Archives for May, 2014

Sir Christopher Lee marks 92nd birthday releasing heavy metal version of Sinatra’s ‘My Way’

May, 28th 2014 15:15

christopher leeLord Of The Rings star Sir Christopher Lee has celebrated his 92nd birthday by releasing a heavy metal version of the Frank Sinatra classic ‘My Way’ which is one of seven tracks on the album ‘Metal Knight’ recorded with the Italian band Rhapsody of Fire,  distributed via Zimbalam.

Sir Christopher, who turned 92 today, said: “The song My Way is a very remarkable song, it is also difficult to sing because you’ve got to convince people that what you’re singing about is the truth.”

The actor also said his version of the song was sung “more operatically” than Sinatra – who first recorded the track in 1968.


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Believe New Releases wc 26/05/2014

May, 27th 2014 12:32

meadowlarkArtist: Meadowlark
Release: Three Six Five EP
Label: Believe Recordings 
Genre: Alternative

Plymouth trio Meadowlark will release their debut EP ‘Three Six Five’ on May 26 via Believe Recordings. The band will tour the UK throughout May, including a London show at the Sebright Arms on May 27. 

Lead Track ‘Family Tree’ is the perfect introduction to Meadowlark, as it blends cinematic orchestral arrangements with sparse, echoing piano chimes and subtle guitar swirls that bring to mind the pristine pop traits of London Grammar. Over the course of the EP’s four tracks however, Meadowlark display a diverse pool of emotion, influence and style that range from the hushed, brooding moments on the aptly titled ‘Forlorn’ to the joyous sing-along crescendos on ‘I’ve Got You’. 

As eluded to by the debut EP’s title, the band have been together for just a year (almost exactly to the EP’s release date) after meeting at a Tallest Man On Earth gig and instantly deciding to join forces. The band are fronted by chief songwriter Kate McGill who, at the time of meeting bandmates Carl Jones and Daniel Broadley (who often rotate instrumental duties), was the 13th most subscribed to musician on YouTube, tallying up millions of hits on her covers of Adele, Fleet Foxes and The Shins. 

The Three Six Five EP was recorded and produced by Peter Miles (Dry The River, We Are The Ocean, Sonic Boom Six) at Middle Farm Studios over a period of one week. It boasts four intricate and introspective songs that showcase Meadowlark’s collaborative ability to rework McGill’s songs into fully-fledged soundscapes that reference their mutual love for Bon Iver and Sigur Ros.



etherwoodArtist: Etherwood
Release: Hospital Mixtape: Etherwood 
Label: Hospital Records 
Genre: Dance – Breakbeat / Drum & Bass – Jungle

Hospital are very proud to present their first artist lead mix compilation for over four years. 26 tracks including no less than 9 exclusive previously unreleased tracks. Selected and mixed by man of the moment Etherwood and winner of both “Best Newcomer DJ” and “Best Newcomer Producer” at the 2013 DNBA awards.  Etherwood deftly mixes big names like Jakwob, Camo & Krooked as well as introducing new talent Hugh Hardie, Seifer and Surgical, Taelimb and Keeno as well as D+B scene stalwarts like S.P.Y and DKay.


prince fatty and hollie cookArtist: Prince Fatty, Hollie Cook

Release: Sugar Water 
Label: Mr Bongo
Genre: Reggae 

“Reggae fans and dub selectas, you owe it to yourself to buy this… Deserves to be the soundtrack to your spring, summer and beyond” – 9/10 Bass Explorer

“A perfect encapsulation of the creative camaraderie running through British reggae right now, the sheer diversity of style on show is breathtaking” Clash

“Proving that it is possible to make ’em like they used to” Mojo

5th single from the soundclash record between Brighton’s Prince Fatty (Lilly Allen, Little Barrie, Hollie Cook) and Glasgow’s Major Lazer collaborators Mungo’s Hi-Fi in collaboration with Hollie Cook, who’s2nd album drops this week too.



young folkArtist: The Young Folk
Release: Way Home
Label: Pixie Pace Records
Genre: Alternative Pop

Widely-tipped Irish alt-folk band The Young Folk will release their UK debut single ‘Way Home’ on 26th May, 2014, on Pixie Pace Records, and precede the release with their first ever UK tour. 

The release of Way Home marks the next step in the career of the Dublin four-piece. Having signed an international publishing deal with ARC Music UK, The Young Folk have spent the past eighteen-months recording their debut album The Little Battle and playing notable live dates, including Electric Picnic, The Cambridge Folk Festival, Midem, SXSW, The Stampede City Sessions in Canada, and opening for American folk-rock band Midlake during their American tour at the end of 2013. 

