Outpost’s 6 for ‘16

While others may be exalting the end of dry January, we’re celebrating a killer first month of 2016 here at Outpost HQ with some stellar releases from our rising roster. Up-and-coming Norwegian female production duo Smerz smashed it when their single ‘Because’ premiered on i-D alongside huge Hype Machine support, and it’s since been receiving radio plays on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra, as well as being selected as Lauren Laverne’s Headphones Moment on BBC 6Music.

Meanwhile, the new remix of Eryn Allen Kane’s ‘Have Mercy’ by esteemed producer and remixer The 83rd (Angel Haze, Tinashe) debuted on The 405 and had its first spin on BBC 1Xtra courtesy of Jamz Supernova. With plenty more Outpost releases to look forward to from the likes of Machel Montano and Sean Paul, Daniel Haaksman, and Danish sensation KIll J, we also have our sights set on what else is hot for the year ahead: here’s a taste of what has our mouths watering and heads spinning for 2016 so far.

1. Chow Down…on Le Bab’s gastronomic take on the kebab

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The kebab, long-time mainstay of drunken walks home everywhere (and often eaten at a speed only possible after a night of alcoholic overindulgence), is having its renaissance courtesy of a trio of chefs including one who boasts experience from Michel Roux Jr’s two-Michelin-starred Le Gavroche. From the ‘Roe Deer Adana’ (cavolo nero kimchi, Jerusalem artichoke crisps, damson & chilli jam, game mayo and fried cavolo nero stem pickle) to the ‘Free Range Pork Shawarma’ (winter salad, burnt quince puree, crackling, pork aioli and zhoug), the menu is a culinary work of art that brings a fresh take to the end-of-the-night staple to Soho – all washed down with a carefully curated wine list. In 2016 we’ll be starting our nights with a kebab, not finishing them.

2. Drink Up…your own booze in BYOC’s interactive drinking experience

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Imagine a cocktail bar with no menu, no bottles behind the bar, no need to take your cash out of your pocket at the end of the night. Intrigued? We were. No night is the same at Covent Garden’s BYOC: book a table, bring a bottle of your favourite spirit (and £25 to pay your cover on arrival), then sit back, relax and enjoy tailor-made cocktails from their competent mixologists. Throughout your allotted two hour stint in the dimly lit 1920s speakeasy themed subterranean watering-hole ‘bartenders’ will mix your alcohol with an assortment of syrups, juices, cordials and bitters, coalesced to create the cocktails of your wildest dreams. Expect to see us huddled in the corner, clutching a bottle of Botanist gin, for the majority of the next 12 months.

3. Listen out… for Scandinavian superhero Baby Blood’s ominous soundworld

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The alter-ego of Copenhagen-based Lucy Love, Baby Blood’s fresh otherworldly soundscapes and stark aesthetic (her performances see her dressed and masked as a superhero) place her somewhere between the camps of Zola Jesus and fellow Danish act Kll J. Her debut single, ‘Figurine, has already been hyped by Wonderland, i-D and Noisey, with its exotic-tinged R&B flavours also calling to mind the likes of TALA. With whispers of an EP in the works, we’ve got all eyes on this one for 2016.

4. Tune In…releases from London tribe, The Good Vibe

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Few labels have released a comparable spectrum of music in the UK, and none have been able to encapsulate the same creative ideals or use the internet as a platform as well as US collectives Soulection and Fresh Selects. We’ve all been waiting for the British answer to these two labels: and with The Good Vibe we may have finally found it. In just a few months, the London-based tribe of over 10 artists – including 5 DJs and 5 producers across 7 cities on 3 continents – has grown immensely thanks to releases from the hotly tipped Jayd Ink and Sonya Teclai, a guest mix series including Jamz Supernova and JD.Reid, and compilations showcasing forward-thinking producers remixing the likes of ZHU, STWO and The xx. With London’s very own songstress Cheney’s EP coming up in February and a further two new compilations, in 2016 this UK collective is set to become an international reality.

5. Get Down… at Endless and Bala Club’s forward thinking underground parties

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London’s younger generation has been trying hard to show the world that our traditions aren’t dying, and we hope this will be the year that they succeed in demonstrating how powerful multiculturalism can be. Club culture has always been an incubator of cultural empowerment and new music movements; last year South Africa’s raw GQOM became an international phenomenon, but in 2016 all eyes and ears are on the Endless and Bala Club’s underground parties making multiculturalism a reality. With their broad tastes and various backgrounds, Lexxi, Kamixlo, Endgame and Blaze Kidd have recently taken their bangers from the dance floor to publications such as The Fader, Dazed and THUMP, roaming parties where resident DJs play all forms of club raw music.

With Lexxi’s NTS radio show, Endgame’s new track ‘Savage Riddim’ scoring a 10/10 on Mixmag and Kamixlo’s ‘Demonico’ EP tipped as one of the best releases of 2015, we are certain that their forward-thinking parties, which mash anything from drone and afrobeat to reggaeton and gabba, will win over Europe.

