Archives for November, 2012

Believe UK‚Äôs Top Albums Of 2012 ‚Äď Staff Pick #4: Dave Philpot

November, 30th 2012 11:30

Artist: Madrid
Release: Madrid
Label: Coletiva Produtora
Release Date: September 2012

Picked by:
Dave Philpot | Head of Sync

“Madrid, formed of ex CSS and Bonde Do Role member, produced a album which is unique, taking you on a journey from playful to cinematic to melancholy and that’s just in one track, the art of the album is lost in mainstream music so we should cherish the ones that come along” – Dave Philpot

Madrid formed when London based singer Marina Vello (former MC of Bonde Do Role) flew to Sao Paolo to write songs with former CSS founder and multi-instrumentalist Adriano Cintra in 2011. After a successful collaboration writing two songs in a week they decided to write an entire album together. Marina travelled back to Sao Paolo in February 2012 for 2 months during which time they wrote and produced ‘Madrid’ the album and started Madrid the band.

Departing from the Brazilian Baile funk sounds that they had forged their musical careers with, Madrid instead adopts a more cinematic, mature sound allowing Cintra to show his classically trained skills on piano. Along with Marina’s melancholic vocals, they create a much more emotive and low-key sound.



Believe UK’s Top Albums Of 2012

Believe UK‚Äôs Top Albums Of 2012 ‚Äď Staff Pick #3: Tom Coulling

November, 29th 2012 11:30

Artist: Various Artists РMixed by Jaymo & Andy George
Release: Moda Black
Label: Moda Black
Release Date: August 2012

Picked by:
Tom Coulling | Label Manager

“This is an outstanding compilation showcasing new and emerging talent and is right on the pulse. Concentrating on the more underground and urban side of dance, and filled with tracks exclusive to Moda Black from the likes of Disclosure, Hot Since 82, Jack Fell Down, Shadow Child and Mia Dora it really hit the spot for me – four months later and I’m still loving it” –¬†Tom Coulling

Jaymo & Andy George’s Moda Black has promptly secured its place as one of the hottest new imprints within the underground electronic music scene. The Moda samplers are an illustrious showcase of what the Moda Music sister label is all about: tough, soulful underground music. Featuring cuts from Eats Everything, Disclosure, The 2 Bears, Tim Green, Hot Since 82 and more, all 13 tracks are 100% exclusive to the release, a project that further demonstrates Jaymo & Andy’s position as¬†taste-makers¬†in an ever-growing world of electronic music.

The two most popular tracks from this compilation are ‘Knee Deep in Louise’ by Hot Since 82 and ‘So High’ by Shadow Child – out next Monday (3rd December) is a wicked release with both artists remixing each others track.



Believe UK’s Top Albums Of 2012

Believe UK‚Äôs Top Albums Of 2012 ‚Äď Staff Pick #2: Craig Evans

November, 28th 2012 11:48

Artist: Rewd Adams & The Last Skeptik
Release: How Not To Make A Living
Label: Grindstone
Release Date: July 2012

Picked by:
Craig Evans | Label Manager

“This album proved that UK Hip-Hop is alive and well in 2012! Solid production from The Last Skeptik and consistent heartfelt lyrics from Rewd Adams.¬†The album is included in iTunes’ ‘Best of¬†Hip-Hop 2012’ and for good reason – it‚Äôs up there with every other Hip-Hop album released this year!” – Craig Evans.

Rewd Adams has been lauded by critics across the board ‚Ästpreviously¬†named as ‚ÄėOne To Watch‚Äô by The Guardian, MTV and BBC1xtra, Rewd also earned ‚ÄėAlbum of The Week‚Äô in The Independent for last year’s ‚ÄėRewd Awakening‚Äô.¬†As a producer, The Last Skeptik has worked behind the boards for some of the country‚Äôs elite, from Sway, The King Blues, and Jehst, and also holds down a weekly show on NTS Radio.

Coming together on ‘How Not To Make A Living’ for Grindstone,¬†Rewd Adams & The Last Skeptik¬†deliver¬†a selection of incredibly well produced tracks, including the album‚Äôs lead single ‘Everything‚Äôs OK’ (which you can watch below), a 120bpm roller with a bounce reminiscent of Outkast. Also among the album’s highlights is the drum-led ‘Bring It Back’¬†and the more melody driven ‘So Soulful’¬†featuring Mai Khalil.



