Outpost attends the 13th annual Urban Music Awards

For 2015’s 13th Annual European Urban Music Awards, the Outpost Media team could be found making merry at Porchester Hall in Bayswater after being nominated in the Best Music PR Company category. With a reputation as the No.1 R&B, Hip-Hop, Soul and Dance Music awards ceremony in the world, it’s no surprise that competition was stiff.

Hosted by UMA founder Jordan Kensington and X Factor’s Kiera Weathers, the event kicked off with a VT from Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, wishing all the nominees luck, and was attended by celebrity guests including Bianca Gascoigne, Miss Great Britain, MC DT (DJ Pied Piper), Kiss DJ Neev (who took home Best Radio Show 2015) and the stars of Sky 1’s Desi Rascals.

However, it was of course grime sensation Stormzy who stole the show – having recently starred alongside Outpost’s own Muzi in a documentary for Noisey, he appeared in person on the night to accept his award for Best Male Act 2015 (as well as pause to take a snap with Outpost’s own M.D, Mel).

Mel and Stormzy (EDIT)Meanwhile, the inimitable Lady LeShurr bagged a record three awards for Best Female Act 2015, Best Hip-Hop Act 2015 and Best Music Video 2015, which she joked cost her absolutely nothing to make, in between a peppering of incredible performances from some talented acts.

Highlights of the night included Zara McFarlane, who won Best Jazz Act 2015 (just sneaking ahead of Outpost’s own Julia Biel, who was also nominated for the award), and Big Narstie, this year’s winner of Best Grime Act 2015, who took a shine to Outpost’s Mel and Federica at the after-party at Turntable in Chancery Lane.

Hugs from Big Narstie (EDIT)
Despite losing out on the Best Music PR award, Outpost is proud to have been nominated at such a prestigious event, and sends its warmest congratulations to all of the winners. Bring on 2016!

Good news comes in twos: Outpost November Newsletter II

With all cylinders firing at Outpost in the run up to the festive season, we thought we’d spoil you with a new update on the successes of our ever-evolving roster of talented clients, from the sensational tones of MOBO Award nominee Julia Biel to the stunning new video from TOYS, featuring ‘Blue Is The Warmest Colour’ knockout actress Adèle Exarchopoulos.


Campaign Focus: Artists

Julia Biel

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‘Best Jazz’ MOBO Award nominee Julia Biel is preparing to release her new ‘Licence To Be Cruel’ EP, which features her distinctive vocals and gloriously individual approach to melody and phrasing. With a performance at The Royal Albert Hall, a premiere on Prefix Magazine and the backing of the likes of Hype Machine and Musical Melting Pot, who also conducted an interview with the Jazz sensation, Julia’s tracks have been causing quite a stir online. She has enjoyed plays on David Rodigan’s BBC 1Xtra show and a spin from Shaun Keavney on BBC 6Music, whilst she is also nominated for ‘Best Jazz Act’ at the Urban Music Awards, joining Outpost’s own nomination for ‘Best PR Company’.

Prefix Premiere: Julia Biel “Licence To Be Cruel” (Son Lux Remix)
Julia Biel: MOBOs, Writing, & Memories [Interview]
Vote for Julia and Outpost in the UMA Awards


MuziMuzi

South Africa’s hottest young DJ/Producer has been exploding back onto the music scene with his blistering new ‘Fire FX’ EP. In the past Muzi has been praised by huge names like Foreign Beggars, Jakwob, Diplo, and The Prodigy as well as Red Bull, i-D, Rinse FM and Skrillex’s label OWLSA. Now the electronic sensation has been making waves with a recently released Noisey documentary alongside MOBO Award winning grime heavyweight Stormzy , filmed in South Africa after the pair met at Nando’s Music Exchange, which Muzi co-hosted with UK chart-topper Example.

Noisey Documentary: Stormzy


nombeNoMBe

November sees the return of multi-talented artist and producer NoMBe, with his new single ‘Kemosabe’. Having garnered praise from the likes of Complex, Majestic Casual and Indie Shuffle, his recent single ‘California Girls’ sent him straight to #1 on both the Spotify US Viral Top 50 and the Hype Machine popular chart. ‘Kemosabe’, which premiered on Wonderland Magazine, has already featured on the likes of Hillydilly, Hypetrak, and Run The Trap, as well as being included on Spin’s  ‘Singles Mix’. It even reached #2 on the Hype Machine popular chart in its first week, only being pipped at the post by Coldplay’s new offering.

Hillydilly – Songs of the Week
Hypetrak: NoMBe – Kemosabe
SPIN Singles Mix


toysTOYS

French director Louis de Caunes’ accompanying short film to TOYS’ new single ‘Fire’ was produced by ‘Blue Is The Warmest Colour’ knockout actress Adèle Exarchopoulos, who also stars alongside real-life partner, Parisian actor and model Jérémie Laheurte, and has seen huge success online with a premiere on i-D and a feature on Nowness, to name a few.

i-D Video Premiere: Toys – Fire


phantomPhantom

Finnish electronic duo Phantom are preparing to release their new single ‘Over’ on 27th November through VILD Recordings. Taken from their forthcoming debut full-length LP, the track follows in the footsteps of their hugely successful previous releases, which brought them attention from the likes of the xx, Majestic Casual, The Guardian, Drowned In Sound, and Edith Bowman.


