Record Label / Recording Label Index
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4AD - Leftfield pop. Home to Pixies, Kristin Hersh, Tanya Donnelly, The Breeders, Cocteau Twins, Cass McCombs, Celebration, Magnetophone, Minotaur Shock, Rachel Goswell, The Mountain Goats, Wolf and Cub, TV On the Radio and many more.
12K - Electronica label.
33 Jazz - Jazz, new bop and free music.
ABKCO Music and Records Inc. - Home to iconic catalog assets that include compositions and recordings by Sam Cooke, The Rolling Stones, Bobby Womack, Eric Burdon, The Animals, Herman's Hermits, Marianne Faithfull, The Kinks as well as the Cameo Parkway masters by such artists as Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, Clint Eastwood, The Orlons, The Dovells, Charlie Gracie, The Tymes and Dee Dee Sharp.
Anti-Flag Records - Punk rock record label started by Pat Thetic, Chris Head, and Justin Sane.
A-Musik - Rare musics.
- Local San Francisco record label. Absolutely Kosher Records
Ace Records - Re-issues of folk, blues, jazz, soul and rock.
AcousticDisc - Acoustic music.
Alien8 - Experimental, electronic and avant garde music.
All Record Labels - A database of over 25,000 record label/netlabel web sites or Wikipedia links indexed by genre, format, and location.
Alligator Records - Blues and roots rock.
Alula Records - Roster includes Celtic artists from Ireland and Scotland, world beat from the Middle East, world fusion from Japan, contemporary Gnawa music from Morocco, flamenco guitar from Spain, Gypsy rumba from Spain and southern France, Estonian folk music and multiple artist compilations.
Ambiances Magnetiques - Canadian label. New music.
Amanita Records - French.
American Composers Forum - New American music.
Amiata Records - World music.
AnAnAnA - New music; Portugeuse underground music.
Annetteworks - Sound experiments.
Ant-Zen - Industrial, chilling ambient, technoid rhythms, and power electronics.
Anti Records - Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Jjoe Strummer, Ramblin' Jack Elliot.
Anticon - San Francisco hip hop label.
Antifrost - Athens and Barcelona based.
Appleseed Recordings - Independent record company founded in 1996 by Jim Musselman, an activist attorney, after he worked closely for years with consumer advocate Ralph Nader on many social justice issues in Washington D.C. Appleseed is dedicated to sowing the seeds of social justice through music and to exploring the roots and branches of traditional music.
Archiv Produktion - Classical music.
Arhoolie Records - Blues, Cajun / Zydeco, Country, Gospel, Jazz, Tejano, World Music.
Ariwa Sounds - Equally renowned for producing deep roots reggae, trance-inducing dub and bitter sweet lover’s rock, the Mad Professor’s Ariwa Sounds stable is a veritable institution of British reggae.
Ash International - Fost-industrial and techno to the hopelessly idiosyncratic.
Asphalt Tango Records - Specializing in Eastern and gypsy music.
Asian Improv - San Francisco based cross-genre label.
Asphodel - Hip-hop turntablism, electroacoustic noiseworks.
Atavistic Worldwide - New jazz, audio documents, unheard music, truckstop music for young lovers.
ATMA Classique - Canadian distributor with over 300 titles in its catalogue spanning a broad spectrum from medieval to contemporary music, with detours along the way into traditional and world music, tango and popular song, and experimental music.
Audio Dregs - Querky electronica and experimental pop label.
Audifon Records - Classical music.
Audium Records - Country.
AUM Fidelity - Modern masters of sonic expression.
Avie Records - Independent classical label.
Axiom - Bill Laswell.
Bad Taste Records
Bear Family Records - Country and rockabilly, blues, folk, jazz, chanson, schlager, and R&B. Specializes in LP-sized boxed sets, with extensive and well researched books containing rare pictures and ephemera, and a detailed and reliable discography.
Beatservice - Glacial techno/electronica label from Northern Norway.
Beggars Banquet - Beggars Group includes Beggars Banquet Records, 4AD Records, Mantra Recordings, Mo'Wax Records, Nation Records, Too Pure Records, Wiiija Records and XL-Recordings.
Beige Records - An electronic music recording company and computer programming ensemble.
Belief Systems - Gateway to Context, Belief Systems and Plangent, West Coast electronica labels.
BGO Records - Classic rock, blues and folk.
Black Jazz Records - Jazz.
Black Mango Music - African music. A record label run by Africans living in and between London, Johannesburg, Harare and Cape Town.
Blind Pig Records - Blues. See and Our Music pages. Blind Pig Artists
Blix Street Records / GifthorseRecords - Celtic, Irish, instrumental, vocals.
