Social networking and free ad-funded streaming service Kerchoonz.com has signed a licensing deal with the Beggars Group, which will provide users with access to around 20,000 tracks from the Beggars catalog.

The licensing deal with Beggars (which includes labels XL, Rough Trade, Matador and 4AD) covers artists including the Strokes, the White Stripes, Jarvis Cocker, Adele, Basement Jaxx, Dizzee Rascal and Super Furry Animals

"This deal will allow us to provide an even broader selection of great independent music for all music lovers," says Indiana Gregg, co-founder of Glasgow-based Kerchoonz, in a statement. "We are honored to be working with the Beggars Group and look forward to doing our part to help grow their digital business."

"We're committed to making our catalog available through as wide a range of services as possible," added Simon Wheeler, director of Beggars Group. "Kerchoonz was constructed with artists' rights in mind and it is exactly the kind of company which the industry should support".

Kerchoonz was founded by Indiana Gregg and Ian Morrow in 2008. The service has licensing deals with 132 independent labels and negotiations are taking place with the majors.