Record labels are clearly vital to the music industry, but how many of us can say that we know about the labels that support our favourite artists?
In the past few months I’ve been exploring the record labels behind my favourite musicians, and I’ve discovered a lot of great new music as a result. Here are my top labels at the moment; I can guarantee they’re a gateway to a wonderland of new tunes.
Fat Cat Records
Fat Cat is a British label founded in ’89 who have evolved their speciation in Detroit and Chicago based techno and house music to represent the likes of the legendary Sigur Rós. They are now experts in a range of psych folk, electronic, noise rock, pop and avant-garde sounds, and have a great selection of bands for the taking. Here’s a great new number from PAWS called ‘Tongues’ released on the label this February.
Daptone Records title themselves as ‘that little indie label that could’, and have been pumping out original soul, funk, gospel and afrobeat from their Brooklyn studios since the early ‘00s. They see themselves as a musical family, and since the release of their first major album with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Daptone has been steadily adding to the soul soaked household. Here’s a sumptuous track debuted last month from Saun & Starr.
These guys had founding’s with the likes of Happy Mondays, New Order and Primal Scream before they were even a record label, and the influences that these 80’s titans had on their sound has carried through to the present day. Over the last 20 years they’ve supported a host of great artists, and currently represent one of my favourite bands, The Wytches. Here’s their remarkable track Wire Frame Mattress.
Erased Tapes Records
Another Brit label: the avant-garde Erased Tapes, who have their fingers in all the genre pies. This label is a vertible melting pot for cross cultural experimental classical music, and harbours a host of audio surprises. Here’s another great new track, released last month, from Douglas Dare.