Blood and Fire - UK reggae and dub label.
Bloodshot Records - Dedicated to roots inflected music - striving to encourage cross-pollination between the spirit and sound of punk, the craft and tradition of country, folk, bluegrass, and a general disdain for the confinements of mainstream tastemaking. Insurgent country, honky-skronk, alt-country.
Blue Note Records - Jazz.
Bomb Hip Hop - West Coast turntable label.
Bomp Records - Garage/punk/psych/power pop label.
Borealis - Contemporary and traditional Canadian folk music.
Bovine Life - Edinburgh based online label encouraging artist collaborations and offering free MP3s.
Brassland - Funk-metal, progressive punk, Afro-Cuban jazz, underground hip-hop, intelligent dance music.
Bridge - Great performances from the Library of Congress.
bruce' s fingers - Contemporary, improvised, experimental and difficult musics.
Burning Heart Records
Buttermilk Records / FlatRock Records - Texas retro, 70's rock, psychedelic rock, blues, country.
Cadence Records/CDs - Creative, improvised, jazz musics.
Caipirinha Productions - New York Electronica.
Camera Obscura - Australian underground rock.
Capriccio - Prestigious German classical music label.
Caroline Records - David Gray, Ben Folds Five, King Crimson.
Century Media Records
Chandos - Classical music.
Channel Classics Records - Classical music. Based in Holland.
Charhizma - Viennese electronic improv.
City Centre Offices - Berlin/Manchester based electronica label.
City Slang - Home of Tortoise, Schneider TM, Salaryman, To Rococo Rot and more.
Clan Analogue - Australian electronic arts collective.
Classical Music Labels - Excellent listings at and at JoeAnt . Wikipedia
Compass Records - Americana, luegrass, Celtic, British Isles, pop, adult alternative, jazz, jam.
Constellation - Home of Canada's Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Do Make Say Think.
Copasetik - British hip hop label.
Cortical Foundation - LA Free Music Society label. Creative Commons Record Labels - A listing of exemplary record labels that utilize in a variety of ways, including:
Creative Commons licenses
Criss Cross Jazz
Cuneiform Records - Obscure and creative music.
Daisyworld - Ambient/Electronica.
Dead Reckoning Records - Roots music/Americana-style.
Decca - Classical music.
Def Jam Recordings
Defected - Dance music and house classics.
Delmark Records - New and reissued jazz.
Deluxe Records - West Coast electronica.
Deutsche Grammophon - Classical music.
Digital Hardcore Recordings - Breakbeat on the edge.
Discus Records - Martin Archer's Sheffield Improv/electronics.
Disko B - Munich Elektro.
Domino - UK label.
Drag City - Chicago alternative rock label.
Drop Beat - Electronica.
Earache - Metal.
ECM Records - Manfred Eicher's jazz label.
eOne Entertainment - The largest independent music and video distributor in North America.
Edelweiss Emission - Independent music label dedicated to classical and ancient music.
Eighteenth Street Lounge Music - Euro lounge, jazz, mod, soul, funk, ambient.
Ellipsis Arts - Spiritual and global music.
Emanem - Improvisation.
EmArcy - Jazz and world music.
EMI Music Publishing - Represents "the world's most comprehensive catalog of contemporary music - over 1.3 million songs ranging from chart-topping pop hits to classic R&B and everything in between." Music is streaming online.
Eremite - Free jazz/Improv label.
Erstwhile Records - Improv label.
Ersatz Audio - Electro-pop.
ESP - New York-based record label, founded in 1964 by lawyer Bernard Stollman. Free jazz, undergraound rock. From the beginning, the label's goal has been to provide its recording artists with complete artistic freedom, unimpeded by any record company interference or commercial expectations.
Fat Cat - London label.
Fat Wreck Chords - Punk rock record label.
Fallt - Digital art music and design; independent record label and publishing house.
Fania - Johnny Pacheco, Larry Harlow, Willie Colón, Hector Lavoe, Ruben Blades, Tito Puentes, and Celia Cruz are just a few of the musical legends that form part of the Fania legacy.
Fat Possum Records
Fat Wreck Chords
Fedora - Jazz.
Fifty Fifty Music - Eclectic roster of artists; styles ranging from roots-rock, to electric blues, to singer/songwriter, to alternative country.
Fire Records - UK experimental label.
Floating World Records - An independent record company, based in North London.
Flying Nun - Independent New Zealand post-punk music label: The Clean, Chris Knox, The Dead C.
FMP - German free music label.
Folk-Legacy Records - Folk music.
