Tuesday, 30 March 2021

SPORTS TEAM announce limited edition B-sides & Rarities Vinyl 'Plant Test' , Headline 02 Academy & Festival performances

To celebrate the easing of lockdown measures, Britain’s most rambunctious band Sports Team release a special, limited edition B-sides & Rarities Vinyl, Plant Test, available only at Independent retailers in the UK. Independent retail has been at the heart of Sports Team’s output, having had the biggest vinyl sales for a debut British artist in 2020, and number 1 on official vinyl chart week of release. The six piece have also announced their rescheduled tour dates, and will bring the dizzying chaos of their live show to Manchester Academy, SWG3, Rock City, University Stylus, Whelans, SWX, and culminate at O2 Academy Brixton on 25 November 2021, for many nights to remember. See below for the full list of the “Red Hot Rock Show” dates and festival performances. 

It will be the band’s first time performing songs from their debut, which battled it out with global superstar Lady Gaga for the number #1 spot in the UK charts last June. It was a chart race which broke Twitter; from fashioning a Lewis Capaldi summoning circle, to Sam Fender & TV fisherman Jeremy Wade, wading in, with the band missed out on the top spot by only 500 sales. Described as “a debut as wry, energetic and charismatic as their inexhaustible live presence has always promised” (L&Q) and “an album soaked in teen spirit, Sports Team are the complete package” (DORK), the record went on to become the biggest selling album of the week in Independent Retail, and was nominated for the prestigious Hyundai Mercury Prize, alongside Dua Lipa, Charli XCX, Laura Marling, and winner Michael Kiwanuka.

 

For a band on the cusp of stardom, the only venues Sports Team entered in 2020 was their local pub The Nags Head, an empty Oval for their Sunday Brunch performance, and an empty Coliseum Theatre, headlining GQ’s virtual Men Of The Year Awards. With touring back and festivals going ahead, this might just be the year we get to be Deep Down Happy.

SPORTS TEAM announce limited edition B-sides & Rarities Vinyl 'Plant Test' - Photo copyright Benjamin Eagle (All Rights Reserved)
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Sports Teams limited edition "Plant Test

Sports Team “Red Hot Rock Show” dates and festival performances

FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES
  • Fri 09 Jul 2021 Glasgow TRNSMT Festival
  • Sat 24 Jul 2021 Oxfordshire Truck Festival
  • Fri 13 Aug 2021 Leicester 110 Above Festival
  • Fri 27 Aug 2021 Reading Reading Festival
  • Sat 28 Aug 2021 Leeds Leeds Festival
  • Sun 05 Sep 2021 Warrington Neighbourhood Weekender
  • Sat 25 Sep 2021 Bristol Dot to Dot Festival
  • Sun 26 Sep 2021 Nottingham Dot To Dot Festival
UK HEADLINE TOUR
  • Sat 02 Oct 2021 Manchester Manchester Academy
  • Tue 26 Oct 2021 Glasgow SWG3
  • Wed 17 Nov 2021 Nottingham Rock City
  • Thu 18 Nov 2021 Leeds Leeds University Stylus
  • Sun 21 Nov 2021 Dublin Whelan's
  • Tue 23 Nov 2021 Bristol SWX Bristol
  • Thu 25 Nov 2021 London O2 Academy Brixton

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Friday, 26 March 2021

"AMY WINEHOUSE AT THE BBC" PRESENTED BY UMC/ISLAND

 “Amy Winehouse At The BBC”, a 3xLP/ 3xCD collection chronicling the many remarkable performances by arguably the greatest and most genuine talent to emerge in British music in decades, will be released on May 7th 2021 through UMC/Island. For the very first time this updated release offers audio-only versions of the songs featured on ‘A Tribute To Amy Winehouse by Jools Holland’ and the ‘BBC One Sessions Live at Porchester Hall’, and so a high proportion of these tracks will be completely new to DSPs. “Stronger Than Me”, “Tears Dry On Their Own” and “You Know I’m No Good” will be available on streaming services from March 24th while the video for “Stronger Than Me” being available on YouTube. This comprehensive collection captures the strong and enduring relationship that Amy enjoyed with the BBC and is further proof of quite what an extraordinarily talented, completely original, and truly engaging performer Amy was.

