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muszu
07-08-2010, 08:26 PM
What's yours?
Warp? Ninja Tune? Rephlex? Hyperdub? Tempa? XL?

Benny B
07-08-2010, 10:47 PM
If we're talking all time faves then I couldn't choose between Locked On and Moving Shadow really.

I don't like everything they put out but I reckon Hyperdub is the only label from the last decade that can even get close to those two.

This is obviously a very UK biased view though, and I just thought of Trax so...

atoga
07-08-2010, 10:48 PM
kmt

Benny B
07-08-2010, 11:02 PM
It's a bit sad to think there isn't, nor is there ever likely to be, an equivalent of Moving Shadow or Locked on for the UK Funky scene. Or the Grime scene come to that. There should probably be a whole thread about the 'death of the great UK dance music label' really.

Sectionfive
07-08-2010, 11:51 PM
I can't even have a favourite tune never mind label.
Thats the best thing about dance music there is a perfect tune for every hour of the night :D

I Don't think the great UK label will ever disappear to be honest.
There's rarely been a time when UK labels haven't been leading the rest.
Hessle and hyperdub are selling all the world to all sorts of djs.

Factory, Azuli, Warp, Metalheadz, ice cream, Locked On, full Cycle, Public Demand.
Even at the end of the ninety's the the likes of Positiva, Inferno, Tidy and all the ministry imprints ruled the roost.
Fair enough it was trance but that was the thing at the time.

Even when things swang over to Gigolo, the UK still had crosstown rebels.
Germany has the Kompakts, Ostgust Ton, Perlon, Tresor but what is there outside of techno.

France has nearly been the same crew in a different incarnation forever.

I think the thing about there not being a dominant Funky label must mean its all staying in the club,
in the djs hands which can only be a good thing.

luka
08-08-2010, 01:32 AM
suburban base.

connect_icut
08-08-2010, 02:03 AM
Mego

Dr Awesome
08-08-2010, 02:07 AM
No U Turn or Skull Disco.
Metalheadz and Virus both kinda went down-hill but I think No U Turn. Obviously Hyperdub, Warp, Ninja Tune et al are all worthy though.

Anyone else support my broad analogy that Tempa == Metalheadz (Asides from having a giant beast of a man heading the label) in their respected movements/sounds/decades?

Tentative Andy
08-08-2010, 07:31 AM
Suburban Base plus R & S were the first that came to mind. Moving Shadow, Reinforced, Locked On would all be up there too. Potentially loads of them though, I'm not too up on labels. Strictly Rhythm had a really good run at one stage didn't they?

FairiesWearBoots
08-08-2010, 12:32 PM
I was a nineties kid so Metalheadz & Mo wax had the biggest impact for me


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_X0o_-u8f8


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ul2rPneielw

in the last decade, Tempa & Hyperdub, DMZ have done the most interesting stuff for me but now there are SO many good labels, its not really about a few labels pushing a new sound: Hessle, Punch Drunk, Applepips, Hemlock, Swamp, etc

*MetalHeadz did fall off tho:slanted:

benjybars
08-08-2010, 01:47 PM
from the last 5 years - dmz, tempa, hyperdub, deep medi

recently - hessle, swamp81, apple pips


also worth a mention - social circles, dump valve, road, soulja, shelf life, white labels (i.e 99% of grime releases)

rubberdingyrapids
08-08-2010, 02:06 PM
some personal recent faves - road, dumpvalve, soulja, tempa (though i wasnt always into the design of all their stuff, bit too boringly minimal at times, even if it was tasteful/nicely done), terrorthythm.

Ory
08-08-2010, 02:21 PM
a lot have been posted already

i'll add confetti records

zhao
08-08-2010, 03:47 PM
touch

Stuntrock
08-08-2010, 05:38 PM
INA GRM, Deutches Gramophon, Trax Records, Nation, Reinforced, Warp, Rockin' House, Spectral, Chill, York Electronic Studios, Leo (Italian Library), early Schematic, early Skam, Mille Plateaux, Vinyl On Demand, Celia Records...

michael
09-08-2010, 07:17 AM
touch

Yeah, that's what I first thought of too.

