About Us

LABEL HISTORY

DraZe Records is a Budapest-based independent label focusing on Hungarian indie, alternative, underground music and releasing vinyls.

2011-12: First dreamings on making vinyls. That time it was something like releasing classic metal staff on vinyl which was available until that time on cd or cassette only.
2013-14: First talkings with ex-band members. Couple are supportive, couple are not interested in refreshing “good-old-days”.
2014-15: First successfull negotiations. Mister X, legendary melodic metal band from early 90’s says yes to release their first studio recording after 25 years.
2015-16: Discovering excellent running bands and turning to today’s rock music. Releasing Turbo’s fantastic 3rd studio album on vinyl.
2016-2017: Digging deeper into Hungary’s indie, alternative rock scene. Contacting Dope Calypso to offer vinyl release of their successfull 2nd album. Instead of releasing old staff, they insisted on releasing a brand new album. And that was a milestone in becoming a real record label. It is still the best-selling vinyl in label’s history.
2018: Another cooperation with Dope Calypso. Their new album is released again by DraZe Records.
2018: Contacted by Abel Mihalik, drummer of couple legendary local band who was just preparing his first solo album. DraZe records took part in this project.

Also in 2018 we introduced the “I still listen to records” logo. This was born from a small Christmas gift that turned to be more than a simple badge.

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2019: The first really busy year in label’s history. We’ve been working on 4 vinyl releases this year. A first album of Black Bartók, a live recording of a synth-punk band came out in April for that year’s Record Store Days. Then David Fodor, a young bass player and singer (known from the short-living band, The Nobody Elses) recorded his first solo album and prepared for vinyl release. Simultanously, we’ve been talking with one of the best Hungarian underground band, Jazzékiel, who prepared for the 10th anniversary of their legendary album called Holy Shit. As part of the celebration, we issued the record on vinyl. And finally, just before Christmas we finalized the work on the fantastic surf-rock band, The Keeymen’s first studio album and its vinyl version.

2020: Expected to be even more busy than 2019. Details coming soon…

Releases

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Out now… JAZZÉKIEL: SZÉP NAPOK LP

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New studio album after 5 years. Released on May 16, 2020.

Full of depressions, just the world is/was in these/those days during Covid-19.

Released in 111 copies!

Comes with poster.

Listen here: https://jazzekiel.bandcamp.com/album/sz-p-napok-2020

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Mordai: self-titled LP

MORDAI: MORDAI

LP – DraZe 014
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Released on May 1, 2020, during the big pandemic days.

Fantastic folk-rock, folk-jazz, modern interpretation of traditional Hungarian folk songs, a kind of tribute to Muzsikas.

Released in 111 copies!

Comes with photo insert.

Listen here: https://mordai.bandcamp.com/releases

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Coming soon… Record Store Day 2020 (whenever it takes place…)

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The Keeymen: The Keeymen LP

THE KEEYMEN: THE KEEYMEN

LP – DraZe 010
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Released on January 6, 2020.

Fantastic instrumental surf rock from the shore of Lake Balaton called “The Hungarian Sea”.

Released in 150 copies!

Nice retro-style cover with the view of mountain Badacsony showing a retro-style motorcycle in the foreground.

Listen here: https://thekeeymen.bandcamp.com/album/the-keeymen

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Jazzékiel: Holy Shit LP

JAZZÉKIEL: HOLY SHIT

LP – DraZe 008
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Released on August 2, 2019.

Release show: September 5, 2019, Dürer/Budapest

10th anniversary edition of Jazzékiel: Holy Shit album, first time on vinyl!

Released in 150 copies!

Exclusive cardboard cover and booklet.

Very limited number of letherette book version has been manually manufactured.

Listen here: https://jazzekiel.bandcamp.com/album/holy-shit-remastered-2019
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Fodor Dávid LP

FODOR DÁVID SINGS HIS FINAL LOVE SONGS WITH THE DOOM BLUES

LP – DraZe 009
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Released on June 15, 2019.
Release show: Kalóz Record Shop, Budapest, June 15, 2019.

A songwriter-type album of the bass-player of The Nobody Elses. Solo interpretation of 2 classic Omega and Locomotiv GT songs featured on the record.
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Released in 111 copies!
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Small poster with lyrics included.

Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/fdaaavid/fodor-david-sings-his-final-love-songs-with-the-doom-blues
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Black Bartók LP

BLACK BARTÓK: LIVE AT ARTEMOVSZK 38

LP – DraZe 007

Released in April 2019, for the Record Store Day.

Released in 150 copies, black vinyl with black&white poster.

Black Bartok’s first album, recorded live at A38.
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Later in that year Black Bartók played with Iggy Pop in Budapest.

Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbrqp7LRybg
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Abel: Won’t Give a Funk LP

ABEL: WON’T GIVE A FUNK

LP – DraZe 006

Released in November 2018.

Released in 150 copies, lilac opaque vinyl.

