15 new labels that got our attention with their first release in 2015, and as we will, you should follow their upcoming releases in 2016 too.
Anakronik is the brainchild of Andrey, one half of the Audiotheque duo, who’ve been involved in the scene for a while now albeit with discreet output. Through Anakronik his vision and ideas of timeless, spaceless music, that just is, will be revealed.
2. Blind Box
Blind Box Series is a vinyl-only record label, focusing on deep, raw underground club music. Label owners Julien Sandre and Italian duo Konstress team up to form Blind Box as a label, a brand and a means to spread the sound they have in common.
Keep an eye on a label with no hidden ambitions, where music and quality are the only priority.
New Bulgarian techno/house imprint CAPH sure knows how to make a first impression. Zendid presents four cuts on “2000 Drums.” and there’s some real diversity on here. First up is the title track, a smooth electro cut with a killer beat and swirling, all consuming pads. Then there’s “Brule Parfum” which treads into minimal house territory with its trippy, densely reverberated beat and yet more lush pads taking you on a nice after hours journey. “Hawaiian Roles’ keeps on with the minimal vibe with a more summery edge as its name suggests and just wait until those hi hats come in, nice! Lastly there’s the OdD alternative concept remix of that last track which a brilliant rework just made for after hours, tech house mischief with its funky reductionist drum groove and rolling bassline.
4. Castanea Records
Castanea Records is an minimal techno music record label founded in 2014 and based in Italy. It’s vinyl only label and none of their releases are officially available online in any digital format.
Concepts always cross various disciplines, especially art wise. Tailored to a well determined structure with a rhythm of four verses, the quatrain, is the idea from which Catren draws it’s inspiration. Unfiltered, sincere, emotional frequencies vibrate just the same as poetry did in the old days. Only now it’s the cutting edge soundscapes that producers swap with the proverbial poetic wit. Striving to honour the lyrical geniuses that made our world more alive Catren sets a simple goal. Music free to go anywhere and everywhere
6. Eating Records
Eating Records was born in the Brussels underground scene, inspired by the idea of synthesizing two different horizons to get a beautiful concept. In the beginning it was simply the need to go back to roots and try to connect with the present and future, but eventually it ended up with a modern groovy Label. The first release of the label was not that easy to find. The eclectic worlds of the two members did not really help them. But that was until they found JR FROM DALLAS: a talented DJ producer from Lille, owner of Gourmand Music Recording – maybe food is the key… who knows ? JR has always been a forward-moving artist, but his music cannot – and should not – be mapped linearly. After releasing on labels as Farris Wheel Recordings and Greenhouse Recordings, he had nowhere to go but backward for his new EP on Eating Records to its 90 old school beats and hypnotizing basses. PHONICAL DEEP is gorgeous and evocative all the same. TECHNIVAL is stylish enough, and it is as restlessly creative as you would expect. It is followed by the hypnotic and beautiful remix of JAY BLISS of PHONICAL DEEP – the EPs final track. The fact is, JAY BLISS has managed to create something so refreshingly unique that trying to categorize and label his remix is rather dubious. He transformed the original melodic part to a blissful pad embellished with a repetitive rhythm spiced with tiny subtle details. It is easier to see this remix as the backbone of electronic music – simple and repetitive but never boring.
On its second release, the fresh label Eating Records, embarks us on its most unlikely underground journey yet .The new project includes two beautiful tracks from the deep flows of house music, from the unfamous talented producer from Kiev, iO (MULEN). There s no point in trying to place iO or his music in some larger social picture. No need to talk about his intensive production. His successful releases can be found on imprints such as REJECTED (Joris Voorn), PROPAGANDA (Nastia), ELARUM and his own MULEN RECORDS which he started in 2012 and that released his stunning debut album within 2013. On FLUTES/CREEPS EP, he thrives on fantastic impossibilities including flutes and deep melodic basses. It is obvious that mister iO had a wonderful time making the two tracks. FLUTES comes up as victorious and gallant. It is an energizing shock full of curious noises, mesmerizing musical surprises, a real dancefloor track. CREEPS is discreet and dark, and remains beautifully deep. This track finds iO wrenching as much sweetness out of it as he possibly can, in return giving us our first indication that he is in a generous spirit. When this EP comes to an end, it feels like getting back from a good vacation: the last thing you want to do is re-enter the real world.
7. Hostom Records
Hostom it’s a new mysterious french vinyl only label, distributed by the Yoyaku Agency. Their tracks had a great support, especially from Raresh, while Rhadoo played a track of their second release at the beginning of December at Concrete in Paris.
Liniar was born in April 2015, with the intention of delivering minimal and house beats on vinyl only. Focused mostly on Romanian producers, but also opened to international talents, its name is a soft allusion to the linear and trippy music that the label promotes, the kind of music that can make one dive into a dreamy state at a party – or afterparty!
Malonian makes an elegant debut with its first EP, signed by Sedee. A Vinyl Only masterpiece, this EP features the wreck waterslide of Mamaia and we can say that the tracks on it imply the exact same feelings.
First of all, “Ian” is the rocket on the A-side, a carefully constructed percussion bomb that has a very appealing mystery in its’ vibe. The producer did a great job with this one as it is a trippy piece that is not that easy to chew, but once you got into its’ sound, you are irremediably captured by the bassline.
Coming on the B-side is Andrei Ciubuc’s remix of the same track, a marvelous reinterpretation of something already amazing. Andrei’s perspective is a little bit groovier, but the basic idea remains the same as its’ well-built sounds take us on another trip in the enigma.
After such a successful first release, we are sure that there is a lot more to come from Malonian and we are truly eager to see what these guys are up to next.
Last few years have seen Barac capturing the very soul of the romanian underground in a very productive yet very unreleased manner. Few carefully selected tracks have been released while others are probably kept for the right moment. With his album on Metereze running hot and a new label under his command Barac is for sure the man of the hour. Better yet, the man of the Moment.
Mysterious vinyl only imprint from Netherlands. After the great success of their first release, MOi present us their second vinyl.
12. Plaisir Records
Plaisir is a French booking agency representing some of the most talented up and coming Djs that has now expanded with a label division.
2 releases in 2015, first one by Zendid with a great remix from Vid, and the second by Ali Moghrani with a remix from Faster.
Vinyl only label created by Dafoe & Amin Ravelle.
14. Why so series
Why So Series kicks off with Nu Zau, providing a two tracker immersed in hypnotic percussion on both ends of the release. Whilst the A side, “Jannete”, is dark, gloomy and riddled with robotic like features, “Povestea Sovietelor” settles into spacier grounds and takes its listeners on a field trip through long forgotten chants and ambiental excursions. Vinyl only with original artwork and inner sleeve – 100% Romanian product, shrink wrapped.
Romanian underground outlet aimed at releasing eternal dance music. Based downtown Bucharest, delivering worldwide.
Zimbru debuts with a double tracker by Sahau, the brainchild of Dan Andrei, Kozo and Paul Agripa, entitled Montreal Ep. Side a is a pure house gem with breaks attitude, suitable for both night and day, indoor or outdoor. A New Jersey influence can be clearly heard in those synths, hence probably the name Nj Breaks. Montreal, on side B, seems to be a different beast. With powerful swing and a catchy theme this track means business.