Articles tagged “label”

5 Dance and Electronic Music Labels to Watch in 2021

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Though the past year has been devoid of clubs in their typical states, labels have continued to push scenes forward. The only dance floor you may be visiting is that of your living room and kitchen, but there has been no shortage of tunes to power you through. What follows is a selection of some […]

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An Interview with Uri from Hivern Discs in Barcelona

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So many things have happened since Hivern Discs was founded 10 years ago in Barcelona, and the label’s founder, Uri (also known as John Talabot, among many other pseudonyms), has changed equally. In that decade, he has kept honest to his music taste, which has developed as he met new people, new doors opened, and […]

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10 Essential Albums to Introduce You to Innovative Leisure


Nate Nelson surveyed the record landscape more than a decade ago and saw closed-mindedness. “When we started before streaming was robust, you would think of labels as pockets of niche,” he tells Discogs. “[People would say,] ‘I like that one for the electronic music it puts out, I know that one for indie hip-hop, that […]

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The Best Movie Soundtracks on Vinyl from Mondo


So, you’ve filled your record library with iconic rock, soul staples, pop hits, rare punk, disco delights, and funk favorites. You’ve got a few great classical pieces, some old holiday collections, a few weird things you bought because the cover looked cool, but you still want more? Have you explored the wonderful world of film […]

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The 10 Most Important Albums Released on Dirtnap Records

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This was supposed to be Ken Cheppaikode’s month to celebrate. The owner and sole employee of punk/garage rock-centric label Dirtnap Records had booked the packed, two-day Dirtnap Festival at the High Noon Saloon in his current home in Madison, Wisconsin, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the imprint, including a reunion of new wave dynamos […]

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10 Classic Albums from Grand Royal, the Beastie Boys’ Record Label

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With all this talk of Beastie Boys in the context of the Spike Jonze-directed 2020 documentary, Beastie Boys Story, there isn’t a better time to revisit one of the most underrated facets of the band’s legacy. Launching with their seminal third album, Check Your Head, Grand Royal would become a full-fledged boutique label by late […]

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What’s in a Label: A Look at Blue Note Records

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Article by Eduardo Rivadavia Blue Note Records is arguably the definitive jazz label. It championed the style from day one, rarely straying from it over the next 80 years even while enduring the inevitable mergers and acquisitions experienced by most record companies, thus proudly standing by their slogan: “The Finest in Jazz Since 1939.” Alfred […]

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What’s in a Label: A Look at Vertigo

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Article by Eduardo Rivadavia Vertigo was one of several major label subsidiaries launched in the late-1960s to nurture progressive rock talent, quickly developing a unique roster and brand aesthetic that are still respected —  even revered — by modern-day music collectors. The History Founded in 1969 out of the London offices of Philips/Phonogram (later part […]

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14 Albums On The Astralwerks Label That Tell the Story of Electronic Music

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Between the liner notes of each Astralwerks release lies the story of electronic music. The American record label was formed in 1993 by Brian Long as an imprint of Brit-rock label Caroline Records. Immediately, it’s mission was to give a home to electronic musicians, and within five years, it secured its place as a leader […]

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What’s in a Label: A Look at Atlantic Records

Article by Eduardo Rivadavia Atlantic Records rose to prominence as perhaps the ultimate independent record label prototype, but it was also among the few indies to survive the leap to a major label, becoming one of history’s most successful ones at that. The History Atlantic Records was founded in October 1947 with a $10,000 loan […]

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