Outpost Newsletter [Feature Focus]

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For the first instalment of our new Feature Focus newsletter series we ask Tim Boddy questions about the excellent ‘Pop Pups’ photo feature on The 405…

At Outpost we spend a whole lot of time swimming around the internet fishing out articles and catching the best music the internet has to offer. With this exhaustive knowledge of music coverage rattling around the collective Outpost mind, we’ve decided to impart our wisdom with a new regular feature of our own, focusing on our favourite, most interesting and creative features from across the web. A bi-monthly feature on features, featuring all our favourite features. Welcome to Feature Focus

Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 13.16.34Over the coming months, we’ll be putting a little spotlight onto those heroes of creative excellence, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes, and we couldn’t think of a better place to start than with The 405.

One of our favourite features of late comes straight from The 405’s hallowed blue topped pages. Photo Editor (and all round good guy) Tim Boddy regularly heads out to meet his musical heroes and take pictures of their dogs for the perfectly PUNny ‘Pop Pups’. We caught up with Tim to find out why and what he’s learned from doing so. We think we’ve succeeded in digging deep into the inner most thoughts and feelings behind the concept and execution of Pop Pups on The 405…

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Outpost: So Tim, if we think back to a pre ‘Pop Pups’ world, dark as it was, we didn’t even know that people in bands had dogs. Now that you’ve made us aware the fact, it’s opened up a whole can of question-based worms on the topic. For example, one common notion is that dogs often resemble their owners – we want to know, from your extensive research so far, if you’ve found there to be any correlation between particular breeds of dogs and the genre of their owner’s music?


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“Well I’d love to tell you that genre and breed of dog align perfectly so I could use terrible puns such as Post-pug (Pug-step will also do), Shih-shoegaze, Irish Wolf-House, and West Grime-land White Terrier – but the answer is sadly a no. Perhaps more research on this issue is required – musicians please do get in touch so we can arrange a shoot and we can get a broader sample research.”

 

O: Do you think it is fair to say that behind every great band, is a great dog?
T: I’d say it’s more behind every great dog is a great band.

Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 13.18.46 O: Has meeting any of your favourite artists’ dogs changed your opinion of the artist? People do say you should never meet your hero’s (dogs).

T: This goes back to the first question of dogs resembling their owners, somewhat. For example Will Young had the most lovely dogs, Esme and Nelly, and Will himself was equally as pleasant. So I guess meeting their dog(s) reaffirms what you may think of an act?

O: And I think the really crucial question here is, and I’m sure you have the stats to back it up… Pop Pups, or Acts And Their Cats?
T: Well I thought that working with cats would be a more relaxing experience, and an easier animal to work with (what with dogs generally being more energetic/boisterous); but this has not been the case at all necessarily. 

“It’s very hard to work with a subject that literally runs away from you every time you get within 5 metres of said subject with a camera – like who are you trying to be, Burial?”

To answer your question, Pop Pups has a slightly better, snappier moniker so I’m going to go with that for now.

There you have it, thanks Tim! We’ll leave you with this…

Image Credit (Top to Bottom): Phil Smithies, Phil Smithies, Irma Collin, Tim Boddy

Red Bulletin dive in to Delhi’s delights with Hashback Hashish

Outpost’s favourite champion of the New Delhi dance scene, Hashback Hashish sat down with Red Bulletin to give them the insiders guide to the favourite corners of his hometown alongside the release of his ‘Zone’ EP.


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From Sushi for Brunch, to environmentally-friendly public transport, Ashish Sachan aka Hashback Hashish delivers the down-low on everything you need to know about the delights of New Delhi.

Head on over to Red Bulletin to take a read now!

Outpost Newsletter [Summer Sessions]

As we welcome in the official start of summer and start to pray the Glasto fields hold out, here at Outpost we’re gearing up for a number of exciting gigs and events close to home from a few of our amazingly talented artists. As long term fans of the iconic event, we’re also amped to announce the return of the DMC World DJ Championship Finals on Saturday 24th September, which Outpost will be ‘turntabling’ our talents to promote across a mix of online and print press.  Read more here.

