Category: Label Showcases

Label Showcase 34: FORM Music

Established in 2009 by French Producer POPOF, FORM is an electronic label that gathers new and established artists to promote open mindedness. By assembling various genres of electronic music, FORM’s hundreds (and growing) back catalogue features everything from Electronica to House to Chill-Out, Deep, Tech House and Techno, featuring artists like Barem, German Brigante, Jay Lumen, Julian Jeweil, Lutzenkirchen, N’to, Petar Dundov, Reset Robot, Stacey Pullen, System of Survival, Tapesh, and many more. So with that, today we highlight POPOF’s FORM Music. Here, the man himself dishes on the label’s history, ethos, and future, while one if its brightest stars ... Read more

Label Showcase 33: Senso Sounds

Senso Sounds is the label project from industry veteran Oliver Huntemann. Established in 2014, Senso Sounds has quickly proven itself to be a go to destination for the groovier side of, dark Techno. With aetists such as Dubfire, Victor Ruiz, Dubspeeka, Whebba, Re:You, André Winter, and more releasing on the Hamburg-based imprint, Senso Sounds does not skimp on the talent. With that, we continue our series highlighting our favourite labels from around the world. Today, we catch up with the Senso Sounds boss, Oliver Huntemann who also delivers a dark, driving, and groovy full length mix. “The success of Senso ... Read more

Label Showcase 30: Definitive Recordings

Launched originally in 1991 by John Acquaviva, Richie Hawtin and Karl Kowalski, Definitive Recordings was meant to establish the housier side of the electronic empire Hawtin and Acquaviva started with Plus 8 Records. While Definitive Recordings has plenty of history and accomplishments, it’s the present-day agility that has fans and industry taking notice once again. Over the last five years, the label has been revived with a renewed vigor due in no small part to its signing of France’s Olivier Giacomotto. Now, with a deep understanding of a label’s requirements in this digital age, Definitive consistently makes strategic moves in ... Read more

Label Showcase 29: Constant Circles

Talking to us is Claire Spooner, aka Just Her, the visionary behind Constant Circles, a label deeply rooted in a multimedia approach to their musical creations. A fresh gulp of the underground. A narrative that is conceptualised along the circular, mathematical certainty, with no beginning and no end. Among others, Constant Circles is the label that aims to connect with you in more than one medium to express the concept. In this unique concept, each release of the label is a piece of art both aurally and visually, the musical story continues in being paired with a custom piece of visual art and fashion, which is quickly ... Read more

Label Showcase 28: Bosconi Records

With roots in the picturesque hills of Tuscany, Bosconi Records stands as a shining example of creativity and craftsmanship within the Italian music scene. The label takes its name from the so called area (Bosconi Street) of this particular part of the Tuscan countryside that is Fiesole’s Hill above Firenze, where there is also a street called “Via Dei Bosconi”. With a back catalogue chock full of hand-crafted house music, unique downtempo beats and all moods in between, the label has brought pride back to Italy’s musical landscape, not in the least part from the likes of Fabio Della Torre, ... Read more

Label Showcase 27: Tronic Music

Christian Smith’s Tronic Music holds a special place in the annals of dance music. Tronic was amongst the first labels to embrace the sounds of both house and techno, creating records DJ’s from both disciplines would play. With tracks and remixes from Umek, Mark Broom, Stryke, Fergie, Steve Mac, Anton Pieete and Psycatron, Wehbba, ANNA, Eric Sneo and more, Tronic has continued to forge the path into the future of tech-house. During this Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), Tronic teams up with Terminal M for a massive showcase in Amsterdam East’s Q-Factory. On the night, both Christian and Monica Kruse will ... Read more

Label Showcase 26: Family NAME

Since 2009 inception, Lille-based label Family NAME has surely taken its time toward perfection. NAME is made of fidelities and friendships built among the years. Family NAME was logically born with the wish to extend human and musical affinities. Family NAME gathers godfathers (and godmothers) who built the 11 editions of NAME Festival identity, but it’s also the promise of new artists and warm dates on the dancefloor!!! Now, the label enters in a new era, with a much more consistent release schedule and many new artistic connections. Anticipating the 12th edition of NAME Festival, held in Lille 7-9 Oct, ... Read more

Label Showcase 25: Motek Music

We hit the quarter century mark of our Label Showcase series with London’s Motek Music. A label proudly stating their avversion to anything ordinary, pretentious, or mainstream, Motek Music has delivered a slew of quality deep house and techno releases over the course of the last 5 years. With artists like David Scuba, Eric Volta, Jay Tripwire, Jonas Saalbach, Kiki, Louie Fresco, Maher Daniel, Silky, Superlounge and more on its back catalogue it’s no wonder the label has become a favorite of everyone from Solomun to Joris Voorn to Danny Tenaglia to Nick Warren. With that, we’ll let the label ... Read more

