Archives for May, 2013

Believe Releases w/c 27/05/13

May, 28th 2013 11:07

Sinead O'connor - Old LadyArtist:¬†Sinead O’Connor
Release: Old Lady
Label: One Little Indian Records
Genre: Pop

In support of her comeback album and huge spring and summer festival live dates, international superstar and maverick genius Sinead O’Connor releases her brilliant new radio single.¬†The new single, ‘Old Lady’, taken from O’Connor’s 2012 masterpiece comeback studio album ‘How About You Be You (And I’ll Be Me)?’¬†is the Irish songbird’s best album since 2000’s ‘Faith and Courage’. O’Connor is no relic, she’s full of vim and vigour, mixing tender character studies, doe-eyed love songs and impassioned protest pieces.

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Crystal Fighters - Cave RaveArtist: Crystal Fighters
Release: Cave Rave
Label: Zirkulo
Genre: Alternative РIndie Rock / Alternative Rock

Monster sophomore record from the UK/Basque favorites. With a fan-base in the hundreds of thousands this album is their most adventurous and infectious material to date – an early 2013 Best Of contender. Crystal Fighters‚Äô highly anticipated second album ‘Cave Rave’ was written in the Basque hills, a region that has been integral to Crystal Fighters’ sound and that inspired their first album ‚ÄėStar Of Love’. They have established themselves as one of the UK’s most exciting studio and live acts and will be embarking on a UK and full world tour in 2013.

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Fun AdultsArtist: Fun Adults
Release: For Water / Peek and Punch
Label: Handsome Dad Records
Genre: Alternative

With their debut single ‘Sap Solid/Acacia’, Fun Adults introduced their inventive and sonically textured approach to song craft, equally informed by classic songwriting and an exploratory approach to production and mood. The Leeds via the West Country four piece now return with new double a-side single ‘For Water/Peek And Punch’, released on new label Handsome Dad Records.¬†The new single sees the band confidently elaborating on the intriguing emotional landscape and accomplished musicianship at the heart of their craft.

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Akala Theives BanquetArtist: Akala
Release: The Thieves Banquet
Label: Illa State Records
Genre: Hip Hop

MOBO award winning hip-hop artist Akala announces a one-off headline show at XOYO on 3rd of June to celebrate the release of his fourth studio album, ‚ÄėThe Thieves Banquet‚Äô, out now via Illa State Records. Since the release of his critically acclaimed debut album ‚ÄėIt‚Äôs Not A Rumour‚Äô in 2005, Akala, (aka Kingslee Daley), has become one of Britain‚Äôs most revered and respected MCs. Offering an alternative to braggadocio and bling in Hip Hop, Akala has been heralded as ‚Äėone of the very few UK spokespeople for credible hip hop‚Äô (Time Out).

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Spotify launches new global charts

May, 22nd 2013 18:25

Spotify has launched global charts showcasing the most listened to tracks on the streaming service each week.

The Spotify Charts will show both the most listened to songs via the Spotify 50 and the most viral via the Social 50 and will be updated every Monday. (via Music Week)

U.S. Alternative Hip-hop Duo Aer Tours the U.K. and Europe

May, 20th 2013 22:58

AerAer is David von Mering and Carter Schultz of Wayland, Massachusetts. Together the two create music that finds its roots in reggae, acoustic pop and indie rock, with smooth guitar riffs and a strong rap component. Aer will be touring through Germany, France, and the U.K. starting this week:

Date – Venue – Location
May 23        Headcrash        Hamburg, Germany
May 24        Comet Club        Berlin, Germany        Tickets
May 25        Zwölfzehn        Stuttgart, Germany
May 26        Ampere Club        Munchen, Germany
May 27        Nachtleben        Frankfurt, Germany
May 29        O2 Academy Islington        London, United Kingdom
May 30¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†La Fleche D’or¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Paris, France

After releasing their mixtapes Water On The Moon and The Reach in late-2010 and mid-2011 respectively, the guys proceeded to release their first iTunes EP What You Need in October of 2011. What You Need would go on to reach the #1 spot on iTunes hip-hop charts.

