Sister Labels Are Doing It For Themselves
Posted by Adam on 26th October 2014
These days it seems like every label has a sister label that is used to ‘release more experimental sounds’ or as ‘a platform for new and exciting artists’ but clichés aside these sister labels can really deliver the goods.
Here’s my run down of what I think are the best sister labels around at the minute…
Med School Music is the the “twisted” sister of Drum & Bass Goliath Hospital Records and has released everything from the beautifully melodic self titled album by Etherwood to the strange microfunk of Bop. Picking a favourite from such a diverse catalogue was impossible so here’s my favourite track from their latest release, New Blood 014.
Launched in 2012 by Ram Records; Program has been the launch pad for names like Frankee & Kove and remains focused on pushing the sounds of new and up and coming artists. They also put out one of my favourite tunes of the year, Let There Be Love by Slang Banger.
SGN:LTD has been around since 2006 and has been is responsible for introducing the likes of Icicle, SpectraSoul & Alix Perez to the world, who have all since graduated to it’s big sister Shogun Audio.
I already featured the big sister of PROX:LTD, Proximity Recordings, in my ‘9 Small Drum & Bass Labels That You Should Be Paying Attention To‘ article and since it’s inception in early 2014 is has quickly established itself as a platform for new and exciting Drum & Bass.
Sister to Noisia’s main label, Division Recordings, Invisible is an output for “unknown and experimental bass music” and having just released Hybris’ incredible début album ‘Emergence’ and the latest in their various artists EP series you should be watching the Invisible carefully.
Technically not a sister label I suppose as it’s part of the wider Samurai Music Group but worthy of a mention nonetheless. With a back catalogue that features names like Need For Mirrors, Calibre, Tokyo Prose & Lynx, Samurai Red Seal, along with the rest of the Samurai family, is a label for those who like their Drum & Bass to be more than compressed snares and screeching synths.
Sister to the legendary V Recordings, Chronic’s output is much more focused on the heavier, dancefloor tunes with some great EPs from Nitri and Serum as well as the brilliant “Warehouse Music” album Chronic always delivers the goods.