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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?’”...

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South Africa’s biggest independent label is taking house music to new heights and changing the lives of local artists in the process. Alongside a mix of tracks from its catalogue, founder Kid Fonque speaks to Kitty Amor about the rise and rise of Stay True Sounds

Over the past six years, three words have come to dominate any conversation about South African electronic music: Stay True Sounds. Recognised as the biggest...

The Sound Of: Deep Jungle

Releasing both hidden gems from the old school and essential new-gen bangers, Deep Jungle has secured a reputation for buy-on-sight junglism. Alongside a mix representing the past, present and future of its catalogue, founder Harmony shares the secret of the label’s success with Ben Hindle

To say  that Deep Jungle has become one of the jungle scene’s premier labels in under five years would be an understatement. Since pretty much...

The Sound Of: Touching Bass

Encompassing parties, a record label and a beloved radio show, Errol and Alex Rita’s Touching Bass has created an open space to celebrate Black music in all its forms, from jazz to jungle and beyond. Alongside a woozy mix exploring the DNA of Touching Bass’ past, present and future by Sammseed, Ria Hylton documents the movement’s ethos and story so far 

“Touching Bass is a musical movement,” Errol Anderson tells DJ Mag. “And when I say movement, I’m thinking of forward movement — energy.” Alex Rita...

The Sound Of: Me Me Me

Though a clear reflection of his taste in music, Newcastle’s Me Me Me label isn’t all about its founder, Man Power. Alongside a mix from its hard-to-define and easy-to-love catalogue, the DJ and producer tells Kristan J Caryl about the imprint’s focus on bringing artists together

“There’s nothing quite like the collapse of society to make you contemplate how self-interested you may have been,” says Man Power in the first week...

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...

Dealing in experimental sci-fi soundscapes as much as it does club bangers, Mexico City’s Infinite Machine has spent a decade at the cutting edge of...

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...

Souped Up has been a driving force behind the new jump-up sound that’s taken drum & bass by storm. With an emphasis on fun, energetic...

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...