XLR8R takes a look at the labels changing the face of independent music. In addition to our Top 25 Labels We Love feature, XLR8R ventures into the world of MP3 labels, oddball dance imprints, the visual artists behind France’s Kitsuné, and 10 young labels to watch in the coming year. We check in with Bonjay, Samiyam, Architecture in Helsinki, Kathy Diamond, and DJ C, and get current faves from François K, Ulrich Schnauss, King Stampede, and Motor. Barcelona’s Catalina Estrada takes over Vis-Ed, Aesop Rock fills us in on the process behind making None Shall Pass, and Simon Reynolds talks about his new book Bring the Noise.

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