Sorceress conjure up a sonic storm with their UK ‘Dose’ tour

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Having been championed by the likes of Okayplayer, Indie Shuffle and DJ Fitchie off Fat Freddy’s Drop, Kiwi four-piece Sorceress are bringing their soulful, funky vibes to the UK. Kicking off the tour on 24th June at Glastonbury’s Silver Hayes – where they will also play the legendary Shangri-La on the 26th – Sorceress will then take to the stage at The Attic in Bristol, before headlining an extra special show at London’s newly revamped iconic Jazz Cafe and shooting up north to accompany your weekend bier drinking at Bavarian bar Albert’s Schloss in Manchester. Performances at Yumuno Festival in Wales and Kelburn Garden Party in Scotland finish off their UK festival performances, before they make their way to HiFi in Leeds for their final gig on 3rd July.

Having been nominated as finalists for ‘Best Electronica Album’ at the 2014 New Zealand Music Awards¸ Sorceress are already one of the most widely respected acts in their home country. Boasting live performances which are both captivating and energetic, they’re definitely not ones to miss!

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Aphty Khea descends on The Waiting Room

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On the 28th June, the enigmatic Aphty Khea will bring her ethereal show to The Waiting Room in Stoke Newington, to launch her new self-titled EP via The Sound Of Everything UK. Khea’s unique sound harks back to a love for trip-hop and contemporary hip-hop, indentifying her main influences as J Dilla, Hiatus Kaiyote, Bjork and FKA Twigs, and her live performance under her chameleon humanoid persona promises to mesmerise as she brings her post-modern and experimental style to life in a way in which only she knows how.

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Sofi de la Torre brings her R&B flavour to the indie Camdenites

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Following hot on Aphty Khea’s heels on the 29th June, pop starlet Sofi de la Torre will be bringing her “Pop done right” sound to our favourite Camden boozer, The Lock Tavern. Citing her main influences as Drake, Frank Ocean, and Kehlani, her sultry R&B has brought her celebrity fans including Grimes, Hayley Williams and Jaden Smith, and has also garnered support from the likes of Noisey and Indie Shuffle. Following her successful ‘Mess EP’ last year, her feisty new single ‘Sit Down’ combines electronic beats with subtle hints of Scandi-pop inspired by her ongoing collaboration with Finnish producer Jonas Karlsson.

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Hackney kicks off the season with their celebratory Summer Fete

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After last year’s success, our favourite local Hackney Summer Fete returns on the 9th July at St John at Hackney Church, with crowds of over 10,000 people expected to descend upon the award winning parkland, which plays host to a large festival field, a walled kids’ garden and woodland areas. Featuring something for everyone, Hackney natives Five Points Brewery will be hosting their London Brewer’s Market and East London Vintage Fair will showcase an amazing mix of stalls ranging from flea market finds to high end haute, whilst a petting zoo and arts & crafts stalls provide entertainment for the little ones. There will be live music from acts such as DJ Bootsy and daytime rave luminary Giles Smith, while TWIST Theatre Company stop off on their way up to Edinburgh Fringe to treat locals to a special performance. With many more exciting acts, and plenty of food and drink provided by Brew For Two cafe, there’s no better way to experience Hackney in all its glory – see you there!

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As the festival season heats up and the summer calendar starts filling out, we’re continuing to work with the best in fresh up and coming artists across the globe – from rising reggae star ORieL, who recently unveiled his new single ‘Babylon System’, to dreamy Danish duo Slowes, alongside representing Exploited label founder and internationally renowned DJ and remixer Shir Khan, and continuing our relationship with artist-focused label Def Disco to promote indie electro-pop duo Bella Loka. With talent this good from all over the border, let’s hope music rather than Europe continues to be the headline act!

Outpost Newsletter [Spring Successes]

As the sun starts to show its face again, it’s full steam ahead at Outpost as we make the charge towards the summer. In what’s been another busy month in the office, we’ve been working hard in bringing a deluge of talented artists from across the globe to some of music’s biggest tastemakers.


Label Love

As well as working with up-and-coming artists and exciting local events, we’re proud to work with a number of eclectic labels. This month, we continue to lead the way for emerging artists signed to some of the world’s most interesting and unique examples.

Hot Gem Tunes

Working alongside alternative Scottish label Hot Gem Tunes, we’ve been promoting three of their hugely talented artists.

An experimental musician and visual artist, folktronica heroine Monkoora dropped her new mini-LP, ‘Pale Slopes’, on 29th April with a premiere on God Is In The TV Zine and recently composed all the music for four short ‘Survivor’ films for Rape Crisis. Meanwhile, ambient Glaswegian trio Machines In Heaven return with their new album, the hypnotic ‘Phenomenology’. Due on 13th May, their new material has already garnered support from BBC 6Music’s Nemone, alongside airplay on Amazing Radio and a premiere confirmed on Complex UK.

