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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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8 Rhythm Section International

Rhythm Section began life as a small-scale party in a pool club in Peckham, quickly establishing itself as one of London’s premier spots for an intimate dance that goes heavy on vibes. It stills holds the twice-monthly bashes in South London, but in 2016 the Rhythm Section International name of its label offshoot has really begun to ring true.

Releases have come from producers hailing from Poland to Auckland as the imprint has stepped up to make global waves with its smooth take on house, reflected in an extensive Australian tour and bossman Bradley Zero’s increasingly globetrotting gig schedule that has seen him play multiples dates across India and the USA.

The imprint has also shown tastemaking credentials over the past 12 months, unearthing red-hot debut releases from Dutch producer Duke Hugh and Melbourne collaborators Silentjay and Jace XL, while keeping a close link to its roots with Al Dobson Jr, the man behind RSI’s debut outing in 2014, releasing the vast ‘Rye Lane Volume II & III’ album. From Peckham to beyond, Rhythm Section is a driving force behind joyous dancefloor times. P Hinton

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