Dorado Records


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The first release on Dorado was in February 1992, it was ‘Ain’t No Fun’ by Monkey Business and it was followed by D*Note’s ‘Scheme Of Things’.

I wanted to create a label that mixed Soul with Hip Hop, Jazz with Beats. Dance Music you could listen to at home. It was very much a Family Affair. Charlie Lexton (Cool Breeze), Matt Winn (D*Note), Matt Cooper (Outside), Jhelisa, Ceri Evans (Sunship), Cleveland Watkiss, Ross Allen, and many others, all contributed greatly to the label’s success and critical acclaim throughout the Nineties.

In 1995 we launched the filter imprint with DJ Q, Kid Loops and The Amalgamation Of Soundz and by 2000 we had released 40 albums and 160 singles. We saw the potential of the web early, and our website started winning awards in 1996. By 2000, I was running a second business out of our offices in Brewer Street, consulting in the digital music space and in 2001 Universal offered me a full time role at their International Office in St James Square. I put a hold on new releases and simply focused on sorting out digital distribution deals for the catalogue.

By 2004, these digital sales were starting to become very impressive and, having missed making music, I decided it was time to start releasing again. The first of our new releases was the debut album from Cities Of Foam, ‘A Great Day For The Race’. Released in 2005 it has received worldwide acclaim and has been high in the charts on iTunes. Then, in 2006, we released the stunning and beautiful debut from Natalie Walker. Finding support from KCRW, iTunes and many music supervisors, her music has touched many people.

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