Set to be the BIGGEST rap release of the year, the AR15 Concrete Jungle project, out on August 28th is in full swing!! 'Helpless', the third single to be heard from the tape has just been added to the 1Xtra playlist! Bang, Reprezent and Voice FM have all playlisted the track too and anticipation for the release is building rapidly!
‘Helpless’ features an impressive, all-star cast with Devlin, Wretch 32 and So Solid Crew veteran Swiss all getting deep with their lyrics, as they describe their tough road to success.The sweet sound of Rebecca Garton on the hook and S.O.S on production makes ‘Helpless’ a track to remember. Redbull premiered the the audio http://www.redbull.com/uk/en/music/stories/1331730320485/listen-to-a-premiere-of-ar15’s-latest-track and since then RWD Mag, GRM Daily, Art27 Club and Blatantly Blunt have all picked up on the banging new track from the Alwayz Recording camp.
Wretch 32, Devlin, Swiss and Rebecca Garton passed through the NFTR studios a few weeks back to perform 'Helpless' and the video has already racked up nearly 50,000 views https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j09OUsRWzgo
The tape is being kept under close guard and the project remains largely under wraps, but amid the intrigue and suspense, from the teasers that have been dropped so far, it is clear that this is set to be one MASSIVE release in the UK rap game!
Look out for the 'Helpless' video dropping soon!!
PRE-ORDER- AR15 || CONCRETE JUNGLE
|The Winachi Tribe|
Plant the Seed
25 September 2015
|The Winachi Tribe have lifted a second single from their 'Time for Love' EP. 'Plant the Seed' will be released on September 25thon A1M records. The track sees the band collaborating with Julie E Gordon of Happy Mondays.|
The Winachi Tribe is a collection of exceptional musicians and producers who have performed and toured with artists as diverse as Ian Brown, Black Grape, Happy Mondays, Massive Attack and The Stereo MCs. They bring together urban swagger, soul and funk to create unique electro-funk grooves; a sonic soul collective who are unrestrained by boundaries or formulas, either musically or culturally.
New single 'Plant the Seed' is featured in a new documentary 'We Own the Dance Floor', which tells the story of the Hacienda and was premiered at this year's Glastonbury Festival. The band will be embarking on a UK tour in October and in the meantime are set to play to the Portsmouth's Victorious Festival on 29th Augustalongside Basement Jaxx, Tinie Tempah & The Flaming Lips. The 'Time For Love' EP will be launched at Manchesters Ruby Lounge on 27th August, with special guests, Tigerside, Ruby Tuesday & the Happy Fallen. Tickets available here.
A teaser for the video of The Winachi Tribe's performance of 'Plant the Seed' live in London's The Electric Carousel Club is available here:
The film captures the band giving a seminal performances in the nations Capital. West End glamour meets northern swagger in a melting pot of funk and soul in 100 degree heat!
I believe that we are on the edge of a hybrid soul/northern soul explosion. I think it will, for want of a better word, be the new punk. Its the perfect conduit to express feelings of frustration anger and passion. The Winachi Tribes tune fits into the picture perfectly. Bring it on!
"They are such a great band, they blew my head off when I first heard their music. They have so many angles, sort of a funk revolving door, they are definitely special in their own inimitable style."
"Time for Love brings funk and dance together for a cracking debut release."
Louder Than War
'The Time for Love' EP will have you grooving and moving your feet. In a day and age when the top 40 is made up of pop music by numbers the electro-funk groove which runs through these tracks is a beautiful remedy to the boredom. If the Winachi Tribe dont restore your faith in creativity then nothing will."
The Musical Outcast
"The songs catchy chorus will become stuck in your head, your foot will more than likely be tapping and youll be longing for the sun to shine, fun and breezy song that deserves to be enjoyed."
Pure M Magazine
The Winachi Tribe have carefully handpicked their ingredients, heated the oil, sizzled it all up in the pan and it comes together in a great big pot of the best parts of all your favorite dinners. This is dance party music to throw some serious shapes to
"Time For Love is a superb first offering from The Winachi Tribe, fusing funk, soul, disco, electro and indie to create one massive groove. Its classy, cool and leaves you wanting more. Think somewhere in between the Happy Mondays and Chic and you are on the right track."
"'Time for Love is a magnetism of nostalgia and originality, unleashing a soulfully infectious vibe. Manna for those with a passion of funk n soul and pleasing temptation for those maybe less inclined to swing a hip or two"
The Winachi Tribe are an Electro Funk Sonic Soul Collective whose influences come from such diverse sources as The Happy Mondays, Grand Master Flash and Daft Punk. A mix of musical styles and cultural backgrounds that keep the band lyrically explosive and musically diverse."
