Mike Shannon's Cynosure Recordings celebrates 20 years of Timeless Dance Tracks with a stellar VA

Cynosure Recordings celebrates its 20th anniversary with a Compilation of epic proportions including Dewalta & Shannon, Brett Johnson, The Mole, Matthew Johnson and many more.

 

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20 years is an impeccable length of time to keep any imprint current and relevant. You only have to look at the support they have received from across the industry over the years to see they have done just that with their records being played by the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Raresh, D'Julz, Sonja Moonear, Doc Martin and Ryan Crosson to name a few.

 

 

 

The label still continues at the same pace and consistency that it always did.  Never flooding the overly saturated underground market and only releasing a handful of quality releases a year. But how did it start and where did it all begin?

 

 

Many moons ago when a couple of friends in the sleepy Canadian town of Kitchener, Ontario got together and merged their studios. Mike Shannon and Jason Hunsberger put together the little gear that they had and created a makeshift studio called the Onom room. 

 

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Together the two would create a project called the Sunaj Assassins and would later create a record label to showcase their work. At the time the two young producers were involved in a provincially funded arts collective called K.O.R. The initial idea of the Cynosure Recordings label was meant to showcase a number of the artists and musicians involved in the collective as well as other artists in the province. But shortly before the first release was set the project funding was pulled and the project was momentarily sidelined. 

 

 

But it was too late for all the work to be wasted and the project shelved, so in 1999, Mike and friends got the funds together and continued to make the dream Cynosure Recordings a reality.

 

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In 20 years the underground market has gone through some big changes but things with Cynosure’s releases remain the same. Timeless Dance Tracks.

 

 

 

You can actually enjoy the digital version of compilation by purchasing it on Bandcamp today from here.

 

 

Words by Jordan Diston