In the spring of 2007, musician and producer Paul ‘Mudd’
Murphy decided to launch his own label. Named after the house
he grew up in, Claremont 56 would release beautiful music by
friends, associates, collaborators and like-minded musicians.
In the 10 years that have passed since, Claremont 56 has more
than surpassed Murphy’s modest expectations. It has built up
a cult following around the world, with listeners responding
positively to the label’s combination of magical music, beautiful
artwork, and impeccable packaging.
To mark the label’s frst decade, Murphy has put together
a sumptuous vinyl box set of previously unheard material,
produced and presented with the same attention to detail that
listeners have come to expect.
Each copy of Claremont 56: 10 Years contains fve weighty slabs
of wax and a bespoke info sheet, housed in a specially designed,
hand-numbered box with debossed logos on the front and rear.
However impressive the packaging, it’s the music that makes
Claremont 56: 10 Years stand out. Featuring a mixture of
unreleased tracks and brand new remixes of vintage label
releases, the highlights come thick and fast.
As you’d expect, some of the most impressive contributions
come from those artists you could describe as legendary’,
including Chicago deep house originators Larry Heard and Ron
Trent. Can legend Holger Czukay kindly contributes one of the
standout moments, the eccentric ‘Music To Be Murdered By’,
from his own unreleased catalogue, while Afro-cosmic pioneer
Daniele Baldelli joins forces with Marco Dionigi to deliver a
typically spacey remix of Bison’s ‘Familiar Stranger’. There’s also
an epic, Afro-tinged dub disco remix of Smith & Mudd’s ‘Nether’
by Norwegian scene founder Bjorn Torske.
Elsewhere, Good Timin’ man Jex Opolis turns an overlooked
track by Paraiso into a samba-boogie killer, Sean P dubs out
Zee Erf’s beautiful cover of ‘Southern Freeez’, and Phil Mison
turns FreshRo’s laidback electrofunk cut ‘Pacifc State’ into a
breezy, Balearic gem. Look out too, for the emotion-rich beauty
of Statues’ ‘River Darkness’ — a track arguably worth the cost
of the box set on its own — and the deep space explorations of
Almunia’s Leo Ceccanti.
We could go on, but we’re running out of space. Sufce to say,
Claremont 56: 10 Years is a lovingly compiled, curated and
presented celebration of the label’s frst decade.