Foot Stompin' Celtic Music
For 4 Ears - Swiss percussionist Guenter Mueller's Improv imprint.
Foundry, The - Finely crafted Fourth World ambience and soundscapes
Freibank - Hamburg based music publishers.
Friendly Science Enregisterments - Eccentricities.
Furious Artisans - Modern music.
G7 Welcoming Committee
Gadfly Records - Specialize in offbeat and unique projects, whether singer/songwriter albums, releases from its ethnic and instrumental series, or spoken word projects.
Generate Records - Documenting the work of contemporary composers and choreographers.
Gimell Records - Set up in 1981 to make and sell recordings by . The Tallis Scholars
Gourd Music - Folk, classical, all acoustic music.
Green Linnet-Xenophile Records -Celtic music.
Grob - Complex electronic improvisation.
Guerilla Funk - Official site of rap/hip-hop artist Paris containing music, alternative information, editorials, pictures, videos, merchandise, press archives and tour info.
Halo Cyan Records - Dance-friendly imprint from Phthalo Records.
Harmonia Mundi - An independent music record label founded in 1958 by Bernard Coutaz in Arles (south of France). Classical and world music.
Harvest (EMI Germany) - Techno, modern music.
Harvest Deutsche Techno.
Hat Hut - Werner Oehlinger's Swiss New Music/free jazz label.
Hearts of Space - Space, world, Celtic, ambient, sacred music.
Hed Kandi Records - Club music.
Hefty Records - Chicago post-rock label.
Heimelektro Ulm - Techno and minimal robo-beats.
HighNote - Jazz.
Hightone Records - American roots music, from country to rockabilly, western swing, blues, and gospel.
Hooj - House music.
Hyped To Death
Hyperion - An independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twentieth.
Improvised Music from Japan
Incus Records - Derek Bailey's label.
Insine - Web resource/label featuring free MP3s.
Ipecac - Mike Patton's label.
Irdial Discs - Audio esoterica.
Iris Light - Japanese noise, experimental electronica.
Island Def Jam Records
Jade Tree - Punk, Hardcore, Straight Edge, Indie Rock,Lo-Fi, math rock.
Jazart Records - Jazz. Located in San Francisco.
Jazz Depot - Home to the , HighNote and Savant labels. Fedora
Jazzfudge - Hip hop.
Jeepster - Official site for Belle and Sebastian, The Gentle Waves, Ian McCulloch, Salako and Snow Patrol.
Jet Set Records
JSP Records - Jazz and blues.
Kill Rock Stars
Kitty-Yo - Berlin label.
Klang - Texan yodelling? Finnish tango?
Knitting Factory Works - Leftfield jazz.
Kompakt - Cologne minimal techno label.
Kung Fu Records - Punk. Home of The Vandals, Kung Fu Records and Kung Fu Europe.
Leaf - Electronica.
Leo Records - Jazz/improv.
Linn Records - Cover everything, from classical and jazz recordings, to rock, pop and electronica. Its albums are also released as . Studio Master downloads
Lo Recordings - London experimental electronica label.
Lovely Music Ltd. - American new music label.
Lucky Kitchen - Urban field recordings and electric folk music.
Lyric Street Records
Maggies Music - Folk music.
Makoche Recording Company - Inspired by ancient American Indian traditions.
Mapleshade Records - Rhythm and blues, jazz, classical, blues, rock, world music.
Marston - Classical and opera reissue label, Marston was founded by the respected producer and re-recording engineer Ward Marston.
Matador - Rock, hip-hop, techno. Also see . Matablog
Materiali Sonori - Italian new susic label.
Max Ernst - Minimal-beats.
MC Records - American roots music: Phillip Walker, Joanna Connor, Kim Wilson, RL Burnside, Odetta, Ann Rabson, Jack Johnson, Sleepy LaBeef.
Megaforce Records Inc.
Megaphone - Punkjazz, free music.
Mego - Viennese electronics.
Melt 2000 - Global fusions.
Merge Records - 3Ds, The 6ths, American Music Club, Arcade Fire, Ashley Stove, Lou Barlow, Beatnik Filmstars, Breadwinner, The Broken West, Richard Buckner, Paul Burch, Butterglory, Buzzcocks, Camera Obscura, Caribou, The Clean, The Clientele, Crooked Fingers, Destroyer, Dinosaur Jr., East River Pipe, Matt Elliott, The Essex Green, Future Bible Heroes, Ganger, Guv'ner, Annie Hayden, Imperial Teen, The Karl Hendricks Trio, David Kilgour, The Ladybug Transistor, Lambchop, The Mad Scene, The Magnetic Fields, The Music Tapes, Neutral Milk Hotel, Oakley Hall, Pipe, Robert Pollard, Polvo, Portastatic, Pram, Radar Bros., The Rock*A*Teens, The Rosebuds, Seaweed, Shark Quest, Shout Out Louds, Spaceheads, Spent, Spoon, Matt Suggs, Superchunk, Teenage Fanclub, Tenement Halls, The Third Eye Foundation.
