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Slaapwel Records is a small record label specialized in music to fall asleep to. Often I find myself lying awake in bed, not sleepy enough to fall asleep, not lively enough to keep doing stuff. I figured it would be good if there was more music that soundtracks the thin border between being asleep and lying awake, deliberately choosing the sleepy side of things. So I set out, looking for people that would be good at making mind-soothing songs. I ask them to write a sleep-inducing record, I listen to it, and when I fail to reach the end because I fell asleep, I release it as a musical record. All artists are various people I met through the years, different yet all connected with their unique talent. I think they are very good at making "boring" music. This is not an insult. I love their music to death and I think they are all very capable of making wonderful sleep-inducing songs. In any case, don't make too much of it. It is all just good fun. Sleepy fun.

Demo Policy

We're really humbled by all the requests for releasing a record. It's very flattering you think Slaapwel could be a good home, but, in all honesty: if you made an album and you're looking for a label to release it: Slaapwel can't do that for you. Slaapwel only releases albums specifically made for people to fall asleep to. Much like scientists, we do a test with each submission before releasing it. If you want to make something special, feel free to send it over. We promise we'll try it out, if it works, we'll get back to you, if it doesn't, we prefer staying quiet because it is no fun to say it didn't work. :-) 


Ghost and Tape

Shift by Ghost and Tape

Wim, founding father of Slaapwel Records and long time friend, asked me last year if I wanted to take care of the label. Since I loved the label from the beginning, I accepted with no hesitation and started my search for sleepy tunes. 

I heard Heine Christensen aka Ghost and Tape was very interested in making a Slaapwel-album. Heine and I got in touch, and so it began! 

Not that much later I received Heine's pieces, which I checked out the same evening, and yes, it worked! (I had to try several evenings before I finally made it to the end...) 

Slaapwel alumnus and friend Ralph Steinbrüchel (ORDNER) took care of the graphic design, and photographer Brian Young provided beautiful pictures. 

It took some time, but here we are: very proud to present you Slaapwel xii: 'Shift', by Ghost and Tape. A wonderful album with warm and soothing music, a perfect Slaapwel soundtrack, not only as the reawakening of the label, but also one that will guide you from awake to sleep. I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as I do. 

//stijn, slaapwel records


• slaapwel xii • released 12.10.2015 • limited edition (300) • CD •