 

termineYouth Control

Outpost Media is once again working with exciting Finnish record label, Youth Control, to release the debut EP of the hugely exciting new wave indie-rock meets electronica duo Terminé‘Sideways’ EP features 3 unique genre-blending original tracks, as well as two undeniably infectious remixes, one of which comes courtesy of disco powerhouse Roisto, whose previous work with Outpost received  premieres on the likes of Thump and Magnetic Mag and was playlisted on Spotify.


 

fifiFifi Rong

Artist, producer and songwriter Fifi Rong, known for her vocals on Madeaux, Phaeleh and Tricky, as well as her recent studio work with Skepta, is preparing to release her new EP, ‘Violently Silently’, on 4th December. The perfect follow-up to her previous releases, which have been praised by the likes of Fortitude, Clash, Fader and The 405, Fifi will showcase the release with a special EP launch at The Garage in Highbury on 24th November.


 

soniaSonia Stein

Atmospheric pop singer-songwriter Sonia Stein has revealed her latest single ‘Baggage’. Already drawing comparisons with the likes of Lana del Rey and Kate Bush, her haunting sound has previously been featured on Clash, Notion, and Wonderland. Co-written and produced by multi-instrumentalist Ben Jones, who has worked with Kelly Rowland and Tinie Tempah, the track has already seen interest from Kaltblut and i-D.


bloshBLØSH

November sees the return of Oslo-based electro-pop duo BLØSH, with their new single ‘Give It Away’, produced by Grammy nominee Øyvind Gundersen. The pair’s infections indie-pop sound has already won them support from the likes of JaJaJa Music, Indie Shuffle, Hillydilly, and Amazing Radio in the past.


8888 Killa

One of Dallas’ most exciting hip-hop artists 88 Killa is gearing up to release his dangerously addictive debut EP, ’88 Karats’, set to drop on new independent record label DEFDISCO, whose impressive roster features the likes of hip-hop heavyweights Public Enemy. Killa is a co-founder of the Brain Gang Misfits hip-hop collective, credited as the pioneers of the new ‘Dallas Sound’, whose members include Justus (who recently featured on Dr. Dre’s third studio album, ‘Compton: A Soundtrack’), Blue, The Misfit, female rapper Sam Lao and fellow DEFDISCO signee Ish D.


emilieEmilie Ramirez

Up and coming Danish singer/songwriter Emilie Ramirez is releasing her debut single ‘Tranquilizer’. Armed with an experimental style spanning hip-hop, trap, soul and R&B, the single was mastered by music industry legend John Davis, known for working with heavyweights like Lana Del Ray, HAIM, FKA Twigs and U2. In the past Emilie’s sound has received praise from the likes of Fred Perry Subculture and looks set to make waves on its release this month.

Outpost November 2015 Newsletter

With the promise of Christmas not far on the horizon, the final weeks of 2015 are shaping up to be an exciting period for Outpost, with a bulging roster of releases from some of our incredible artists in an eclectic range of genres, as well as numerous live performances across the country.

To top it off, we are also delighted to announce that we have received a nomination in the Best Music PR Company category at the 13th Annual European Urban Music Awards, taking place on Saturday 21st November 2015 at Bayswater’s Porchester Hall. Outpost is amongst some of the biggest names in the music industry nominated for awards, with Tinie Tempah, Katy B, Fuse ODG, Stormzy and Rita Ora all tipped to be the front runners in their respective categories. With almost 200,000 fans submitting nominations this year, we are honoured to have been shortlisted, and would love to have your support! Voting runs over at http://urbanmusicawards.net/united-kingdom/voting/ until 15th November.


Campaign Focus: Artists

sofiSofi de la Torre

Berlin-based alt-pop artist Sofi de la Torre’s ‘Mess’ EP continues to be a huge success, adding to her ever-swelling list of backers such as The Sunday Times by garnering additional support from the likes of i-D, Wonderland and The 405. Lead track ‘Mess’ has already racked up close to 300,000 plays on Spotify and was featured in their New Music and ‘Buzz’ playlists, whilst sultry new cut ‘London x Paris’ is receiving staunch support on the Hype Machine. November will see the long awaited release of the full EP, which will be celebrated with a special launch show at the world renowned Rockwood Music Hall in NYC on 19th November.


stuffSTUFF.

