Believe New Release w/c 14/04/2014

April, 14th 2014 13:31


Artist: Thief
Release: Closer
Label: Rabble Records Ltd 
Genre: Dance РBeats and Break/ Electronica 

Thief is a new electronic pop project of PJ Wolf, a previous winner of the Triple J Unearthed Top Song competition. Also the recipient of the Young Australians Buzz Grant. PJ was recently shortlisted for the prestigious Vanda and Young songwriting competition for his track ‘Closer’. Thief was born when PJ traded in his guitars for synths, crafting a fresh minimalist sound that would embrace the aesthetic of contemporaries such as Metronomy, Frank Ocean and N.E.RD.



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Artist: Labyrinth Ear
Release: The Orchid Room 
Label: LE Records
Genre: Dance – Beats and Break / Electonica

¬†After their two successful EP releases, the UK electronic duo Labyrinth Ear are releasing their debut album titled “The Orchid Room” on 14 April 2014, with the first single being the melancholic electro-pop anthem ‘Crescent Moon’. The album will be their first release after the atmospheric EP ‘Apparitions’ featured on Pitchfork and Clash Magazine among many others



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Artist: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah 
Release: Only Run 
Label: Xtra Mile Recordings  
Genre: Alternative 

Only Run is the fourth studio album from Philadelphia based Clap Your Hands Say Yeah who are celebrating 10 years as a band this year. The album features additional vocals from Matt Berninger from The National on ‚ÄúComing Down‚ÄĚ & Turntables from Kid Koala on ‚ÄúCover Up‚ÄĚ. The use of synthesizers sets the new album apart from previous releases, but the entire concept of balancing optimism in the face of overwhelming odds remains the same. With over 300,000 albums sold worldwide CYHSY led by lead singer/songwriter Alec Ounsworth return with their most varied record yet and the most anticipated since 2007′s Some Loud Thunder.



Artist: More Than Life
Release: What’s Left of Me
Label: Holy Roar  
Genre: Rock

Charting a distinct evolution from their starting point of darkly melodic hardcore to almost alt-rock/indie inflections and tones, More Than Life are undeniably crossing over to pastures new without ever forgetting their roots nor history of their sound. Whether a conscious move or not – ‘What’s Left Of Me’ is an album for every rock fan – emotionally raw, heartfelt, energetic, anthemic and epic in the truest sense of the word. This could be just the beginning of a brave new chapter.


Music Gateway Guest Blog – The benefits of being featured with a producer or band

April, 7th 2014 12:15


Becoming a featured artist – How can you benefit?

When thinking about development as an artist, making the most of any opportunity is hugely important for both reputation and ability development. One of these opportunities that may arise is to be a featured artist with a producer or band. The process of making your mark, and adding your voice over the top of a band or producers piece of music is an opportunity you should always make the most of, and here’s why…

Becoming heard

Whether you are a completely undiscovered artist just starting out, or an artist that has been around the block, becoming heard is a great advantage of being a featured artist. The producer or band that you are featuring with may have a great loyal fan base out there really excited to hear the track. By featuring with them, this is a great opportunity to gain more fans for yourself, which may carry over from that band/producer as they associate you with their favourite act. This ultimately helps you as an artist to reach out to new and further publics to help gain new fans, whilst also showing your talent to the world.

Broadening boundaries

Featuring with a band/producer on their track could encourage you to be lead out of your comfort zone, featuring on a different genre that you’re used to which will only broaden your boundaries, and lead to a wider audience/fan-base. By broadening your approach and featuring on a genre you may not quite be used to, will only positively develop you as an artist becoming experienced in different areas. Not only is this great for development, but also for your artist portfolio/CV for any future projects.


Expanding work base & recommendations

Expanding your work base by featuring with other bands/producers creates more contacts for you as a music professional/artist, helping to get your name heard in the circuit. If all successful, the chances are these bands or producers will highly recommend you as an artist to others as someone to work with. This will be because of both your talent and ease to work with. This will rapidly help to expand your credibility and size as an artist, becoming someone on target lists for other projects to feature on. The more featured on, the more effective and rapid all of these points become.