Aer‚Äôs¬†July 30, 2012¬†debut album The Bright Side quickly rose to #1 on the iTunes Album Charts and earned a spot in Billboard’s Hot 100. It was followed by ‚ÄúThe Bright Side Tour‚ÄĚ which spanned over 48 cities across North America, their music being played on NFL Network, an Etnies advertisement featuring Ryan Scheckler, and three spots on episodes of “Real World.” To date, the band has shared the stage with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Action Bronson, Iggy Azalea, ASAP Rocky, Hoodie Allen, and more. ¬†All that for two kids who are under 21 years old.

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Save the Badger Badger Badger – Brian May & Weebl (Out Now)

May, 20th 2013 16:18

Save The Badger

Brian May helps create a new version of Weebl’s original YouTube sensation – Badger Badger Badger song (over 17 million hits) in support of his TeamBadger anti-cull campaign. This new version, produced with Brian May, and a cry for the public to “Save the Badgers”, was inspired by May-penned Queen’s classic track ‘Flash’. The cry to ‚ÄėStop the Cull‚Äô comes in the unmistakeable and thunderous timbre of one Brian Blessed, he, indelibly cast in our minds as Prince Vultan in the original Flash Gordon film, generously making a ‚Äėcameo‚Äô appearance.

The Anti-cull petition has already gathered over 200,00 signatures and heads for 250,000. Petition runs until September this year and can be signed here.

Brian May explains:

“Coincidence seems to play a big part in my life ‚Ķ or perhaps not coincidence, but synchronicity borne of¬†endeavors. ¬†Only a few days after my baptism into Badger Badger Badger, we heard that its author was outraged about the Government’s awful plan to destroy thousands of mostly healthy badgers families, in a mad scheme which, though supported fanatically by some farmers, is unlikely to help them in any way. He sent me over a rough demo of a new Badger track which, to me, had the¬†unmistakable¬†stamp of brilliance.

Jonti agreed to come down and collaborate – and on Sunday night we both cleared the decks to meet Monday lunchtime in the studio.¬†About 8 hours later‚Ķ we had thrown everything we had at his brilliant new idea, enough material to do a mix, though I suspect there will be many mixes, if this makes people smile as much as I think it will.”


Believe Releases w/c 20/05/13

May, 20th 2013 11:09

Fasion In StyleArtist: Various Artists 
Release: Fashion in Fine Style РSignificant Hits, Vol. 2
Label: Fashion Records Ltd
Genre: Reggae

Following the success of the first ‚ÄėFashion In Fine Style‚Äô collection, Fashion Records present ‚ÄėSignificant Hits Volume 2‚Äô including another 20 classic tracks from the vaults of the UK‚Äôs leading reggae label.¬†Founded in summer 1980, Fashion is one of the more successful UK-based reggae labels, and one of only a very few British reggae labels to release records that were produced in their own recording studio. Believe and Fashion came together November 2011 to re-launch the labels catalogue digitally.¬†‚ÄėSignificant Hits Volume 2‚Äô features some of Jamaica‚Äôs and the UK‚Äôs finest singers and¬†DJ’s.

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Hot 8 Brass Band - TombstoneArtist: Hot 8 Brass Band
Release: Tombstone
Label: Tru Thoughts
Genre: Jazz РBig Band

Latest album from the critically acclaimed Hot 8 Brass Band from New-Orleans HBO TV show ‘Treme’. Very strong support from radio and specifically Clive Anderson, Gilles Peterson & John Kennedy.¬†New Orleans‚Äô Hot 8 Brass Band was founded in 1995 by tuba player Bennie Pete, Jerome ‚ÄúBay Bay‚ÄĚ Jones (trombone) and Harry ‚ÄúSwamp Thang‚ÄĚ Cook (bass drum) to play brass band music professionally.¬†Hot 8 band leader Bennie ‚ÄúBig Peter‚ÄĚ Pete sums up what their music means to them and the wider world: ‚ÄúHot 8 music is feel good music‚Ķmusic with a message. It‚Äôs life music.‚ÄĚ

