Get Physical have consistently been at the forefront of electronic music for the last ten years. Through genre defining releases, charismatic artists and the debaucheries at their label parties. Get Physical represent the fun spirit of electronic music. The name says it all: Get Physical tracks could hardly be more moving and corporeal.
With well over a decade in the game, the labels sound continues to ramify and proliferate. Categorising their sounds and style has been hard, but they have certainly paved the way for many others from their Berlin hub. Having harboured the talents of some of house and techno’s finest artists, the label has released music from DJ Pierre, Kris Wadsworth, andhim, Catz ‘N Dogz, Heidi, DJ Hell, Booka Shade, Modeselektor, DJ Koze, Damian Lazarus, Dixon, and many more pioneering acts.
There is no M.A.N.D.Y. without Get Physical music and there is no Get Physical without M.A.N.D.Y. Behind every great label there is an artist that curates, spearheads and evolves the level into new creative directions as time goes on. The two individuals that have galvansised this journey are Patrick Bodmer and Phillip Jung, who have been masterful in their A&R, branding and ability to change.
From modest beginning circa 2000 in Frankfurt, the label quickly grew to a stage where the quantity of releases became just as important as the quality. Jung explains talking to RA in 2010: “All of a sudden we needed to promote this and that and the overheads became so high”. So before long they decided to reduce the number of releases and try and manage the monster. Streamlining the business approach and it’s explosion, their was a conscious decision to minimalise the process, focus on the music and go back to it’s roots. Since then the label has continued to blossom into new directions, with the last 6 months releasing music from the likes of Hot Since 82, andhim, Derrick May, Tania Vulcano, Theo Kottis & Tim Green.
Fast forward to 2015 and Get Physical are still celebrated as one of the labels that have helped to shape a whole generation of electronic music. Seemlessly moving between the underground and more commercial spheres has put them in a position that has made them revered by the heads and accessible for the new comers.
Here are 5 important releases that have helped shape Get Physical.