Submitted by Matthew Crick
Every month, positioned around a table wearing only our serious faces, we take a look at the record labels that are hotter than a Burning Man bicycle seat; choose one, and then put it on our approving pedestal. Simple you say? No, not really…
Even If Sean Brosnan weren’t a smoker, he’d be easily forgiven for lighting a fine cigar and inhaling large, celebratory breaths as he reflected on a busy but victorious past few months for Needwant. Admittedly, the label chief would probably quickly extinguish any lavish praise aimed at himself and instead redirect it at the artists and events he continuously represents.
Rewind three or so years and Needwant started life as a humble fanzine, built on the unwavering philosophy of bringing house music and art together. This vision was brought to life with the occasional, disheveled party popping up in London, swiftly amassing a dedicated following, a large number of which will be making an appearance at this month’s warehouse shindig no doubt.
However, it is the imprint’s present form of delivering exceptional music from some of the industry’s finest that has captured our immediate attention. With a conveyor belt of mouthwatering releases from Maxxi Soundsystem, Bonar Bradberry, The Mekanism and Mario Basanov (not forgetting the fifth installment of the Future Disco series), who are all flying high in their own right, the bar has evidently been raised to a lofty level – and one that has defined Needwant as one of the most influential record labels around today.
Our current Needwant favourite is Mario Basanov’s ‘We Are Child Of Love’