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Today’s free track is Janet Lee Davis & Tippa Irie’sÂ ‘Baby I’ve Been Missing You’Â on Fashion Record’s ‘Fashion in Fine Style: Fashion Records Significant Hits Volume One’.
Artist:Â Charlotte OC Release:Â Colour My Heart Label:Â Stranger Records Genre: Pop
22 year old Charlotte OC, hailedÂ as the British Lana Del Ray,Â arrives with her debut EP on Stranger Records (Lana Del Ray, Filthy Boy).Â The title track ‘Colour My Heart’ written by Charlotte, was produced and recorded by Tim Anderson (Solange, Sia) in LA. ‘Colour My Heart’ is an intoxicating mix of emotional lyrics and heady, thick vocals. The Blackburn born singer has spread her wings over to LA and recorded and produced a supernatural title track and video. There is a spooky and bewitching sound to the song that is powered along by underlying beats and earthy melodies pulsating throughout.
Artist:Â Armand Van Helden Release:Â The Best of Armand Van Helden Label:Â Southern Fried Records Genre: Dance
10 tracks of pure Armand van Helden funk on this excellent Best Of comp.Â An awful lot has changed for Armand Van Helden since he first signed to Southern Fried back in 2002. In 2005, he scored a huge commercial hit with â€˜My My Myâ€™, his biggest since â€˜You Donâ€™t Know Meâ€™ hit No.1 back in â€˜99. In the interim, heâ€™s released two excellent long players, â€˜Nymphoâ€™ (2004) and â€˜Ghettoblasterâ€™ (2007) while also satisfying his New York culture vulture cravings with â€˜New York: A Mix Odysseyâ€™ (2004).Â With five top thirty singles under his belt, it appears that Armand has found himself a new home in the new millennium.
Artist: Various Artists Release:Â Alcopopular 6: Highway to the Velodrome Label:Â Alcopop! Genre:Â Alternative – Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
Alcopopular 6 â€˜Highway to the Velodromeâ€™ is coming out on a fully branded, coloured, custom made Fixie Bike, featuring the most exciting acts on the scene including Gnarwolves, Jaws, Max Raptor, Radstewart, The Wytches, Night Engine, Throwing Up, Crushed Beaks and more.Â Linking in with the custom bike makers Mango, Alcopop! Records release Alcopopular 6 on a label coloured mountain bike – but at Â£300 it’s a touch pricey, so they did it digitally too. These bands are the future of alternative music in the UK.
Artist:Â Various Artists Artist:Â Flume, Chet Faker Release:Â Lockjaw Label: Future Classic Genre:Â Dance – Beats & Breaks / Electronica
Australian superstar hit making duo Flume and Chet Faker release their debut collaboration EP featuring lead single ‘Drop The Game’ (Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record in the World).Â Now receiving international acclaim and with huge touring and sales worldwide, Flume beat Justin Bieber to Number 1 in the Australian album charts in February 2013 and received eight nominations at the 2013 Australian Recording Industry Awards. Chet Faker featured on Flume’s hit ‘Stand Alone’, but made his name in 2011 with his debut EP that features his cover of Blackstreet’s ‘No Diggity’.
Artist:Â Public Service Broadcasting Release:Â Elfstedentocht Label:Â Test Card Recordings Genre:Â Alternative
Dutch language single in conjunction with The Explore the North festival in Leeuwarden, Netherlands.Â In April 2013 PSB were approached by the organisers of the Explore the North festival. They were asked if they could use some footage of the Elfstedentocht (Eleven Cities Tour), the world’s biggest ice skating race, and write some songs around it. So they did.Â Watch both the videos here: Part One & Part Two. Visit The Explore the North Festival website here.
Artist:Â Honey Wild Release:Â Garden / Magnifique Innocent Label:Â Shorewave Records Genre: Alternative – Indie Pop
New York’s most exciting new band Honey Wild release their debut single ‘Garden / Magnifique Innocent’ on AA-side 7″Â throughÂ Shorewave Records with a release show at Mercury Lounge, NY. Honey Wild is a rock’n roll band from Brooklyn. Named after a favorite Beach Boys record, 1967’s Wild Honey, they draw influence from melodic 60’s rock, as well as the frenetic Afro-pop of fellow New Yorkers Dirty Projectors and Vampire Weekend. The band recently performed as part of POP Montreal, as well as New York’s CMJ.
Artist:Â Rocky Release:Â Rocky Label:Â Green United Music Genre: Dance – Electro
Make no mistake listening to their tracks, Rocky is a band, a band who celebrates the heyday of the house and garage, from Larry Heard to Art Department. A band who plays, sings and works hard to make you dance, because thatâ€™s DANCE we are talking about. Deeply affected by the music of Talking Heads or LCD Soundsystem, Rocky are a real groove machine in New York, and cannot choose between pop and dance music, between the club and the stage, but seem to be as happy in one as in the other.Â Noisey worldwide video exclusive.
Rebel Sketchy album with support from Drumattic Twins, Jay Cunning, Black & Blunt, Fisso & Spark.Â With Goodbye Gravity Rebel Sketchy breaks free of the constraints of the breakbeat sound, taps into his classical training and challenges his skills as a producer and musician. In doing so he has made an album in the truest sense; telling a story with sound and pushing himself to create something greater than the sum of its parts, or as he puts it himself “a proper record, like the dance-music albums I grew up listening to, not just a collection of DJ singles.”
