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5 LABELS TO WATCH IN 2017 | CTC RECOMMENDS - Chase The Compass



With a solid party series in their back pocket, Let’s Go Swimming has been holding a mirror to their inclusive dancefloor with considered and quality releases since early 2016. Henry Fry, George Mackness and William Earl – the trio behind the LGS universe – have covered broad bases and bpms with their first three releases, with William Earl’s recent ‘Young In The Tropic’ EP their most established yet. Expect the same attention to detail thi side of New Year’s Eve.


Not a new label, but founded in 2014 by Cyclist and Karl Kling, MANI/PEDI is a labour of love, bringing bother artists’ music and that of their producer peers. Despite only releasing two records in 2016, the quality of both means they’ve found their way into our picks for 2017. The under-stated groove of Karl Kling’s ‘How The West Was Won‘ coupled with the more recent Waxing Volume 1 edits collection make MANI/PEDI’s selective discogs all the more impressive. Let’s hope they up the output in ’17.


Yes, yes, we love Fort Romeau, get over it. Luckily for us we don’t just have to wait for his excellent originals and remixes for our sonic fix, he’s teamed up with Warm’s Ali Tillett to start Cin Cin, a label that’s only on it’s fifth release and is already gathering huge momentum. Nominated for DJ Mag’s Best Breakthrough Label at 2016’s Best of British Awards, its sound is a return to the raw ingredients of house with a melodic glean that Romeau himself is renowned for. Hard to pick a fave but Laurence Guy’s Ubik, LOR’s Factories 1984 and Bwana’ Generation Nostalgia (above) are all highlights.


Born out of a frustration at the “formulaic world of dance music”, the self-proclaimed Legion of Boogie Down are only two releases deep, but have absolutely nailed everything that’s fun about dance music. There’s no flippancy here though – Powerdance’s small discography is charming, smart and elegantly produced. Most recent release ‘String Groove’ covers all bases with ease. Their identity remains a secret, unless you have The Google.


What started as a mix series for house and disco duo PBR Streetgang has evolved into an edits series so secret, only a hand-stamped PBR logo graces both white labels put out in 2016. Unknown Artists and cryptic track titles make up the vinyl-only imprint’s tracklisting but once you hit play, the sassy disco and evolving balearic textures take over. We assume it’s the work of the PBR bros and their friends but either way, it’s an enchanting start to an extremely promising label. In a world of endless edits, these are the ones to follow.


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