Around the world in 80 labels: Simon Morell and Matt Long- FINA Records

We hit the road again to investigate another load of imprints worthy of everyone’s attention. This time round our journey takes us to that house heartland of lovely Leeds, for a chat about a particularly danceable camp.

Here we find Messrs Simon Morell and Matt Long heading up the still rather small (though unquestionably well formed) FINA Records. Cuts and remixes from the likes of Leif, Esa & Mervin Granger, Cottam, Morning Factory, and Mic Newman have all graced the label thus far, with each drop sounding as good as, if not better, than the last. With such upwards mobility in terms of musical standards something in the Yorkshire town is clearly being done right, so we thought asking one of the founding fathers to expound on exactly what that is might be a good idea. Without further ado then…

FINA Records – Simon Morell – UK 

Describe your imprint’s output.

Deep house in various forms and influences, we’re not afraid to experiment with styles and tempos which is reflected in our last six releases.

What would you say makes it different?  

We like to mix it up a bit,  we have loads of different influences and that comes across in the music we sign. 

What is it that makes you keep looking for new talent to expose? 

It’s really important for us to push new acts as well as the more established people on the label. We are always on the hunt for unsigned talent that we can bring into the family and help build their profile.

What’s the label’s pinnacle achievement so far? 

We are still really young and are only on our seventh release but we’ve had an amazing year. All the releases have done really well but the stand outs were  Roberto Rodriguez I Keep Thinking of You EP and MAM Modern Heat EP.

If people were going to hear one release from your camp, what would you prefer it to be? 

Probably the new EP from Steffen Deux- we fell in love with it the first time we heard it.  

All being well, skip forward five years, where would you like things to be?

To be still doing what we’re doing,  releasing forward thinking music, regular event guests spots and so forth, and  a few compilations too;  basically what every label wants…


Recent stops 

USA / Germany – Little Helpers – Butane 

Italy – Opilec – iRobots