Jakarta Records is a Berlin/Cologne based record label which has been blazing the trail when it comes to putting out independent, or rather alternative music, from Europe. Their work is not limited to Europe though as they have put out work from artists based in North America, artists like Pac Div’s Like who released the innovative and wonderfully compiled album Songs Made While High.
The record label has been around for about 12 years and have been releasing projects which are in line with the label’s vision and passion since 2005. The label has an impressive roster that stretches beyond one genre as they have released work from acts like Tom Misch, Kaytranada, Sango, IAMNOBODI, Mura Masa, Suff Daddy, Ivan Ave, Ta-ku and other great acts. The label has been secretly, or silently rather, shaping the way Europe sounds and more so pioneering and bringing forth talent that shifts the musical landscape.
The way the label is set up is sort of similar to Stonesthrow Records particularly how both labels are not genre specific, but are inherently independent. Jakarta records definitely sets a standard in the independent music industry by making sure that all releases are quality and also building up a roster that is enviable. With the music being released by the label and the label’s track-record, there is no doubt that Jakarta records has staying power and longevity in music.