Get familiar with the independent techno labels that are currently tearing it up on the West Coast.*
Peloton Musique is a bicycle loving techno and electronic music label based out of the Pacific Northwest. Their label features an eclectic, yet intriguing mix of abstract minimal, deep techno, soulful tech house and field recordings. Above all, the strength of Peloton is retaining a sound entirely of its own.
Eternal Drive Recordings
Another top notch bangin' and forward thinking techno label coming out of Vancouver headed up by label boss, Jay Zoney.
A self released label featuring projects and releases from Vancouver/Tokyo techno house musician Rennie Foster & guest artists.
Subspec, out of Vancouver, BC is a Northwest techno favorite delivering some of the most slamming techno out of the region by local artists and international talent.
From 0-1 is a digital and vinyl label originally based out of Seattle but has also set down roots in the Bay Area and calls the West Coast it's home. By far, it is the leading label for looking out and pushing artists on the West Coast, yet it has huge support from the Midwest/Central US and is charted internationally. It's currently an ongoing labor of love by Milkplant, Rubidium and Sone.
A conscious, intelligent techno Seattle label focusing on local artists unified by a unique and original techno aesthetic.
Seattle based psychedelic dance imprint and club night. Focus on live hardware sets and Pacific Northwest producers often dipping into the harder techno range.
UKR: Urban Kickz Recordings
UKR or Urban Kickz Recordings is a Seattle and Chicago based techno and electro label Headed up by Roman Zawodny and Lester Fitzpatrick
Subsensory Recordings, Portland
Subsensory is a Portland based label headed up by Jack Coleman (AKA Jak) that runs the gamut from minimal to funky techno house to full on hard techno stormers. Jak's commitment to his music and his scene is truly evident and present in every release, spanning form local Northwest heroes to international talent worldwide.
Nude Photo Music
Nude Photo, as the name suggests, is a Portland label focusing on the deeper aspects of techno, tech house and electro. Label was founded in 2009 by Audioelectronic aka Gustavo Lanzas (formerly of Cybrid)
Contract Expand Recordings
Contract Expand Is a new SF Based Label headed up by David Javate. Too early to tell what the gerneral feel of the label is at present, but it is off to good start with Javate's first 2 releases.
Dark and Sonorous
Dark and Sonourous is a digital only label dedicated to keeping San Francisco techno and minimal dark, with harder, more industrial tinged elements to it's catalog. Established in SF in 2009, it has ties to artists in De Macoris and the Dominican Republic with a worldwide following.
Zettabyte is a record label based in San Francisco, California, that showcases techno / minimal and related sub genres with a focus on sound design. Headed up by Zita Molnar, the label and club night are a real family institution in the SF scene..
Droid Behavior, Los Angeles
Droid Behavior has been one of the most consistent, outstanding and outperforming West Coast techno labels that has set a precedent for other techno labels to follow, and it's not hard to see why. Droid Behavior is a real team effort headed by Raiz VRV and Drumcell built on their undying passion for real techno music.
Modularz is a Los Angeles label fronted by Developer gaining rapid international following based on it's no nonsense, gritty, intense and powerful techno tracks.
Omen Recordings is a new Dark techno label based in Los angeles headed up by Tanya Leigh and Axkan
Truncate started out as a project label and alias for Audio Injection, aka David Flores' DJ tools based projects, but soon their sound grew to have a life of their own, becoming favored among the world's DJs as a more stripped down and raw form of modern techno.
VRV is a sister label of Droid Behavior, LA started in 2013 by Subversive and Raíz (formerly, Acid Circus) which features an artistic concept approach and limited runs of physical releases. The sound of the label ranges from tough and driven emotional soundscapes to up front, jacky, and classic techno influenced sounds effectively designed to move dancefloors.