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FTSE – Blood On My Hands Video

‘Blood On My Hands’ is the first track taken from FTSE’s anticipated debut album, ‘Joyless’, due for release on August 28th.

The video has been directed by Luke Bather and was inspired by the films Samsara and Baraka and the world of high fashion. ‘Blood On My Hands’ comments on the exploitation behind consumerism and the video aimed to use only ethically made clothing and jewellery. Birdsong London provided jackets made ethically in Malawi, by Khama, as well as Jewellery made by women recovering from addictions and eating disorders via Sweet Cavanagh; and Faiint supplied dresses handmade in the UK.

FTSE – Joyless

FTSE has announced that his debut album ‘JOYLESS’, which features current single ‘Blood On My Hands’, will be released on 28th August 2015. In addition he has also unveiled, via a premiere with Noisey, the album’s title track – a haunting tune, worthy of the biggest cinema screen, backed with deliberate minimal beats, on which he questions with poetic poise We all cry, we all cry, apart from these moments, everything’s joyless. So tell me why we’re joyless?”

FTSE is Midlander Sam Manville’s producer-artist-polemical guise, where he plays everything and even delivers finished masters of the very distinguished and distinguishable results. ‘JOYLESS’ follows a trio of well received EP’s – FTSE I, FTSE II and Love Un Ltd. Combining the vehement thrashes of the music of his youth and his free-flowing social analytics with a more soothing, often ironic, tone from his wife of 5 years, Taz, together with various sonic infusions, he has created a fearlessly bold statement for a debut album: with the frank and informed voice of KLF or PSB’s through a globalised and comfortably chaotic pop sound.

‘JOYLESS’ is Manville’s defeatist manifesto on our over-connected, over-stimulated and over-priced world. It’s defeatist in the sense that it’s the voice of those who feel trapped in a system, but unable to see a way out – but that’s not to say it’s not angry. Really, really angry.

“All the EPs were me as a producer and writer; the album is me as an artist,” he says. “It’s almost going back to the punk roots of what I used to do. That ‘fuck you, here I am, this is my thing, shut up and fucking take it.’” (Sam Manville, FTSE)

Further info, track-listing and pre-order information here.

FTSE – Blood On My Hands

‘Blood On My Hands’ will be released on 15th June 2015, and is the first track taken from FTSE’s anticipated debut album, due for release late this Summer.  Premiered on i_D who said “his brutally honest lyrics and anti-capitalist musings are self-deprecating anthems for modern society, topped with – as all the best things are – catchy poppy choruses”

FTSE is Sam Manville’s producer-artist-polemical guise, previously self-described as ‘one Man, one MPC, one cracked version of Logic and one blurred vision’.  Now, with Blood On My Hands, the vision is clear, a comment on the exploitation behind consumerism that is so rarely acknowledged (“silver, gold, gas, oil and coal / I got blood on my hands and all over my home”).

FTSE, with full band, will play London’s Electrowerkz on 26th May and Reading/Leeds Festival, Radio 1Xtra Stage across the August Bank holiday.  Tickets for Electrowerkz are available here.

FTSE – Nite Life (Roni Size Mix)

FTSE this week released his third E.P ‘Love Un Ltd’. The lead track from the E.P, ‘Nite Life’, has become the first ever FTSE track to be remixed and certainly it’s not everyday you hear a boxfresh Roni Size remix – the combination is lethal.

A former Mercury Music Prize winner, Roni, continues to DJ all over the globe, with visits to London, Manchester, Lisbon, Tel Aviv and Miami in the last month alone, all the while this remix has been hitting dance floors hard from the front of his box.

Classic minimalism combines with a fresh techno-soul sonic that feels free from any drum ‘n’ bass cliches. Energy teases, builds, peaks, and drops with exhilaration whilst the drum and bass pummel with purity in a way that accentuates an anthemic song that Roni obviously loves. Hands in the air, hands on hearts, and hearts in mouths!

FTSE – Utopia

FTSE‘s third E.P ‘Love Un Ltd’ will be released on 21st April and we’re delighted to now share with you the third track from the EP, ’Utopia’.

Born out of a preoccupation with “defeatism” and a world full of hypocrites, in which Manville includes himself, ‘Utopia’, is a refreshing and brutally honest commentary about how society’s acceptance that everything is fucked needs to be questioned. ‘Utopia’ is the protest song for Generation Z.

Listen below and pre-order the 12″ here (heavyweight vinyl and limited to 300 copies) or download from iTunes.

FTSE – Nite Life Video

We are delighted to present to you FTSE’s video for “Nite Life (ft Femme)”, the lead track from his forthcoming EP, directed by Miles Bingham and inspired by the work of photographer, Maciej Dakowicz, and his Cardiff After Dark portraits.

These weekend night scenes are on any high street on any City in the UK; fuelled by cheap alcohol, drugs and emotions.  Everything takes place in public – drinking, fighting, kissing, crying, sex and, when energy is exhausted, sleeping. Supermen chat up Wonderwomen, somebody does press-ups topless in the rain, the hungry ones finish their portions of chips before the police stop another argument or fight. Nobody seems to worry about tomorrow, what matters is here and now. Then another week at work, until the next weekend.

‘Nite Life’s sound-scapes perfectly capture the dark brooding atmosphere found in these high street scenes.  “Empty people, stumbling through the night, Empty people, avoiding real life”.

FTSE – Nite Life Ft Femme

FTSE will release his third E.P ‘Love Un Ltd’ on 21st April and it marks the welcome return of an artist who is fast establishing himself amongst the most prolific and impressive around. Full of original styles, FTSE is a rare creative breed, concocting new beats with an ambience on the brink of both late nights and early mornings, yet somehow always capable of nourishing neurons.

No stranger to collaborations, having already duet-ed successfully with the likes of Bipolar Sunshine and Kenzie May, FTSE welcomes back Femme, who featured on FTSE II’s ‘Lost In Translation’, to add soulful gusto and hooky atmospherics in perfect feminine companionship to his confidently melancholic croon on EP opener  ‘Nite Life’.

FTSE – FTSE II EP Stream

FTSE has today premiered his second EP on Pigeons & Planes. Listen below and pre-order the 12″ here (heavyweight vinyl and limited to 300 copies) or download from iTunes.

FTSE – St.Tropez Video

Excited to share the excellent FTSE video for St.Tropez.

Shot in Manchester and directed by Luke Bather, of Plastic Zoo, the video perfectly compliments the original narrative of the song. The desire to escape the relentless grey that surrounds which, for the lonely main character in the video, is achieved via Karaoke.

FTSE – Lost In Translation (ft.Femme)

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“…essentially Jarvis Cocker in Burial’s body, or Drake if he came from the Midlands not Ontario.” The Guardian

Ahead of the release of FTSE II EP, FTSE (pronounced ‘footsie’) shares new track ‘Lost In Translation’, as premiered on FADER.

‘Lost In Translation’ is exceptional in every way. A simple arpeggio fades up, like the solar energy of daybreak, and featured co-vocalist, Femme, emits an angelic coo like cotton wool before a penetrating break of snares cracks through the ether and an equally engaging baritone propels the post-club narrative. “Never again, until next weekend. I just gotta get some sleep and I’ll be fine” the key message that alternates, always hopefully, between remorse and revelation.

Having made his live debut supporting AlunaGeorge in London in June, FTSE returns to headline Corsica Studios on the 25th of September. Details and tickets : HERE