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Tribes of Europe & Barbara Stretch

This 3-minute bundle of Northern Soul-infused joy by Tribes Of Europe & Barbara Stretch was released on 27th November 2020 on all streaming platforms and on very limited 7″ dub plate vinyl (via the Tribes of Europe Bandcamp).

The single enjoyed support from the likes of Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music and a video premiere on the influential Postcards From The Underground .

The video features many original photos from the 70’s East Anglian soul club scene …

Listen on Spotify here …

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Harrison Scarecrow – New Signing

‘Everyone With Someone’ is the debut single by Alabama natives Harrison Scarecrow, released world-wide via Integrity Records on 30th October 2020.

Penned by band members Ryan Tomlin and Will McCracken, ‘Everyone With Someone’ hits hard with a tale of broken dreams, an ear-worm chorus to die for, and aching strings recorded at Cypress Moon Studios, the former legendary Muscle Shoals Sound located on the banks of the Tennessee River.

With a debut offering that sets the bar intentionally high, Harrison Scarecrow’s characteristic widescreen indie-noir forms the sonic backdrop for a compellingly poignant account of a failed union and post-breakup need to accept that “not everyone gets to be with someone”.

Growing up in the region, the band were well aware of Muscle Shoals’ rich yet mysterious musical past, having recorded the likes of The Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and, more recently, The Black Keys, and had no doubt it was the place to capture both the energy and melancholy of their sound. And, despite the sound engineer being caught up in a road accident mid-way through the recording session, the old studio kept its promise.

Integrity Records · Harrison Scarecrow – Everyone With Someone


Influenced by the likes of Conor Oberst, Springsteen and fellow Alabama native Jason Isbell, Harrison Scarecrow move effortlessly from sparse piano & vocal pieces to full band sounds with a driving rhythm section that could have dropped straight out of a New York indie club. Their debut album is scheduled for the autumn of 2021.

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Ida Wenøe – New Single & Video

‘One Step’ by former Danish Music Award nominee Ida Wenøe, mixed by Tucker Martine (First Aid Kit, Sufjan Stevens, Neko Case, Bill Frisell) and mastered by Dave McNair (Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Beck), was released world-wide on 28th August.

Ida Wenøe // One Step (Official Music Video) from Songcrafter Music on Vimeo.

Like Dana Gavanski duetting with First Aid Kit, ‘One Step’ is the 1st single from Ida’s forthcoming 3rd album (summer 2021), a paean to the innocence of childhood when you know less, when the world seems so much bigger and when your dreams feel truly magical.

Singles from Ida’s critically acclaimed second album, 2019’s ‘The Things We Don’t Know Yet’, enjoyed support on UK national radio at BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 4, Amazing Radio, BBC Wales and BBC Radio Ulster, US radio including Seattle’s super-cool KEXP, national radio in Spain & Denmark, and college radio in Portugal.

“Bewitching acid folk with a deeply personal edge” – Clash Magazine
“Ida Wenøe is equal parts mysterious, brooding & beguiling” – R2 Magazine
“Her voice – weary but cute, with the power to cut through – is perfect” – The Guardian

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Aware – New Album

‘A Day Out of Life’, the second album of chilled electronica by Aware, dropped on 3rd July via our Beat Filter Label imprint.

From the borrowed house beats of ‘Up on the 20th’ and summer feel-good single ‘Come Alive’ to the languid lounge heartbreaker ‘No Belongings’ (an earlier feature on Hed Kandi’s iconic ‘Serve Chilled’ album series) and the Café Mambo sunset terrace favourite ‘Requiem to the Sunset’, the album shows the full range of Aware’s powers.

Listen to the album now on Spotify

And on Apple Music.

Written during some of the band’s lengthy stays in Ibiza, tracks such as ‘Found by the Sea’ and ‘Esperando La Lluvia’ showcase songwriters who appreciate the true soul of the White Isle, not just its glossy exterior. Built around saxophone, Spanish guitar and operatic vocals, ‘Esperando …’ charts the anxious wait for overdue rains shared with locals during a period living at Hostal La Torre in the hills above San Antonio. The piano-led ‘Found by the Sea’ reflects the ethereal land- and seascapes of the island’s magical coves and secret beaches found only with a resident as guide.

A regular name on chill-out compilations for some years, Aware have contributed to sunset collections for the likes of BMG & Warners and the coolest independents, including releases on the legendary Café Del Mar label for whose 20th anniversary celebrations Aware played a full-band live set in Ibiza to a crowd 2000-strong.

Aware are Mark Lane and Tina Morrison.  ‘A Day Out of Life’ is out now.

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Tribes of Europe & Barbara Stretch

‘The House You Built For Us’ is the new single by Tribes of Europe & Barbara Stretch, released on 24th April 2020 across all major digital platforms.

The politically-charged song with a futurist Northern Soul vibe has the classic vocal of the former feminist jazz-punk iconoclast to the fore with the Ely Fallen Angels Choir, led by Max Taylor (MIKA, Lily Allen, Clor), adding a layer of gospel joy.

Tribes of Europe, the alter ego of Fenland-based multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Martin Elsey, are joined on drums by Andy Gangadeen (Massive Attack, Chase & Status, Jeff Beck) and Chris Taylor (Poison Girls) on co-production duties and the finest bass outside Motor City.

Drawing lyrical inspiration from the current political landscape, Martin explains:

“It seems there have always been a few men who have lusted after power and wealth, and there’s been a much larger group of men that have revered and followed them. In the process we screw the planet over and the poor get poorer, and with globalisation it’s gone into freefall. If we want to survive then society has to evolve. Men need feminism. We all need feminism. No question.”

Previous singles by Tribes of Europe, including the Barbara Stretch collaboration ‘You Don’t Speak For Me’, have enjoyed national support on BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio 3‘s Late Junction and various regional shows.

“An instantly catchy and uplifting retro-futuristic creation” – Get In Her Ears
“Unashamedly ‘60s but with a new twist” – Steve Lamacq, BBC 6 Music
“Tribes of Europe with the fabulous Barbara Stretch – these are such a great combination. I love what they do!” – Janice Long, BBC Wales
“It’s an absolute belter!” – Charlie Ashcroft, Amazing Radio
“That is truly lovely” – Bob Fischer, BBC Tees

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