“Amy Winehouse At The BBC” includes Amy’s earliest BBC Radio sessions, music from her first ever TV performances, as well as unheard gems, rarities, unique covers and live versions of classic songs from “Frank” and “Back To Black”. The set also includes a beautifully illustrated 20-page booklet featuring rare photographs.

Disc 1 is a selection of recordings chosen by Later presenter, songwriter and much loved musician Jools Holland, Disc 2 is a 14-song audio selection dating from 2004 to 2009, while Disc 3 features the performances from Amy’s memorable Porchester Hall sessions.

Like Amy’s three previous albums, this collection will prove, once more, a fitting tribute to her peerless artistry, phenomenal talent, and extraordinary powers as a songwriter, a singer and an interpreter of classics.

“Amy Winehouse At The BBC” is available to pre-order now: https://amywinehouse.lnk.to/AtTheBBC

“Amy Winehouse At The BBC” is available to pre-order now

 “I remember the first time hearing her voice...
I instantly knew she was destined to be one of the greatest” - NAS
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“Jools loved Amy straight away – her honesty as a vocalist, songwriter and Londoner…Britain has produced a lot of brilliant female singer-songwriters and vocalists in the last decade or so, many from Beth Gibbons to Adele, rooted in older black American forms, soul and jazz and blues. But there was only ever one Amy Winehouse. She was frank and fresh and haunted. And we miss her.” - Mark Cooper BBC

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DISC/LP ONE - A Tribute To Amy Winehouse by Jools Holland

  1. STRONGER THAN ME
  2. TAKE THE BOX
  3. TEACH ME TONIGHT feat. Jools Holland
  4. REHAB
  5. TENDERLY feat. Jools Holland
  6. TEARS DRY ON THEIR OWN
  7. MONKEY MAN feat. Jools Holland
  8. I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE feat. Paul Weller and Jools Holland
  9. DON’T GO TO STRANGERS feat. Paul Weller and Jools Holland
  10. LOVE IS A LOSING GAME

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DISC/LP TWO - The BBC Sessions

  1. KNOW YOU NOW (Leicester Summer Sundae 2004)
  2. FUCK ME PUMPS (T In The Park 2004)
  3. IN MY BED (T In The Park 2004)
  4. OCTOBER SONG (T In The Park 2004)
  5. REHAB (Pete Mitchell 2006)
  6. YOU KNOW I’M NO GOOD (Jo Whiley Live Lounge 2007)
  7. JUST FRIENDS (Big Band Special 2009)
  8. LOVE IS A LOSING GAME (Jools Holland 2009)
  9. TEARS DRY ON THEIR OWN (Jo Whiley Live Lounge 2007)
  10. BEST FRIENDS, RIGHT? (Leicester Summer Sundae 2004)
  11. I SHOULD CARE (The Stables 2004)
  12. LULLABY OF BIRDLAND (The Stables 2004)
  13. VALERIE (Jo Whiley Live Lounge 2007)
  14. TO KNOW HIM IS TO LOVE HIM (Pete Mitchell 2006)

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DISC/LP  THREE  - Amy Winehouse- BBC One Sessions Live at Porchester Hall

  1. KNOW YOU NOW
  2. TEARS DRY ON THEIR OWN
  3. YOU KNOW I’M NO GOOD
  4. JUST FRIENDS
  5. HE CAN ONLY HOLD HER
  6. I HEARD LOVE IS BLIND
  7. REHAB
  8. TAKE THE BOX
  9. SOME UNHOLY WAR
  10. BACK TO BLACK
  11. VALERIE
  12. ADDICTED
  13. ME & MR JONES
  14. MONKEY MAN

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

CLEVER UNVEILS MUCH-ANTICIPATED DEBUT ALBUM CRAZY Ft. JUICE WRLD, POST MALONE, LIL WAYNE, LIL BABY, CHRIS BROWN & MORE

After heating up the anticipation to a boiling point, CLEVER unleashes his debut album, CRAZY, via Grade A/Posty Co./Republic Records today. Listen to CRAZYHERE.

