Urban Konkrete Records is a brand new online record label set up by Martin West to promote, licence and release fresh new dance music.
With 20 years experience in music production, Martin is set to make sure Urban Konkrete Records becomes a forerunner in the UK dance music industry.
Originally one half of Jungle pioneers, ‘Criminal Set’ he released the groundbreaking Dreamscape E.P in 1993 on One Nation Records which has since become regarded as one of the pre-cursors to the genre that we now call Drum & Bass.
He then went on to create Konkrete Productions with business partner and co-producer, Jim McNeilly, where they co-wrote, remixed and produced for the likes of Robin Millar, Estelle, Street Politiks, Ayak Thiik, Coree Richards, Bunzi D, Ben Ofoedu, Anton Gordon, Tony Thompson, Keisha White, Ive Mendes, Sam Roman, Austin Drage and Kelly Erez to name but a few.
At the beginning of 2011, a dance based act and production outfit called Black Ice was born and is Urban Konkrete Records first signing.
Consisting of Martin, Jim and vocalist/songwriter Aisha aka Prittychick, Black Ice are causing waves across the social networking sites, in particular SoundCloud, where their debut Black Ice E.P and it’s remixes, licensed through PH Recordings, have a combined total of over 12,000 plays in 3 months. Their Raving, I’m Raving feat. Ben Ofoedu track has received nearly 4000 plays and over 1000 downloads in just 1 month also. The album track Release The Pressure was featured on award winning website Dubstep.net recieving over 12,000 plays.
With the release of the Black Ice album in 2012 on Urban Konkrete Records, Martin is paving the way with a number of high quality and specific single and remix releases that will feature both established and new artists such as Fee Fee, and Mr Rootsy.
The first release, which is out now and available on iTunes and other leading retailers, is a remix package of former Damage frontman, Coree Richards’ new single, I Am Here, a 3 track E.P with remixes from Fraser, Black Ice and Artful (Mark Hill of Artful Dodger fame).