Available Now!!! RE-PRESS of TRANCEDENCE –
CONCEPTS OF HIGHER DIMENSION EP from Strobe Records – distributed by Above Board Distribution


Another hot reissue title from the legendary Strobe records crew outta early 1990’s Canada. Ron Allen was the driving force behind the label and along with numerous other producers including close associate Hayden Andre and more, Strobe forged a solid sonic identity that was fresh, original and influential. A true connoisseur’s label that dropped numerous classics, Strobe gave us that deep, emotive machine-funk that exemplified the early to mid 90’s sound. ‘Concepts Of Higher Dimension’ came out in 1991 remarkably, and it still sounds fresh today, produced by Ron Allen under his Transcendence pseudonym and featuring 3 stellar tracks of bass-heavy warehouse jams. ‘Frenzy’ opens proceedings and with a title like that you’d expect some sort of drum machine beatdown, instead we’re treated to a super smoothed-out deep house cut that oozes blissed out synth pads & pan-pipe like flourishes. A true early hours gem. ‘Luv ‘N’ Happiness (Chapter 1)’ is next, stepping up the energy levels a little and utilising a well known Disco vocal sample to maximum effect. This one’s a definite nod to Chicago but done in Ron Allen’s signature style. Essential. Finishing off the EP is ‘Magique Noir’ a tough, bleeps and bassline monster that sounds like it could have dropped in Sheffield at the tail end of the late 80’s, absolutely monstrous. This jam will test your speakers no end. Amazingly well rounded and produced, the ‘Concepts Of Higher Dimension’ EP is an absolute must if you’re a House & Techno lover. Sleeping not advised. Remastered and reissued from directly from Ron’s personal source materials with original Strobe artwork intact it’s time these artifacts were made available again for 2018. A truly essential release!


A. Frenzy
B2. Magique Noir
B1. Luv ‘N’ Happiness (Chapter 1)


The 90’s House Music Tribute Party – April 14, 2018 @ Revival Bar, Toronto


United Soul proudly presents

✦✦The 90’s House Music Tribute Party✦✦

Saturday April 14th, 2018
Revival Bar – 783 College St. W. Toronto


Ron Allen (Strobe Records)
✦ Dave Campbell (Kremlin, Cameron House, Fluid, 23 Hop, Oxford St.)
✦Joe Navarro (Big Fun, Inner City, A-Club)
✦ Groove Institute (Solid Garage Toronto)
✦ Chico U (Big Fun, RPM, Club Z)
✦ Paolo/Pietro (1lvl1)

Hosted by Pradeep & Brigette

Doors: 10pm

Admission: $10 b4 11PM w/RSVP, $20 @ Door

RSVP / Info: unitedsoul@gmail.com

Crate Diggers Toronto Vendor Spotlight: Jason Palma’s Top 10 Dance Releases

Toronto DJ Jason Palma Top 10 Dance Releases

Toronto DJ Jason Palma Top 10 Dance Releases

Coming hot on the heels of its Canadian debut in Montreal, with its fourth event in its fourth season, Discogs-sponsored Crate Diggers record fair debuts in Toronto on June 17, 2017 at Adelaide Hall! Crate Diggers is the ultimate event for record collectors, vinyl junkies, and music fans. The day begins with a record fair featuring 30+ vendors and 6 of the best Toronto-area DJs, then moves into an all-night after-party, featuring 3 Canadian Indie Rock artists!

Leading up to the initial Crate Diggers Toronto, longtime Toronto DJ Jason Palma, who will be selling at the record fair, gives us a history lesson with his personal Top 10 Toronto dancefloor friendly releases.

Strobe Records Classic House Releases

Strobe Records Classic House Releases


Strobe Records Vinyl Returns

Strobe Vinyl Returns!

Strobe Records is excited to announce the reissue of the original Strobe Records catalogue on vinyl in partnership with Above Board Distribution (UK). The first release – STR001 – Infra Red EP will be available June 30, 2017 and is available for pre-order


Ron Allen and Hayden Andre are two artist names that some may not be familiar with outside of rare record aficionado circles, but they certainly deserve to have more credit. They crafted some of the most original, fresh, deep and interesting house and techno records to come out of their native Canada.

Originally released in 1991, and the first release on their soon to be cult imprint Strobe, ‘Metamorphasis’ is a strong statement of intent, across six tracks Allen and Andre lay down a plethora of styles ranging from the deepest house sounds to more warehouse leaning bleep style tracks, deep sub bass, dreamy washing pads and taut drum programming are all the order of the day here and boy are we all the better off for it! This is essential stuff for all house and techno lovers out there, the real deal indeed!

The duo, and their label, went on to release numerous other future classics and gems during it’s lifespan, some of which will now see the light of day again via a string of fully legit remastered reissues overseen by Ron Allen himself. A long time want by many, often expensive and topping the lists of those ‘in the know’ ‘Metamorphasis’ is now available again, as it was originally released way back in ’91 with original Strobe artwork intact. Remastered and reissued from directly from Ron’s personal source materials it’s time these artifacts were made available again for 2017. A truly essential release!


A1 Metamorphasis – Hayden Andre Mix
A2 Metamorphasis – R2R Mix
A3 Infra Red – Spectre
B1 Falling From The Light – Trancendant Mix
B2 Falling From The Light – Subconcious Mix
B3 Infra Red – Calibrate This


Just Announced: Ron Allen DJ set at Parlour, Toronto – June 22, 2017

Parlour June 22

Ron Allen  DJ set at Parlour, Toronto – June 22, 2017

On Thursday June 22nd Parlour, Boogie inc. real • house • music & Strobe Records Presents:

Ron Allen is a Toronto based JUNO Nominated music producer/songwrite/DJ and founder of legendary dance music label Strobe Records that was instrumental in developing the house and techno genres in the early 90’s. Ron began his musical career as a DJ who later transformed his love for music into a talented producer and songwriter working with countless artists in Pop/Urban. Dance music, Hip-hop, R&B Rock and Country.

