the record labels listed here are ones I've played on my radio show and/or
in my club DJ sets. I've included a sampling of artists from each label's
roster, and in some cases some additional information.
Websites are in English unless otherwise indicated. (For Japanese-language
sites, see the note below.)
For artist-related links, see
page or the label websites.
For labels not listed here, and/or to see label discographies, try the
Music (France) - Home to Variety Lab and others.
D Vision (UK) - Downtempo sublabel of the more house-oriented 2020
Vision. The onetime home of Deadbeats.
Recordings (UK) - Sublabel of Warner
- A&M - Major label associated
with Geffen and Interscope.
Jazz (UK) - Has released material by Snowboy, the Brand New Heavies,
Manasseh, Corduroy, Erobique, and others.
Art (UK) - Launched by Ashley Beedle and his (now ex-) wife Simone,
this label is home to such artists as Paul Murphy and has released material
by Spiritual South, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Souldrummers, Unitedeye,
Sambas - Discogs.com page on the label that put out Smokey and Miho's
Brazilian covers. See also this
(Germany) - A subdivision of Sonar
(U.S.) - The onetime home of Chapel Hill band Archers of Loaf.
Take (U.S.) - Home to Hydroponic Sound System and others.
(U.S.) - Part of the EMI
Bis (Japan) - See below under the letter L.
(Denmark) - Home to Alex Puddu, DJ 360°, Hakon Lidbo, and others.
(U.S.) - Major label; part of BMG.
(France) - Discogs.com page on the label that released records by Ollano,
Daphreephunkateerz, and more.
- The U.S. home of Röyksopp, Fatboy Slim, Air, and Sia.
(UK) - The post-Grand
Central home of Aim, Niko, and others.
(U.S.) - Major label.
(Germany) - Releases compilations of Latin- and African-influenced music
such as the Brazilectro series.
Japan - Japanese major label; home of Fantastic Plastic Machine.
Website in Japanese.
(UK) - Releases the Another Late Night series of compilations,
distributed in the U.S. by Kinetic.
de Lune (UK) - Discogs.com page on the label that was home to Al-pha
X, Fragile State, and Radar.
(U.S.) - Home to a wide range of artists, among them Puffy AmiYumi (a.k.a.
Puffy) and Arto Linsday.
(Netherlands) - Has released material by Arling and Cameron, Fay Lovsky,
Gurdjieff, and others.
Jazz (U.S.) - This Brooklyn-based label has released material by
Mawglee, Jugoe, DRM, and others.
(UK) (a.k.a. Barely
Breaking Even) - Focuses on funk, souk, and hip-hop.
(Norway) - Home to Athome Project, Flunk, and others. Former home of
Howard Maple and Xploding Plastix.
(UK) - Compilation-oriented label; part of the same family as Bar
Group - Includes the labels Beggars
Group USA, 4AD,
MoWax, Nation, Too
Seven (Germany) - A subdivision of Sonar
Kollektiv launched by Daniel Best.
Juice (U.S.) - Home to DJ Spooky and others.
Note (U.S.) - Legendary jazz label.
(U.S.) - Major label that distributes Arista
and other labels.
(UK) - Home to Secret Stealth, a project involving members of Fug and
Crazy Penis (a.k.a. Crazy P).
(UK) [a.k.a. Bolshi Blue, Bolshi Red] - Discogs.com page on the now-defunct
(Japan) - Home to such artists as Chari Chari.
(France) - Now-defunct French independent label. Page on the Lycos
RockFrançais site. In French.
Bread (UK) - Funk and hip-hop label home to Natural Self and others.
Music (U.S.) - Discogs.com page on the label that released material
by Freddy Fresh, among others.
(Germany) - The onetime European center of Happy Charm Fool Dance Music.
Run by Le Hammond Inferno; licensed tunes and albums by such Japanese
artists as Fantastic Plastic Machine, Laila France, and Yoshinori Sunahara.
- C2 - Now-defunct sublabel
(U.S.) - Major label.
in the Community
(UK) - Releases the series The Discerning Dancefloor.
(U.S.) - Distributes releases from Astralwerks
and other labels, and is home to such artists as Placebo.
(UK) - Home to Hardkandy, Husky Rescue, Aldo Vanucci, Bushy, Pepe Deluxé,
18 (UK) - Drawing its name from the UK equivalent of an R rating,
this label is home to Pilote, Polar, and others.
(Hungary) - Home to such atists as Vono Box and Pluto Project.