Believe UK’s Top Albums Of 2012

Believe UK’s Top Albums Of 2012 – Staff Pick #1: Leigh Morgan

November, 27th 2012 15:49

As another successful year of independent music draws to a close, it can safely be said that 2012 has seen some truly remarkable records, and Believe Digital has been lucky enough to work with a number of labels responsible for a large chunk of them. ¬†Here at the Believe UK HQ, we thought it would be a nice idea to share some of these records; a hand-picked selection of our favorites by each and every member of the team! In true festive spirit, from now until Christmas we‚Äôll be posting each nominated record here on the blog in a make-shift Believe Advent Calendar ‚Äď but with music. You get the idea. Here‚Äôs the first entry‚Ķ

Staff Pick #1: Leigh Morgan

Artist: The 2 Bears
Release: Be Strong
Label: Southern Fried Records
Release Date: June 2012

Picked by:
Leigh Morgan | International Trade Marketing Manager

“A joyously fun album, reminiscent of early 90’s house and electronica, ‘Be Strong’ brings a smile to the face on every listen, and is a welcome antidote to the more serious albums of recent times in the genre. Follow the bears” – Leigh Morgan.

Formed in 2009, this furry electronic band are made up of Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) and Raf Rundell (Greco Roman Soundsystem). As well as making their own blend of 2-step, house, hip-hop and soul, The 2 Bears have remixed for the likes of Jessie Ware, Santigold, Metronomy and Death Cab For Cutie and were featured by Virtual Festival as ‘Ones To Watch in 2012’. Released via Norman Cook’s forward thinking Southern Fried imprint, ‘Be Strong’ features stand-out tracks¬†‘Bear Hug’, ‘Church’ and the crowd favourite¬†and title track, ‘Be Strong’. The album shows their¬†versatility¬†in making catchy electronic songs without taking their music too seriously, with the duo‚Äôs influences including Polar Bears, Grizzly Bears and Bear Grylls.



Believe UK’s Top Albums Of 2012

Believe Releases w/c 26/11/12

November, 26th 2012 12:31

Artist: Wild Swim
Release: Echo
Label: Believe Recordings
Genre: Alternative

‘Echo’ is the debut single from super talented newcomers Wild Swim –¬†released¬†through Believe Recordings. Produced by the legendary Steve Osborne, it’s a stunning introduction to the Oxford five piece who have already drawn early comparisons to the likes of The XX, The Associates, Foals and Japan. ‘Echo’s gorgeous shifting textures and immersive soundscapes are offset by singer Richard Sansom’s remarkable, idiosyncratic baritone.¬†The B side is the melancholic self-produced ‘Bright Eyes’, whose experimental electronica recalls the likes of James Blake.




Artist: Various Artists 
Release: Working Late, Vol. 1
Label: Tape Club Records
Genre: Alternative

Tape Club in association with Popular present a special tour – a live celebration of three stand-out acts who have all this Summer released acclaimed debut albums on the burgeoning London label – Dogtanion, Peter and Kerry and Laurel Collective.

To coincide with the tour, Tape Club Records will present their first compilation ‘Working Late Volume 1’ featuring their best releases since forming, including recent signing Emperor Yes.




Artist: The Twilight Sad
Release: No One Can Ever Know: The Remixes
Label: FatCat Records
Genre: Dance

FatCat Records present a remix album for The Twilight Sad’s acclaimed album ‘No One Can Ever Know’. The release features remixes from Liars, Tom Furse from The Horrors,¬†Optimo, Com Truise,¬†Breton and more.¬†The Twilight Sad’s third studio album ‘No One Can Ever Know’ saw them bravely step in a new musical direction. Fresh influences such as Can, Autechre & PiL were digested, and an album thematically akin to ‘Holy Bible’ era Manics, or ‘The Downward Spiral’ era Nine Inch Nails gave existing fans something to think about.




Artist: Petite Noir
Release: Disappear
Label: Bad Life
Genre: Dance РDown Beat / Trip Hop

It’s been an extremely exciting couple of months for the 22 year old half-Congolese, half-Angolan solo artist Yannick Ilunga, aka Petite Noir.¬†First of all his debut single ‘Till We Ghosts’ blew up, finding big support from The Guardian,¬†Boiler¬†Room and BBC Radio 1 amongst many others. ‘Disappear’ and B-side ‘Pressure’ is the next page in the Petite Noir story; like all his music, ‘Disappear’ is a unique concoction of influences, seamlessly fusing intricate contemporary electronics with his stirring, soulful vocal and African shuffles that echo is homeland.




