Artist: Grass House
Release: And Now for the Wild
Label: Marshall Teller Records
Genre: Alternative – Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
The stunning first single taken from the hotly anticipated debut album from the UK’s finest new “outsider pop” merchants Grass House, who are being tipped by essential tastemakers from Pitchfork to Clash. Recorded at Monnow Valley Studios in Wales with producer Jim Anderson (Cold Specks, The Twilight Sad, 2:54), ‘And Now For The Wild’ is the follow up to last year’s ‘The Boredom Rose’ and recent release ‘Spinning As We Turn’, which also features here as the b-side. The track is a stand-out taste of what to expect from the band’s debut album which is set for release in September 2013.
Artist: Piano Magic
Release: Heart Machinery
Label: Second Language Music
Genre: Alternative – Electronic
‘Heart Machinery’ is the long-awaited follow-up to ‘Seasonally Affective – A Piano Magic Retrospective 1996 – 2001’ and amasses the cult London-based Anglo-French group’s entire EPS, singles and compilation tracks from 2001-2008. Highlights include guest appearances from legendary folk doyenne Vashti Bunyan, Alan Sparhawk of Low and Ben Ayres of Cornershop on ‘Wrong Turn’; Piano Magic’s near-miss-hit, ‘Incurable’ + several ultra-rare tracks.
Artist: Frameworks, BluRum 13
Label: My First Moth
Genre: Hip Hop
The Brickbuilders LP is the product of several years of cross-Atlantic collaboration between veteran underground rapper BluRum 13 and producer Frameworks, following on from last year’s acclaimed EP of the same name. The album is a heavy mix of boom-bap beats and dope samples from Frameworks (First Word Records, Organik and Hero Records), with slick, thought provoking rhymes from BluRum 13 (best known for collaborations with the likes of DJ Vadim, Luke Vibert, Aquasky and Kid Koala)
Artist: Jon Kennedy
Label: Jon Kennedy Federation
Genre: Dance – Down Beat / Trip Hop
After an absence of 3 years, Jon Kennedy returns with his brand new full-length album “Corporeal”, which directly means ‘To have a body’. With many countries visited and various life experiences under his belt, Jon revisits the studio, this time implementing all of his production expertise. Wanting to expand on his past creative output, Jon lays down his own vocal stylings on a number of the new album tracks, showcasing his creative versatility and well-rounded rhythmical and vocal abilities.
Artist: Hook & The Twin
Release: Never Ever Ever
Label: Dancing Coins
Genre: Alternative – Indie Pop
Deeply British, yet not British at all. Hook & The Twin explore the current Future Classic-style nu-disco and quirky dance-pop scene while rediscovering classic krautrock of Kraftwerk and Neu! to full groove effect. The indie-dance gem of summer 2013. Led by opening track and new single ‘That Was A Day’ the band’s debut album is full of offbeat pop music with an intelligent yet quirky edge, there’s a psychedelic feel which is matched to an itchy, reserved sense of funk. The indie-dance gem of summer 2013.
Genre: Dance – Leftfield
A stunning early taste of one-man electronic-pop sensation and Mercury Music Prize nominee Maps’ upcoming studio album Vicissitude with brilliant remixes from the likes of The Invisible. ‘A.M.A.’, the first single from the new album ‘Vicissitude’ (out on 8 July 2013) is being released on limited edition hand stamped 12″ vinyl & via download, and will also include exclusive remixes. It follows the exclusive limited edition 12″ release of ‘I Heard Them Say’ via Boomkat – backed with remixes by Andy Stott and Maps, the 12″ sold out immediately.
Artist: Dharma Protocol
Release: Coming Home
Label: Very Me Records
The new single from Boy George. A cool, chunky house tune crafted by Dharma Protocol, who are legendary producer Youth (The Orb) and Danny Harrison (Moto Blanco), with Culture Club bassist Mikey Craig moonlighting on writing and bass duties. ‘Coming Home’ comes with mixes from Juan Kidd, already hyped as a summer smash, and further mixes from Psychemagik, Kinky Roland, Marc Vedo and Maze & Masters. It features one of Boy George’s strongest and most soulful vocals & is a hint of things to come.