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The Midnight

Heroes

    On their new album, ‘Heroes’, The Midnight fuse cinematic synths, arena rock chords and euphoric pop hooks with slivers of Springsteen. It’s an album that celebrates our connected nature, the way we overcome loss by coming together under one sky and singing songs at the top of our lungs.

    Launched by the propulsive jolt of guitar-laden singles like ‘Change Your Heart or Die’ and lauded as “one of the next iconic rock acts of the generation,” having sold out O2 Brixton Academy in May of this year, The Midnight’s new era is their biggest and boldest yet.

    For fans of The War On Drugs, CHVRCHES, DON BROCO, Bruce Springsteen, Muse, ‘Stranger Things’ OST.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Golden Gate
    2. Brooklyn. Friday. Love.
    3. Heartbeat
    4. A Place Of Her Own
    5. Heroes
    6. Heart Worth Breaking
    7. Loved By You
    8. Aerostar
    9. Change Your Heart Or Die
    10. Avalanche
    11. Souvenir
    12. Photograph
    13. Energy Never Dies, It Just Transforms

    Tennyson

    Rot

      Throughout the album’s 12 tracks Luke refines the signature Tennyson sound, making his flurried beats come into focus and his already riveting hooks catchier. This is also the first project in which Luke lends his voice to almost every song, with the exception coming from a feature with singer-songwriter Rae Morris on the pained but heartfelt ‘Slow Dance’. Dramatic dynamics and emotional weight are the driving force of ‘Rot’, making for pop music fit for misfits.

      Written during a period of distress, after developing a sudden hearing condition brought on by mold exposure, ‘Rot’ is a musical diary of a brain gone sideways; the soundtrack of a young artist on the brink of his own disaster. As an escape from these troubles, Luke found solace in what he knew best. He wrote songs on his computer, more to keep his hands busy than thoughtful expression.

      “I was working on these tiny little speakers and making what I thought was garbage,” he remembers, but when he moved back into his newly renovated room and listened back to the music, the melodies made him cry. “It sounded like what I went through,” he says.

      The completion of ‘Rot’ then marks a metaphorical and artistic milestone for Luke. “I'm starting to get more of a sense of what my skill set is,” he says, “Somehow, I've gotten a pretty strong handle on controlling sound in a very specific way. I don't think it's genius or sparks or something. I think I'm just looking at the right things by luck”

      TRACK LISTING

      Side A
      In My Head (Intro)
      Feelwitchu
      Doors
      Slow Dance (feat. Rae Morris)
      Iron
      Leaves
      Side B
      Get Gone
      Reallywanna
      Torn
      Secret (Interlude)
      Nine Lives
      Figure Eights

      Howling

      Colure

        RY X and Frank Wiedemann reunite as Howling to present ‘Colure’ the sophomore full-length record from their joint musical enterprise, released via Counter Records.

        RY X, solo alternative artist and member of The Acid, and Frank, one half of Âme, bring fans a bigger, sharper follow-up to their debut, ‘Sacred Ground.’

        On ‘Colure’, the Berlin-based Wiedemann and Los Angeles-based RY X conjure transcendent creations out of their contrasting musical backgrounds and environments. The album is assuredly dualistic: electronic and acoustic sounds sit comfortably side-byside, and big melodic hooks are laced into hypnotic club productions.

        RY X rose to underground-folk fame with breakthrough hit ‘Berlin’ and followed up with solo albums ‘Dawn’ and 2019’s ‘Unfurl’. His band, The Acid - a project with producers Adam Freeland and Steve Nalepa created a multimedia film, “the bomb” in 2017.

        Wiedemann is royalty of the 4/4 scene as one half of Âme with Kristian Beyer and head honcho of Berlin label Innervisions he co-owns with Dixon & Kristian.

        Howling took their collaboration out on the road with a mesmerising live show playing a string of sold out shows and festivals in the UK and across the world including Melt! Festival, Lovebox, Lowlands, Pukkelpop, Electronic Beats Festival, Sacred Ground Festival and more and played live at Innervisions showcase at The Royal Albert Hall (+ Live Stream) in September 2018.

        Recommended if you like Atoms For Peace, Âme, Dixon, RY X, Tale of Us, Mano le Tough, The Acid.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Ellipses I
        2. Pieces
        3. Bind
        4. Healing
        5. Dew
        6. Need You Now
        7. The Water
        8. Light On
        9. Phases
        10. Mother
        11. Body Inside
        12. Lover
        13. Ellipses Ii

        Rac

        Boy

          Grammy-winning artist RAC (Andre Allen Anjos) returns with his highly anticipated new album “BOY”, released on Counter Records following his 2017 release “Ego”. Stand alone single is a cover of the iconic early 2000s hit “Never Let You Go” from Third Eye Blind featuring singer, songwriter, DJ and record producer Matthew Koma and his actress wife Hilary Duff.

