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Tracklib Adds Philly Groove Records to Offerings

Online sample digging/licensing service bolsters offerings with addition of 1970s soul catalog.

New York, NY (July 19, 2018)—Between 1967 and 1974, Philly Groove Records served up plenty of hot soul tracks, most notably The Delfonics’ “La-La (Means I Love You)” and “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time),” which both reached the Billboard Top 10, and First Choice’s “Armed and Extremely Dangerous,” which hit the Top 30. The label is gone but its catalog lives on, now in the hands of Reservoir, which is teaming with Tracklib to bring the vintage soul vibe to a new generation of music makers.

Tracklib bills itself as an online crate-digging and music sample clearance service; producers, DJs, and other music creators can search Tracklib for full tracks from Philly Groove and other labels; purchase and download WAV files to use for sampling; and then license their new song containing samples via Tracklib’s pre-determined rate structure.

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Many tracks also feature separate stems for vocals, guitar, drums, and other instruments. Tracklib reports that several of the Philly Groove offerings include previously unheard alternate takes, giving creators “new” content to work with for sampling.

Launched in April, Tracklib currently offers around 65,000 tracks, eschewing loops or sample packs in favor of full tracks that can be searched by categories such as genre, region, song key, BPM or release date.

“The Philly Groove Records catalog is a treasure trove of old-school Soul music that is ripe for sampling and reinterpretation by today’s artists,” said Pär Almqvist, co-founder and CEO of Tracklib. “Now that they are easily searchable and licensable via Tracklib, these songs are poised to find new life as the bedrock for innovative new tracks in a variety of genres.”

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“When we picked up the Philly Groove Records catalog back in 2012, our goal was to ensure that these works would live on and breathe new life for future generations,” said Faith Newman, SVP of A&R and Catalog Development at Reservoir. “We are excited to be partnering with Tracklib to make these recordings available for sampling and are confident that they will remain vital for years to come.”

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