20 Most Influential Techno Labels Today

The most 20 well-known techno labels in electronic music of the last quarter century have been gathered for techno lovers.


Established in 1992 as a subsidiary of Mute Records. Relaunched in 2017 by Daniel Miller.

It is originally a UK electronic music record label before being distributed by Elektra Records in the U.S. If you look at his past works, you will often come across 12-inch singles and catalogues. Also, they aree licensed through Tresor and Plus8, hereafter with names like Richie Hawtin and Luke Slater, today. The name of the company, which is considered prestigious today, is seen in every market and is nominated for music awards.


Established solely in 1992 by Jeff Mills in New York City, U.S.

The influence of Jeff Mills on techno music, which quickly developed the company he founded and innovated in all areas, is undeniable. He managed to spread all over the world and established 5 different sub-labels in a decade. The artist, who is included in the second wave of techno music, shaped the current state of techno music with labels such as The Purpose Maker, Gamma Player and Kat Moda.


Established in 1991 by Dimitri Hegemann in Berlin, Germany.

Tresor, Europe’s techno sanctuary, was set up in a basement at midnight. Known for the nightclub of the same name, the company has hosted hundreds of works in a quarter of a century. Instead of short-term organizations, the company has always worked in permanent cooperation. In this context, it is possible to see names such as Surgeon, Joey Beltram, Cristian Vogel, James Ruskin and Detroit’s Robert Hood and Jeff Mills under this roof.

Plus 8

Established in 1990 by Richie Hawtin and John Acquaviva in Ontario, Canada.

Techno music record label that started to produce on the second wave of Detroit techno along with Underground Resistance. One of the important features of the company was working with music technicians such as Speedy J and Kenny Larkin. Because in this way, the foundations of acidic and minimal techno were laid, and also the rhythm of techno music was changed in this sense. With Hawtin and Acquaviva, the drug-based rave culture has been replaced by a slower and funky style.



Established in 1986 by Derrick May in Detroit, U.S.

Inspired by European electronic sounds and black American dance music, May set up Transmat to explore his futuristic visions of music. May’s early recordings in the 1980s set the blueprint for the what is known today as ‘Techno’. Three decades later Transmat releases such as ‘Nude Photo’, ‘The Dance’, ‘It Is What It Is’, ‘Illusion’ and ‘Strings of Life’ remain iconic and are considered the roots of the genre.


Underground Resistance

Established in 1990 by Jeff Mills and ‘Mad’ Mike Banks in Detroit, U.S.

UR is not only Detroit techno or acid, but one of the first organizations that come to mind when it comes to techno music. The company that emerged as a movement is revolutionist and anti-ethoic. It is seen as a resistance to the socio-political and ethnic events of the period in the U.S. Their aim is to unleash the nature of music and therefore a wide variety of music is seen. Minimal, hard techno, acid, electro, house and jazz are just the first to come to mind.


Established in 1985 by Juan Atkins in Detroit, U.S.

The traces of the techno music movement, the pioneering futuristic electro of the period, were seen in the company whose works were usually made by Atkins, under the name of Model 500.  Although the company seems to be centuries ago, it still continues to produce works today. It is possible to reach his works in urban and soul styles.


Established in 1992 by Guy Tavares in the Hague, Netherlands.

It is an independent record label based in Den Haag, as a pioneer of electronic disco. They are known for their “dirty, brown and miserable” slogans and for naming Den Haag a murder capital. An underground formation that spreads the “do it yourself” logic all over the world with the efforts of ‘if‘. As the global darkness community, they have been inspiring music for a long time. They’re famous for bringing up names like Helena Hauff lately.


Established in 1996 by Adam Beyer in Sweden.

Releases characteristic, dark, animated techno albums. One of the most prolific and productive music brands. It is also the home of many techno gurus such as Fitzpatrick, Carl Blokbusch, Jerome Sydenham, Joseph Capriati, Nicole Moudaber, Sasha Carassi etc. Beyer also has a live radio show created under the name of the label and hosts artists from all over the world every week.


Force Inc.

Established in 1991 by Achim Szepanski in Frankfurt, Germany. 

The label philosophy was essentially shaped by Underground Resistance , which always understood their work as a statement against the music industry dominated by major labels and also pointed out social grievances with their publications. From the beginning, Szepanski positioned the label as a politically motivated, socially critical and intellectual antipole in the supposedly hedonistic techno scene. The label’s release policy was heavily geared towards musical innovations. Some of the first German publications in areas such as jungle, hardcore techno, breakcore, on Force Inc. or its sublabels. First, the distribution companies and sub-labels were closed, and finally in 2011, the company announced its closure with its last production.


Established in 1991 by Aphex Twin and Grant-Wilson Claridge in Cornwall, Great Britain.

