TOTD // 11/03 // Marcel Vogel

Published: March 11, 2017, words by Elle Clark

German-born label boss Marcel Vogel is one of the important DJs around right now. His 2010-established Lumberjacks In Hell imprint is a mainstay amongst the prominently authentic outputs of classic Chicago and disco-focused house, with an impressive roster hosting established names like Karizma, Mr Mendel, Rahaan, Al Kent and Eddie C. Based in Amsterdam, the label lays its focus on obscure disco edits, raw house cuts and its three year old nu-disco sub-label – Lumberjacks Boogie. Aside from his main dance output, Marcel Vogel also heads up the 2013 born Intimate Friends label, releasing neo-soul influenced jazzy house from alternative producers like London’s Reginald Omas Mamode IV, Dear Earth and NY*AK.

The first Lumberjacks In Hell outing came from Marcel Vogel himself, under his Em Vee moniker. In 2010, he released his first Em Vee Edits edition on Lumberjacks In Hell in the form of 3 disco-funk edits of cult tracks from The Rolling Stones, James Brown and The Drells. Since his emergence, Marcel Vogel has earned a glowing reputation as an impeccable selector of quality music both old and new, with a masterful approach to creating edits that bridge the gap between old-school disco-house and contemporary electronica.

In Germany, Marcel Vogel grew up around the influence of vocal-led RnB, soul and hip-hop, which later stirred the original roots of funk, disco and house. His first interest in music came at a young age, when he began to trace back hip-hop samples to early soul and disco music, which shifted a change in his musical direction. He then began to DJ at the age of 16, inspired by the greats like Theo Parrish, Terrence Parker and Ron Hardy.

With over 20 years of experience behind the decks, the Amsterdam resident DJ and producer has become one of the most sought after producers out there. His latest project showcases his soulful gospel side in the forthcoming Deadpool EP alongside Baltimore’s finest Karizma on Lumberjacks In Hell. With gigs lined up all over Europe, this March he’ll be playing at a Lumberjacks In Hell showcase alongside Rahaan for Fade To Zaire’s 5th Birthday at Basing House in Shoreditch on March 18. Tickets available via Resident Advisor here.

Ahead of this gig, we’ve been granted a glimpse into Marcel Vogel’s 20-year-in-the-making record collection. Listen and read his thoughts below.

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Kellee Patterson

So In Tune With You

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I’ve been booking Al Kent since 2005. His website Million Dollar Disco had a deep impact on me as that was where I met people like Red Greg, Disco Patrick, some of the Chicago Dudes and Love On The Run early on. Virtually. I heard Al Kent play this when I first got him down to Canvas in Amsterdam like 5-6 years ago. Such a heavy, magnificent tune. Also check out her amazing ‘Turn Down the Lights’ and ‘I love Music’.”
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Loleatta Holloway

Catch Me On The Rebound

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“There are numerous version of this. One of my favourites is actually the Walter Gibbons mix on the Disco Madness double 12″. There is actually a single and a double version. Scoring the single 12″ when I was young was one of my most prized possessions but at some point one of my record bags got stolen and I had to look for another copy and only then I found out about the double 12″ which is much better of course. Loads of house producers sampled this too.”
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The Blue Notes

Disco Explosion

  • Calm

  • Energetic

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  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

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  • Wonky

“One of my first adventures as a young adult was to move to Frankfurt / Main to engage in the mandatory community service there (in order to avoid joining the army). Frankfurt is where I first really was able to go digging. Pro Vinyl, Big Black, City Beat were shops I could find Disco 12″s and LPs. Disco Explosion was one of the first 12″s I really fell hard for. The driving beat and the soulful vocals were something that stuck with me ever since.”
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Jeanette 'Lady' Day

Come Let Me Love You

  • Calm

  • Energetic

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  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“You could say I threw this in randomly, just because I always loved the song. The first I heard of it was in a house track I had sampling it. Greg Cash at Pittsburgh Soul Authority and I always felt this was a p-funk track. Now I can tell you exactly when I first heard the original though. It was 2007 when I first met the Ebonycuts DJ for DJ Friction in Stuttgart. I was there for a three month internship and it blew my mind that Ebony cuts acetates of all his edits. It blew my mind even more once I found out the original track for the house record I love so much.”

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