Emerging young talent, Holly ‘Låpsley’ Fletcher, is already being labelled as one
of the UK’s most exciting new music discoveries.
By the very uninhibited nature of her sound, the understated approach in which
Låpsley introduced her music came by way of the simplest of discoveries; a
handful of people engaging so closely with it they couldn’t help but pass it on,
write about it or play it. When you can’t keep a secret it inevitably works its way
beyond what you believe is possible as an artist out there on your own – cue up
support from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac, Huw Stephens and Phil &
Alice, mentions in the NME and online support from Disco Naivete, Pigeons &
Planes and DIY among many more.
Gaining a plethora of plaudits for her minimal yet striking electronic production,
and achingly beautiful vocals, the music that she has made available online gives
an intimate insight into the concentrated potential of this young artist and a
promising indication of great things to come.
1-800 Dinosaur and Airhead announce a new 4 track EP ‘Believe’ released in July 2014
Airhead, (aka Rob McAndrews) a resident, founding member and spiritual ocelot of the 1-800 Dinosaur crew, will be releasing a four track EP ‘Believe’, the first of a series of releases from Dan Foat’s emerging artist collective.
Soundway Records present a special summer tribute double a-side 12″ with two tracks from African musicians that both passed away within a couple of months of each other at the end of 2013 / start of 2014. Both tracks are perfect smooth summer tropical DJ fodder for the dancefloor.
On the first side South African singer Shaluza Max’s massive Mashkandi / house anthem from 2002 gets a first release on vinyl. This track was a huge hit in South Africa and around the world on its release. With a soaring Zulu vocal and big sound it’s a fitting reminder of a very talented musician who worked as a very well respected producer, composer and arranger who died tragically young at the age of 47 in January of 2014.
On the flip we drop a fairly unknown track from the mid 1980s from one of the biggest names in African music, Tabu Ley Rochereau. With a kind of almost balearic proto-house congolese pop cut with drum machines, and trademark sweet congo horn section, Hafi Deo is a beautiful track that fell into obscurity by perhaps being too smooth for the world music crowd in the mid 80s. Tabu Ley passed away in November 2013 in his late 70s with over 250 albums and 3000 songs to his name. A true pioneer of the congolese soukous sound, he was also one of the most influential African musicians of his generation.
The long-awaited second album. Talons are a six piece instrumental band including two violins to create something sounding a little like the soundtrack to the end of the world. Recorded in an old church in Leeds, New Topographics is not for the faint-hearted!