Archives for October, 2012

Black Butter Records Win ‘Best Small Label’ at AIM Independent Music Awards

October, 30th 2012 17:20

 

Last night, The AIM Independent Music Awards¬†ceremony¬†took place at The Brewery¬†in East London. Amongst all the winners,¬†Believe¬†Digital are very proud to report that the brilliant Black Butter¬†Records¬†triumphed in their category of ‘Best Small Label’.

They managed to beat fellow contenders Alcopop! Records, Brainfeeder, Pink Mist, and Xtra Mile Recordings. Following big releases this year from Rudimental,¬†Noisses, and recently from Hostage and Woz, it’s been a¬†successful¬†year for Black Butter and they¬†thoroughly¬†deserve the¬†commendation. Listen to Rudimental’s standout ‘Spoons’ featuring¬†MNEK + Syron beneath the winners photo of the Black Butter crew standing proud with their award below.

 

 


Believe Releases w/c 29/10/12

October, 29th 2012 13:57

Artist: Various Artists
Release: Medical Mix
Label: Med School
Genre: Dance – Breakbeat / Drum & Bass – Jungle

Medical Mix is a seamless panorama of the last six years of the label’s sonic surgery, mixed by Joe Syntax. Impeccable research has meant that Med School has become one of the leading lights in the underground music scene, renowned for its fresh, boundary-pushing vision and open-minded approach. Orchestrated by the Hospital Records powerhouse, Med School developed as their more experimental sister label, and has grown to become the¬†influential¬†label it is today.

Across the 33-track selection are some super exclusive VIPs from Joe Syntax, S.P.Y, Royalston and Trisector; highlights from the highly successful New Blood series. Listen to sample tracks of the Medical Mix below.

 

  

 

Artist: Reed РRitchotte
Release: Finally…
Label: FB5 Records
Genre: Rock – Rock ‘n’ Roll

Reed-Ritchotte is a collaboration between long-time San Diego front man Rick Reed and LA session guitarist and hired gun, Rocket Ritchotte (Cher, Rickie Lee Jones, John Kay and Steppenwolf, David Lee Roth, Rick Springfield, Lou Graham, Gregg Rolie). What began as an experiment by eventual producer, Randy Troast, evolved into a project and then‚Ķ ‚Äúa record!‚ÄĚ Recorded over a two-year period, the album ‘Finally‚Ķ’ is an 11-song collection of blues-based rock with connections to their earliest playing days.

A real friends and family effort, the record features Rocket’s son, Kane Ritchotte on drums, Max Whipple on bass (both from the indie bands Vas Defrans and Deux Sons), Brett Tuggle on keyboards and backing vocals (Fleetwood Mac, Jimmy Page, David Lee Roth, Chris Isaak), Randy Troast on additional guitars and bass, with guest performances by bassist Tony Franklin, drummer Charlie McGimsey, guitarist Steve Trovato, blues harpist Glen Doll, and singer Anna Montgomery.

  

 

Artist: ShockOne
Release: Chaos Theory
Label: Viper Recordings
Genre: Dance

‘Chaos Theory’ comes off the back of ShockOne’s previous two album singles ‘Crucify Me’ and ‘Relapse’, both of which reached the number one spot on various specialty shops’ charts (Beatport, Trackitdown, D&B Arena) and have a combined over 2.2 million views on UKF.

This is turning to be ShockOne’s year as he has remixed the likes of Netsky, Brookes Brothers, Ayah Marar, Skepta, Cutline, Russo and Stanton Warriors. He’s also gaining¬†DJ support from: Knife Party, Nero, Chase & Status, Matrix & Futurebound, Sub Focus, xKore, Excision, Camo & Krooked, 501, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Delta Heavy, DJ Hype, and many more.

For ‘Chaos Theory’, the voice over was done specifically by a guy called Corey Burton. He did the voice of ‘Shockwave’ in the 80s ‘Transformers’ cartoon, as well as lots of other animated voices for other films and shows like ‘Star Wars The Clone Wars’ (animated series). He’s also the narrator on the famous Robert Rodriguez movie trailer,¬†¬†‘Machete’; “They call him Machete… he knows the score”. Will ‘Chaos Theory’ achieve similar cult-status?

  

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Gregory Porter and Ian Shaw Nominated at Jazz FM Awards

October, 26th 2012 17:19

We are proud to report that both¬†Gregory Porter and Ian Shaw have been nominated at this year’s Jazz FM Awards. Ian Shaw has been nominated in the ‘UK Vocalist of the year’¬†category, and Gregory Porter in both the ‘Live UK shows of the year’ and the esteemed ‘Album Of The Year’¬†categories.

