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2016 has been a big year for techno as a genre. It’s seen a huge growth in appreciation and most festival line ups last summer were overflowing with techno DJs. We’ve decided to put together ten of our favourite labels from 2016 in no particular order.

Opal Tapes

Founded in 2012 this label has seen the likes of J. Albert, DJ S and many more, we also seen Opal Tapes recently bring out Clouds’ DJ Ultra Grey Sword on vinyl.

On The Hoof and Earwiggle

Both owned by Irish legend Sunil Sharpe these two labels have been releasing some crunchy techno. Most recently On The Hoof released Sunil’s HOOF04.

Figure

Owned by Len Faki this label has been extremely consistent with its releases. With the likes of Setaoc Mass, Regal and Cleric releasing this year we had a lot to choose from.

Clergy

Run by Cleric himself Clergy has had some serious releases this year like the split EP from Cleric and Dax J. We’re quite looking forward to what they have in store for 2017.

Avian

An imprint ran by Shifted has seen releases from himself, Sigha, SHXCXCHCXSH and more. The boundaries this imprint pushes is what we love to see.

Polegroup

Polegroup started back in 2002 and has been releasing consistent repleteness techno from the likes of Oscar Mulero.

Self Reflektion

A dutch label owned by stranger aiming to bring back the ravey warehouse elements to techno, which is exactly what he’s been doing.

MORD

A place you go for the crunchiest of techno, their recent release with Neil Landstrumm, Ansome, Lag and Headless Horseman. Expect some more heavy releases in 2017.

Electric Deluxe

Ran by Speedy J Electric Deluxe has been running some insane gigs as well as release crunchy techno. Recently releasing Dax J’s Illusions of Power and have Clouds’ HTID coming out soon this label is definitely a favourite.

Monnom Black

It’s been a big year for Dax J and Monnom Black, seeing the release of his Album Shades of Black and multiple EPs throughout the year, 2017 is looking good for Monnom Black.

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