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Open Crates + DJ Center release a dance floor explosion feat. NYC's Akoya Afrobeat, Afro-Funk legend Kaleta, Ticklah & DJ Spinna!
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Attention: We are now cooking the follow-up release to "Dem Say Ah", the certified afro-house anthem dropping this Spring. Help us bring our next release to life, on vinyl!

"Certified banger! I hate that I've had the record for three weeks now but am not allowed to play it on my evr.com show yet, ha ha! The world needs to hear it!" -Bobbito Garcia aka Kool Bob Love on "Dem Say Ah"

DJ Center, and Open Crates founders Dre & Steve are brothers in vinyl culture. Center has traveled the globe over the last decade getting dusty fingers as a DJ, producer & curator. 

Across the water in Jersey, Dre and Steve have been growing Open Crates - a weekly social strictly for vinyl heads to spin & discover new records. Open Crates expanded from a community dig to a boutique label when Dre & Steve connected with drummer/composer Pat Van Dyke to press up a bonus 7” off his “Technicolor Hi-Fi” LP on Cotter Records.

Then, Dre pitched Center on collaborating to design & press the follow-up vinyl release to Center’s "Everything In Time" LP.

That follow-up is the deluxe, gold-colored vinyl edition of "Dem Say Ah".

Certain records deserve analog treatment. What started as a remix for Jazz artist Gregory Porter, blossomed into a collage of deep house & afrobeat rhythms. The textures are so diversely rich that only a premium cut 10” vinyl could maintain the sonic quality.

“You need THIS record in your life” - @TraScapades tweeted after hearing DJ Spinna premier the record at his “No Limits” party at The 303 at Louie & Chan, NYC.

Dem Say Ah gold-colored 10"
Dem Say Ah gold-colored 10"

"Dem Say Ah" has been gaining steady traction in soulful boogie spots around NYC - perfect timing for a summer explosion at clubs, street parties & festivals. But like truly addicted music heads, Center & Open Crates can’t wait to follow-up "Dem Say Ah" with the next tropical soul banger!

So we’re holding a set of “Dem Say Ah” original pressings to raise funds for a Fall 2014 release. The proceeds will be used to contribute to the mastering, pressing and packaging costs.

Stay tuned to our page for updates on "Dem Say Ah" and the Fall 2014 release from Open Crates and DJ Center!

Reward #1

1 digital download of DJ Center's Kickstarter-exclusive Afrobeat + Afro-Brazilian inspired mix
1 digital download of DJ Center's Kickstarter-exclusive Afrobeat + Afro-Brazilian inspired mix

Reward #2

Digital download of the "Dem Say Ah" EP
Digital download of the "Dem Say Ah" EP

 Reward #3

Dem Say Ah - Tshirt
Dem Say Ah - Tshirt

 Reward #4

DJ Center's "Everything In Time" vinyl LP
DJ Center's "Everything In Time" vinyl LP

 Reward #5

1 copy of the "Dem Say Ah" Deluxe, gold-colored 10-inch vinyl EP, personally signed by DJ Center
1 copy of the "Dem Say Ah" Deluxe, gold-colored 10-inch vinyl EP, personally signed by DJ Center

 Reward #6

1 copy of the Fall 2014 vinyl release from Open Crates & Push The Fader
1 copy of the Fall 2014 vinyl release from Open Crates & Push The Fader

 Reward #7

1 of only 5 limited test pressings of the "Dem Say Ah" EP
1 of only 5 limited test pressings of the "Dem Say Ah" EP

Stretch Reward

White-label, hand-stamped test vinyl
White-label, hand-stamped test vinyl

Risks and challenges

Although we have many tracks lined up for another vinyl release, there's still production, editing, mixing, mastering and creative design work to be completed. We are committed to releasing premium packages every time. So there may be creative and production risk that contributes to minimal delays in releasing the next record. However, the rewards for this campaign are ready to be delivered immediately upon donation.

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    #1 RATED G (Good): 1 digital download of DJ Center's Kickstarter-exclusive Afrobeat + Afro-Brazilian inspired mix.

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    #2 RATED VG (VERY GOOD): 1 digital download of the "Dem Say Ah" EP, plus Reward #1.

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    #3 PRE-RELEASE MERCH: The official "Dem Say Ah" cover-art inspired T-shirt + 1 digital download of Dem Say Ah + DJ Center's Kickstarter-exclusive Afrobeat + Afro-Brazilian inspired mix

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    #4 RATED E (EXCELLENT): 1 copy of the "Dem Say Ah" Deluxe, gold-colored 10-inch vinyl EP, personally signed by DJ Center, plus Rewards #1 and #2.

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    #5 RATED M (MINT): 1 copy of the Fall 2014 vinyl release from Open Crates & Push The Fader, 1 copy of the "Dem Say Ah" deluxe, gold-colored 10-inch vinyl EP, personally signed by DJ Center, plus Rewards #1, #2, and #4

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    #7 RATED M (MINT + MINT): 1 official Dem Say Ah T-shirt, 1 copy of the Fall 2014 vinyl release from Open Crates & Push The Fader, 1 copy of the "Dem Say Ah" deluxe, gold-colored 10-inch vinyl EP, personally signed by DJ Center, plus Rewards #1, #2, and #4

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    STRETCH REWARD (SELECTOR'S CHOICE): For the true heads, we're letting go of the last 4 white-label, hand-stamped gold 10" records. Only available for the last 2 days of the campaign. This reward comes with the official Dem Say Ah T-Shirt, digital download of the EP and the Kickstartr exclusive Afrobeat mix.

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    #7 ASCAP (PRODUCER'S CREDIT): Contribute to the track selection of the Fall 2014 release during an all-expenses paid, executive production dinner & wine tasting at an undisclosed spot in BK w/ DJ Center & special-invited guests. Included 1 copy of the "Dem Say Ah" gold-colored 10" vinyl and 1 copy of the Fall 2014 vinyl release.

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