The Skints prep ‘Short Change’

skintsEast London Reggae starters The Skints introduce their latest EP ‘Short Change’ out on their own label Penny Drop Recordings

The lead single, ‘The Cost Of Living Is Killing Me’, is a seemingly bittersweet ode to the current economic climate, played out over an infectious rhythm influenced by the thumping soundsystem reggae of Jah Shaka. With Josh Waters Rudge casting a gritty Cockney spell with his credible rap style, complemented by the rich tones of the multi-talented Marcia Richards (keys, saxophone, flute and melodica) and vocal talents of drummer Jamie Kyriakides, the track delivers topical lyrics that will appeal to listeners across the spectrums of pop, ska and grime. Second track ‘Break Me Down’ is more nostalgic in feel, with vintage/’69 reggae vibes tinged with the raw tones of UK hip-hop. A collaboration with London-based rapper and guitarist Jovel aka Random Impulse, the uplifting harmonies epitomize the sunny sound of summer. ‘Broken Hearted’, the third and final track, is best described as ‘Jamaican dancehall-influenced party pop’, with an undeniably feel-good vibe that perfectly showcases The Skints’ ability to transcend genres.

Watch the video for The Skints ‘The Cost Of Living Is Killing Me’ below.

Molotov Jukebox shine their ‘Neon Lights’

molotov-jukeboxWith the Game of Thrones heading into a new season excitement is at fever pitch, with that in mind – we have two of the stars Oona Chaplin (as a stripper) and Natalia Tena moonlighting in Molotov Jukebox’s music video for their latest single ‘Neon Lights’. Natalia Tena – a full time actress, who’s previously starred in Harry Potter, About A Boy and has three Hollywood feature films coming out this year also manages to front Molotov Jukebox – a band that blend an eclectic mix of genres, from calypso and reggae to jazz and pop. The ‘gyp-step’ six-piece will be performing at London’s iconic Heaven venue on 4th April with Oona and a few Game of Thrones co-stars supporting Natalia and her band.

Watch the video for Molotov Jukebox ‘Neon Lights’ featuring Game of Thrones stars Oona Chaplin and Natalia Tena below.

Happy New Year friends of Outpost…

We hope you had a lovely Christmas and saw 2014 in with style. So it’s that time of year where we all make some resolutions with the best of intentions – perhaps you’ve given up drinking or smoking or promised to brush off that gym membership card that’s collecting cobwebs in the depths of your wallet. Well, one thing you don’t need to hold back on this month is great music (do you see what we did there?) Outpost are starting the new year with a roster of incredible artists and releases and we’re very excited to be able to share them with you.


rodigan_300David Rodigan

Ministry of Sound’s series of iconic ‘Masterpiece’ compilation albums continues its lofty esteem this year, as the next edition, curated by legendary deejay David Rodigan MBE, is set for release on 27th January. Famed for championing Jamaican music in the UK, this new collection of tracks is a deeply personal reflection on the music that has thrilled and inspired him throughout his life. Passing from the sounds of Sixties British pop and American soul through to the evolution of Jamaican music in all its guises across four decades, this album truly is a masterpiece and traces not just Ram Jam’s personal musical journey, but also the unmistakeable impact he has had on the British musical landscape.

The album is available to pre-order here


kendraKendra Morris

With Kendra nominated as one of Outpost’s ‘one to watch’ in our Christmas newsletter, she has really delivered (if we do say so ourselves!) The lead single from her album, ‘Concrete Waves’, was exclusively aired on Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6 Music show and her personal playlist. The remix of ‘Concrete Waves’ by DJ Premier, who has recently remixed Disclosure’s ‘Latch’, was premiered by Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1. With great support already for the single, Kendra’s debut album ‘Banshee’ is set to follow in the same great footsteps. With this release, Kendra has created something which encompasses old and new, whilst at the same time still managing to display spectacular originality and emotion.

Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music: “I absolutely love this track, I love it, I think it has a very cinematic, David Holmes-y feel. We do hope to hear more of her in 2014.”