(Austria) - Home to Louie Austen, Christopher Just, and others.
(UK) - Discogs.com page on the BMG
sublabel founded by Faithless mainman Rollo.
Red (UK) - Associated with (and represents on its site) such labels
as él and
the now-defunct Analog
(U.S.) - A division of Milan.
(UK) - Has released records by T-Kolai, Ultra Naté, François
K, and others.
(UK) - Part of the Warner Music Group (WEA).
Fireguard (UK) - Home to the Bluefoot Project and La Cedille.
(U.S.) - Florida-based label that is home to Canton (a.k.a. Greg Long),
First Floor Brothers, Monta, and others.
Centre Offices (Germany) - Hole.
of Angels (U.S.) - Discogs.com page for the now-defunct L.A.-based
electronic music label.
(U.S./Switzerland) - Home to Organic Grooves, Track and Field, and Zeb.
(U.S.) - This major label is part of Sony Music.
(Germany) - Releases works by Jazzanova and their circle. Includes the
sublabels JCR (Jazzanova-Compost Recordings) and Compose.
Grooves (U.S.) - Home to such artists as Presto.
(UK) - Brighton-based experimental-tinged downtempo label. Home to Lost
Idol, La Femme, and others.
(Austria) - Home to Dzihan and Kamien, Menu B, and others.
Discs (Belgium) - The parent label of SSR
Dick Hot Wax (Germany) - Released Popshopping and Popshopping
Frog (Denmark) - Home to Junior Senior (licensed in the U.S. to
the Mopeds, and others.
of Tea (UK) - Discogs.com page on the now-defunct Bristol-based
downtempo label. See also the Archive.org record of the Cup of Tea page on the informative Bristol Sound website.
(U.S.) - Indie label that releases the Little Darla Has a Treat for
(U.S.) - Home to Dex Dubious, the now-disbanded DBC, and other Washington,
(Sweden) - Home to such artists as Hakan Lidbo.
Water (UK) - Home to such artists as Sofalofa and Bathysphere; the
onetime home of Hint.
(UK) - Mostly house-oriented label.
(UK) - Nottingham, UK-based house-oriented label.
- Derailed - Released Turf
Wars Vol. 3: DJ Cam vs. Tommy Hools.
Drummer (UK) - Home to Groove Corporation, a.k.a. G Corp.
(U.S.) - Home to Dub Diablo.
(U.S.) - This sublabel of Warner
Bros. released albums by William Orbit's project Strange Cargo.
(UK) - A sublabel of Mr.
Solid (France) - Home to Alex Gopher.
(UK) [a.k.a. Danmass Industries] - Discogs.com page on the Danmass-run
USA - Home to such artists as Four Tet, Ulrich Schnauss, and Caribou.
The U.S. branch of the British Domino
Noir (Austria) - Home to Waldeck.
(UK) - Home to Cities of Foam (formerly Blueflame) and Outside.
Right! (Canada) - Home to Ivana Santilli, Keb Darge, Elizabeth Shepherd,
Plastics (Belgium) - The dance-oriented subdivison of Lowlands.
Home to Buscemi, Briskey, Kretek, and others.
City (U.S.) - Home to such artists as Broadcast and Pavement, and
the U.S. home of Stereolab.
(U.S.) - This major label is the U.S. home of the Propellerheads.
(Netherlands) - This page for this Amsterdam-based label (co-headed
by Richard Cameron of Arling and Cameron) is part of the Dutch duo's
Music (UK) - Home to such artists as Inland Knights.
2 Dust (UK) - Discogs.com page on the label run by Danmass.
West UK - Part of the Warner
Music Group (WEA).
Ishtar (Italy) - The parent label of Schema
Street Lounge Music (a.k.a. ESL
Music) (U.S.) - Home to Thievery Corporation, Ursula 1000, Thunderball,
and Federico Aubele, and the U.S. home of Sofa Surfers, and the Karminsky
Eighth Dimension (U.S.) - Run by Q-Burns Abstract Message. Home
to Pimp Daddy Nash.
(Spain) - Home to such artists as Ana D, Le Mans, and Telefilme.
(U.S.) - Home to Towa Tei and others.
(U.S.) - Released Waldeck's "This Isn't Maybe" in conjunction
with the label Dope Noir.
Group (U.S.) - Major music conglomerate; parent company of Virgin,
Caroline, and more.
Norton (U.S.) - Home to Pepe Deluxé, Ralph Myerz and the
Jack Herren Band, and Ugly Duckling.
