Funk and Soul Group, Céline & The Blue Release Their New Single, ‘Crave Love’

Female-fronted soul, jazz and funk band, Céline & The Blue & made its live London debut at Ronnie Scott’s and has been hailed as “Ones to Watch” (Music Republic Magazine) and “Unique due to their family-oriented approach” (Louder Than War). Their groovy sounds have aired on BBC Introducing, BBC Radio Berkshire, Eagle Radio and Vibe Radio. 

Speaking on the track, Céline & The Blue explain: “we wanted ‘Crave Love’ to emit emotions we have not shared with our existing music so far. Our aim was to express sadness through warm sounds. The sound palette was inspired by Charles Baudelaire’s poem ‘L’âme du vin’ (The Soul of Wine) where wine is personified and describes its descent into the human throat down to the warm chest which resembles a mother’s embrace. We tried our best to recreate this scene through the sound choices and we hope to transmit intimacy and warmth to listeners.” 

Listen to ‘Crave Love’ below.

DJS AND ARTISTS CAN APPLY FOR THE NEXT ROUND OF AN ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND GRANT

DJs and artists can now apply for the ninth round of the Developing Your Creative Practice (DYCP) grant from Arts Council England.

Applications opened today (January 11) and will stay open until February 18. Grants range from £2000 to £10,000.

The DYCP grant opened last year in response to the coronavirus pandemic, with those eligible including individual DJs, artists, technicians and more. DJs were able to apply for the first time in October 2020, and this will be only the second round DJs are eligible for.

Application information can be found here.

Watch a video about DYCP below.

MPS FINALLY LAUNCH AN URGENT INQUIRY INTO THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON UK NIGHTLIFE

An urgent inquiry into the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the UK’s night-time economy has been launched in the UK.

The inquiry is being led by the newly formed All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), which is chaired by Labour MP Jeff Smith, who spent several years working in the sector earlier in his career.

The nightlife industry has suffered significantly in the pandemic due to the restrictions required to protect public health. Last month the Night Industries Association (NTIA) warned 75.6% of the UK’s night-time economy businesses face permanent closure.

The APPG is calling for night time economy businesses, workers and consumers to share evidence about their experiences and views on the challenges facing the sector, its importance to the country’s society and economy, and recommendations for how it can reopen.

Evidence for the inquiry can be submitted via an online survey accessed through the NTIA’s website here. Consultations will take place through this month with a report planned for release in February.

A number of Night Time Economy organisations and representatives will also be contacted to share testimonies.

Jeff Smith MP said: “As we move now into a third national lockdown, there has never been a more important time for Government to address the urgent needs of Night Time Economy businesses, their supply chains and those that rely on them for employment. Despite playing such a vital role in our local communities and UK economy, nightlife businesses have been repeatedly overlooked by the Government, and we are determined to ensure that the specific challenges facing the sector are addressed. This inquiry will be a vital first step in our work.”

Michael Kill, CEO of the Night Time Industries Association, said: “Since March, we have seen the night-time sector berated, scapegoated and even blamed for rising infections. Our sector has slipped through the cracks of insufficient support packages and borne the brunt of ever-changing and inconsistent restrictions. We urge all those who work in the night-time economy, or simply enjoy a night out, to take part in the APPG survey to help policymakers understand the importance of our vital sector.”

[Via Mixmag]

Independent Record Stores To Be Celebrated In Relanched #RECORDSTOREOFTHEDAY Campaign

A campaign to celebrate independent record stores in the UK has been relaunched.

Originally launched back in March at the onset of lockdown, #RecordStoreOfTheDay is back from today (13th November) to fly the flag for stores across the country. It kicks off with Resident in Brighton.

Posted on Instagram, Record Store of the Day organisers said, “We are excited to announce that Record Store of the Day is back! In response to lockdown 2.0, we thought it only right to continue our campaign highlighting the best indie record stores around, starting with @residentbrighton.⁣”



Supported by Association of Independent Music, BPI, ERA and more, the initiative will focus on one independent record store each day of the week. See the full list of record stores below.

Back in June, a separate event, Love Record Stores Day, boosted music retail by £1 million.

Vinilo Record Store – Southampton & Bournemouth
The Rock Box Record Store – Camberley
Fish Records – Stone, Staffordshire
Tangled Parrot – Carmartehn/Hay-on-Wye/Swansea
Seismic Records – Leamington Spa
Resident – Brighton
Frank Harvey Hi Fi Excellence – Coventry
Flashback Records – London
Sound Records – Stroud
The Record Store Ashford – Ashford, Kent
Intense Records – Chelmsford
Reflex – Newcastle Upon Tyne
Vintage & Vinyl – Folkestone
Underground Solu’shn – Edinburgh
Norman Records – Leeds
Sister Ray – London
Banquet Records – Kingston Upon Thames
Grind and Groove Records – Keighley

Printworks Responds To Receiving No Support From The Cultural Recovery Fund

Printworks London has released a statement in response to receiving no financial support from Arts Council England’s Cultural Recovery Fund.

Broadwick Live, the company that operates the venue, also received no aid for the other venues in its portfolio: Depot Mayfield in Manchester and London’s Exhibition and The Drumsheds.

Check it out below, and let us know your thoughts:

Latitudes Announces Three Days Of Panel Talks Examining The Latin American Electronic Music Industry

Latitudes this week announced three days of panel talks examining issues specific to the Latin American electronic music industry.

Taking place from October 12-14, the three panels will examine issues of decolonisation, the precariousness of the industry in Latin America and the future of the media.

The talks will be available to view on Youtube.

Latitudes is a platform that aims to unite artists from Latin America as a way to create and think as a regional block, recognising cultural differences while coming together as a community. Check out details of each talk below, and click here to view the talks on Youtube.

