Archives for April, 2013

Believe Releases w/c 29/04/13

April, 29th 2013 11:42

Artist: The Computers
Release: Love Triangles, Hate Squares
Label: One Little Indian Records
Genre: Rock

Northern soul & 50s Rock n Roll inspired second studio album from the UK’s The Computers.¬†The Computers started out as a hardcore / rock n roll hybrid and have built a strong fanbase across Europe through excessive touring over the last couple of years in true punk style. They’ve toured with tons of bands such as The Duke Spirit, Jim Jones Revue, Hundred Reasons, Alexisonfire, Subways and Pulled Apart By Horses. This new album is a huge leap forward in terms of the sound, songwriting and style of the band, which will expand their audience and really take them to the next level.




Artist: Blue
Release: Roulette
Label: Blueworld UK LLP
Genre: Pop

The brand new album from Blue, fresh off the back from their feature in ITV2’s hit show The Big Reunion.¬†Blue are one of the most successful British acts of the last decade, selling more than 15 million albums worldwide, with all three of the band’s previous studio albums having reached the #1 slot. They will be performing live at an almost sold out, exclusive 02 Shepherds Bush Empire gig on Friday 3rd May. A frisson of excitement is rippling through their camp as the now grown up Blue are due to release their first studio album ‘Roulette’ in over a decade. Watch the single ‘Hurt Lovers’ here.




Artist: The Black Ghosts
Release: When Animals Stare
Label: Southern Fried Records
Genre: Dance РLounge РChillout

Southern Fried Records release the wonderfully emotive acoustic version of The Black Ghosts‚Äô critically acclaimed album,¬†‚ÄėWhen Animals Stare‚Äô, accompanied by a series of live videos.¬†The Black Ghosts are singer/songwriter Simon ‚ÄėSkywave‚Äô Lord and production wizard Theo ‚ÄėFake Blood‚Äô Keating‚Äô, two artists with successful solo careers who came together to create a unique fusion of folk tinged songwriting and electronic production.¬†The album is a re-recorded imagining of the LP, on which Simon Lord takes center stage delivering heartfelt and brutally open versions of each of the songs.




Artist: Bwani Junction
Release: Civil War
Label: Aksatak Records
Genre: Alternative РIndie Rock / Alternative Rock

A confrontational slice of indie splendor, Civil War is a game changing tune for the Edinburgh band who first grabbed attention in 2012. Properly heralding the much-discussed return of guitar music, this is a blistering pop song driven by lyrical and instrumental brilliance. The first single from their second album, again produced by Paul Savage (The Delgados, Franz Ferdinand, Arab Strap, Mogwai, Teenage Fanclub) at the hallowed Chem 19 studios, Civil War shows a growing maturity from these young rock recruits barely into their 20s.



Black Butter Records Release ‘Not Another Love Song’ by Dvwlx

April, 22nd 2013 14:53

Artist: Dvwlx
Release: Not Another Love Song
Label: Black Butter Records
Genre: Dance РTechno

DVWLX is an elusive producer from Manchester who explores layers and depths of music that will cause even your most seasoned of musical boffins to raise a brow.

DVWLX debuts on Black Butter with the ‘Not Another Love Song’ EP and judging by the quality so far, we cannot wait to witness the evolution.

‘Not Another Love Song’ is out now.¬†

Believe Releases w/c 22/04/13

April, 22nd 2013 10:32

Artist: Blue
Release: Hurt Lovers
Label: Blueworld UK LLP
Genre: Pop

Brand new single from Blue straight off the back off their last minute inclusion in ITV2’s Big Reunion show and tour.¬†As one of the most successful British acts of the last decade, Blue have sold more than 15 million albums worldwide, with all three of the band’s previous studio albums having reached the #1 slot. Blue have performed live with the likes of Sir Elton John and Stevie Wonder, and will be performing live at an almost sold out, exclusive O2 Shepherds Bush Empire gig on Friday 3rd May. ‘Hurt Lovers’ is the first single from their first studio album, ‘Roulette’, in over a decade.




Artist: Echotape
Release: Collective
Label: Amalgamated Sonic Industries
Genre: Alternative

Echotape release their debut album ‘Collective’ produced by Killing Joke bassist and legendary producer Youth.¬†After forming in a small off-the-map town in Southern England, one of the band‚Äôs recordings found its way to Youth. Blown away by their sound, he invited the band to his studios in Spain where he produced the album, ‘Collective’.¬†The result is a breathtaking statement of intent, demonstrating a depth of lyric and songwriting which has become increasingly rare amongst many contemporary artists. It is a purposeful and honest collection of songs.




