Projekt Record's 100th Release
The Early Years [1985 - 1995]
The Projekt label has pioneered the Ethereal / Ambient / Gothic genres with a select roster of artists dedicated to creating art that appeals to the emotive forces within. Characterized by warm electronics and introspective, lush vocals, Projekt has maintained a high level of artistic integrity with each of its thoughtfully produced releases. Visually stunning design and graphics (by label founder Sam Rosenthal) compliment the aesthetic of the music on the label, all of which is carefully chosen by Rosenthal to propagate his own unique vision.
Reaching the milestone of its 100th release, Projekt wanted to celebrate this event in a special way. Harkening back to the time when catalog number “PRO-100” seemed a hundred years away, Rosenthal explains his motivation for this new compilation: “In planning Projekt100, I tried to recreate an era. A time gone by. A time when Projekt was young and our artists were widely unknown. Rather than put together a predictable â€˜best of’ to commemorate Projekt’s 100th release, I have chosen to create The Great Lost Projekt Compilation. A reflection upon an era gone by, for those fans who have been with Projekt since the early days . . . or an introduction to bands perhaps missed, if a new-comer."
Included are never before heard tracks from Projekt's first two acts: Lycia and black tape for a blue girl; as well as unreleased mixes from Attrition, Eden, Lovesliescrushing, and SoulWhirlingSomewhere; early mixes from Thanatos and Terrace of Memories; an unreleased track from O Yuki Conjugate; and a rare mix from Love Spirals Downwards.
A review from Outburn Magazine
Ethereal Darkwave Gothic: A reflection upon an era gone by (4 of 5 stars)
Projekt 100: The Early Years is for those fans who have been with Projekt since the early days... or an introduction to bands perhaps missed, if a newcomer. This compilation is successful both as a retrospective (featuring favorite Projekt artists) and as a collectors jewel(featuring early unreleased songs and mixes). The hallmark ethereal elements of the music which the label showcases include dreamy, open spaces of sound; expansive and sustained washes of harmony; and sweet, sometimes melancholy lyrics and melodies. Yet the collection of Projekt artists here exhibits quite a range of distinguished styles as well, from Lycia's distorted, ambient dirges, to Eden's emotional gothic pop, to O Yuki Conjugate's tribal new age experimentalism. Additional featured artists include Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Attrition, Thanatos, Love Spirals Downward. and more. Intriguing liner notes from Sam Rosenthal and the musicians accompany each contributers listing, lending an intimate touch to this recommended release.
A review from Alternative Press
Projekt 100 - The Early Years 1985 - 1995
4 out of 5 stars (Outstanding)
Commemorative release from a pioneering label turns back the clock
Some have perceived Projekt as a label fashioned after England's groundbreaking and respected 4AD. The fact that Love Spirals Downwards and Eden sound a lot like the Cocteau Twins and Dead Can Dance surely fostered this notion. But as a label founded by Sam Rosenthal partly as a means to release his own music, Projekt also became a venue for like-minded musicians. Never purely a gothic label, Projekt reflects Rosenthal's emotional and expansive vision, which includes ethereal and ambient music. Renowned artists like Steve Roach and Faith & Disease would eventually join an increasingly diverse roster.
Never imagining the Projekt catalog would reach 100 releases, Rosenthal wasn't content to commemorate such a milestone with a mere "best of" collection or sampler disc. He wanted to create "The Great Lost Projekt Compilation" that would reflect "an era gone by." By gathering together unreleased and remixes from Projekt's early years, this compilation lets the past come rushing back. While evolving with the times, Projekt has remained so close to its roots that any one of these tracks could be released today and seem just as fresh, but hearing these unheard and/or alternative versions of tracks by black tape for a blue girl, soulwhirlingsomewhere, O Yuki Conjugate, Lycia, Attrition and Thanatos only reinforces the fact that art and commerce needn't be mutually exclusive.
- Mark Burbey