Comprising of Anthony Furey (guitar, vocals), Tony McLaughlin (bass, mandolin), Paul Butler (keyboards) and Karl Hand (drums), The Young Folk have appeared on established national TV shows in Ireland, including RTE’s The Saturday Night Show and TV3’s Ireland AM, and had their music feature on a national advertisement campaign for Jameson Irish Whiskey.


OpenLab Morning, Vol.1 (Selected By Robert Miles) – Pre-order now!

May, 27th 2014 11:07


OpenLab Radio – has been playing the best in new, alternative, electronica and experimental music, across the Balearic Islands in FM and online to the world, since February 2013.

Its 21st century take on the eclecticism for which Ibiza was originally famous, curated by electronic music pioneer and station founder Robert Miles, has quickly made it the destination of choice for discerning international music fans, and alternative music partner of 2014’s Ibiza International Music Summit (IMS).

This summer, OpenLab will be taking it to the next level with the release of OpenLab‘s first compilation album – OpenLab Morning Vol.1 – released June 2nd.


OpenLab Morning Vol.1 – captures the fresh, bright mood of the OpenLab‘s 7AM – 1PM playlists with a mix of established and up-and-coming new artists:

Fink, Jono McCleery, Szjerdene, Liota, Richard Walters, Big Search, Channel Two, JBM, Kendra Morris, Lily & Madeleine, Mattis & The Grand Trunk Road, Potatohead People, Oliver Libaux, Midlake, Flying Ibex, Balthazar, Laura Veirs.

OpenLab Morning Vol.1 will be released worldwide in MP3 and FLAC formats, the latter bundled with a hi-res booklet of the visual art currently featured on the OpenLab website.

The album is the debut release in a rolling series of quarterly compilations drawn directly from the station’s programme playlists.

Each track on each album will be personally selected and sequenced by Robert Miles. The compilation is now available to pre-order through iTunes:

Pre-order OpenLab Vol.1 on iTunes


The Blind Tiger venue closed after noise complaint!

May, 20th 2014 10:46

Music venue The Blind Tiger Club in Brighton is closing down after being served with a council notice for noise.

Apparently, according to the venue the noise complaint was made by a new tenant who had moved into a flat above the venue.

A petition with over 9,000 signatures at the time of writing has been set up to appeal to Brighton and Hove City Council to repeal the Noise Abatement Notice. Sign the petition here to save this great music venue! 

Believe New Releases w/c 19/05/2014

May, 19th 2014 12:34

hot since 82Artist: Hot Since 82
Release: Don’t Touch the Alarm 
Label: Knee Deep in Sound
Genre: Dance – House 

Hot Since 82 really can do no wrong. Off the back of last year’s hugely successful LP ‘Little Black Book’, the thought-provoking video for his gorgeous track ‘The End’ and his appearance on the latest Mixmag cover, Leeds-born producer and man of the moment Daley Padley announces his new label, ‘Knee Deep In Sound’. 
It was only a matter of time before Daley’s constant and consistent production achievements birthed the desire to found his own label. The name of his new imprint is a fitting nod to ‘Knee Deep In Louise’, one of the tracks that put him on the house music map and fast-tracked his success. Both the label and its first release drop in perfect timing for the summer and into the reaching hands of Ibiza hordes, hungry for a new anthem. 
“Knee deep in sound is something that I’ve always wanted to do – have a quality underground label that also keeps the vinyl dream alive. The idea came around after l was getting so much good music sent via facebook or twitter from artists that are just not getting the time of day from other labels’ Daley explains. ‘And that’s something that lm purely about. Giving back, giving time and my experience to others that want to live the same dream.”



thiefArtist: Thief

Release: Closer EP
Label: Rabble Records
Genre: Pop

Thief is the new electronic pop project of PJ Wolf. A previous winner of the Triple J Unearthed Top Song competition and recipient of the Foundation for 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 synthesizers, crafting a fresh minimalist sound that would embrace the aesthetic of contemporaries such as Metronomy, Frank Ocean and N.E.R.D. Tapping the talent of producer Matt R edlich (Emma Louise, Yes You) to help out with production and mixing he is now ready to share with the world his debut EP Closer.


sunshine undergroundArtist: The Sunshine Underground
Release: The Sunshine Underground
Label: Lovers
Genre: Alternative 

The Sunshine Underground return on 19th May with their highly anticipated third album. Produced by Ross Orton (MIA, Arctic Monkeys), The Sunshine Underground, is a reinvention of sorts, a refocusing on their first love – electronic music. The album is preceded by standout single ‘Don’t Stop’. It’s been eight years since their explosive 2006 debut Raise The Alarm – a dance-punk record that surfed the new rave wave into the UK’s wider consciousness.



lenzmanArtist: Lenzman, Phil Tangent  

Release: Integral Select Album Sampler 
Label: Integral Records 
Genre: Dance

May 2014 sees the new album schedule kick off in style with a sampler 12″ release featuring their own re-work of one of Integral’s all-time classics – Lenzman’s ‘Ever So Slightly’. On the flip, the label welcomes UK soldier of the deep, Phil Tangent to the camp, with the supersmooth but deadly ‘Clouded Judgement’.
The Integral Select album sampler is not to be missed! Stay tuned for more information on the full LP release, coming soon.