"Its like you took Maroon 5, pumped in some testosterone, let them chill in England and then slathered them in funk."
27th August Manchester: EP launch, The Ruby Lounge, Special Guests & DJ sets
29th August Portsmouth: Victorious Festival, Portsmouth, opening for Tini Tempa, & The Flaming Lips
5th September Manchester: Metropolitan University, The Second Coming Charity Event with Aziz Ibrahim, The Clone Roses, Cressa (DJ Set)
7th November Minehead Somerset: Shine On Weekender, Minehead Arena, Somerset with Happy Mondays, Stereo MCs, 808 State
'Time for Love' Soundcloud
'Time for Love' Video Starring Keith Allen and Directed by Adele Myers.
'Time for Love' on iTunes
A1M Records Ltd
Single: A Little More Love
Release date: 7thSeptember 2015
Label: So Tangy
Watch the video here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZajBJnJlHo
As we grow increasingly weary waiting for the much anticipated British summer time to kick in, a taste of the summer we could have had, arrives unexpectedly in the form of Jjuke - A Little More Love’.
Merging 80’s guitar and synths, with 90’s piano driven house, deliciously rounded off by the enigmatic Jjuke’s gorgeous male falsetto vocals, weaving its way through catchy as you like melodies that stay in your head for ages after listening, this is a feelgood song that in years to come, will somehow convince you that summer of 2015 really was a good one.
Produced by Ben Copland from British Indie Electronica band Mooli, who has previously Produced artists such as Beverley Knight, ‘ A Little More Love’ is released on new boutique label So Tangy on September 7th , with remix by Brit nominated producer Nigel Lowis.
The video features ex-Hollyoaks and CelebrityLoveIsland badboy Paul Danan, who oozes cool and charisma in sun-soaked shots around London.
Lola in Slacks
Debut download single- ‘Tramlines’
Release date August 31st2015
Fronted by spellbinding chanteuse Lou Reid, Lola in Slacks exude the sexy garage swagger of the Velvet Underground spiked with the bold confidence and freedom of Tim Buckley. There's an acute sense of mystery around this ambitious, literate gang of Francophile bohemians, who have made an instant impact with a series of heart-stopping performances around their home town of Glasgow.
Having developed her distinctive vocal and performance style busking on the streets of Paris as a raw 19 year-old, Lou Reid casts a powerful glamour. A classic torch singer for the modern age, Reid brings a Piaf-like authority to the group’s Noir atmospherics and superior song-writing. Radiating an effortless cool, the singer evokes comparisons with Marianne Faithfull, Nick Cave and Jacques Brel in the songs she co-writes with guitarist Brian McFie. Inspired by the exhilarating Stooges guitarist James Williamson and the great soul player Teenie Hodges, McFie is equally adept at garage grind and spiralling melody.
Lesley McLaren has an established reputation as a great rock & roll drummer in her own right, while bassist Davy Irvin supplies a weighty undertow with the taste and precision of ‘Wrecking Crew’ legend Carol Kaye. Martin Stuart Taggart broadens out the band’s wide-screen sound with edgy, creative guitar, while Villy Karagouni is the group’s secret weapon, a classically-trained pianist who adds a whole new dimension to the band’s sensual fusillade.
Debut single ‘Tramlines’ is released on August 31st on Stereogram Recordings. 'Tramlines' draws the listener into a dramatic world of dark, shimmering beauty, illuminated by tantalising shafts of sunlight. Reid's gift for imagery is readily apparent as she conjures sepia-tinged scenes wrenched from buried memories. An instantly addictive entry into Lola in Slacks’s bohemian netherworld, ‘Tramlines’ was recorded with award-winning producer Sandy Jones at Foundry Music Lab in Motherwell.
This is no average group. They understand that sometimes you have to pay for love with bitter tears. When Lou Reid sings, it's a way of escaping, it's another world; she's no longer on Earth. Intimate and imperious in equal measure, Lola in Slacks are poised to become everyone's new favourite band.
“Possessing a diffident grace, ‘Tramlines’ is an elegiac triumph” Nina Antonia, celebrated underground rock & roll writer and biographer of Johnny Thunders, New York Dolls and Peter Perrett.
“’Tramlines’ is a stunning debut single…Lola in Slacks are the most original group I’ve heard in years. With its perfect blend of pop hooks and underground allure, ‘Tramlines’ deserves to be a massive hit.” Billy Sloan, legendary Glasgow music journalist and broadcaster.
“Reminds me of a less ravaged Marianne Faithfull, circa ‘Broken English’. Lovely atmospheric sense of place and yearning.” Tom Morton, broadcaster and journalist.
