Brainfeeder is an independent record label based in Los Angeles, California, founded by Flying Lotus in 2008, focusing on electronic music and instrumental hip hop.[3] It has signed artists such as Ras G,[4] Samiyam,[5] The Gaslamp Killer,[6] Thundercat,[6] The Underachievers,[7] Lapalux,[8] Daedelus,[9] and Mr. Oizo.[10]

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Founded2008 (2008)
FounderFlying Lotus
Distributor(s)Alpha Pup Records (U.S.)[1]
Ninja Tune (Rest of World)[2]
Country of originUnited States
LocationLos Angeles, California, U.S.


In 2007, Brainfeeder debuted as the name of a four-hour radio broadcast by Flying Lotus and his friends on Dublab. It is also the name of the first track on Flying Lotus's album Los Angeles.[11] In 2008, Brainfeeder officially launched as a record label.[11] In 2010, Ninja Tune offered Brainfeeder a deal to manufacture, distribute and promote the catalogue worldwide, with Alpha Pup Records remaining as the U.S. digital distributor.[11] In that year, Brainfeeder was listed by LA Weekly as the most exciting Los Angeles indie label.[12] In 2012, it was named "Label of the Year" at Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards.[11]



  1. ^ While Flying Lotus founded Brainfeeder, he remains signed to Warp Records for his own major physical releases.[13]


  1. ^ Reeves, Mosi (20 January 2009). "Brainfeeder". Electronic Musician. Archived from the original on 22 January 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Brainfeeder partner with Ninja Tune". CMU. 10 February 2010.
  3. ^ Pescovitz, David (1 July 2011). "Brainfeeder's "beat music" scene". Boing Boing.
  4. ^ "Label Profile: Brainfeeder Records". Clash. 26 July 2010.
  5. ^ Otis, Erik (17 July 2011). "Samiyam "Sam Baker's Album" on Brainfeeder". Sound Colour Vibration. Archived from the original on 2011-11-06. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
  6. ^ a b MacInnes, Paul (19 November 2011). "Two nights in the life of Brainfeeder, LA's low end high-flyers". The Guardian.
  7. ^ Meara, Paul (17 September 2012). "Label Profile: Brainfeeder Adds NY Duo The Underachievers To Its Roster". Complex.
  8. ^ Gieben, Bram E. (13 March 2013). "Lapalux in interview: Brainfeeder's latest prodigy talks his psychedelic debut". The Skinny.
  9. ^ Turner, David (24 September 2014). "Stream The Light Brigade by Brainfeeder's Daedelus". The Fader.
  10. ^ Jackson, Glenn (14 November 2014). "Listen to Mr. Oizo's Upcoming LP for Brainfeeder in Full". XLR8R.
  11. ^ a b c d Fintoni, Laurent (26 August 2015). "How Flying Lotus Built Brainfeeder, His Spiritual Little Empire". The Fader. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  12. ^ Tewksbury, Drew (28 December 2010). "Top 10 Most Exciting L.A. Indie Labels of 2010". LA Weekly. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Warp Records: Flying Lotus Artist Page". Warp Records. Retrieved 5 February 2017.

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