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Best Independent Record Label


Walk around the city—Brooklyn is best, but lower Manhattan also works—and it’s hard to miss the stickers: glimmering bars emblazoned with the words Fool’s Gold, the name of the best independent record label in the city. Since forming in 2007, owners Nick Catchdubs and A-Trak have kept the label on the cutting edge, releasing music by everyone from Detroit rap hero Danny Brown to Brooklyn’s r&b-influenced club producer Kingdom, and tying it all together with art direction provided by Dust La Rock. This summer, the label left its Williamsburg storefront to hit some of the biggest dance festivals of the year, bringing Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire to Camp Bisco, Araabmuzik and Action Bronson to HARD, and Kavinsky, Dillon Francis, and Nadastrom to the city’s own Electric Zoo. Here at Voice headquarters, we’re just biding our time listening to their Foolcast mixes and patiently waiting for this year’s Christmas party, an all-night rager that might be even more enjoyable than the day itself.