Everybody loves labels whether your local haunts be Leeds Market for your custom piss stained Calvin Classics or Harvey Nicks for your mortgageable socks it’s not a secret everybody loves a label and it’s no different in the music world.
Carrying on the review of 2013 I’m gonna dig into the record labels that have aroused me good n’ proper for this year and do a run down my top 10 Labels of 2013 again in no particular order.
L.I.E.S - with over 30 releases this year it’s hard to pick a single tune to represent L.I.E.S. The New York Label has seen releases from the big hitters of Steve Summers , Delroy Edwards and Legowelt but it’s also introduced me to some new artists who i’ve never had the pleasure of listening to such as and Gunner Haslam, Beau Wanzer & Florian Kupfer. Gunner’s Album is a stroke of genius & Florian Kupfer well i think he’s done himself proud in Feelin. In fact the boys done so well I’m gonna select his tune to rep the long island label this is a future classic and i can’t wait to see what else Florian has up his sleeve.
DABJ - Dixon Avenue Basement Jams if your not down with the kids. Nothing but love for this label it seems to be going from strength to strength. Glasgow can add another thing on it’s things of brilliance taking it to two that’s this label & smack. I first heard this last year with the Marquis Hawkes Cabrini Green and instantly hit the follow button on soundcloud and it’s a decision I’ve not regretted their tag line is “”Real rockin’ raw shit from the street for the clubs” enough said really and thats why it’s in my top 5
FXHE - What would an Albion blog be without some Detroit loving. Proving the old statement it’s quality over quantity is very much true for Omar S’s Fantastic label he’s released just 5 Masterpiece. I’m gonna pick a Omar joint for this as there is nobody better to represent the label than the man himself but please do checkout O B Ignitt – Mysterious E.P.
Aus Music - For me these have had a brilliant year and you just knew it was gonna happen right from the off since Midland Released Trace i could smell a belting year for Aus. After hearing George Fitzgerald Child in Linikers bar every time i walked past i questioned is Aus was gonna be the next shufflers invasion but they soon answered any doubt i had in my mind with class releases from Sei A, Deetron and Leon Vynehall who takes the prize here.
M- Plant - I Questioned can i really put this label in for it doing so little this year?? Then the answer was of course i can why? because it’s from Detoit and it’s seen the release of Robert Hood’s Alias Floorplans Album which is the Album of the year for me i love every track and if my mixing didn’t sound like a guy with Parkinson’s with wind chimes as hands then i’d have probably been known to have played the whole thing out.
I could pick any song from the album here and to prove that I’m gonna put my i-tunes onto shuffle with the album and let that do the talking.
Royal Oak – : Always releasing quality records and 2013 has just followed suit to that with releases from Arrtu , Space Dimension Controller & Rio Padice but it’s this tune right here that get’s me every dammmmmmn time. It’s Rippertons alias Headless Ghost. Heard this on Tim Sweeney’s B.I.S show once upon a time and it made me go batshit cray cray!
Secret Sundaze – : Secret Sundaze is simply a classy company from it’s party’s to its excellently run agency (you can hardly ever catch me saying this) i tend to dislike agents more than any cop or terrorist i’ve met but Ben and his team are nothing but pleasure to negotiate with. Anyways we’re talking about labels and this is just another part of the Secret Sundaze Branding and here’s one from our boy Amir Alexander.
Smallville – : Probably my favorite label for the past few years and it finds itself up there again for me it is simply just full to the brim of amazing tunes. These guys do not fuck about if it’s classy music your after then look no further infact go back through every tune made on this label. This year has been no different it’s seen the release of Steve Tang’s album which did not disappoint but for me it’s this track here that makes me wanna get up and rub myself on the fireplace right about now!
One Records -: A Record label we look up to here at Albion Records is One Records it’s no secret we love what these guys do and the artist who they are now able to attract such as the latest Martin Buttrich is a true credit to there craft. Adam & Ash I’d take off my hat to you if i was hipster enough to wear one. Keep on Keeping on lads but if i was to nipple twist ya on one thing it would be this why the fuck wasn’t this put on wax this one’s from my brother Tristan Da Cunha and it’s RAW!
Contemporary Scarecrow – : Well at the moment i couldn’t have my tongue more up Mr Mcbean’s arse everything he does is fucking class and he’s repping the UK in style. He’s the main reason i’ve chosen our good friend Garry Todd’s Contemporary Scarecrow label. But i should mention it’s seen Boo Williams, & Acid Mondays on the label so it’s far from a one hit wonder. I’ve just got a serious mancrush and i can’t see past our Colin for life and death he’s a Real G! get it ; )
This took me all Morning and into the afternoon so hope you’ve enjoyed it and Big Shout out’s to so many labels Sushitech , Roots for Bloom, MIL , Deep Down Slam , Slapfunk, AVA , My Love is Underground , Skudge , Perlon & So so many more was really hard to narrow it down to 10 i did start with 5 but had to go on.
ohhh i nearly missed out the blue.
Wordz , graMMEr & Spealing Mestakes by Don