“I really like this track, kinda like Marianne Faithfull fronting the Velvets.” Douglas MacIntyre, Head of The Creeping Bent Organisation record label and bass-player with The Sexual Objects.
“’Tramlines’ is a song full of so much wistful longing that it hurts. The evocative lyrics paint a vivid picture and the smoky vocals of chanteuse Lou Reid have just the right hint of attitude masking a world weary sadness. Dark, intriguing and totally intoxicating.” Avril Cadden, freelance writer (formerly music features writer at Sunday Mail/Daily Record).
Further info on links below:
Lola in Slacks on Facebook
Available on August 21st, ‘Ride’ will be released through Interland Music / Sony Red. The track is an emphatic feminist pop anthem about rebellion and empowerment, whilst remaining youthful and carefree.
The track pays homage to the Van Buren sisters and their iconic motorcycle road trip across the US in 1916. As the first women to cross the US by motorcycle alone, the Van Buren sisters’ trek was as much a political statement as an act of gender defiance.
Acting as part of The Preparedness Movement, Gussie and Addie (22 and 24) used the trip to prove that women could ride just as well as their male counterparts, and subsequently were granted permission to serve as dispatch riders during World War 1.
A classically trained musician who also suffers from a rare neurological condition known as synesthesia, Lowell released her debut album, ‘We Loved Her Dearly’, earlier this year impressing fans and critics alike with her bold blend of pop.
“A technicolour slice of playful, experimental pop in the vein of Santigold, Toronto musician Lowell’s debut is one of the month’s most exuberant.” – NME
"Canadian pop songstress who writes hits like one makes tea – effortlessly and often" – i-D
“Childlike wonder” – The Observer
“Finest Electropop” – Evening Standard
“Bold, celebratory electro pop packed with attitude” – The Independent
"We Loved Her Dearly – a "completely autobiographical" 12-song set packed with irresistible pop hooks, dreamy synth textures and pointed feminist commentary." - Rolling Stone
"Lowell makes user-friendly, irresistible pop music from an expressly feminist perspective, and she wields many tools to do it. If she's rebellious, then she's the world's first freedom fighter to come armed with pom-poms." – NPR Music
WHO RUN TINGZ
Released: 8th August 2015 || Label: GIRLS MUSIC
Soundcloud D/L: https://soundcloud.com/tenletter/trigga-x-chimpo-who-run-tingz/s-2xAau
Hightail D/L: https://www.hightail.com/download/bXBZYlJRQ3Q1bmdsYzhUQw
Get ready to turn this one up LOUD!! Trigga and Chimpo have teamed up to create this absolute BANGER that is already getting support at Beats1, Radio 1 and 1Xtra! SBTV premiered the video and Pigeons & Planes, MTV and The Grime Report have all been getting behind the track too, so you know its something special, plus when JME heard the record he tweeted his love for it straight away https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4mrq8QVGEI
Released via Toddla T’s ‘Girls Music’ label, the track is a dirty, hard-hitting three strike combination of Grime, Crunk and Dancehall making for something very dark, yet utterly compelling – the essence of the Shadow sound.
Trigga represents everything that makes Manchester, and the UK Underground, famous worldwide. Raised in the streets of Moss Side in the 90’s, Trigga survived those infamous years (although not without some famous scars) and has lived to put a timeless stamp on British dance music from featuring on classic tape packs to performing in legendary raves through to collaborating with the likes of Skepta, Spyda and Flowdance on 'In A Corner' to recent work with Zed Bias. Add Chimpo to the mix and you get a track full of flows, depth and one mucky baseline
I'd like to introduce you to reggae rock outfit, The Floating Bridges, described as “Red Hot Chili Peppers meets Bob Marley”, are set to release their 'Creatures of Leisure' album on August 28th. They have supported the likes of the John Butler Trio, Katchafire and Jimmy Barnes, while performing at countless music festivals throughout Australia and highlighted as 'ones to watch' from Triple J Unearthed, as well as a key slot at Boomtown Fair (Hampshire, UK), one of the largest festivals in the world and a string of UK dates this August.
Watch the video for 'Dreamcatcher' here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUUfLdo2pyI
LIVE FOREVER is the second solo album from West Country based singer/songwriter Ken Lintern. All tracks are performed and produced by him at his Kewstoke music complex 13 Sound studios. This album all lyrics are by Martin Sheridan from Yorkshire of Irish descent.
The track included is Running in the Rain (radio edit mp3).The hooky chorus is a great deterrent to the rainy day blues we so often get in the UK, just released and already earmarked for 2 possible sport related commercials.