Artist: Chicken Lips
Release: All That You Do
Label: Southern Fried Records
Genre: Dance РHouse

Chicken Lips unleash a brand new single, dropping a timeless, funk¬†fueled¬†bomb entitled ‚ÄėAll That You Do‚Äô backed with remixes from Joe Goddard, Ben Pearce, The Emperor Machine and The Rhythm Odyssey.¬†There are few new releases that create such a buzz of excitement as a fresh single from Chicken Lips and with good reason. The Stafford based production duo of Andy Meecham and Dean Meredith have been working together for well over twenty years now, topping the charts with Bizarre Inc. in the 90‚Äôs and helping to shape the sound of modern dance music as Chicken Lips.




Artist: Vlks
Release: Vlks V
Label: Vlksband
Genre: Alternative РIndie Pop

‘Vlks V’ is the debut EP release by Vlks, a group of musicians from London/Chatham. The EP features four songs recorded in Rochester with producer Jim Riley (Billy Childish, Two Wounded Birds, Len Price 3). The lead track is ‘Day Of Bees’ – a black & white 60s melodrama about the bins on the streets, backed with a soaring, crooning chorus of cellos, violins and huge drums. ‘Day Of Bees’ is backed with 3 other songs, their lyrics all based in deep mundanity but with the music staring at the stars.




New Signing: One Little Indian

April, 19th 2013 15:45

Believe Digital is delighted to announce the signing of one of the UK‚Äôs most highly respected independent labels, One Little Indian. The international partnership will cover all digital audio and video services ‚Äď including iTunes, YouTube, Amazon, Spotify ‚Äď with the exclusion of the United States and Canada territories.¬†

Originally founded in 1985 by members of anarchist punk band Flux Of Pink Indians, One Little Indian is inspired by DIY principles and prides itself on giving complete control to artists it feels deserve a shot at a wider audience. These have included Iceland’s The Sugarcubes (whose’88 debut Life’s Too Good was the label’s first million seller); The Shamen with the massive 1992 Number One hit Ebenezer Goode; Björk’s Debut in ’93; which become a worldwide hit for the iconic star. Further major successes came in the late-nineties from Skunk Anansie, Alabama 3 (who later sound tracked The Sopranos iconic opening credits sequence), and 2008’s Paul McCartney’s Fireman project in 2008.

In 2013 and the label continues to host artists as diverse as Sinead O‚ÄôConnor, Dan Sartain, Cody Chesnutt, and HK119, while Bjork remains the cornerstone of the roster, releasing her innovative industry first app formatted seventh studio album, Biophillia, in 2011. Kathryn Williams is currently putting the finishing touches to her 10th studio album; listen out for the label‚Äôs latest signing, Stubborn Heart‚Äôs modern take on electronic soul; while Icelandic songstress √ďl√∂f Arnalds just released her 3rd album ‚ÄėSudden Elevation‚Äô. ¬†The Computers new album ‚ÄėLove Triangles Hate Squares‚Äô ‚Äď 29 April ‚Äď will be the first new release under the OLI ‚Äď Believe partnership, which you can stream over on Rock Sound now.

The partnership is a sign of One Little Indian‚Äôs continued up-to-the-minute approach to releasing music and Believe‚Äôs status as the leading digital distributor and label-services provider for independents. OLI will be managed by Believe‚Äôs Key Accounts Manager Ben Rimmer. (more…)

New Signing: Marshall Teller Records

April, 17th 2013 11:11

Marshall Teller Records was started in the summer of 2010 by Leon Diaper and friends, with the idea to champion new music that the label would want themselves on vinyl.¬†Marshall Teller has turned in to one of London‚Äôs leading tastemaker labels having had chart success releasing the debut Vaccines single ‚ÄėWreckin Bar / Blow It Up‚Äô and since have released the likes of Total Slacker from New York (the label‚Äôs first international act), Weird Dreams and Warm Brains. In 2013 MT has successfully released The History of Apple Pie‚Äôs debut album ‚ÄėOut of View‚Äô, which hit the UK Record Store Chart at #2.

The next album project will be from Grass House ‚Äď the album release later this year was announced yesterday with a free download track premiere at Clash, which you can listen to and download below.

