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12 of the most influential grime and dubstep labels of the last decade

Two of the decade's most defining musical movements

  • Jasmine Kent-Smith
  • 14 June 2017
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7 ​Hessle Audio

Hessle Audio was formed in 2007 by Ben UFO, Pangaea and Pearson Sound (then known as Ramadanman). The formidable three sent shockwaves through the bass scene even back in their student days, with early post-dub releases from Blawan, James Blake, Objekt, Untold, Peverelist and the latter two founders themselves. Hessle was one of the first labels to look at dubstep from the outside in, and while their releases today seep through into the stylings of techno and house, it remains one of the most forward-thinking labels in the game. Blimey.

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8 Boy Better Know

BBK, the home-grown collective cultivating global grime contenders such as Skepta, JME, Wiley, Jammer and Frisco (as well as Jeremy Corbyn) alongside producers such as DJ Maximum and Preditah, is as synonymous with grime as DMZ is with dubstep. With too many seminal offerings to name, the label was originally founded by the Adenuga brothers, (Skepta and JME) back in 2005 as a means of publishing their own productions, growing in scale in recent years thanks to grime’s domination of youth culture.

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