He bulldozed the way for the record with the buzzing smash “Life’s A Mess II” [feat. Juice WRLD & Post Malone]. Right out of the gate, it amassed 4 million-plus and counting Spotify streams in addition to garnering critical acclaim. Beyond plugs from UPROXX and HotNewHipHop, HYPEBEAST described it as “a heartbreaking, hard-hitting and hypnotic version. Complex included it on “Best New Music This Week” and went on to call it “heartfelt.Meanwhile, the early standout “Rolls Royce Umbrella” [feat. Chris Brown] has also posted up 1.3 million Spotify streams and counting.

HotNewHipHop pegged him as “one of the stars of tomorrow, and HipHopDX described “Rolls Royce Umbrella” as “moody and triumphant. In addition, he spoke to Substream Magazine in-depth about his rise and the new music.

Crazy threads together an unforgettable trip through CLEVER’s mind, and he invited some icons along for the ride. He joins forces with Lil Wayne and Isaiah Lyric on the piano-driven “Call Me Nobody” where his quiet verses give way to a towering chorus and knockout cameos from Weezy and Isaiah. Ominous keys underscore the painful social justice melodies of “Skittles” [feat. Lil Baby] as he wails, “If I beat another case, what’s the score?” Everything culminates on the airy guitar and 808 exhale of “Alive. The finale builds towards one last vocal exorcism punctuated by a bold vocal crescendo.

Check out the full tracklisting below.
Repeatedly dubbed “The music industry’s best-kept secret,” CLEVER is no longer a secret in 2021.

TRACKLISTING:

1.July
2.Use Again
3.In My Ear
4.Call Me Nobody feat. Lil Wayne & Isaiah Lyric
5.Everything Beautiful
6.Way Out
7.Rolls Royce Umbrella feat. Chris Brown
8.Life’s A Mess II feat. Juice WRLD & Post Malone
9.99
10.Dreams
11.It’s All Bad
12.Skittles feat.Lil Baby
13.Alive

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Listen to CRAZYHERE

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Tuesday, 9 March 2021

MOTOWN/UME ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF "MARY WILSON: EXPANDED EDITION"

In keeping with a promise made to the legendary artist/author and original and founding member of the Supremes, Mary Wilson, Motown/UMe announce the release of Mary Wilson: Expanded Edition, available for pre-order today, HERE. In time for what would have been Mary Wilson’s 77th Birthday, March 6, we celebrate her birthday and honor her history and legacy with the first of her album projects. 

Ms. Wilson, who retained ownership of her solo recordings, wanted to make the album – and much more - available to her many fans around the world. Mary Wilson: Expanded Edition is a newly compiled version of her solo album, originally released by Motown in 1979, that will now be available on all digital platforms for the first time. Added to the album are eight incredible bonus tracks, four of them unreleased, including the legendary tracks recorded as a follow-up to the album produced by Gus Dudgeon (Elton John, Joan Armatrading, Chris Rea, et al). Featured as the lead single is a brand-new song, “Why Can’t We All Get Along,” produced by Richard Davis and co-written with Angelo Bond, who previously had great success as a co-writer with General Johnson and Greg Perry for “Bring The Boys Home.”

Mary Wilson, who had many fond memories around recording her solo debut, was so excited about the release of this album that, after finalizing details with UMe, she created an impromptu “teaser,” posting what was to be her final YouTube video. “I finally decided how to work with Universal, and they are going to release new Mary Wilson recordings,” she said. “Yes! At last! At last,” adding that the expanded version of the album, known by her and to fans as “Red Hot,” referring to its lead single, will include the Dudgeon productions – and something new. “It was four wonderful songs that were never released… and I also have some other songs, some surprising new songs… Thank you Universal for chiming in with me and helping this come true. Hopefully some of that will be out on my birthday, March 6th... I’ve got my fingers crossed.”