Mihalik Abel (ex-Kispal es a Borz, Kiscsillag) drummer. His first solo album featuring Sena, Mensa, Zentai Mark, Agoston Bela etc.

Listen here: https://abellabel.bandcamp.com/album/wont-give-a-funk
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Dope Calypso: Chaka Chaka LP

DOPE CALYPSO: CHAKA CHAKA

LP – DraZe 005
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Released on March 29, 2018.

Release show: Dürer, Budapest, March 29, 2018. Previously released on CD. Release show: Kuplung, Budapest, December 1, 2017.

Released in 222 copies, milky clear vinyl, fluorescent cover.
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Insert and download card included.

Listen here: https://dopecalypso.bandcamp.com/album/chaka-chaka
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The Never-Finished LP

LP – DraZe 004
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90% completed but never finished.
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Dope Calypso Mau Mau LP

DOPE CALYPSO: MAU MAU

LP – DraZe 003
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Released on May 21, 2017.
Release show: Akvarium, Budapest, May 21, 2017.

The concert was broadcasted on M2-Petofi Tv as part of a rock contest.
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Poster and download card included.

Listen here: https://dopecalypso.bandcamp.com/album/mau-mau
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Turbo Pentagram LP

TURBO – PENTAGRAM

LP – DraZe 002

Progressive hard rock from Hungary.

Originally released on CD in 2014, vinyl version released 2 years later, on March 15, 2016.

Listen here: https://turboband.bandcamp.com/album/pentagram

Fantastic artwork and design! Gatefold cover including insert.

Hand-numbered, pressed in 222 copies.
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Mister X LP

Mister X – MISTER X

LP – DraZe 001

Mister X – I remember reading an article about this material in Metal Hammer about 25 years ago. Due to the positive feedback I started to look for it, but with not much result. But then luck smiled upon me when Laszlo Lenard from Metal Hammer recorded it for me on a cassette and gave it to me. I couln’t stop playing it over and over again. I liked it so much.

At that time no one played this type of melodic metal as good as them in Hungary. Well designed melodies clashed with memorable verses and outstanding solos in their work. It is a sound that had a place on international waters and the quality of the sound is remarkable, so much that the piece could still be present in todays playlists. Unfortunately around that time (1991) melodic metal has already reached its peak and started down on its downfall, bands slowly broken up. Grunge took over and sweeped out the rest of the hair metal bands in one swipe.

Thus the Mister X record has fallen as well and they have broken up not long after recording that material. But I’ve never forgotten them, and it is my old dream to release this piece of Hungarian hard rock/metal music to show off and not to let it fade in the shadow of time once and for all. Finally it was published in the fall of 2015 only in vinyl version. 333 hand numbered copies were brought in light with a photo insert.
I highly recommend it to all melodic metal and vinyl fans to get a copy!
K.D.

Mister X – emlékszem, amikor 25 éve megjelent egy írás a Metal Hammer-ben egy Mister X nevű zenekar studio felvételéről. A pozitív hangnemnek köszönhetően elkezdtem kutatni az anyag után. Nem sok sikerrel, mert nem akart megjelenni. Egyszer aztán rám mosolygott a szerencse, Lénárd László a Metal Hammer főszerkesztője felvette nekem kazettára. A kazettát rongyosra hallgattam, annyira tetszett.

Akkoriban ezt a dallamos metalt ilyen magas szinten nem játszotta itthon senki.Kimunkált dallamok, fülbemászó refrének és virtuóz szólók jellemezték a muzsikát. Bátran oda lehetett helyezni a kortárs nemzetközi bandák mellé is. A hangzás is kiváló. A mai napig megállja helyét. Nagyon szépen szól a felvétel. Sajnos akkoriban (1991-et írunk) megtorpant és hanyatlásnak indult a dallamos metal zene és a bandák is sorra oszlottak fel. A grunge lett a divat és elsöpörte a hajbandákat!

Ezért a Mister X lemezének a megjelenése is kútba esett. Fel is oszlottak nemsokkal a lemez elkészülte után. Én azonban nem feledtem el ezt a nagyszerű bandát. Régóta dédelgettem azt az álmom, hogy megjelentetem ezt a nagyszerű anyagot, hogy méltó módon dokumentáljuk a magyar hard rock/metal történelem eme gyöngyszemét és ne merüljön a feledés homályába végleg. Végre 2015 őszén megjelent az anyag kizárólag vinyl formátumban, ezzel is emelve a kiadvány ázsióját. 333 kézzel számozott példányban látott napvilágot.
A lemezhez egy fotó inzert is jár. Melegen ajánlott minden dallamos metal és bakelit rajongónak a figyelmébe.
D.K.

Used Records

If you are interested in our used records, please visit Rosie’s Records store on Ebay (http://stores.ebay.com/rosiesrecords) or browse the full list on Musicstack (http://www.musicstack.com/seller/rosie/).

Distribution

You’re welcome to send any trade offer for us. We are happy to make a trade with other labels but only vinyl, please!

We are especially happy hearing about any Hungarian band’s release whereever it comes from.

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