alec.tron
09-08-2010, 09:04 AM
In terms of a flawless back-catalog, there isn't many....DMZ is close to perfect in my mind, but then # 012 & 013 came along. So the only one I can actually think of would be Burial Mix/Rhythm & Sound where I could draw any release from the shelf and put on any track and not finding one weak one (then again, it's a 'single' artist label...).
edit: thinking again, this sounds arse. obviously there's tons of great other labels. But thinking about it while writing I honestly couldn't think of anything close to those 2 and being still impressed with every release (and again, having only 10 odd releases of a single artist makes this simpler than releasing 100s or different artists' releases...). No doubt the previously mentioned as Warp, Rephlex, Ninja, Reinforced, UR, Metalheadz, Planet Mu , Hyperdub, Tempa are all great labels, but all also have had stretches of good/bad releases or even full on shift of scope (Metalheadz) or even loss of scope/vision (No U-Turn) which didn't go down well with me at all ... but to contribute and add a few more that haven't been named yet - as far as multi-elektronic-(now)-pop-sound a la warp/ninja goes - Leaf, Lo, Plug Research, Kitty Yo, Nonplace all had pretty good runs as well. As for some genre specialisations - Sähkö, Raster Noton, Staalplaat - Whitehouse, Rugged Vinyl/Intense, Science (for the Source Direct & Photek releases) - soundkit/soundhack/mmm, fxhe, workshop are all mighty fine.
c.

muser
09-08-2010, 12:29 PM
rephlex, hyperdub, metro area, lo recordings, mu, trax, brainfeeder.

droid
09-08-2010, 01:17 PM
Surely its consistency + number of releases?

There's loads of consistently good labels, but few that keep it up for long. Reinforced/Shadow/Sub base each have about 100 (give or take) brilliant releases. Rephlex and WARP both score pretty highly as well.

mixed_biscuits
09-08-2010, 09:00 PM
Suburban Base, Deathchant

zhao
10-08-2010, 07:33 AM
Yeah, that's what I first thought of too.

can't think of any contenders when it comes to consistency of both quality of recordings and aesthetic. Wozcencroft's design of course has become a schtick, but i still love the photography and non-attention seeking type. and although i suppose being a "specialization" label, it is so in a surprisingly expansive, non limited kind of way.

what are the sister brands Ash International and what else again? all quality. even going back to the early 80s, those Dome releases were very nice, full of bits as juicy in this century as the last.

zhao
10-08-2010, 07:58 AM
what labels have good websites? thanks if anyone can think of any.

alec.tron
10-08-2010, 09:14 AM
what labels have good websites? thanks if anyone can think of any.

warp.net around 2000...? Designers Republic full on Flash extravaganza blast with cube-letters that moved n stuff. Actualy waited around 5-10 minutes on 56k various times just to play around with it again.
hmmm.... nostalgia.
doesn't help, but my memory coughed that up when I read your post.
c.

edit: for a still existing one that made me chuckle. http://www.bodenstandig.de/2000/basis.pl?lang=e&dir=/english&kommando=boot&start=jawohl

michael
10-08-2010, 08:55 PM
rephlex, hyperdub, metro area, lo recordings, mu, trax, brainfeeder.

Metro Area release on Environ. Definitely a label I watch for new releases. Almost entirely Morgan Geist-related material, so it's no surprise it's so consistent.

zhao
10-08-2010, 09:10 PM
er... i hated that flash warp site. to me it is clear DR had their heads firmly up their asses for that one... bulky anti-functional arbitrary heavy pointless user-unfriendly wank. and can just imagine the nightmare upkeep must have been.

been looking at a lot of label sites today, and not a single stand out one. most are horrible or looks total shit or just meh. you would think techno labels from the kompakt labels page would have slick sites... think again.

michael
10-08-2010, 09:41 PM
I think 12k's site (http://www.12k.com) is good, i.e. I can find what I want fast, and the look matches their physical design. It doesn't wow me at all, but I'm not sure I'd want that from a label's site...?

padraig (u.s.)
10-08-2010, 09:52 PM
loads & loads of jungle labels - all the aforementioned ones (Reinforced, MS, SB, No U-Turn, Whitehouse) + BASEMENT RECORDS, RAM, Formation (hit & miss, but still a great label), V Recordings, Ganja Records/Frontline, Lucky Spin/Deejay (for the DJ Crystl releases alone), Skanna, Bizzy B's whole coterie of labels (Brain Records etc), 3rd Party/Kemet, & on & on - granted, not all have the same cachet as a Trax Records or Warp or whatever, but the thread is favorites, not "best"

also, Bloody Fist Records

also, it's not one of my faves per se but I'm glad someone mentioned


Deathchant

and of course UR

Dr Awesome
10-08-2010, 09:57 PM
er... i hated that flash warp site. to me it is clear DR had their heads firmly up their asses for that one... bulky anti-functional arbitrary heavy pointless user-unfriendly wank. and can just imagine the nightmare upkeep must have been.

been looking at a lot of label sites today, and not a single stand out one. most are horrible or looks total shit or just meh. you would think techno labels from the kompakt labels page would have slick sites... think again.

Haha, I remember the (old?) Tempa websites being one of the most hideous things I'd ever laid eyes on.

