The DJ leaves Edel because, he claims, they only want to put out hit records by the likes of the Baha Men...

CARL COX has severed his contract with EDEL because he’s uncomfortable being on the same record label as pop acts such as the BAHA MEN, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.

Speaking after a well-received DJ set in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Cox revealed that the deal with Edel came to a sudden end in late December 2000.

“I’m actually finished with that deal now in the sense that they’re a very heavy major that only want to put out hit records,” he said. “I’m not a hit record maker, which has got me out of the deal.”

“It’s fine, as I don’t really want to be alongside the Baha Men doing ‘Who Let The Dogs Out?’,” he added. “I have to stick to my beliefs, and with that I’m not with them anymore. So, I currently have no record label apart from my own Intec Records. I’ve gone back to basics again. I’m thrilled to be seriously independent.”

Cox is due to start work on his third album, the follow-up to ’99s ‘Phuture 2000’, in February, and plans to release a single in June, with the album scheduled for the end of the year. Unlike previous recordings, Cox intends to take a break from globetrotting until the album is finished, adding; “It’s the first time I’ve…taken myself away from DJing and put myself in the studio for a block like this. My last two albums have been based on me going away, coming back… It was really difficult to do them two albums.”

It’s the second time in his career that the celebrated DJ has found himself without a deal, having been left “a little disturbed” by his unexpected split with Paul Oakenfold’s Perfecto in the mid-1990s. Despite the setback Cox maintains that he is excited about his prospects for the year ahead: “I still have Intec Records which I might put my music out on but if not I’m looking for a label. I mean, I have Virgin, EMI, and all these people up for it but they don’t want to go anywhere until they hear the album. It’s a Catch-22 situation, which I think is the same for any artist.”

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