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Saved Search Queries by Date

(Assume that all queries include the terms “FULL ALBUMS” and “4 1/2 stars” (meaning 4 1/2 stars and above)

By Style of Music (All Dates): Latin, Bossa Nova, Celtic, Americana, Acoustic, Progrock, Hard-Rock, Soundtrack ;

New This Year (All Genres) || 1980s, 1970s and 1960s

2020s: Metal, Regga/Dub Ska, Classical, Hiphop, Ambient/Instrumental, Blues, Electronic, World

1990-9: World, Pop, rock, Regga/Dub/Ska, Classical, Hiphop, Ambient, Blues, Electronica, Country, Soul-Funk

2000-2009 albums

2000-9: World, Metal, Regga/Dub/Ska, Classical, Hiphop, Ambient, Blues, Electronica, Country

2000 Jazz, Pop, Country, Rock, Electronic

2001 Jazz, Pop, Rock, Electronic

2002 Jazz, Pop, Rock, Electronic

2003 Jazz, Pop, Rock, Electronic

2004 Jazz, Pop, Rock, Electronic

2005 Jazz, Pop, Rock, Electronic

2006 Jazz, Pop, Rock, Electronic

2007 Jazz, Pop, Country, Rock, Electronic

2008 Jazz, Pop, Country, Rock, Electronic

2009 + Jazz , 2009+Pop, Country, Rock, Experimental, Electronic, World

2010-2019

2010s: World , Metal, Reggae/Dub/Ska, Classical , HipHop, Ambient/Instrumental, Blues , Electronic,

2010: Jazz, Pop, Country, Rock, Experimental, Electronic, World

2011: Jazz, Pop, Country, Rock, Experimental, , World

2012: Jazz, Pop, Country, Rock, Electronic,

2013: Jazz, Pop, Country, Rock,

2014: Jazz, Pop, Country, Rock ,

Interesting Emusic Labels + Bandcamp or Catalog pages

Here’s an abbreviated list of emusic labels — which is hard to keep in my head. I’m using as my reference omnifoo’s comprehensive annotated list of labels. I’m just adding links to emusic and bandcamp and maybe other resources.

UK/Europe

Poland:

  • Audio Cave (Bc) A profusion of trios and quintets from the last few years shows promise, and I’d be happy to own most of it. MN jazz more than occasionally looks Polish in 115 at usually quite low prices. Updating in 2020 and with a few from the 1990s, one might say they’re an exceptional steal. Far better than the big jazz donors in the wine caves. I picked up Silberman Quartet in part for it being among the least jazzy.
  • || Gad Records (bc) (album summaries)
  • Serpent Records (bc) Almost 200 titles ranging from classical, jazz, folk, and Krautrock. Might be worth spending a long time exploring, as many are inexpensive. Very low-key and abstract as a whole, sometimes a little off kilter..
  • Karrot Kommando. (Youtube albums)  Polish pop, rock, jazz, reggae, and you name it.

TurkeyTurkuola (bc) ; Turkofon GmbH (bc)

Portugal: Lux Records (bc) Irreverent blues from Legendary Tiger Man, then lots of alt. rock in 38 titles from the end of the 20th century up to 2020. Occasionally in Portuguese. More than I expected stands up to scrutiny. There’s a lot of character(s) here you should introduce yourself to.

Black Hole Recordings: (Netherlands) Bigger names in electronica like BT and Tiesto veering towards house and trance. 851 to choose from, if you can differentiate. (Artist Page / Wiki page

