Archives for December, 2013

Staff Picks: Top Albums of 2013 #21

December, 31st 2013 12:30

Afrobeat Airways Vol 2Artist: Various Artists
Release: Afrobeat Airways, Vol. 2 (Return Flight to Ghana 1974-1983) 
Label: Analog Africa
Release Date: September 2013
Picked by: Ian Pither – Label Manager Believe Recordings

Following the success of the first installment back in 2009, Analog Africa return with the second volume in their acclaimed Afrobeat Airways series. Taking in more ultra rare high-life influenced 70’s funk, this is an incredible snapshot of some of the music that was igniting dance floors across the West African nation during this period. From more well know names like K. Frimpong and Nana Ampedu (leader of the mighty African Brothers Band), through to obscure cuts from the likes of Los Issufu and his Moslems and Waza Afrika 76, this is a timely reminder of the incredible body moving music that was coming out of Ghanaian dancefloors in the 70’s and 80’s. – Ian Pither

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Staff Picks: Top Albums of 2013 #20

December, 30th 2013 12:30

Hook & The Twin - Never Ever EverArtist: Hook & The Twin
Release: Never Ever Ever
Label: Dancing Coins
Release Date: June 2013
Picked by: Victor Conradsson – Training Officer

Ah… one can get immune to standardised pop music, barely good enough to cover the sounds of washing machines in launderettes, but this pop will pop through you no matter what, and make your launderette erm… beautiful.

Catchy hooks, heartfelt lyrics, frenzied rhythms, clever production recalling the innovations of kraut-rock and the current productions of James Murphy, Bot’Ox and Joakim, and yet manages not to sound nu-ravey.

More adventurous than Phoenix, more energetic than Metronomy, and ruder than The Chap (ha.), both Hook & the Twin deserve to be heard. – Victor Conradsson

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Staff Picks: Top Albums of 2013 #19

December, 27th 2013 12:30

Alela Diane - About Farewell
Artist: Alela Diane
Release: About Farewell
Label: Believe Recordings /  Rusted Blue Records
Release Date: July 2013
Picked by: Ed Pearson – Marketing Manager Believe Recordings

Alela Diane would have to be my pick for 2013. Essentially it’s a heart breaking record about divorce and break-ups, but Alela manages to pull it off in such an elegant way. And after all, she ended up getting engaged after this and of course just had a baby – so there’s hope for us all! – Ed Pearson

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Staff Picks: Top Albums of 2013 #18

December, 26th 2013 12:30

The Purist
Artist: Troumaca
Release: The Grace
Label: Brownswood Recordings
Release Date: August 2013
Picked by: Hannah Donovan – New Media & Communications Manager

Tropical vibes from Brownwood’s first ‘band’ signing Troumaca. ‘The Grace’ is a blend of great classic song-writing and the more soulful side of electronic bass music. Highlights include ‘Gold, Women & Wine’ and my personal favourite ‘Layou’. Cannot wait to see what they do next. – Hannah Donovan

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Staff Picks: Top Albums of 2013 #17

December, 24th 2013 12:30

Grass house album 100 x100Artist: Grass House
Release: A Sun Full and Drowning
Label: Marshall Teller
Release Date: October 2013
Picked by: Audrey Burg – Digital Assistant

Why did I pick ‘A Sun Full and Drowning’, the new debut album from London four-piece Grass House? Because this is the kind of album I want to listen to no matter what mood I’m in! It is joyful, peaceful and lively all at the same time. Have a listen! – Audrey Burg

 

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Staff Picks: Top Albums of 2013 #16

December, 23rd 2013 10:30

Tsuba Deep Vol. 2
Artist: Various Artists
Release: Tsuba Deep Vol. 2
Label: Tsuba Records
Release Date: October 2013
Picked by: Panos Polimatidis – Label Manager

What a year 2013 has been for dance music – special mention to Tsuba for putting out my favourite release of the year! Tsuba Deep Vol.2 includes a blend of recent and past gems from top-notch producers who have played a vital role in keeping the Kent based label a key player in the underground scene. Since there have been so many great albums to choose from this year, I thought I’d pick this mixture of some of my favourite artists. Thanks Tsuba! – Panos Polimatidis

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Believe New Releases w/c 23/12/13

December, 23rd 2013 10:06

Great ThunderArtist: Great Thunder
Release: Groovy Kinda Love
Label: Salinas Records
Genre: Alternative – Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Katie Crutchfield (Waxahatchee) and member of Swearin’ combine for a 30-track experimental fuzz-pop album. Waxahatchee’s 2013 album named among best of the year by SPIN, Rolling Stone, NME, Stereogum and more. It’s a 30 song double LP of weird GBV esque fuzz pop by Keith from Swearin’ and Katie from Waxahatchee. Swearin’ is led by Waxahatchee’s sister Allison Crutchfield. Katie Crutchield just finished the biggest year of her career with “Cerulean Salt” which won over critics everywhere, and leading them to give it best-of-the-year honors.

