THROWBACK THURSDAY: Josh Wink – Liquid Summer (1994)

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Ovum Recordings, the Philadelphia-based label created by Josh Wink and King Britt, and for its latest release, the Higher States of Consciousness artist has lined up something special.

OVUM 303 (see what they did there?) is a digital collection of 25 classic releases from the quarter century since the label’s foundation, featuring close to 70 epic tracks and remixes.

And while there’s a hint of ‘pricey limited edition box set’ about the announcement, this is a release with a difference – you can pay WHAT YOU WANT for the full collection of tracks, with all proceeds going towards The Philly POPS school programme, aimed at improving the musical education of Philadelphia’s young-uns.

As Wink put it on his Instagram page, a few days ago, this release, and the anniversary of the label, are a “celebration of all of you reading this: the concert goers, musicians, friends, and free spirits that continue to push this scene forward.”

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As 2019 nears its end, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on what the past 25 years of my career have meant to me. My label, my fans, my city, and everyone in between have all played an important role in this ride. Every day that I get up and do what I love is a gift, and you all have given me a lifetime supply. After 25 years of Liquid Summers and Autumn Dayz, I think It’s time to return the favor in a different way, in the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday. Some of you have noticed we skipped the sequential catalog numbered release of Ovum 303 last year. It was not an accident! I wanted this release and Ovum 25 to come together as a celebration of all of you reading this: the concert goers, musicians, friends, and free spirits that continue to push this scene forward. So before we go into a new decade, I hope you’ll take some time with me to reminisce. Below, you can find a free download link to Ovum 303; 25 records for the 25 years of Ovum Recordings, with a pay what you want option. All funds you contribute will go directly to @ThePhillyPops in Schools, a program that enhances music education in Philadelphia by providing coaches and mentors to students. Let’s invest the next generation of musicians together. Here’s to 25 more. Visit the link in my bio to purchase OVM303. Philly Forever, Josh _______________ #JoshWink #Ovum303 #OvumRecordings #ThePhillyPops #Ovum25

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Now that’s a holiday season gesture we can get behind.

OVUM 303 is available via Josh Wink’s Bandcamp page – click here for more information and to purchase.

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, therefore, there’s no better track to turn to than the debut release on Ovum, 1994’s Liquid Summer.

Packaged with a label that (we think) pays homage to the fabled ‘golden record’ on he Voyager spacecraft, Liquid Summer is a slow-building tech-funk stormer, with a lush string-led breakdown about six minutes in. Pure, uncut, Philly bliss.

The track is perhaps better known for its appearance on Dave Angel’s X-Mix the following year, which was subtitled ‘Beyond the Heavens’… quite apt if you ask us.

And yes, it is available as part of the OVUM 303 release. Keep up the good work, Josh! 🙂

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