Listen to ‘Concrete Waves’ here


The Correspondents

Having built up some irrefutable renown on the live scene, quirky genre-mashing duo, The Correspondents, are preparing to release their debut album ‘Puppet Loosely Strung’ in March. Lauded by fans and critics alike, they’ve received noteworthy acclaim from the likes of The Telegraph, who twice listed the twosome on their Glastonbury highlights rundown, and the BBC, who included the video for their most recent single, ‘Fear and Delight’, as part of their Music Video Festival, celebrating the very best in music visuals. They are lining up to release their next single, ‘Alarm Call’ at the end of January, with proceeds from sales of the single going towards the Epilepsy Society to help continue the amazing work that they do.

Watch their amazing video for ‘Fear and Delight’ here


lazyLazy Midas

7 piece London hip-hop outfit, Lazy Habits, return with an album of exclusive remixes of tracks from their debut eponymous album ‘Lazy Habits’ via Run ‘N’ Jump Records this March. Outpost first worked on their debut album in 2013, alongside their UK tour, and exposed the collective to tastemakers such as The Skinny, Mixmag and The Evening Standard. The remix album works as an evolution of their debut (which was the perfect emulation of the band’s epic live credentials and their trademark big band and hip-hop sound). It sees a host of exciting remixing talents put their own spin on Lazy Habits’ original tracks, creating an album which sounds refreshingly unique, while maintaining the infectious spirit of the group’s first record.

Watch the video for The Disablists’ remix of ‘Ashes’ here


midasKing Midas

King Midas have been making waves in their native Norway for a long time now, with their most recent LP ‘Rosso’ being nominated for ‘Best Rock Album’ at the Spellemann Awards – often dubbed the ‘Norwegian Grammys’. Six years in the making, ‘Rosso’ is the band’s most personal album to date and it is set for an international release on March 3rd. Prior to this, they will be releasing their new single, ‘You Know My Name’, on 10th February.

Listen to ‘You Know My Name’ here


ruthRuth Koleva

Outpost are also happy to announce that we will be working on a campaign for Bulgarian soul sensation Ruth Koleva. Having been championed by Mark Ronson and become a spokesperson for the best of Bulgarian – being the youngest recipient of Bulgarian Grazia’s Woman of the Year award – she has her sights set on the rest of the world. Drawing comparisons to Jessie Ware, Ruth looks set to launch onto the international scene with her stunningly warm vocal style. ‘Ruth’, the album, is set for release at the beginning of March, with lead single ‘Turn This Around’ out on February 3rd.

Download album track ‘What Am I Supposed To’ for free now here


Molotov Jukebox

After successfully wooing the live festival circuit, fiery, sultry, London-based 6-piece band, Molotov Jukebox, who are fronted by multi -talented singer, actress and fashion icon Natalia Tena (Harry Potter and Game of Thrones) are releasing their debut single ‘Neon Lights’ in February. Outpost will also be supporting Molotov Jukebox’s forthcoming debut album ‘Carnival Flower’, out in March.

pledgemusic.com/artists/molotovjukebox


Deep Heads release Congi & Occult ft. Segilola

The Deep Heads label has garnered a more than impressive online following over the past years and has become one of the forerunners in releasing and promoting quality, bass-driven music. Outpost have teamed up with the label to work on the release of a new single produced from a collaboration between Congi, Occult and singer-songwriter Segilola on vocals entitled ‘Same Kind’. Imbued with warm production and emotive vocals, it’s a brilliant showcase for the talented musicians and for the label, which maintains its reputation for bringing only the best in new music to the public.

soundcloud.com/deepheads


Lazytalk

After witnessing their memorable support slot for Babyshambles late last year, Outpost chased the Lazytalker boys and are looking forward to being involved in their journey. Fusing reggae, ska, punk, rap, drum & bass & more; a band with a message, making beats you can dance to. They call this sound Future Ska, whatever you want to call it, it will make you want to dance. We will be working a press, radio and online campaign on a free download of ‘Memories’ and their latest single, ‘Just A Ride’.

lazytalk.co.uk


Silver Man

Silver Man… who is this mysterious, enigmatic man who has recently been featured in SupaJam and is set to make the big time in DJ Mag next month? Any ideas? We’ll let you in on a secret.. .Silver Man’s is Outpost’s very own David Silverman. Giving up the dream of becoming a producer in his late twenties in favour of building one of the UK’s leading Music PR companies, ‘Analog X’ is the first single taken from the collection of unreleased tracks that comprise the forthcoming album, ‘Thieves and Millionaires’, out in March 2014.


