Archives for April, 2014

Believe New Releases w/c 28/04/2014

April, 28th 2014 11:19

zaraArtist: Zara McFarlane 
Release: Open Heart
Label: Brownswood Recordings
Genre: Jazz 

The second single from Zara McFarlane’s highly acclaimed second album ‘If You Knew Her’, ‘Open heart’, is released digitally on the 28th April. In this track, that opens the album, Zara has crafted a beautiful and deeply personal track about love lost with lyrics that evoke both sadness and redemption. Accompanying Zara’s voice is the unique hang drum, played by virtuoso musician Manu Delago. ‘Open Heart’ instantly grabs the listener with its sparse arrangement and hypnotic chorus.



chrome sparks epArtist: Chrome Sparks
Release: Goddess EP 
Label: Future Classic
Genre: Dance

Inspired by a background in classical percussion and an obsession with synthesizers, Jeremy Malvin creates music under the name Chrome Sparks. Jeremy grew up in Pittsburgh, then went to music school at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Jeremy currently resides in Brooklyn, where he spends his time working on music in his bedroom, often leaving it to play DJ sets. ‘Goddess’ EP, the follow up to Chrome Sparks’ debut EP, ‘Sparks’. The lead single from the EP is ‘The Meaning Of Love’, which will be accompanied with a video.
On the back of the EP, Chrome Sparks will tour extensively through the United states playing 20 dates made up of headline shows and festival spots including Coachella and The Forecastle Festival.



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Artist: The Emperor Machine
Release: RMI Is All I Want
Label: Southern Fried Records 
Genre: Dance 

Ahead of the release of his latest album, ‘Like A Machine’, The Emperor Machine serves up a stunning lead single in the shape of ‘RMI is All I Want’, complete with killer remixes from Erol Alkan and Dimitri Veimar.

‘RMI Is All I Want’ in original form is a stomping brew of gurgling, malfunctioning machine lines, bright dark disco synths and dirty rock licks that is funkier than a funky thing. Riddled with attitude and psychedelic charm it sits pretty right at the heart of the excellent forthcoming album.



Release: Burning Feet
Label: Canvas Sound
Genre: Alternative

FAIRCHILD are an indie pop band hailing out of the Gold Coast, Australia.
On the live front, FAIRCHILD have toured Japan, Singapore (Music Matters), Hong Kong & China (Midi Festival – Shenzhen). They have also performed at The Big Day Out (AUS) and will be heading to USA/Canada for Canadian Music week and side shows across the country.
FAIRCHILD will digitally release their debut ‘Burning Feet’ EP worldwide on Friday April 25th through Canvas Sounds. Produced & mixed by Catherine Marks (Foals, Howling Bells, Wolf Alice), the EP will also feature a KNDR remix of ‘Dancer’. In anticipation of the release, the band have just put out a new music video for the title track ‘Burning Feet’ directed by their drummer James Haigh.



Believe New Release w/c 21/04/2014

April, 22nd 2014 13:23

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Artist: God Damn
Release: Shoe Prints in the Dust 
Label: One Little Indian
Genre: Rock

Atomic drum & guitar duo God Damn have announced a deal with One Little Indian and will release their debut album via the label in 2014. With earlier single releases via Distorted Tapes & Gravy, the band’s first One Little Indian release is devastating new single ‘Shoe Prints In The Dust’ & ‘It’s A Pity’ two new songs recorded at the legendary Toe Rag studios with explosive alchemy.

Hailing from the Black Country, God Damn fuse ‘Bleach’ era Nirvana, Jesus Lizard, ‘Surfer Rosa’ era Pixies and At The Drive In influences whilst swearing allegiance to: Hendrix, Homme, Cash, White, Page, Bonham and Eagles of Death Metal. Previously supporting the likes of Superfood, Wet Nuns, Icarus Line and Gay For Johnny Depp, the band have been out playing packed headline shows this January and supporting The Wytches.




Artist: 123Mrk
Release: Versatile / Secret Secret 
Label: Future Classic
Genre: Dance

‘Versatile / Secret Secret’ is the debut release on Future Classic from France’s 123MRK, AKA Arthur Blin. The two track release embodies flavours of Disclosure, SBTRKT and Flume, to name a few.

Most recently, 123MRK has remixed Flume’s ‘Holdin On’ that was included on the ‘Flume: Deluxe Edition’ released November 2013. Previously, 123MRK had released a single via the Parisian label, Sound Pellegrino, home to Harvard Bass, L-Vis 1990 and many others.