          Recommended if you like… Odesza, Classixx, Goldroom, St Lucia, Sigala, Rudimental, Tourist, Elderbrook, Big Wild, Jai Wolf, Sigma, Louis The Child

          TRACK LISTING

          LP:
          SIDE A
          A1. Rapariga
          A2. Boomerang (ft. Luna Shadows)
          A3. MIA (ft. Danny Dwyer)
          A4. Passion (ft. Louis The Child)
          SIDE B
          B1. Sweater (ft. Maddie Jay)
          B2. Next To You (ft. Emerson Leif)
          B3. Toulouse (ft. Minke)
          SIDE C
          C1. Gomas
          C2. Stuck On You (ft. Phil Good)
          C3. Together (ft. Evalyn)
          C4. Carefree (ft. LeyeT)
          C5. Oakland (ft. Winnetka Bowling
          League)
          SIDE D
          D1. Arcoíris
          D2. Solo (ft. Gothic Tropic)
          D3. Get A Life (ft. Instupendo)
          D4. Change The Story (ft. Jamie Lidell)
          D5. Dolores Park
          D6. Better Days (ft. St. Lucia)

          CD
          1. Rapariga
          2. Boomerang (ft. Luna Shadows)
          3. MIA (ft. Danny Dwyer)
          4. Passion (ft. Louis The Child)
          5. Sweater (ft. Maddie Jay)
          6. Next To You (ft. Emerson Leif)
          7. Toulouse (ft. Minke)
          8. Gomas
          9. Stuck On You (ft. Phil Good)
          10. Together (ft. Evalyn)
          11. Carefree (ft. LeyeT)
          12. Oakland (ft. Winnetka Bowling League)
          13. Arcoíris
          14. Solo (ft. Gothic Tropic)
          15. Get A Life (ft. Instupendo)
          16. Change The Story (ft. Jamie Lidell)
          17. Dolores Park
          18. Better Day

          Follow ‘Kingdoms In Colour’ is Maribou State’s hotly anticipated new album and the follow-up to 2015’s breakthrough debut album ‘Portraits’ on Ninja Tune’s Counter Records imprint. A warm and highly textured collage of breakbeats, guitar licks and found sounds from their worldwide travels, the record features Khruangbin (‘Feel Good’), long standing collaborator Holly Walker (‘Nervous Tics’ and ‘Slow Heat’) and ‘Turnmills’. Kingdoms In Colour has brought together the experiences of their world tour from their first album and injected it into their sound and lyrics. It’s grown and developed into a beautiful flowering album, if you like the sorts of The XX, Caribou, Bonobo, Mount Kimbie, Khruangbin, then you’ll fall in love with Maribou State.

          TRACK LISTING

          Beginner’s Luck
          Kingdom
          Turnmills
          Nervous Tics (ft Holly Walker)
          Glasshouses
          Part Time Glory
          Feel Good (ft Khruangbin)
          Slow Heat (ft Holly Walker)
          Vale
          Kāma

          What So Not (formerly a collaborative duo with Flume) is the solo project of Australian producer Emoh Instead. Here he drops his debut album, "Not All The Beautiful Things", via Counter Records. Including collaborations with Skrillex, Toto, Daniel Johns, Rome Fortune and writing from Jono Ma (Jagwar Ma), it features a highly advanced sound palette which draws from modular techniques and mixes them with a high end precision beats and a full frequency patina. 

          For fans of Flume, Skrillex, JACK Ü (Diplo & Skrillex), Mura Masa, Machinedrum.

          Previously recognised for his dancefloor-ready releases on Sweat It Out and Skrillex’s label OWSLA.

          TRACK LISTING

          What So Not & SLUMBERJACK - Warlord
          What So Not - Be Ok Again (ft Daniel Johns)
          What So Not - Beautiful (ft Evergreen Oak)
          What So Not - Stuck In Orbit (ft BUOY)
          What So Not & James Earl - Demons (ft Rome Fortune & Tommy
          Swisher)
          What So Not & Skrillex - Goh (ft KLP)
          What So Not & Toto - We Keep On Running
          What So Not & San Holo - If You Only Knew (ft Daniel Johns)
          What So Not - Monsters (ft Michael Christmas & tobi Lou)
          What So Not & Dyro - Bottom End
          What So Not - Same Mistakes (ft Daniel Johns)
          What So Not - Us (ft Daniels)

          Jono McCleery

          Seeds Of A Dandelion

            Jono McCleery - a man blessed with a truly magical, heart-melting soul voice and skills on the guitar to match - releases a suite of acoustic cover versions of songs that date from 1941 to 2013, encompassing works by Billie Holiday, Scott Walker, Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright, Atoms For Peace, Beyoncé and Peven Everett with Roy Davis Jr.

            For fans of Nicky Mulvey, Fink, Jose Gonzalez.

