Introducing: DrDr

DrDrChampion Records are proud to present the first release on their new-look label, the sensational DrDr who are releasing their latest EP ‘No Compromise’ this March.

Having received early support from the likes of BBC 1xtra, The Line of Best Fit, Data Transmission and Eton Messy, the Brighton trio have already established a cult online following, seducing fans with their penchant for early 00’s garage beats and soulful R&B style vocals. Lead single off the EP – ‘Addicted’ is an anthem in the making, blending future garage, soul and some serious bass weight in a way certain to get under your skin, and stay there too.

Mt. Wolf return with ‘Hypolight’

After selling out London’s XOYO and a critically acclaimed debut EP, ‘Life Size Ghosts’, Mt. Wolf are returning with their second highly anticipated offering – ‘Hypolight’ out 8th April on Two Sisters Records.

The EP continues their gripping, dreamy and emotive electronic bass laden landscapes, yet reveals the sound of a band truly coming into their own. A confident and promising step forward –‘Hypolight’ is sonically beautiful and illuminates the London newcomer’s ability to match an astute grasp of aesthetics with a deep sense of emotion.

Silence isn’t golden: Crisis management through social media

"Future Music Festival 2011" by Eva RinaldiSocial media is now an incredibly important tool for communication both when things are going well and when crisis hits. Twitter and Facebook will often be the first port of call for both the public and the media seeking updates on incidents. If those updates aren’t there, they’ll draw their own conclusions or find them elsewhere.

When things go wrong, a festival can face hundreds of tweets about issues such as over-crowding, a shutdown, or a slow evacuation. On many occasions, however, none comes from the official Twitter feed.

If a festival says nothing, a stream of misunderstandings, unverified updates, and untruths spread through tweets from people both on and offsite. A journalist at the event can became a key source of information, despite only being there as a festivalgoer and having no more access to official updates than anybody else.

Large scale events are also a slave to the weather and knock-on effects such as traffic jams can create havoc.

In these situations, any statements and advice issued via Twitter can be pushed down the feed by regular updates extolling what a great time is being had by all who have managed to get on site. For those still stuck and looking to Twitter for official information, this can serve largely to antagonise them. A situation then develops where those people then tweet themselves and speak about their complaints.

Often, the problem can be that the wrong people are operating events’ social media accounts. In many cases, the ‘social media strategy’ is simply telling interns to go out and keep people updated on how much fun they’re having. But an intern is not qualified to deal with logistical queries or complaints – which may come at any point during an event – nor manage information flow when major problems arise.

All events have plans and systems in place for when the unexpected happens, but social media is not always considered within this. If the public and the press can’t see that something is being done, the fast pace of information online means opinion of an event can quickly turn.

Here are five top tips for crisis management through social media:

1. Designate a social media manager
The moment something goes wrong, someone with the authority to speak for you should be able to take over or direct social media updates.

2. Provide clear information promptly
Make it clear that you know that something is wrong and that you are dealing with it as soon as possible, even if it is not immediately possible to go into details. Removing any content from your website that might no longer be suitable is something to consider.>

3. Ensure that important updates aren’t lost
When you need to relay important information, ensure that it’s at the top of your social media feeds for as long as possible. This could mean pinning it to the top of your Facebook feed or ceasing all other updates completely.

4. Know when to stop being positive
A continuation of point three, but it’s important to know when positive updates about what’s happening at your event should stop, even if only temporarily.

5. Address rumours quickly
Rumours will spread fast at a festival, especially if people don’t have up to date information from its organisers. Monitor the spread of rumours both on and off site and address them promptly. Without an official message early on, rumours can be picked up by official news sources and become a lot more difficult to address further down the line.

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Photo credit: Eva Rinaldi

Kitsuné drops its new ‘Parisien’ compilation

ParisienWithout making a fuss, Kitsuné proudly wears its French heart on its sleeve. So it was logical for the Paris-based brand to launch the ‘Parisien’ compilation series (and the t-shirt range that goes with it) in collaboration with one of Paris’ best exports, graffiti artist and international hipster André who designs the artwork.

