Welcome to DAY 2 of the Top 50 Labels of the Decade. Read on below for some wonderful insight from these 10 labels and their founders, artists and label managers.

The future of record labels is constantly in question. However, we at betterPropaganda believe that the labels that matter the most are here to stay. These labels are the cream-of-the-crop - the tastemakers. They put out records because they love them and they know we’ll love them. They hold their genres dear, but have the courage to branch out. They believe in the music they release and, no matter what the sales expectations were, every album is a success because they released something they loved.

The Top 50 Labels of the Decade will be posted alphabetically beginning September 15th through September 19th with 10 labels per day.

Carpark - We want to get our hands on whatever drugs Todd Hyman is taking. If you're into the weird and wild, you've undoubtedly come into contact with Carpark Records, and Hyman is running the joint singlehandedly.

Chocolate Industries - "Chocolate Industries is rad because they believe in the art of music." - Hollywood Holt

Definitive Jux - "This is an artist created label and our passion for music is the absolute fulcrum of everything we do." - Jesse Ferguson, Label Manager & El-P, Founder/Artist

DFA - The influence of bands like Talking Heads, Liquid Liquid, ESG, and Blondie can be heard throughout the DFA catalog.

Domino - "I am proud to be part of Domino's rich and influential history." - Adem

Drag City - "Drag City is no joke an that's no joke!" - Jennifer Herrema of RTX/Royal Trux

Fat Cat - "We still listen and respond to every demo we get sent, and that's where the larger percentage of our releases has come from - building artists from the ground up." - Dave Howell, Head of A&R

Fierce Panda - "The label known as Fierce Panda was born in a pub in the West End of London Town at the start of 1994. Somewhat predictably the pub no longer exists and the site of it is now occupied by a Boots chemist."

Fool's Gold - "A-Trak and I started Fool's Gold because there were no other labels for our generation of DJs, producers and performers in this new North American scene." - Nick Catchdubs, Co-Founder

Ghostly - "Ghostly exudes the quintessential Midwest vibe. Not flashy, not in-your-face." - Kate Simko

Related Downloads
play all
Skeletons And The Girl-Faced B…
album:Git (Ghostly International)
[ play ] | [ download mp3 ]
Lady Sovereign
album:Vertically Challenged (Chocola…
[ play ] | [ download mp3 ]
album:Kingdom of Fear (Fierce Panda)
[ play ] | [ download mp3 ]
album:Visitations (Domino Records)
[ play ] | [ download mp3 ]
Aesop Rock
song:None Shall Pass
album:None Shall Pass (Definitive Ju…
[ play ] | [ download mp3 ]
song:They Made Frogs Smoke Til They…
album:Go Go Smear the Poison Ivy (Fa…
[ play ] | [ download mp3 ]
Dan Deacon
song:The Crystal Cat
album:Spiderman of the Rings (Carpar…
[ play ] | [ download mp3 ]
Kid Cudi
song:Day N Night (Crookers Remix)
album:Man on the Moon: The End of Da…
[ play ] | [ download mp3 ]
Prinzhorn Dance School
song:You Are the Space Invader
album:Prinzhorn Dance School (DFA)
[ play ] | [ download mp3 ]