Also this month, Outpost have started working with Colombian psych-wave artist OKRAA. The producer’s unique and psychedelic take on electro has earned him plaudits from the likes of BBC Radio 1, KEXP and DJ Mag in the past, and we’re looking to take him to ever greater heights with his trippy new single ‘Mineral’, which will be released on 3rd June.

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Nowadays Records

Continuing our French takeover, with successful campaigns over the past months for the likes of TOYS, Superpoze and KCPK, this month we’ve also been promoting a number of artists on Paris-based label Nowadays Records.

Setting the cogs in motion for producer Jumo, we recently secured a video premiere on Clash alongside track support from Indie Shuffle ahead of the release of his new ‘Nomade’ EP on 20th May. Preparing his own EP release in the form of a single collaboration with Outpost favourite KIll J, is Danish producer Sekuoia. Ready to drop on 27th May, ‘Lamp In The Dark’ is a twisted and dramatic tour-de-force of pop and chillwave combined.

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Campaign Focus: Artists

Alek Fin & Galun

Following the success of their previous collaboration ‘Golden, Blinding’, Californian singer Alek Fin and Moscow-based producer Galun have teamed up once again on beguiling new EP, ‘Strannik’. As momentum for the EP builds – with early support from the likes of Twisted Male Mag and others – Alek Fin & Galun will premiere lead single ‘Ionosphere’ on The Line of Best Fit.

Lovestarrs

3rd June will see the release of Lovestarrs’ newly re-launched single ‘Get Your Sexy On’, a song that has drawn the attention of The Guardian in the past. The slick electronic outfit, formerly known as The Good Natured during their Parlophone/EMI days, are readying their return with their forthcoming LP ‘Planet Lovestarr’, set for release in August 2016.

Kinkajous

Creative nu-jazz outfit Kinkajous are preparing the release of their new ‘Staring At The Odds’ EP. Already garnering support from Stamp The Wax and set to drop on 3rd June 2016, the record will follow up the band’s titular debut EP from 2014, which won the approval of BBC 6 Music’s Gilles Peterson.

 

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With their chillwave-influenced sound and rich synth textures, London-based art pop project KYOTI recently premiered their debut single ‘Cave In’ via Clash. Further support has followed from Indie Shuffle and a host of Hype Machine blogs, ahead of the release of the single’s accompanying visuals and a confirmed Sofar session.

 

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Jovel_Shot_1_smWe’re also excited to begin our work with London-based singer and rapper Jovel and his new ‘The Void’ EP, set for release on 20th June. Coinciding with his innovative 25-part ‘The Void: An Instagram Movie’ – a compilation of fresh footage that interlink the EP’s four tracks and videos together – Jovel is set to premiere his new video this week through Kaltblut.

 


Campaign Focus: Events

Art Department

Later this month, label, brand and all-round music institution Renaissance will celebrate their return to the safe hands of founder Geoff Oakes with a mammoth launch gig at London’s The Steel Yard. With critically acclaimed techno lords Art Department headlining, and support from Chaim, Samu.I and August Artier, Saturday 21st May looks set to be a night of full blown party antics and sublime electro music. In other words, it’s the perfect way to welcome Renaissance back with a bang.


Artists we’re also working with…

Goldilox – ‘Human Nature’ – 13th May
Astroid Boys – ‘Fallback’ – 27th May
Laura Jae – ‘Underwater’ – 3rd June
Baby Blood – ‘Await The Coven’ EP – 17th June
MODEL 86 – ‘When You Realise People Are Not One Dimensional Characters In A Movie Of Your Life’ – 8th July

And Finally

Later this month, we are excited to begin working with latin-ska outfit They Say Jump on their EP, as well as WorldAReggae-approved sensation ORieL and his remix of his 2013 single ‘Confidence’, with producer and keyboardist Tremma.

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Once again, we’re off to Brighton’s The Great Escape Festival this month in search of fantastic music and (fingers crossed) lots of sunshine. With the great British summer just around the corner, it’s nearly time to put on your shades and head straight out to a beer garden. So, if you’re about in Brighton over the festival, come grab a drink and say hi!