Label Showcase 24: Defected Records

Since 1999 Defected have been releasing tunes that have definedHouse Music settling their position as its global authority in the process. From its first release to its upcoming milestone 500th(!), Defected’s classic soul and disco sound has remained consistent, rooted in the firm belief that the essential musicality of house has never faded. Operating in more than 40 countries, Defected has built their internationally recognisable brand purely on the love of music. With millions of records sold, the label has aligned itself with some the industry’s biggest names, even introducing such seminal talents as Bob Sinclar, Junior Jack, ATFC, Sandy ... Read more

Label Showcase 23: ELEVATE

Techno vetern duo Pig&Dan are the brains behind the Elevate imprint. The guys really don’t need much introduction, as their prolific output of Techno have graced the likes of Bedrock, Mesmeric, Soma, Suara and Tronic, building a trademark dubby, chunky techno and tech-house grooves. It is a versatile sound that the duo continues to explore with the imprint. So, with that, we continue our series highlighting our favourite labels from around the world. Today, we thought we would catch up with Elevate bosses, Pig&Dan to get the scoop on all things Elevate. Also, at the end of this article you will ... Read more

Label Showcase 22: Correspondant

Correspondant is Jennifer Cardini musical enterprise, established in 2011 in conjunction with worldwide distributor, Kompakt Records. Cardini launched Correspondant as an extension of her longtime residency at Paris’ Rex Club. Now, the Cologne-based label has issued 36 EPs and three compilations, featuring a collective of both emerging and established international artists, while hosting club nights everywhere from Nitsa and Panorama Bar, to Bootleg in Tel Aviv. So, with that, we continue our series highlighting our favourite labels from around the world. Today, we thought we would catch up with Correspondant Records boss, Jennifer Cardini to get the scoop on all things ... Read more

Label Showcase 21: Atjazz Record Company

Atjazz Record Company is an Independent Record Label from the United Kingdom, celebrating 20 years in 2016. Specialising in dance music with a wide range of genre influence from Hip Hop, Soul, and Boogie right through to Deep House, Soulful House & Tech House with a little experimentation thrown in for good measure. Artists on the label have seen the likes of Osunlade Fred Everything, Rancido, and (of course) Atjazz himself. So, with that, we continue our series highlighting our favourite labels from around the world. Today, we thought we would catch up with Atjazz boss, Atjazz (Martin Iveson) to get ... Read more

Label Showcase 20: Desert Hearts Records

Desert Hearts Records is a tribute to House, Techno, & Love. What started as an intimate renegade gathering in the Mojave Desert has since blossomed into a movement that celebrates love, life, and music. With multiple Desert Hearts Festivals year round and one-off City Hearts events popping up around the US, the idea is to spread love through music towards a better way of life. The belief is in a society where acceptance, creativity and passions flourish. The Desert Hearts goal is to provide a safe haven away from Babylon for people to connect with nature, be themselves, and do ... Read more

Label Showcase 19: Roundabout Sounds

In 2010, Joe Babylon put together Roundabout Sounds with a consistent schedule and attractive lineup of artists such as Rick Wilhite, Baaz, Mike Huckaby, Soulphiction, Theo Parrish, XDB, Rondenion, Aaron-Carl, Orlando Voorn, Rick Wade and John Tejada. Originally, Joe started off as mobile DJ, doing house parties in Los Angeles, CA. After gravitating more heavily towards house/techno music, he took a leap of faith along with his good friend and DJ partner Allen Avanessian in 1994 when they bought some recording gear and started Plug Research up at the loft at Allen’s house. Soon after launching the label, they both ... Read more

Label Showcase 18: WOW! Recordings

WOW! Recordings has been releasing fresh and innovative material under the house and techno music spectrum for a decade now. Founded by Amnesia Ibiza resident, DJ Mar-T, the Barcelona-based label has consistently matured and evolved since its inception, to find its niche in a perpetually competitive market and industry. With releases from the likes of Argy, Audiofly, Betoko, Eats Everything, Valentino Kanyazi, Guti, Paco Osuna, Toni Varga, alongside remixes from Tobi Neumann, Karotte, John Dahlback and Alex Celler to name a few, the label endeavours to act as an intimate stable for the production talents of friends and collaborators, as ... Read more