RECORD LABEL / MUSIC PUBLISHER / ARTIST MANAGEMENT
2020 has been a major year for Jalapeno Records, who are celebrating 20 years in the business. Birthday celebrations were put on hold for obvious reasons but the label has come a long way from its roots releasing records for its talented founders Skeewiff.
2020 has seen album releases from Dr Rubberfunk, The Allergies, Smoove & Turrell, Izo FitzRoy, Flevans and ephemerals and that’s just the first half of the year. Radio support has been outstanding with The Allergies making it onto the coveted BBC 6 Music A List and Smoove & Turrell landing BBC 6 Music album of the day before hitting # 1 in the UK OCC Dance Album charts. With touring on hold, success at radio and streaming platforms has helped keep all our artists going.
Since its inception Jalapeno Records has grown into an oasis of funked up, fun-loving dance music which defies pigeon-holing. From huge album releases by the legendary nu-disco crew Kraak & Smaak to the gospel-infused blues of Izo FitzRoy, to the crisp hip-hop breaks from fun-loving showstoppers The Allergies, to the northern soul of Smoove & Turrell, whatever flavour of beats tickle your taste buds, there’s something to dig at Jalapeno Records.
The label developed from an initial core roster comprised of Skeewiff, Kraak & Smaak & IKON. Skeewiff were among the daddies of the funk breaks scene along with peers like the Fingerlickin Records crew and producers such as Fort Knox Five and All Good Funk Alliance (both of whom since signed projects to the label). Kraak & Smaak were the poster boys of Jalapeno Funk. They stepped up to the world stage making their mark with a killer debut album, Boogie Angst, and a world beating live show to back it up.
In 2004, they released ‘Squeeze Me’ a single that really made the whole industry take note of the label and even got noticed by Yeezus himself - Mr Kanye West. Gigs at Glastonbury Festival and plays on BBC Radio 1 would then follow for Kraak & Smaak whilst the label itself began to build a head of steam.
This upswing would be marked by the signing of soul / funk legend Soopasoul and then Northern Soul upstarts, Smoove & Turrell. The latter’s debut album dropped in 2009 and won over fellow soul head, Craig Charles - a key supporter whose influence kickstarted the boys’ assault on national radio whilst becoming a regular supporter of the label himself.
Now ten years deep on the label – Smoove & Turrell’s latest album “Stratos Bleu” debuted at Number 1 on the official UK Dance Album charts – another landmark for Jalapeno and the band.
The next decade was marked by roster diversification for Jalapeno Records as the team had their heads turned by ephemerals, a band that would become synonymous with originality and risk-taking whilst consistently delivering groove-laden and intelligent songwriting over four albums on the label. This would earn them extensive radio play and the musical landmark achievement of having a platinum record after being sampled by French producer, Kungs on the hit single ‘I Feel So Bad’.
As the years have passed, the roster has grown and become more prolific. Turntablist kings The Allergies signed to Jalapeno, with almost instant audience resonance and momentum winning 2x ‘Album Of The Day’ awards on BBC 6 Music and a headline slot at the 6Music festival.
2020 saw them release the ridiculously good ‘Felony’ which spent several weeks on the A List of the BBC 6 Music playlist leading into the killer album “Say The Word”
To date the label has clocked up over 350 releases and is still going strong. DJ sets at festivals, parties, big radio play and a relentless schedule of quality releases that never stops. The ethos of the label is clear for all to see, support artists and promote high quality, fiercely independent, funky, but above all else, good music.