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Sampha

Dual - 10th Anniversary Edition

    Sampha's Dual EP marks its 10th anniversary with a retail exclusive orange vinyl pressing. Recorded in his bedroom in Mordern, South London, Dual provided an intimate and idiosyncratic glimpse of Sampha’s artistic intent to come, and has seen multiple tracks reworked as part of his recent LAHAI and Satellite Business live shows in 2023.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Demons
    2. Beneath The Tree
    3. Without
    4. Hesitant Oath
    5. Indecision
    6. Can't Get Close

    Sampha

    Lahai

      Sampha releases his highly-anticipated, sophomore album LAHAI. Taken from his paternal grandfather’s name, which is also Sampha’s middle name, LAHAI revels in the awe and magic of our existence, synthesizing the exquisite chaos that one experiences confronting the cycle of life and the beyondness. Spanning 14-tracks, with contributions from some of Sampha’s closest friends, peers and collaborators including: Yaeji, Léa Sen, Sheila Maurice Grey (Kokoroko), Ibeyi, Morgan Simpson (Black Midi), Yussef Dayes, Laura Groves and Kwake Bass, LAHAI, in contrast to Process, is a communal affair seeing Sampha explore the many ways in which we as humans connect to each other, and to something bigger than ourselves. On the album’s latest single “Only,” premiering today via a new music video directed by Dexter Navy in collaboration with Sampha, which follows the recent “Spirit 2.0,” we meet a newly energized Sampha, as he spits melodically over a fragmented hip-hop hued beat with co-production from El Guincho.

      Not unlike its maker, LAHAI defies clear categorization. Spanning jazz, soul, rap, dance, jungle and west African music, LAHAI sees Sampha elevating his production and vocal ambition to great new heights. A notable singer, songwriter and producer, it’s no wonder that artists like Kendrick Lamar, Stormzy, Travis Scott and previously, Drake, Solange, Frank Ocean, Beyoncé, Lil Wayne and Alicia Keys have all tapped the artist for his inimitable voice plus songwriting and production contributions to their music. His work expands across multiple disciplines, with previous creative partnerships including the fashion designer Grace Wales Bonner, the Shy Light zine with Durimel (who also shot the LAHAI artwork) his Process film with director Kahlil Joseph, and most recently creative director Jonny Lu, with whom Sampha worked to create the LAHAI album artwork and logo.

      If Process, Sampha’s 2017 Mercury-Prize-winning debut album, was an artist figuring out his own place in the world, engulfed in the shadows of grief and loss, LAHAI is an exercise in the radical acceptance and joy in the human condition, and the beauty in the journey itself. Welcome to Sampha’s next musical chapter: LAHAI.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Stereo Colour Cloud (shaman’s Dream)
      2. Spirit 2.0
      3. Dancing Circles
      4. Suspended
      5. Satellite Business
      6. Jonathan L. Seagull
      7. Inclination Compass (Tenderness)
      8. Only
      9. Time Piece
      10. Can’t Go Back
      11. Evidence
      12. Wave Therapy
      13. What If You Hypnotise Me?
      14. Rose Tint

      Ethan P. Flynn

      Abandon All Hope

        Yorkshire-born, London-based singer, songwriter, and producer Ethan P. Flynn’s debut album, Abandon All Hope pours twenty-four years' worth of experience into 8 eclectic tracks. Featuring backup vocals from rising singer, Ava Gore, Abandon All Hope is a bold statement to mark Ethan P. Flynn arrival as a true artist in his own right.

        Abandon All Hope is the culmination of an intensely fruitful period of personal creativity that has seen the young artist collaborate with a host of familiar names including David Byrne, FKA Twigs, Jockstrap, and Vegyn. 44 minutes long, 22 minutes on each side (intentionally to be the traditional length of a 12” LP), recorded at Narcissus Studios in 12 days, the album is bound together by a unifying theme; an album in the old-fashioned sense. It recalls 70s greats like Randy Newman and Harry Nilsson while exploring feelings of longing and losing power to hope in situations of relationships, love, navigating anxiety, and the coming of age in the 21st century.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. In Silence
        2. Abandon All Hope
        3. Clutching Your Pearls
        4. No Shadow
        5. Leaving The Boys Behind
        6. Bad Weather
        7. Crude Oil
        8. Demolition

        Romy

        Mid Air

          Mid Air is an album about celebration, sanctuary and salvation on the dance floor. It's an album that deals with love, grief, relationships, identity and sexuality and is a love letter to the queer clubs where Romy found community and connection. It’s a coming-out album in a way, although she came out in her personal life a long time ago, but it’s also a coming-through album – through grief and heartache, towards euphoria.

