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Rhoda Dakar

The Man Who Sold The World

    Rhoda Dakar is back with her first solo album in seven years with Version Girl, a collection of reggae and ska covers by artists and songwriters she admires. Rhoda Dakar began her musical career as lead vocalist with all female 2Tone band, The Bodysnatchers. They only ever released two singles, 'Let's Do Rocksteady' and 'Easy Life'. After a year together they split and Rhoda went on to guest with The Specials in Europe and the USA, having featured on their second album, 'More Specials', for which she won the first of her seven gold records. After their demise, and before joining Jerry Dammers' new project, she recorded The Bodysnatchers' first original song, 'The Boiler', a harrowing tale of date rape, which was inevitably banned. The Special AKA spent the next two years recording 'In The Studio', spawning a top ten hit with 'Free Nelson Mandela'.

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    1. The Man Who Sold The World
    2. The Man Who Dubbed The World

    LA Salami

    The Cause Of Doubt & A Reason To Have Faith

      L.A. Salami is back after releasing two EPs in 2019/20 with his third album ‘The Cause of Doubt & a Reason to Have Faith’. This isn’t the music of a virtuoso: it’s explorative, daring, meditative and sometimes wild. For the first time, Lookman has embraced the world of multi-tracking, though the record still retains a raw energy and an integrity. Lookman has translated a whole album of raw emotion and philosophical musings for your delectation. As a testament to a unique and thrilling talent, this record is a beacon of hope in troubled times and L.A. Salami’s most complete vision so far. In short: We need this record right now. L.A. Salami will be embarking on a 6 date German tour in August. Previously championed by QC rising star, Sunday Times Culture, Brooklyn Vegan etc.

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      1. The Cause Of Doubt & A Reason To Have Faith
      2. When You Play God (The 2018 Copyright Blues)
      3. Thinking Of Emiley
      4. Dear Jessica Rabbit
      5. Things Ain't Changed
      6. The Cage
      7. The Talis-Man On The Age Of Glass (Redux)

      Plastic Mermaids

      Suddenly Everyone Explodes

        Plastic Mermaids are a five-piece band from the Isle of Wight who, after building their own analogue studio, have self-produced one of the most genuinely original and sonically adventurous debut albums you’ll hear all year: ‘Suddenly Everyone Explodes’. They are brothers Jamie and Douglas Richards, who collaborate on vocals, synths and samples, along with guitarist Chris Newnham, bassist Tom Farren and drummer Chris Jones.

        Born out of the ashes of previous bands Magic Octagon and Neon Fetus, Plastic Mermaids are not a band who have ever wanted for ambition. They started out as a three-piece - Jamie, Doug and Chris Newnham - although they realised after early shows that they needed more hands on deck. “I was there at thir first gig, not playing but just watching,” remembers Tom. “It was utter carnage. I really appreciated the audacity of them even attempting what they were doing. They had an audaciousness, and the willingness to try things and have them not pay off.”

        “We just kept coming up with ideas and tried to make them happen,” recalls Douglas. “That’s all we did for ages. We didn’t really think about where it would all lead.”

        In terms of musical influences, fans of The Flaming Lips, Arcade Fire, Sparklehorse and Tame Impala will all find something to love in Plastic Mermaids’ richly-textured sound. The Flaming Lips’ influence is also evident in their ecstactic live show.



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        Vinyl:

        Side A
        1. Glow
        2. 1996
        3. Floating In A Vacuum
        4. Milk
        5. Yoyo
        Side B
        1. I Still Like Kelis
        2. 10,000 Violins Playing Inside An Otherwise Empty Head
        3. Throwing Stones At The Moon
        4. Aquarium Acid Trip
        5. Taxonomy
        6. Luliuli

        CD:

        1. Glow
        2. 1996
        3. Floating In A Vacuum
        4. 10,000 Violins Playing Inside An Otherwise Empty Head
        5. Milk
        6. Yoyo
        7. I Still Like Kelis
        8. Unhappy Tamagotchi
        9. Throwing Stones At The Moon
        10. Aquarium Acid Trip
        11. Ooh
        12. Taxonomy
        13. Luliuli

        Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

        Superscope

          London-based siblings Kitty,Daisy & Lewis are pleased to unveil details of their forthcoming album, Superscope on September 29th through Sunday Best Recordings.

