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Christian Rich – FW14

Christian Rich have announced their debut album FW14 to be released on August 21st 2015 featuring Vince Staples, JMSN, Goldlink, Sinead Harnett, Niia, and more. In addition they today share album track Fast Life featuring JMSN, which follows the previously shared single High featuring Vince Staples & Bia.

Inspired by their fascination with the future, time travel and the worlds outside our galaxy FW14 is a time stamp for the journey and the start point of exploration. The album’s concept is influenced by Phillip K Dick works ”VALIS Trilogy“, “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale“ and the Christopher Nolan directed Sci-Fi motion picture, Interstellar. There are interludes that sound like a person traveling in space and time. That person is the main character of the album; the female depicted on the cover standing next to an Audi prepared for her expedition. She is also narrating in the interludes, a nod to the classic Midnight Marauders LP. FW14 is the vessel she travels in.

Staying true to their roots they incorporate unique percussion inspired by Nigerian Fugi Music and Brazilian Jazz by Bossa Nova and Marcus Valle. Bossa Nova style chords with high energy drums and string heavy productions create the sonic experience that is FW14. All the songs are interwoven together; an endless record.

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

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.

Oscar – Beautiful Words

Our North West London crooner extraordinaire Oscar has today premiered the titular song from his forthcoming Beautiful Words EP with the NME.

“Beautiful Words” is the perfect track to soundtrack the summer’s beginning in earnest; it’s a big and euphoric shot of fun, showcasing Mr. Scheller’s astounding baritone to full effect. The Beautiful Words EP will be released on June 22nd via Wichita Recordings but you can download the lead track now.

Gilligan Moss – Sia Remix

We are delighted to announce the signing of Gilligan Moss to our growing Publishing arm.

Gilligan is a 23 year old artist/writer/producer who has recently transplanted from his native Chicago to Brooklyn. He has been steadily producing a stream of acerbic electronic pop; the tone of which fits somewhere between the worlds of Caribou and LCD Soundsystem, but with a more urban vocal timbre.

Thus far he has released just two original tracks into the blog ether, alongside critically acclaimed remixes for Glass Animals, Christian Rich and Laura Doggett.

Gilligan will shortly announce his Records signing but, in the meantime, The Line of Best Fit have just premiered his outstanding remix of Sia‘s ‘Big Girls Cry’, which you can listen to below.

Lucky Number – Ten

We are thrilled to announce that we will be holding a birthday party show to celebrate our 10th year as an independent record label at Village Underground, London on Thursday July 23rd. Featuring Darwin Deez, Oscar, and some very special guests associated with the label.

We are delighted to be able to celebrate our 10th anniversary in such style. Anybody who has seen a Darwin Deez live show can testify that he always presents an absolutely unique entertainment experience. He will no doubt be mixing choreographed dance moves as a backdrop to his hits, as well as debuting new material from his upcoming third album, news of which will be circulated soon.

Opening the night will be Oscar, the latest signing to our publishing arm, whose irresistible pop songs and rich baritone already look likely to fast track him from bedroom artist to superstar. We will also be announcing very special guests closer to the event.

Our aim is for an emotional and special night spent with our artists, fans of our artists, friends and family.

Tickets will go on sale tomorrow at 9am here and here (no booking).


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.

Christian Rich – High feat Vince Staples and Bia

Christian Rich, AKA DJ and production duo and twin brothers Taiwo and Kehinde Hassan, today share ‘HIGH‘, a new collaboration featuring Vince Staples and Bia, who is newly into the Pharell/I Am Other crew. Thanks to Pitchfork for premiering the track.

The duo said themselves of the collaboration: “Ever since we came together on Earl Sweatshirt’s album Doris, we’ve been close with Vince. So we made this to expand on new sounds and ideas with him. It felt right to bring in Bia who is now a part of Pharrell, who is family to us.” 

Christian Rich recently contributed to #1 Billboard albums for Drake, J Cole and Childish Gambino, as well as producing 4 tracks for Earl Sweatshirt‘s #1 Rap Billboard album, ‘Doris’.  They are also designers of clothing and have a sunglasses collab with LGR from Rome and are starting a new collab with Mark McNairy soon.

More exciting news will be coming shortly on their next official release.

Oscar – Daffodil Days Video

Oscar’s excellent video for ‘Daffodil Days’, as premiered with Noisey. The video was directed by Laurie Lynch.

Lucky Number – SXSW 2015

Alex G and Hinds shows at SXSW 2015.

Tue 17-Mar 2.30pm Hinds Escapes Club 1808
Wed 18-Mar 12.30pm Hinds Spanish Party Brush Square Park
Wed 18-Mar 1am Hinds I Heart Comix Empire
Thu 19-Mar 1pm Hinds SX San Jose A Parking Lot
Thu 19-Mar 4.30pm Hinds Do Stuff Media Scoot Inn
Thu 19-Mar 9pm Hinds Gorillaz vs Bear The Hype Hotel
Thu 19-Mar 9pm Alex G Domino Records Mowhawk
Thu 19-Mar 11.15pm Alex G Impose Magazine Longbranch Inn
Fri 20-Mar 3pm Hinds Music for Listeners El Sapo Cantin
Fri 20-Mar 3.45pm Alex G Exploding in Sound Hole in the Wall
Fri 20-Mar 6pm Hinds She Shreds Magazine Zen Fit
Fri 20-Mar 10pm Hinds SFS showcase Lucille Patio Lounge
Sat 21-Mar 1.45pm Alex G Brooklyn Vegan Red 7
Sat 21-Mar 2pm Hinds Panache Spider House
Sat 21-Mar 5pm Hinds Burgermania Hotel Vegas
Sat 21-Mar 5.45pm Alex G The Fader Fort The Fader Fort
Sat 21-Mar 10pm Hinds NME Latitude


Hinds + The Parrots – Split#1

We are delighted to announce a Record Store Day exclusive split covers 7” from close friends, and fellow Madrid based bands, Hinds and The Parrots.

Hinds have tackled Thee Headcoats cult classic, and their favored live set closer, “Davey Crockett (Gabba Hey)” which has been recorded and produced with Árni Árnason of the Vaccines. It was premiered tonight on Gorilla vs Bear. Whilst The Parrots take on “All My Loving”, a garage-gospel gem by The Almighty Defenders (King Khan and The Black Lips’ side project) and make it their own.

In their own words the two bands describe the connection between them as: “We are seven kids. We are friends. We are from Madrid. We always carry a knife in our pockets and we are a gang.”

More info on the release here .  Limited to 750 copies, pressed on Green Transparent Coloured Vinyl and only available in participating independent record stores on Saturday April 18th (Record Store Day) 2015.