release of the first life of U-TRAX, in January 1997, at a time it was almost impossible to sell underground dance music. Despite this release being filled to the brim with brilliant electrofunk, only about half of the records were sold. Ironically, they became very popular and highly sought-after in the next 20 years.

Sonar Base

Fun trivia fact about this record is that the artist, Frank de Groodt, misspelled his artist name as Sonar Bass back in 1997, and we never noticed.
On our turn we probably mixed up Sonar with Solar in our minds, because on the labels we designed, some NASA pictures of the sun's surface had a prominent role, like his label for side C:

17UTR_label C-side_from Discogs

Since this was the first double 12" release on U-TRAX, we had to create a new sleeve that could hold 2 slabs of vinyl:

U-TRAX Multi Vinyl Pack sleeve_from Discogs

This was the first time we coined the phrase Quite Deep Music, as always trying to be smart, or tongue-in-cheek, or modest... who knows. When the label was re-booted 21 years later, we simply continued where we left off, and kept using this phrase.

Sadly, we never created a press release for this record back in 1997, the reasons for that must have had something to do with being demotivated by seeing the music industry taking such a nose-dive.
However, you can find a lot of info about the music on this record at the entry of the 2019 re-press.

Meanwhile, enjoy the fine art of the labels we created for side B and D:

17UTR_label B-side_from Discogs

17UTR_label D-side_from Discogs

Original vinyl release: January 1997

This double EP has been remastered and re-released in January 2019, click here for more details.

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