            Recorded over 10 days at Urchin Studio in East London - Tim Rowkins took on recording, production and mixing duties (as he did on Jono’s 2015 album ‘Pagodes’) whilst Dan See (Jamie Woon / Nick Mulvey), Milo Fitzpatrick (Portico Quartet) and Steve Pringle (Michael Kiwanuka) provided drums / percussion, bass and keys / organ respectively.

            TRACK LISTING

            Gabriel
            Brand New Start
            Know Who You Are At Every Age
            Dinner At Eight
            Morning Theft
            Ingenue
            God Bless The Child
            Halo
            Old Man’s Back Again
            Wild Is The Wind
            Dream Letter
            La Ritournelle

            ‘Hurt & The Merciless’ marks a musical culmination for The Heavy, a mesmeric blend of their trademark rock & roll classicism and funk and soul grooves with added sonic experimentation.

            The 12 track album - featuring the lead track ‘Since You Been Gone’ with its lolloping groove, plus the spiky garage rock anthem ‘What Happened To The Love?’ - is a batch of their strongest songs yet.

            TRACK LISTING

            Since You Been Gone
            What Happened To The Love?
            Not The One
            The Apology
            Nobody’s Hero
            Miss California
            Turn Up
            A Ghost You Can’t Forget
            Last Confession
            Mean Ol’ Man
            Slave To Your Love
            Goodbye Baby

            Submotion Orchestra

            Alium

              Since forming in Leeds in 2009 Submotion Orchestra have carved out their own special place in the UK's ever-changing musical landscape. The seven piece band's fusion of bass heavy electronica, jazz, soul and much more besides has made them a favourite of the likes of Gilles Peterson, Trevor Nelson and Jo Whiley, whilst their live show has seen them play festivals around the world and sell out venues such as London's famous KOKO.

              Now following two critically acclaimed albums, Finest Hour and Fragments, Submotion Orchestra return bigger, brighter and bolder than ever with 'Alium'; their first album for Counter Records. 'Alium' sees the band in an expansive mood as the interplay between their electronic and acoustic sounds has become more natural than ever, whilst Ruby Wood's vocals continue to find new levels of emotion.

              Written over two years in the remote Welsh countryside with just 'passing sheep and a rusty ping-pong table for company' and recorded in Brighton, 'Alium' has been a true group effort with every band member involved in the writing and recording process, something that is reflected in the album's varied nature.

              From neon synth strafed opener 'Awakening', to the bruising 21st century soul of 'Time Will Wait', the tense cinematic drama of 'Bring Back The Wolf', 'The Hounds’' late night / early morning jazz workout and the unashamedly big pop moment that is 'Trust Lust', Alium may be a dazzlingly eclectic record showcasing the band’s myriad talents, but thanks to producer Ruckspin's deft touch remains a satisfyingly coherent whole.



              TRACK LISTING

              Awakening
              Time Will Wait
              City Lights
              Victim Of Order
              Chrome Units
              Rust
              Life After
              The Hounds
              Trust / Lust
              Swan Song
              Bring Back The Wolf
              Worries

              Spokes

              Everyone I Ever Met

                Spokes have played festivals including The Big C1hill and End Of The Road and have completed three full UK tours prior to signing to Counter, in addition to dates with Everything Everything.

                They are one of XFM’s New Bands Of The Year, with additional support from Radio 1, Radio 2 and 6 Music.

                “Great rewards surely await the angelic Spokes” - Clash Magazine
                “... pastoral indie with a post-rock veneer that builds to glorious climaxes” – NME.

                TRACK LISTING

                1. 3 4 5
                2. We Can Make It Out
                3. Everyone I Ever Met
                4. Sun It Never Comes
                5. Give It Up To The Night
                6. Peace Racket
                7. Torn Up In Praise
                8. Canon Grant
                9. Happy Needs Colour
                10. Forever The Bridge
                11. When I Was A Daisy, When I Was A Tree

                The Heavy

                The House That Dirt Built

                  "The House That Dirt Built" is a huge step forward from The Heavy's fantastic debut "Great Vengeance & Furious Fire". Now produced by Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys etc), the band have a sound that's even tighter and more raw than their previous offerings - and that's saying something. "The House That Dirt Built" features a series of stripped-to-the-bone bluesy rock stormers with 60s / 70s soul / funk blended into the mix (check recent single "How You Like Me Now" with its Dyke & The Blazers homage), all given that amps-up-to-11 distorted edge. Powerful stuff.

                  Ape School

                  Ape School

                    The self-titled Ape School debut album is a lesson in glamatic pop and expansive sound soared by Michael Johnson's distinctive croon, also heard on Daedelus' "Make It So" and "For Withered Friends". On this extraordinary debut, Michael combines delicious melodies and vocal harmonies that would do Fleet Foxes proud.


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