          Mid Air sees Romy working alongside producers Fred again.. and Stuart Price, as well as her bandmate Jamie xx on recent single “Enjoy Your Life”. Also featuring the previous single (and crossover anthem) “Strong”, Mid Air is the perfect encapsulation of a sound Romy describes as “emotional music to dance to”. It’s a sound that’s set to unify dancefloors, distilling Romy’s love of club classics and classic song writing and finding the sweet spot – like much of Romy’s favourite music – between euphoria, escapism, sadness and melancholy.

          To celebrate news of the album, Romy today releases her latest single, the Fred again..-produced “Loveher”. It’s a pivotal track for Romy and acts as both the album opener and the first song to be written for the record. Romy and Fred were first paired together to write songs for other people, but their fast friendship and musical connection proved to be a spark for something new. After writing “Loveher”, a declarative pop song about the intimacy of falling in love with a woman, “Fred asked me, who could this be for?” explains Romy “and I tentatively said… ‘maybe me?’”. A proud and positive queer love story, this was the beginning of Mid Air.


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: Romy of XX fame present a wonderfully evocative set of crystalline dancefloor bangers, high energy synth lines and her instantly recognisable vocals, calling upon Fred Again, Jamie (of aforementioned band) and a lovely bit of sampling of the endlessly talented Beverly Glenn-Copeland on 'Mid Air'.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Loveher
          2. Weightless
          3. The Sea
          4. One Last Try
          5. DMC
          6. Strong Ft. Fred Again..
          7. Twice
          8. Did I
          9. Mid Air Ft. Beverly Glenn-Copeland
          10. Enjoy Your Life
          11. She’s On My Mind

          Daniela Lalita

          Trececerotres

            Daniela Lalita ‘s debut EP Trececerotres on Young. A direct reference to the apartment - 1303 - in Peru where Lalita grew up with her mother and grandmother, Trececerotres is rooted in magic, ritual, healing and the matrilineal relationship.

            Every song on Trececerotres feels like a different mode of ancestral channeling. The Peruvian creative - whose practice spans music, costume design, film, performance and fine art - stretches her voice into raw guttural depths, reaching brutally emotional heights throughout the record to startling effect. A testament to a childhood talent of learning to do different voices for TV commercials as her first job, Lalita’s vocal distortions mesh together with drums, gnashing electronica and esoteric glossolalia to craft a sound both modern and mystical. Working with the buchla synth Lalita found a world without limitations of traditional scales, the instrument provided boundless experimentation for the artist whose practice of recording and layering vocals were implemented in the production of Trececerotres to craft a multiplicity of sonic worlds.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Trececerotres
            2. Tenía Razón
            3. Atrás
            4. No Para
            5. Pisoteo

            Oliver Sim

            Hideous Bastard

              The debut solo album from Oliver Sim - vocalist and bassist of The xx, Hideous Bastard is a deeply self-confessional journey of fear and shame inspired by the queer horror films he loves. Oliver is joined by Jamie xx, who produces Hideous Bastard with an elegant touch, and Jimmy Somerville (Bronski Beat/Communards), an angel, who takes us to the heavens. Full of surreal pop sounds that escape into the ether and break free, Hideous Bastard is a bold and ambitious debut that sees Oliver explore his voice and his capacity to evoke emotion, melding masculinity and tenderness, beauty with a baritone.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Liam says: Debut solo album from bassist and vocalist of The xx, "Hideous Bastard" is a deeply important project for Oliver Sim. With fellow bandmate Jamie xx on production duties, and the assistance from Jimmy Somerville on the opening track, "Hideous Bastard" tackles themes of shame, fear, masculinity and Sims' HIV status. A truly vulnerable, beautiful and ultimately powerful record.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Hideous
              2. Romance With A Memory
              3. Sensitive Child
              4. Never Here
              5. Unreliable Narrator
              6. Saccharine
              7. Confident Man
              8. GMT
              9. Fruit
              10. Run The Credits

              Ethan P. Flynn

              Universal Deluge

                Ethan P. Flynn presents the ‘Universal Deluge’ EP.

                Plunging into the darker side of experimental pop, Flynn combines electronics with stripped-back acoustics, underpinned by his well-recognised idiosyncratic voice; a style which has seen Ethan work with the likes of FKA Twigs, David Byrne and Black Country, New Road, and pinned “as great as Bowie, I’m just waiting for the world to see it… he’s a legend in the making” by slowthai.

                TRACK LISTING

                Father Of Nine
                Distraught
                Vegas Residency
                Spoils
                Cheerleader
                The Universal Deluge
                Enough Is Enough


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