Smallville Ways: Ten Years
When the Smallville record store was founded in 2005, people were surprised and regarded it as an experiment, citing the fall of vinyl sales and the rise of music downloads. Only a small group of people regarded record shops, vinyl labels, and clubs as places of true magic. Smallville's finest, Stefan Marx, who is responsible for all artwork-related things and therefore the visual impact that Smallville has always had, got a call one night from one of these dreamers, Ata Macias. He came up with the idea to create a standard 12" cover reading "Vinyl Kills MP3." This hilarious statement marked the end of that tedious debate. And now, in 2015, it turns out that everyone involved was right to just do what they love. Smallville celebrates its 2015 tenth anniversary with the third and fourth parts of the Ways series (Fortyfour Ways (SMALL 044EP) and Fortyfive Ways (SMALL 045EP)), which began in 2011 with Twentyfour Ways (SMALL 024EP) and continued in 2013 with Thirtyfive Ways. This CD collects Fortyfour Ways and Fortyfive Ways, plus three tracks from the earlier Ways releases -- 11 wonderful tracks in all, from Smallville's favorite producers and family members. With a track list that includes STL, Christopher Rau, Moomin, L'Amour Fou (Move D with Benoit Bouquin (BB) and Marco Wollenberg), Kornél Kovács, Smallpeople, Juniper, Jacques Bon, Lawrence, Rvds & Rau, and Tilman Tausendfreund, Smallville is happy to thank all of its supporters, fans, and dancers worldwide. Cover art by Stefan Marx. Mastered by Helmut Erler at Dubplates & Mastering.