LILAC HAZE the debut album from The Cosmic Trippers, Ambient/Psychedelic/Instrumental album. A luxurious soundscape interweaved with beautiful melodic keyboard work and soaring guitars, the ultimate late night de-stressing album.
The track included is Fortitude (radio edit mp3). From the waves lapping the beach to the stunning guitar work a truly different track in todays market.
The EP was recorded at Longwave Studio with Romesh Dodangoda who has worked with the likes of rock bands Funeral for a Friend and Bullet for my Valentine.
Damien J Brennan was born and raised in County Down, Northern Ireland. He learned to play the guitar and began busking whilst backpacking through Italy and Australia. Shortly after his return home he began songwriting and on a limited budget recorded some garage demos. These initial recordings received positive feedback and a glowing review from critically acclaimed mastering engineer Pete Maher (U2, Snow Patrol, Katy Perry, Hudson Taylor).
Damien recorded his first professional tracks in Zero Hour Studios and these songs led to gigs locally and in London. They were also picked up for radio play on Tom Robinson's BBC Radio 6 show and Baylen Leonard and Aaron Philips on Amazing Radio, together with a number of regional UK stations. Tony Moore of Soho Radio invited Damien to sing live on his show and to appear live at London's Bedford this August.
The future is looking very promising for this up and coming Irish talent.
"Damien is a gifted and super talented singer/songwriter with the potential for great success! Up there with the best!"
Pete Maher, Mastering Engineer for U2, The Killers, Liam Gallagher, The Rolling Stones, Jack White, Scissor Sisters, Depeche Mode and Katy Perry
"Spinetingingly good, astonishing, absolutely astonishing... That sounds like a major hit to me, the UK needs to hear this, the world needs to hear this... your live voice has a unique quality..."
Tony Moore, Soho Radio show
Rigsy, BBC Introducing, Radio Ulster
Press Release: Skinner and T'witch
Skinner and T'witch are a Leeds based, original folk duo:
'Music to melt the heart. Driving rhythms, strong vocal harmonies, and a flamenco-inspired guitar style'.
Skinner and T’witch combine many influences: British folk, flamenco, musicals, classical and ‘world’ music, woven into their own original material.
They have performed all over the UK, from Edinburgh to Hastings, North Wales to Norfolk, including online and on the radio.
They recently launched their debut album Rise - copies are available on www.skinnerandtwitch.com
Rise features T’witch’s powerful vocals and flair for harmonies, Steve Skinner’s flamenco guitar style and well crafted song-writing, and the jazz improvisation of guest guitarist Mike Jordan (The Woodman): together, a powerful mix!
At the album launch they also showed for the first time the film of their unique shadow play for their song, Dance the Moment: http://vimeo.com/m/109498047
Last year played live on The Durbervilles Folk & Roots Show on BBC Radio Leeds, andplayed live on Genevieve Tudor's Folk Show on BBC Radio Shropshire on February 15th 2015.
In the coming weeks you can hear Skinner & T’witch play floor spots, radio interviews or gigs such as:
The Eten Cafe, Sheffield: August 7th
Blues & Roots at the Black Bull, Haworth: August 16th
Crookes Folk Club, Sheffield: August 27th
Skinner & T'witch's 3rd Pick n' Mix Showcase, The Cardigan Arms, Leeds: October 17th
That's All Folks, Source 96.1 FM: November 1st
Folk at the Mill, Stafford Radio: November 8th
Skinner & T'witch's 3rd Pick n' Mix Showcase, The Cardigan Arms, Leeds: January 16th
Doug Welch's BBC Radio Kent Folk Show: March 6th
Skinner & T'witch's 4th Pick n' Mix Showcase, The Cardigan Arms, Leeds: April 16th
Lions & Butterflies’
The highly anticipated new album from the independent alternative folk band follows hot on the heels of their recent wowing of the crowds at
The husband and wife duo of Jeremy and Lorraine Millington, from
“This is the strongest music I’ve heard from The Portraits to date. It’s always gratifying when musicians you meet and like turn out to make excellent music”
– Tom Robinson 6 Music
After persuading his parents to invest in a piano for him at the age of 10, Jeremy began a lifelong relationship with the instrument. The son of a diplomat he travelled to destinations all over the world spending his childhood in various parts of
“A wonderful band” – Lembit Opik
And so this dynamic pairing came together. Inspired by his travels throughout the world and her personal experiences of the tragedies of war they formed a partnership both in love and in music that would prove formidable. Setting up home in
“This new album is a heartfelt musical snapshot of who we are”
They have amassed a loyal fan base by performing at festivals and venues across
2015 Tour Dates
11th July Le Clemenceau, Mouilleron Pareds, FR
15th Aug Festival Jazz In Aout,