Here we go with part 2 of our musical city feature, this time heading over to UKs capital: Allmighty LONDON
We’ve once again compiled fifteen of our favorite London based labels and paired them with one special mix showcasing one of their artists. Go give them a good listen and enjoy.
One of the world’s leading Drum & Bass label based in London, conceived by Kasra in 2002. The label is driven by a commitment to putting out the best and most forward thinking music the scene has to offer, nurturing new talent and releasing some of the freshest breaks and beats from the likes of Enei, Foreign Concept, Break, Rockwell, Sabre, Stray, Spectrasoul, Mefjus, S.P.Y, Calibre, Dub Phizix and many more.
Crosstown Rebels deliver a unique underground music experience. Run by artist & DJ Damian Lazarus, who loves quality alternative sounds & thrives on creative, young people armed with something new to say.
Defected is probably the one and only label that carried House music’s legacy into the 21st century. It preserved its history while continuing a new one, bridging the gap across generations of music lovers and clubbers worldwide.
Since starting life in 2005 electric minds have firmly established themselves as one of London’s leading underground parties / record labels. The record label has released music from the likes of Radio Slave, Move D, Jay Shepheard, Endian, Mark E, The Mole, plus many more.
Feel My Bicep
to adequately flex your cosmic muscle!
Hospital Records is an independent record label based in South London. Primarily releasing Drum+Bass, the label was started in 1996 by Tony Colman and Chris Goss, and has grown in recent years to become one of the most well known labels within UK dance music.
Co-owned by Jamie Jones and Lee Foss, groundbreaking independent dance label Hot Creations has gained global notoriety in recent years through pioneering a new and unique sound born of it’s founders deep affinity with old disco records and soulful beats. 2013 will see the duo take their label to even greater planes upon the major label release of their band Hot Natured’s truly unique debut album and a mile long waiting list of incredible music from incredibly successful talent such as Digitaria, Greg Pidcock, Richy Ahmed, Robert James and wAFF.
Current Release: Darius Syrossian & Hector Couto – Who’s The Douche?
Visit: Hot Creations on Play.fm or Hot Creations Website
What do Maya Jane Coles, Eats Everything, Mosca, Huxley, George Fitzgerald, Axel Boman and Groove Armada have in common? They’ve all put records out on or have releases planned with Hypercolour. HYPERCOLOUR – Crowned ‘Label of the Year 2012′ by DJ Mag in their recent Best of British Awards.
Hyperdub is a London-based record label, founded and run by Steve Goodman, aka Kode9. It was formed in 2004. Artists who have released on Hyperdub include label owner Kode9, Pressure, and Burial.
Lost My Dog
Lost My Dog has enjoyed a steady rise to the top since forming in a Loughborough record shop in 2005. It was a case of ‘right place, right time’ at the beginning: Pete Dafeet’s early productions were catching the eye of Yousef, Blakkat, and the Shaboom crew, while Najan Ward owned the town’s best record shop and employed Ian Straker as a part-time buyer. 7 years and more than 60 releases later, the three have eschewed short-lived trends while working with the cream of the deep house crop.
Metalheadz is a pioneering drum and bass record label based in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1994 by Kemistry & Storm and Goldie, it has been home to some of the drum and bass scene’s brightest talent and is notable for the high quality of its back catalogue.
Current Release: Lenzman – Empty Promise / Broken Dreams (Makoto Remix)
Visit: Metalheadz on Play.fm or Metalheadz Website
sounds of London and beyond – London-based label founded by Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990.
Ninja Tune is an independent record label that is based in London, England, created in 1990 by the duo known as Coldcut. Coldcut were pioneers of the emerging hip-hop/electro scene in the eighties. Inspired by a visit to Japan, Matt Black & Jonathon More (Coldcut) primarily created Ninja Tune to act as a vehicle by which they could release music of a more underground nature, free from the restraints placed on artists by major labels .
Rekids is a UK-based electronic label, conceived in 2006 by James Masters and Matt Edwards (aka Radio Slave). In its relatively short existence, Rekids has quickly become one of the most respected underground labels around – releasing cutting-edge, electronic music that is effective off the dance-floor as well as on it. Alongside the label, Rekids hosts parties all over Europe – most notably at Berlin’s Panorama Bar and the Rex Club in Paris.
Creatively born in 1995 Renegade Hardware has without question cemented itself as one of the most pioneering Drum & Bass labels in the world. Over the past 16 years of its establishment, Hardware has shaped and shifted the Drum & Bass scene in more ways than one. Steadily setting standards, pushing boundaries, and associating itself with a darker more cutting edge sound Drum & Bass. Influential, not influenced. Future beats, for future people.
Remember, you can still suggest cities for part 3 of our city music special which will be released in Summer 2013. Just send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.