Ubiquity

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After visiting San Francisco on their honeymoon and falling in love with the city, DJs Jody and Michael McFadin went home to Southern California, sold most of their possessions, and moved to SF with a fuzzy dream of starting a record company. While continuing to dream about starting a label, they invested the last of their savings into a business that would combine their passion for music and provide an income to live on, and opened the Groove Merchant record store on Haight Street in early 1990.

Within a year the small shop had built a reputation the world over as a place to find rare records and learn about new sounds. A haven for collectors, DJs, and producers looking for soul jazz, musical obscurities, and break beats, the Groove Merchant even earned a toast on the Beastie Boys song “Professor Booty”, “This one goes out to my man the Groove Merchant, comin’ through with the beats that I’ve been searchin’,” rapped Mike D. on 1992’s “Check Your Head” album.

With start-up capital of one thousand dollars and little knowledge of the record business, the Luv n’ Haight record label (named after the Sly and The Family Stone song) was launched. In 1993 the company incorporated as Ubiquity Recordings and has since grown into a company with several imprints (Luv n’ Haight remains the home for re-issue of rare groove gems, CuBop is the Latin jazz arm, and Ubiquity releases new music ranging from hip-hop to singer-songwriters to cutting edge club music), a worldwide distribution network, and over 100 releases. Incidentally, the name Ubiquity was chosen because of the label’s mission to make unheard music ubiquitous.

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