Now that the novelty of an extra hour in bed has truly worn off and 2019 is well within reaching distance, it’s time for us to light up your Monday with a much needed music round-up.

Whilst plotting out debut album campaigns, festival announcements, sell-out tours and everything in between, we’ve been busy guys of late. So whether you’re getting ready to go and watch the loudest light show of the year with your least favourite effigy in flames, or just staying in to comfort your four legged pals, we feel it would be treasonous not to take a look at our latest projects below…

PR Highlights

SERIOUS KLEIN

Alicia Keys’ protege releases ‘art rap’ debut


German-Ghanaian rapper Serious Klein released his debut album ‘You Should’ve Known‘ this month. The sliver-tongued hip hop lyricist has gained online support from Earmilk, Dummy, OkayAfrica, Complex and COLORS, as well as UK radio play from Jamz Supernova and Benji B on BBC 1Xtra – while his episodic short film ‘The Seed‘ is also showing on The FADER. With co-signs from the likes of Denzel Curry, Mick Jenkins, Bryson Tiller and Alicia Keys, Serious Klein is emerging quickly from the underground hip hop scene.
[Majestic Casual]

ELDER ISLAND

Bristolian trio headline Village Underground on sold out UK tour


Elder Island are currently performing across the UK and Ireland on their Omnitone tour – selling out 5 dates including London, Dublin, Manchester, Glasgow and Bristol. The band are preparing for the release of their highly anticipated debut album early next year, currently awaited by over 1 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Already receiving widespread support from Clash, NME, Kaltblut, Pop Matters and XLR8R, Elder Island continue to prove why they’re ones to watch in 2019.
[The Orchard]

HOLLIE COOK

Tropical pop princess headlines Scala and covers UK garage classic


Wrapping up the successful ‘Vessel of Love‘ album campaign, Hollie Cook has been busy spreading her lovers rock sound around the UK on her recent tour, including a sold out night at London’s Scala. Hollie also treated us to her sugary version of Shanks & Bigfoot’s UK garage classic ‘Sweet Like Chocolate‘, which earned her inches in the The Guardian Guide’s pages yet again. Speaking to LA Weekly before her US run, Hollie said she’s already thinking about the next record… so keep your eyes peeled.

[Merge Records]

Distribution

TILFINNINGAR VINA MINA

Icelandic trio joins growing roster

Tilfinningar Vina Mina released their debut EP ‘Tónlist hljómar samt betur með þér‘ via Outpost distribution last month – now try saying that after drinking a bottle of Brennivín… The stylized band from Iceland create an eclectic style of electronic experimentalism and have dropped an exclusive selection of vinyl at the Reykjavik Music Market. If you happen to be in town this week for Airwaves, be sure to hit us up for a ten pound pint!

Events

NORTHSIDE

The Streets, Bon Iver and Major Lazer confirmed for summer 2019


The whistle has blown for the 10th season of NorthSide and the first announcement of acts is out. The Danish event has become a key date in the festival diary after making world news for hosting Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde‘ live debut and one of Tyler, The Creator’s first European shows in several years. As well as being highlighted for its dedication to sustainability in London In Stereo’s 2018 festival guide and named one of Europe’s best festivals by Grazia, The Telegraph also listed the NorthSide as one of the top 3 alternatives to Glastonbury this year. Watch out for more announcements coming your way soon…
[6-8th June 2019]

Playlists

Listen to Freja Kirk in COLORS’ Weekly Releases, Spotify’s FOMO, Hype Machine’s PopularDummy: Brand New,  Disco Naïveté’s New Music and Filtr’s Stay Dope, Chinah in XL Play, Filtr Danmark’s Poppin Pop, and Dummy: Brand New , Serious Klein in Dummy: Next Hype, Filtr Urban: New Music Monday, STOPIFY’s Rap Brain, All Trap Music and Downtown Hip Hop , Elder Island in Topsify’s Alternative NationIndie + Alernative, Digster’s I Love SundaysNME’s New Bangers, Filtr UK’s Breakfast Coffee and Mega Hits Australia, Selma Judith in Denmark’s Viral 50, Spotify’s New Hip-Hop and R&B and Indie + Alternative, Hollie Cook in Spotify’s Chilled Reggae and Dub On The Beach, MEI in Kojey Radical’s Can I Speak, Peter Ibbetson in Apple Music’s Vibes and Dummy: Brand New, InAbell in PressPlay OK: New Music Friday, Krista Papista in NBHAP’s Daily Tune, Shirazee in Spotify’s Afropop Major Lazer takeover playlist,  Spotify’s Chill Tracks, Starbucks’ Summer SoundsJoe And The Juice and Electro Posé – Discoveries,  Listen to the Tape Notes podcast here

Find all our latest roster additions here

Coming Up

Live:
Elder Island: Village Underground, London – 06.11.18
Elder Island: The Haunt, Brighton – 07.11.18
Elder Island: Club Ifor Bach, Cardiff – 09.11.18
Elder Island: Trinity Centre, Bristol – 10.11.18
CHINAH: Bermondsey Social Club, London – 13.11.18
HOPE: Borderline, London – 20.11.18
HOPE: Shacklewell Arms, London – 25.11.18
From Concentrate Label Showcase: White House City, London – 29.11.18
 
Releases:
CHINAH ‘Anyone‘ LP – 09.11.18
Inabell ‘Humble Wishes‘ EP – 13.11.18
Pi Ja Ma ‘Nice To Meet U‘ LP – 18.01.19
Elder Island ‘The Omnitone Collection‘ LP – 08.02.19

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