X-Plode ‘Reignited’ EP

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The second release on Amen Brother sees the return of another old school legend that only released one EP and vanished for the next 28 years! Lee X-Plode put out a self-funded EP in 1992 on a white label that became highly sort after in the vinyl collecting world, with copies changing hands for up to £250! Vinyl Fanatiks were lucky enough to be blessed with his permission to re-release this EP, which flew off the shelves.

Lee just loves the early 90’s rave scene and is an avid collector of any rave footage from this era. He is so tuned in to this period of music that when he started producing again in 2020, his tracks sounded like they had all been made back then, 100% authentic with 100% vibes. So when we approached Lee about writing an EP for our newly-founded Amen Brother label, he jumped at the chance and gave us four amazing anthems. This EP includes his track ‘Shock Out’ from the ‘Hardcore Lockdown’ album as well as an incredible revamp of his reggae tinged classic ‘Watch This Go’ which was on his one and only release back in 1992.

All vinyl purchases via our webstore will come with a link to download the MP3s.

Amen Brother biog:

In the early weeks of Lockdown, around the end of March 2020, DJH called me up with an idea.  “I was thinking, it would be nice to give the Vinyl Fanatiks supporters a free tune as a thank you for backing my repress and as a little gift during these difficult times, something to cheer people up” he said. I liked the idea, I liked it a lot and it got me thinking; ‘Why don’t I approach all the artists I have worked with over the past 18 months and see if they too feel like getting into the studio and making a new tune, but for it to sound like it was made in the early 90s?’ A few phone calls and emails were made and within a week I had 14 producers and groups going into the studio, each writing a fresh track. The free album ‘Hardcore Lockdown’ was created and subsequently released in May 2020. I had no idea it would be as successful as it was, with over 5000 downloads in a few weeks, and many messages that it would be great if these tracks would appear on vinyl. Now that was music to my ears and it again got me thinking!

Rather than release the project as a triple vinyl piece, I thought it would be a great opportunity to get each artist and group to write an EP, which would include their track from the album, and to release these EPs on vinyl as well as digital. But I felt it wouldn’t be right for these to come out on Vinyl Fanatiks as it would be too confusing. Vinyl Fanatiks is a repress label; these were brand new tunes, made by the original wizards of the scene. I needed a new label! For the past year I had been mulling over starting a new label and had already come up with the name and the branding. I just didn’t have a direction for it yet. But now I did… Amen Brother was born.

Amen Brother is a label that continues the vibes of the early 90’s but comes correct with fresh music. The music needs to feel like it was made back in the day – it needs to have that connection, whether written by an original artist from that era, or a remix of music from that era. But with the bar being raised so high by Vinyl Fanatiks, I needed to be sure that Amen Brother continued with that level of quality, from the authenticity of the music, to the high levels of presentation that my customers expect from us.

The branding and artwork was created by Ricky Also from Paintshop Studios, who also created the Vinyl Fanatiks branding. The music would be handpicked by me and mastered by Dapz from Compound Audio who does all the Vinyl Fanatiks releases. It would then be cut to vinyl by Beau Thomas from Ten Eight Seven, who does all the Vinyl Fanatiks cuts. The records would be limited, pressed onto 180gram vinyl and presented in a vibrant housebag that would look incredible in any vinyl lover’s collection. But with Amen Brother, I wanted to embrace the modern world, so I have decided to also offer the digital files for these tracks.

Join us as we continue the rave into the 21st century.  New masters created by the Old Masters.

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