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iDEAL celebrates its 20th birthday

The Swedish label will be throwing itself a series of anniversary parties around the world in 2018

Founded by Joachim Nordwall in 1998, the experimental Swedish label iDEAL turns 20 in 2018, and it will be marking the occasion with an international spread of parties plus a special edition album called The Black Book.

The iDEAL party season opens on 19 January at Paris Instants Chavirés club, with Nordwall, JASSS, John Duncan, Sewer Election and DJ Allon Kaye. On 20 January the same line-up plays at London's Cafe Oto, but with Johan Zetterquist instead of John Duncan. The label also promises parties later in the year in its hometown Gothenburg, New York (in collaboration with Blank Forms) and Copenhagen (at JazzHouse).

As for iDEAL’s special edition album The Black Book, it'll be a triple LP compilation featuring key players in the label’s history, including Russell Haswell, Stephen O'Malley, Ectoplasm Girls, John Duncan, F1K, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Prurient, Carlos Giffoni, Dungeon Acid, Tilliander and Sewer Election.

Other iDEAL releases planned for next year include sets from Jim O'Rourke, Nadine Byrne, Carlos Giffoni, Ben Vida & Marina Rosenfeld, Siavash Amini, and more.

“A few years ago we tried to slow down,” says Nordwall. “Now we are doing more stuff than ever.”