          The trio follow 2015’s Kitty, Daisy & Lewis The Third, with the new ten track album that sees the multi-instrumentalist band maintain their hands on approach as they write, produce and make sparkling analogue productions.

          Superscope continues to harness their ability to create pop-infused soul, blues, rock n roll and more mixing up genres to perfection emerging with their musical armoury. The first fruits from the band’s studio sessions arrives in the shape of the single Down On My Knees a high octane burst of infectious of glam-tinged rock n roll, an impressive introduction to Superscope. 

          Laucan

          FramesPerSecond

            When Lewes-raised newcomer Laucan began singing in falsetto after the break-up of his old band, he had his reasons. “I didn’t want anyone hearing my songs through the door of my room,” recalls Laurence Galpin, the man who is Laucan (pronounced Lor-can). The falsetto holds firm but the reluctance to be heard is changing with the arrival of the 27-year-old’s debut album, ‘FramesPerSecond’.

            Building on the promise of his debut EP, ‘Up Tomorrow’, Frames sets impressionist lyrical images and heart-in-mouth reveries on innocence lost to sublime music: poised between spectral folk and immersive soundscapes, it’s the sound of a singer who found something special in his attic-based isolation.

            With Andrew Phillips of Ninja Tune post rock duo Grasscut as a collaborator, Galpin composes with a cinematic auteur’s sense of shading and world-building and a flair for sound art that evokes a sense of environment. This shows on the Nick Drake-does-Radiohead-ish ‘I Want Out’, where hypnotic percussion and a coaxing cello accompany reflections on a theme of retreat: “Running away from the sound, disappear into the ground…”

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            Wait For The Impact
            Up Tomorrow
            I Want Out
            Just Off The Old Kent Road
            In Between
            FramesPerSecond
            You Give Way
            Miss Mistiness
            Symptom
            The Tree (Came Down)

            Ben Ottewell

            A Man Apart

            With an avid following from the days in his former band Gomez, A Man Apart is singer/songwriter Ben Ottewell’s third solo offering and follows his albums Shapes and Shadows and Rattlebag. The album is a record that crosses musical genres such as Americana, blues and folk backed by Ben’s unmistakable gutsy and gravelly voice. Co-written with childhood friend and former Tunng member, Sam Genders, the album was recorded in Los Angeles and Sheffield and engineered and produced in the latter by Martin Smith (Richard Hawley).

            A Man Apart delves into such relevant subjects as love and relationships, fame and politics. The album’s title track focuses on populist politicians exploiting people’s hopes and fears, with Bones touching on the realisation of not being worthy of someone, and opener Own It, sees Ben reflect on his time growing up in public in Gomez. New single Watcher is the perfect introduction to the album and despite its pensive meaning, is a melodic Americana led track that builds into a memorable bluesy and soulful chorus. A video for the track will be premiering soon.

            Ben says; "A Man Apart is a transatlantic affair written and recorded both here and in the states. It continues to explore my deep love of Americana through a British filter with themes of love, escape, responsibility and loss, written against the unfortunate backdrop of the populist political upheavals and demagogues that have come to dominate here and in the states.:

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            1. Own It
            2. A Man Apart
            3. Watcher
            4. Cradle
            5. Back To The World
            6. Walking On Air
            7. Steal Away
            8. Bones
            9. Lead Me Away
            10. A Better Lie

            Already being tipped as one to watch out for this year and with Amazing Radio voting her in at No.9 for this year alongside Shura, Spring Kings and Glass Animals, Alice Jemima is set to release her self-titled debut album via Sunday Best Recordings.

            The record includes her breakthrough cover of ‘No Diggity’ by Blackstreet featuring Dr Dre, which went viral and now stands at over 3 million plays, as well as Radio 1 favourite ‘Dodged A Bullet’, which was playlisted at the station after her stand out performance at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Exeter last year.

            TRACK LISTING

            Electric
            Dodged A Bullet
            No More
            Liquorice
            Falling Out Of Love
            When You Dance
            So
            Toxic
            No Diggity
            Live For Now
            Cocoa Liquor
            Take Me Back


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