Archives for the category ‘New Releases’

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.








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.



Believe New Releases 26/02/2016

February, 26th 2016 09:05

Artist: Holy Esque

Release: At Hope’s Ravine
Label: Beyond The Frequency 
Genre: Alternative

Glasgow’s Holy Esque announce the release of their long-awaited debut album At Hope’s Ravine, released February 26th 2016 via Beyond The Frequency.

At Hope’s Ravine is the debut album by Holy Esque. It is a primal, muscular, and utterly elemental work – a true epic in an era when such an epithet is overused. Here, bold is beautiful and the Glasgow quartet’s messages of hope and grief, escape and yearning are writ large across sonic skies. This is epic 21st century music occasionally reminiscent of Boy-era U2, early Simple Minds and Echo & The Bunnymen or perhaps more contemporary bands such The National, The Walkmen, Interpol and Titus Andronicus.


Artist: Bullion
Release: Loop The Loop
Label: Deek Recordings
Genre: Leftfield

‘Loop The Loop’ is the debut album from Nathan Jenkins, otherwise known as Bullion.

The evolution of Nathan’s sprightly electronic pop continues with a playful and open hearted record, ‘Loop The Loop’ showcases his inventive arrangements and crisp production following releases on R&S, Young Turks and Greco Roman.

Instrumentation on ‘Loop The Loop’ is broad and features performances from friends and collaborators including Sampha, Laura Groves, Nautic and Tom Skinner.




Artist: Sarah Neufeld
Release: The Ridge
Label: SN Music
Genre: Indie Rock

Sarah Neufeld is a violinist and composer based in Montréal, Canada. Best known as a member of Arcade Fire, she is also a founding member of the acclaimed contemporary instrumental ensemble Bell Orchestre, and most recently as half of an exciting new duo with renowned saxophonist Colin Stetson.

Neufeld counts Bela Bartok, Steve Reich, Iva Bittova and Arthur Russell among the formative influences for her solo work, in tandem with an ear for the textures and sensibilities of contemporary electro-acoustic, avant-folk and indie rock music.




Artist: Jeremy Loops
Release: Trading Change
Label: Jeremy Loops
Genre: Folk

Juxtaposing booming city rhythms with lilting folk, Jeremy Loops perfectly captures the duality of his South African life. The extremes aren’t new to the singer, who by day travels to the furthest corners of Africa to battle deforestation through his organization, Greenpop, and by night resumes as raconteur for raucous fans around the world.

In a whirlwind 2014 and 2015, Loops debuted at #1 on iTunes in South Africa, won the MTV Best Pop Alternative 2015, headlined major festivals, and maintained #1 on the three most prominent radio stations in Southern Africa with “Down South”, his breakout single.




Believe New Releases 19/02/2016

February, 19th 2016 09:09

Artist: Lea Lea 

Release: Die Pretty
Label: Gothic Luau
Genre: Pop – Rock

Her name is Lea Lea and we’re excited to introduce you to ‘Die Pretty, Volume I’ the anticipated follow up to her self titled album.

“Die Pretty Volume 1” is an intersection of where Led Zeppelin meets Kelis, where Janis Joplin meets Santogold. Inspired by Lea Lea’s electrifying and critically acclaimed performances she wanted to mix things up for this EP; take things back to basics, get her band in a studio, crack open some tequila and record everything live. Produced again by the mighty Jack Baker (Bonobo, Alice Russell), they set out to create a raw sounding Psychedelic Rock Pop EP. Embellished with thunderous beats and bold vocals that climax into a Robert Palmer like wail and explosive rifts.



Artist: Vanessa White
Release: Chapter One EP
Label: Karma Artists Recordings
Genre: R&B


‘Chapter One’ is singer-songwriter Vanessa White’s debut solo EP. Out on February 19th, The EP features Vanessa’s latest track ‘Nostalgia’ – which premiered on The Line Of Best Fit and Julie Adenuga’s Beats 1 show – alongside the equally captivating Relationship Goals’ and ‘Don’t Wanna Be Your Lover’ and the previously unheard ‘Lipstick Kisses’ featuring Wretch 32.

With half a million streams for her solo tracks and visuals since the end of last year and support from the likes of The 405, Wonderland and Clash, Vanessa has created a wave of serious momentum which looks set to continue with the release of the ‘Chapter One’ EP, throughout 2016 and beyond.



Artist: Dan Sartain
Release: Century Plaza
Label: One Little Indian Records
Genre: Alternative


Staring out from the cover with (non-artificially) blackened eye, paranoid android Dan Sartain goes back to the future for Century Plaza a new album of darkly nuanced electro-pop, released via One Little Indian on 19th February.

