HBD, Worldwide and Taxi link with distro.

Port Washington, N.Y.-based Koch Entertainment Distribution has announced exclusive, North American agreements with three independent record labels. Koch will handle releases from HBD Label Group, Worldwide Music, Inc. and Taxi Records.

The reggae-focused Taxi Records is owned by Grammy-winners Sly & Robbie. The 30 year-old company has previously issued albums through Island /Universal, and upcoming Koch-distributed releases include Sly & Robbie’s “Rhythm Doubles” featuring Wyclef Jean, Bounty Killer and Beres Hammond, as well as the tribute album “Greetings to Led Zeppelin + Queen.”

The HBD Label Group, which boasts its own overseas distribution network, encompasses urban and electronic labels. Koch is the company’s first distributor.

Worldwide Music, Inc. is a gospel label founded alongside Gospel Truth Magazine by Kerry Douglas. The company’s releases were previously handled by Navarre.