Artist:Â Coasts Release:Â Stay Label:Â Tidal Recordings Genre:Â Alternative – Indie Pop
Itâ€™s been a whirlwind year so far for rising Bristol band Coasts, and one that doesn’t seem to be letting up with the band pleased to announce their new single â€˜Stayâ€™, through Tidal Recordings.Â Recorded once again with producer Duncan Mills (Vaccines, Peace) â€˜Stayâ€™ marks a change and step up from the Bristol band. With subtle melodies underlying a cohesion of tropical strings and ambitious choruses that fill this sun drenched laden anthem. Set to be part of a EP slated for a 2014 release, â€˜Stayâ€™ is the first track to be revealed, whilst in the middle of theirÂ extensive sold-out Autumn UK tour.
Artist:Â Alice Russell Release:Â To Dust / I Loved You Label: Tru Thoughts Genre:Â R&B – Funk & Soul
Brand new remix EP on which upcoming house (broadly-speaking) talents lend their craft to Alice’s inimitable soul voice. This remix EP contains a special collection of remixes from her most recent album â€˜To Dustâ€™.Â Sam Sparro, of ‘Black & Gold’ fame takes on the titled track ‘To Dust’, transforming the tune into a sedated electronic cut, filled with calculated bleeps and atmospheric drums.Â Gilles Petersonâ€™s Brownswood Recordings signeeâ€™s Anushka remixes one of the most popular songs on the album ‘I Loved You’, andÂ Fabric night club regular Giom takes on ‘To Dust’.
Artist:Â Velcro Hooks Release:Â Galaxy Police Club / Tickle Me Sick Label:Â Howling Owl Records Genre:Â Alternative – Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
Bristol’sÂ tastemaker giantÂ Howling Owl Records (Oliver Wilde)Â release Velcro Hooks’ new single; a double A-side featuring a stream of consciousness with freak-jam ‘Galaxy Police Club’ and hook-packed slacker rocker ‘Tickle Me Sick’. The band are already the buzz of their hometown Bristol and play November release shows in Bristol and London to support the single, before heading on the road with label mates Towns for more dates in December. Approvals from Clash, to BBC 6 Music, to Artrocker.
Artist:Â Camo & Krooked Release:Â Loving You Is Easy Label: Hospital Records Genre:Â Dance – Breakbeat / Drum & Bass – Jungle
Austrian duo Camo & Krooked smashed back onto the scene this autumn with a bang, releasing their much anticipated second album ‘Zeitgeist’. Causing waves across the D&B scene, and wider dance music scenes with it’s unique disco-infused sound, ‘Zeitgeist’ has been heralded by many as one of the albums of the year. ‘Loving You Is Easy’ shows us even more soul and disco style from the boys, and has become a centrepiece of their DJ sets, as well as radio tracklistings across the airwaves.Â Alongside the original tempo version there are remixes from S.P.Y, Infuze and Pomrad.
Artist:Â Public Service Broadcasting Release:Â Night Mail (Remixes) – EP Label:Â Test Card Recordings Genre:Â Alternative – Electronic / EBM
‘Night Mail’ is the third single taken from Public Service Broadcasting’s top 20 album ‘Inform – Educate – Entertain’, and is accompanied by aÂ DVD release of the album played out live.Â ‘Night Mail’ takes its subject matter from the eponymous film of 1936, a pioneering documentary film produced by the General Post Office and the Royal Mail Group. Setting theÂ original words of the documentary – including the much loved Night Mail poem – to a song thatÂ evokes the rhythm, speed and excitement of the railway in the era of the steam train, PSBÂ breathe a new lease of life into a gem of a film.
Artist:Â The Student Teachers Release:Â Invitation To… the Student Teachers Label:Â Nacional Records Genre:Â Rock – Alternative
This is first-ever compilation of out-of-print albums and singles from the Student Teachers, underground legends of the 1970â€™s NYC punk scene. The songs were produced by Jimmy Destri (Blondie). The Student Teachers made a name for themselves as teenagers playing at the legendary CBGB’s, Hurrah’s and many other before-their-times venues and had one of the first all-girl rhythm section in a mixed gender band. The young band opened for a wide range of future icons on the scene, among them: The Ramones, Blondie, Iggy Pop, Wayne County, the Dead Boys, and The Mumps.
Artist:Â Owiny Sigoma Band Release:Â Sunken Wrecks Label: Brownswood Recordings Genre:Â World – African
The third single to come from Owiny Sigoma Bandâ€™s sophomore album â€˜Power Punchâ€™ is â€˜Sunken Wrecks â€“ a thundering, hypnotic groove laced with flickering nyatiti licks, fierce nyiduonge drums, spacey fx and Jesse Hackettâ€™s haunting vocals.Â Pilooski steps up on remix duties, easing the tempo and highlighting the bump and swing of those nyiduonge drums. The result is a loose, loping percussive bomb adorned with sonar echoes and rich, sweeping strings, bolstered by booming, grainy 808s.Â Owiny Sigoma Band are currently on their EU tour.
Artist:Â Various Artists Release:Â Fashion Records Ragga Remixes, Vol.1 Label: Fashion RecordsÂ Ltd. Genre: Reggae
Stone cold classics alert!Â Fashion Records delve into their amazing archive’s to re-release the Ragga Remixes Vol.1 EP , for the first time digitally! Featuring four tracks from Nico Junior, Cutty Ranks, General Levy & Top Cat, this was originally released in 1994 to critical acclaim. These four ragga classics get the Hip-Hop rework treatment, with the chatting being laid over the instrumental of Cypress Hill’s classic – ‘Insane in The Brain’.