We are all desperately sad to have heard the news of Nigel Grainge’s passing. It had been a real joy to reconnect with Nigel in the past year since we became the effective custodians of his iconic label Ensign Records, discussing with him all the great signings he made, including of course Sinéad O’Connor and The Waterboys.
He unearthed from his vast collection a variety of demos, out-takes and alternative versions that were a joy to listen to. More than anything else it was such a pleasure, as in years past, to hear him talk with knowledge, passion and enthusiasm about the music he cared for. Those were the qualities that guided him through his career. He should be an example and inspiration for all people, young and old, who make their living working with this precious commodity that he loved so much. Nigel we will miss you.
Jeremy Lascelles and all at Chrysalis Records
Delano Smith to Release The Lost Tapes on Sushitech
Berlin based label Sushitech are set to release ‘The Lost Tapes’, a brand new compilation of rare and unreleased tracks from Delano Smith. The package will be pieced together from an extensive archive of recordings, stems and mixes. More release info coming soon.
Jack McManus co-writes ‘Skyline’ by Möwe
Jack McManus has collaborated with Austrian deep house duo Möwe on their latest release ‘Skyline’. The single is out now on disco:wax, have a listen below.
Nadia Reid Announces UK & European Tour
Nadia Reid has just announced her next stretch of tour dates for 2017. Running from August to late September Nadia will play shows across the UK, Ireland and Europe. Full details and tickets can be found here.
Let’s Eat Grandma Remix ‘I Bow Down’ By Pixx
Let’s Eat Grandma have remixed the first track from Pixx’s debut album ‘The Age Of Anxiety’. This is the first remix the pair have undertaken and their imaginative restyling of ‘I Bow Down’ was premiered on Huw Stephens BBC Radio 1 show. Watch the video below.
Kevin Saunderson As E-Dancer Releases ‘Heavenly Revisited’
As part of KMS Records 30th Anniversary, founder and label owner Kevin Saunderson will deliver ‘Heavenly Revisited’, a reissue of his classic E-Dancer LP, first released in 1998, now remastered and remixed with more recent E-Dancer material added. The first EP, featuring three tracks available on vinyl and digital, lands May 5.
Jack McManus Co-Writes ‘Brother’ by Little Giants
Jack McManus’s latest co-write has been released by indie dance music trio, Little Giants. Their single ‘Brother’ has reached number 8 in the Spotify Viral Charts and was featured in the New Music Friday playlist. Listen to the full track below.
Blue Raincoat Songs have signed the Manchester five piece, Cabbage who are regularly pegged as the most exciting band in the UK right now. Through relentless dedication and hard graft they’ve self-released 4 EPs culminating in ‘Young, Dumb And Full Of…’ and have just embarked on their busiest tour schedule yet.
The band consists of Lee Broadbent (lead vocals), Joe Martin (vocals, guitar), Eoghan Clifford (guitar), Stephan Evans (bass) & Asa Morley (drums). Having been included in the longlist for BBC Sound of 2017 alongside artists such as Anderson .Paak, Rag’N’Bone Man, RAYE & Nadia Rose we know they’ll reach new heights upon the release of their debut album.
Chrysalis Records Re-Release Fun Lovin’ Criminal’s Albums
4 classic Fun Lovin’ Criminal’s albums are now available to purchase on CD. The re-issue package includes the bands first 3 albums, ‘Come Find Yourself’, ‘100% Colombian’ & ‘Loco’ as well as the compilation album Mimosa. Get your copy from the Fun Lovin’ Criminals official website here.
Delano Smith Signing
Blue Raincoat Artists welcomes Delano Smith to the fold! Based out of Detroit, Delano is a true archetype of the Motor City DJ. His career stretches back to the late 70s where he began spinning records in the disco & post-disco era that paved the way for the emergence of techno. Many of Detroit’s most influential electronic artists credit Delano as an inspiration, including Eddie Fowlkes, Derrick May and Jeff Mills.
His high-threshold for quality is translated into both his DJ sets and productions. Tracks on the likes of Appolonia, his own Mixmode imprint, Third Ear and Sushitech, the latter of which released both his albums, have positioned Delano as a hero amongst connoisseurs of the underground.