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Top 40 Labels of 2016



At Data Transmission we’re firm believers that the essence of the beautiful is unity in variety. That’s why curating any sort of list can be an utterly thankless task and selecting the Labels we think have been the most impressive over the last 12 months has been a massive source of contention here in the office.

On reflection, perhaps picking 40 from across the wide smorgasbord of electronic music was a tad ambitious and we quickly realized we could have collated a top 1000. Now multiple fist fights and shouting matches later we’ve completed our list based upon the following Labels releases this year.

Here’s the list!

40. Daylight Robbery Records
39. RvS
38. Mother
37. Perfect Driver
36. Octopus Recordings
35. Soul:r
34. This Aint Bristol
33. Wow! Recordings
32. Perfect Havoc
31. Jackathon Jams
30. DEXT Recordings
29. Red Lunar Records
28. Materials
27. Roots for Bloom
26. Lower East
25. ТРИП
24. Desolat
23. Intec
22. D-Vine Sounds
21. Exit Records
20. Suara
19. Moon Harbour
18. Solid Grooves Records
17. Toolroom Records
16. Punks Music
15. Avotre
14. 2020 Vision
13. Metalheadz
12. Zoo Music
11. Lost Records
10. Defected
9. Ram Records
8. Dirtybird Records
7. ViVa Music
6. Roush
5. Suah
4. No Idea’s Original
3. Edible
2. Repopulate Mars


1. Of Unsound Mind

Skream’s label ‘Of Unsound Mind’ takes our top spot for 2016,  a massive favourite in our premiere series in 2016 with releases from Alexis Raphael, Waifs & Strays,  Mark Jenkyns, Christian Nielson, Monday Club, Matt Tolfrey, No Artificial Colours & Eli Brown all featuring in the Debut Transmission series, we thought it only right to give the top spot to the label.  We are massive fans of what Skream has been craving out for the label since the launch of the imprint in 2014,  which launched with a showcase of ”melodic, deep, and colorful” aesthetic with London based producer Motions delivering the labels opening effort Of Unsound Mind 001.

We wish them all the continued success for 2017.


Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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