United Kingdom

  • Selectonic (bc) UK
  • Trunk Records (bc) UK (label releases). A whole lot of vintage stuff to sort through, rockabilly and int’l combined confusingly with stuff that’d be a great find on cheap, old vinyl. 293 titles that often find themselves on the bestsellers list for big names in jazz.
  • Ghost Box (bc). Ambient, electronic. (Artist page and Wiki page) Early tests of this well regarded electronic label show promise, but it’s too soon for me to get on the bandwagon. Several users have expressed concerns about it leaving. I’d be sad but definitely survive. 58 titles almost all rated.
  • Earache Records (Artist Catalog and Wiki page) Finding this seminal metal label so recently makes me worry that I’ve missed a lot of labels in genres I don’t listen to at all. In 433 albums, I’d be surprised if nothing was worthwhile, even for me.
  • Lo Recordings (bandcamp) (Wiki article listing artists) Lots of good electronic stuff, especially when artists whose releases overlap mean labels that have disappeared are still available for a few albums. 168 titles
  • Damaged Good Records. (Label Artist catalog and wiki). Gotten into Holly Golightly lately, on a friend’s suggestion. Lots of other stuff is rated for easy exploration if you want to revive the dirty rock and blues sounds of old but want something from 2020. Large selection of 214 here can add 59 more by adding “Records” to the name.
  • Memphis Industries. (Bandcamp) List of artists. The folks responsible for Self have a real knack for production without letting anything sound overproduced. I believe some past releases were also called “Spongebath” Records and were less reliably nifty. 80 titles.

France

  • Pschent (Soundcloud) . French synth pop, house, and disco, deliberately cheesy and smarmy. Just over 50 titles ending in 2011, then add “Music” for a whopping 147 more, with many highly rated. Add Stéphanie Cadel et La Caravane for a few more.

Latin/South America

  • Beast Discos Artist Catalog (Chile)  Rock en espanol and probably some worthwhile stuff among 170 (now 180) titles up to 2019. Pop someone w/ taste might call “tasteful.” 244 in Jan.’22 (RJN: I really love this label!)
  • Oveja Negra (Black Sheep). (Chile). Now defunct.
  • Jabalina. (bc) Large selection of understated Latin pop, apparently going strong for 25 years and updating in 2019. Spanish label.
  • Disco Fuentes here and here Wiki article
  • Naafi (bc) Mexico. 33 electronic titles from 2017-21 only discovered in Sept.’21 in a farewell post from eMusers. Short but also inexpensive albums, quality is decidedly a cut above most electronica thanks to worldly elements.
  • Gorgon Records. (RYM Catalog(Jamaica) Reputable, classic dub.
  • Hueso Records . (Brooklyn/chile) Release old albums, working with multimedia artists.
  • DIW (Devil in the Woods (bandcamp). Artists’ list. Mexico. Many albums w/ tracks on the longer side suggest unlabeled post-rock en español
  • Escapula Records (Label catalog) Brazil.
  • CVRA LVDORVM (some on Bandcamp). (Some Youtube playlists). Ecuador.
  • Halcon, Limited label containing mostly 70s Norteno/Tejano music. Classic salsa and mariachi of the 1970s with contemporary examples. RJN: Rare stuff, but sadly overpriced on emusic.

Asia

  • Demajors. (Indonesian label, mostly jazz ) full album streams on youtube ,(Artist List) and Wikipedia page in Indonesian I am pleasantly surprised by almost everything I find here.
  • Le Moesiek Revole, (Youtube).
  • Wing Hang Record Trading Co. Trove of late 20th century and early 21st century Chinese titles, 118 in total, ending in 2012 but extending well into the 1970s, mostly from the 70s to the 90s. The label name sounds like it’s Cantopop, as does the album art, but the song titles have been entered in Mandarin
  • KWAIOTO Other labels are pretenders. Japan. These dubstep EPs coming out of Kyoto are the real deal. Up to 2019. [[RJN: Lots of single tracks mixed in]]

USA

Africa

East Africa Records (bandcamp). Uganda. A lot more singles than albums (List of Artists)

Etc….

J.D.L. Pre-WW2 European compilations. Overpriced, but definitely rare and listenable.

Masters of the Last Century: Compilation of Random US pop/jazz stars. Some interesting stars here, but overall they are not a particularly good deal for the money (usually 65-80 minutes for 6.49)

Independent (?!) Omnifoo surmises that the 10,000+ releases with this “label” were lumped together because the label field was never filled in. You can’t really sort by release date because about 95% of recent releases are singles only.

JSC-Firma-Melodiya — Obscure Russian classical label with lots of composers I’d never heard of.

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