ABOUT SOUND SPHERE RECORDINGS

 

E-SassinSound Sphere Recordings was started in 1996 by Los Angeles native, Eric Hull, a.k.a. E-Sassin. Unable to find any Stateside labels willing to release any American drum & bass music, E-Sassin founded Sound Sphere to release his own music, and eventually others’ as well. The label has since made an indelible impression in the American drum & bass scene.

Richard SimpsonIn order to compete with the way in which drum & bass releases sounded and were being manufactured, sound quality and loudness was paramount. Working closely with Richard Simpson Mastering, E-Sassin was able to achieve masters for pressing records that were able to stand up to other drum & bass releases. Even Richard Simpson was surprised to be able to get a record master that “hot”.

A major challenge for Sound Sphere was distribution. Using some ingenious marketing strategies to make the records appear as though they were from the UK, record distributors eventually took on Sound Sphere Recordings for distribution. The records were an immediate success and music buyers and DJs alike never knew, until later, that they were American productions.

The first two Sound Sphere releases received very positive feedback and quickly established a high level of credibility for Sound Sphere and for E-Sassin’s productions. Each subsequent release has continued to elevate Sound Sphere to new heights, which in turn has gained the label well earned respect from artists and DJs throughout America and the rest of the world. Many of Sound Sphere Recordings’ releases can be found on high-profile compilations both nationally and internationally, including some from the legendary Dieselboy.

Sound SphereAfter a ten year hiatus, Sound Sphere Recordings re-launched it’s online presence in 2014 with the entire back catalog available through high quality WAV and MP3 digital downloads. Along with some tracks that were written during “the dark period”, E-Sassin decided to put together a remix album project to showcase the talent of other drum and bass producers around the country. The project flourished with the main inspiration coming from Jo-S who was one for the first to contribute. Other atists providing their remixing talent were Mason, D-Star, Caelum & New Theta, The Voss, Centaspike & Indidjinous, Arsenic and the legendary R.A.W. (aka 6BLOCC), as well as E-Sassin himself. Subsequent releases featured new artists added to the roster including Parash, False Flag from Arizona and The Cenobites based in the SF bay area.

Towards the end of 2018, as digital sales and support for Sound Sphere waned, E-Sassin made the difficult decision to close the doors and shut down Sound Sphere Recordings for good. It has been a good run for us, a small, independent DnB label, for more than 20 years. Being one of the first US labels dedicated strictly to the drum and bass genre, our music has reached people around the world, but the time has come to close this chapter in the history of American drum and bass. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the years. In order to keep our music and history alive and accessible, we are providing high quality, digital downloads of all of our releases for free…to anyone and everyone.

Thank you for supporting Sound Sphere Recordings! “Keep it Dark.”

Below are just a few of the many people, organizations, magazines, DJs, crews and more that we would like to offer our thanks and gratitude to for their help and support,
with and for, Sound Sphere Recordings.

  • Dieselboy
  • Dom & Roland
  • UFO!
  • Phunckateck
  • Merit Toutjian
  • Thermal Recordings
  • Mehdi Afzali
  • Maneesh
  • Compound Records
  • Phylum Recordings
  • Sage
  • Laura Brody
  • Abstract
  • Juju
  • Pieter K.
  • Brian Aufdenberg
  • Eric Silver
  • Palm Pictures
  • Breakbeat Science
  • Konkrete Jungle (NY/LA)
  • Tony Bell (R.I.P.)
  • MC?
  • Max McDuh
  • MC Messinian
  • Sara Harly-Ward (R.I.P.)
  • Clint Malice Ward
  • Gil Conspiro
  • Sam XXL
  • Cristian Bruna
  • DJ Seoul
  • Kevin “KC” Cunningham
  • Priority Records
  • Moonshine Music
  • ‘Til Dawn Entertainment
  • AK1200
  • Ryan Gridlok
  • SubCode
  • Spectr
  • XLR8R Magazine
  • Lotus Magazine
  • URB Magazine
  • BPM Culture Magazine
  • Thousand Words Magazine
  • Mixer Magazine
  • Knowledge Magazine
  • Mod Magazine
  • Fix Magazine
  • Billboard Magazine
  • Jive Magazine
  • Junglized Magazine
  • 119 Crew
  • Randy J
  • Oscar Da Grouch
  • CRS?
  • R.A.W.
  • Tez Railz
  • Bulletproof
  • Richard Simpson
  • Dani Peterson
  • DJ Jun Bug
  • Recall
  • Reid Speed
  • Empress
  • Rachel Anderson
  • D Marie Groundscore
  • Eklektic
  • EmpireX
  • Peter Kurten
  • Black Hoe Recordings
  • Neil Shield
  • Pneuma Records
  • Maggie Despise
  • Raymond Roker
  • Tamara Weikel
  • Jason Jay
  • Circa Footwear
  • Rebekah Furey
  • Element
  • Frank Mendez
  • CLRH2O
  • Saj Awan
  • DJ Roxanne
  • DJ Dara
  • DJ DB
  • DJ SS
  • DJ 3D
  • DJ Deacon
  • Formation Records
  • Renegade Hardware
  • Raiden
  • 6BLOCC
  • Lenny D
  • Industrial Strength Records
  • Loopmasters
  • DJ Trace
  • DJ Fierce
  • Nico Sykes
  • No-U-Turn Records
  • Brock Suter
  • Section8 Records
  • One Big Posse
  • DJ Machete
  • DJ Drone
  • Junglist Platoon
  • Justin Force
  • Jungle Scene
  • Dave Bullock
  • Vivian Host
  • Emily Griffin
  • Wreck-Ignition
  • Best Drum & Bass
  • DnB Vault
  • DnBRadio.com
  • All Crews BIG UP!
  • Joey “Jo-S” Esposito
  • Dominic Sagona
  • The Voss
  • The Cenobites
  • Tyler Stauss
  • Travis Henson
  • Centaspike & Indidjinous
  • Matty G
  • Arsenic
  • Rick Simons
  • False Flag
  • Jake Hinderliter
  • Eli Star
  • Kay Moonstar
  • Lori Sapio
  • Derek McNeill
  • KSCR (KXSC) 104.7 FM
  • Groove Radio
  • Swedish Eagle
  • Ken Lawrence
  • Pure Acid Mixtapes
  • Beat Non-Stop
  • Prime Cuts
  • Groove Riders
  • Street Sounds
  • All other record stores who have sold our music
  • All the other DnB labels pushing the sounds of DnB
  • All the DJs who have supported us from the get-go
  • All the DnB Clubs and Event Promoters worldwide
  • Everyone else who is a fan of darkside techstep and has helped get our music heard around the world.

There are many more who have been involved with Sound Sphere over the years. If you are not included in the list above, we did not forget or appreciate your contributions, we simply cannot include everyone.
We may update this list over time to include more of you by name but we appreciate you nonetheless.

 

BIG UP ALL THE DARK SOUND WARRIORS!

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