Every project undertaken by Favorite Recordings is done so with artistic integrity, high quality production and great music in mind. Favorite Recordings holds a strong tie to the traditional way of producing and making music.
The story begins in 1996 under the name Rotax Disques and under the leadership of Pascal Rioux. Passionate about Soul, Funk, Jazz and other Groove music from the 60s, 70s and 80s, Pascal is naturally attracted by the beginnings of the House and Garage movement from Chicago and Detroit.
Surrounded by many performers from Lyon like Mr Day or Bruno « Patchworks » Hovart, he quickly starts producing a few tracks in the genre, positioning himself as a precursor in France, where the House and Deep House scene is still stammering at the time. Rather than prospect with existing labels, he decides to release these first recordings on his own label, Rotax Disques.
Immediately, the label meets success and international recognition and after nearly 25 releases, Pascal clearly feels the need to broaden the scope of the label. So in 2006 he launched a new label, Favorite Recordings, following a random meeting with producer Ron Foster during a trip to Philadelphia for the « Soul Patrol » Convention. For the anecdote, he will also meet there artists such as Gene Chandler, Barbara Mayson or the legendary group Mandrill, but it’s with Ron and one of its forgotten artists, Lee McDonald, that the Favorite adventure will begin.
Thus the reference FVR001 emerged, namely « We Only Just Begun » by Lee McDonald, the original version complete with an unreleased version and a remix by the young TM Juke who since became one of the icons of the UK label Tru-Thoughts (Alice Russell, Quantic, etc …). Since then, the label is home to over 20 bands and solo artists. The result is a strong team, great musical collaborations, and a style that is recognizable throughout all genres – an authentic label sound.
Main label artists include The Dynamics (reggae soul), Mr Day (pop soul), Mr President (funk rare groove), Onra (beats & hip hop), Andre Solomko (Jazz-Funk), Lucas Arruda (Latin soul), Taggy Matcher (Reggae), Dwilt Sharpp (alternative electro funk), Trevor & Lisa (funk live band), Buddy Sativa (jazz), The Funk League (old school hip hop), Modo Solar (brazilian soul), Lorett Fleur (electro soul), Hawa (northern soul), Cléon (funk breaks), Joyzza (jazz soul), King Mato (reggae), Walter Mecca (hip hop beats), and many more…
Since 2010, Favorite has also started reissuing rare collectables LPs such as Human Egg, Lee McDonald, The Melton Brothers Band, Ray Stephen Oche, “A” Train or compilations like “My Love Is Underground” and “Brazilian Disco Boogie Sounds”. Careful to respect the copyright holders and original authors of each of the involved records, all reissues are accompanied by official licenses.
Favorite Recordings is very attached to the vinyl format and as such produces and distributes vinyl on a worldwide scale through The Pusher Distribution, its own distribution entity. The label’s 7 inch, 12 inch and LPs are available from Paris, to London, Tokyo, Chicago, Los Angeles, or Berlin. The label’s worldwide success is due to its artistic consistency over the past 15 years, as well as the strong support received from international DJs and tastemakers.
Hope it will soon become one of your favorite!