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Founded as a dance label in a Greenwich Village living room, Instinct Records first gained prominence in 1990 with the success of the label’s first signing, Moby, one of the most durable stars of the early 90’s Rave scene. Instinct built on that early success quickly by releasing seminal recordings from such labels as Rising High, Kickin’ and Antler Subway.

Over the years Instinct’s reputation grew on an international scale, having put out groundbreaking releases in the US via such innovative overseas labels as Compost (from whom we introduced the FUTURE SOUND OF JAZZ series in the U.S.), Fax (Pete Namlook), Groove Attack PRODUCTIONS, TIME RECORDINGS (EMIT), and INFRACom!.

Through the middle 90’s, Instinct’s electronic focus brought it closer towards the alternative circuit. Our early work with bands such as Messiah, Cabaret Voltaire and The Drum Club inevitably lead to recent work with The Creatures, Jimmy Somerville, Marc Almond and Sarah Cracknell .

In addition to pioneering the introduction of techno and rave music in America, Instinct became known for its parallel emphasis on the acid jazz scene. The THIS IS ACID JAZZ series is the ultimate U.S. source of reference for the genre and continues to be the most popular acid jazz series in the U.S. Instinct introduced many of the key bands in the scene during these years, including K-Collective (Brand New Heavies), James Taylor Quartet and Exodus Quartet(Eric Hilton of Thievery Corp).

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