(U.S.) - Part of the Sony
group, this major label is home to Hooverphonic and a host of others.
Durch Musique (Germany) - Home to such artists as Cube and Sphere.
(Japan) - Perhaps the epicenter of Happy Charm Fool Dance Music, Escalator
is home to Cubismo Grafico, Montparnasse, and others. The site has information
on the label's releases and on the Escalator DJ team's "Escape" DJ event.
Navigation mostly in English, text mostly in Japanese.
- Essential Therapy (Netherlands)
- Apparently related to Therapy,
and has also released material by Praful.
Music (U.S.) - a.k.a. Eighteenth
Street Lounge Music. See above.
(UK) - Discogs.com page on the label that was home to Bah Samba.
Noir (Austria) - Home to Parov Stelar and others.
(UK) - Home to United Future Organization, Fat Jon the Ample Soul Physician,
Plej, Takkyu Ishino, and others.
Q (UK) - Has released material by Freddy Fresh.
- 1500 Records (U.S.) - Now-defunct
label that was home to such artists as David Holmes and Ugly Duckling.
Communications (France) - Home to Llorca.
(Austria) - Home to Paloma and others.
Deal (Netherlands) - Home to Kid Sundance and others.
and Hope (UK) - Manchester label that is home to Mint Royale and
(UK) - Sublabel of Universal.
Releases the compilation series The Trip.
Out (UK) - Home to Marcos Valle, Joyce, Troubleman, and others.
Cat (UK) - Home to such artists as the Icelandic projects Múm
and Sigur Rós.
(Japan) - Sublabel of Sony
Japan; launched by Shinichi Osawa of Mondo Grosso.
(UK) - Home to downtempo project Sidewinder. Part of Soma
(UK) - Discogs.com page on the label founded and run by Pete Tong. A
sublabel of London. See also FFRR
(UK) - Discogs.home page on this sublabel of the now-revived Dorado.
(UK) - The home of A Skillz and Krafty Kuts, Plump DJs, Soul of Man,
and other breaks artists.
Ounce (UK) - Home
to the Vogado Projects.
(UK) - Home to Blur, Dubstar (now defunct), and others.
(U.S.) - Home to the Januaries and Iffy, artists catchily remixed by
Thievery Corporation and Mint Royale respectively.
Knox (U.S.) - Home to Fort Knox Five, a side project of Thunderball.
(UK) - Longtime independent label; now part of the Beggars
(UK) - Home to Sleeve and others.
(UK) - Compilation-oriented label.
Juice (Italy) - Home to Barrio Jazz Gang, LED, Panaphonic, and others.
(UK) - Home to the Freestylers. (This page is a profile on the discogs.com
(Austria) - Home to Mama Oliver.
and Bruised (UK) - The former home of Surreal Madrid.
Primitive Sound (U.S.) - San Francisco-based art collective and
hip-hop music label.
(Sweden) [a.k.a. GAMM] - Discogs.com page on the secretive Swedish label
specializing in bootleg remixes.
Street (U.S.) - This sublabel of V2
is home to such artists as the Jungle Brothers and RZA.
[a.k.a. DGC] (U.S.) - Major label associated with A&M and Interscope.
(UK) - Discogs.com page on the label that is home to Amp Fiddler. Sublabel
Step (U.S.) - Home to Nickodemus and Osiris.
Underground (UK) - Home to such artists as Rose Smith and Neon Heights.
Beat (UK) (a.k.a. Go Discs, Go! Beat, Go! Discs) - Home to Portishead,
Dusted, and others.
Looking (UK) - Home to LTJ Bukem and other atmospheric drum'n'bass
(UK) - Home to Dr. Rubberfunk.
Central (UK) - Discogs.com page on the now-defunct label, once home
to Aim, Rae & Christian, and others.
You may be interested in Christine's
homage to the label, the radio special Grand
Central Is the Spice of Life.
Grand Magistery (U.S.) - See below under the letter L.
- Grand Royal (U.S.) - Now
defunct. Formerly home to the Beastie Boys, Luscious Jackson, Ben Lee,
(U.S.) - The U.S. home of such artists as Spain's Ana D and Le Mans.
Gravy (U.S.) - Compilation-oriented label.
(Austria) - Releases works by Kruder & Dorfmeister and similar downtempo
(U.S.) - Now-defunct Chicago-based label that released the Hi-Fidelity
Lounge and Hi-Fidelity Dub compilation series and which was
the U.S. home of Caia, Troublemakers, and the Dining Rooms. Part of
the 33rpm group of labels.