Someone re-hosted the No U Turn website I think, but it's dystopic nature fits in with the theme of the label innit.

zhao
10-08-2010, 09:58 PM
I think 12k's site (http://www.12k.com) is good, i.e. I can find what I want fast, and the look matches their physical design. It doesn't wow me at all, but I'm not sure I'd want that from a label's site...?

not bad at all but not great either... forgot about them. raster noton is ok too.

functional sites can wow with elegant functionality too... wow doesn't have to mean extravagance or pointless eye candy...

Big Nose
10-08-2010, 10:06 PM
Big Apple.

I quite like what Non-Plus are doing as well, early stages though.

padraig (u.s.)
10-08-2010, 10:15 PM
oh also I almost forgot - Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR 1-8, I'll take a pass on everything after that)

craner
11-08-2010, 11:36 AM
Locked On, early Moving Shadow and Suburban Base are the sublime ones.

droid
11-08-2010, 11:45 AM
You could probably make a pretty good case for Jammys. Certainly Madhouse/Steely and Cleevie/Main Street/Vena and about 1000 other dancehall labels.

benjybars
11-08-2010, 01:01 PM
thinking about it, you can't really beat Locked On can you?

Phaedo
13-08-2010, 11:22 PM
DMZ

Deep Medi, Swamp 81, Nonplus+, Hessle, Tempa, Skull Disco all close behind.

bruno
14-08-2010, 12:26 AM
can't think of any contenders when it comes to consistency of both quality of recordings and aesthetic. Wozcencroft's design of course has become a schtick, but i still love the photography and non-attention seeking type. and although i suppose being a "specialization" label, it is so in a surprisingly expansive, non limited kind of way.

what are the sister brands Ash International and what else again? all quality. even going back to the early 80s, those Dome releases were very nice, full of bits as juicy in this century as the last.

i have a soft spot for early nineties labels: apollo, evolution, infonet, dum, sähkö. i would be hard pressed to choose one over the other as they are were irregular, some better than others visually and some with clusters of brilliance in the midst of good but not brilliant music. it was a mesh of excitement. i suppose i would choose sähkö in the end as the graphics lived up to the music and made it extremely covetable. i would agree with zhao that touch/ash was/is a great label, very competent visually and consistently interesting on the sonic front, which is not a small feat given its long run.

pattycakes
14-08-2010, 01:48 AM
skull disco, sähkö, UR, mahogani, sound signature and really been digging into trax lately

does kdj count?

connect_icut
14-08-2010, 01:50 AM
For recent abstract/ambient stuff, I'd like to big-up Hapna, Apestaarje and - especially - Type.

jackmaster
16-08-2010, 04:11 PM
Pre Jaguar UR, Dance Mania

nochexxx
16-08-2010, 04:41 PM
got a lot of love for Jahtari, even though i don't own many of there records.

zhao
23-08-2010, 02:53 PM
Type.

oh my god so lame. that label puts out bland tasteless pastoral mush by the truckload. they make the shit look nice but it's all so extremely boring. (judging from every single release i've ever tried to listen to)

zhao
23-08-2010, 02:55 PM
sähkö

last i heard they were not doing so well... i hope it keeps going though. one of the few outfits keeping me interested in contemporary european electronic music.

Stuntrock
23-08-2010, 03:51 PM
oh my god so lame. that label puts out bland tasteless pastoral mush by the truckload. they make the shit look nice but it's all so extremely boring. (judging from every single release i've ever tried to listen to)

i would agree with you if they hadn't put out Svarte Greiner & Thomas Köner. Even some Deaf Center is nice

nochexxx
23-08-2010, 03:54 PM
lets not forget Skweee labels Harmonia and Flogsta Danshall.

Harmonia releases are housed in the best designs!

mms
23-08-2010, 04:56 PM
last i heard they were not doing so well... i hope it keeps going though. one of the few outfits keeping me interested in contemporary european electronic music.

eh - villa nah have been having top ten hits on northern europe and are touring with omd

massrock
23-08-2010, 06:54 PM
No-one mention Rising High?

Maybe not fave, and obv. not current, but laudable for stuff like Bedouin Ascent (love the first one), Earth Leakage Trip (likewise), Irresistible Force (Underground EP), Balil - Parasight (!), early Wagon Christ / Plug stuff, Rainbows In The Sky and quite a bit more.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NUYD2sbT-U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTWU5yuyHFs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQdrEYOFGho

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYHhGa3IjA8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mahmt5zoDQY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIGmJcb5FuQ

zhao
23-08-2010, 07:29 PM
i would agree with you if they hadn't put out Svarte Greiner & Thomas Köner. Even some Deaf Center is nice

yer right those would be exceptions... haven't heard teh Koner on this label... will pass on the deaf center though :)


eh - villa nah have been having top ten hits on northern europe and are touring with omd

that's nice. maybe i heard wrong but it was a year ago or so. they've always had a pop side as well which is i guess good for business.

connect_icut
23-08-2010, 07:38 PM
oh my god so lame. that label puts out bland tasteless pastoral mush by the truckload. they make the shit look nice but it's all so extremely boring. (judging from every single release i've ever tried to listen to)

Strongly, strongly disagree!