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Skint Best of 2013Artist: Various Artists
Release: Skint Records: Best of 2013
Label: Skint Records
Genre: Dance – House

After a massive year which saw Skint return to the UK charts courtesy of Fatboy Slim and Riva Starr, they’ve put together a Best of 2013 comp. Packed with huge tracks & topped of with a dj mix this is a beast of a release. This year has been am amazing year for Skint and to celebrate the outstanding quality of releases that have been enjoyed by all, they’ve cherry picked the best of the crop. With tracks from Fatboy Slim, Riva Starr, Piemont, Murder He Wrote, Paolo Mojo, X-Press 2, Ramon Tapia, Sonny Wharton, Mihalis Safras, Dirty Secretz and many more.

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Best of Moda Black 2013Artist: Various Artists
Release: The Best of Moda Black 2013
Label: Moda Black
Genre: Dance – House

The Best of Moda Black 2013 is a collection of some of the hottest tracks released on Jaymo & Andy George’s label this year. Featuring Huxley, Ejeca, Hauswerks, Mia Dora & Hot Since 82 who recently debuted Moda Black’s Little Black Book series.

 

 

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Best Of Southern Fried 2013Artist: Various Artists
Release: Best of Southern Fried Records 2013
Label: Southern Fried Records
Genre: Dance – House

The Best of Southern Fried 2013 is a collection of some of the hottest tracks released on Norman Cook’s iconic label this year. Featuring Andrew Weatherall, Rex The Dog, Eats Everything, Armand van Helden, Maribou State and many more. It also includes a mixed version of the album from the Southern Fried Allstars. In 2014 the label will celebrate it’s 21st birthday and release albums from The 2 Bears & The Emperor Machine.

 

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Staff Picks: Top Albums of 2013 #15

December, 20th 2013 12:30

Hjaltalín Enter 4
Artist: Hjaltalín
Release: Enter 4
Label: Hjaltalín
Release Date: September 2013
Picked by: Nick Parry – New Media Assistant

Iceland’s Hjaltalín crept onto UK taste-makers’ radars this year with their highly anticipated third album, following previous chart-topping success in their homeland. The 8-piece’s third record ‘Enter 4’ was finally made available outside of the band’s Icelandic home, and it’s one that has translated incredibly well upon UK ears and beyond. Full of warmth and beauty, intimate in places and darker in others, ‘Enter 4’ is a silky smooth, wonderfully constructed record, and shows that when it comes to creating compelling pop music, Iceland has it down to a tee. Lead single ‘Crack in a Stone’ and album opener ‘Lucifer / He Felt Like a Woman’ are the standouts for me; both delicate, sombre, and incredibly absorbing. – Nick Parry

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Best of 2013 Lists – Believe Releases

December, 20th 2013 09:02

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Through our array of great independent labels, we’ve distributed and worked on a fine selection of top quality albums this year. Although we’re picking our favourite’s through our Staff Picks – Top Albums of 2013 countdown, we also thought we’d roundup those that have been selected in the many end of year lists by the stores, taste-makers, and blogs. See which albums featured in which lists below (some of these we’ve shared distribution rights, in this case the other labels have been credited in brackets).

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Staff Picks: Top Albums of 2013 #14

December, 19th 2013 12:30

Goose - Control, control, control
Artist: Goose
Release: Control Control Control
Label: Safari Records
Release Date: September 2013
Picked by: Oleg Bounetsky – Label Manager

‘Control Control Control’ is a peculiar yet excellent mix of electronica and stadium rock. You may be familiar with hit track ‘Synrise’, but it’s the Soulwax Remix that’s the pick of the bunch and the one which will keep you humming for a while (even in your sleep). Their live reputation is sky high, though they offer more than just a concert; GOOSE refines each performance by creating a true experience of music, lights and tremendous energy. – Oleg Bounetsky

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