Coming up next month…

Outpost are also excited to announce that February will see us working campaigns for the following:

  • Dillon (BPitch Control)
  • The Skints
  • True
  • Digital Tunes

Events coming up…

With some great artists under our wing, Outpost are very much looking forward to what 2014 has in store – and with a host of fantastic events coming up early in the New Year, we really are feeling giddy with excitement. Here’s why:

David ‘Ram Jam’ Rodigan MBE will be taking to the decks at an exclusive album launch party for his ‘Masterpiece’ compilation being released via Ministry of Sound. The launch is to take place at the intimate Basing House venue in East London on February 5th. For a limited guest list spot, please email mel@outpostmedia.co.uk

Kendra Morris will be making her debut UK performance at Stoke Newington’s Servant Jazz Quarters on 27th February 2014. More details can be found here: servantjazzquarters.com/event/kendra-morris

Ahead of the release of their next single, ‘Alarm Call’, The Correspondents will be revealing their astonishing new music video on 30th January at an exclusive exhibition, in collaboration with the Epilepsy Society. The video utilises stop motion and time lapse video techniques to depict the story of two men growing up alongside one another over the course of 20 years through a series of layered oil portraits by lead singer Mr Bruce and it will be made available simultaneously online.

thecorrespondents.co.uk
epilepsysociety.org.uk


Introducing: The Outpost Imposters…

What are you most excited about in 2014? What is your signature dish?

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David Rodigan MBE creates his Masterpiece

rodiganMinistry of Sound’s series of iconic ‘Masterpiece’ compilation albums continues its lofty esteem this year, as the next edition, curated by legendary deejay David Rodigan MBE, is set for release on 27th January. Famed for championing Jamaican music in the UK, this new collection of tracks is a deeply personal reflection on the music that has thrilled and inspired him throughout his life. Passing from the sounds of Sixties British pop and American soul through to the evolution of Jamaican music in all its guises across four decades, this album truly is a masterpiece and traces not just Ram Jam’s personal musical journey, but also the unmistakeable impact he has had on the British musical landscape.

The album is available to pre-order here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/masterpiece-david-rodigan/id779499929

The Correspondents prep debut album

correspondentsHaving built up some irrefutable renown on the live scene, quirky genre-mashing duo, The Correspondents, are preparing to release their debut album ‘Puppet Loosely Strung’ in March. Lauded by fans and critics alike, they’ve received noteworthy acclaim from the likes of The Telegraph, who twice listed the twosome on their Glastonbury highlights rundown, and the BBC, who included the video for their most recent single, ‘Fear and Delight’, as part of their Music Video Festival, celebrating the very best in music visuals. They are lining up to release their next single,‘Alarm Call’ at the end of January, with proceeds from sales of the single going towards the Epilepsy Society to help continue the amazing work that they do.

The Correspondents debut album ‘Puppet Loosely Strung’ will be released on March 10th 2014.

Watch their amazing video for ‘Fear and Delight‘ below.

Kendra Morris – one to watch

kendra-morrisWith Kendra nominated as one of Outpost’s ‘one to watch’ in our Christmas newsletter, she has really delivered (if we do say so ourselves!) The lead single from her album, ‘Concrete Waves’, was exclusively aired on Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6 Music show and her personal playlist. The remix of ‘Concrete Waves’ by DJ Premier, who has recently remixed Disclosure’s ‘Latch’, was premiered by Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1. With great support already for the single, Kendra’s debut album‘Banshee’ is set to follow in the same great footsteps. With this release, Kendra has created something which encompasses old and new, whilst at the same time still managing to display spectacular originality and emotion.

Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music: “I absolutely love this track, I love it, I think it has a very cinematic, David Holmes-y feel. We do hope to hear more of her in 2014.”

The revolution will be livestreamed

outsight_thumbTraditionally, if you wanted to hear a live set by a band or DJ as it happened, but weren’t actually able to get to the venue, you’d have to hope that it was being broadcast on the radio. It’s not uncommon, but in the grand scheme of things you’ll be lucky to catch a great deal of those shows you just didn’t get around to buying tickets for – especially if you’re looking for anything less than a household name.

Of course, like most things in the music world, the internet has changed this. The music video has become the hottest commodity in music, and now every artist is able, fairly easily, to get some sort of video content online. It’s reasonably inexpensive to get a reasonably good, if a little basic, video on YouTube, and bands and fans alike share live recordings every day of the week (some better than others).

