5 BBE (Barely Breaking Even)
Also not strictly a re-issue label, there isn’t much introduction needed for this peerless imprint that has been supplying popular reissue compilations since the mid-90s. Making a name by having top DJs compile, releases like the Spectrum series which covered disco, funk, jazz and latin throughout the early 2000s as well as the sprawling anthologies for legendary artists such as Masters At Work, Roy Ayers and Dimitri from Paris, is what gave the label such a strong authority.
But it hasn’t been restricted to former glory, showing off it’s still got the goods with this years '20 Years of Henry Street Music' collection and Volcov’s …From the Archive, a mix of overlooked and unreleased tunes that has been a staple of BBE’s back catalogue.
Essential listen: Tronco Traxx ‘Walk 4 Me’
6 Loft Classics
Pretty self-explanatory in why this label deals in reissues, its whole aesthetic was a tribute to David Mancuso’s legendary Loft parties during disco’s heyday.
Loft Classics’ announced themselves on the scene in 1995 with a rash of mini-compilations of tracks that were staples of Mancuso’s parties despite the DJ being adamantly opposed to the series’ use of the Loft name and logo. They went on to press 15 records that year before stopping completely, perhaps due to the unofficial nature of their operation. They did release volumes 16 and 17 in 2007 before switching to CD-only anthologies but in a case of everything coming full circle, the original Loft Classics volumes are still repressed today, proof their back catalogue is still worth mining.
Essential listening: Deodato ‘Whistle Bump’