Believe New Releases wc 12/05/2014

May, 12th 2014 14:26

cheap girlsArtist: Cheap Girls 
Release: Famous Graves
Label: Xtra Mile Recordings
Genre: Alternative 

Michigan three piece Cheap Girls release their new album and first signed to Xtra Mile Recordings (Against Me!, Frank Turner, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah).
Famous Graves was recorded in Chicago and Grand Rapids by Rick Johnson (who recorded Cheap Girls’ first two records, 2008’s Find Me a Drink Home & 2009’s My Roaring 20’s) and Jeff Dean (The Bomb, Dead Ending, All Eyes West). The follow-up to their 2012 release Giant Orange, Famous Graves sees the band continuing to grow their authentic Midwestern rock that’s drawn comparisons to bands such as The Lemonheads, The Replacements, and early Smoking Popes.


syronArtist: Syron
Release: Lucid EP
Label: Mania Records
Genre: Pop

South East London native Syron (aka 21-year old Daisy Russell) releases her new EP Lucid. Led by the glittering Colour Me In – this EP showcases Syron’s contemporary dance-floor club signature. The EP also includes Three Dreams, which tingles with hands-in-the-air production and laid-back vocals from producer duo Horror Stories. The EP tracks get their own re-working via remixes from dark noir disco Londoner Mokadem, Southampton-based The Dealer and the mysterious Ten Ven.
Syron first burst onto the scene with Rudimental’s chart topping Spoons feature alongside MNEK; Defected releases with Tensnake and Solo; and her debut EP Breaking via Black Butter Records. She has since effortlessly displayed her ability to fuse R&B melodies and 90s-tinged pop.


scrubArtist: Prince Fatty vs Mungo’s Hifi
Release: Scrub a Dub Style
Label: Mr Bongo
Genre: Reggae 

“Reggae fans and dub selectas, you owe it to yourself to buy this… Deserves to be the soundtrack to your spring, summer and beyond” – 9/10 Bass Explorer

“A perfect encapsulation of the creative camaraderie running through British reggae right now, the sheer diversity of style on show is breathtaking” Clash
“Proving that it is possible to make ‘em like they used to” Mojo
4th single from the soundclash record between Brighton’s Prince Fatty (Lilly Allen, Little Barrie, Hollie Cook) and Glasgow’s Major Lazer collaborators Mungo’s Hi-Fi in collaboration with the late, great Sugar Minott.


bw e4Artist: Various Artists 
Release: Brownswood Electric 4
Label: Brownswood Recordings 
Genre: Dance

From Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood imprint comes the latest ‘Brownswood Electric 4′ compilation. It features exclusive music from a new crop of up and comers. Some like Frenchman Nikitch and Belgian wunderkind LTGL are fresh out of the blocks, whilst the likes of Deft, Adam Elemental, Glenn Astro, D Tiberio and B Lewis have cultivated relative online infamy in recent times, each carving out their own unique path and singular artistry. As usual it runs the full gamut of styles, skipping from searing hypercolour hip-hop / bass hybrids; through ever so slightly wonky deep house; furious footworkin’ D&B that recalls vintage Metalheadz cuts circa ’96 (but somehow sounds steadfastly futuristic); awesomely drunken RnB; wrecking ball 808-driven bangerz; and introspective emo bumps… It’s a cluttered, chaotic, hyperactive kaleidoscopic trip.


Music Gateway Launch Killer New Design Features

May, 8th 2014 15:58


Music Gateway Launch Killer New Design Features

Music Gateway is proving to be one of the most exciting platforms to hit the music industry for years,

it’s very encouraging to see such rapid development and further progress towards their goal as the

No1 global marketplace for music business.” Andy Ellis, PRS for Music

Slick new start up Music Gateway excels by delivering brand new design and feature improvements to their unique business platform. Following recent private investment, valuing the company at an impressive £1million, Music Gateway continues to be at the forefront of innovation with their ever-evolving marketplace. The total design overhaul is not just about the aesthetics, but also it’s core functionality driven by customer feedback and data. It is clear to see that when the users spoke, the company listened and now a plethora of functionality improvements accompany enhanced workflow within the site.