6. Fix Up (Look Sharp)… in Craig Green’s fresh take on workwear

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Looking back at the eventful year that 2015 proved to be, it’s impossible to deny the turbulence and political pressure felt around the world: with foundations and realities dramatically altered, our ongoing safety continues to come into question. Not only our small worlds but also our bodies need to be guarded; and it is this core idea, with its themes of protection and unity, that inspires rising London menswear designer Craig Green. His new take on workwear includes storm jackets with hoods tightly pulled over the face as if designed by a mystical order of knights, along with utilitarian and military abstract garments. Though technically menswear, female models featured in his SS16 fashion show and women have been wearing his clothes too. With FKA Twigs showing her love for the designer’s kimono trousers in the visuals for her ‘M3ll155X’ EP, and his upcoming collaboration with Björn Borg’s activewear label on a capsule collection marking his debut into womenswear, Craig Green’s creations embody a universal theme embraced by all genders.

Smerz premiere new track ‘Because’ via i-D

Outpost’s favourite new Norwegian duo, Smerz, have kicked off 2016 with a bang ahead of their first live performance of the year at Eurosonic on January 14th. Already hyped by BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart, Discobelle and Red Bull, their new track ‘Because’ premiered on i-D, who described it as an ‘elegant piece of masterful deconstructed pop’. It’s since been seeing support from some of the most influential music blogs on the web, including Crack In The Road and Idolator; as well as being tipped as DIY’s Neu Thing. The track’s growing success on the Hype Machine is the icing on the cake, with the girls currently charting as one of the most popular artists this week.

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The Outsight Report #13

Be successfully seen and heard: the changing face of PR to blogger submission

As we head deeper into the internet age, the music blog market has become increasingly saturated. With more blogs starting every day, and more musicians battling to get their voices heard, a good PR campaign has never been more important.

As inboxes fill up, and emails become lost to the constant stream of new content, how then do you open a direct line to a blogger’s ear? Increasingly, the answer is pointing to submission services.

TonedenOver the last year, a steady number of these have popped up across the web, each with their own unique take on the idea of delivering music to blogs in the best way possible. From the everything-to-everyone approach of Toneden (a community, music sharing platform and a way of connecting artists to their audience) to the widget based Demobox (an add-on to existing blogs’ website), all are brought together under a unified aim: to simplify the music submission process.

As services like FATDrop, which provide feedback on uploads, have established themselves in the world of club promo, it has become increasingly apparent that music blogs must follow suit. The value of a submission service where bloggers are presented with music and can easily turn down or accept music submissions, with PRs kept in the loop, should not be underestimated.

E-mails and physical promos sent through snail mail have one thing in common: they provide no guarantee of feedback. Though follow-up phone calls and email chases have their place when it comes to established press and online platforms with dedicated offices, for the emerging unsigned artist the probability of feedback lies in the quality of an expertly crafted e-mail. Yet without a carefully planned PR campaign,  utilising the benefits of a PR company’s reputation and nurtured relationships with key contacts, even the most carefully packaged CD or vinyl may be sent out into the abyss with no way of knowing if the music was ever even listened to.

SubmitHub in a nutshell

SubmitHub in a nutshell

Submission services represent the genuine opportunity to provide a more efficient feedback process over traditional communication between blogs and PRs, with real-time updates on a blogger’s interaction with a submission. For instance, SubmitHub – founded by Jason Grishkoff of Indie Shuffle – clearly displays how many times a track has been listened to by a certain blog, and even by each individual writer, before showing a rejection or approval. As Jason explains, their goal “is not only to make submissions manageable for bloggers, but to ensure that publicists get feedback on their submissions (a task emails struggle to achieve). SubmitHub isn’t built just for the blogs – it’s built for everyone.” This certainly seems to be a step in the right direction – however, in order for submission services to present a viable replacement for the tried and tested e-mail pitch, one service must emerge head and shoulders above the rest, and be widely adopted as an industry standard. Just as the Hype Machine emerged triumphant as the music blog aggregator of choice, beating the likes of Technorati and Elbows to the punch, it would seem that so too must one submission service reign victorious.

hypemachineOn the flipside, the varied and personal ‘Submission Guidelines’ provided by so many blogs often yearn for the more personal side of submission – and is there anything more personal than receiving a tailored e-mail or a beautiful vinyl through the post, and anything less personal than a copy and pasted press release submitted into a text-box on a website?

When all’s said and done, after a turbulent year for music blogs, the emergence of submission services can only be a good thing for both PRs and bloggers. When the Hype Machine removed certain blogs from their directory in May due to what was perceived as unfair leverage of coverage between PRs and bloggers, relations arguably took a dive. But by providing a more hands-on way of connecting these two sides of the same coin, submission services will hopefully serve to reignite and nurture these relationships and by extension both achieve their mutual aim: to deliver great new music to as many people as possible around the world – a solution that can’t come soon enough.

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Morgan Heritage nominated for ‘Best Reggae Album’ Grammy

Reggae favourites and Outpost clients Morgan Heritage have been nominated for one of the most prestigious awards in music – the coveted Grammy. The roots reggae quintet stand shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Luciano and Jah Cure in the running for the ‘Best Reggae Album’ category 2015, for their standout LP ‘Strictly Roots’.

