Drum & Bass Labels On Our Radio Show

One of the things we like to do on our radio show, “Drum & Bass with DJ Pfeif,” is to support the labels and artists in the dnb scene. I try to mention the artists and labels of new releases we play on the air and in the podcast, I post the playlists everywhere the audio is uploaded online (SoundCloud; MixCloud; iTunes; all the podcast platforms; Reddit, Steamit, etc.), and we upload play data to rights management platforms (SoundExchange for online; ASCAP, BMI, etc. for over the air play).

All of this support made me think about how many labels we support on the show each week, and that made me dive into the data from my drum & bass library. My library has morphed from cassette, to vinyl, to CD, to digital over the years, and while I’ve done a good job of finding digital versions of favorite dubplates and mixtapes, it represents my digital efforts to catalog songs over the past twenty years or so. I’m sure I have a ton of other labels that have, sadly, moved on from this world sitting in my vinyl collection, but what is presented below is the quick analysis of my digital collection of just drum & bass tunes.

Here are some facts about my digital library in general:

  • Over 26,000 tunes across all genres. I know some of you have more than this, and some are building their collections. I’m proud (and a little embarrassed) that I’ve spent money on 90% of these tunes. There were those years when Napster and Limewire were like sweet honey from the gods. In general I like to support the artists, and I know that I’ve paid for a lot of media exec’s hot tubs, but part of me likes knowing that a few pennies of my money is in the pocket of underground artists.
  • Over 12,000 drum & bass tunes (some are probably duplicates, so let’s say ~10,000 individual tunes), which would take about 52 days to play from start to finish.
  • Per year, I purchase ~1000 tunes in the drum & bass genre in order to play them on the air. I’m finding more and more access to promos from labels, but that’s slow going.

Now for the labels info:

  • I’ve supported over 700 drum & bass labels since the inception of the genre in the 1990s. The biggest support (the most songs, ~2000) going out to Hospital, Metalheadz, Good Looking, Renegade Hardware, Formation, Ram, Technique, Kos.Mos.Music, Playaz, Chronic, Shogun, Full Cycle, Moving Shadow, Ruffneck Ting, and Fokuz.
  • Since the radio show came into full swing in 2014, we’ve represented more than 450 labels on the air. Not surprisingly, the top labels we’ve represented have been around for about a decade or so. But new players like Low Down Deep, Sub-Liminal, and Flight Pattern are up there in the play counts.
  • In the first quarter of 2019, we’ve represented over 100 labels on the air including Souped Up, Soulbass, Subway Soundz, V, War on Silence, and Nuusic.

We love drum & bass, and we love supporting it. I’m always a big fan of purchasing tunes from labels, especially through avenues like Bandcamp where the money makes its way back to the artists and labels. While dnb is worldwide, we can help support one another by spreading the love and recognition to those making the good tunes and supporting artists and labels in spreading the sound.

I’m posting the labels that are documented in my library below for fun. Maybe you’ll discover a new one, maybe you’ll just enjoy recognizing them, or maybe you’ll give a little love back to the hard-working people of dnb.

-DJ Pfeif

Drum & Bass Labels (with a few repeats):