(UK) - Home to Plantlife.
Few (Norway) - Home to Barabass and the Happy Few and others.
(UK) - Home to Beth Orton and former home of Dot Allison.
Kandi (UK) - Compilation-oriented label; home to the "Serve
Chilled" and "Winter Chill" series.
(UK) - Home to Pnu Riff and others.
(U.S.) - Released the sondtrack to the film Austin Powers.
(Denmark) - Home to B&B International and others.
(UK) - The new home of Hint, in conjunction with Ninja
- Howlin' (U.S.) - Label run
by funky-breaks mastermind Freddy Fresh.
- Ideal (UK)
(UK) - Home to Deadly Avenger, Jadell, and others.
(U.S.) - Sublabel of Verve.
(UK) - Home to Hefner.
(UK) - Released Elevator Suite's "Backaround."
(UK) - Home to the Three Amigos and their catchy reworking of "Louie
(France) - Home to DJ Cam.
(Germany) [a.k.a. INFRACom!] - Home to Aromabar, Kosma, Marschmellows,
(U.S.) - Acid-jazz/downtempo-oriented label.
(U.S.) - Major label associated with Geffen
(Italy) - Home to Zeb, Monsieur Blumenberg, Montefiori Cocktail, and
- I.R.S. (U.S.) - Sublabel
of A&M that released William Orbit's Strange Cargo and R.E.M.'s
(Italy) - a.k.a. Edizioni
Ishtar. See above.
- This major label is home to Tricky and many others, and distributes
the sublabel Quango.
to Phono (UK/Denmark) - Alter ego of Jacques
Laverne. Home to Beatphreak.
Laverne (UK/Denmark) - Released the "Jack to Phono" single
featuring Mr. Scruff and others.
(UK) - Home to such artists as Skeewiff, Ikon, and Kraak and Smaak.
(Germany) [a.k.a. JCR] - Sublabel of Compost.
(UK) - Specializes in jazz, funk, and soul reissues.
[a.k.a. Jive Electro] - The U.S. home of Groove Armada.
Music (UK) - Home to Laroca, Jon Hopkins, and others.
Records (U.S.) - Home to Marine Research, the Make-Up, and others.
(Germany/U.S.) [a.k.a. Studio K7, Stud!o K7, !K7] - Home to such artists
as Smith & Mighty, Kruder & Dorfmeister, and A Guy Called Gerald.
(UK) (a.k.a. Kartel Creative) - The UK home of Fat Freddy's Drop, Border
Crossing, Tubbs, and more.
Diggin' (UK) - Released Tim "Love" Lee's compilation It's
(U.S.) - Releases the Another Late Night compilation series in
conjunction with the British label Azuli.
(UK) - Breaks label.
(Austria) - Home to MUM (not to be confused with the Icelandic Múm)
and Sofa Surfers.
(U.S.) - Home to Afu-Ra and others.
(U.S.) - Miami-based downtempo-oriented label that has released a number
(UK) - A profile (on the Discogs.com site) of the London-based label
that has released material by DJ Trax and compilations.
(Germany) - Home to Commercial Breakup and affiliated with the German
d'Or (Germany) - Home to Stella.
Bis (Japan) - Released Laila France and the Maxwell Implosion's
Lailove: L'Amour, Sese Formidable and Fantastic Plastic Machine's
Beautiful and Why Not. Distributes Toog, Etienne Charry,
Bertrand Burgalat, and others in Japan. Navigation in French; text in
French, English, and Japanese.
of Motion (UK) - Home to Modaji, Agent K, and others.
(UK) - Home to Caribour, Efterklang, and others.
Grand Magistery (U.S.) - This Ann Arbor pop label is the U.S. home
of Momus, Louis Philippe, and others.
(UK) - Home to Mr. Benn and others.
(Greece) - Home to the sublabel Octoberon,
which released the downtempo compilation Backroom Sessions.
Enhancing Audio (Belgium) - A sublabel of N.E.W.S.
Released the Transatlantik Lounging compilation series.
in the Attic (U.S.) - Seattle-based reissue-oriented label.
- Associated with Sire,
and part of the Warner
(UK) - Home to Solid Groove.
(Spain) - Home to Gecko Turner and Txarly Brown. Also the Spanish home
of Fat Freddy's Drop and Quantic.
Blow (Japan) - Part of Media
Craft; home to Akakage, a.k.a. Yoichiro Ito (and sometimes Go! Sato).