While Suicide and Alan Vega have long been acknowledged influences (a cover of Wipeout Beat features) Century Plaza finds Sartain trolling the British synth-pop wave of 80-84 particularly Depeche Mode – for inspiration, opening the record with a funereal remake of Walk Among the Cobras.



Artist: Kevin Devine
Release: Live At St Pancras Old Church
Label: Big Scary Monsters
Genre: Rock

In May 2015 Kevin Devine played three sold out shows at London’s beautiful St Pancras Old Church. Covering material from his extensive back catalogue, including old bands and side projects such as Bad Books (his band with members of Manchester Orchestra) and cult emo heroes Miracle Of 86, the shows at the 1500 year old church were incredible in sight and sound, with every moment thankfully recorded and now committed to vinyl.





Believe New Releases 12/02/2016

February, 12th 2016 09:02

Artist: Jungle Brown

Release: Flight 314
Label: Jungle Brown
Genre: Hip Hop

Hip-Hop Hybrid of styles that is Jungle Brown are sure to plant their flag deep with their next campaign. Already with an impressive history behind them, the collective have rallied up press from the likes of RWD mag, worked with Lewi White (think Ed Sheeran, Devlin) garnered plays from DJ Limelight and Target had several SBTV premieres and are hot off the back off some smashing shows at the world famous Jazz Café and London’s very own Kopperberg Festival. Jungle Brown the four piece group of unique origins have come together to put out their second project as a team and this time round you can really sense that these boys are like no other.




Artist: The Toxic Avengers
Release:  Ξ
Label: Roy Music 
Genre: Minimal / Tech

Returning to the source of electro-techno for his third album, it is more deep and imitate than the last albums but still uncompromising. The first single “Over Me” reveals two things about the new album, intensity of sound and melancholic feeling. In the same video a second track “Mob” acclaimed by the hardcore fans continues the story. Also shot in Greece, the official video generated more than 100 000 views in two weeks without any promotion except for on social media.





Artist: Flats and Sharps
Release: King Of My Mind
Label: Move Your Hands
Genre: Folk

Far from the archetypal bluegrass band, the five-piece’s new album, which consists of 11 originals and 3 covers, is an accomplished collection of genre-busting tracks.

Recorded in the wonderfully isolated Deep Litter Studio at Start Point, South Devon in August 2015, ‘King Of My Mind’ was the culmination of five years spent honing their performance and songwriting skills. This came to fruition in the recording process where, alongside award-winning producer David McEwan (Plan B), the album took just five days to complete.

The album explores love, lost love, death, escapism and idealism in equal measures, with the fresh songwriting styles and vocal delivery of lead members Mikey Ponsford and Kirk Bowman.


Artist: Paride Saraceni
Release: Burning
Label: Truesoul
Genre: House

Paride Saraceni’s debut Truesoul release, ‘Burning’, brings us three uplifting and vocal-heavy tech house tracks. A steady groove throughout, Saraceni’s choice of instrumentation and flowing percussion create a melodic yet techy release with all three tracks laced with a solid kick drum, tinkering high hats and sporadic vocals. ‘Burning’ is the perfect offering for the new year and proves there are big things on the horizon for Saraceni.





Believe New Releases 05/02/2016

February, 5th 2016 09:03

Artist: Shake Shake Go
Release: All In Time
Label: Beaucoup Music
Genre: Alternative

Shake Shake Go: three words that resonate like the band’s music: between liberation and power, freedom and adventure, energy and emotion.
In the UK, Shake Shake Go supported artists such as Dan Croll, James Blunt and King Charles, before being played on BBC2 and performing at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall. Their first experience in France was playing at Festival Musilac, Les Déferlantes d’Argeles and Beauregard festival in 2013 and later touring the country supporting Rodrigo y Gabriela. They have headlined their own shows in 30 cities and festivals in 2015. In Germany, they shared the Stage with Talisco and performed headline shows in Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne.



Artist: Junkie XL 
Release: Deadpool 
Label: Editions Milan Music
Genre: Sountrack

Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL (Mad Max: Fury Road, Divergent) delivers a robust, pulsing scorethat is as energetic and relentless as Deadpool himself. It ties in seamlessly with eclectic mix of songs prominently in the film, including tracks by DMX, Wham!, and Salt-N-Pepa.