Sadly, the world mourned the sudden passing of Mary Wilson on February 8th, which also marked the 56th anniversary of The Supremes’ #1 hit, “Stop! In the Name Of Love.” She was a world-renowned singer, best-selling author, a humanitarian, artist rights advocate, philanthropist, cultural ambassador for the U.S. appointed by Colin Powell, but she was best known as a “Supreme.” She was the co-founder of the original Supremes, along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, which signed to Motown in January 1961, making this year their 60th anniversary. The group broke down barriers by becoming the world’s most popular female singing trio, with an unprecedented string of 12 number one hits, 33 top 40 singles, a record breaking 5 consecutive number ones, and the first number one album for a female group. Mary Wilson is the only member with the group from their signing in 1961 to their disbanding in 1977. Their legendary history is the foundation for dozens of books, movies, and even three Broadway musicals.

But the often-overlooked history is of the solo careers of Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard. Ballard had previously released an album on ABC Records while, upon leaving the Supremes, Mary Wilson released her self-titled solo album debut on Motown, her label for the previous 18 years. Mary Wilson had the potential of becoming a dance classic. Famed Motown Producer Hal Davis, known for #1 hits on the Jackson 5, Thelma Houston and Diana Ross crafted a lush disco album for Wilson, with six dance tracks and a mid-tempo ballad. Wilson recorded the album while pregnant with her youngest son, Raphael, and for the album’s cover shoot she was wrapped in a jacket to hide the pregnancy.

“Red Hot” was the obvious lead single. But just prior to the release of the album the infamous Disco Demolition Night took place at Comiskey Park in Chicago on July 12, 1979. The “Disco Sucks” movement impacted the release of Mary Wilson, and the single reached #85 on the dance chart and #95 on the R&B chart. This new collection retrieves for history the song’s rare 12” and 7” mixes, which were unique from the album’s version. Despite being loved by fans, and the release of a second single, “Pick Up the Pieces” in the U.K., the Mary Wilson album did not get the recognition it deserved.

In 1980, Mary Wilson headed to Europe to record with Elton John’s producer, Gus Dudgeon. The late Dudgeon, who started as Decca Records’ in-house recording engineer, became a key creative collaborator with Elton John, producing seven No. 1 albums, in addition to creating masterworks with David Bowie, Joan Armatrading, Chris Rea, and many more.

Wilson wrote in her second autobiography, Supreme Faith: Someday We’ll Be Together, “I was very excited about these four songs.  It wasn’t the formula disco of my first album. Two of the songs were big ballads. The other two were rock and roll in the style of Tina Turner’s mid-eighties hits; I was certainly ahead of the time.” Three of the four songs were never released. The fourth song, “You Dance My Heart Around the Stars,” first made available in 2015 on a collection of the co-writer’s, Steve Kalinich, a frequent collaborator of the Beach Boys, is considered one of Wilson’s finest performances. 

In 1986 Mary Wilson wrote her best-selling autobiography, Dreamgirl: My Life As A Supreme, followed by two more books, Supreme Faith: Someday We’ll Be Together, and Supreme Glamour.  Although Mary continued to record and release music through the rest of her career, fans have continually requested to hear this music. These songs remain among the most requested items in the Motown catalog.

While recording more music over the last 10 years, Mary Wilson reconnected with Richard Davis, executive of Gold Forever Music, a publishing company established by Eddie Holland after leaving Motown. In the early days of Motown, Holland-Dozier-Holland was the songwriting team responsible for The Supremes’ string of hit records.