Rephlex Records, the iconic record label that existed between 1991 and 2014, will remain in the minds of true music enthusiasts for a long time to come, due to the impact it made and the legacy it left behind. The label helped many artists to rise to stardom and their creativity saw them achieve many accolades. Part of their innovations includes the birth of a new genre of music, Braindance among other world-class achievements.



Established in 1991 by Pete Hutchison and Paul Ballard in London, England.

Named after a marvelous but less well known musical nugget by The Doors, Peacefrog is a record label that deals in, wellmarvellous but (initially, at least) less well known musical nuggets. The label has provided a qualitatively consistent outlet for an ever more eclectic litany of artists who excel at what they do, no matter what their genre.



Established in 1989 by Saskia Slegers (Miss Djax) in Belgium.

One of the great European techno labels period. It is hard not to talk about it in the past tense with such a hugely important back catalogue. Early on it managed to perfectly balance waltzing in the unavoidably huge but welcome shadow of the major American cities without being totally slavish to their youthful legacies either. Quality European acts shared the limelight too with some of the most no nonsense techno,acid, trance 12″s and LP’s around.



Established in mid-1990s by Damon Wild in New York City, U.S.

The journey that started in New York hosted hundreds of works in hypnotic and house styles. Works made in the ’90s often consisted of simple drums, pricking beats and raspy sounds. Despite its decreasing production day by day, it still continues to produce singles or vinyls today. It is possible to see works by David Meiser, Fans of Function, Andrea Bulluzzi and Jeff Mills.

Basic Channel

Established in 1993 by Moritz von Oswald and Mark Ernestus in Berlin, Germany.

The duo became known in the mid-1990s for a series of vinyl-only releases under various aliases marked by minimalism in both production techniques and graphic esthetics. Basic Channel is widely regarded as a pioneering force of minimal and dub techno.
The minimalist esthetics of the 12″s released by the duo label can lead to ambiguities as to whether the names listed on releases are project names or just track elease titles, meaning that appearances of those tracks on compilations or DJ mixes were often inconsistently credited.



Established in 1994 by Cristian Vogel and Si Begg in Brighton, UK.

A record company that produces works under the leadership of Ibrahim Alfa, one of the strongholds of UK techno sets. Together with Tresor Records, Alfa defines Britain’s frenzied techno scene with big names like Dave Tarrida, Neil Landstrumm and Tobias Schmidt. Last year, they proved their existence in the digital world with their retrospective compilation album.



Established in 1993 by Regis and Female in Birmingham, UK.

As label boss of Downwards Records, O’Connor (aka Regis), alongside his label-mate Surgeon (aka Anthony Child), was one of the originators of the Birmingham sound, forging a sound that blended Chicago house with darker European electronics. Although initially his plan was to take a “director of operations” role (he cites Daniel Miller has his greatest influence), O’Connor and his label partner Peter Sutton (aka Female) found it increasingly difficult to find artists to share their vision, and to this day still work with the same core artists.



Established in 1996 by James Ruskin and Richard Polson in London, UK.

The first few releases came in quick succession and immediately had an impact on the techno scene, during an era when dancefloor techno was suffering a drought of fresh artists. A chance meeting led to the second release on the label being Oliver Ho‘s debut. Since then the artist roster has been largely centred around the work of those 3 artists, although Polson‘s later contributions have been as one half of The 65D Mavericks alongside his current production partner Nick DuntonSurgeon has also made an appearance. Ruskin also run’s Blueprint’s sublabel, Coda Records.

Sonic Groove

Established in 1995 by Frankie Bones, Heather Hart and Adam X in New York City, U.S.

In 1995 Frankie and Adam along with new found partner Heather Heart who was behind the legendary fanzine “Under One Sky” would relocate their Brooklyn record shop under the big lights of New York City.  Thus  “Sonic Groove Records” was born. It was the dawn of a new era for the techno scene in NYC as the store was much easier to reach for many people now. Sonic Groove would move large quantities of techno vinyl releases throughout the globe which lead them to become one of the most dominant forces in the industry. Sonic Groove though one of the longest techno labels running, refuses to push the sounds of the past. Instead, they prefer to define the sound of the future.




Established in 1993 by Russ Gabriel in Liss, UK.

Russ Gabriel is a name synonymous with the emergence of techno from the UK during the 90s, which encompassed labels such of Peacefrog, Soma, WARP, Rising High, SKAM and Rephlex (amongst many others). As the owner of Ferox Records, he is first and foremost an electronic musician and composer, but in recent years has also turned filmmaker. With an approach, style and sound that would not go amiss in the likes of Eglo or Sound Signature’s catalogue, it is easy to underestimate the impact he had: his talents being called upon by the likes of Magnetic North, Djax, Planet E and Force Inc during his early career, more recently courted by the likes of Freerange, We Play House and Mobilee.