AN independent record label has celebrated 20 years since its first release.

Experimental electronic imprint Tru Thoughts, which is in North Laine, Brighton, has gone on to release more than 120 albums since its launch in 1999.

Robert Luis Faria, co-owner, said: “As we celebrate 20 years it’s very exciting to have releases lined up from new artists alongside established artists and to have a great variety of genres.”

To mark the anniversary the label is releasing a compilation album, Shapes: Diamonds, featuring an eclectic selection of heavier club tracks, reggae, dub, folk, jazz and soul-influenced singers that have become its hallmarks.

Mr Faria, 48, said: “Tru Thoughts doesn’t get stuck on genres. Good music is good music.”

After being founded by Mr Faria and Paul Jonas, the first release was Alarming Frequency by Steady, a downtempo hip-hop track which bears the catalogue number TRU 001. Since then it has released music by the likes of Bonobo, Quantic and Hot 8 Brass Band.

The label began as a home for the music produced by those who played at its club nights, at which Mr Luis was the resident DJ.

There will be a celebratory party featuring hip-hop grandee Rodney P at Patterns, Brighton, on November 2.