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AJusTed - Stay Up HereArtist: a/jus/ted 
Release: Stay Up Here
Label: Southern Fried Records
Genre: Dance РHouse

The always energising and energised Southern Fried serve up a steamy slice of disco tinged house here from a/jus/ted feat Miss Bee. a/jus/ted is the musical concept of veteran producer Justin Strauss and analog aficionado Teddy Stuart, better known as Eddie Mars, and since coming together in 2012 the pair have crafted some lush, synth heavy music. Before then they had impressive careers: in the case of Strauss, remixing and producing for some of the biggest acts in the States from a range of genres, and for Stuart it was producing his own disco fried sounds for UNO NYC.

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Danny Byrd - 4th DimensionArtist: Danny Byrd
Release: 4th Dimension 
Label: Hospital Records
Genre: Dance РBreakbeat / Drum & Bass РJungle

After the enormity of the Zane Lowe endorsed ‘Grit’ (feat Roni Size) backed with the halcyon house anthem ‘Love You Like This’, Danny Byrd returns with a huge double A-side to kick things off from his forthcoming ‘Golden Ticket’ album.¬†This early summer single features two slices of battering bassline badness representing two sides of Danny’s sound plus radio edits, a 303 mix and a Flux Pavilion #BADBOY remix.¬†The ultimate set opener, ‘4th Dimension’ will be recognisable to many from its space age Beastie Boys vocoder line.

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Believe Presents at The Great Escape

May, 14th 2013 18:40


We’re very excited to announce our showcase Believe Presents on Friday 17th May at Fortune Of War, as part of The Great Escape.

The line-up includes¬†Gavin James,¬†The Rumour Said Fire,¬†Emperor Yes,¬†Secret Son,¬†Hjaltal√≠n,¬†Washington Irving¬†and¬†Whales in Cubicles.¬†There’ll also be Believe DJ sets from¬†Victor Conradsson,¬†Ian Pither,¬†Steve Mill,¬†Josh Stevenson,¬†Tom Coulling and Roo (Tru Thoughts).

Live music starts from 1pm, with DJs from 6:30pm until late. Find the full Schedule here, and the official Facebook event here.

Listen to the debut single ‘Friends’ from new Believe Recordings signing Secret Son below, who’ll be playing at the showcase. You can buy the track on iTunes now.

Also, to tie-in with the event we’ve put a compilation together of some of the acts playing. It’s¬†available to stream¬†on Rdio here.

Hope to see you there!

Believe Releases w/c 13/05/13

May, 13th 2013 13:15

Black Books - Black Books 1440px 300dpiArtist: Black Books
Release: Black Books
Label: Believe Recordings
Genre: Alternative

Black Books deliver their self-titled debut album via Believe Recordings. They began creating their heady, atmospheric mix of dreamy, visionary pop and epic southern rock in their hometown of Austin, Texas back in 2010. On their debut, Black Books create an evoking and enveloping wall of emotion that seems as intimate as it is epic, with sprawling, mesmerising psychedelia and sun-soaked melodies blended into something driven and tightly charged with Ross Gilfillan’s warm throaty drawl of a vocal. Recorded in the Texas drought of 2011,  their debut is the child of a stifling, claustrophobic heat.

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Grum - EverytimeArtist: Grum
Release: Everytime
Label: Heartbeats
Genre: Dance РHouse РDeep

Three years on from his debut album, Grum is back with a new single, ‘Everytime’ – the first track from his forthcoming new album, ‘Human Touch’. Receiving its debut play on Annie Mac‚Äôs Radio 1 show, ‘Everytime’ comes with remixes from Ejeca, Mia Dora and Andre Crom.¬†A perfect piece of bittersweet house music, Everytime expertly straddles the line between euphoria and melancholy.¬†Wreathed in luminous synth washes, punctuated by bright stabs of melody and underpinned by a bass line Orbital would have been proud of in their heyday, Everytime marks a triumphant return for Grum.





