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Bit rates range from 96 to 320 kilobytes per second (Kbps). Using a bit rate of 128 Kbps usually results in a sound quality equivalent to what you’d hear on the radio. Many music people use a bit rate of 160 Kbps or 128Kbps if they want the MP3 file to have the same sound quality as a CD.

All our Music is at 320kBPs Thats the highest quality possible and makes a massive difference in quality especially when use in clubs.

Due to the constraints of the internet and the file size of an album in wav format its was always going to be an impossible task that would grind our site to a halt, taking too long for people to get an album due to its massive file size.
We decided that the highest MP3 Format (320Kbps) was the best solution to keep high definition and the size of an album download reasonable.

Digital Downloads by their very nature are non refundable.

CD’s and Vinyl are all checked during manufacture so we are very confident of the quality as all are manufactured using stampers so a unique fault is near on impossible.

All sales are final and we do not refund for ‘change of mind’ or errors in ordering.

We would always replace an item that was found to be a manufactures fault although the cost to return any item would be the responsibility of the buyer until a fault is proven to be a manufacturing fault.
Due to the nature of what we sell we have never experienced a manufacturing fault once in production.

NO. We use Paypal and we only get your address and email which is used to create your download account You can change this information at any time by login into your account.

Please contact us using the contact page on the web site with all the information you have so we can look into it.

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Pre-Order it the number one way to be the first to get actual Albums that are currently in production as the lowest price.
all Albums in the Pre-Order section are almost ready to be released by purchasing them in advance of release you ensure that you will be getting those releases way before the general release. Only Albums that are in production already are listed which means they are very close to completion. Purchasing them early gives you the best price and supports their completion process. as soon as they are ready for review you will be the first to get them and that would normally be at leas a full month before anyone else.

They are my heroes, The late Steve Job’s was a driven,focused and demanding person striving to reach a place no one else could see, I associate with him in my own life struggles and I suppose he was a true icon for me. Apple provided me with the tools I needed to find my own place in this world doing what I love (making music) I would be nothing without those tools, Apple opened a world of possibilities to me after leaving school with nothing, I might have started making music on other equipment and software but to continue to make great music it helps when you have great tools (at least to make great music with ease) and that’s why I focus on Apple and the things they do and stand for.
I feel like one of the team even if only as an end user. They have helped me build my home and paid my wages through me using Apple products. Some people just see things, but I see the passion that goes into making great ‘things’ and I am thankful there are people that care enough about what they do so as to allow me to then use their creation to make my life better and easier. Yes I am a freaky loopy mad fan boy!

If i DJ or attend an event, I will make the information available on my website social media feeds.

Yes and no, you never can forget how low it’s taken you and it’s like a looming shadow always following you around , some days its like the sun is shining so bright i cannot see it and don’t even think of it but other days its right there following me. those days I avoid the possibilities of any dark clouds making it more visible.

NO very unlikely.
Please refer to my track on ‘UK Underground Anthems’ called ‘Fakers’
It amazes me that people do it, but they do. if you see these fakers tell them they need to get a life.
I mean, What kind of person would knowingly DJ as me, playing my music and taking credit and bookings knowing they are not me but DJing as DJ Mark Ryder or Marc Ryder,
Yes there is a demand for me to DJ and I don’t DJ and there is a demand for events to have Mark Ryder on the line up? It amazes me that some people are that desperate for the work and the rub they will fake it.
I know it helps that I don’t push my face into the world either so they can wing it a lot easier. call them out when you find them, only a faker would be using someone else’s notoriety to get bookings and girls ;).

I am not currently doing any DJ appearance. I find it difficult to be in the ‘business’ of music unless I am putting on the event myself and I do that for the music first rather than the money or the limelight. DJ’ing is a very ego driven job and I’m not really that good in those situations , it’s not that I don’t love the vibe and mixing to an audience it’s just I don’t enjoy the expectations of me, fame does not have the same positive effects on everyone and i am lucky as i do not need to work as a DJ for income so i will only do it for pleasure. currently I’m not considering any DJ sets anytime soon, but I never say never. if all the stars can aline at the right time…. who knows?

Please contact Me via Facebook or twitter. If you ask something that’s relevant to others it will find its way onto this page also.

Strictly Underground is my company. It has always been a very flexible setup but generally it’s just me. Over the years people have come and gone and mostly it’s other producers that I have had a work relationships with. During the hardcore years (90-94) there were at least 4 other producers that I regularly was working with as well as an office and two regular staff to do the office stuff, but generally it has always been a very flexible and unconditional set up. I prefer to not have an office as I have always worked from home, doing things whenever I feel the need to be working. There are always friends and people who can jump on board and help me if required, so sometimes it’s frantic and other times there is nothing to do.
Everyone is on a ‘pay as you go’ style arrangement so there are no business contracts just a ‘friendship first’ attitude, this has never let me (or those that I have work with) down and its something I very proud of.
Most artists or workers in the business of music are ripped off and that’s not what I am about, my friends will all stand by me.
I prefers to run everything myself. For me it’s all about the music first, the business of music, I keep down to a minimum by controlling everything himself. I have never strived to make tons money just to make the best music I can in the hope that it will be worth buying and supporting by those it makes happy. Having minimum overheads allows me to not have to make money to just pay wages or office rent, which means I am always able to make the music I love regardless of any financial need.

Strictly Underground is a Registered Trademark, so no one is allowed to use the name or logo without permission. Anyone else outside of Apple selling my music is doing it illegally.
Please tell us of any website doing so, as we can deal with them using a hammer drill and some thumbscrews.
We will provide you with the gruesome video for your help 😉

I prefer to just use my web site and Apple Music for global distribution as there is no way for me to know what is being sold by others so no one else has it.

Apple provides me with a simple solution where I can concentrate on music first and deal with the least amount of business suits and as I have a direct account with them I can see every say directly from within apples admin.

But buying directly from me here is always the best place as your directly supporting me.

You can buy and download my music from here and collect all the albums using my shop system and you will be supporting me directly.
You can also purchase the CD versions exclusively from my shop.

No.
My web store and Apple are the Exclusive distributors of Strictly Undergrounds Catalogue. I feel they represent the best and fairest way for me to get paid and for users to have engaging access to my musical adventures.

Dealing with just one company for global distribution allow’s me more time to be creative in music. I am not greedy and don’t feel putting my music everywhere is something I ever want to do.

My music is exclusively available on my own store and iTunes. buying for me gives you unique access to my music.