Watch Believe UK’s Steve Mill in the next ‘Stand Above The Noise’ Interview

November, 20th 2012 14:24

Believe Digital UK’s very own Steve Mill will be appearing tomorrow night in the second interview of the ‘Stand Above The Noise’ (SAtN) video interview series conducted by Dotted Music. The interview will be hosted by Dotted Music’s¬†Andrew Apanov and will feature Stewart Walker from¬†Persona Records in the hot-seat, along with Steve Mill, Label Manager at Believe UK. Talking about the state of today’s music industry, the three will discuss why¬†distribution is important for artists/labels and how they¬†can break through.

The previous SAtN interview featured SoundCloud’s Community Manager David No√ęl talking about the growing platform and the¬†philosophy behind the SoundCloud brand. You can watch ‘SAtN01: Understanding SoundCloud With David No√ęl’ here.

SAtN02 with Steve Mill and Stewart Walker will be available to stream live at 7pm GMT/UPC, Wednesday 21st November from by registering beforehand. You can watch the trailer for the interview below.

Believe Releases w/c 19/11/12

November, 19th 2012 14:49

Artist: Lulu James
Release: Be Safe
Label: Black Butter Records
Genre:¬†R&B –¬†Contemporary

Hailing from South Sheilds, Lulu James brings a touch of 21st Cenury Soul to Black Butter.¬†Lulu’s debut two track EP containing Be Safe/Stuck, produced by Hostage & Kidnap Kid, and Stuck produced by the elusive Mao, lands like a decadent treatment to the ears. The magical brooding quality of this release has not gone unnoticed and ‘Be Safe’ has received support and plays from Annie Mac, Mistajam, Zane Lowe and Rinse Fm.¬†Black Butter Records were also recently crowned ‘Best Small Label’ at the A.I.M. Awards 2012!




Artist: Various Artists
Release: Dub Step РCross the Line, Vol. 1
Label: Believe Digital
Genre: Dance РDubstep

Finally it’s here, Bass Vulture unleash the first in their ‘Cross the Line’ Dubstep compilation series, taking the best of the genre from the last few years and compiling it on one exclusive album – crossing the lines between different Dubstep genres with this unique track listing.¬†Comprising some of the big hitters from the scene including No. 1 UK artist Rudimental teaming up with Dodge & Fuski for a killer remix of ‘Speeding’, alongside massive tracks & remixes from Spor, Metrik and Skream. All of whom have racked up over 14 Million hits on YouTube, and 14 million people can’t be wrong!


Artist: Luciano
Release: Rise Of Angel
Label: Cadenza Records
Genre: Electronic

‘Rise Of Angel’ is the brand new single from Luciano, an epic slice of modern electronic dance music,¬†and the first single to be taken from his forthcoming album, due in 2013. However, for the many thousands of dedicated music fans who have made the pilgrimage to Luciano’s hugely successful parties this Summer in Ibiza (the weekly Ushuaia sessions and Vagabundos at Pacha), or the many Cadenza parties around Europe and North America, ‘Rise Of Angel’ has already become the signature tune and musical hi-light in Luciano’s sets.


UK Music Video Awards 2012: Winners

November, 13th 2012 18:37

Last week the 5th annual¬†UK Music Video Awards were held in London‚Äôs¬†Empire Cinema in Leicester Square. A number of artists Believe work¬†with were nominated and we’re delighted to report that three of them triumphed in their category.

The Shoes – ‘Time to Dance’ won Best Dance Video and Best Editing, Woodkid – ‘Run Boy Run’ won Best Visual Effects, and Noisses – ‘Run Your Mouth’ won Best Urban Video (Budget). Details of those winning videos are below and the full list of winners can be be viewed via the UK Music Video Awards website. Watch The Shoes – ‘Time to Dance’ beneath the winners list.


The Winners

Best Dance Video & Best Editing: The Shoes – Time to Dance
Director: Daniel Wolfe
Editor: Tom Lindsay
Producers: Lee Groombridge & Dougal Meese
Prod co: Somesuch & Co
Commissioner: Pierre Le Ny for Green United Music

Best Visual Effects: Woodkid – Run Boy Run
VFX: One More Productions
Director: Yoann Lemoine
Producer: Roman Pichon
Prod co: Iconoclast / HSI
Record co: Green United Music

Best Urban Video (Budget): Noisses feat RTKAL, Lady Leshurr & Foreign Beggars – Run Your Mouth
Director: Drew Cox
Producer: Lucy Barber
Production co: Slanted Eyes & Lullabys
Commissioner: Ollywood for Black Butter Records

The Shoes ‘Time To Dance’ from Somesuch & Co. on Vimeo.