A good section of the stuff on Type is dark-as-hell ambient like Xela etc. It's also been responsible for some of the most interesting experimental releases of this year including On's Something That Has Form... and Sylvain Chauveau's Singular Forms. The Koner re-issue series is welcome too, as is the label's commitment to the more intriguing side of contemporary avant rock (e.g. Grouper).

zhao
23-08-2010, 07:45 PM
dark-as-hell ambient like Xela etc.

er sounds like idm to me?

connect_icut
23-08-2010, 07:53 PM
er sounds like idm to me?

Hmm... you must have heard a different Xela album from me. The only one I have is In Bocca al Lupo, which is pitch fucking black and distinctly beatless.

Also, can't believe I forgot to mention the work of Richard Skelton. Deep, rough-hewn and gorgeous quasi-classical dronage, a million miles away from "bland tasteless pastoral mush".

Dusty
23-08-2010, 07:54 PM
Type is hit and miss but you can't dismiss it. Peter Broderick, The Alps, Svarte Greiner - all quality stuff to my ears. If anything the Xela releases rank amongst my least favourite of the labels output.

Not my favourite label by a mile though... that is going to require some pondering.

connect_icut
23-08-2010, 08:03 PM
Actually, I must admit that all my least favourite stuff on Type is the dark ambient material and my favourite stuff is probably the most pastoral (e.g. Koen Holtkamp). Still, the label has put out records by some artists who seem genuinely remarkable, challenging and important, like Richard Skelton and Sylvain Chauveau.

zhao
23-08-2010, 09:59 PM
Staalplaat and Extreme need bigging up.

Stuntrock
24-08-2010, 07:24 AM
yer right those would be exceptions... haven't heard teh Koner on this label... will pass on the deaf center though :)

There's a Deaf Center 7" that is absolute ace and am sure you'd like.

All the rest is indeed shit. Grouper was actually allright and I almost bought it, but... meh... I've got so much of that stuff and better.

Xela, IDM or dark ambient is sadly boring. He just can't pull it off! When you consider the amount of the label's output, it's indeed mesmerizing how they can pull it off with so much bland ambient and pastoral etheral folktronica... Shivers!

Stuntrock
24-08-2010, 07:25 AM
Staalplaat and Extreme need bigging up.

Staalplaat is indeed greatness, while Extreme has aged sooo badly IMHO. I was really into them until 97 or something...
Staalplatt has so many great releases, but sadly not enough vinyl.

Stuntrock
24-08-2010, 07:27 AM
eh - villa nah have been having top ten hits on northern europe and are touring with omd

Was about to point that out ;)

This band is so close to being cheesy, but they're actually pretty good! Not sure I would buy their records though, even if I've considered it a coupla times. A great rmx of Au Revoir Simone they did lately.

zhao
24-08-2010, 08:38 AM
Staalplaat is indeed greatness, while Extreme has aged sooo badly IMHO. I was really into them until 97 or something...
Staalplatt has so many great releases, but sadly not enough vinyl.

yeah sure extreme has aged... but you got to respect them for pushing on and on for so long... when i was growing up so many of their releases sustained me.

stillupsteypa just released some new stuff but not on staalplaat i don't think... always loved them.

Ory
24-08-2010, 10:43 AM
here's one i think hasn't been mentioned

http://www.discogs.com/label/Planet+Core+Productions

dave quam
24-08-2010, 02:24 PM
Dance Mania & Erstwhile Records

connect_icut
24-08-2010, 05:21 PM
I hate to keep harping on about this because Type isn't even my favourite electronic/experimental label (that honour would go to Mego/eMego, no question) but the drippy, pastoral stereotype being perpetrated in this thread seems starkly in contrast to my experience of actually listening to Type releases. I keep thinking of more great Type albums - Sylvain Chauveau's The Black Book of Capitalism, Richard Skelton's Landings, Black to Comm's Alphabet 1968 - which are as rigorous and militant as they are simply beautiful. Even a record like Koen Holtkamp's Field Rituals, which is firmly in the genre of pastoral electronica, has enough depth and rough edges to make it a consistently compelling and satisfying listen.

I guess we'll have to agree to disagree.