The Orchard and Red Essential merge

The newly formed company is to be called The Orchard. Ian Dutt and Mike Chadwick, erstwhile co-Managing Directors of Red Essential, will run the new UK business. Combining the companies harnesses the seasoned expertise of both teams, offering artists and labels an unmatched slate of services including physical and digital, sales, marketing, promotion, synch licensing, neighbouring rights, strategy and analysis in more than 30 markets across the globe.
Read the full press release HERE

Lucy Spraggan and team up for Mental Health Awareness Week

Lucy Spraggan and have partnered for Mental Health Awareness week, launching a campaign within the app that aims to reach out to young people that could be going through a rough time or feeling low, but might not be keen on asking for help.

The campaign uses a clip from Dear You, a beautiful but heartbreaking song from Lucy’s new album, and encourages users to send virtual hugs to friends and family members that could be in need of some cheering up. Lucy will also perform a live session on platform for live streaming,, this week, as part of the #DearYou campaign.

Here’s the full #DearYou challenge description, running this week from Lucy’s @lspraggan:

In recognition of the start of Mental Health Week, Lucy Spraggan’s single, “Dear You,” is a song about how mental health can impact anyone. Whether you are the person suffering or you are a friend or family of someone who isn’t well–the most important thing to remember is that if you are in either of those situations or something similar, it’s time to reach out.

Make a or a duet with a friend or an acquaintance and give each other a friendly hug (or virtual hug!). Let’s have everybody know that there is always someone who cares for you during your darkest times. Best videos will be given a shout out from Lucy Spraggan and win tickets PLUS meet and greets to her Autumn UK show!

IMG_0292.PNG is a extremely popular app with over 200 million users worldwide, that allows its ‘musers’ to select snippets of popular songs and record themselves singing, lip-syncing or dancing to them. Musers upload over 15 million videos to the app (that can also be shared in other social platforms) every day.

Lucy Spraggan released her 4th album, I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Writing, in July 2016, via CTRL Records / Red Essential. She jumped to fame in 2012 when she participated in The X Factor, and has since released 4 successful albums. Lucy has struggled with depression herself, and she’s extremely supportive towards mental health issues, with regular TV, press and radio appearances to increase awareness about the subject.

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Google Play Music + Samsung Team UP!

Samsung has announced a new partnership with Google Play Music offering a free 3-month subscription with new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge devices making it “easier and faster for Samsung customers to get the right music no matter where they are or what they’re doing.”The partnership was announced following the launch of the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+. Google Play Music will be the default player and service on the Samsung devices enabling users to stream music or download directly to their phone through the Google Play Store.

Google Play Music boasts a catalogue of around 40 million songs to fit the preferences of all users across the world which users can access content directly from their devices.

Click here for more information on the new music partnership.


Featured Record Store: Tram Records

We welcome another record store to our featured stores this month with Tram Records based in Ipswich, read their story below.

A little shop with a big heart based in ‘The Saints’ area of the town centre. They concentrate on selling new music from independent labels and are great promotors of the local music scene. Crispin Bretts was a big music fan and was frustrated that Ipswich did not have an independent record shop selling new vinyl so he decided to do something about it. He had plenty of experience in the music industry previously working at HMV, Virgin, Zavvi and Mute Records

With a limited budget, he started off small scale. The shop measures 1.75m x 2.45m which is an incredible 46 square feet and is worth a visit due to being the smallest record shop in the UK.

Crispin wants his customers to find records they’ve not heard of before and give a new sound a chance. His goal is for Tram to be a place where people meet up to swap recommendations and discover new sounds.,

The name came about as trams used to run down the St Peters Street were the shop is based. They were once thought of as out dated just like vinyl was. They are now being now being revived just as is Vinyl.

Crispin opened on RSD 2016. It was a day he will never forget as the ribbon cut by his daughters Ffion and Flo. The shop has attracted a lot of goodwill from the Ipswich music community. Pay it a visit so you can say you have shopped at the UK’s smallest record shop.

I asked Crispin which releases from Proper and Essential he is looking forward to

I have got some fantastic ‘Record Store Day’ releases coming in and I am really looking forward to the big day.

A couple of RSD releases that I will be buying for myself are Marconi Union, Ghost stations remix – I am looking forward to hearing what can be done with the remixes of one of the best albums of 2016.

HMLTD, to the door- A Great track on 7” for RSD with influences from all over. A great modern pop song as they should be.

