Caxton Press,¬†London’s premier hip-hop outfit comprising of: Amy True, Kingpin, Emcee Killa, Manage & DJ Snuff, have been awarded the Wordplay magazine readers choice award for Best Hip Hop Album 2012!¬† Their first album ‘Shame The Devil’ has become one 2012’s must have hip-hop album’s and widely acclaimed across the scene.
Archives for February, 2013
Brownswood Recordings proudly presents their first band signing, the hotly-tipped Troumaca.¬†Originators and OGs of the B-Town scene Troumaca have been biding their time whilst their peers have been inking record deals and embarking on never-ending tours. But now, having signed to Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings, things are about to step up a gear.¬†Referencing the likes of Radiohead, UK grime and even UB40 as musical touchstones, they look everywhere for inspiration. In fact, the band have a name for the music they make, calling it “sun-drenched tropical blissdom”.
The much loved soul and blues singer-songwriter Alice Russell releases her fifth solo album, ‚ÄėTo Dust‚Äô, ¬†via Tru Thoughts.¬†The first single, ‘Heartbreaker’, is out now, highlighting the crisp, cutting edge production and eclectic influences which nestle alongside a love of vintage soul and gospel at the core of Alice Russell‚Äôs style, a sound honed with co-writer/producer TM Juke.¬†‚ÄėTo Dust‚Äô is the first solo album from Alice Russell since 2008‚Äôs acclaimed ‚ÄėPot Of Gold‚Äô, marking the next step forward in a remarkable career which has seen her acknowledged as one of the best soul voices of our time.
Follow-up to the highly-rated debut by the catchy indie-pop quartet.¬†My First Tooth return with ‚ÄėLove Makes Monsters‚Äô, the follow up to their debut album ‚ÄėTerritories‚Äô which garnered considerable praise from critics, including The Word who described it as ‚ÄúA full-on blast of raucous folk-pop that‚Äôs all hoedown and no slowdown‚ÄĚ, and The Fly who called it ‚Äú‚Ä¶seriously impressive‚Ä¶‚ÄĚ. The band have made themselves a firm fixture of the UK festival circuit with appearances at Glastonbury, Summer Sundae, Bestival, Truck, 2000 Trees, The Great Escape, SWN, and more.
Nu:Logic is the collaborative alias of brothers Nu:Tone and Logistics, here joining forces in the studio for the first time since 2010’s ‘New Technique EP’. Expect soothing, cerebral D+B of the highest calibre here coupled with a fiercely unique approach that will have you clamoring for more.
To tie in with the launch of her new EP ‘Two‘, Charlotte Church is giving away a prize bundle to one lucky winner and a signed EP and poster to two runner ups. To be in with a chance of winning subscribe to the playlist below. Winners will be drawn at random once the competition has ended on 3rd March 2013.
Charlotte Church branded canvas bag including ‘one & two’ posters, a signed EP, a T-SHIRT plus a limited edition tour poster from Charlottes first ever UK tour.
Two runners- up will receive a signed EP and poster.
Big new release from Black Butter‘s most talked about duo of the moment, Gorgon City. Made up of North London producers Foamo and RackNRuin, the two combined forces and have been winning critical acclaim from genre heavyweights like Diplo, DJ T and Terry Farley with their dark, clinical party bangers.
Radio backed already by Radio 1, 1Xtra, Rinse FM and tipped by i-D Magazine as one of the hottest acts to watch this year. Gorgon City are releasing ‘Real’ featuring the vocals of Yasmin and it’s been earmarked as one of the earliest scorchers of 2013.
Debut album from the¬†indie-dance infused disco four-piece, Mitzil. ¬†‚ÄėTruly Alive‚Äô, mixed by Ash Workman (Klaxons, Metronomy), features breakthrough single ‘Who Will Love You Now’ and showcases the band‚Äôs unique brand of garage disco, NYC indie with the light-heartedness of Australian pop. Pitchfork, MTV, Vice and Rolling Stone all approve, as well as The Fader who said Mitzi have “a knack for blending swoon-worthy disco rhythms with pristine pop sweetness”.
Creating a truly unique sound in this day and age is no mean feat – but Celsius has defied the odds. Combining swung garage percussion, orchestral strings and serotonin-inducing chord progressions, he has produced a truly ear-catching sound that has enlisted fans as diverse as Claude VonStroke, Huxley, Skream, and Tensnake. His brilliant ‘Must Be You’ was one of the most talked about tracks on the award-winning Moda Black album. Now this promising new comer’s back with his best work yet; musically endowed, soulful, impeccably produced and, quite clearly, a native of South London.
With ‚ÄėYou Are Brutal‚Äô, we see We Take Polaroids’¬†debut EP (and 1st for 2013) on a very proud Gung-Ho! Recordings. We Take Polaroids is the new project from Burn The Negative front man Mark Baker.¬†After a radio debut in December on XFM, another 3 EP‚Äôs are being worked on and a live show being put together. It’s already had¬†support all round from dj’s including Greg Churchill, Slam, DPPGNRS, Flash Brothers, and Luke Walker.
Bastions return with a full promo and tour campaign to justify their cult-status to thousands of fans as stalemates of Hard-Core.¬†With their first release since debut album ‘Hospital Corners’ (In At The Deep End Records) – this is part one of a double-EP release, with the second EP to follow late spring 2013. This shows Bastions at their most morose, dark and remorseful. A powerhouse of tone, emotion and atmosphere.