Following in the footsteps of the Kitsuné Maison compilations’ concept dedicated to presenting the best new artists from all around the world, the ‘Parisien’ series regularly showcase hot, fresh talent from Paris… and as it goes, the rest of France. No room for elitism here, simply the best new music from Gallic shores.

Call it the new French Touch or whatever you like, this is the new blood which is shaking the City of Lights in 2013. In 13 tracks, Kitsuné gives you the lowdown on what’s cooking around the capital and beyond. These days, many newcomers produce stylish electronic sketches from very little: cracked software and budget laptops. They are tomorrow’s important producers sharpening their knives in their bedrooms. It’s this perspective which makes “Kitsuné Parisien” such a invaluable document of the talent currently blooming in the capital.

Look out for the Kitsuné Easter BANK HOLIDAY SPECIAL on Thursday 28th March @ Village Underground featuring Aeroplane, The Twelve’s, Gigamesh, Dena (Live) + Guest.

Flow Festival announces headliners

Flow Festival - Helsinki, Finland 7th - 11th August 2013Flow Festival – Helsinki, Finland 7th – 11th August 2013

The Guardian, August 2012 – “The now defunct Suvilahti power plant in Helsinki plays host to four days of new music in an impressive industrial landscape of gas cylinders and smoke stacks.”

Now in its tenth year, Finland’s biggest music festival have revealed its international headliners to their growing UK audience. Flow is synonymous with creating an exciting mishmash of musical talent, from old school legends to topical newcomers, Scandia’s finest and a whole host of international talent. This year is no exception. Flow will kick off its opening ceremony with elusive Swedish duo The Knife, ready to unleash their forthcoming album to a hyped festival crowd. Joining them will be Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Solange, Mykki Blanco, afro beat hero Ebo Taylor, Karenn (Blawan & Pariah), Azealia Banks, Finnish electro outfit Sarah Kivi & Non Orchestra and Rough Trade’s favourite Swedes, Goat, with many more acts still to be announced. Returning to the historic Suvilahti, a short walk away from the centre of Helsinki, the festival strikes an alluring setting for a few days of blissed-out festival escapism. Held in the shadows of a disused power station built at the turn of the century, the looming location is one of Helsinki’s most monumental architectural sites. Embracing its penchant for urban spaces and modern art, Flow’s venue sets it aside as one of the most exciting and innovative festivals of the summer. Beyond the music, Flow offers a warm embrace of the arts, offering art displays from Scandinavia and abroad as well as showcasing art house film, cinema, lectures and an exceptional array of world spanning cuisine. There’s easily enough to keep attendees occupied, if ever spending a summer weekend in culture hub Helsinki wasn’t enough. In honour of their landmark tenth anniversary, Flow has announced an exclusive 10% off UK ticket prices for adventurous festival-goers in search of something a little different. Flow Festival remains a unique music festival defined by its passions: award winning musical acts, pioneering arts and an ethical mindset. Prepare to be inspired, intrigued and delighted in unexpected ways this August.

Telegraph, 2012 – “This art-filled urban festival, on the site of an old power plant near the city center, is compact, but a lot of thought has gone into creating a variety of colourful entertainment places.”

Clash Magazine, 2012 – “it’s a relaxed and attractive place.”

Soosh to release debut album on Error Broadcast

Soosh - Colour is BreatheSoosh is the recording name of Soroosh Khavari, an electronic music producer born in Iran and raised in Scotland. After EP appearances on numerous labels, the artists’ debut long player ‘Colour is Breathe’ explores the folds that fuse textural ambience and humanised beats, whilst adding a euphoric pop-twist. Sooshs’ trademark low-swung hip hop beats and organic instrumentation is countered and enhanced by moments of dreamy and endearing delicacy. ‘Colour is Breathe’ is both intricate and intimate; its wispy notes and pastel melodies at times make the album a headphone affair. Equally, however, these are songs to be shared on discerning dance floors as slow, organic dance music.

