In 2014 Cécille Records closed for business after six incredible years, during which time it helped stimulate a seismic shift in the underground scene and made global stars of its core artists. Now the cult label is set to return. In a time dominated by the heavier end of the techno spectrum, Cécille’s focus on rhythm, groove and melody provides a much-needed counterpoint to the oppressive sounds so prevalent on today’s dance floors.
Launched by Nick Curly and Marc Scholl in 2008, Cécille embodied what the media eventually coined as the ‘Mannheim Sound’. Alongside labels like Oslo and 8Bit, the outlet pushed new artists and a style of techno and house music that favoured warmth, depth, movement and flow over the minimal techno that saturated the underground back in the mid to late 2000s. While the minimal sound reduced techno to its bare essentials, Cécille brought soul and sensuality back to the music.
The trailblazing label captivated DJs and dancers across the world and became an overnight success.
Cécille’s focus on lesser-known artists established the label as an incubator that nurtured new talent and injected the scene with fresh energy and new sounds. Artists such as Ilario Alicante, Robert Dietz, Markus Fix, SiS and Johnny D helped to cultivate a unique sound that set Cécille apart from many of the other labels that were around at the time. From its very first release ‘El Comienzo’, by Markus Fix, Cécille made a huge impact. Nick Curly, SiS, Markus, Robert Dietz, Anthea & Alex Celler and Johnny D. became international stars, with the Mannheim crews gracing the cover of the legendary Groove Magazine in late 2008 and picking up widespread support from across the scene, as the acts behind the sound grabbed the pick of the international club and festival shows.
In its first year alone Cécille was voted 9th best label in Resident Advisor’s highly-coveted annual poll. Influential German magazine Groove awarded them with Track of the Year for ‘Nes