Tape Club Records Spotify Competition

November, 12th 2012 19:28

Tape Club are doing a UK tour at the end of the month featuring Laurel Collective, Peter & Kerry and Dogtanion. To be in with a chance of winning two tickets to one of the dates on the Tape Club tour plus a bundle of Tape Club goodies, subscribe to the playlist below. The runner up will also win two tickets. Competition ends at midnight on the 20th November 2012.



 Tape Club Records Late Night Office Soundtrack


Tour Dates:

Thursday 22nd November – Kraak – Manchester

Friday 23rd November – Modern Art – Oxford

Saturday 24th November – Oakford Social Club – Reading

Wednesday 28th November – The Railway – Winchester

Thursday 29th November – Undertone – Cardiff

Friday 30th November – Kraken Wakes – Porstmouth

Saturday 1st December – Bournemouth

Tuesday 4th December – 100 Club – London

Tickets available HERE
Facebook event: Laurel Collective + Peter & Kerry + Dogtanion Nov/ Dec UK Tour


Competition Rules


Believe Releases w/c 12/11/12

November, 12th 2012 13:23

Artist: Maribou State
Release: Scarlett Groove
Label: Southern Fried Records
Genre: Dance – Beats & Breaks / Electronica

Maribou State continue a great 2012 with their 2nd EP for Southern Fried Records. ‘Scarlett Groove’ follows ‘Native’ and reinforces the compelling sound which saw them named as ‘number one producers of 2012’ by Eddy Temple Morris.

The title track sees the guys team up with Saint Saviour, Groove Armada’s leading lady who is about to embark on her UK tour. Described by the Quietus as ‘one of the most breathtaking talents on the planet’, her dreamy vocals are apt as we enter our long overdue Indian summer. ‘Pagoda’ takes things a little deeper, whilst ‘Summerfolds’ and ‘Puppet Strings’ are cuts for the clubs; the EP really shows the breadth of Chris & Liam’s sound.

Despite living in rural Hertfordshire, the guys are making waves in the city having already remixed The 2 Bears, Wretch 32 & Crookers this year. Their rework of Submotion Orchestra has notched up 40 thousand plays on Soundcloud and was featured on the front page of XLR8R. They are currently working in their self built studio ‘the shack in the back’ finishing the debut album on the horizon for 2013. Listen to ‘Scarlett¬†Groove’ below and listen to a recent mix the boys did for online music magazine Bokah,¬†here.


Artist: Public Service Broadcasting 
Release: Everest
Label: Test Card Recordings
Genre: Alternative РElectronic / EBM

Public Service Broadcasting are moving ever upwards – this time setting their sights on the summit of Everest.¬†They have teamed up with Studio Canal Plus to adapt the 1953 feature-length documentary ‘The Conquest of Everest’.¬†The stunning film was shot by expedition member George Lowe, and recounts Hillary, Tenzing et al’s successful ascent of the tallest mountain in the world. PSB weave together the lyrical commentary from the film with a soaring soundscape of glacial synths, propulsive drumming and triumphant brass, to compelling effect. Watch the video here.

‘Everest’ precedes PSB’s debut album, due to be released in Spring 2013, and sees the duo take their unique live AV show on their most extensive tour to date.


Artist: Hot 8 Brass Band
Release:¬†The Life & Times of…
Label: Tru Thoughts
Genre: Jazz РBig Band

New Orleans’ Hot 8 Brass Band was founded in 1995 by tuba player Bennie Pete, Jerome “Bay Bay” Jones (trombone) and Harry “Swamp Thang” Cook (bass drum) to play brass band music professionally. Although many of the current members began playing together in high school, over time the line-up has inevitably shifted and changed, and continues to do so.

But any incarnation of Hot 8 Brass Band will boast eight or nine players of the highest rate, bringing the passion and noise through a bevy of trombones, saxophones, trumpets, snare and bass drums, all buoyed up by the immense tuba basslines of band leader Bennie Pete, who¬†sums up their music as “feel good music…music with a message. It’s life music.”