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#1 OfficeTime8889

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 11:30 PM

In my opinion, Stones Throw has been the premier indie label for the past 10+ years.  Their roster, output, and reach through different marketing and promotional tactics has been something to admire.  I'll admit the term "indie" has become somewhat of a marketing gimmick; nonetheless, I'd like to know what some of the other indie labels you guys respect are - - both domestic and foreign, not Hip-Hop/ Rap specific, they could be active or defunct businesses - - and why?

To start, I really like what I've been seeing form Redefinition Records, specifically their line of Kev Brown releases through Low Budget Records.  Kev Brown's been one of the most talented, yet humble, producers in the game.  It hasn't been until recently when he partnered with Redefinition that his works have had the proper platform they deserved. 

 

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 01:01 AM

Redef is great, I think Damu's stuff through them too. Mello Music Group is like the new ST (lots of former ST crew putting out records there now and Oddisse like the Madlib of label). BBE, Decon, Rappcats, Blue Note, Ghostly, Now Again, Lex, some others that come to mind.

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 04:19 AM

On the funk tip: PPU, Omega Supreme Records, Cosmic Chronic, MoFunk Records, Voltaire



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 06:53 AM

Some indie labels I like supporting:

 

http://ironlungrecords.bigcartel.com/

Metal/hardcore/punk label from Seattle. Quality releases.

 

http://explodeddrawing.bandcamp.com/

Local beatmakers from Austin, good guys, make sure to check out their shows if you're ever in Austin.

 

http://minimalwave.com/

Really great 80's "wave" reissue label, reissuing forgotten classics ranging from new wave to darkwave to coldwave to really any wave based genre  you can think of. Similar to PPU if you're into those kinds of releases.

 

http://www.numerogroup.com/

Another archival label, one of the best out there in my opinion. You probably have one of their releases. Their Unwound box sets are incredible. Don't Sleeeep.


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Posted 08 August 2014 - 07:40 AM

Rawkus was pretty good back in the late '90s.

Def Jux was always pretty cool...

Rhymesayers released BLT.

4AD.

Warp.

Brainfeeder.

Zappa's label (forgot what it was called)...



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 08:39 AM

Lol totally forgot to mention Brainfeeder. Can't wait for new Underachievers!

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 10:00 AM

http://www.numerogroup.com/

Another archival label, one of the best out there in my opinion. You probably have one of their releases. Their Unwound box sets are incredible. Don't Sleeeep.

 

Of course, Numero is the shit! Also Truth & Soul, Ubiquity, Daptone, Soundway, etc



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 10:25 AM

iNsect records out of Austin, TX got some dope stuff. My boy put a beat tape out on that label.

Dirty Tapes out of NY is ill.

The French label Cascade Records got some dope Hip Hop and Electronic stuff.


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Posted 08 August 2014 - 10:58 AM

Hit+Run

Tri Angle

Future Classic

Ninja Tune

LuckyMe

Planet Mu

Tall Corn Music

Fools Gold

All City Records

Musique Large

Hyperdub

Young Turks

Erased Tapes

Paper Bag Records

Temporary Residence Limited

Warp

Ghostly

Brainfeeder
Lex

Now-Again

4AD

 

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 11:45 AM

Nature Sounds got Blu and his new Good to be Home cassette. Dope production by Bombay.



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 12:23 PM

Leaving Records is also never a let down.


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Posted 08 August 2014 - 12:25 PM

SLF Tapes (R.I.P.)



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 11:30 PM

iNsect records out of Austin, TX got some dope stuff. My boy put a beat tape out on that label.

Dirty Tapes out of NY is ill.

The French label Cascade Records got some dope Hip Hop and Electronic stuff.

I got records by Sir Froderick on INsect and Cascade so I guess I'd better check out Dirty Tapes too.

 

Nobody mentioned All City Records out of Dublin yet. 2 x Knxwledge albums and a 10" along with a whole loada stuff from other reputable artists. Dope label.


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Posted 08 August 2014 - 11:31 PM

Mello music group?

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Posted 09 August 2014 - 01:44 AM

Mello music group?

already mentioned.

But this also came to my mind first. Don't think they've released a single a record i haven't been feeling at least to some point.

Oddisee and Apollo Brown are their two go-to-guys though



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 07:51 AM

Street Corner Music (run by House Shoes) has been dropping some ill shit from up and coming beatmakers.