Great Ytene - UnknowingArtist: Great Ytene
Release: Unknowing
Label: Marshall Teller Records
Genre: Alternative РIndie Rock / Alternative Rock

The mysterious London four-piece freshly signed to Marshall Teller (Vaccines, History of Apple Pie), Great Ytene, release their dreamy debut track.¬†Smashing into your ears with its mammoth wall of sound opening, the debut single from Great Ytene is a charmingly messy concoction of measured swirling guitars, endearingly floaty vocals and controlled noise. ¬†Release on Marshall Teller, ‘Unknowing’ is the first track to surface from the London quartet ‚Äď who feature members of the Marshall Teller released Colours.

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Dirty Dike - Return Of The TwatArtist: Dirty Dike
Release: Return of the Twat
Label: High Focus Records
Genre: Hip Hop РAlternative

Contact Play treasurer and SMB chief executive Dirty Dike returns with his third solo Long player on High Focus Records this month. ‘Return Of The Twat’ is as hotly anticipated as any UK hip hop release has been in a very long time and while it is set to propel Dike further skyward in his assail to the very top of the rap tree, it also promises to divide opinion each and every step along the way.¬†The album sees Dirty Dike at his very wickedest – if you thought he couldn’t get more brash and offensive, think again.

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Believe Releases w/c 06/05/13

May, 7th 2013 11:25

Inform - Educate - Entertain PackshotArtist: Public Service Broadcasting
Release: Inform РEducate РEntertain
Label: Test Card Recordings
Genre: Alternative РElectronic / EBM

Public Service Broadcasting release their debut album ‚ÄėInform – Educate – Entertain‚Äô on Test Card Recordings, accompanied by an extensive 46-date UK tour which started in February and finishes this month.¬†Taking in archive material from the BFI and StudioCanal along with classic American public information films (such as the brutal driving-safety messages found on single ‚ÄėSignal 30‚Äô), the album sees the corduroy-clad J. Willgoose, Esq. and his faithful drumming companion, Wrigglesworth, seeking to¬†fulfill¬†their mission statement over a wide range of subject matter and styles.




Another Night Official ArtworkArtist: Wild Swim
Release: Another Night
Label: Believe Recordings
Genre: Alternative

The ever-elusive Wild Swim return with the follow-up to their debut single. ‘Another Night‘ shimmers with the band’s delicate trademark synths and is bolstered by frontman Richard Sansom’s anguished baritone vocal.¬†The B side is ‘Slowing Down‘, a self produced minimalist track that changes shape, darting this way and that with shifting textures and immersive soundscapes.¬†Out on Believe Recordings and produced by the legendary Steve Osborne (New Order, Suede), it’s an impressive leap beyond the fragile and tempered heartache found on the Oxford five-pieces’ debut ‘Echo’.




Dark Bells - WildflowerArtist: Dark Bells
Release: Wildflower
Label: Tape Club Records
Genre: Alternative

Debut single from hotly tipped psychedelic/progressive¬†Sydney three piece, Dark Bells, and the second of the Single Series releases.¬†Initial shows with the Eat Your Own Ears promoters, a sold out single launch show and confirmation of a place at this year’s Field Day suggest that their refreshing take on psychedelica is striking a chord already. ‘Wildflower’ will also feature on Rough Trade and Field Day’s special compilation album. Watch the official video for ‘Wildflower’ here.





DRUGS - ElevateArtist: D/R/U/G/S
Release: Elevate
Label: Bad Life
Genre: Dance РElectro

‘Elevate’ is D/R/U/G/S first outing on Bad Life; one which is stimulant, sedative and narcotic all at once.¬†The Manchester producer, aka Cal Wright, strikes a masterful balance of space-age electronica, wonderfully expressive melody and a remarkable sense that you’re at Glastonbury, it’s 5am and you’re wearing a very bad hat.¬†His releases on Moshi Moshi and Different have earned him a reputation as one of the most inspired young house producers that this country has spawned of late, with his tracks notching up BBC spins on Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens and Lauren Laverne.