Meta Records - Jazz.
Metal Blade Records - Metal.
Misra Records - Record label. Distingushed popular music.
Mobile Fidelity (MoFi) - Record label, audiophile recording, audio technology and equipment.
Mode Records - US contemporary music.
Monika Enterprise - Leftfield German pop.
Mosaic Records - Limited edition jazz collections.
Music & Arts - American classical/New Music.
Music For Nations
Music Mosaic - World fusion groove and New Age music.
Mute Records - Independent label.
Native and Fine Records - Root music, country, bluegrass.
Naxos - Classical music.
New Albion - San Francisco post-classical electronic and digital new music.
New Jazz - Spontaneous improvisations recordings.
New West Records
New World Records - Music of American composers not otherwise represented by commercial recording companies.
Ninja Tune - Official Ninja network.
Nonesuch - Founded as a budget classical label in 1964 by Jac Holzman, head of the then-independent Elektra Records, Nonesuch Records has grown over the last four-and-a-half decades to pursue a broad mission, including classical music, contemporary music, jazz, traditional American and world music, popular and alternative music, music theater and dance.
Novophonic - Loose beats, bass, dub and electronica.
Nuclear Blast Records
Oaksmus - Dietrich Eichmann's CD label.
Ochre Records - Lo-fi rock, odd-size vinyl.
Om Records - Hip-hop.
Origin - Electronic music.
Orthlong Musork - Micro electronica.
Palm Pictures - Chris Blackwell's label.
Parallellism - Improv label.
Pax Recordings - San Francisco-based experimental composer Ernesto Diaz-Infante's label.
Perishable Records - Post-rock label.
pfMentum and NewCreativeMusic.com - American underground improv label.
Pickled Egg Records
Planet E - Carl Craig's label.
Plug Research - Underground experimental electronica.
Pogus Productions - Electroacoustics.
Popular Organisation, The - Electronic imprint.
Pressure Sounds - UK dub label.
Proper Distribution - The largest independent distributor in the UK.
Proper Records - Jazz, Rock, Gospel, Blues, Country, and Soul.
PSF Experimental music.
Putumayo World Music
Quannum Projects - Home of Latyrx, Blackalicious and DJ Shadow.
R&S Records - Belgian Techno label.
Raster-Noton - Electronic milimalism.
Razor & Tie - Dar Williams, Toshi Reagon, Marshall Crenshaw, The Clarks, and The Waterboys.
Real Gone Music - Gordon Anderson's and Gabby Castellana's reissue label dedicated to serving both the collector community and the casual music fan with a robust release schedule combining big-name artists with esoteric cult favorites.
Real World - World Music and global fusions.
Rectangle - French Improv.
Red House Records - Roots.
Redwing Music - Folk music.
Relapse Records - Metal.
Rephlex - Analogue Electronica.
ReR - Avant garde and electroacoustic.
Revenant - John Fahey's great Raw Music label.
Rhino - R&B, Hip Hop, Rock, Pop, Oldies, Jazz, Folk.
Roc-a-Fella Records - Jay-Z, Allen Anthony, Beanie Sigel, Biggs, Dame Dash, Diplomats, DJ Clue, Freekey Zeekey, Freeway, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, Kanye West, M.O.P., Memphis Bleek, ODB aka Dirt McGrit, Peedi Crakk, Rell, State Property, Young Gunz, Young Steff.
ROIR - Dub Reggae,Post Punk/No Wave and Industrial.
Rough Trade Records
Ruf Beats - Hip-hop.
Rune Grammofon - Electroacoustics.
Rykodisc - Avant pop/rock, global sounds, and reissues.
Sabotage - Viennese music/art pranks.
Sachimay - Alternative jazz and creative music.
Sahko - Finnish minimal electronica collective.
Sargasso - English New Music imprint.
Savant - Jazz
Selektion - Ultra minimal art electronica.
Shanachie - Jazz, blues, world music, irish music, celtic music, reggae music, folk music, early american roots music.
Shock Records - Australia's largest independent record company.
