Year founded: 1984
Notable artists/releases: James Blake, Nicolas Jaar, Paul White
R&S may be one of the oldest indie labels on this list, but it hasn’t yet lost its sense for groundbreaking experimental music. Founded in 1984 in Belgium by Renaat Vandepapeliere and Sabine Maes, R&S was a response to the then lackluster music scene in Belgium. Vandepapeliere would feel the same boredom in 2000 (having released music from Aphex Twin, Ken Ishii, and more) and put the label on hiatus, before reviving R&S six years later.
When asked about why the label went on hiatus in a 2009 interview, Renaat Vandepapeliere explained that he felt as if “the whole dance music scene was repeating.” Since the label’s revival, R&S has brought on new artists such as James Blake, Vondelpark, Paul White, and Nicolas Jaar. Evidently, electronic music is experiencing another surge of inspiration.