October 12

Panel 1: Decolonización

An X-ray of coloniality as a starting point to understand regional problems, thinking critically and starting from the importance of the politicization of our spaces.

Moderated by Luisa Uribe and with the participation of Valesuchi, KENYA, Yban L. Ratto of HiedraH, and Imaabs of Naafi

October 13

Panel 2: Precarización de la Industria

The precariousness of the industry from an underground perspective and recognition of the horizontal initiatives that already exist.

Moderation by María Melissa Ortega and the participation of Matías Aguayo, Avril Ceballos of Futura Artists, and Verraco

October 14

Panel 3: Medios de Comunicación

A space to think about how to transcend the barriers of the world publishing crisis and build other horizons of editorial models.

Directed by Nico Castro of IME Chile, with interventions by Nathalia Guerrero (Manifiesta), Shams Faure, Alonso Aguilar and Richard Villegas (Songmess)

Australia’s Live Music Industry Has Lost AUD$23.6Bn In 2020, Says Report

A new report by bank EY shows that Australia’s live music industry has lost AUD$23.6bn in economic output due to Covid-19.

‘The Economic Cost of Covid-19 on Australia’s Live Entertainment Industry’ shows that Australia’s live music industry was worth an estimated AUD$36.4bn to the economy last year. This year, that figure is down 65% to AUD$12.8bn.

Australia’s Live Entertainment Industry Forum has asked the Federal Government to urgently consider targeted support measures to support the sector.

The preliminary findings from the report, which will be released later this month, show that the sector supported 122,000 full-time equivalent jobs in 2019, and forecast that in 2020 this will fall to just 43,000 full-time equivalent jobs if current restrictions on gatherings remain in place until the end of December.

LEIF, which represents Australia’s largest live entertainment employers, said that it is grateful for the support provided to the industry to date but added that the new data shows urgent ongoing and additional Government support is essential to prevent further job losses and lasting damage to the sector. LEIF has recommended industry specific initiatives that include:

  • Continuation of a JobKeeper-style support program for employees in the music industry until the live entertainment industry returns to normal operation and without the constraints of major restrictions
  • A moratorium on goods and services tax on live event tickets, following the precedent set in the UK
  • An industry-led Live Entertainment Business Interruption Fund underwritten by Government; and
  • A significant expansion of the RISE grant funding programme, with a particular focus on assisting commercial, non-subsidised live entertainment operators to deliver popular live events in COVID-safe format.

[via Access All Areas]

The Silhouette Project Has Returned With The New Single From Meron T & Pedro Retro

Joining The Silhouette Project is the talented singer, Meron T and Pedro Retro for the stunning new single, Standing There, produced by Paya and Kosher.

The Silhouettes Project is a new platform for up and coming Hip-Hop, Soul and Jazz artists from the UK. It is not a record label or management team, it is a community project. The Silhouettes Project provides an open space – a recording studio and live venue located within the Total Refreshment Centre in Hackney, London – where MCs, singers, musicians and producers can connect and create. 

The Silhouettes Project was founded by community organisers/artists Asher Korner (aka Kosher) and Jaden Osei-Bonsu (Eerf Evil) in 2019. When they told us about the project and played us some of the music we were instantly hooked and joined the collective as label partner. The art direction is executed by Sergio “SagaUno“ Alferez, an acclaimed designer and illustrator from Medellín, Colombia.

Check out the single below, and let us know what you think:

New Spotify Format Allows Podcasters To Place Songs Between Talk Segments In Shows

Spotify is testing what it describes as a new “listening experience” that combines music and spoken-word content in a new playlist-style podcast format.

Shows that use this new format, which the company says is one of its most-requested features, will see talk segments and individual tracks stacked together, allowing Spotify’s listeners to interact with music within episodes in the same way they normally interact with tracks on the platform.

The company states that this new format marks an evolution from its personalized Your Daily Drive podcasts that combine podcasts and music, which were launched in the US in June last year, followed by Germany in October 2019 and in the UK last month.

Shows using Spotify’s new format rely on the platform’s music catalog licenses, which means that musicians and songwriters are compensated “just like any regular stream of a music track on Spotify”.

Spotify Premium listeners will hear full tracks as part of these shows, and Free tier users will hear 30-second music previews.

Shows using this format are also exclusive to Spotify.

Study Finds COVID May Cause Sudden And Permanent Hearing Loss

A new UK study has found that COVID-19 may affect some people by causing sudden and permanent hearing loss.

Experts at University College London have published findings in the journal BMJ Case Reports, relating to the treatment of a 45-year-old man with asthma who was taken into intensive care with COVID-19.

During treatment the man was ventilated and given drugs such as antiviral remdesivir and intravenous steroids. A week on from leaving intensive care he developed tinnitus and then hearing loss in his left ear.

The man had never previously had hearing problems, and none of the drugs used to treat him are known to cause hearing damage.

Tests revealed he had suffered sensorineural hearing loss in his left ear. This was able to be partially treated with steroids.

A co-author of the study Dr Stefania Koumpa said a possible explanation is that “the Sars-Cov-2 virus enters inner ear cells and brings about cell death, and/or causes the body to release inflammatory chemicals called cytokines that can be toxic to the inner ear. Steroids likely help by reducing inflammation and therefore production of cytokines.”

The report has recommended that patients coming out of intensive care should be assessed for hearing loss and emergency treatment.

The author Michael Rosen, who was admitted to intensive care after contracting coronavirus, said he experienced similar issues, writing on Twitter: “I’ve been saying this since I first became conscious after Intensive Care. So, since late May! My inner ear – either the auditory nerve or the cochlear is out of action.”

Studies into the varying issues the virus can cause, such as loss of taste and damage to organs, are ongoing.

[Via: Guardian]