Crosstown Rebels is a label that has played an intergral role within the Electronic community since its inception in 2003. In those early years Crosstown Rebel releases furnished many a record box (including our own) with tracks such as, Supreme Bachelors – S&M George Thomson’s – Laid Back Snack Attack Andre Kraml’s Safari, and Jennifer Cardini – Stay (Roman Flugel Remix) to name a few. Crosstown Rebels was fast becoming the label of choice with its unique and often left of centre take on electronic music. However as the years passed the label began to loose its original spark and its long-term legacy seemed in some doubt as its relevance waned with every passing year. In 2006 and again in 2007 CTR’s main distributor collapsed collectively owing the label £30,000 at which point it looked like CTR would cease to exist.

Crosstown Rebels - Back from the Brink

Enter 2011 and CTR look set to close the year out as one of the most hyped and talked about labels of the last 12 months, which is a remarkable turnaround for a label languishing in former glories and potential insolvency. Through a combination of dogged commitment and an ever reliable ear for a good record, label owner Damian Lazarus has risen again and rewarded us with an unbeatable selection of New Electronic Music that will be furnishing record box’s for the forseeable future. If that wasn’t enough CTR’s standing has been further enhanced with the launch of its excellent sister label ‘Rebellion‘. Below are some recommended cuts from both labels:

Nico Purman – Fade Away
Fur Coat – Space Ballad feat. Argenis Brito (TEED Remix)
Art Department feat. Seth Troxler – Vampire Nightclub
Russ Yallop – Rock Me
Maceo Plex – Cant Leave You
Russ Yallop – Crossroads
Tim Green – Cherry
Jimmy Maheras – Space Jam (Matt Tolfrey Remix) / Original