18 July 2017

We take a closer look at My Favorite Robot Records, one of MN2S Label Services oldest and most successful clients.

MN2S Label Services works with many outstanding labels, and My Favorite Robot Records are no exception. We are fortunate enough to have worked with the label since 2012, overseeing many of its key releases. My Favorite Robot Records will actually celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2018, meaning MN2S has been with them for exactly half of the label’s existence. This is the story of one of dance’s best independent record labels.

The story of My Favorite Robot Records

After recording and releasing music as My Favorite Robot, Jared Simms and Voytek Korab decided to found a record label, named for their joint moniker. In the beginning, the label released music solely from the Canadian duo themselves. These early releases include ‘In the Dark’, the label’s inaugural release in 2008.

‘In the Dark’ is a minimal tech-influenced electro track that came complete with remixes from SLOK (as heard above), Jordan Dare, and MFR themselves. The release proved the duo were serious, about the music they were making, and about the label they were running. Clued-up electronic music fans were ready for a follow-up.

The next release came in the form of ‘Scar / All My Circuits’, a double A-side single that featured a remix of each respective track. MFR had proved they had something to give, but it was the label’s third release, MFR003, that really took it up a notch.

Released in 2009, My Favorite Robot’s First Stimulus Package marked the first time the label released music by other artists. It was a landmark and a turning point, especially since My Favourite Robot Records would become well-known for its curation of new up and coming DJ-producer talent in the future.

The first “stimulus package” gave way to the second. And the third. The label then focused on more releases from the MFR boys themselves. Then in 2010, as the number of MFR Records releases had run well into double figures, the label released EPs by Kenny Glasgow, Johnny White, Jordan Dare and Michael J Collins. Suddenly, the My Favourite Robot Records roster was much larger, and the label was starting to create its own mini movement.

Two new installments in the Stimulus Package series followed in 2011, with the MFR edit of Kenny Glasgow’s ‘Open Your Eyes’ a particular standout track (listen above). And shortly after that, My Favorite Robot Records joined the MN2S Label Services family, opening up their music to a wider audience through the agency’s digital music distribution network of channels.

The MFR Records roster grew and grew, with releases coming from Lightbluemover, Tiger Stripes, Fairmont, Tim Paris, Chloe, Timo Maas, NAOME, and of course the MFR boys themselves.

My Favourite Robot Records today

The duo of Jared Simms and Voytek Korab remain at the cutting edge of dance music. They have played some of the best clubs and festivals in the world, and have truly made their mark on the music scene.

They never left their label behind either, continuing to push boundaries with their releases, and to find and nurture fresh new talent. MFR Records was a big contender in Mixmag’s Label of the Decade project this March, and it was a close runner up for DJ Mag’s inaugural Best of North America Awards (there’s always next year). My Favorite Robot will hit the road with fellow Best of North America contenders later this month.

The group is also known for their Crossing Wires label showcases, which demonstrate the fine talent on the label. Recently, My Favourite Robot began a podcast of the same name, which features mixes from some of the best DJs in dance music.

You can pick up any release from the My Favorite Robot Records back catalogue and know for sure that it’ll sound exciting, refreshing and new. The label has been around for a decade now, but it feels like they’re just getting started. And with the big 10-year anniversary coming up in 2018, stay tuned for the big celebrations.

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