(Belgium) - Through its sublabel Downsall
Plastics, home to such artists as Buscemi and Briskey.
Bop (U.S.) - David Byrne's label. Home to Si*Se and others.
(UK) - Home to Backini, Leon Nine, and Sketchie.
N Haight (U.S.) - Sublabel of Ubiquity.
(U.S.) - Home to artists ranging from the Freestylers to Squirrel Nut
Zippers to the Teletubbies.
(UK) - Home to Dot Allison, Natacha Atlas, Saint Etienne, and others.
(U.S.) - This pop-oriented label is home to such artists as 800 Cherries,
Club 8, and Valerie Lemercier.
(Germany) - Home to the Pearlfishers, Adventures in Stereo, and other
(U.S.) - Home to a variety of indie artists, including Solex, Pizzicato
Five, Bettie Serveert, and Cornelius.
(U.S.) - Launched by Madonna, this label is home to the Rentals, the
Lucy Nation, and others.
(Germany) - Home to Max Melvin and others.
(U.S.) - This major label is the U.S. home of Mint Royale, Modjo, and
Craft (Japan) - Includes the sublabel Low
Blow, which is home to Akakage, a.k.a. Yoichiro Ito.
(UK) - Label affiliated with Massive Attack. Home to Alpha and others.
Industries Ltd. (UK) - Home to Blue States and others.
- Part of the major label Island.
(U.S.) - Chapel Hill-based label run by Superchunk. Home to Superchunk,
the Magnetic Fields, and others.
(U.S.) - Specializing in film soundtracks and compilations.
2000 (Italy) - This sublabel of Edizioni
Ishtar is home to the Dining Rooms.
of Sound - Site for the British superclub whose U.S. imprint has
released works by Bent and Fatboy Slim.
Source (UK) - Released the compilation Flowers in the Attic.
Fresh (U.S.) - Indie-pop label. Home to the Aluminum Group, Kahimi
Karie, Komeda, and others.
(U.S.) - Home to the Avalanches.
Listening Pearls (Germany) - The home of De-Phazz, Yonderboi, Lemongrass,
(Germany) - Has released works by Moonbootica, Moston and Malente, and
(U.S.) - This dance-music label has released a number of compilations.
(U.S.) - Legendary R&B/soul label.
(UK) - Home to UNKLE, Money Mark, Andrea Parker, and others.
Bongo (UK) - London-based label and record store.
(UK) - Home to the Weekend Players.
(UK/Denmark) - The home of funky-breakbeat project Puddu Varano.
(U.S.) - Home to Fat Jon the Ample Soul Physician, Aesop Rock, and others.
for Dreams (Denmark) - Home to such artists as Cantoma, Banzai Republic,
for Freaks (UK) - Discogs.com page on the label run by the Freaks
(Luke Solomon and Justin Harris).
- Home to Goldfrapp and many others.
Music (U.S.) - With Astralwerks,
releases the Carte Blanche and Bare Essentials downtempo
(U.S.) - Electronica-oriented label; home to Delerium [sic] and others.
(U.S.) - Released a 12" split between DJ Cam and Tommy Hools.
(Belgium) - Home to Sven van Hees. Parent label of Life
(Finland) - Released an EP by Robbyn Rhodes.
Tune (UK/Canada) - Home to Coldcut, Kid Koala, Mr. Scruff, Bonobo,
Columbia (Japan) - Large Japanese label. Home to the Readymade
(U.S.) - This world-music label is home to such artists as Caetano Veloso.
(Germany) - Home to Low-Fi Generator, among others.
(Spain) - Discogs.com page on the wacky label that is home to Txarly
Brown, Digi Onze, and others.
(UK) - Home to Faze Action, Andrew Weatherall, Ashley Beedle, Justin
Robertson, and others.
(Portugal) - Home to Massi and others.
(U.S. / Germany) - Home to such artists as Grand Pianoramax and Tama
(Greece) - Sublabel of Libra.
Released the downtempo compilation Backroom Sessions.
(U.S.) - Label focusing on downtempo, house, and underground hip-hop.
Little Indian (UK) - Influential British label. Home to Björk,
Emiliana Torrini, and others.
(UK) - Specializing in the Asian-British sound, this label is home to
such artists as Badmarsh and Shri.
(UK) - Home the the Funky Lowlives and Electracoustic.
of the Loop (UK) - Home to Fumi, Russ Gabriel, and others.
(U.S.) - Released I Love Serge: ElectronicaGainsbourg and the
Sunset downtempo compilation series.
