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 dreams of making vinyls. That time it was something like releasing classic metal stuff on vinyl which had only been available on cd or cassette only until that time.
2013-14: First talks with ex-band members. A couple of them were supportive, a couple were not interested in reviving memories of the “good-old-days”.
2014-15: First successful negotiations. Mister X, a legendary melodic metal band from the early 90’s says yes to releasing their first studio recording after having recorded it 25 years ago.
2015-16: Discovering excellent active bands and turning to current scene 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 successful 2nd album. Instead of releasing old stuff, they insisted on releasing a brand new album. That was a milestone in becoming a real record label. In fact, 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 a couple of legendary local bands 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. It was born from a small Christmas gift that turned to be more than just a simple badge.

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

2020: 4 new vinyl releases were pressed in springtime. It was a very busy period, made even more difficult by the Covid-19 worldwide pandemic situation. But all 4 arrived in time, just as planned, except that Record Store Day has been postponed 2 times, so RSD exclusive vinyl is still in the box.
In historical order, first Mordái LP was followed by new Jazzékiel LP, and just within a month a fantastic and most wanted Platon Karataev’s Atoms LP is out!

Releases

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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

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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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Platon Karataev: Atoms

PLATON KARATAEV: ATOMS

LP – DraZe 012
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Like the band’s namesake character, Platon Karataev’s music is simple and sincere in its earnestness. There’s no aloofness, just a tinge of grandiosity to prime the strummed melodies and vocal harmonies for stadium crowds. Plucked as they are from cosy moments of unexpected bliss, the songs can appeal to both seasoned music pros and casual radio listeners. – Daniel Sheppard (Europavox)

Released in 250 copies!

Comes with lyric insert.

Listen here: “https://platonkarataev.bandcamp.com/releases”
Read more about it here: “https://www.europavox.com/bands/platon-karataev-2/”
Or here: “https://www.musiccrowns.org/new-music/platon-karataev-launch-atoms-lp/”
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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, nicknamed “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!

In exclusive cardboard cover including booklet.

A very limited number of hand-made leatherette book version has also been 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’s solo-type album of the bass-player of The Nobody Elses. Special cover of 2 classic Omega and Locomotiv GT songs are also 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 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 is former drummer of famous Hungarian bands including Kispal es a Borz and Kiscsillag. His first solo album features notable musicians such as 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, with a 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

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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

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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 couldn’t stop playing it over and over again. I liked it so much.

At that time no one played this kind of melodic metal as good as them in Hungary. Well designed melodies clashed with memorable verses and outstanding solos are all important characteristics of their work. It is a sound that had a place on international scene as well and the quality of the sound is remarkable too, 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 to declinewith bands slowly breaking up. Grunge started to take over and swept out the rest of the hair metal bands in one single swipe.

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

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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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