A.K.O Beatz
Abducted LTD
Abstract Audio
Absys
Absys Records
Accelerating Records
Adastra Recordings
Addictive Behaviour
Advance//d Recordings
Advisory Records
AEI
AEI Music
AFT
Algorythm Recordings
All Boys Music LTD
All Street Recordings
Amphibious
Anjunabeats
Anti Social Records
Aphrodite Recordings
Architecture Recordings
Area 51 Records
ASBO Records
Astralwerks
Astrophonica
Asylum
Audio Addict
Audio Massacre Recordings
Audio Porn
Audiomaze
Audion-X Music Production
Aufect Platinum
Axiom Records
Back 2 Basics
Backout Music
Bad Taste Recordings
Basement Records & Street Beats
BassLayerz Recordings
BC Recordings
Be Groove Records
Bear Necessities
Beat Enforcers
Benefit Beats
Beta Recordings
Big Dada / Banana Klan
Big Freaks Audio
Biological Beats
Biotic
Bites
Black Sun Empire Holland
Blackout Music
Blendits Audio
Blu Mar Ten Music
Blue Planet Recordings
Boom Sound Recordings
Born On Road
Brawlin Beatz
Break Through
Breakbeat Culture
Breakbeat Kaos
Break-Fast Audio
Breaking Audio
Broken Audio Recordings
Brownswood UK
Bulletproof
C Recordings
C.I.A. vs Phantom Audio
C4C Limited
C4C Recordings
Calypso Muzak
Cartel
Cause4Concern Recordings
Celebrating Audio
Celsius Recordings
Certificate 18 Recordings
Charge
Charge Recordings
China Records
Chopstick Dubplate
Chronic
CIA
Circa Records
Circus
Citrus Recordings
Clawhammer Recordz
Close 2 Death
CNVX
Code Recordings
Co-Lab Recordings
Collaborated Artist
Commercial Suicide
Composite Records
Congo Natty
Cooltempo
Cosmic Flux Musiq
Cow Town Music
Cre8#DnB
Creative Source
Creative Wax
Cricital Music
Criminal Records
Critical Bass Recordings
Critical Music
Cult.ure
Cyberfunk
CYN Music
D Minds
D Style Recordings
Dance Concept
Dancegroove Publications
De Underground
De:tuned
Deadly Vinyl
Deep in the Jungle Records
DeepDownDirty
Default Recordings
Delta9 Recordings
Deltawave Productions
Demand Records
Demon Recordings
Detail Recordings
Deviant Audio
Diamond Audio
Digital Fusion
Digital Roots
Digital Soundboy
Digital Terror Records
Director’s Cut
Diskool Records
Dispatch Limited
Dispatch Recordings
Disturbed Recordings
DIVIDID
DNB France
DNB Source
DNBB Digital
Dollar Digital
Dom & Roland Productions
Don-Q
Don’t Play
Dope Ammo
Dope Dragon
Dope Plates
Down 2 Earth
Down 2 Earth Musik
Dread Recordings
Driven AM
Droppin Science
Drum&BassArena
Drumroom
D-Stortion
Dub Damage Recordings
Dub Police
Dub Shotta
Dub Voltage
Dubsoul Recordings
Dubstomp 2 Bass
Dust Audio
Dutty Audio
Dutty Bass Audio
Dynamic Audio
DZ Recordings
East Side
Eastern Promise Audio
Eastside Records
Easymen
Eatbrain
Edition Water.com / Hanseatic
Edizioni Ishtar
Edizioni Ishtr
Ekho
Elevate
Elevate Audio
Elevate Records
Elm Imprint
Emotif Recordings
E-Motion
Emotive
Empire
Enrico Colombo
Evil Audio Recordings
Evol Intent
Exiled Recordings
Exit Records
Exkursions
Fabric Worldwide
Faction Digital Recordings
Fat Publishing
FFRR
Fine Balance Music
Fine Beats Audio
Fizzy Beats
Flex Records
Flexout Audio
Flight Pattern
Fluydelic
Fokuz
Fool’s Gold Clubhouse
Footnotes
Forbidden Society Recordings
Force Recordings
Format Music DnB
Formation Records
Foxy Jangle
Fragmented Recordings
Freak Recordings
Frequency Recordings
Fronline
Frontline
Frontline Records
Full Cycle
Function
Function Records
Funkstuff Recordings
Future Retro
FutureRetro
G Line
G13
Ganja Records
Genetic Stress
Get Darker
Get Hype Records
Getahead
Ghetto Dubz
GMC Music Productions
Goldhead Music
Goldman
Good Looking Records
Gorilla Warfare
Grand Larceny
Grid Recordings UK
Grin Music LTD
Grindhouse
Guerilla Bass
Guidance
Gun Audio
Gutterfunk
HalogenMusic
Hardleaders
Hazardous Musik
