belle and sebastianArtist: Belle and Sebastian 

Release:  Paper Boat 
Label: Jeepster Recordings Ltd 
Genre: Alternative 

To coincide with the launch of his new book ‘In The All Night Cafe: A Memoir Of Belle and Sebastian’s Formative Year’ founding member Stuart David posted a video for a previously unreleased studio recording by the band called ‘Paper Boat’. Now, to continue the celebrations and commemorate the book’s publication Jeepster Recordings are giving ‘Paper Boat’ a full digital release. The track was written and recorded by Stuart David around the time of the EP releases which followed Belle and Sebastian’s ‘If You’re Feeling Sinister’ album. The video for the song was made by long time Belle and Sebastian collaborator and Looper member Karn David and features footage of band members Stuart Murdoch and Isobel Campbell on a trip to Banchory in 1998. Along with the release Jeepster will also make available a video of a never before seen live recording of ‘Paper Boat’ from Belle and Sebastian’s performance at The Bowlie Weekender in 1999.

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oscar worldpieceArtist: Oscar #Worldpeace 
Release: Right Now 
Label: Mike Skinner Ltd 
Genre: Hip Hop 

scar’s second release on Mike Skinner’s label. Tottenham’s finest, loved by Skepta, Professor Green and George The Poet. A regular a the Tonga club night. Looking forward to shows at Bestival, Glastonbury, Berlin and Paris as part of the Tonga Balloon gang.

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EMKCD02 (1)Artist: Emika 
Release: DREI 
Label: Emika Records 
Genre: Dance 

Emika’s status as one of the most captivating, innovative and ambitious artists in electronic music is cemented further with the release of her new album DREI – one of two LPs the Berlin-based, Anglo-Czech talent is releasing in 2015, and her fourth in as many years.

With a musical vision that’s equal parts Blondie and Kraftwerk, romance and sci-fi, her two albums with Ninja Tune ‘Emika’ and ‘DVA’ garnered widespread praise and marked her out as one of the most exciting names amidst the new generation of DIY artists. Producing, singing, songwriting, performing live and curating her visuals, she is an artist truly in charge of her own destiny. Along the way she’s landed an iTunes No. 1 in Canada and No. 2 in the USA with her stunning cover of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game, been sampled by The Weeknd on his track Professional and had her compositions used by McLaren, Gucci and Paramount Pictures (for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol). Her performances continue to grow in stature, having wowed crowds across the world from Russia to Madiera, China to the US and all across Europe – and making for a memorable Boiler Room session.

After her eponymous debut’s tense fusion of her native Bristol bass and her new home’s techno heritage and the bristling frustration of the much lauded, uncompromising follow-up DVA, DREI embodies the sound of an artist now truly comfortable in her own skin. Released via her own imprint Emika Records, the album was written in just two weeks and completely written, performed, produced and mixed by Emika herself. It’s the product of a flurry of creative energy which saw her embrace Ableton, learn to DJ, compose a symphony for a 70-piece orchestra and set up the new label.

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scrumfrogArtist: The Scumfrog
Release: Send Wave 
Label: Knee Deep in Sound 
Genre: Dance 

Hot Since 82 continues to push the boundaries of perception with his Knee Deep In Sound imprint. Following on from his impressive inaugural mix album ‘Knee Deep In Sound’ and uncovering exciting new talent such as Several Definitions.

The Yorkshireman now turns his attention to a name that the new generation of house-heads may not recognise, but those of us who are, shall we say rather longer in the tooth will remember fondly. The Scumfrog came on to the scene in the early 00’s with records like ‘Watersong’ and ‘We Love You’. He then went on to remix the likes of Kylie Minogue and Missy Elliott before collaborating with David Bowie, Sting, and Cyndi Lauper culminating in a Grammy nomination.

‘Send Wave’ is a real beauty, a chugging, percussion-heavy hypnotic groove that holds a Balearic undertone primed for summer 2015. Mendo turns in what is probably the best remix to date on Knee Deep In Sound. It’s been a main stay in Hot Since 82’s DJ sets for some time. He uses the original vocal magnificently whilst turning up the tempo ever so slightly cementing the mix as an archetypal warm up into peak time segue. Get Physical’s Fabio Giannelli pulls no punches, using driving percussion and haunting strings to turn Send Wave into a 4am Techno monster!

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