In the 90s it was all about touch and go records for me (the Jesus lizard, slint, tar, seam, big black etc). You could be pretty confident of buying blind from that label. Also amphetamine reptile, sub Pop, constellation. I could happily talk about this all day actually.
Tbh I never pay attention to the label that much but the first that came to mind is p nation, its run by psy (gangnam style) and everyone he signed is so good, mainly existing artists I already listened to for years and love like jessi, hyuna, heize and crush
Hyperdub and Ninja Tune are two labels that I always find to be super consistent for dance and experimental releases. Feel like they are a good mark of quality, or at least something that will be interesting to listen to.
Never really followed or taken much notice of labels like some people do but it’s funny how you do end up with certain labels.
Mix of current and in the past -
Kranky - post rock, neo classical and experimental electronic
Sub Rosa - ditto
Finders Keepers - esoteric reissues and compilations, library music/soundtracks etc
Dust to Digital - folk music compilations
Drag City/Matador/Domino/Sub Pop - alt rock/indie
Editions Mego/Imprec - avant-garde/experimental
since they embraced streaming i enjoy exploring lots of what they put out. lots of indie rock and folky stuff in particularly plus a bit of psych etc but a pretty reliable hit rate given the amount of stuff they put out. always worth exploring.
lack of download codes in their records is annoying though.
Heres a few of my favourites:
Ipecac Records - Mike Patton, Melvins and others
Hydrahead/Sige Records - Aaron Turner and others
International Anthems - Loads of great Jazz stuff. Jaime Branch, Makaya McCraven, Damon Locks, Jeff Parker
CastleFace - John Dwyer, Oh sees and other garage/psych stuff
Brainfeeder - Flying Lotus fellas label
Drag City - Ty Segall, Wand etc…
Brownswood - Gilles Petersons label
Ninja Tune/Warp - Electronic stuff like Actress, Flying Lotus