When thinking about featuring as an artist with a band or producer, the steps to take in order to do so may seem more complex than reality. Think about suitability, do your skills suit the skills/brief listed? Remember, don‚Äôt just stick to your comfort zone, broadening your boundaries in terms of genre is a hugely healthy thing to do in terms of development as an artist. There are examples of collaborating artists that fit in to different genres, including high profile acts such as: Coldplay Ft. Rihanna ‚Äď Princess of China as well as lower profile acts: The Jesus and Mary Chain Ft. Hope Sandoval ‚Äď Sometimes Always. These two level feature songs show how it works at any stage of your career/fame level, whether a global artist, big within a scene, or even upcoming, this is a great way to boost an artist career and show how broad you are as an artist.

This article has been written by Jamie Ford from Music Gateway РConnecting music professionals globally through targeted project opportunities. 

Believe New Releases w/c 07/04/2014

April, 7th 2014 11:27

samarisArtist: Samaris
Release: Silkidranger
Label: One Little Indian
Genre: Dance – Electro

Samaris release ‘Silkidrangar’ their debut album – via One Little Indian on May 5th, however this is available for pre-order April 7th. Combining disparate elements of electronic, clarinet and enchanting voice, Samaris mix glacial electronica and bold, percussive beats with haunting chant-like vocals- the lyrics culled from nineteenth century Icelandic poems.


Samaris – EŐĀg Vildi Fegin Ver√įa by Samaris


aquiloArtist: Aquilo
Release: Aquilo
Label: Believe Recordings
Genre: Dance – Dance -Electronica

Aquilo is the coming together of Tom and Ben, two musicians geographically located in what is perfectly exemplified in their music, the Lake District village of Silverdale. For those unfamiliar with the Lake District, the vast and open expansive landscapes can’t help but evoke a visual element of solitude and delicacy, it’s these components that feel so evident in Aquilo’s sound.¬†Working together for the last couple of years, their mutual love of production and influential surroundings have developed a minimal electronic approach into their debut EP, which is set for release in April. Opening track ‘You There’ is very much a restrained statement of intent, from the opening bars of the piano and ambient backdrop, it sets out the measured pace of the EP.


You There by AQUILO


asgierArtist: Asgeir
Release: Going Home
Label: One Little Indian
Genre: Alternative

Going Home‚Äô – taken from the album and backed with a new song ‚ÄėDreaming‚Äô – will be released by One Little Indian. The past year has seen √Āsgeir‚Äôs extraordinary domestic popularity translate far beyond Iceland‚Äôs shores. √Āsgeir‚Äôs first UK headline tour in December included a sold out show at the Bush Hall and the subsequent announcement of a Union Chapel show on April 8th ‚Äď which has now also sold out.

√Āsgeir – Dreaming by √Āsgeir Music


freemasonsArtist: Freemasons
Release: U Drive Me Crazy
Label: Skint
Genre: Disco – House – Electronic

Freemasons collaborate with vocalist and producer Joel Edwards on this superb retro funky house workout. Joel Edwards has an impressive CV which includes vocals for Deepest Blue, Planet Funk, M Factor and of course the Freemasons club hit from last year ‘Dirty Organ’ With plays already on Radio 1′s Dance Anthems this will be another essential house track from Freemasons who are warming up for the release of their Shakedown 3 album this summer.