Pictures (U.S.) - Home to such artists as the Supreme Beings of
Leisure and Jacknife Lee.
(UK) - Home to Crazy Penis, Truant, Schmoov, Hakan Lidbo, and others.
(UK) - Home to Radiohead, Bentley Rhythm Ace, the Beastie Boys, and
the Pet Shop Boys.
of Behaviour (UK) - Home to the Karminsky Experience.
(UK) - Home to such artists as Recloose, Nouvelle Vague, and José
- Pepper - The dance imprint
Jam (Germany) - Home to Can 7 and others. Released a Freddy Fresh
(UK) - Home to the Welsh project Jakokoyak.
(Belgium) [a.k.a. Play It Again Sam] - Home to Llorca and others.
Groove (Japan) - Home to DJ Mitsu the Beats.
(France) - Home to Zimpala and others. Website in French.
(UK) - Home to RSL and DJ Ole.
(Germany) - Home to Benny Blanko. Part of the Ongaku group of labels.
Gaz (France) - Discogs.com page on the label launched by DJ Spider
Music (UK) - Discogs.com
page on the Manchester label that released records by J-Walk, Mr. Scruff,
Club (Germany) - Home to Slop Shop, Eastenders, Digital Jockey,
Biz (Japan) - Distributes the Pearlfishers, the Merricks, Stella,
and others. Navigation is in English. About a third of the text is in
English, with the rest in Japanese.
UK - Home to Ian Brown, Portishead, and a motley crew of others.
- Media empire that includes Polydor
Music France, and Universal
(Japan) - Home to Takako Minekawa and former home of Cornelius's old
project Flipper's Guitar.
(UK) - The former home of Fila Brazillia; now home to Baby Mammoth,
Leggo Beast, and others.
of Europe (UK) - Home to Truant.
(France) - Releases the Hotel Costes downtempo compilation series.
(Germany) - Stuttgart-based label that is home to Dublex Inc., Erik
Sumo, Inverse Cinematics, and others.
Strut (U.S.) - Has released records by Presto and others.
(UK) - Breaks-oriented label home to such artists as Howie B, Jacknife
Lee, and Roudoudou.
(U.S.) - This sublabel of Island
has released a number of downtempo compilations.
(U.S.) - Home to Curumin, Blackalicious, Lyrics Born, and others.
(Belgium) - The European home of the Boom Boom Satellites.
Fusion (Sweden) - Has released material by Beatfanatic, A Bossa
Electrica, and others.
- Major label. Part of Sony
(France) - Home to Tommy Hools, Terranova, and others.
Makers (France) - Founded by Air. Home to Sébastien Tellier.
Bud (U.S.) - New York-based label; home to Apeanaut, Down to Earth,
Records (Japan) - Home to Pizzicato Five, Mansfield, Comoestas,
and others. Part of the site for Nippon
Columbia, which distributes Readymade. Navigation in English, text
mostly in Japanese.
Entertainment, Tokyo (Japan) - Includes information on selected
releases, recent remixes by Yasuharu Konishi of Pizzicato Five, and
the "Readymade" DJ event (featuring Konishi, Masanori Ikeda, and Comoestas).
Navigation in English, text mostly in Japanese.
(UK) - Run by Aphex Twin.
(U.S.) - The former home of Primal Scream.
(U.S.) - Distributes the vinyl version of Zero 7's When It Falls
in the U.S.
and Culture (U.S.)
- D.C.-based label that is home to the Browntempo project.
(U.S.) - Released the first three Turntables on the Hudson series
(UK) - Released Alpinestars' summer 2002 album White Noise.
(UK) - Home to Marden Hill, Sugarman, and others.
(UK) - British hip-hop label. Home to such artists as Deckwrecka.
(U.S.) - Jazzy sublabel of Atlantic.
[a.k.a. Rykodisc] (U.S.) - Home to numerous artists, mostly in a classic-sounding
(UK) - Home to Unsung Heroes and the Nextmen.
(Italy) - This sublabel of Edizioni
Ishtar is home to Nicola Conte.
Skin (UK) - Discogs.com page on the downtempo label.
(UK) - This pop-oriented label is home to Brian, the Frank and Walters,
(Italy) - Home to Die Moulinettes.
(U.S.) - New York-based label that specializes in downtempo.
(UK) - Home to Neon Heights, Amillionsons, Fug, and Crazy P.
Factory (U.S.) - Released the Herb Alpert remix album Whipped
Cream & Other Delights Re-Whipped.
