The New York-based label Strictly Rhythm was set up in 1989 by genial dance
music mogul Mark Finkelstein and A&R expert Gladys Pizarro. Strictly Rhythm
has since blazed a trail to become one of the most influential labels of
all time. In its heyday, releases from George Morel, DJ Pierre, Todd Terry
or the Masters At Work wowed dancefloors across the world. The label
subsequently expanded into Europe, moving into the commercial sector with a
diverse roster including Reel 2 Real, Josh Wink and the young Armand Van
Helden. Strictly has continued to tread the line between commercially and
critically acclaimed house music with releases like Ultra Naté's "Free."
Strictly Rhythm Folded in October 2002 after entering into a venture with
Warner Music Group two years earlier, but after four years of legal
wrangling, Mark Finkelstein was able to get control of the label, its
trademark, and all recordings and publishing rights. In 2006, the label was
ready to relaunch worldwide with the assistance of the US arm of the
British label Defected Records; digital downloads for sale soon followed.
Mark Finkelstein obtained all rights to the Strictly Rhythm catalog back in
the second half of 2006, and partnered with Uk DEFECTED RECORDS, to
relaunch the label in 2007.
First Releases are Higher State of Consciousness by Wink (remixes), and a
new single by Todd Terry.
Also Strictly's website has been reactivated.