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Artist: Cider Sky
Release: Flames (The Mixes)
Label: Curveball Records
Genre: Dance 

Acclaimed LA based electronic indie pop duo Cider Sky unleash their debut EP “Flames” on their very own Curveball Records. The Remix EP features an incredibly strong package across the spectrum of current dance music colours.
Up and coming Germans In : Deed deliver 2 sublime efforts which re inforces why chart topping Tube & Berger have been so keen to secure their services for Kittball Records. The In : Deed Absolute Pop mix cements Cider Sky’s original as an indie dance anthem…

…while the In : Deed Club Mix continues the Dortmund tradition of deep and melodic house. Next up is mysterious Iranian genius’ Habischman with a cavernous reverb soaked techer that suitably follows up his recent work for Get Physical and will be sure to rock the deeper floors. And finally the much talked about prodigy that is Zak Moya goes for the big room jugular across the Progressive leaning Zak Moya Remix and the darker Zak Moya Trance Dub.



dear fredericArtist: Dear Frederic
Release: Outlast
Label: Cult Nation
Genre: Alternative Indie Pop

After four years of penning music for and taking to the road with Montreal mainstay Winter Gloves, producer and multi-instrumentalist Charles F Huot has returned to the studio as synth-pop act Dear Frederic.

Dear Frederic welcomes us into the intimacy of its creative journey that led its leader in a natural progression to a mature and a refined new venture.




Believe New Release w/c 14/04/2014

April, 14th 2014 13:31


Artist: Thief
Release: Closer
Label: Rabble Records Ltd 
Genre: Dance – Beats and Break/ Electronica 

Thief is a new electronic pop project of PJ Wolf, a previous winner of the Triple J Unearthed Top Song competition. Also the recipient of the Young Australians Buzz Grant. PJ was recently shortlisted for the prestigious Vanda and Young songwriting competition for his track ‘Closer’. Thief was born when PJ traded in his guitars for synths, crafting a fresh minimalist sound that would embrace the aesthetic of contemporaries such as Metronomy, Frank Ocean and N.E.RD.



labyrinth ear

Artist: Labyrinth Ear
Release: The Orchid Room 
Label: LE Records
Genre: Dance – Beats and Break / Electonica

 After their two successful EP releases, the UK electronic duo Labyrinth Ear are releasing their debut album titled “The Orchid Room” on 14 April 2014, with the first single being the melancholic electro-pop anthem ‘Crescent Moon’. The album will be their first release after the atmospheric EP ‘Apparitions’ featured on Pitchfork and Clash Magazine among many others



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Artist: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah 
Release: Only Run 
Label: Xtra Mile Recordings  
Genre: Alternative 

Only Run is the fourth studio album from Philadelphia based Clap Your Hands Say Yeah who are celebrating 10 years as a band this year. The album features additional vocals from Matt Berninger from The National on “Coming Down” & Turntables from Kid Koala on “Cover Up”. The use of synthesizers sets the new album apart from previous releases, but the entire concept of balancing optimism in the face of overwhelming odds remains the same. With over 300,000 albums sold worldwide CYHSY led by lead singer/songwriter Alec Ounsworth return with their most varied record yet and the most anticipated since 2007’s Some Loud Thunder.



Artist: More Than Life
Release: What’s Left of Me
Label: Holy Roar  
Genre: Rock

Charting a distinct evolution from their starting point of darkly melodic hardcore to almost alt-rock/indie inflections and tones, More Than Life are undeniably crossing over to pastures new without ever forgetting their roots nor history of their sound. Whether a conscious move or not – ‘What’s Left Of Me’ is an album for every rock fan – emotionally raw, heartfelt, energetic, anthemic and epic in the truest sense of the word. This could be just the beginning of a brave new chapter.


Music Gateway Guest Blog – The benefits of being featured with a producer or band

April, 7th 2014 12:15


Becoming a featured artist – How can you benefit?

When thinking about development as an artist, making the most of any opportunity is hugely important for both reputation and ability development. One of these opportunities that may arise is to be a featured artist with a producer or band. The process of making your mark, and adding your voice over the top of a band or producers piece of music is an opportunity you should always make the most of, and here’s why…

Becoming heard

Whether you are a completely undiscovered artist just starting out, or an artist that has been around the block, becoming heard is a great advantage of being a featured artist. The producer or band that you are featuring with may have a great loyal fan base out there really excited to hear the track. By featuring with them, this is a great opportunity to gain more fans for yourself, which may carry over from that band/producer as they associate you with their favourite act. This ultimately helps you as an artist to reach out to new and further publics to help gain new fans, whilst also showing your talent to the world.