Gregory Porter’s ‘Be Good‘ is the album in the running for the top prize, which was released through Motema back in March of this year. He’ll go up¬†against¬†strong contender¬†Robert Glasper, for his ‘Black Radio’ LP which was released around the same time. Welsh¬†vocalist¬†Ian Shaw is looking a strong candidate in his category, following his latest ‘A Ghost In Every Bar‘ release through¬†Splash Point Records in August.

The winners will be announced at the Jazz FM Awards ceremony on January 31 at Number One Marylebone. The full list of nominees are below.

 

The Jazz FM Awards Nominees are:

International Jazz Artist
Kurt Elling
Brad Mehldau
Sonny Rollins

Cutting Edge Award for Jazz Innovation
Django Bates
Robert Glasper
Troyka

Album Of The Year
Robert Glasper: Black Radio
Keith Jarrett: Sleeper
Pat Metheny: Unity Band
Gregory Porter: Be Good
John Surman: Saltash Bells
Ryan Truesdell: Centenial (Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans)

Jazz Media

AllAboutJazz .com (website)
Do The Math (website of Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus)
Jazzwise (magazine)

Best UK Newcomer
Beats & Pieces Big Band
Josh Arcoleo
Roller Trio

UK Jazz Artist of the Year
Neil Cowley Trio
Jamie Cullum
Troyka

UK Vocalist of the year
Carleen Anderson
Liane Carroll
Ian Shaw

UK Instrumentalist of the year
Nathaniel Facey (saxophonist with Empirical)
Ivo Neame (pianist with Phronesis)
Phil Robson

Live UK shows of the year
Phronesis
Gregory Porter
PB Underground

Best UK Jazz Venue
Band on the Wall
Café Oto
Ronnie Scott’s



UK Music Video Awards 2012 Nominations

October, 22nd 2012 13:34

Following the announcement of this years nominations for the UK Music Video Awards, Believe would like to congratulate all the nominees we work with. The MVAs take place at The Empire cinema in London’s Leicester Square on 8 November, more information can be found online at www.ukmva.com

Have a look at the Believe distributed nominees and their videos below:

 

Best International Indie/Rock Video and Best VFX In A Video nominee

Woodkid – Run Boy Run (Director Yoann Lemoine) (VFX Artist One More Productions)

 

Best UK Dance Video, Best Art Direction & Design In A Video, Best Editing In A Video and Best Telecine (aka Grading) In A Video nominee

The Shoes ‚Äď Time To Dance (Director Daniel Wolfe) (Art Director Sam Tidman) (Editor Tom Lindsay @ Trim Editing) (Colourists Simon Bourne @ Framestore)

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Believe Releases w/c 22/10/12

October, 22nd 2012 10:25

Artist: Luca C & Brigante feat. Roisin Murphy
Release: Flash Of Light
Label: Southern Fried Records
Genre: Electronic

Filtering through apocalyptic sunbeams, the iconic voice of R√≥is√≠n Murphy shimmers above¬†Luca C & Brigante’s spacey vibrations in ‚ÄėFlash Of Light’ – the next spark of brilliance from the¬†ever more ubiquitous duo. In the shining trio of remixes, Solomun takes it straight to the¬†neon club, while Tale Of Us cast their ghostly spell and Blond:ish bring a dose of dreamy¬†tech.

Luca C & Brigante are beginning to need no introduction as their heady Balearic mix of¬†sounds continue to resonate from the beach to the club. Together, they have dropped¬†bombs such as ‚ÄėDifferent Morals’ feat. Ali Love and the Robert Owens fronted ‚ÄėTomorrow¬†Can Wait’. Luca C is also one half of Infinity Ink, whose ‘Infinity’ has been one of the¬†summer’s biggest records, and a new addition to Hot Natured alongside Jamie Jones, Ali¬†Love and Lee Foss. Sebi aka Brigante has remixed the new single from Ali Love, about to¬†drop on No.19.

Aligning with the ancient Mayan prophecy that the end of the world is due December 21st¬†2012, Luca C & Brigante’s new single ‚ÄėFlash Of Light’ featuring dance music icon R√≥is√≠n¬†Murphy is a call to love like there’s no tomorrow. Embedded in heavy reverb and stripped¬†back to slow steady drums, the mood rises as R√≥is√≠n’s crystalline vocals fall into rhythm and¬†weightlessness builds with the bassline hook, pearly high-pitched strings and a burst of¬†harmonic percussion.¬†On remix duty, Diynamic boss Solomun works his dancefloor magic, funking up the bassline¬†and releasing effervescent synths into the mix. Italian duos Tale Of Us & Mind Against unite¬†and deliver a darkly luminous alternative with their hypnotic percussive groove complete¬†with epic finale. Last but not least, fast-rising Montreal born/London based duo Blond:ish¬†supply swirling textures in their solid moody tech workout.

