A selection of our favourite independent/DIY labels you should definitely check out! Most of these are based in the UK.
Upset The Rhythm
Sensational label always ahead of the game. Artists include Trash Kit, Deerhoof, Xiu Xiu, Robert Sotelo, Terry, Primo, Handle, Sauna Youth, Kaputt etc.
Masters of oddball post punk. Artists include The Birthmarks, Shake Chain, Life Drawings, Rainham Sheds, Rodents and more.
Brilliant Brighton based punk label. Artists include Sniffany And The Nits, PC World, Estate Agents and more.
A brand new label in 2019. First single release by Ex-Void a sign of exciting things ahead.
Specialist Subject Records
Bristol based label. Home to Garden Centre, Witching Waves, Charmpit, Fresh and loads more.
La Vida Es Un Mus
London based punk and hardcore label. Artists include S.H.I.T., Anxiety, Sial, Limp Wrist, Chain Cult etc.
Manchester based label specialising in fine indiepop. Artist have included Hot Shorts, Sprinters, Irma Vep, Lady Neptune, Joey Fourr, Sex Hands etc.
Nottingham based. Lots of great warped, off kilter punk and indie. A superb roster featuring Irma Vep, Sweet Williams, Nape Neck, Reciprocate, Order Of The Toad, Grey Hairs and loads more.
An exciting label on the fringes of electronic, punk and classical. Artists include Pozi, Uh, Oliver Coates, Haiku Salut etc.
Based in Spain but releasing indie bands from all over. Artists include Sprinters, Ana & Luis and more.
Based in the seaside town of Southend. Home to some great indie rock and post punk. Artists include The Plan, Fort William and Mr Yolk.
Faith And Industry
Run by Capitol K, there have been some fine releases by Capitol K himself, John Johanna, Blue House, Super Best Friends Club and more.
Dipped In Gold Recordings
From the ashes of the Too Pure singles club, with releases from USA Nails, Grotbags and Mush.
The place for all things glitchy, weird and electronic. Releases by oMMM, Gum Takes Tooth, Agaskodo Teliverek, DJ Scotch Egg, Graham Dunning etc.
Prime Glasgow tape label with releases by Order Of The Toad, Slushy Guts, Gift Horse, Thick Syrup and Hypnotic Kingdom.
London based label home to exciting artists such as The Pheromoans, Hey Colossus, The Bomberjackets, Cam Deas.
Comfortable On A Tightrope
Manchester based label with fine releases from Kiran Leonard, Nisennenmondai, Irma Vep, Waiters and more.
Soft Power Records
Straight up indie rock label. Artists have included Witching Waves, H. Grimace, Wolf Girl, Dog Legs.
Based on the Isle of Eigg, Lost Map embrace artists who have a certain special je ne sais quoi. Artists include Rozi Plain, Ed Dowie, Clementine March, Ichi, Alabaster DePlume, Savage Mansion, Bas Jan…
Established in 1998, Memphis Industries is a pretty reliable label, with releases from Field Music, Rachel Dadd, Rozi Plain, The Go! Team and loads more.
Fat Cat Records
Longstanding, often reliable label who have been home to international artists such as Animal Collective, Black Dice, No Age, The Bug, Kid 606, Múm etc.
The flavour of 2019 thanks to producer Dan Carey. Have provided a stepping stone for bands like Black Midi, Black Country New Road, Flamingods, Lazarus Kane and Squid.
Hip label releasing skewed pop and post punk with releases from Merlin Nova, Apostille, Housewives, Charles Hayward, Black Country, New Road.
For The Sake Of Tapes
London based tape label well entrenched in the DIY scene. Releases from Secret Power, Schande, Twinken Park, Whitelands and more.
Overseas Artists Recordings
Specialising in sunshiney and psychedelic tinged pop. Their roster includes Boogarins and Winter & Triptides
Tunbridge Wells based hardcore, mathrock and post punk label. Releases from Joeyfat, Charlottefield, Box, Headquarters, Cove etc.
Trouble In Mind
Chicago based label. Home to some amazing international bands like Parsnip, Omni, The Shifters, Mikal Cronin and loads more.
Gone but not forgotten:
Stopped in 2008 but was a great label for math rock, hardcore etc. Releases from I’m Being Good, Hey Colossus, Blood Red Shoes, Trencher, Charlottefield etc.
Previously London, now Cardiff, based label. Roster has included Witching Waves, Anguish Sandwich, Flemmings, Dog Legs, City Yelps, Joanna Gruesome and Suggested Friends.
Time of Asking
Inactive since 2015. Bristol based label with releases from The Jelas, Squeakeasy and Oh Peas!
Sadly defunct label that put out some great stuff up until 2017. Releases from Irma Vep, Sweet Williams, Garden Centre, The Sticks, Cold Pumas, Sex Hands, Dignan Porch, Monotony, Sauna Youth and more.