The album can be pre-orderd here – http://errorbroadcast.bigcartel.com/product/soosh-colour-is-breathe-pre-order

Myspace will be the musical comeback of 2013

myspaceTake That, The Spice Girls, The Rolling Stones – yep, there’s no place quite like the Music industry for a good old fashioned comeback. Did you know the phrase “Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back” was created for a Frank Sinatra comeback in the early 70s, even though he’d never been known as ‘Blue Eyes’ in his entire career? Well done that PR man. And if The Stone Roses was THE music comeback of 2012, what am I bid for Myspace repeating the trick in 2013?

‘Who?’, I hear younger readers ask – and for many of us it might take a bit of effort to think back to a time when there was such a thing as social media which wasn’t wholly dominated in the media by Facebook and Twitter. But it’s only six and a bit years since Myspace was getting more hits in the US annually than Google. Astonishing but true. More to the point, perhaps, it’s nearly five years since Myspace was overtaken by Facebook – after which, the obligatory Myspace address which featured in every music ad campaign soon began to disappear. And it seemed like the name would ultimately take its place alongside audio cassettes and Rubik’s Cubes as a long forgotten, decade-defining fad.

But in case you haven’t heard, two things happened; firstly, Justin Timberlake and Specific Media Group bought Myspace for around £22m in June last year and showed off its slick redesign in September. And secondly, they dropped the upper case ‘S’ in the middle of the name. And now the word is that Myspace is one to watch in 2013. We’ve all learnt over the past decade that all social media sites have a shelf life – could we be about to learn that with a bit of attention and a lot of budget, social media sites can come back from the dead?

The invite only relaunch of Myspace Music – with Mr Justin Timberlake as prime spokesperson – will offer a new experience that combines music, video, social media and news with reviews. More than that, it seems Myspace intends to challenge SoundCloud, Pandora, Spotify and the rest of the streaming music services, with a new site experience – thanks in part to $50m being poured into the operation (“$10 million will go to marketing, $15-$25m will go to licensing deals with the music labels, and another $15 to $25m will be reserved for general working capital…). Now that’s what I call a relaunch.For those of us who’ve worked in the Music industry since the dawning of the internet, there does feel like an element of the site coming back to reclaim its crown; the art of war, as any general will tell you, is to make sure you kill your enemy, lest it comes back – Facebook never did that. And with such a powerful music figure as Mr Timberlake at the helm, it will be fascinating to see just how much ground it takes from other social media sites. Certainly it will be more music and band-led, which is currently where SoundCloud does so well – but we’re promised a much more visual element than SoundCloud, and as technology moves on, maybe the time is right for Myspace to make the biggest music internet comeback ever.So there you have it: Myspace is my tip as The Stone Roses of 2013. And after that? Perhaps we could idly imagine comparing a comeback in 2014 for both The Smiths and Friends Reunited: potentially interesting, undoubtedly worth a giggle, but as we all know, it ain’t gonna happen in a million years.

The article original aoeared here – http://wallblog.co.uk/2012/12/13/myspace-will-be-the-musical-comeback-of-2013/

Lazy Habits release music video and announce debut album

LazyhabitsThe album is a perfect emulation of the bands epic live credentials and translates their synonymous big band and hip hop sound. ‘Memory Banks’ is a memorable collaboration with the hypnotising songstress Babysol showing the softer side to Lazy Habits. Here her soulful lyrics compliment the jazzy brass section and splashy cymbals whilst creating a powerful juxtaposition to the outfit’s slick rhymes about modern life.

The infamous, ‘Starting Fires’ was controversially pulled from national radio playlists last year due to its untimely release marred by the London riots. This stand alone single fits seamlessly into the album with its infectious chorus, the band’s trademark lyrical wit and unique take on jazz and soul. Whilst ‘Bulletin’ grabs your attention from the start with frenetic brass and up-beat drums, MC Lazy’s accompanying vocals take centre stage. The song builds to panoramic proportions with cinematic strings working through the gaps lifting the live hip-hop beat.

