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The Best Melodic House Labels: Ashibah Shares Her Favorite Ahead It Never Happened

Melodic house is on the rise, more than ever, and for good reason.

East Listening Beats are just as effective on the club scene as when doing chores around the house, and while many clubgoers may have branched out into electronic music during the boom in the EDM ten years ago; many became tasteful fans of the more nuanced genres of club music – whose melodic house was ready and waiting for them.

Ashibah is no stranger to melodic house, having a string of releases on some of the most popular labels releasing this sound. So to celebrate the release of her latest three-track EP on Lane 8’s This Never Happened label, we’ve invited her to help us curate the shortlist of the best melodic house labels in the game right now.

“I’m a sucker for arpeggiators and emotional chord progressions, which is why melodic house is one of my favorite genres, especially its uplifting side. So I’ve compiled a list of some of my labels and favorite tracks. Some classics and some discoveries.” -Ashiba

Stream Ashibah’s “You May Forget” EP Below

Drawing inspiration from the underground clubs of dance music’s origins and the smooth, slow sounds of modern popularity, Ashibah’s sound perfectly encapsulates why the melodic house genre has exploded in popularity over the past three years.

But this rise in popularity also comes at a cost, as it’s harder than ever to carve out a niche in a genre that’s becoming more saturated by the day.

But the three tracks from his latest EP “You May Forget,” now available on Lane 8’s This Never Happened imprint, handle that with ease, blending atmospheric vocals with rhythms and arpeggios that live up to genre expectations in a unique and complex. .

Twisting, dazzling arpeggiators add melodic layers and momentum to hard-hitting rhythms that work together to create a masterclass in the genre.

Buy/Stream ‘You May Forget EP’ Here


ANJUNADEEEP

anjunadeep

anjunadeep

This sub-label of Anjunabeats is definitely one of the top labels on my list. It launched in 2005 and had releases from some of my favorite artists in the melodic house.

Such as Qrion, Ben Böhmer, Dusky, Lane 8, Eli & Fur and many more. I started listening to Anjunadeep around 2011/2012 when I was in my Deep house phase and discovered Lost In You by Dusky and Diamonds by Lane 8 and Solomon Gray. I was hooked and loved how this label has evolved since.

I always like their releases and I listen to them.

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THIS NEVER HAPPENED

THIS NEVER HAPPENED

I think the album I’ve listened to the most from start to finish in the last few years is “Little By Little” by Lane 8.

So much studio inspiration came from this album. Since then, I’ve fallen in love with the label and its releases – beautiful emotional toplines, catchy, soulful progressions that grab you instantly.

From electronica to melodic house, this label takes you everywhere with class.

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MINISTRY OF SOUND

MINISTRY OF SOUND

This label needs no introduction!

I grew up in the 90s, and it was still a great place to look when it came to progressive, trance, or melodic house music. Compilations by Pete Tong, sessions by Paul Oakenfold and releases by Sasha, John Digweed Northern Exposure, and more.

Ministry of Sound was a big part of my electronic music soundtrack growing up in Cairo, where we had raves in the deserts we used to hang out at.

Sure, they had so many sub-labels it was hard to keep up, but even today I listen to their releases and stay tuned to what they’re up to. For example, London Grammar’s 2021 album has been on repeat since its release.

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EMBASSY ONE

EMBASSY ONE

This Berlin-based label has been hard to ignore with the number of killer releases it has released in recent years.

As I work a lot with vocals, I like a good topline, and this label has a lot of that. It’s filled with great songs and singers with a happy medium between melodic house and afro house.

Their roster is filled with artists like Monolink, WhoMadeWho, Robyn, Röyksopp and many more. It’s a label that I listen to a lot when it comes to musical inspiration, that’s for sure.

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