While dance music is often associated with freewheeling and a lack of inhibitions, there are necessary structures in place that keep the scene turning. We rely on labels to curate and bring to our attention much of the music we love to hear and dance to. To that end, a lot of progression is owed to the bosses that take risks and purvey forward-thinking angles on dance music to fight scene stagnancy.
Established labels like our 2015 winner трип have continued to kill it this year, and we’ve reserved the topspot for a mainstay imprint that has been relentless in its quality. But the bleeding-edge of the underground has boomed this year with exciting new genres and warped takes on old ones, and through the rest of the our labels of the year list we celebrate the young outlets that have pushed things on and brought us the gold.