That Was The Year That Was 2012: The Label
Here we are at the end of another year. I was going to write about how well Swiss Adam and Drew had done it and how I couldn’t compete but then I noticed that I did that last year. Old age y’know. Start repeating yourself.
This year’s label of the year was almost Diametral Network for their consistent releases, especially their dub techno ones. Formed in 2010, Diametral was set up by Matthias Springer and Oliver Roos. Their approach of a network of labels is particularly clever.
In the end though, I’ve gone for something that’s delivered on a vision over five years to bring funky breaks to the masses. My label of the year is Ground Level. The brainchild of Andy McAllister and based in the deeply unfashionable Midlands town of Derby. This year, it celebrated its fiftieth release. For that release it did a label compilation. Most labels would have collected their best bits into a single volume. Not Ground Level. The album Playground was a collection of new tracks and remixes. That’s a mark of the label. I reviewed it here. Here’s to many more from Ground Level.