Archives for March, 2016

Believe New Releases 25/03/2016

March, 25th 2016 09:01

Artist: Radical Face

Release: The Family Tree: The Leaves
Label: Nettwerk
Genre: Alternative

More than 10 years ago, Radical Face started crafting the story of a fictitious, sometimes otherworldly 19th century family called The Northcotes. He brought these characters to life in a three-part album series he created and recorded alone in Jacksonville, FL. Certain instrumentations & melodies were used to represent various “family members” and each album was recorded using only the instrumentation available during the era represented. A natural storyteller, Cooper turns fiction into music.





Artist: Lisa Simone
Release: My World
Label: Sound Surveyor Music
Genre: Jazz

Proud daughter of Nina Simone, Lisa had a singular path. She started her career by performing with the Spanish star Raphael all over the world for a few years. The United States will recognize her later on, with the acidjazz famous band Liquid Soul ( nominated during the Grammy Awards )
Broadway’s stage is going to be a real springboard to success for te one who used to be called Simone. She stared in several shows ( Rent, Aïda, The Lion King ), and reached a well-deserved acclaim while receiving the National Boradway Theater Award ( Best Actress in a Musical ).



Artist: Spectres
Release: Dead
Label: Sonic Cathedral
Genre: Indie Rock

Spectres release a new album, ‘Dead’, on March 25. That’s Good Friday, and it will see the songs from the Bristol band’s hugely acclaimed debut ‘Dying’ nailed to the cross by Mogwai, Factory Floor, Hookworms, Richard Fearless (Death In Vegas), Andy Bell (Ride), Robert Hampson (Loop) and many more.





Artist: Various Artists
Release: Sharp And Ready
Label: Tru Thoughts
Genre: Dancehall

“A thriving new generation of UK based sound systems that, whilst still recognising the speaker staples of Dub, Reggae and Dancehall, incorporate Jungle, Hip Hop, Grime and all points in between to create a sound that’s original, indigenous and absolutely infectious.” – MERCURY PRIZE RECOMMENDS

Out 25th March, the Sharp And Ready Compilation showcases nine recent releases issued via Tru Thoughts’ UK Sound System Culture platform Sharp And Ready, and surfaces two new exclusive cuts including one from legend Benjamin Zephaniah, The Sea and Yaz Alexander. Representing a selection of Reggae, Dub, Dancehall and Jungle sounds, the compilation highlights the biggest tracks and remixes from Ghost Writerz, Ed West & RTKal, Quantic, Sleepy Time Ghost, Jago and Pete Cannon across the past year.



Believe New Releases 18/03/2016

March, 18th 2016 09:02

Artist: Mungo’s Hi Fi

Release: No Wata Down Ting
Label: Scotch Bonnet Recordings
Genre: Reggae

Some of the most outstanding contributions on Mungo’s Hi Fi multi-artist projects have come from Ipswich lyricist YT. So it was only a matter of time before they collaborated on a full album together. The theme is real, undiluted reggae music. YT and Mungo’s share a passion for the often overlooked 80’s rub-a-dub and early dancehall sound. The stripped down riddim tracks allow YT’s strong, melodic delivery and intelligent lyrics to take centre stage. YT doesn’t flinch from life’s harsh realities and tough questions. Yet he is also sufficiently well- grounded to breathe new fire into staple topics like sound clash and ghetto romance.




Artist: Vredehammer
Release: Violator
Label: Indie Recordings
Genre: Black Metal

Second album from Vredehammer, fronted by Valla (also known from Abbath)
Debut album “Vinteroffer” received great reviews and was nominated for a Norwegian Spellemann Grammy for best metal album in 2014!
The freshest ad to the elite of great Norwegian Black Metal bands.
Has toured Europe with among other Satyricon, Keep Of Kalessin and Vreid.
Metal-Temple gave it 10/10 “It is exceptionally rare for me to award an album with a perfect score, but this stunning opus deserves no less.”



Artist: Human Fortress
Release: Thieves Of The Night
Label: AFM Records
Genre: Heavy Metal


German epic melodic metal band HUMAN FORTRESS delivers another strong album, titled “Thieves Of The Night”, on March 18th. Two years after the group had returned to the style of their successful first releases from the early 2000’s with “Raided Land” – and also introduced new vocalist Gus Monsanto (ex- Timo Tolkki’s Revolution Renaissance, ex-Adagio) – HUMAN FORTRESS continue right where they left off. Songs such as the catchy title track, power metal hymns („Rise Or Fall“, „Vicious Circle“) or the slightly modern – but not less epic- „Thrice Blessed“ will amaze every fan of the Hannover-based band. But “Thieves Of The Night” additionally could appeal very well to worshippers of Virgin Steele’s 80’s/90’s classic releases, Kamelot and Avantasia.