Heavy Artillery Recordings
Hexagon Digital
Hidden Company Recordings
High R8 Digital
Higher Ground
Higher Limits
Higher Stakes
Highlight Records
Hi-Resolution Recordings
Hocus Pocus
Hocus Pocus Recordings
Horizons Music
Hospital Records
Hostage Bass
Human Elements
Human Imprint Recordings
Hustle Audio
Hustlin Beats
Hybrid Music
Hyperactivity Music
Ibiza Records
Ill Flava
Ill.Skillz Recordings
iM Digital
Impact Records
In Da Jungle Recordings
In Touch Records
Index
Infidelity
Influenza Media
Infrared Records
Ingredients
Inna Rhythm
Inner City Dance
Inneractive Music
Innerground
Intaface Audio
Intalex Productions
Integral Records
Interlective Records
Intrigue Music
Invasion Recordings
Invisible Holland
Invisible Recordings
Iolab Records
IQ Records
Iridescent Music
Iron Fist Audio
Ish Chat Music
Island
Izonautic
Jaguar Records
Jazzsticks Recordings
Joker Records
Juice Box Records
Juice Records
Juicy Fruit Recordings
Jungle Cakes
Jungle Drops
Jungle Strikes
Jungle Tunes
Just Another Label
Kaos Recordings
Karma Recordings
Kash Rex
Katana Audio
Keep Rollin’ Records
Kemet Music House Limited
Kevlar Beats
Kickin Music LTD
Kikman Records
Killa Dubz
Kinetik
Klaus Pieper
KLP
KLP Recordings
Klub Kids
Kniteforce Recordings
Knowledge
Kollective Music
Kontor Records
Kos.Mos.Music
Kronic Music
LAB Records
Labello
Labello / Gussie P. Records
Labello Blanco
Lacerba
LB Recordings
Let It Roll
Lifestyle Music
Lifted Spirit Records
Liftin’ Spirit Records
Lighterworks
Lightless Recordings
Liondub
Liondub International
LionDub Street Series
Lionheart Records
Liquicity Records
Liquid Brilliants
Liquid Drops
Liquid Flavours
Liquid V
Livio Fogli and Luigi Mussi
Locked Concept
Locked Up Music
Logic Productio
Logikz Audio
London Some’ting
Lossless Music
Low Down Deep Recordings
Low Key
LOWFREQMX
Lucky Spin Music Ltd
Lunar Records
Luvdisaster Records
M Ocean
Maad Ting
Mac II
Machinist Music
Magisterya
Mainframe Recordings
Major League DnB
Mango
Masterpeace Recordings
Mayan Audio
Medicine
Medschool
Metalheadz
Metel Music
Meth XX
Microdot
MIDI Fusion
Midnight Sun Recordings
Mind Rape Corp.
Mindtech Recordings
Ministry of Sound Recordings
Mixmag
Modern Urban Jazz
Modular Carnage
Moksha Recordings Ltd.
Momentum Music
Monk Audio UK
Moonshine
Moonshot Music
More Rockers Records
More Than Alot Records
Mo’s Music Machine
Moving Shadow
MTA
MTA Records
Multi Music
Multifunction
Muna Bass Musik
Murky Digital
Murphy Inc
Music Monday
Music Squad
Muzik.Hertz
Natty Dub Recordings
Neodigital
Neosignal UK
Never Say Die
New Playaz
New State Music
New Vision Recordings
Next Phase Records
Ninebar Records
Ninja Tune
(No Label)
No Sleep ‘Till…
Noisy Meditation
Noize
None60
No-U-Turn Records
Noz Recordings
Nu Directions
Nu Venture Records
Nuclear Bass
Nuke Records
Nurtured Beatz
Nuusic
O.J. Records
Oakden Music
Occulti Music
OCT:LTD
Offworld
Omar Music / Atomic Dread Productions
Ominous Audio
Omni Music
Omni Records
On Top Records
One Little Indian Records
Orgone Recordings
Original Key Recordings
Pain Recordings
Parusia
Passenger
Paul Rodriguez
Peacefrog
Peer Pressure Records
Penalty
Peng Dominion
pfeif music
Phantom Audio
Phantom Dub Digital
Philly Blunt
Photek Productions
Physmatics Music
Pitch Recordings
Planet Dog
Planet V
Plasma Audio
Play Me
Playaz
Playside 175
Points In Time
Polygram Songs
Pop Life Studio
Prime Time Wax
Production House
Profound Beats
ProgRam
Propa Talent
Proper Talent
Prototype
Psychoquake
Psychoquake Records
Public Demand
Pulse Audio
Pure Vibes Recordings
PWL International Ltd
Quango Music Group
Quarantine Recordings
R & S Records
R.O.A.R.
Radar Records
Radius
Ram Records
