The Berlin-based K7 made its reputation originally with the excellent compilation series DJ Kicks that began in the mid-’90s and is still going strong today. With a strong A&R-led policy, the DJ Kicks has tended towards the leftfield with innovative choices, including Henrik Schwarz, Canadian duo Chromeo, Kieren Hebden’s Four Tet and Kruder & Dorfmeister, whose mix is now regarded as something of a chillout classic. They have also built a strong roster of artists over the years, including Cobblestone Jazz, Joakim and Brit eccentric Herbert. Their successes have been as much due to the organisation of the company and its distribution system as it has the music they sell, and they now have offices in various parts of the globe. They continue to release daring albums such as 2010’s Drumlesson Zwei by Christian Prommer.