Stunning EP leading to an album later in the year.¬†Black Books are a 5-piece band from Austin, Texas who make a heady, atmospheric mix of dreamy, visionary pop and epic southern rock. The ‚ÄėAquarena EP‚Äô evokes a plethora of emotions with its haze of sprawling, mesmerising psychedelia and sun-soaked melodies blended with something huge and anthemic – and all charged with Ross Gilfillan‚Äôs warm throaty drawl of a vocal. ¬†Comparisons have been made with the likes of Band of Horses, Grandaddy and My Morning Jacket.
Southern Fried Records team up with young Miami production talent Didier Morris for an EP of quality electronic groove.¬†Didier Morris hails from Miami‚Äôs sun soaked streets where he has picked up an extensive education in electronic music at clubs such as The Electric Pickle, Treehouse and The Vagabond. Regular DJ sets in the city, led the young Miami resident into the studio which has resulted in releases for labels such as Electronique UK, Stranjjur, Flumo and of course the ever-excellent Southern Fried Records.
Joe Budden, member of the super-group “Slaughterhouse”, presents his new album featuring Wiz Kahlifa, French Montana, Lloyd Banks, Omarion, Fabolous, Tista, Crooked I, Royce Da 5¬ī9 and Joell Ortiz. On ‘No Love Lost’, Joe Budden has invited friends and fellows to work on his masterpiece. The lead single ‘She Don’t Put It Down’ features Lil Wayne and R&B star Tank. With productions from T-Minus (Rhianna), Boi-1-Da (Nicki Minaj), Cardiak and Araabmuzik, it is one of this rare releases that will appeal to all.
The debut self-produced EP from Cambridge five-piece Forest is full of feel-good, harmony-laden dreamy grunge pop. Infectious melodies and harmonies in the same vein as Weezer and Caesars, and thick guitar driven tones recalling Dinosaur Jr, Teenage Fanclub and My Bloody Valentine.¬†Straight out of college the 18-year-olds strive to breathe elements of psychedelia, surf, and pure euphoria into 90’s influenced fuzzy-pop. Forest made their London debut at The Waiting Room in October for tastemakers Popular and Club.The.Mammoth.
Label:¬†No Idea Records/Don Giovanni Records
Brooklyn, New York’s¬†Laura Stevenson¬†released her EP Runner today on Don Giovanni Records. ¬†The three-track EP (it is being released as a 7″) preceeds her full-length LP Wheel, which will be out April 23.¬†Laura Stevenson was schooled in the traditional music of her grandfather and grandmother (composer of “The Little Drummer Boy” and vocalist for the Benny Goodman Orchestra respectively) from an early age. It wasn’t until she started performing with Bomb The Music Industry in her teens, that she began writing on her own. Privately crafting songs on the softer side of indie rock and traditional folk, Stevenson was soon tapped as the band’s opener and, with the addition of Mike Campbell and Alex Billig in 2007, Laura Stevenson and the Cans solidified. Their live band grew into a quintet, often times swelling to eight members, and the following debut LP, A Record, won them fans far and wide having been downloaded over 25,000 times since its 2008 release. This EP is a work of Stevenson’s solo efforts.
Bad Friend Records out of Washington, D.C. is one of the newest labels to join Believe. We’re really excited to work with them and help release their music in 2013 and beyond! The label curated a Spotify playlist with some of their favorite artists and songs, featuring Buke and Gase, Dismemberment Plan, Bikini Kill, Les Savy Fav, and Pretty & Nice. The playlist also links to their latest release, Cruisin’ (All Night Long), by Travis Morrison Hellfighters. Check it out:
Please welcome Hauswerks – the newest member of the Moda Black family.¬†An incredibly precise producer with an ear for mids and lows; Hauswerks’ tracks are insanely infectious and full of vintage warmth. Unforeseen fills, out-of-time stabs and off-kilter samples – he takes things that shouldn’t work and turns them into super-bombs.¬†These tracks have been causing some of the biggest reactions in our recent sets – and this is just the beginning. Get ready for some serious Hauswerks ammunition over the coming months on Moda Black.
Viper Recordings keeps up the pressure with their latest single ‘Never Gonna Break’ from legendary MC Skibadee, featuring the beautiful vocal talents of Lily McKenzie.¬†Also featured in the single is a tearing dancefloor drum & bass remix from Sub Zero, 128bpm house remix from up and coming producers Polysonik, and a dubstep mix from Specimen A. This could be the hit that will consolidate the current chart success of Viper’s stalwarts Matrix & Futurebound and take Viper to the masses.
Fresh off the back of collaborations with Action Bronson, Roc Marciano & Maffew Ragazino, The Purist Returns! This time enlisting Danny Brown, Sean Price, Havoc (of Mobb Deep) and Big Twins to lace his cold, synthetic, melancholy soundscapes constructed with his strict vinyl and MPC only production formula. Stream the whole album on Sterogum.
This is Hell return after their 4th album ‘Black Mass’, with a new 4 song EP entitled ‘The Enforcer’. Forever further furthering their take on thrash metal, this is a band fully acknowledging the glory days of said genre whilst pushing forward with a fresh take on the sound.¬†Whilst veritable veterans in real terms in todays music industry, This Is Hell’s constant reinvention and evolution continue to make this band vital, vibrant and above all else – vicious!