This month brings with it an eclectic country-wide STUFF. tour to celebrate the UK re-release of their eponymous debut album. The experimental 5-piece have received the backing of tastemaker and BBC 6Music DJ Gilles Peterson and BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart, as well as support online from the likes of Notion, Okayplayer, and Clash. The tour will see the group travel across Britain for 6 gigs, which includes performances at Brighton’s hottest new venue; The Joker, London’s legendary Servant Jazz Quarters, and culminating in a show at Liverpool’s legendary Kazimier.


galaxieLe Galaxie

November 27th will see the hotly anticipated international launch of Le Galaxie’s progressive synth-wave techno-pop album, ‘Le Club’. Pegged by Hot Press as ‘Ireland’s outstanding party band’, the build up to the release of their big-label debut has seen premieres on Clash and Billboard as well as features in M Magazine, The Life of Stuff and many more. The release will be celebrated with a headline show at Electrowerkz in Islington on 25th November.


aucanAucan

November 20th will see the release of Italian trio Aucan’s highly anticipated debut LP on hot new label Kowloon Records. Already making waves around the world with their post-rock experimental-electronic tones, their debut album, ‘Stelle Fisse’ is truly an outer space opus. With lead track ‘Disto’ having already premiered on Clash, the Yayamoto Kotzuga remix of the same track has been picking up posts from the likes of Twisted Male Magazine, Highness TV, Promo Magazine and on the Hype Machine.


Campaign Focus: Events

STUFF. – Friday 6th November @ Servant Jazz Quarters, LONDON

STUFF. – Saturday 7th November @ The Old Malt House, BRISTOL

STUFF. – Sunday 8th November @ HiFi Club, LEEDS

STUFF. – Monday 9th November @ The Kazimier, LIVERPOOL

Snowpoet – Sunday 15th November @ Union Chapel, LONDON

Daudi Matsiko – Tuesday 17th November @ The Waterfront, NORWICH

Daudi Matsiko – Wednesday 18th November @ O2, SHEFFIELD

Sofi de la Torre – Thursday 19th November @ Rockwood Music Hall, NEW YORK

Daudi Matsiko – Thursday 19th November @ Manchester Academy, MANCHESTER

BRNS – Tuesday 24th November @ Electrowerkz, LONDON

FIFI RONG – Tuesday 24th November @ The Garage, LONDON

Le Galaxie – Wednesday 25th November @ Electrowerkz, LONDON

Daudi Matsiko – Wednesday 25th November @ ICA, LONDON

BRNS – Thursday 26th November @ Gwdihw, CARDIFF

Daudi Matsiko – Thursday 26th November @ ICA, LONDON

Le Galaxie – Saturday 28th November @ Mutations Festival, BRIGHTON

BRNS – Saturday 28th November @ Mutations Festival, BRIGHTON

Squareglass – Tuesday 1st December @ Birthdays, LONDON

Daudi Matsiko – Thursday 3rd December @ Jam Café, NOTTINGHAM


Campaign Focus: Labels

squareglass

South-East London based electronic label and artist collective squareglass are currently celebrating their hugely successful first year, which has seen releases endorsed by the likes of The 405, i-D, DIY, XLR8R, Notion, Dazed and Clash, with a boutique limited edition 7” square vinyl series of cherry-picked releases in the four different colours of the squareglass logo. The release includes Bunki’s ‘SKTCH’, the visuals for which premiered earlier this year on Complex UK, as well as a number of intra-label mixes, and a live video from former Guardian ‘Band of the Week’, Semi Precious. They will also be celebrating their 1st anniversary with a special show taking place at the aptly named Birthdays in Dalston on 1st December, with Ballerino and Bunki performing alongside label-friends Emperor Yes! and Tryptych.


DEFDISCO

Emerging set-up-for-sync record label DEFDISCO, who boast the likes of Public Enemy, ex Arctic Monkey Andy Nicholson’s Card Gang imprint, former EMI band Lovestarrs, Texan singer/songwriter Kaela Sinclair and leading Dallas hip-hop producer Ish D on their roster, this month announced the brand partnership phase of their ‘record label for the 21st century’ business model. Following our work on Andy Nicholson’s Sticky Blood and emerging producer Hekky, Outpost are working with Def Disco across print and online to maximize the news as well as secure coverage for Lovestarrs’ current Kickstarter campaign.


Artists we’re also working with

This month we have also been working with a number of other talented artists, such as Danish experimental pop singer/songwriter Kill J, who has seen huge success with the release of her new track ‘You’re Good But I’m Better’, which premiered on The Fader and reached No. 1 on the Hype Machine Most Popular chart, and No. 3 on the Twitter chart. Kill J also received plays on Huw Stephens’ show on BBC Radio 1, Amazing Radio and Mamiko Motto’s NTS Radio show.

Ugandan-born Nottingham-based singer/songwriter Daudi Matsiko, who has received praise from the likes of BBC 6Music’s Gilles Peterson and BBC Introducing, is releasing ‘The Lingering Effects of Disconnection’ EP, and New York based indie-rock group Loose Buttons, whose last release received premieres on Clash and Noisey, are preparing to release their new single ‘Crowded Room’. Meanwhile, alternative folk collective Snowpoet, whose debut EP received praise from the likes of Earmilk, 1883 and Louder Than War, have just released new single ‘Mermaid’ ahead of their debut album on Two Rivers Records in January 2016.

We are pleased to be working once again with BRNS, a mesmerizing Belgian experiment in dusk, dance and the fullness of sound, who will be embarking on a UK tour with gigs in London and Cardiff as well as a performance at Brighton’s inner-city festival, Mutations, where Le Galaxie will also be playing on 28th November.