The majority of independent labels are linked to musical trends. Much rarer are those embracing a wider range of genres. Mute Records belongs to this latter category, reflecting the diversity of British, European and global new-wave for over forty years.
A cross between synthetic and industrial music, the Venezuelan producer’s work can feel like being at a contemporary art exhibition where anything can happen and things might get shaken up. From Björk to Kanye West, Arca is called upon to make music innovative and weird.
A major figure of the French Touch movement as part of the duos Motorbass and Cassius, Philippe Zdar was also a much sought-after producer in the 2000s for his ability to mix dance, rock, pop and soul.
The perfect playlist to get your kids dancing, open them up to the world, and help them develop the same impeccable taste in electronic music as you.
He could have become a footballer, but a twist of fate led him to make his mark on an altogether different terrain – the sound machine. With just a handful of records, Darren Cunningham has become the go to for fans of a slightly skewed electro beat [or sound].
Take a nighttime voyage through various styles of electronic music (dubstep, IDM, vaporwave, micro-house, techno, ambient). To be listened to between the hours of midnight and 5am.
Lasting more than just one summer, rave music became the soundtrack of the 90s youth who created their own rules of clubbing, and invaded not only the dancefloor but also the charts.
With its acid house and rave parties, 1988 was the year that Europe was introduced to the new hedonistic culture of electronic music and partying, already present in the USA. Clubbing would never be the same again.
In the shadow of the big cities of New York and Chicago, the Motor City has spawned generations of musicians fuelled in creating Great Black Music.
Having emerged from the shadows after keeping his identity a secret for so long, the London-based producer has established himself as a key force in electronic music. His dark and fascinating music is the ideal soundtrack to the fears of a new century.
A major independent label focussing on the most notable new musical genre of the 21st century – dubstep – Hyperdub have built a fascinating back catalogue with Burial and the label’s boss Kode9 as figureheads.
During the 2000s the Cologne label established itself as one of the most important houses of electro music, managing to unite rigid techno, sensuality, and ambient beauty.
InFiné, the multifaceted recording group will celebrate its fifteenth year of musical activism next year. Meet the label behind Rone, Arandel, Bachar Mar-Khalifé, Bruce Brubaker, Murcof, Vanessa Wagner or Deena Abdelwahed.
Born in the 90s, this is the playful and soothing side of electronic music, matching your wildest dreams and maybe even fulfilling them.
Uncompromising, forward-thinking and elusive: the mysterious duo fostered an unrivaled creative tidal wave in underground electronic music.
Four German electronic music pioneers took over the synthesiser in 1970s and changed pop music forever.