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Freemasons Feat. Joel Edwards ‘U Drive me Crazy’ ( Version Fran√ßais ) Preview Edit by Freemasons Music

Believe New Releases w/c 31/03/2014

March, 31st 2014 12:48


nancyArtist: Nancy Ajram
Release: Nancy 8
Label: In2Musica
Genre: Arabic – World

Nancy Nabil Ajram ¬†is a multi-platinum recording artist. With the support of her father, Nancy began performing as a child and released her first studio album by the age of 15. Her breakthrough occurred with the start of her collaboration with well-known producer Jiji Lamara, when she released her smash hit “Akhasmak Ah” and 3rd studio album, Ya Salam. In 2004, she released her second international best-seller “Ah w Noss”, which spawned several smash-hits, “Ah w Noss”, “Lawn Ouyounak”, and “Inta Eih” at which point Nancy had established pop icon status in the Middle East.




fedArtist: Fred V & Grafix
Release: Recognise
Label: Hospital Records
Genre: Dance РBreakbeat / Drum & Bass РJungle

The first single to be taken from Fred V & Grafix forthcoming debut LP, “Recognise” showcases these two young producers at the peak of their game.¬†Combining prodigious song-writing, epic musicality and dancefloor sensibility, ‘Recognise’ eschews the predictable structure of today’s identikit D+B and opens with intricate arpeggios and skittering beats. Evolving into an ambitious and complex composition featuring lead vocals from Fred V himself.¬†Simultaneously intellectual and effortless, it’s a breath of fresh air that builds on the success of Fred V & Grafix previous successes ‘Major Happy’, ‘Games People Play’ and the current ‘Catch My Breath’.¬†Receiving its debut airplay on Annie Mac’s Friday night Radio One show, Fred V & Grafix count Subfocus, Netsky, Mistajam and B Traits as fans.¬†Young gun Emperor applies his twisted neurofunk genius to the remix for this package, choosing to frontload the song and harmonic structure before descending with a Spartan bassline workout and rugged tick-tock drums which will have every 21st century junglist grinning from ear to ear.
Fellow South-Western young guns “Panda” drop the tempo and flip the genre with their own sublime take on the original to round off the package.



coastArtist: Coasts
Release: A Rush Of Blood
Label: Tidal Recordings
Genre: Alternative РIndie Pop

‚ÄúCoasts have mastered the art of the catchy indie-pop song.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Pigeons & Planes
‚ÄúEntwined with contagious guitar melodies and strong vocals‚Ķ Get this on repeat.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď The Line of Best Fit
Bristol‚Äôs Coasts unveil new single ‚ÄėA Rush of Blood‚Äô, due for release via Tidal Recordings on March 31.
Following on from the blissful, hypnotic ‚ÄėStay‚Äô, which built to countless heady crescendos of mesmerising shoegaze-pop, ‚ÄėA Rush of Blood‚Äô, which was produced by Eliot James (Two Door Cinema Club, Noah and the Whale), is an entirely different beast altogether. It sees the five-piece filled with a newly heightened sense of urgency: driven by tropical rhythms and topped off with swirling guitar lines. It‚Äôs a tantalising glimpse at a forthcoming full-length due this summer.
First forming at Bath Uni in 2011, the past three years have seen the quintet have seen already seen their tribal-infused tropi-pop picked up by the likes of Huw Stephens and Zane Lowe, selling out their debut London show in the process.


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Artist: Judge Jules
Release: Monte Carlo
Label: Vandit Records
Genre: Dance РTrance

Trance Legend Judge Jules releases ‘Monte Carlo’ on Paul van Dyk’s label ‘Vandit’. ‘Monte Carlo’ roars to life with echoing vocal harmonic loops, super-loud claps, toughened drums, stretched delayed FX and chords & padsladen highs. Quick drops, with just as fast kick-drum bring- backs, the track walks the cooler line between melodic bliss and uprocking euphoric.

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Gavin James music used on AA Advert

March, 28th 2014 14:33

If you haven’t already seen the AA (Automobile Association) advert then this is a fantastic opportunity to watch it! Our very own Gavin James’ track ‘Say Hello’ features in the advert.

To check out more of Gavin’s music head over to his SoundCloud page.

