September 30, 2016
Having scoured the internet for the best record shops to follow on Instagram and scrolled ’til our fingers bled in search of the internet’s best ‘gramming collectors – we wouldn’t dare exclude one of our staples: record labels.
Words: Michael Wilkin
It’s pure gold to be able to get first-hand insight into the life and times of some of the world’s most forward-thinking and essential record labels, and it happens every day on Instagram.
Following a label you love gives you a direct line to new music and new artists, often before the record is off the press.
Of course, every label wants to push their own wares, but there’s much more to it than just that. Yes sir. Take Ninja Tune for example; beyond the standard release fare, there’s an array of punchy street photography, abstract art and general sensory goodness.
Then there’s your Dekmantel style; tour heavy labels with an incredible wealth of live and behind the scenes snaps to devour. All invaluable when you want to keep tabs on your favourite DJs.
Below we’ve complied a range of labels who absolutely kill it on Instagram, ranging from majors to garage dwelling labours of love.
Warp Records / @warprecords
Ninja Tune / @ninjatunehq
XL Recordings / @xlrecordings
Brownswood Recordings / @brownswood
Rough Trade / @roughtraderecords
Third Man Records / @thirdmanrecords
Mondo / @mondotees
Be With Records / @bewithwrecords
Sacred Bones / @sacredbones
Luaka Bop / @luakabop
Captured Tracks / @capturedtracks
Stones Throw Records / @stonesthrow
Dekmantel / @dkmntl
4AD / @4ad
Sub Pop Records / @subpop
Music From Memory / @music_from_memory
Strut Records / @strutrecords
RVNG Intl. / @rvngintl
Mr Bongo / @mrbongowordwide
BBE Music / @bbemusic