Don Giovanni Streams Laura Stevenson’s Wheel Exclusively on Spotify

April, 16th 2013 16:40

Laura Stevenson‘s new album Wheel has been a long time in the making. The Long Island musician has been playing music since her early youth. She started out her career by playing with Bomb The Music Industry in her teens, which was also when she began her own compositions. Her songs combine rock and folk, giving fans soft and hard, quiet and loud sounds, all with smart lyrics and viral guitar riffs. Eventually Stevenson’s work in Bomb The Music Industry turned into Laura Stevenson and the Cans, a quintet that often grew to include as many as eight band members on stage. Their debut LP, A Record, was greeted with massive acclaim, accruing over 25,000 downloads since its original release in 2008.

Since A Record, Stevenson released sit resist in 2011, which was her first official solo release. Then earlier this year Stevenson released Runner EP, a three-track 7″ that included Wheel‘s premier single, “Runner.”

Wheel is a beautiful mix of songs that showcases Stevenson’s broad abilities as a songwriter. For old fans, the record serves as a summary of her raw talent and the path she’s taken to where she is now. For new fans, Wheel¬†is a wonderful introduction to an artist who thoroughly understands how to build songs–both instrumentally and lyrically.

Stream Wheel exclusively on Spotify through Don Giovanni Records below. Fans can pre-order the album on iTunes here.

Believe Releases w/c 15/04/13

April, 15th 2013 10:57

Artist: Various Artists
Release: Moda Black Vol. II
Label: Moda Black
Genre: Dance РHouse РDeep

Moda Black Vol II has landed! Curated by label owners Jaymo & Andy George, the compilation consists of 14 new and exclusive pieces of music written by the labels artists and extended family including Hot Since 82, Eats Everything, Huxley, Danny Daze & Maxxi Soundsystem.¬†Having gone from bright young things to one of modern house music’s flag bearers in the past five years, Jaymo & Andy George are in rare form.¬†Moda Black Vol. II perfectly showcases the dynamic sound of this exciting, forward thinking record label and the space in which it operates.




Artist: Chico Mann
Release: Magical Thinking
Label: Soundway Records
Genre: Dance

Displaying his mastery over an arsenal of studio weapons and synthesizers, Chico Mann (aka Marcos Garcia) scores his fifth long player ‘Magical Thinking’ against a backdrop of pop sensibilities and guest vocalists. The album draws as much on 80’s funk, boogie and electro as merengue and Afro-beat.¬†A member of Antibalas, multi instrumentalist and guitarist, Garcia has in the past worked with the likes of TV On The Radio and Dam Funk as well as remixing Little Dragon and Alice Russell.




Artist: Anushka
Release: Yes Guess EP
Label: Brownswood Recordings
Genre: Dance РBeats & Breaks / Electronica

Exploding onto the UK’s effervescent dance music underground is Anushka – a Brighton based duo made up of producer Max Wheeler and singer/songwriter Victoria Port. Released digitally on 15th April 2013 the ‘Yes Guess EP’ is a perfect pr√©cis of their dynamic, soulful palette, cementing their reputation as one of the most exciting dance acts for 2013.




Artist: Freemasons
Release: Dirty Organ
Label: Freemaison Recordings
Genre: Dance РHouse

‘Dirty Organ’ – the second in Freemasons ‘club comeback’ releases – is a tough house groove with soaring melodic synths and an infectious vocal hook from Joel Edwards. ‘Bring It Back’ was rapturously received by Freemasons fans all over the world and along with their remix of Depeche Mode’s ‘Heaven’ topping the Billboard charts, ‘Dirty Organ’ confirms Freemasons superb start to 2013. And there’s plenty more to come!





Bad Friend Records Releases Drunken Sufis’ DroneWars

April, 9th 2013 20:43

Artist: Drunken Sufis
Release: DroneWars
Label: Bad Friend Records
Genre: Post-Punk РRock

Squealing feedback kicks off this jarring, abstract, post-punk odyssey, and the abrasive action never stops. Oscillating between fast-paced, SST Records fueled aggression and dark, droning instrumentals, ‘DroneWars’ imagines a bleak future blighted with unbridled greed and disturbing psychological manipulations. Between searing guitars, disjointed drum breaks, and sinister Speak ‘n Spell voiceovers, the desolate ‘DroneWars’ landscape is as compelling as it is heavy.