Grand Garden is a dope tape based label with three releases; from the looks of it though I think they might have already folded up but don't take my word on that.

New Los Angeles put out The Koreatown Oddity's '200 Tree Rings' as their debut release a couple month back. I'm excited to see what else they're gonna be releasing (as I type this in my New Los t-shirt!).

I'm in the process of starting my own little label as well; after being inspired by a lot of the aforementioned business models. Be on the look out for Bakers' Hours Records & Tapes coming your way in '15 with some familiar names...
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Posted 14 August 2014 - 06:49 PM

Rawkus was pretty good back in the late '90s.

 

Rawkus helped launch the careers of sooo many legendary acts, it's a shame they weren't able to subsist



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Posted 16 August 2014 - 08:56 PM

Rawkus was DOPE!

I remember that late 90s early 2000 I was buying every release they put out. My local record shop had a card section strictly for Rawkus stuff.



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Posted 16 August 2014 - 09:01 PM

MIA records was a small record label out of Lawrence, MA that put Krumb Snatcha on the radio back in late 90s.

They opened a record shop in downtown Lowell, MA. I remember going there with a mixtape on cassette and they gave me 2 white label promos of Ed O.G.'s Don't Talk About It / Understand.



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 12:05 AM

I miss my soundbombing II tape. It burnt years ago due to overplay.



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Posted 21 August 2014 - 02:06 PM

5th BtL, anyone?


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Posted 22 August 2014 - 04:46 PM

In my opinion, Stones Throw has been the premier indie label for the past 10+ years.  Their roster, output, and reach through different marketing and promotional tactics has been something to admire.  I'll admit the term "indie" has become somewhat of a marketing gimmick

 
"Indie" is not a gimmick.  You're either independently owned, or owned in part or full by a major label – there's only three majors now: Warner, Universal, Sony.  Many indie labels reply on major distribution channels, but they remain indie labels.  
 
Stones Throw is a great indie and there isn't many that survive 10 years.  Stones Throw is pretty small compared to a few other indies that have been around longer than them – Domino, Warp, XL, 4AD, Rough Trade, Matador, Drag City - and even small compared to plenty of new ones.  

Blue Note

 
Blue Note is a part of Universal.  They haven't been an indie since the late 70s.

BBE, Decon, Rappcats ... Ghostly, Now Again, Lex

 
Is BBE still in business?  They were great for a few years.  Does Decon still do records?  They were never good.  Rappcats isn't a label, it's the website of Madlib Invazion.  Ghostly is great.  Now Again is great but small.  Lex is terrible - they just happened to have signed Doom, then ruined him.
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Posted 23 August 2014 - 06:49 PM

 
"Indie" is not a gimmick

 

 

I respectfully disagree.  It's definitely used by some artists and businesses as a marketing tool.  


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Posted Yesterday, 04:46 PM

 
Blue Note is a part of Universal.  They haven't been an indie since the late 70s.

 
Is BBE still in business?  They were great for a few years.  Does Decon still do records?  They were never good.  Rappcats isn't a label, it's the website of Madlib Invazion.  Ghostly is great.  Now Again is great but small.  Lex is terrible - they just happened to have signed Doom, then ruined him.

 

Geez, dunno why you sound so mad.

 

Good call on Blue Note -- As for the rest of labels mentioned who may not be putting out stuff still, they are certainly still worth checking out. Decon put out some good stuff (Projects from Black Milk, Alchemist, Oh No (Gangrene), Evidence etc etc . Rappcats may not be a label, but all the stuff they've sold outside of Madlib's stuff is what I wouldn't consider Madlib Invazion and falls more under "Rappcats" -- Lex may not be best but still have some solid projects too.



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Posted Yesterday, 06:13 PM

Side Road Records from Saskatchewan is kind of dope. It's Factor's label I believe, and they drop all kind of good shit. Same with Peanuts And Corn in the early 2000s, out of Manitoba.



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Posted Today, 01:49 AM

Acorn Tapes from the UK have released 3 solid projects on cassette so far, the best has been Sir Froderick's Say Something, also one from Mark Aubert and one from Jomac (stmb alumni) all worth checking out imo.



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Posted Today, 12:55 PM

^ Good looks. I wasn't aware of them.




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