Broadening boundaries

Featuring with a band/producer on their track could encourage you to be lead out of your comfort zone, featuring on a different genre that you’re used to which will only broaden your boundaries, and lead to a wider audience/fan-base. By broadening your approach and featuring on a genre you may not quite be used to, will only positively develop you as an artist becoming experienced in different areas. Not only is this great for development, but also for your artist portfolio/CV for any future projects.


Expanding work base & recommendations

Expanding your work base by featuring with other bands/producers creates more contacts for you as a music professional/artist, helping to get your name heard in the circuit. If all successful, the chances are these bands or producers will highly recommend you as an artist to others as someone to work with. This will be because of both your talent and ease to work with. This will rapidly help to expand your credibility and size as an artist, becoming someone on target lists for other projects to feature on. The more featured on, the more effective and rapid all of these points become.

When thinking about featuring as an artist with a band or producer, the steps to take in order to do so may seem more complex than reality. Think about suitability, do your skills suit the skills/brief listed? Remember, don’t just stick to your comfort zone, broadening your boundaries in terms of genre is a hugely healthy thing to do in terms of development as an artist. There are examples of collaborating artists that fit in to different genres, including high profile acts such as: Coldplay Ft. Rihanna – Princess of China as well as lower profile acts: The Jesus and Mary Chain Ft. Hope Sandoval – Sometimes Always. These two level feature songs show how it works at any stage of your career/fame level, whether a global artist, big within a scene, or even upcoming, this is a great way to boost an artist career and show how broad you are as an artist.

This article has been written by Jamie Ford from Music Gateway – Connecting music professionals globally through targeted project opportunities. 

Believe New Releases w/c 07/04/2014

April, 7th 2014 11:27

samarisArtist: Samaris
Release: Silkidranger
Label: One Little Indian
Genre: Dance – Electro

Samaris release ‘Silkidrangar’ their debut album – via One Little Indian on May 5th, however this is available for pre-order April 7th. Combining disparate elements of electronic, clarinet and enchanting voice, Samaris mix glacial electronica and bold, percussive beats with haunting chant-like vocals- the lyrics culled from nineteenth century Icelandic poems.


Samaris – Ég Vildi Fegin Verða by Samaris


aquiloArtist: Aquilo
Release: Aquilo
Label: Believe Recordings
Genre: Dance – Dance -Electronica

Aquilo is the coming together of Tom and Ben, two musicians geographically located in what is perfectly exemplified in their music, the Lake District village of Silverdale. For those unfamiliar with the Lake District, the vast and open expansive landscapes can’t help but evoke a visual element of solitude and delicacy, it’s these components that feel so evident in Aquilo’s sound. Working together for the last couple of years, their mutual love of production and influential surroundings have developed a minimal electronic approach into their debut EP, which is set for release in April. Opening track ‘You There’ is very much a restrained statement of intent, from the opening bars of the piano and ambient backdrop, it sets out the measured pace of the EP.


You There by AQUILO


asgierArtist: Asgeir
Release: Going Home
Label: One Little Indian
Genre: Alternative

Going Home’ – taken from the album and backed with a new song ‘Dreaming’ – will be released by One Little Indian. The past year has seen Ásgeir’s extraordinary domestic popularity translate far beyond Iceland’s shores. Ásgeir’s first UK headline tour in December included a sold out show at the Bush Hall and the subsequent announcement of a Union Chapel show on April 8th – which has now also sold out.

Ásgeir – Dreaming by Ásgeir Music


freemasonsArtist: Freemasons
Release: U Drive Me Crazy
Label: Skint
Genre: Disco – House – Electronic

Freemasons collaborate with vocalist and producer Joel Edwards on this superb retro funky house workout. Joel Edwards has an impressive CV which includes vocals for Deepest Blue, Planet Funk, M Factor and of course the Freemasons club hit from last year ‘Dirty Organ’ With plays already on Radio 1’s Dance Anthems this will be another essential house track from Freemasons who are warming up for the release of their Shakedown 3 album this summer.

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Freemasons Feat. Joel Edwards ‘U Drive me Crazy’ ( Version Français ) Preview Edit by Freemasons Music