Dutch Soulstress Releases The Stunning New EP Royal Escape

Rising Dutch songstress Latanya Alberto reveals her new single ‘Get It Right’, taken from her EP titled ‘The Royal Escape’. A sublime dose of sultry neo-soul with a 2021 edge, the track was produced by LA based producers Shanks (BOSCO, SiR, Ledisi) and Sammy Perez. The second track to be taken from the EP, ‘Get It Right’ comes after the stunning ‘Royal (Recall)’ and it’s powerful visuals.

Speaking about ‘Get It Right’, Latanya shares the tracks meaning; “How many people are truly unapologetically themselves? This means being honest with yourself, being confident in your decisions, being prepared to walk away to remain in a position of dignity. The song emphasizes the journey back to that stage”.

Born and raised in Amsterdam to Surimenese and Curaçaoan parents, Latanya Alberto started writing poetry as a teenager, which became the basis for her lyrics today. Delving deeper into cultural awareness, female empowerment, social justice and romance, Latanya takes inspiration from the wordplay of legends India Arie and Erykah Badu. Latanya explains her M.O; “To deliver the story that needs to be heard, the consciousness that needs to be awakened, and the emotion that needs to be freed”.

Listen to ‘Get It Right’ below.

Bambounou Reveals First Three Releases On New Label, Bambe

Bambounou is starting a new label, Bambe. The Parisian artist will launch the new outlet with four-track EP, Cascade, out March 29th on vinyl and April 2nd digitally.

One of the tracks, “Up A While,” features the vocals of Manuel Hildebrand.

The second release will be a collaboration between Bambounou and Bruce, followed by a solo EP from GiGi FM. The launch of Bambe follows a recent Bambounou EP on AD 93, 033. Listen to “Craig.py” from Cascade.

The Score Is Out Tomorrow Ahead Of The Film’s Release On International Women’s Day.

Kate Simko has a film score coming out tomorrow. The 20-track score will be released by Lakeshore Records tomorrow, March 5th. Underplayed (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) arrives ahead of the documentary’s online release on Monday, March 8th, AKA International Women’s Day.

Underplayed, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, is a film about the underrepresentation of women in the electronic music industry.

Directed by Stacey Lee, it features the likes of SHERELLE, TOKiMONSTA, Nightwave, TYGAPAW, Suzanne Ciani and Louisahhh. “As a DJ-turned-film composer, this doc was a full circle moment for me, and the film is very close to my heart,” says Simko. Watch the trailer.

Tracklist

01. Striving / 02. Rising And Falling / 03. The World Buzzing / 04. Lonely At The Top / 05. Rare Birds / 06. Ahead Of Her Time / 07. Level Up / 08. Second Guessed / 09. Wild Thoughts / 10. Calm Before The Storm / 11. Building The Fantasy / 12. Isolation / 13. High Highs Low Lows / 14. Gypsetters / 15. The Other Side / 16. One Day At A Time / 17. Rare Birds (Reprise) / 18. Making Ground / 19. Our Own Voice / 20. Her Likeness (Extended Mix)

APPLE MUSIC LAUNCHES PLATFORM FOR AFRICAN DANCE MUSIC, ISGUBHU

Apple Music has launched a new platform called Isgubhu, which it’s calling “the ultimate destination for African Dance and Electronic music.”

Stephen Campbell, Apple Music’s Global Head of Dance and Electronic music, said: “Apple Music has been a long term supporter of the incredible DJs, artists and producers within the Dance and Electronic music community in Africa and we’re very excited about the launch of Isgubhu. Our regional teams are true advocates for the culture and we’re committed to continuing to connect artists to a global audience.”

Isgubhu, a Zulu word that translates as ‘beat’, will host a selection of playlists covering multiple genres and scene spotlights, as well as having a section dedicated to seminal albums from the history of dance and electronic music from the continent.

Subgenres which will there include gqom, amapiano, kwaito, mzansi house, deep house and Shangaan electro, while ‘Spotlight On:’ playlists will focus on African labels such as Soul Candi, House Afrika, Stay True Sounds and Uganda’s Hakuna Kulala & Nyege Nyege Tapes.

The first cover star of the platform is Black Coffee, who has started curating the Isgubhu Voices playfist, which features a span of electronic music with vocals.

Black Coffee said: “It’s a true honour to be titled as the very first Isgubhu hero artist by my friends at Apple Music. To me, home is everything… the absolute core of my being. Bringing the sounds of South Africa to the world is a life-long mission I’ll never stop chasing after.”

Check out Isgubhu on Apple Music here.

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)