Love or hate 'em, nobody can deny the impact Rudimental have had on UK bass music. Propelling d&b back onto the radio and into the charts and stages of football stadiums, they'd be nowhere today without Black Butter.
Set up less than four years ago with £5000 by three mates — Olly Wood, Henry Village and Joe Gossa — in an East London flat, the label has since transcended its humble origins to grow into probably the most successful bass label in the country in 2013. Little surprise, then, they've stolen the vote this year by a country mile.
Unperturbed by sceptics questioning their underground credentials, the secret to BB's success has been its appreciation of good quality dubstep, house, d&b, garage, even strands of avant-pop, that works just as well as on the radio as it does on the dancefloor.
While Gorgon City — the partnership of Foamo and RackNRuin — had no qualms smashing the main room of Fabric (as part of a BB takeover) last October, their monster garage/house hit, 'Real', featuring Yasmin, was one of the first underground pop nuggets to bother the charts in 2013.
Same applies for Rudimental, while the curation and nurture of both established and upcoming talent like Drums of Death, Woz, My Nu Leng, Kidnap Kid and BNRY has ensured its productivity has continued to stay as rude as the music. Add to that its constantly widening music policy, one that's seen collaborations from MANIK and Maxxi Soundsystem cast the imprint's net even wider on the latest 'Spread Love' compilation, and Black Butter is only going to get stronger in 2014.
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