Believe Digital and Kartel announce joint venture signing with Xtra Mile Recordings

March, 27th 2014 13:53

xtra mileInternational Label Services provider Kartel and leading independent digital distributor Believe Digital announce an exciting new joint venture signing with London-based label Xtra Mile Recordings. Kartel has been providing international label services to Xtra Mile since 2011 and Believe Digital has now signed the label for worldwide distribution covering all services (excluding North America where they continue to work with ADA Services).

Xtra Mile Recordings has gone from strength to strength in this their celebratory 10th year trading. Recent highlights include albums from To Kill A King, who are gearing up to be main support to Bastille on their sold out North America tour; ex- Reuben frontman Jamie Lenman and Against Me!.  Xtra Mile has also recently announced a host of North American signings for worldwide deals including Michigan 3-piece Cheap Girls who are currently supporting Against Me! in the USA and then join The Hold Steady for a few shows; Canadian singer songwriter Billy the Kid with her new album produced by Frank Turner, and the return of Philadelphia band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!

Xtra Mile Recordings owner Charlie Caplowe says: “It makes perfect sense to take advantage of the full range of services Kartel provides including the¬†digital services offered via Believe Digital and their international network. It‚Äôs a really exciting next 12 months for the label and it feels like we have a great team and set-up to help move us forward‚ÄĚ.

Kartel CEO Charles Kirby-Welch says of the new deal: “It’s been a great pleasure to work with the Xtra Mile team over the last few years so we’re very happy to be in a position to expand our relationship and introduce them to Believe Digital“.

Believe General Manager Lee Morrison says: “We’re very excited to be working with Xtra Mile and feel¬†this is a¬†great¬†demonstration of the potential of our expanding strategic alliance with Kartel, we are offering a fully comprehensive service tailored to the needs of independent labels and artists in order to maximise their presence in the modern music industry. Our goal is to be working with the top labels in each genre and the signing of Xtra Mile is in keeping with that ethos‚ÄĚ.

Believe offer a full range of services including worldwide digital distribution and promotion technology integrated to over 240 digital music stores, Video Management, Sync, Digital Marketing, and Neighbouring Rights management and now have over 20 offices worldwide including LATAM, Asia, Europe and the US.

This new deal comes into effect on May 1st 2014.



Believe New Releases w/c 24/03/2014

March, 24th 2014 12:42

pfArtist:¬†Prince Fatty, Mungo’s Hi Fi

Release:¬†Prince Fatty Versus Mungo’s Hi Fi¬†
Label: Mr Bongo
Genre: Reggae

Mr Bongo is extremely proud to announce the much-anticipated release of the next installment from the legendary Prince Fatty. This time Prince Fatty is up against the mighty Mungo’s Hi Fi Soundsystem.

Prince Fatty is a group put together by producer and engineer Mike Pelanconi, (whose credits include Lilly Allen’s smash ‘Alright Still’ for Regal/EMI and Little Barrie ‘Stand your Ground’ for Genuine/PIAS). The group also includes; Little Roy, Bubblers from the Ruff Cut Band, Style Scott from the Roots Radics, Winston Francis and Hollie Cook, the vocalist from the band The Slits. Mixed in his own seaside studios, in an analog haze of vintage spring reverbs, tape echoes and custom hi-grade mixing console, Prince Fatty won’t disappoint the lovers of the early 70s sound. Prince Fatty has worked with the likes of Bukky Leo, Nostalgia 77, Prince Buster, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Studio One.

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a13Artist: Garnier 
Release: A13
Label: Musique Large 
Genre: Dance РElectro

Laurent Garnier is a legend. In 2014 he returns to production with a new project dedicated to his never ending quest for new sounds and styles. Five labels, five releases, five styles, all Garnier.
The second release in this new project is the A13 EP, released by Musique Large. Garnier has been a long-standing fan of the label and its music, and here he delivers four devastating instrumental cuts that show he can throw down with the best of the new blood, beat for beat.


