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The Top 20 Record Labels Of 2016

These imprints have driven dance music forward this year

  • Dave Turner, Funster, Patrick Hinton, Seb Wheeler
  • 14 December 2016
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14 Infinite Machine

If you've been following our exclusive premieres this year, you'll have noticed the name Infinite Machine popping up a fair amount of times. The Canada-based label, launched in 2011, deals in the type of raging, experimental club music pioneered by the likes of Lotic and KABLAM. It's far from easy listening, but there's plenty of pleasure to be had if you're turned on by harsh synths and crashing mechanics.

The Infinite Machine aesthetic has developed a fair bit since the downtempo garage days of Bwana's 'It Ain't Done Til It's Over' and iO Sounds' spicy tech of 'Afdw', now housing ear-piercing club tear outs by WWWINGS ('Affliction'), the spooky hammerings of Zíur ('Fever') and the dystopian world sounds of Tomás Urquieta ('La Muerte De Todo Lo Nuevo'). We've premiered all three on Mixmag this year and there's also been Alfred English's 'Piston' EP, a wonky, rocket-fueled workout as well as EPs from Abyss X and Iydes. Fancy weirding out your friends and family this Christmas? This is the label. D Turner

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