After moving to Toronto in 1988 for University, Ron signed to Bigshot Records, owned by Gerry Fumo, Andrew Komis and Nick Fiorucci (Hi Bias). “My first meeting was with Andrew Komis (RIP) AKA (KOMIX). I played Andrew my demo that i had only been heard by Derek May (Transmat) who gave me my inspiration to do this music thing. Andrew signed me to Bigshot and I became a studio rat from that point on.”

Time To Feel The Rhythm” was Ron’s first recording project. “The track was made basically with a JUNO 106 and an SP1200 sampler recorded to 1/2″ tape and then edited with a razor blade to the final product. I will never forget walking into TRAX and Carnival records in Toronto to buy records for my next DJ set when i saw it on the shelves – talked about hooked!.” Time To Feel The Rhythm” went on and hit the UK dance charts in a big way and was eventually licensed to Outer Rhythm in the UK.

In 1991, producer/DJ’s Ron Allen and Hayden Andre fused their talents and formed Strobe Records, one of the most influential house music labels of its time. The popularity of Strobe grew very quickly and its unique sound spread through North America, Europe South America and Asia. With classic releases such as Subculture The Voyage, Helen Sharpe Got 2 Have Your Love, Hayden Andre Tribal Life The R.A.S.E. Get On Up and Afterglow- Come Back 2 Me, Strobe was one of the hottest selling house music labels around. Strobe’s vision even gave birth to producer and label owner Nick Holder DNH Records with the Release of “Digital Age” EP.

Ron has had countless Soulful House, Deep House and Techno releases on Strobe Records since 1991 and also has many features on labels such as Strictly Rhythm, Plus 8, Stickman, Definative, DNH, Poker Flat, ClubStar, Soul Candi, Tresor, T’s Box, Crosstown Rebels and Defected (Nikki Beach Compilation, Bargrooves Ibiza 2014, Glitterbox 2017). Ron also made the 2013 Traxsource TOP 200 Afro House and Soulful House Charts for 2013 with Ron Allen Featuring Chach “Wunder Y” (Dino and Terry Remix) and Ron Allen Featuring Affrica “Words” (Steve Bug Remix).

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EXCLUSIVE! Podcast hosted by Simon Dunmore UK, this is Glitterbox

EXCLUSIVE! Podcast hosted by Simon Dunmore UK, this is Glitterbox… Toronto

DJ/Producer #RonAllen music was selected on this amazing compilation. Some of the best DJ’s around the world are featured on incredible mix! Ron is Rep’n #The6ix – Toronto Canada to the fullest!#Glitterbox #DefectedRecords #StrobeRecords #Disco #House#ClassicHouse #80s #90s #London #Ibiza #NewYork #Chicago#Detroit #Toronto #MusicRISE https://soundcloud.com/…/glitterbox-podcast-001-love-is-the… #GetOnUp #StrobeRecords

Ron Allen DJ Debut in Montreal May 21, 2017



[life of the night – birthday celebration]
Sunday May 21st 2017
Confessional ~ [431 McGill Street, Mtl]
Dj set by: Ron Allen (Strobe Records – Toronto) x Godfather D (5 Starz Dope Soundz – Mtl)
Live music by: Shaharah
Hosted by: Mr. Mike Steven
Entrance: RSVP only
-email: rsvp@fockusent.con
-text: 514.588.4483

NOCTURNITY • [United by Night] is a series of events that celebrate the depths of music, art and culture.

On Sunday May 21st 2017, we’ll close off the “Taurus season” with my birthday celebration at Confessional in the heart of Montreal’s Old Port.

The musical direction for the night will be provided by Dj Ron Allen (Strobe Records – Toronto) and Godfather D (5 Starz Dope Soundz – Mtl). You can expect a mix of classic hip hop and r&b with influences of afro, funk, soul, house and dancehall.

We will spice up the night with an electrifying performance by singer/songwriter Shaharah, accompanied by Ralph Télémaque on keys and Paul Lizzi on drums.

Richard Brooks Featuring Tamika “Painless Ways” REMIXES


Richard Brooks Featuring Tamika “Painless Ways” REMIXES
For over two decades Richard Brooks has been a house music mainstay. Richard has always had a unique understanding of the dance music scene and pays homage to the music he loves with every release and performance. He has also garnered an extensive release history with tracks featured on some of the industry%u2019s most notable labels including Hed Kandi, King Street, Wave Music, Viva, Ultrasound, Stereo Sushi, Prescription and Play Records.

Richard is also well known for his production moniker Chorduroy Music and collaborative efforts with Ron Trent, all of which have garnished worldwide critical acclaim. As a DJ, he has performed alongside some of the biggest acts in dance music like Dennis Ferrer, The Martinez Brothers, Mark Farina, Chez Damier, Larry Heard, Ron Trent, Little Louie Vega, Miguel Migs, Kerri Chandler and Kenny Dope to name a handful. If you appreciate deep, passionate and sultry compositions Richards sound is truly for you.

Enjoy this deep and soulful, release from Richard Brooks which includes 4 solid mixes:
1. Painless Ways ( Ali & Calero Dub)
2. Painless Ways ( Deep Roger & Rightside Remix)
3. Painless Ways ( Richard Brooks Dub)


Produced by Richard Brooks
Co-Produced By Ali Black
Vocals by Tamika Boyce
Written by Richard Brooks and Tamika Boyce

Remixes by:
Ali & Calero
Deep Roger & Rightside
Richard Brooks

Copyright 2015 Strobe Records