New features include the opportunity to add music whilst pitching for project work, simplified project creation tools and full Soundcloud integration.


• Numerous Pro Level benefits

• An improved messaging & notification system

• Redesigned & improved profile design and features

The platform now allows users the ability to rearrange audio tracks, easily edit track names, and play music through the redesigned music player; saving time and creating a better workflow. The new centralised mail and notifications system enables users to specifically see unread messages within any area of the site and archives old messages when projects are completed. The direct and easy navigation breaks down the messages into workspace and projects, creating an effective timesaving tool. Overall, the platform has become much more streamlined and easy to navigate by primarily focusing on improving the users’ experience.

“The latest design of Music Gateway is our most refined version of the website to date. But it’s not just the design overhaul that sets the site apart; it’s the thought and consideration that has gone into its functionality. Every part of the site has been thought about and considered to make sure that it’s actually useful. We have spent a lot of time talking and listening to what our users like and dislike about Music Gateway to make sure that our latest version of the site actually enhances their experience.” Phil Carr, COO & Director – Music Gateway

Pro Level users will see even further improvements to their exclusive benefits such as private pitching, higher ranking when pitching, the ability to assign audio to a pitch, along with the usual benefits of increased online storage, increased allowance of monthly pitches and no connection fees. See more of these Pro Level Benefits.

Music Gateway is an essential tool for any music industry professional looking to conduct business and further their career. To find out more about the benefits of using the platform visit

Believe New Releases w/c 05/05/2014

May, 6th 2014 12:13

tiumaniArtist: Toumani Diabate & Sidiki Diabate
Release: Toumani & Sidiki 
Label: World Circuit
Genre: World – African 

“The finest Toumani collaboration since his classic work with Ali Farka Touré” The Guardian *****
“All you have to do is decide if you can believe your ears.” MOJO ****
Toumani & Sidiki is a dazzling dialogue – between father and son; past and future; power and restraint – conducted through the kora, the 21-string West African harp which the Diabaté dynasty has transformed into the most iconic of African instruments.
Father-and-son collaborations are rare enough, but the ties binding Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté are particularly profound and evocative. Descended from a long line of griots – custodians of the ancient oral traditions of West Africa’s Mandé people – they are two generations of kora players in a family lineage which stretches back hundreds of years.
“One of the world’s pre-eminent musicians in any genre.” Observer
“All you have to do is decide if you can believe your ears.” MOJO****
“I’ve never in my life been that close to anybody playing anything that well” Word
“one of the Worlds greatest musicians” Pitchfork



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

Samaris release ‘Silkidrangar’ their debut album – via One Little Indian on May 5th. Combining disparate elements of electronics (Þórður Kári Steinþórsson, aka ‘Doddi’), clarinet (Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir) and Jófríður Ákadóttir’s enchanting voice, Samaris mix glacial electronica and bold, percussive beats with haunting chant-like vocals – the lyrics culled from nineteenth century Icelandic poems.



gone in the morningArtist: Donaeo
Release: Gone In The Morning
Label: Zephron
Genre: Dance 

Our boy Donae’O is never one to disappoint and his brand new single Gone In The Morning proves just why. The track that features producer/DJ Carnao Beats (Audio Rehab) has taken it to a whole new vibe. D’s vocals echo through the song as he sings, ‘You told me to be gone in the morning’ and the tiny patter of drums and infectious synths is guaranteed to get the people on their feet. BBC Radio 1Xtra’s, DJ Cameo premiered it on his show and it has since been shortlisted and appeared as part of his official chart show the 1Xtra Garage Charts, where it’s currently #3. With additional radio support coming from Mark Radford, Lance Morgan and B3 it has also received a co-sign from the likes of Route 94 and Roger Sanchez.



alex morphArtist: ALEX M.O.R.P.H vs FEEL
Release: Trancemission Anthem 2014
Label: Vandit
Genre: Dance – Trance

Driven by its regimented marching drumatics and percussive cymballic crashes, ‘The Anthem’ begins a swift, focused ascent to its classical arching orchestral strings and atmosphere ramping FX. With its tempo running hot, the pair cranks the sirens. Just when you think things can’t get much combustive, the pitch wheel goes into overdrive, its arena-filling tubular synths sound out and its (Trance)mission accomplished!


The Great Escape – Believe Showcase

May, 2nd 2014 14:45

This year at the Great Escape we have a great showcase with acts including Spring Offensive, Skinny Lister, Thief, Aquilo and many more. We also have DJ sets from Greymatter (Wolf Music), Comm.une, The Quietus, Lucatwana and Urban Torque.

The showcase will be held at 10 Below, Ship Street, Brighton on Friday 9th May from 3.00pm to 3.00am!

10 below

For more info get in touch!