Deconstruction Records

Deconstruction Records is a British record label founded in 1987 by Pete Hadfield and Keith Blackhurst,[1] together with Mike Pickering of M People.[2][3] According to DJ Magazine it is "best remembered for marrying underground credibility and diversity with an open-minded attitude towards pop".[4]

Deconstruction Records
Deconstruction logo.JPG
Parent company
FounderPete Hadfield, Keith Blackhurst, Mike Pickering
Country of originEngland


Kylie Minogue

It initially specialised in house anthems such as K Klass's "Rhythm Is a Mystery" and Bassheads' "Is There Anybody Out There?", as well as M People's output, but also had a record in promoting underground dance acts such as Dave Clarke.[4] Hits included Robert Miles' UK No. 2 hit "Children",[4] Felix's twice UK top ten hit "Don't You Want Me"[1] and Italian techno act U. S. U. R. A.'s UK No. 7 hit, "Open Your Mind".

It was home to Kylie Minogue in the mid-late 1990s, when working with Saint Etienne, Brothers in Rhythm (who produced her single "Confide in Me"), and others.[5][6]

Among the other artists to record for the company were Guru Josh, Black Box, M People, Way Out West, Sasha, Jam Machine[7] and Republica.[2] It also released recordings by Lionrock, Death in Vegas and Dub Pistols through its Concrete Records subsidiary.[2]

Commercial historyEdit

Distribution was via label deals with Parlophone, for acts such as K-Klass and Bassheads,[citation needed] and RCA Records for everybody else (although M People had a separate deal with Epic in the United States, but had its primary label attached to their releases Stateside). It was acquired by BMG in 1993,[1] and its operations reduced in 1998,[citation needed] with M People gaining its own M People Records label for the release of its Fresco album. Sony Music then acquired BMG's stake in Sony BMG Music Entertainment in 2008, which led to the closure of both Deconstruction and Concrete.[8]


Deconstruction Records was written a number of ways, including

  • De Construction Records (pre BMG releases)
  • deConstruction Records
  • Deconstruction Records

2009 re-launchEdit

Sony and Three Six Zero Group relaunched the label in July 2009, again under Mike Pickering; its first release was Sasha's "Xpander" in August 2009.[2][4] They relaunched some of its back catalogue, and announced some new signings in late 2009, including Axwell, Diagram of the Heart, Retro/Grade and Way Out West. In May 2010, it was announced that Calvin Harris was signed the head of the A&R team at the newly relaunched Deconstruction label.[9]


  1. ^ a b c Colin Larkin, ed. (2000). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Nineties Music (First ed.). Virgin Books. p. 116. ISBN 0-7535-0427-8.
  2. ^ a b c d "Billboard Business". Archived from the original on 15 January 2013.
  3. ^ Paul Lester (3 August 2011). "Kenneth Bager (No 1,077) | Music |". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d "Second Coming". 29 July 2009. Archived from the original on 15 December 2010. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  5. ^ Peter Conrad (10 July 2006). "Peter Conrad on the return of Kylie Minogue | Music | The Observer". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Love: part one of 1000 songs everyone must hear". The Guardian. London. 14 March 2009. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  7. ^ "The Jam Machine inside the TOP 75 Single Chart in UK on Discogs". Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Sony relaunches Deconstruction | CMU: Complete Music Update". 8 July 2009. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Calvin Harris to be Deconstruction A&R man". Retrieved 4 December 2019.

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