(Spain) - The Spanish home of Eggstone, Louis Philippe, Free Design,
and others. In English and Castilian Spanish.
Sing - Home to Speechless.
- Major label; part of the Warner
Degrees (U.S.) - This world-music label is home to Bebel Gilberto
(UK) - Home to Fatboy Slim, the Lo-Fidelity Allstars, Cut La Roc, and
other breaks artists.
[Smile] - Home to Fatboy Slim's old project the Mighty Dub Katz as well
other dance-music artists.
(Sweden) - This is the site for MNW Records, the parent company of Soap
Records, which is home to Cinnamon and other Swedish power-pop artists.
(UK) - Glasgow-based label and home to Slam. Soma is the parent label
home to the downtempo project Sidewinder.
- Home to Jazzanova, Dixon, Lightning Head, and others. Includes sublabels
such as Best Seven and Airdrops.
Sonic 360 (UK) - Released the Beautiful Sunset Airport 12"
- Music conglomerate that includes Epic,
and numerous regional Sonys.
Japan - Home to Chara, Aco, Yoshinori Sunahara, Puffy, DJ Krush,
Chappie, and numerous others. (This link goes to a gateway page with
links to English- and Japanese-language pages for Sony Japan.)
(UK) - Home to Border Crossing.
(UK) - Discogs.com page on the label that released works by the Ballistic
Beaten (UK) - Discogs.com page on the label specializing in mash-ups.
Fried (UK) - Label run by Norman Cook (a.k.a. Fatboy Slim) and home
to Scanty Sandwich. Released the Fatboy live mix album Live on Brighton
Beach in the U.K.
(France) - This page on the Astralwerks
site is a gateway to pages on Air and other Source artists whom Astralwerks
distributes in the U.S.
(UK) - Sublabel of Ministry
of Sound. Home to Bent.
(Germany) - Distributes Audiopharm
releases such as the Brazilectro series.
(Belgium) - Focusing on techno, house, and hip-hop, this sublabel of
Crammed is home
(U.S.) - Bankrupted by U2's lawsuit against SST artist Negativland,
the label has re-emerged.
(France) - Home to Mustafá and others.
(U.S.) - Discogs.com page on the now-defunct legendary soul label.
Deluxe (Germany) - Home to Trio Elétrico, Mo' Horizons, the
Funky Lowlives, Jaffa, and others.
Throw (U.S.) - Home to J Rocc, Quasimoto, Peanut Butter Wolf, and
K7 (Germany/U.S.) [a.k.a. K7, Stud!o K7, !K7] - See above under
the letter K.
(UK) - Home to such downtempo artists as Lux and Afterlife.
(Japan) - Home to Susumu Yokota and Ken Ishii. Sublime's sublabel Reel
Musiq released three Captain Funk singles and one full-length. The BBC
One website has an interesting profile
of the label.
Pop (U.S.) - This seminal indie label is home to such artists as
Sebadoh and Combustible Edison.
(U.S.) - Part of the 33rpm group of labels.
Best (UK) - Label run by Rob da Bank. Home to Boomclick, Max Sedgley,
(Austria) - Home to such artists as Karuan.
- Discogs.com page on the label that has released items by Freddie Cruger
(Germany) - Home to Protassov and others.
Loud (UK) - Discogs.com page on the now-defunct label launched by
Gilles Peterson and Norman Jay.
- Tee Pee (UK) - Released
Scottish HCFDM artist Motormark's single "Let's Go."
(U.S.) - Home to Le Pimp and others.
(Netherlands) - Home to Praful and others.
Ear (U.S.) - Home to Ruby and others.
Sixty (U.S.) -
The U.S. home of the Runaways UK and Tim "Love" Lee.
Jockey (U.S.) - Home to such artists as Sam Prekop, the Sea and
Cake, and Tortoise.
Bomb (U.S.) - The former U.S. home of Lionrock.
- Tokyo Dawn (Germany) - Online-only label.
Boy (U.S.) - Seminal hip-hop label that has since branched out
Pure (UK) - Home to Scottish HCFDM project Motormark and others.
EMI Japan - Releases the Style series of DJ mix CDs. No.
8 is by Captain Funk, a.k.a. Tatsuya Oe; No. 9 is by Tomoyuki Tanaka,
a.k.a. Fantastic Plastic Machine; and No. 10 is by Akakage, a.k.a. Yoichiro
Factory (Japan) - Has released material by the Silent Poets, Natural
Calamity, Nigo, and many more.