hbArtist: Habstrakt 

Release: Listen
Label: Disciple Records
Genre: Dance РDubstep

Habstrakt makes his debut appearance on Disciple Recordings with this absolute banger of a trap/twerk/glitch hop crossover track. ‘Listen’ marks the arrival of a new direction for the French producer’s sound, and is backed by a quality trap remix from Firepower Records’s Sub Antix (to follow shortly).¬†If you like this, you’re gonna love what else Habstrakt has in store for you in 2014…



jorgeArtist: Jorge Montia
Release: My Feelings / Impacto 
Label: Skint Records 
Genre: Dance РHouse РTechno / Minimal 

After submitting the quality of music, namely ‚ÄúThe Family Tree‚ÄĚ, lifted from the last in the Skint MOB series, we thought we‚Äôd invite Jorge Montia back for a full 2 track EP release on the label.
The Spanish mainstay opens with ‚ÄúMy Feelings‚ÄĚ, a tech house ride through the jungle, layered with sax riffs that squelch up to the rooftops. Pushing forward through the break a catchy piano line drops you back into the swelling production.
‚ÄúImpacto‚ÄĚ follows on with a less frantic, straight up four to the floor roller. Irregular interruptions that keep you on your toes break up the production to round it off as a peak time spectacle.

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Kidnap Kid – Like You Used To (Fur Coat Remix) – Black Butter Records

March, 20th 2014 16:16

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Kidnap Kid returns with this Beatport only exclusive track ‘Like You Used To – Fur Coat Remix’ – which sees the award winning young London via Sheffield, producer, real name Matt Relton, apply his singular touch to a six-and-half-minute dark and emotionally charged house epic. Highlighted by expressive piano chords and a haunting vocal refrain. The two tracks on ‘Stronger‘ display the deft musical instincts and production flourishes that have singled Kidnap Kid out as one of the UK’s hottest up and comers.


Believe New Releases w/c 17/03/2014

March, 14th 2014 13:24

ibibio Sound machine LPArtist: Ibibio Sound Machine
Release: Ibibio Sound Machine
Label: Soundway Records
Genre: World РAfrican

Fronted by British / Nigerian vocalist Eno Williams, Ibibio Sound Machine combine elements of West African highlife, disco, post-punk & psychedelic electro soul.¬†With their debut album on the acclaimed Soundway Records, they haul Nigerian boogie into the 21st century MIA style!¬†From the banging sub-bass of the first single ‘Lets Dance’ to the spiritual, gospel-tinged notes of the album’s opening track ‘Voice of the Bird’, the band have turned in a dynamic and, at times,¬†beautiful take on modern afro-soul music.

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la disputeArtist: La Dispute

Release: Rooms of the House
Label: Big Scary Monsters
Genre: Alternative РIndie Rock / Alternative Rock

La Dispute are releasing their highly awaited 3rd album! ¬†To write for the new release, La Dispute retreated to a remote cabin in Michigan’s upper peninsula with the hope that working together in a different environment would take them out of their comfort zone and enable them to create their strongest record yet. ‚ÄúThe area where we were was pretty remote so we could focus on playing and not much else,‚ÄĚ bassist Adam Vass explains. ‚ÄúIt was just the five of us working on writing every single day for a month and pretty much the entire album came out of those sessions.‚ÄĚRooms of the House was recorded and mixed by Will Yip at Studio 4 in Philadelphia, produced by Yip and La Dispute, and mastered at The Lodge by Emily Lazar.¬†To support the release of Rooms of the House, the band have announced a full UK and European tour that runs through April and May.


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cocktail citron DYEArtist: DyE

Release: Cocktail Citron
Label: Tigersushi
Genre: Dance РElectro

After the overwhelming success of DyE’s¬†Fantasy hit single (47 million ‘official’ views on Youtube so far) and an impressive growth of his fan base across the world, this is DyE’s much awaited second album ‘Cocktail Citron’.¬†It’s a direct follow up to his debut LP ‘Taki 183′, both sonically and aesthetically, with the addition of even stronger songs, more epic sounds than ever and a club feeling acquired through DyE’s dj sets (opening for Erol Alkan or Four Tet among others).