Rampage Recordings
Random Concept Digital
Rapture LDN
Rat Records UK
Rebel Music
Rebirth Records
Rebooth Recordings
Red Light
Redskin Records
Reformed Recordings
Reinforced
Reinforced Records
Remix Records
Renegade Hardware
Renk Records
Repertoire
Repertoire Sounds
Rephlex
Reso-Music
Restate Records
Revolver Sounds
Rhino
Rinse Out Recordings
RIQ Yardrock Records
Risky
Rong Robot
Roots & Future
Roots Records
Rough Drops
Rough Trade Records GMBH
Royal Audio
Ruff Guidance Records
Ruffneck Ting
Rugged Vinyl
Run Tingz
Rush Recordings
Samurai
Samurai Bass Audio
Samurai Music
Santoku Records
Santorin 2000
SaSaSaS Music
Schedule One Recordings
Science
Scientific Records
Secret Operations
Secretly Canadian
Seminal Sounds
Serial Killaz
SGN:LTD
Shadow Records
Shake Your Bass Audio
Sheer Velocity Recordings
Shellic Music
Shidzen Music
Shiftin Beatz
Shogun
Shoot Recordings
Showtime Music
Sign Of The Times Limited
Signature Recordings
Simplify Recordings
Sine Language
Siren Audio
Skalator Music
Skankandbass
Skeleton Recordings
Sleeveless
Slipmatt
SLK
Smoke Signal Audio
Smokin Riddims
Smooth N Groove
Sofa Sound
Solid Vinyl Music
Soul Deep Digital
Soul Deep Exclusives
Soul Trader
Soul:R
Soulbass Recordings
Soulvent Records
Sound Bully Audio
Sound Entity Recordings/Death Becomes Me Ltd
Sound Of Habib
Sound Of the Underground Records
Sound Solution Digital
Soundman Interactive
Souped Up
SOUR
Source Direct Recordings
South Yard
Space Pirate Recordings
Spearhead
Spectre Audio
Spinnin’ Premium
SR2 Records
Stage 1000/Copyright Control
Stage One
Stage One Productions
STAT Recordings
Stepper Man
Stickybass Records
Stomp Break
Straight Ahead
Straight Beat Productions
Straight Up Audio
Streetlife
Streetwave Music
Sub Base Records
Sub Terranean
Sub:Edit Records
Subdivide
Subersive
Sub-liminal Recordings
Subliminal Records
SubSine
Subtitles Music
Suburban Base
Suburban Base / Tearin’ Vinyl
Subway Soundz
Such Music
Sumo Beatz
Suzugamory Sound Lab Tokyo
Sweet Tooth
Switch Recordings
Symmetry Recordings
Syncopix
T3K
Talkin Loud
Tearin’ Vinyl
Tech Itch Digital
Tech Itch Recordings
Technique Recordings
Ten Ton Beats
Tesseract Recordings
Tessitures Electroliz
Test Recordings
The Chikara Project
The Dreamers Recordings
The Earth Music
The Express
The North Quarter
Third Eye Records
ThirtyOne Recordings
Time Of Night
Timeless Recordings
Tom & Jerry Records
Tommy Boy Music LTD
Toucan Dance
Trade 2
Train Recordings
Translation Recordings
Trendkill Records
Trinity Worldwide Records
Triple Vision
Triplicate Audio
Trojan Reloaded
Trouble On Vinyl
True Box Records
True Playa’z
Trust Audio
Twisted Beatz
U Understand Me Music
UK Jungle
UKF
UMC
Unchained Recordings
Uncommon Records
Underfire Recordings
Underground Noise
Understand Music
Undiluted
Unity Records
Universal Project Records
Universe Axiom
Urban Flavour
Urban Gorilla Recordings
Urban Takeover
Urban Takeover Ltd
Utopia Music
V Recordings
Valve Recordings
Vandal Records
Vibez
Vibrazioni Productions
Vinyl Conflict
Violence Recordings
Viper
Viper Recordings
Viper Records
Virgin EMI
Virtual Motion Records
Virus
Vision Recordings
Walking Dead Recordings
War On Silence
Warm Communications
Warm Ears Music
Warp Records
Weaponry
Weapons of Choice Recordings
Welcome to the Bughsouse
Westbay
Westbury Music
Western Lore
Wicked Vinyl
Wild West Recordings
Within The Woods Recordings
Wobble Infection Digital
Wobble Warriors Audio
Wordplay / Full Cycle
Worldwide Audio Recordings
Yard International
Yardrock
Yaw Records
Young Guns
Znootpoch
Zoltar
Zonal Recordings
17 Steps
1985 Music
20/20 LDN
203 Music
23:22
3 Beat
31 Recordings
36 Hertz