Check out the artists we’re currently working on by clicking below, or click here.
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Huck Magazine Meets KIll J

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Huck Magazine caught up with Danish electro-pop sensation KIll J during her recent visit to London to chat about women in music in the aftermath of her session at Maida Vale Studios for BBC Radio 1.

Covering everything from her classically trained music background, to her “quarter-life crisis” moving to California at the age of 19, as well as picking the brains of the pop-goddess on taking on an industry dominated by men.

Head on over to Huck Magazine to take a read now!

 

Outpost’s Fun-Filled Five

With Easter speeding towards us, it has been all guns blazing at Outpost HQ. Outpost Group has a brand new website, which you can check out here, and we have an amazing array of upcoming releases ready to hit in the Spring, so as a special seasonal treat we thought we’d put together an egg-citing guide to keep you entertained over a long weekend in London (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves).

Read on for our hot tips!

Thirsty Thursday

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At Outpost we seize any chance we can to get out and about, and a Friday off presents an opportunity we simply can’t refuse. This Thursday, Deadly Rhythm – who’ve hosted the likes of Four Tet, Dego, Floating Points and Kode 9 – are ushering in the Easter Weekend by taking over the whole of Peckham’s Bussey Building and teaming up with Horse Meat Disco, who will be running through everything from italo disco to house in the main room, and Rye Wax, who will take up residency in the basement.

Fun on Friday

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What better way to nurse yourself back to health on Good Friday than by unleashing your inner child and transporting yourself back to the days of your youth? Catch back-to-back screenings of classic animated films created by Pete Firmin and Oliver Postgate at the V&A Museum Of Childhood in Bethnal Green. From Bagpuss and The Clangers to Ivor The Engine, the free screenings will take place from Friday – Sunday.

Shop-til-you-drop Saturday

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Pop Brixton’s ‘Make Do and Mend Vintage and Makers Market’ returns with a veritable mountain of retro clothing, homeware, jewellery, crafts and art this Easter. With a bar, pop-up food stalls and DJs spinning throwback classics all day long, Brixton looks set to be the vintage shopper’s paradise on Easter Saturday.

‘Sporty’ Sunday

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Forget the Boat race – Spitalfields City Farm is where it’s at this Easter Sunday, when it will play host to some serious farmyard shenanigans: the athletic prowess and majesty of the annual Oxford Vs Cambridge…Goat Race. That’s right; the clash of the titans is upon us and it’s no time to pull in your horns – this one’s bound to float your goat!

Munch on Monday

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After a long weekend of fun, there’s only one thing left to do: eat. Victor Garvey has just opened his cosy, copper-hued bar and restaurant Duende, serving intricately prepared Spanish tapas with a Japanese twist. From the Galician seaweed salad and Pacharan marinated salmon rulada to Turron de Gijona ice cream sandwiches, how else would you bring the Easter weekend to a close than by over-indulging in delicious food at London’s latest restaurant? See you there.

 

 

Outpost M.D. Mel Ruben featured in Music Week’s ’30 Under 30′

Outpost’s very own Managing Director, Mel Ruben, has been included as one of the ‘best of the rest’ in Music Week’s prestigious ’30 under 30’ feature. Mel, who joined Outpost as an intern back in 2011, has utilised 10 years of industry experience to man the tiller since 2014, when she was appointed M.D.

Her role has seen her spearhead campaigns for some of the biggest names in music, from David Rodigan and Goldie for Ministry of Sound’s ‘Masterpiece’ series, to rebuilding Craig David’s credibility though his ‘TS5’ series of parties in 2015 (a campaign which has clearly proved to be an overwhelming success). With her exhaustive list of achievements and successes, it is no wonder that Mel was tipped by Music Week as one of the rising stars of the music industry.

Read the full feature here: http://www.musicweek.com/news/read/30-under-30-2016/064320

KCPK’s ‘Who Wants It’ features on The Creators Project

Following an audio debut on The 405 and a video premiere on Dazed, the gripping cinematic visuals for KCPK’s ‘Who Wants It’ feat. Philadelphia-based rapper STS have been featured on VICE’s esteemed platform The Creators Project: a celebration of the best in creativity, arts and technology.

The article, which includes exclusive behind-the-scenes photography from the video shoot, takes a look at the story behind the making of the short-film style visuals through an interview with veteran music video director Nicolas Davanel. From Davanel’s inspiration and influences, to his use of Russian ex-mafia members as actors, the feature provides an intimate insight into the creation of the talented artist’s accompaniment to KCPK’s blistering track.

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