The Noiseporn team is full of headbangers, techno aficionados, house heads, and more. And with that said, we only have so much time in the day to share our favorite releases. So, in order to give some of our most-frequented labels a nod, we put together a list of electronic music labels that we believe deserve way more recognition.
Whatever your genre of choice is, there is sure to be something for your ears to enjoy below. Take a stroll through our 12 most underrated electronic music labels of 2017.
12. BLUME [Electronic/Dance]
3LAU makes a positive impact with his self-curated label, BLUME. All proceeds from streams and sales of the label’s releases go directly to charity. Last year alone, the label raised $200,000 for one of Justin Blau’s favorite charities, Pencils of Promise. Seven new schools will be built in South America by September of this year, thanks to that same fundraising.
Several of 3LAU’s latest and greatest singles were released on the not-for-profit label, including “Fire” and “Is It Love” (Feat. Yeah Boy). The label’s next goal is to raise $30,000 for the ACLU.
11. Phantasy [Techno]
London-based techno house Phantasy was born in 2007. Since then, the label has become an underground fan favorite. A small, but mighty, roster of artists continue to work closely with the label’s founder and creative director, Erol Alkan. All Phantasy releases are pressed on vinyl, as well as released digitally.
The sounds of Phantasy range from ambient, to indie, to alternative, to overall psychedelic. The Chemical Brothers’ Tom Rowlands, cult pianist Gonzales, and Erol Alkan himself, have all seen releases on this unique label.
10. pelicanfly [Electronic]
You are likely to have heard some of the artists involved with pelicanfly, rather than the label’s name itself. Lido, Cashmere Cat, and Nadus have all released music on this under-appreciated label. Pelicanfly is an independent record label based in Brussels, Belgium that is run by DJ Slow and Richelle, alongside founding members Mister Tweeks, Bamboologie, BBO and Guy from the station.
Think vibey vocals, melodic piano riffs, and summertime synths. “The aim of the label is to release and promote the music we love.” Head to pelicanfly for a plethora of low-key hits.
9. Axtone [Big Room/Electronic]
It’s unbeknownst to many that Axwell actually heads his own label, Axtone Records. Formed in 2005, the low-key label releases music from all over the world.
Axtone releases follow the same festival-friendly vibe that fans have come to know and love from Axwell himself. Lenno, Kryder, Dave Winnel, Adrian Lux and other pals of the big room house superstar have dropped over to the label for successful releases.
8. Mood Records [Techno/House]
Techno queen Nicole Moudaber birthed Mood Records several years ago and has seen its ever-expanding success ever since.
The London-based label hosts massive parties at events like Miami Music Week and releases house and techno-influenced originals from some of the genre’s biggest names. Head to Mood Records for dancefloor-ready tracks, courtesy of Nicole Moudaber, Pan-Pot, Pleasurekraft, and more.
7. Trip Recordings [Techno]
Nina Kraviz is humbly killing the label game. A mix-heavy label that focuses on “Only Good Techno” is the name of the game for this hidden techno treasure. Trip Records publishes mixes from world-famous DJs and festivals, including Seth Troxler, Pan Pot, Sven Vath, and Time Warp Festival in Germany.
Dive into any of the mixes or releases on this underground label and you’re bound to find a ridiculous amount of tracks that you didn’t even know existed. Tap into трип (pronounced “Trip”) and get a fully immersive global experience.
6. LuckyMe Records [Electronic/Trap]
Scottish-born label LuckyMe is home to some of trap’s finest names, including Baauer, Hudson Mohwake, S-Type, and Lunice. Now based in London and New York, the label releases records, manages a multitude of artists, and runs the LuckyMe Studio, which is a “film production company and agency for select clients in music and fashion.”
LuckyMe releases a yearly advent calendar that features celebratory releases from artists at the forefront of electronic trap production and ingenuity. This is a full-scale label that takes the world of sound to the next level.
5. Sweat It Out [Electronic]
Sweat It Out is a label that mainly stays behind the scenes, but its artists absolutely do not. What So Not, RÜFÜS, and Anna Lunoe are just some of the talented names on the roster.
The Aussie label is the brainchild and legacy of AJAX, aka Dance Legend. The brand has become recognizable with an indie/dance sound that follows an exciting Australian music scene. Sweat It Out has offices in Sydney and Los Angeles, and hosts parties in Amsterdam, Fiji, Miami and more. Additionally, the label hosts an in-house agency and publishing arm, Club Sweat. The label was awarded ‘Label of the Year’ by 2016’s inthemix Awards and continues to persevere on a global scale.
4. Night Bass [House/Bassline]
Night Bass is home to an incredible volume of UK garage, bassline, grime, and house releases. HARD founder Destructo, label founder AC Slater, and house maestro Chris Lorenzo are just some of the the label’s friendly faces.
Label boss AC Slater “made it his mission to expose North America to these strongly under-represented genres and in doing so, he’s established club and record label Night Bass as a wildly successful, internationally renowned institution for ground breaking, forward-thinking dance music that’s spearheading an underground movement across the country.”
3. Kannibalen Records [Bass/Electro]
Black Tiger Sex Machine’s Kannibalen Records is not to be taken lightly. Featuring the likes of Snails, Apashe, Kai Wachi, and more, there is no shortage of bass with #KanniFam releases.
The masked trio behind the label is known for their edgy sound and high-energy shows, so naturally, the releases that they put out are no different. Kannibalen Radio is another highlight of the label, as a regular series that debuts mixes from artists like YOOKiE, Riot Ten, Kayzo, and more.
2. Dirtybird Records [House]
“Dirtybird has been dropping basslines and creating smiles on the dance-floor since January 2005.”
Not only is Claude vonStroke’s iconic Dirtybird label a booming bassline sanctuary, but it’s home to some of house music’s most impressive names. Justin Martin, Eats Everything, Shiba San, and J Phlip are just a few of the label’s most frequented producers. Its legends like these that lend their talents to nationwide Dirtybird events, something that has become synonymous with the label’s name.
Dirtybird has offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles and expands beyond music into events, tour production, merchandising, licensing, and artist management. In 2013 & 2014 , Dirtybird won ‘Underground Label of the Year” at the International Dance Music Awards.
We recently raved about Tchami’s Prophecy Tour, so it’s only natural that we included his label on this list. Not only do we think his CONFESSION label is underrated, but we believe that it’s the most under-appreciated label of the moment.
Brooding basslines, sinister vocals, and punching hi-hats set the stage for the label’s dark house sound that artists like Tchami and MALAA have come to be known for. The ‘CONFESSION Mix‘ series allows the label’s frequenters to drop mixes that leave listeners with plenty to listen to. LO’99 and Dustycloud recently released fire EPs on CONFESSION, solidifying the label’s ability to provide us with our new favorite artists time and time again.
Tchami has a knack for recognizing killer talent within a very unique genre. We look forward to each and every CONFESSION release, and not once have we been disappointed. Look back at our most recent experience with the CONFESSION family here.