About the Movie: “A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers and adopts the alter ego Deadpool.” Directed by Tim Miller




Artist: Mikal
Release: Wilderness
Label: Metalheadz
Genre: Drum & Bass


Mikal is a producer who has made a name for himself by making stand out drum & bass tracks that have caught the attention of DJs and listeners alike, he has released on a multitude of labels but it is Metalheadz that are releasing his debut album.

The album is called ‘Wilderness’ and it was very much worth the wait. A no nonsense statement of intent from the Bristol based produced who has been quietly working away in his studio and is now ready to show the world his work, collaborations on the album come from Chimpo, Xtrah, Break, RIOT and Sophie Barker.




Artist:Ben Pearce
Release Pomelo
Label: Moda Black
Genre: House

Ben Pearce makes his welcome return to Moda Black in early 2016 in the form of his Pomelo EP. This 2 track EP see’s the Mancunian producer deliver 3 heavy, club-focused house-meets-techno cuts. The title track ‘Pomelo’ comes in two guises; version one slowly builds on textural layers, flittering arpeggios and a driving acid line, all with their sights locked on the dramatic main break, before slowly evaporating back into a bed of beats. The dub version, however, sheds the melodic components in a favour a a rawer, grittier feel.




Believe New Releases 29/01/2016

January, 29th 2016 09:08

Artist: Jacob Plant
Release: Reflections
Label: Skint Records
Genre: House

Fast-rising UK producer Jacob Plant is set to release gutsy new future house single “Reflections”, featuring Example, on November 27th via Skint Records.

Following its debut on Danny Howard’s BBC Radio 1 show over the weekend, “Reflections” has already been featured by Radio 1 DJs Mistajam & DJ Target, picked up by UKF, and topped the Cool Cuts chart.




highasakiteArtist: HIGHASAKITE
Release: Someone Who’ll Get It 
Label: Propeller Recordings
Genre: Indie Pop
In many ways, it’s a coming of age, though not by way of conceited or complacent clarity. There’s no enlightenment. Quite the opposite, really. Here is a cry for affinity. Understanding. Someone Who’ll Get It. Norway’s Highasakite return with perhaps their darkest offering to date, unveiling new single ‘Someone Who’ll Get It’ – the first lifted from the band’s highly-anticipated sophomore LP, slated for release this year. It ricochets; it resonates, with Highasakite’s signature battalion in full force.







Artist: La Yegros
Release: Chicha Roja
Label: Soundway Records
Genre: World

Argentinian singer-songwriter La Yegros returns with the 1st single from her forthcoming second album ‘Magnetismo’, her debut release on Soundway Records.

The singer named as ‘The Queen of Nu Cumbia’, currently resides in two distinct places – the romantic south of France and the pulsing heart of Argentina, Buenos Aires. Her eclectic music first received attention from major international media such as The Guardian, BBC, Time Out and The Fader, which led to the signing of her first deal, with debut LP ‘Viene de Mi’ released in 2013.




Artist: Runrig
Release: The Story
Label: Ridge Records
Genre: Folk

Runrig return with a vengeance for what is likely to be their final studio album. Most of the songs, written by the original band members Rory und Calum Macdonald and produced over the past year by their youngest member, keyboard player Brian Hurren , reflect on all those topics that are relevant to them and close to their hearts. Despite their usual nostalgia and romanticism – this is their most ambitious and modern album to date.
The Story unfolds…..




Believe New Releases 22/01/2016

January, 22nd 2016 09:04

Artist: Flume

Release: Never Be Like You
Label: Future Classic
Genre: Dance

The stunning new single from Australian superstar Flume feat. Kai. Taken from the hugely anticipated sophomore album ‘Skin’ and released via Future Classic.








Artist: Abbath
Release: Abbath
Label: Season Of Mist
Genre: Black Metal

When Abbath announced that he had left IMMORTAL, it sent massive shockwaves through the metal scene. The iconic frontman had long become the “face” of the Norwegian black scene, his image synonymous with this style. Now the legend returns with his new band ABBATH and a crushing eponymous debut album, unleashing all the fury of a Nordic blizzard at full force. Of course the band is equally at home in writing anthemic mid-tempo hymns. Abbath’s characteristic riffing shines clearly through it…





Artist: Jean Tonique
Release: Guest
Label: Partyfine
Genre: House

Already drawing comparisons to artists like Kaytranada and Pomo, French producer and multi-instrumentalist Jean Tonique gets set to become one of the most hyped artists this year. Drawing influences from 70s funk, Jean Tonique makes an effort to distance himself from genre-defining elements while approaching his music from an organic and raw songwriting perspective.