   

 

Artist: The D.O.T.
Release: And That
Label: The Beats
Genre: Pop

The D.O.T. is the new musical project from Mike Skinner of The Streets and Rob Harvey of The Music. After spending the year creating music and video art online, including some of the most cinematic monthly video diaries you will ever see, Mike and Rob finally feel ready to release an album.

From the Trap infused single ‘You Never Asked’ feat Clare Maguire and Danny Brown to dance tent smash ‘And a Hero’ by way of rock led plaintive ballads such as ‘Where Did I Go’ this is the sound of two incredible musicians at the height of their craft making music out of love for it. The sole motivation when making this record was simply to make great songs with no compromise. They have made songs big enough to fill arenas.

In case you’ve been living under a rock for ten years Mike Skinner was the man behind multi award winning act The Streets who changed the face of modern british music at the beginning of the noughties and he has been pushing things forward ever since. Rob Harvey was previously of cult dance rockers The Music who built up a huge and loyal following in their ten years of making music. Rob and Mike have been friends for years but they had never made music together until a one off session was put together, they instantly clicked and The D.O.T. was formed. Mike brings his incredible production nous and dead pan backing vocals which perfectly augments Rob’s stadium sized vocals and soulful guitar. They both get very uncomfortable when you ask them what The D.O.T. stands for.

Already a huge success in Japan where their first festival appearance was greeted by 7000’s fans, the band are now turning their attentions to the UK with a tour in place for October.

   

 

Artist: U.S. Girls
Release: GEM
Label: FatCat Records
Genre: Alternative

‘GEM’ is the latest album from underground phenomenon U.S. Girls; led by¬†Toronto’s Megan Remy and production from Slim Twig, could this be the moment U.S. Girls cross over?

As with her continuing art practice as collagist and photographer, and what might be called her photocopy-art visual aesthetic, Meghan Remy’s musical output as U.S. Girls has been dominated by her insistence on a solo working method.¬†Maybe it’s the awareness of this once singular insistence that has surprised audiences in the past year, contrasting as it does with a burst of collaborative creativity that sparked a divergence from the U.S. Girls genesis. What started in 2010 as an apparently tentative stab at collaboration – visiting Toronto to record ‘The Island Song’ with Canadian musician Slim Twig, has now become standard operating procedure.

Starting with their split on Palmist Records, continuing with ‘U.S. Girls on Kraak’, and now extending into her latest release, Slim Twig has acted as producer, mixer and general foil. While gradually upping the pop ante, these recent releases have sought to maintain Remy’s directly emotional appeal and lead to the release of her fourth album, the appropriately titled ‘GEM’, on FatCat records. It¬†will doubtless be remarked on for to its ‘improved’ fidelity, its focus on arrangement and production, and most of all, its emphasis on directly delivered and strikingly present vocals. But these qualities speak little to the essence of the maturation that ‘GEM’ is witness to. Present from the beginning, but vibrantly defined now, are themes that greatly contrast with the¬†new-found¬†sonic approachability.

Where before she appeared shrouded and even mysterious, Remy now directly addresses her take on childhood, gender inequality, sex work, and love with a distinctive blend of elegance and frankness. Merging a fascination with glam rock as interpreted by the anti-excess of Patti Smith, these new songs sparkle between the poles of an inverted take on Bolan’s Pop testosterone and the alienating abstraction of Throbbing Gristle. All in all, a rousing¬†fourth¬†album from Meghan Remy that’s well worth checking out.

 

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New Single from Spor – Out Now on Lifted Music

October, 19th 2012 16:31

The dance music mastermind Jon Gooch, aka Spor (Lifted) unveiled on Tuesday his new single ‘Ziggurat / Push Me, Pull You’, much to the surprise of his numerous fans!
Have a listen to the tracks here:


  

Ziggurat / Push Me, Pull You by Spor is available to buy now. 

 

 

Watch back: Mokoomba live on Jools Holland

October, 17th 2012 17:04

Mokoomba are 6 guys from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, known for their new blend of raw afro-fusion energy that is setting dancefloors ablaze throughout Africa and Europe.

Watch back yesterdays performance on Later with Jools Holland here:

Believe Releases w/c 15/10/12

October, 15th 2012 15:08


Artist: Liars

Release: Brats
Label: Mute
Genre: Rock

Liars is a three-piece band consisting of Angus Andrew (vocals/guitar), Aaron Hemphill (percussion, guitar, synth), and Julian Gross (drums). Although initially lumped into the New York dance-punk scene of the early 21st century, they have come to be categorized by their dramatic stylistic shifts between albums, while retaining a consistent interest in rhythm and sound texture.

Liars latest single ‚ÄėBrats’ includes remixes from; Cadence Weapon, Vessel and David Scott Stone.