Artist: Various Artists
Release: Moosetape Vol.1
Label: Moosetape
Genre: Dance

Web label with a strong identity, the parisian team is full of talented newcomers such as  Julia Losfelt, Dream Koala, Andrea or Nude.








Radar launches first awards dedicated to the best music videos from emerging directors, artist and bands.

March, 16th 2016 15:57

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Radar Music Videos, leaders in online music video commissioning, have set up an awards event with a difference, the first to find and recognise the best emerging, unsigned directors bubbling up worldwide and to celebrate the emerging, uncharted bands and artists who commission them.

Best new directors

Radar flies the flag for great videos from brand new talent, rewarding the best and helping talented new directors move up and sign to commercial production companies. The Awards help to further grease those wheels for great new directors.

Best creative artists

But great directors need great artists & bands to commission them and the Radar Awards also celebrate the artists & bands who recognise that. As music videos continue to be the most valuable asset in most marketing campaigns, we consider the best emerging artists with the bold moves, the great collaborators, the music video commissioning vision.

Directors’ prizes range from internships with the best production companies in the world (like Partizan, Pulse Films and Somesuch), to valuable training packages & other prestigious festival entries (notably, the UK Music Video Awards, the highest status industry awards worldwide).

Artists’ and bands’ prizes will include guaranteed features with some of music’s biggest blogs and specialist intern support to help create and execute marketing activities.

The awards will be held on July 14th 2016 at the innovative and exclusive YouTube Spaces in London. Radar founder & company director Caroline Bottomley said:

“…it’s very exciting to be launching these awards at YouTube. There’s so much creativity out there and such a pleasure to be working in this industry and with such great partners. We can’t wait to see all the videos, and welcome entries from directors, artists, bands, managers & labels from far and wide…”

Find out about the awards up for grabs on the Radar Awards Website.

Believe New Releases 11/03/2016

March, 11th 2016 09:03

Artist: Gavin James

Release: Bitter Pill
Label: Good Soldier
Genre: Singer Songwriter

On his way to becoming one of 2016’s international crossover-stories, 23-year-old Gavin James was born in Dublin and inspired by local heroes like Damien Rice and classic, grafting Soul artists such as Sam Cooke, he would play Dublin’s pubs virtually 7 nights a week during college, in a marathon of 3-hour shows. Gavin James’ own material then began to draw an impassioned following: his first ever single won Ireland’s answer to the Mercury (the Choice Prize for ‘Song Of The Year’), stayed on the charts for over 6 months and culminated with 2014’s #1-charting, ‘Live at Whelans’ album. That night, he happened to perform an impulsive cover of The Magnetic Fields’ ‘The Book Of Love’, accelerating Gavin’s word-of-mouth success story (the track has since become a platinum-selling hit around Europe).


Artist: Into It. Over It
Release: Standards
Label: Brace Yourself Records

Since the release of Intersections in the fall of 2013, Into It. Over It. have toured significantly, headlining throughout the world and supported a wide variety of bands including Minus The Bear, Saves The Day, American Football, Kevin Devine. Into It. Over It. have also made appearances at numerous festivals including Lollapalooza, Riot Fest, Surf and Skate and many others. This has helped develop a rabid fan base. After taking some time to record with his other projects, Pet Symmetry (Asian Man), Their/They’re/There (Polyvinyl), Evan has returned with a new Into It. Over It. full length fans have been eagerly awaiting.



Artist: Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band
Release: Havana Club Rumba Sessions
Label: Brownswood Recordings
Genre: Dance

Produced in collaboration with rum maker Havana Club – creator of the Havana Cultura platform to promote contemporary Cuban culture – this is another episode in a six-year relationship that’s already given vital exposure to different aspects of Cuba’s thriving music culture through the Havana Cultura album series. Peterson worked with the island’s esteemed rumberos to record authoritative versions of the three rhythms as well as discuss what differing meanings and origins are attached to each. The recordings of rumba’s three key styles were handed to a crop of producers working in the orbit of the most interesting corners of club music, allowing for an exciting, global re-interpretation of rumba’s roots.



