From 2005 to 2015, textura published an annual article that celebrated ten labels whose output dazzled us during the year in question. A simple question was used as a criterion for making the selections: “Which labels’ material excited us most this year?” Though last year’s list appeared as part of the 2017 roundup, we’ve decided to present the feature once again as a stand-alone in order to bring greater attention to labels deserving of recognition. The areas of stylistic concentration in some cases might differ, but certain things are common to all, superior musical quality and an innovative, forward-thinking sensibility among them. For each label’s section, recent releases are displayed accompanied by links to textura’s reviews (in a small number of cases, reviews are forthcoming so links will be added once they’re published). textura sincerely thanks the generous individuals who contributed text to the article on behalf of their respective labels.
HIDDEN SHOAL • HUBRO • INNOVA • NEW AMSTERDAM • NEW FOCUS RECORDINGS • ØRA FONOGRAM • PARMA • SCHOLE • SLOWCRAFT RECORDS • SPOTTED PECCARY