“In an increasingly competitive, low-margin industry, there are a handful of record labels still committed to making the most of the original music format.
These are labels who often work for love rather than money, and yet have still opted to push their form forwards, investing admirable amounts in the pursuit of ever more beautiful records. With no time for gimmicks (last year’s ice record comes to mind), they are the labels returning to the simple things – taking care to produce substantial, often hand-made vinyl records, with their attention to detail in both music, artwork and distribution setting a new standard for vinyl in the 21st century.
From origami sleeves to innovative pricing methods, these are the labels who refuse to believe that vinyl reached its capacity for invention with the novelty 80’s picture disc. While there are countless small imprints doing just this, we’ve begun by picking eight of the most innovative and interesting, all of which were born in the last five years (barring A Future Without, who despite forming in 2006 sneak in for having released their first vinyl in 2012), and who have carved out a distinct identity for their records, whether releasing new music or reissuing old.”