While Mary continued to record, she kept a journal with her most personal thoughts, perspective, outlook, philosophy on life, beliefs based on her experiences and topics of the day.  Richard Davis discussed this song with Wilson. Mary told Davis and Bond that their lyrics were able to capture and articulate her feelings into song and help her tell her story. As she was watching and writing about her feelings about the political unrest and the division in the country, Mary felt strongly about releasing “Why Can’t We All Get Along,” now in the hopes of spreading a positive message through music.

 TRACKLISTING:

Mary Wilson
Mary Wilson: Expanded Edition
1.   Red Hot (6:06)
2.   I've Got What You Need (5:08)
3.   You Make Me Feel So Good (5:51)
4.  (I Love A) Warm Summer Night  (4:07)
5.   Pick Up the Pieces * (5:01)
6.   You're the Light That Guides My Way (3:18)
7.   Midnight Dancer (3:08)
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#1-7: Produced by Hal Davis
* Co-Produced by Hal Davis & Bobby Belle
Originally issued as Motown M7-927 R1 (1979)
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 Bonus Tracks
The Red Hot Singles
8.   Red Hot 7” Single Version (3:53)
9.   Red Hot 12” Disco Version - Remixed by Rusty Garner (7:12)
10. Red Hot 12” B-Side Promo Version - Remixed by Rusty Garner (3:53) – previously unreleased commercially
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The Gus Dudgeon Sessions – previously unreleased except **
11. You Dance My Heart Around the Stars** (4:34)
12. Save Me (3:53)
13. Love Talk (4:05)
14. Green River (3:36)
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The Richard Davis Sessions – previously unreleased
15. Why Can’t We All Get Along Single version (4:50)

Mary Wilson’s Self-Titled Solo Album Makes Its Digital Debut
Mary Wilson’s Self-Titled Solo Album Makes Its Digital Debut
available for , pre-order today here.
Includes 8 Bonus Tracks Featuring Rare Remixes, the Never-Before-Released Gus Dudgeon Sessions and a Brand-New song, “Why Can’t We All Get Along”

Saturday, 6 March 2021

Ray Blk drops new single "Games" featuring hip hop legend Giggs.

Ray Blk one of the realest, most challenging and important voices in music, dropped her brand new single “GAMES”, featuring hip hop legend Giggs, on March 4th through Island Records. The hard-hitting track and video, directed by Nathan James Tettey, long-time collaborator with Dave, Headie One, Stormzy, Burna Boy and Fredo, is the next single from Ray’s forthcoming and hugely anticipated debut album which will be released in the summer. The essence of the title ‘games’ are being played during four after parties spanning four different eras; the 80’s, 90s, 00s up to the present and looks at the age-old issue of complicated relationships and the games men and women play. Speaking about the video concept Ray says “Nathan and I wanted to highlight that as we transcend through time, the essence of relationships still stay the same, whilst also creating a nostalgic and stylistic music video.”

Ray has spent lockdown writing and recording her long-awaited debut album which promises to be one of the cultural highlights of the year, reminding everyone what a truly special and unique artist Ray is. She also wrote and performed “Warriors”, the lead track from the hugely acclaimed BAFTA-nominated hit film “Rocks”.

Ray also hosted a 12-week run of the Apple Agenda Show with Mabel, Mahalia, Ghetts and many more. As well as this, she fronted a special Black History Blackout Radio show for Apple music which showcased her passion and knowledge about black women in music including interviews with legends Ms Dynamite and Estelle.

Following her highly acclaimed Oxford University and Ted talks, Ray was also invited by Cambridge University to discuss what Black History Month means to her and share her experience as a black woman in the entertainment industry with the Cambridge Union.

RAY BLK DROPS NEW SINGLE "GAMES" FEATURING GIGGS

RAY BLK drops new single ‘GAMES’ - Featuring GIGGS
Video Directed by Nathan James Tettey

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“The debut studio album from Ray Blk should already be on your list of things to look forward to” - Complex
“An inheritor to Lauryn Hill’s soulful crown” The Times

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