Artist: Laura J Martin
Release: On The Never Never
Label: Shape Records
Genre: Indie Pop

A chance conversation with Lambchop’s Matt  Swanson and Tony Crow proved fruitful and they planted the seeds of an idea in Martin’s head that “recording in Nashville and working with Mark Nevers was a real possibility”. Swanson and Crow join the all-star band for ‘On The Never Never’ alongside Silver Jews’ Brian Kotzur on drums and The Jesus Lizard’s Duane Denison reviving Fame-era Jimmy Johnson on electric guitar. Shot through with wit and humour alongside the sociopolitical themes – one of the characters talks of bleaching toilets and taking trips to Lanzarote – ‘On The Never Never’ skips through waltz timings, bears influences from Scott  Walker to the Compass Point Allstars and picks up a guest vocal from Benjamin Zephaniah along the way. With ‘On The Never Never’, Martin has produced a hopeful record, full of joy, beauty and tongue in cheek looks at those in charge.



Believe New Releases 04/03/2016

March, 4th 2016 09:05

Artist: Muncie Girls

Release: From Caplan To Belsize
Label: Specialist Subject 
Genre: Alternative Punk

After an impressively prolific start, releasing EPs and splits every year since their formation, Muncie Girls is finally gearing up for the release of their first full-length via Specialist Subject Records (UK), Uncle M (EUR) and Animal Style (US) in 2016. The album¹s title, a reference to Sylvia Plath¹s The Bell Jar, perfectly compliments the themes found on the album ­ coping, healing, and shedding restraints. Musically, the album is a dynamic and emotional exploration of punk and indie rock. The album’s bouncy catchiness is sure to be a hit with fans of Hop Along, Lemuria, Latterman, and RVIVR, but one of the defining characteristics of Muncie Girls is their ability to explore outside their immediate influences.


Artist: The Qemists
Release: Warrior Sound
Label: Amazing Record Co.
Genre: Rock

The Qemists are, in many ways, something of a Qonundrum. They’re rock kids seduced by the dancefloor, dance kids equally happy playing live instruments or building tracks on the computer, drum & bass aficionados who believe their hurtling breakbeats sound best under muscular metallic riffs.

On paper, such a sound clash seems like a train wreck in the making. However, pumped as loud as your speakers will allow, or booming through the PA at their live shows, The Qemists make glorious sense.



Artist: Various Artists
Release: The Long Road
Label: British Red Cross
Genre: World


A ground-breaking concept record created with world renowned artists, The Long Road, will spotlight real-life experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and across the world.

5 new and exclusive tracks recorded by Scroobius Pip, Kindness, Sierra Leone’s All Stars, Tinariwen and Robert Plant. All profits go to The British Red Cross to help re-unite refugee families.




Artist: Ducking Punches
Release: Fizzy Brain
Label: Xtra Mile Recordings
Genre: Rock – Folk


Xtra Mile Recordings are excited to announce a brand new signing for 2016 – Ducking Punches. Originally the solo acoustic songs of vocalist and guitarist Dan Allen, Ducking Punches are now a punk / rock quintet. Hailing from Norwich, the band has nearly 1,000 shows under their belt, including a European tour in 2014 with Frank Turner and Andrew Jackson Jihad, as well as festival sets at Reading and Leeds, Download, Groezrock, FEST and support slots alongside The Hold Steady, The Menzingers, Teenage Bottlerocket, Franz Nicolay and Leatherface.



Convergence Sessions 2016

March, 2nd 2016 16:56

convergence 2016


Now in its third year, Convergence is an established multi-venue event series celebrating musical pioneers, visual artists and technologists. Taking place between 10-20th March in some of London’s most iconic venues, Convergence brings the capital together through compelling dialogue and a thrilling programme of events. Newly confirmed shows at Barbican, Scala and St John on Bethnal Green add to the already varied programme of live events taking place at Roundhouse, Troxy, KOKO and Village Underground.

There will be various Convergence sessions spread over 3 days at the Ace Hotel Shoreditch, these sessions inlclude a series of talks, panels and discussions including:

  • CMU Insights – Making money from media? You won’t believe what happens next!
  • Mixcloud Curates – Radio Renaissance
  • Seeper – Tangible Data
  • And many more to look forward too!

You can purchase tickets from their site here!