Brooklyn band Drunken Sufis is signed to Bad Friend Records, a label based in Washington, D.C. In the late ’90s, BFR founders Ryan Little and Tommy Siegel grew up together in Richmond, VA. Over the next several years, they each put out a handful of albums with their respective bands, both on other labels and independently. In 2011, they teamed up to give a home to a few projects that still didn’t have label support, and Bad Friend Records was born.

Watch a teaser for the album below and follow the store links to purchase the album digitally.



Believe Releases w/c 08/04/13

April, 8th 2013 13:09

Artist: Fyfe
Release: Solace EP
Label: Benvolio Music Ltd
Genre: Pop РAlternative

Fyfe is the immersive new solo project from 23-year-old Paul Dixon. Debut track ‚ÄėSolace‚Äô caused a genuine stir across blogs when it premiered last month: without a manager, a plugger or a label, ‚ÄėSolace‚Äô nonetheless reached number 1 on Hype Machine, amassed 100,000 plays in a month and has already been picked up by the likes of NME, XFM and Huw Stephens, Rob Da Bank and Phil & Alice on Radio 1. The second track from Fyfe, the epic ‚ÄėSt Tropez‚Äô, has connected even quicker, with 100,000 plays in just over a week.




Artist: General Levy, Cutty Ranks
Release: Inna Nice Up! Fashion
Label: Nice Up! Records / Fashion Records
Genre: Reggae

Following the success of the Record Store Day collaboration with the legendary Fashion Records, NICE UP! return with another 2 classic cuts from the vaults – remixed and refashioned for 2013!¬†First up, East London’s Wrongtom takes time out of his packed schedule to rework the massive “Incredible” by General Levy.¬†Over on the flip, rising star of the reggae world Mr Benn gives his spin on the modern dancehall sound with a dancefloor pleasing remix of Cutty Ranks ‚ÄúAs You See It‚ÄĚ.¬†This release will form part of a full album of remixes from the Fashion back catalogue, expected later in the year.




Artist: Emperor Yes
Release: Cosmos 
Label: Tape Club Records
Genre: Pop РAlternative

Emperor Yes return with their second single, Cosmos. Following on from their debut, which was lauded by the likes of Pitchfork, This is Fake DIY and The 405, the psych-pop outfit deliver an out-and-out intergalactic anthem with this track – think Flaming Lips meets Flash Gordon; it’s nothing but fist and wrist.¬†Emperor Yes were on tour with Tall Ships on their UK tour at the end of last month, finishing up with a huge date at Scala. ‘Cosmos’ has¬†received¬†support from The Guardian and Zane Lowe (Radio 1),¬†¬†amongst others. Watch the official here.




Artist: Owiny Sigoma Band
Release: Power Punch
Label: Brownswood Recordings
Genre: World РAfrican

Much secrecy has been kept around the second album of the exciting London/Nairobi collective which will be supporting Atoms for Peace on European tour. Owiny Sigoma Band unleash ‚ÄėPower Punch‚Äô on 8th April 2013 via Brownswood Recordings. Spinning on its London/Nairobi axis, the group continue to redefine universal, artistic and cultural exchange blending traditional Kenya Nyatiti and Luo music with Western songwriting and production techniques. Power Punch, as its title suggests, is a confident, radiant, album packed with stirring, sometimes downright frisky jams.




Preorder ‘Inna Nice Up! Fashion’

April, 3rd 2013 17:05


Following the success of the Record Store Day collaboration with the legendary Fashion Records, NICE UP! return with another 2 classic cuts from the vaults – remixed and refashioned for 2013!

First up, East London’s Wrongtom takes time out of his packed schedule to rework the massive “Incredible” by General Levy. Universally loved, very few people know it was originally recorded as a dancehall number, then later remixed in a jungle style by M-Beat for chart success around the globe. It is a tune that has traversed genres and ages and still smashes any dance to this day. Wrongtom takes it back to the source with a fresh bumping reggae riddim featuring live instrumentation and his trademark dub fx.

Over on the flip, rising star of the reggae world Mr Benn gives his spin on the modern dancehall sound with a dancefloor pleasing remix of Cutty Ranks “As You See It”. Probably one of Cutty’s lesser known tracks, this also found its home in the jungle raves of the mid 90s when sampled extensively by the producers of the day. Taking his cues from classic 90s dancehall producers such as Dave Kelly and Bobby Digital, this remix showcases the producers talents perfectly and should NICE UP! any dance!

This release will form part of a full album of remixes from the Fashion back catalogue, expected later in the year.