    

 

Artist: Emperor Yes
Release:  Fishes
Label: Tape Club Records
Genre: Pop

Emperor Yes is an exciting new musical ensemble that comprises Ash Gardner (producer, engineer and House of Strange studios owner who has worked with for the likes of Ash, Mumford and Sons, Noah and the Whale, Emmy the Great and Summer Camp), Adam Betts (of Three Trapped Tigers) and Hugo Sheppard (solo artist and member of Carl and the Saganauts, House of Strange, Ron Jetson, Arch Stanton, and briefly with Summer Camp, Clockwork Quartet, and To-mera).

The video was directed and produced by Chris Boyle who has previously made videos for Dizzee Rascal, Summer Camp, Seasick Steve and The Who amongst others.

  

Artist: Hauschka
Release: Salon Des Amateurs (Remixes)
Label: FatCat Records
Genre: Electronic

In April 2011, Hauschka’s last full-length, ‘Salon Des Amateurs’ saw the critically-acclaimed Dusseldorf-based pianist / composer utilising the percussive qualities of ‘prepared’ piano for his own, unique take on techno and house music. Everyday objects like gaffa tape, tinfoil, bottle tops, ping-pong balls, even vibrators are placed across the piano’s innards to produce an intriguing spectrum of timbres. Expanded to include drum kit and orchestral instrumentation, the album – named after the eminent club in his native D√ľsseldorf – comprised a rousing set of dance tracks, with contributions from m√ļm drummer Samuli Kosminen, Calexico’s John Convertino and Joe Burns, and Grammy award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn.

Following up that groundbreaking release comes this great collection of electronically-angled remixes commissioned from a selection of highly respected producers. Pitched between the dancefloor and the more experimental edges of electronica, the cast of remixers is largely drawn from fellow German artists, friends and FatCat allies. With a multitude of approaches – from sample-led reworkings to tracks using the original’s structure alone as a template, to total reimaginings – the results cohere to form a broad and brilliant new album.

  

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Believe Releases w/c 08/10/12

October, 8th 2012 17:23

Artist: The D.O.T.
Release: You Never Asked
Label: The Beats
Genre: Pop

‚ÄėYou Never Asked‚Äô is the first single from The D.O.T., the new musical project of Mike Skinner from The Streets and Rob Harvey from The Music. Featuring the hottest US rapper of the moment, Danny Brown, and the powerful vocals of UK siren Clare Maguire, The D.O.T. come out with their first official release.

Having spent over a year building up a catalogue of music and video art online including some of the most cinematic monthly video diaries Mike and Rob feel the time is right to unleash some of their finest works on to the public. Mixes come courtesy of label mates Man Like Me, garage legend Large Joints and Skinner himself. Mike also directed the accompanying atmospheric viral video masterpiece. The duo soon hit the road for their first UK tour and the album ‚ÄėAnd That‚Äô is due out on The Beats on the 22nd October.

 

Artist: PAWS
Release: Cokefloat
Label: Fatcat Records
Genre: Alternative

PAWS bash out infectious, lo-fi, garage pop-rock that can quickly shift from cute melancholia to an unnerving territorial roar. On top of the pulsating fuzzy noise the 3 piece produce, sit dreamy melodies that bare the bones of their author. Lyrical topics slide between sarcastic self-analysis and, onto more so than often, brutal home truths.

Their energetic live show highlights the dynamics in their music and lyrics,- Soft, warm, and comforting verses that lead you unknowingly into a vicious, claws out attack from the chorus. Their vibrant music and live performances have built up a strong history of audience interaction and participation. With a dedicated following behind them and the reputation of being one of the most formidable live acts currently working the circuit, it’s an almost forgone conclusion that PAWS long awaited, debut album is bound to leave no one disappointed.

Oct 11th ‚Äď Bodega Social Club ‚Äď Nottingham

Oct 12th ‚Äď Sound & Vision festival ‚Äď Norwich (Artrocker Stage)

Oct 13th ‚Äď The Hop ‚Äď Wakefield (with Johnny Foreigner)

Oct 15th ‚Äď Three Blind Tigers ‚Äď Brighton

Oct 16th ‚Äď Shacklewell Arms ‚Äď London ‚Äď ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY

Oct 18th ‚Äď Start The Bus ‚Äď Bristol

Oct 19th ‚Äď The Castle Hotel ‚Äď Manchester

Oct 20th ‚Äď Gathering Festival ‚Äď Oxford

 

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New Typesun video for ‘Sad Songs’

October, 3rd 2012 11:20

Video for “Sad Songs” by Typesun, featuring Romaine Smith.

Director: Gary Thomas
Singer: Romaine Smith
Dancers: Rich “Boy Dominant” Serban, Laura Jones, Kim Lye’
Artwork: Inspired by Mark Warren Jacques

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