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Techno label recalls EP after tracks found to be plagiarised

By | Published on Tuesday 21 April 2015


German record label Tresor has recalled all copies of a new EP from Italian producer Emmanuel Beddewela, released under the name Confucio, after it was discovered that the record plagiarised music by techno producers Stanislav Tolkachev and Alexey Volkov.

Speaking to Resident Advisor, the label said that it had not been able to contact Beddewela to discuss the matter, but having been “made aware that two of the three [tracks on the EP in question] had been produced using works from other producers” it was deleting the release.

In a statement to RA, it continued: “The foundation of these tracks come from producers we regularly work with and truly respect, such as Stanislav Tolkachev and Alexey Volkov. We would like to thank them publicly for all their support, understanding and assistance. With the label’s mission being to bring new and exciting releases to our listeners and listening to all the demos we receive, our mistake was to engage an artist we were not entirely familiar with”.

Noting that reworking, sampling and remixing are commonplace in electronic music, the label said that “these examples go beyond this”.

A planned launch event for the EP at Tresor’s Berlin club planned for last Friday was also cancelled.