While artists and music remain the primary focus here at XLR8R, we also know that labels continue to play a key role in the grand scheme of things. In truth, a case could be made that labels—and the curatorial function that they provide—are arguably more important than ever, especially when one considers that so many of the traditional music industry's gatekeeping and tastemaking institutions have crumbled over the past decade or so. Given that, we're always excited to shine an especially bright light on some of our favorite imprints each year via the annual Labels We Love series. The name is pretty self-explanatory, but be on the lookout for several in-depth label features, along with shorter pieces highlighting a number of noteworthy outposts. We've put a lot of time and effort into this year's Labels We Love, which will kick off on Monday, October 13, but we also know that the picture isn't quite complete, as we have yet to hear from XLR8R readers about their favorite imprints.
As we always do, we'll be wrapping up 2014's Labels We Love series with Labels You Love, a list based entirely on votes from our audience. Anyone who would like to vote is welcome to do so using the form below, which asks for a reader's top three labels. Please refrain from voting more than once, as duplicate entries will be disqualified. Also, take note that everyone who enters will be subscribed to The Lowdown, XLR8R's weekly email newsletter. Assuming that's all acceptable to you, cast your vote and let your voice be heard.
UPDATE: Voting is now closed. The results of this year's 'Labels You Love' poll will be published on Friday, October 17.