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The Sound Of: Get Physical Music

Germany’s Get Physical Music has been a crucial outlet for house music in its many forms for 20 years. Alongside a mix from its catalogue, Kristan J Caryl meets co-owner Roland Leesker to learn about how the label is foregrounding artists from South Africa, Brazil and Cuba — and why trusting your gut is the key to success

“We simply do what we like,” says Get Physical Music’s Roland Leesker. “Just follow your heart.” And there you have it. All you have to...

The Sound Of: Critical Music

As the underground drum & bass label celebrates its 20th anniversary, Critical Music founder Kasra records a breakneck mix of tracks from its catalogue, and chats to Jake Hirst about the imprint’s history and constant evolution

“I started the label as a hobby and didn’t know where it would take me. So when I look back and think about everything we’ve...

The Sound Of:  boxout.fm Recordings

Showcasing the diversity of sounds on offer in the Indian electronic music scene and inspiring a new generation of artists to get creative, boxout.fm Recordings has evolved from radio station to club night to vital label. Alongside a mix from its catalogue recorded by Mutable Mercury, founder DJ MoCity tells Safi Bugel about the platform’s journey so far

“People think musicians in India only make music that sounds ‘Indian’,” Mohammed Abood, founder of boxout.fm Recordings, explains to DJ Mag. “In reality, there’s a...

The Sound Of: Kindergarten Records

New York’s Kindergarten Records has become an essential outpost for hard-to-define, easy-to-dance-to club music in just two short years. Alongside a mix from its catalogue, founder Ma Sha tells Sophie McNulty how friendship and a sense of fun are at the heart of the imprint

“When people open up our Bandcamp page, they can expect this welcoming vibe that’s like, ‘Are you ready to go on an adventure with us?’”...

Meshing dancehall, dub, techno and industrial, Bristol’s Bokeh Versions label has carved a unique niche in the UK underground  Alongside a 100% Bokeh mix recorded...

UK label Scuffed Recordings has earned its reputable status with a roster of artists producing tactile, club-focused beats. As it expands further into live events...

Compiling hyper-speed, sci-fi sounds from producers across the globe, Anna Morgan and Bell Curve’s Worst Behavior has quickly become a force to be reckoned with...

London label Alien Jams has been releasing music that balances propulsive dancefloor energy with extraterrestrial experimentation since 2014. Alongside a mix from its catalogue, founder...

The team behind Parisian label Zone — The Hacker, Alexandre Reynaud and David Rimokh — discuss the friendship and artistic ethos behind their techno and...

Hackney-based Nervous Horizon has established itself as one of the most exciting and forward-thinking club labels in London. For this month’s The Sound Of, two...

Berlin house and disco label Toy Tonics is pushing a bumping, cosmic sound fuelled by collaboration and live instrumentation. Founder Mathias Modica, aka Kapote and...

In under three years, D. Tiffany’s Planet Euphorique label has placed itself at the forefront of a hybrid sound driven by propulsive electro, emotive breaks...

 

Named after its founder, West Norwood Cassette Library, WNCL has spent the past decade delivering a steady stream of club weapons without getting pigeonholed...

Inspired by the dusty, crunchy sound of old rave tapes, Western Lore is twisting up modern jungle with a wavy, freeform sound and equally psychedelic...

In just three short years, More Time Records has become a go-to imprint offering a diverse selection of percussive club music. In this month’s The...

Bristol-born Banoffee Pies Records is best known for its sonic diversity, V/A compilations and plethora of series and sub-labels. But as its founder Ell Weston...

Our monthly label showcase, The Sound Of, puts the focus on the imprints we love; outlets that are championing new artists, dropping key releases and...

“100% Silk has always been about feeling over functionality,” says Britt Brown, who founded the Los Angeles label in 2011 with Amanda Brown. “The music...

Our monthly label showcase, The Sound Of, puts the focus on the imprints we love; outlets that are championing new artists, dropping key releases and...

From its distinctive binary code record sleeves to its visionary output, Central Processing Unit has become one of the UK’s most consistently exciting electronic music...

Our monthly label showcase, The Sound Of, puts the focus on the imprints we love; outlets that are championing new artists, dropping key releases and...

It’s impossible to talk about the modern jungle scene without bringing up Repertoire. Founded back in 2009 by Ricky Law (also the brains behind the...

Our monthly label showcase, The Sound Of, puts the focus on the imprints we love; outlets that are championing new artists, dropping key releases and...

Born from the now-defunct Parisian label Institubes, Sound Pellegrino is the brainchild of Teki Latex and Orgasmic, two DJs known for their wildly varied tastes...