Influenced by New Orleans jazz, soul and the Big Bands of the 50’s, Lazy Habits blast their sound into the 21st Century with hard hitting beats and slick lyrics about modern British culture and urban life. The band describes their sound as:

“Beats, Rhymes and Brass of the highest caliber.”

Formed in 2007 and originally the brainchild of one MC, the Hackney based outfit now stand as a full eight piece band whose onstage energy is a colossal live experience which has been sincerely replicated in their latest single.

Having notched up shows at legendary venues such as Shepherd’s Bush Empire, The Roundhouse, KOKO; supporting the likes of Mos Def, Soulwax, The Specials, Bonobo, Chali 2Na (Jurrasic5) and Beardyman, Lazy Habits have proven their worth on stage. Alongside Lazy Habits’ memorable live performances at Glastonbury, Bestival, Secret Garden Party and Electric Picnic the band are fast becoming a formidable and renowned international live act.

Lazy Habits’ debut, self-released EP ‘On the Wagon’ put the boys on taste-maker Huw Stephens’ radar, whilst also becoming respected within the underground scene, selling out on pre-orders alone. Their follow up single ‘Even Out’ introduced them to a wider audience, as it was used on commercially released cinema and TV productions both UK and Europe wide. It culminated in the band being invited onto BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends, Craig Charles’ BBC 6 Music show, Soccer AM and contribute to an unforgettable sold out Jazz Café performance.

This is an album which truly is the sum of its parts; that in isolation no one but Lazy Habits would imagine could work, but their creativity and craftsmanship has forged something beautiful, frantic and unique.

THE SUN: ‘’The best house party your parents never wanted you to have.’’ BBC: ‘’Lazy Habits prove they are anything but on stage’

Dizraeli release ‘Never Mind’ and music video

Dizraeli and the Small Gods“Folk or hip hop? I don’t know, but Dizraeli and The Small Gods make me realise how wonderful it is to hear real English – fluent, witty and arresting”. The Times Saturday Review, March 2012

‘Never mind’ grabs you by the collar from the first bar of skittering folk guitars and vocal harmony, then pulls you into a stomping, headnod carnival of DJ Downlow’s twisting turntablism and Dizraeli’s elastic rap flow. The hook explodes into being like the Andrews Sisters on acid, led by Cate Ferris’ hypnotic voice and Bellatrix’s jaw dropping beatbox – it will turn in your mind for days. The track demonstrates all the humour, talent and genre fusion that makes this modern collective so great, and so very different.

The B side ‘The Little Things’ displays the darker, deeper side of this complex group; a perfect introduction to their forthcoming album. Diz’s honest, intelligent lyrical prowess is in full flood on this song dedicated to his nan.

Headed by award-winning rapper and multi-instrumentalist Dizraeli and featuring World Female Beatbox Champion Bellatrix, The Small Gods formed in autumn 2009 to tour Diz’s debut solo album ‘Engurland (City Shanties)’. Within a year the band had been invited to play on prestigious stages around the country, from Glastonbury to London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, and had collaborated with artists as diverse as Chris Wood (2x BBC ‘Folk Singer of the Year’) and Shlomo (beatboxer and World Loop Station Champion).

In 2012, with a fresh set of songs and a brand new album on the way Dizraeli and The Small Gods continue to rise. They’ve already have a German tour, shows at the Barbican and Southbank Centre, several sellout gigs and two BBC Introducing live sessions under their belts, as well as a host of European appearances, main stage shows at many UK festivals and a set at the notoriously picky WOMAD.

The new single is a taster of what is to come from Dizraeli. With an album ready for release in 2013 together with a full UK tour – the seven piece’s reinvention of hiphop will be hard to ignore.

The Independent stated: “Laura Marling is introduced as one of the biggest folk singers of all time… It’s Dizraeli and the Small Gods, however, telling touching, funny stories of riots, atheism and Englishness though folk, rap, spoken word and hymns, who embody 21st Century folk”.