Because of this, artists are continually having to step things up in order to stand out. Recently Pharrell Williams released a 24 hour video, which saw his track ‘Happy’ on a constant loop, synced to a different celebrity dancing and singing along each time it began again. Bob Dylan has also got in on the act, putting out an interactive video for ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ with a similar theme. Dylan’s video allowed viewers to switch between sixteen channels, each with a different person lip- synching along.

But while there is much innovation still going on in standard music videos that run from beginning to end when you hit play, it’s livestreaming that’s the real emerging medium for engaging and interacting with fans. And while pretty much anyone can get a bit of decent video content online, livestreaming is a different thing altogether. For the most part, it still requires gatekeepers to facilitate this. Boiler Room is a perfect example, bringing live DJ sets from around the world to music fans in their own homes. It’s more prolific and has a wider selection than, say, Radio 1, but there’s also a selection process that means it’s not for everyone, artists and fans alike.

There are artists who have been sidestepping the gatekeepers and livestreaming themselves for more than a decade now, but as streaming becomes the norm for all forms of music consumption and technology improves, soon it will hit the mainstream.

For a time, Ustream looks like it might be the turning point in this area, but it was perhaps a little ahead of its time. Sometimes, it takes a big player to move at the right moment, and that’s what makes YouTube’s increased provisions for livestreaming so interesting.

The platform has live streaming options for large events for some time now, the video feeds from the Coachella festival over the last few years being a prime example, but earlier this year it opened this up to more accounts. Users must apply to have this option added to their accounts, but once its available, setting up a live broadcast is fairly simple (YouTube will even provide some of the backend technology, if you don’t have it available).

YouTube has also recently stretched the idea of what an online broadcast can be, with its YouTube Music Video Awards seeing artists and video directors creating ‘live music videos’, performed, acted and filmed on stage. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga livestreamed her recent ‘artRAVE’ – the multi-million dollar launch party for her new album, ARTPOP – on Vevo.

Not quite livestreaming, but another very interesting innovation in online live music broadcasting, is Soundhalo, which provides downloads of live video and audio recordings in (almost) real time to paying users via a mobile app. The service provides fans who attend shows with a high quality memento of the performance, and allows those not their to experience it as it happens and again whenever they want.

The app launched at Alt-J’s Brixton Academy show in May (and later used by Atoms For Peace), with the band’s Gus Unger-Hamilton saying: “I think the future of music and technology as an artist, and looking at how artists and fans interact, is really exciting. Artistic output no longer has to be dictated by the things it used to be. It used to be how much music can you fit on a vinyl record? And how long is a video cassette? Now that no longer has to be the case.”

Of course, the level of production required for full scale video broadcasts like this is still way beyond what many artists can afford to produce (particularly at the YouTube MVAs and artRAVE end), but a simple set up can prove very effective too. As more and more artists begin producing their own video content, artists need to find new ways in which to stand out. An acoustic performance videoed and put online at a later date remains a nice extra for fans, but an acoustic gig broadcast live at a specific time creates an event and builds a buzz.

Similarly for DJs, only a fairly simple set-up is required to broadcast a live set, one camera and sound plugged through a laptop and online will give people an insight into what they could have been enjoying in person.

If an artist still feels that they don’t have the technical set-up to provide a video feed that properly represents them, live audio is still an option, and one much easier to provide. Services such as Mixify provide the tools to broadcast audio live and allow fans to listen via their computers or mobile phones instantly. And, like with YouTube, if a big player such as SoundCloud was to begin offering this, it could be a real game changer.

Benji Boko to release Remixes Vol.2

benjiBeat maker Benji Boko is releasing his eagerly anticipated album, ‘Remixes Vol. 2′ this October. ‘Remixes Vol.2’ is an energetic piece of work, drawing from influences across the board. The album features Boko’s remix of Jay-Z’s ‘99 Problems’, Little Dragon’s ‘Little Man’, Roots Manuva, Daft Punk, Lazy Habits and Missy Elliot’s classic, ‘Lick Shots.’ A slick album exploring everything from blues, soul, hip hop to funk, the collective piece is sure to keep you glued to the dancefloor.

The album will be available to download from benjiboko.com from 7th October.