Owiny Sigoma bandArtist: Owiny Sigoma Band
Release: Yukimwi
Label: Brownswood Records
Genre: Dance РBeats & Breaks / Electronica

* “An amazing rework by Blludd Relations that brings tears of joy to our eyes” Boiler Room
* “Intoxicating stuff, and destined to become a must-play for every world music or chill-out set across the land.” HEADFUNK
Jesse Hackett (Elmore Judd, Deek and Honest Jon’s) from Owiny Sigoma Band and Bullion (DEEK Recordings) also known as Blludd Relations coming off the back of their recent album release have teamed up to bring you an exclusive rework of Owiny’s original composition Yukimwi. Decorated with Stoner-Soul inflections they flipped the original from the percussive afro-beat composition, adding their trademark sunshine and atmospheric take on the this record.

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Believe New Releases w/c 10/03/2014

March, 10th 2014 12:30

johnny foreignerArtist: Johnny Foreigner 
Release: You Can Do Better
Label: Alcopop!
Genre: Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

British Fight Pop institution, Johnny Foreigner, return with their 4th studio album and finest effort to date ¬†’You Could Do Better’. This is louder, bigger and brasher than ever before. The release has already got great support from the likes of Radio 1, 6 Music and NME.¬†The new album from the ‘Mandy Morbid of Indie Rock’ – 18 months in the making and delivering ever more of the jagged-edged intensity, tigerish dual vocals and awesome melody… And it’s sounding bigger than it ever has before, as JoFo show NO desire to slow down…

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the alexandersArtist: The Alexanders, Anna Lunoe 
Release:¬†Don’t Miss
Label: Partyfine
Genre: Dance – Electro

The Alexanders is an enticing new guise of¬†the Anglo-French collaboration by label head Yuksek AKA Pierre-Alexandre Busson and his compadre, Alex Metric. The result is, as you might expect, a dynamic union of studio firepower from two producers very much on top of their game! “Don t Miss” wastes little time announcing itself as a futuristic stomper with bleeps, squeaks and futuristic synth stabs all transporting you towards the hybrid robot disco. In Alex’s words “I think the aim was to make something simple, something direct in terms of elements and music, something with a Disco edge, but also something dynamic. Something exciting to hear on the dancefloor without being too in your face and losing the musicality and warmth”. You can judge yourself!



seamless MiamiArtist: Various Artists
Release: Seamless Deep Miami Sampler ’14
Label: Seamless Recordings
Genre: Dance РElectro

Seamless offshoot Seamless Deep is an imprint that’s quickly emerged as a prolific medium for ornate house music. It’s a sound that boasts a global appeal, but come March time, all roads naturally leads to Miami, Florida, where the annual WMC takes centre-stage in the house scene. As such, Seamless pay homage to the event here in their own inimitable manner, with their 8-track V/A, Miami 2014, proving a more than fitting insight into the label’s undoubted charms.

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young animal at heartArtist: Spring Offensive
Release: Young Animal at hearts
Label: Spring Offensive
Genre: Alternative РIndie Rock / Alternative Rock

* ‚ÄúSpring Offensive hold something that every band strives for, and it won‚Äôt be long until they have plenty more people singing along with them.‚ÄĚ – Artrocker
* ‚Äúheartfelt, direct, emotional and gorgeous‚ÄĚ – BBC6 Music
* “A band that I’m absolutely loving, that I cannot get enough of‚ÄĚ – Hattie Pearson Xfm

Spring Offensive were voted Oxford BBC Introducing ‘Band of the Year’ in 2012 and playlisted on BBC Radio1. They have recently supported Local Natives, London Grammar, To Kill A King and Stornoway, plus sold out 3 headline London shows. Their album features a lyrical undercurrent of the challenges faced by young adults trying to carve out an identity in the world. Dark & even sinister at times the album is fueled by a loud intense energy that turns introspection into something outward & vivid.

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