Nothing but quality releases from these folks. Check them out and buy their stuff. Support independent music!


1. Tru Thoughts – [visit site]

Based in Brighton, they are at the top of the heap.

2. Fort Knox Recordings – [visit site]

DC’s own funkmeisters. Every release is a prime-time floor filler.

3. Funk Weapons – [visit site]

Home to the All Good Funk Alliance and Dr. Delay. Heavy dancefloor funk breaks action.

4. Magnetic Fields – [visit site]

Quantic’s new funk imprint

5. Daptone Records – [visit site]

The home of the world’s best new heavy funk.

6. Wonderwheel Recordings – [visit site]

The wonderfully diverse label owned by Turntables on the Hudson’s Nickodemus.

7. Freestyle Records – [visit site]

Simply one of the best, most diverse dance labels in the world.

8. Pulver Records – [visit site]

Dublex, Inc’s superfine label. Some of the best sleeve design around!

9. Alternate Take Records – [visit site]

Home of the Hydroponic Sound System. [See also Bastard Jazz]

10. ESL Music – [visit site]

Let’s give credit where credit is due.

11. Cookshop – [visit site]

Love these guys. Brighton’s killing it right now (must be something about the sea air). Home to Lost Idol, La Femme, Digital Midgets, Mawglee & more.

12. Melting Pot Music – [visit site]

Cut’n’paste-style breaks and hip-hop.

13. Love Monk – [visit site]

This Spanish label is the home of the very talented Gecko Turner.

14. True Grooves – [visit site]

FunkDC’s label, home to Kid Gusto’s top-shelf beats.

15. Rhythm & Culture Recordings – [visit site]

Farid Ali’s electronic label. From beats to sleeve design, quality all the way.

16. Soul Jazz – [visit site]

New electronica and dancefloor gems. But best known for super high quality reissues of soul, funk, punk/funk, reggae and more.

17. Jazzman Records – [visit site]

Crate digging obsessives unearthing amazing funk, soul & jazz rarities with alarming frequency. Lovingly re-issued on vinyl & CD.

18. Ninja Tune – [visit site]

Righteous downtempo dopeness from the innovators.

19. Ace Records – [visit site]

Amazingly diverse re-issue label, covering everything from British Invasion to Pub Rock to Northern Soul to classic country. All lovingly packaged with extensive liner notes and exceptional remastering.

20. Catskills Records – [visit site]

Awesome Brighton-based dance & downtempo label. Home to Black Grass, Ch3vy, Husky Rescue, Hard Kandy, Aldo Vanucci and many others.

21. K7 Records – [visit site]

Creators of the always-impressive and seemingly never-ending DJ Kicks series, the label roster sports Koop, Kruder Dorfmeister and Smith & Mighty among others.

22. Jalapeno Records – [visit site]

One of the best dance music labels out there, based on the colossal one-two punch of Skeewiff and Kraak’n’Smaak. Not to mention Ikon, Cricco Castelli, Ian Britt and Kid Creme.

23. Freerange Records – [visit site]

Superb UK house label with a deep stable of talent including Swell Session, Trevor Loveys, Shur-I-Kan & Jimpster.

24. The Blow Up – [visit site]

London-based 60s-obsessed record label and mod club night. 15 years strong and still going with that hipshaking go-go beat…! Recently tapped to remix DC’s own Dust Galaxy.

25. Stax Records – [visit site]

The greatest soul label ever celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2008. Far from mere revivalism, the label is continuing the soul tradition with Angie Stone.

26. Timmion Records – [visit site]

Deep down ‘n’ dirty funk & soul from Finland! Home to Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators, Didier’s Sound Spectrum, Speedometer and the Soultors.

27. ZZK Records – [visit site]

Latin-American tradition slams head-on into 21st century technology and erupts into technicolored butt-shaking bass-heavy boom-bip. Yeah, it’s that good.

28. Unicornio Records – [visit site]

CLUB Unicornio Records is a label specializing in obscure and underground Spanish language music. From Mexican dance punk, to rare Latin breaks, to the newest in electro cumbia and beyond. Based in Oakland and Los Angeles, the label was formed by two good friends Sonido Franko and DJ Lengua.