(Germany) - Specializing in jazz, funk, and soul reissues and current
releases of a similar flavor.
(U.S.) - Home to Aubergine 3, George Sarah, and others.
(Japan) - Home to Cornelius, Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her, Hideki
Kaji, and others. Most text is in Japanese, but all navigation is in
English and there's a section of reviews in English.
- Treacle Music Ltd. (UK)
- Releases the Another Late Night mix series in the UK.
(France) - Home to April March, Valerie Lemercier, label founder Bertrand
Burgalat, and others.
Thoughts (UK) - Downtempo label; home to Quantic, Flevans, Alice
Russell, Diesler, and others.
(U.S.) - Label launched by Washington, DC's Kidgusto.
Touch (UK) - Downtempo/acid-jazz label, home to Tim "Love"
Lee, Los Chicharrons, and others.
(U.S.) - Released the 1995 Nightmares on Wax full-length Smokers
Tunes (Austria) - Downtempo label. Home to Menu B and others.
(UK) - Founded by, and home to, Fila Brazillia.
(U.S.) - Home to Platinum Pied Pipers, Greyboy, and others; U.S. home
of Quantic and the Quantic Soul Orchestra.
Dilemma (UK) - Home to the Runaways (a.k.a. the Runaways UK) and
Zero 7, and the former home of Jadell.
(U.S.) - This dance-music label releases the Back to Mine compilation
(Germany) - Home to the Metrophonics, NOHA, and others.
- Major label affiliated with MCA.
Part of the huge Universal
Contenders [a.k.a. U.C. Records, All U.C. Records] - Home to Dub
(U.S.) - Home to the Pastels, Land of the Loops, Quasi, and others.
(Canada) - Home to the Verbrilli Sound and others.
- A subsidiary of Virgin,
V2 is home to such artists as Underworld, Rinôçérôse,
Japan - Releases Masanori Ikeda's Spinout series of mix CDs.
- Versatile (France) - Home to I:Cube, Chateau Flight, and
- Legendary jazz-oriented label. Includes the sublabels Impulse, Verve
Forecast, and GRP.
Scientists (Austria) - Home to an eponymous DJ collective, Freedom
Satellite, and the Menheads..
- Viktor (UK) - Home to the
- This mega-label is home to Massive Attack and many others.
(France) - Licensing and distribution-oriented company.
Wah (UK) [a.k.a.Wah Wah 45s] - Has
released 12-inches by such artists as Alison Crockett.
of Sound (UK) - Breaks-oriented label. Home to the Propellerheads,
the Wiseguys, Röyksopp, and others.
Bros. - Major label that distributes the Discovery
Music Group - See WEA
- Warp (UK) - Home to the downtempo/acid-jazz project Nightmares
on Wax and other electronic projects.
Trax (U.S.) - Chicago-based electronic music label; puts out releases
in conjunction with TVT.
(UK) [a.k.a. Warner Music
Group] - Controls the labels Atlantic,
West UK, Elektra,
Sire, and Warner
(UK) - Home to Ruby and others.
(UK) - Home to Cornershop and others.
(U.S.) - Brooklyn-based label headed by Nickodemus.
(U.S.) - Philadelphia-based label focusing on dub/reggae-influenced
(U.S.) - Home to Cottonbelly and others.
(UK) - Home to such artists as Basement Jaxx and Lemon Jelly, and the
U.K. home of Ugly Duckling and the Avalanches.
(UK) - Home to Chicane and others.
Basta (France) - Discogs.com page on the home of Gotan Project,
the Boyz from Brazil, and others.
King (U.S.) - Home to the project of the same name, a collaboration
between former Grand Central head Mark Rae and Rhys Adams.
Mama (Germany) - The onetime home of Cunnie Williams. In German.
(France) - Home to Kid Loco, Bob Sinclar, Dimitri from Paris, and the
Silent Poets. In French.
- Zebra Traffic (UK) - Hip-hop sister label of Tru
(Belgium) - Dedicated to Brazilian sounds, this sublabel of Crammed
is home to Bebel Gilberto, Zuco 103, and the late Suba.
on Japanese-language sites:
Most of the Japanese-language sites listed here are easily navigable in
English. Beyond that, however, they have varying amounts of Japanese text.
Ordinary Japanese text (as opposed to GIFs, etc.) will appear on
your screen as gibberish characters unless you have special software to
support Japanese text for your browser. If you want to get such software,
check out the free
download site for NJStar Communicator at NJStar.
page created November 1999 - Last modified February 13, 2008