Schott Music - Founded by Bernhard Schott in Mainz in 1770, Schott Music today ranks among the leading music publishers in the world with branches in 10 countries. It embraces traditional publishing houses such as Panton, Ars Viva, Eulenburg, Atlantis Musikbuch, Hohner-Verlag, Furstner, Cranz and Bund-Verlag. It also owns two internationally known record labels; Wergo and Intuition, distributing contemporary, jazz and world music on CD and DVD.
Side One Dummy Records
- Classical recordings with a national and international flavor from Norwegian label. Simax Classics
Skam - IDM style label run by Andy Maddocks.
Skor Records - Dub.
Sliced Bread Records - Folk music.
Smalltown Supersound - Noise, electronica and avant rock.
Smells Like Records - Leftfield label. Founded in 1992 by Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley. The first release was a 7-inch 45rpm single by . Over the past decade, the label has released nearly 50 recordings by artists such as Sentridoh , Blonde Redhead , Cat Power , Chris Lee , Christina Rosenvinge , Nod and Tony Scherr , among many others. Two Dollar Guitar
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings - Folk, ethnic, roots archive material. All of the recordings released on Folkways Records, as well as those on the Cook, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, Monitor, and Paredon record labels.
Sony Techno - Techno.
Soul Jazz - Compilations and reissues.
Sony Masterworks - Comprises the Masterworks Broadway, Masterworks, Masterworks Jazz, RCA Red Seal and Sony Classical imprints.
Source - Minimalistic electronica.
Sprawl, The - London electronica label.
Squealer - Free jazz and space rock.
Southern Records - UK independent distributor.
Staalplaat - Dutch avant musics.
Starkland - American electroacoustics.
Staubgold - Experimental electronica.
Stones Throw - Hip-hop instrumentals.
Studio !K7 - German dance label.
Submerge - Techno.
Sub City Records - American jazz record label founded in 1982 by François Zalacain and Christine Berthet.
Sub Pop Records - Independent record label based in Seattle, Washington.
Sub Rosa - Electronic composition to post-rock and new beats.
Sugar Hill Records - Roots music.
Sunnyside Records -
Super Bro - Label pressing vinyl versions of CD-only releases. Areas of interest include hip hop, dub, funky jazz.
Superstition Records - Techno and tech-trance.
Supraphon - Czech gramophone recording company focusing on classical music.
SWP Records - World Music.
Sympathy For The Record Industry
Tayberry Music - Celtic music recordings from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Nova Scotia, Asturies, Brittany & Galicia. Folk music from England, Canada and the U.S.
Threadhead Records - Mission: Help New Orleans musicians affected by the flooding that occurred in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to continue to produce projects and expose the world to the new music that is being created in New Orleans.
Thrill Jockey - Chicago based label.
Together Records - From funk to electronic, folk to avant-garde.
Tom - Electronix.
Tone Casualties - New ambient and electronica.
Tone-Cool Records - Blues
Too Pure - London independent rock/pop.
Topic Records - Traditional and contemporary folk music, from English, Scottish & Irish folk singers & musicians. Based in London.
Touch - Experimental audio.
Touch & Go Records / Quarterstick Records - Punk: Bands such as CocoRosie, Enon, Nina Nastasia, Quasi, Pinback, Supersystem, The EX, The New Year, TV On The Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Train Wreck Records - Home of , Chip Taylor , Kendel Carson and Carrie Rodriguez . John Platania
Trojan Records - Classic Jamaican records. Reggae. Also see . Trojan Box Sets
True Muze - Creative music label of Peter Wilson, Vlatko Kucan and Rajesh Mehta.
Tzadik - Avant garde and experimental music.
Ubiquity Records - Soul, funk, and jazz from the late 60s and early '70) and CuBop (Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz).
Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group Nashville
Universal Latin Entertainment
Uptown - Source for rare and previously unreleased jazz performances as well as current releases from modern jazz artists.
Verve Music Group
VHF Records - American avant rock.
Victo Records - Avant music label.
Vinylselection - An independent UK record label dedicated to high quality vinyl. Works in collaboration with diverse artists to provide limited edition collectible vinyl releases.
Voiceprint Records - Progressive rock, folk, jazz, and hard rock.
Walt Disney Records
Warner Music Group
Warner Brothers Records
Waterbug Records - Contemporary and traditional folk recordings
Winter and Winter - An independent record label based in Munich, which releases jazz, classical and contemporary music and generally follows a cross-border concept.
Wobbly Rail - American free jazz.
World Circuit - Global music.
Warp - Electronica.
Wordsound - Hip-hop.
Yazoo Records - An independent record and video company dedicated to broadly disseminating classic performances of early blues, rural American and ethnic music.
Young God Records
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