The album, which features artists including platinum-selling dancehall phenomenon Shaggy (a previous winner of the award), Jamaican sensation Chronixx and previous Grammy nominee SOJA, received coverage on The Guardian playlist and saw Outpost secure premieres on Complex and Clash. It also garnered support from the likes of Q Magazine, Don Letts on BBC 6Music and plays across Capital Xtra, as well as support from BBC Radio 1Xtra DJs David Rodigan, Seani B, Trevor Nelson and MistaJam.

Past winners of the award include Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Sean Paul and Damian Marley.

‘Strictly Roots’, which reached No. 1 on the iTunes reggae chart, is available for purchase from the following outlets:

iTunes and Google Play: http://smarturl.it/StrictlyRoots
CD: http://smarturl.it/StrictlyRootsCD
Official Fan App: http://smarturl.it/royalfamily

Morgan Heritage Grammy for socials

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


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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


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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


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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.


 

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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.


 

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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.


 

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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.


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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

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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.


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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.


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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.

Outpost nominated for Best Music PR Company

uma2Outpost Media is delighted to announce that we have been nominated for Best Music PR Company at the 13th Annual European Urban Music Awards!

Holding a reputation as the No. 1 R&B, Hip-Hop, Sound and Dance Music awards ceremony in the world, past winners in the artist categories constitute a who’s who of the industry over the last decade, including Amy Winehouse, Beyonce, Craig David, Lethal Bizzle, Shakira, and Adele.

Standing shoulder to shoulder with some of the biggest names in music, with Tinie Tempah, Katy B, Fuse ODG, Stormzy and Rita Ora all tipped to be the front runners in their respective divisions, being shortlisted for the award is the icing on the cake for us all here at Outpost as we celebrate our milestone 10th birthday this year.

The star-studded ceremony will take place on Saturday 21st November 2015 at Porchester Hall in Bayswater, and will be attended by media giants such as MTV, BBC News, ITN, The Daily Mail, Metro, Kiss 100 and BBC Radio 1Xtra, as well as being broadcast around the world and locally on London Live and Sky Showcase (Freeview Channel 254, Sky 261 and Freesat 402).

Celebrities from the music industry as well as comedians and TV stars will be in attendance, with last year’s guestlist including Dizzie Rascal, Mark Ronson, Ice Cube, Tinie Tempah, Jonathan Ross, Charlie Sloth and many more.

With almost 200,000 fans submitting nominations this year, you can cast your vote for Outpost at http://urbanmusicawards.net/united-kingdom/voting/ until 15th November.

Canary Wharf Jazz Festival

11873944_10206924036316703_1006016697_nEven though the DLR is quite fun, you won’t really find an Outposter in Canary Wharf during the week, let alone a weekend. But in a largely soulless part of the city lies one of London’s best kept secrets – the Canary Wharf Jazz Festival. The festival happens across three days and sees performances from some of London’s most exciting jazz acts on an outdoor stage at Canada Square Park every August. The city’s financial centre may seem like an unusual choice, but it works well – the stage becomes a musical oasis between the spiritless glass towers. With limited picnic mat space on the green, the festival is an intimate affair, but welcomes guests of all ages, sexes and races. Best of all it’s free, and you don’t really need to know the line up, or be a hardcore jazz fan, as it’s all about breaking down the exclusivity normally surrounding jazz.

Now in its 9th year, the 2015 line-up played host to a variety of jazz-related genres, including salsa and afrobeat. Equipped with a picnic blanket, wine and snacks (from the Waitrose placed conveniently opposite the park) we caught the closing day of the festival to see what surprises were in store.

First on stage was the highly acclaimed Yazz Ahmed, a British Bahraini trumpet and flugelhorn player, and her Family HaflaBand, exploring an interesting fusion of both classic British jazz and the sounds of Yasmeen’s Arabic heritage.

IMG_5027a 11903453_10206924036236701_66871226_naNext were Dylan Howe’s Subterraneans, offering a new take on the instrumental cuts from David Bowie’s ‘Berlin’. With archive footage of goose-stepping soldiers, murky street scenes and flickering crowds on the big screens, the music was dark and gripping, with moments of light from piano solos and well-crafted saxophone and acid-synth harmonies: a cinematic performance complimented with contemporary jazz.

The highlight of the day was definitely the outstanding performance by The Fontanelles. Formerly the band for FELA! at the National Theatre, a musical about the life of Nigerian icon Fela Kuti, their infectious chemistry energised the crowd into a fury of dance, including parents and grandparents – much to their children’s dismay. Staying true to their core sound of Fela Kuti-style afrobeat, they brought elements of reggae, jazz, dub, funk and ska, creating up-beat and exquisitely horn-led dancefloor grooves, and leaving the crowding chanting for an encore.

The Fontanelles set the bar high for the The Neil Cowley Trio, who unfortunately just couldn’t compete – hindered by our tired feet, we were unable to fully appreciate Cowley’s quirky stage presence, rip-roaring riffs and pompus climaxes. Nevertheless, we left happy and content with a new appreciation for the joys of jazz – all in all, a great day!

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