Twilight Sad, 14 Autumns, 15 Winters –  I missed this album first time round. So glad they re-pressed it

I am enjoying the new album from Diet Cig, – Swear I’m Good at This – A great indie album. If you have not heard it you won’t regret checking it out

Visit their official website here:

Devil Sold His Soul Announce 10th Anniversary Record Store Day Exclusive


There aren’t many bands who embody the spirit of independence like Devil Sold His Soul – since 2004 they’ve been forging their own way through the underground, ignoring trends & continuously developing their unique sound, pushing their music beyond the conventional idea of what is possible within “heavy music.” Self-producing nearly all of their output at guitarist Jonny Renshaw’s own Bandit Studios, they’ve earned that special place in the hearts of a fanbase who have stuck with them throughout the years.
The debut full-length album “A Fragile Hope” turns 10 years old in 2017 – it’s an album which sent waves through the heavy music world upon first release, and in February the band announced four special UK shows at which they will perform the album in its entirety with both original vocalist Ed Gibbs, and current singer Paul Green (also of the Arusha Accord). The tour looks set to sell out – with London already having been upgraded to a bigger venue to meet demand.

To celebrate this, the band have teamed up with their like-minded trailblazing partners Basick Records to release a beautiful Record Store Day 2017 exclusive double gatefold vinyl edition of the album  pressed on 140g splatter vinyl in colours to complement the original iconic Paul Jackson artwork, limited to just 500 copies.

The band have long been fans & supporters of independent record shops; Paul Green has fond memories of his local; “I think the first record I bought was The Great Escape by Blur, from Sound machine in Reading. That place was my go to for everything and introduced me to tonnes of bands I didn’t know, it expanded my collection from indie then skate punk such as the Fat Wreck Chords bands & eventually metal” 

Jonny Renshaw on getting Pantera’s I’m Broken CD single “It was from a shop in Northwich. It was actually my mum that bought it and she got a Michael Jackson record at the same time. The person on the till gave her an odd look for that combo!”

Being musical obsessives, they’ve naturally gravitated towards vinyl, with Basick releasing their 2014 EP Belong ╪ Betray on white wax, “I think the sound of vinyl has always been my main draw” says Paul, who also has a keen understanding of the aesthetic of these as physical artworks, having spent time running Wood And Cloud, producing limited edition prints from artists including Dan Mumford & Paul Jackson,  “…who doesn’t love a well packaged item? …That’s also why the DSHS vinyl will be something special, it means a lot to people to feel that more has gone into it than just an email to say ‘press some vinyl’. We’ve worked hard on these editions…”
On vinyl’s current rise “…Everything went through a complete swing to digital and people suddenly woke up and said ‘hey I actually love awesome things’ they didn’t just want that invisible digital song, but a product. vinyl is art as much as the music on it – people will still listen to digital because it’s so easy with life being as crazy as it is. But people still need and want cool stuff thankfully, and they want music to sound the way it should and hold the product that took so long to produce.”

The sense of permanence that comes with owning a great record connects with Jonny  “I have the whole Envy collection box set. That is a very special thing. I have a fair few vinyls of The National which I love too. Other than that I hate to be self-indulgent but I love all the vinyl I get from bands I have recorded. So nice to get a final product like that to keep and listen to… I’ll get records that I think will benefit from being on vinyl and also classics/favourites of mine just because its nice to have. The best part of vinyl for me is that it’s a different listening experience. Not only from an audio point of view but more so that you sit down and listen through the whole thing. Not sitting at a mac listening through shitty speakers flicking between songs non stop (which I also do). It’s a much better experience in my opinion.”

Devil Sold His Soul #afh10
14/4/17 Glasgow ABC2
15/4/17 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
21/1/17 Bristol Thekla
29/4/17 London Tuffnell Park Dome

Make sure to follow the official Record Store Day social channels to stay up to date with all the forthcoming exclusive releases!
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Record Store Day 2017!

It’s that time of year again! Record Store Day 2017 is fast approaching and we’re really excited to have a load of exclusive products up for grabs at participating stores on the day of the event which will be taking place on 22nd April 2017! Over 200 stores will be participating across the UK and will be housing limited edition vinyls and more exclusively for the event.

View a list of all the participating stores to find a store near you!

Have a look through our list of exclusive releases for Record Store Day:

Alter Bridge The Last Hero 2 LP Picture Vinyl in plastic sleeve
Boxed In Pushing On Coloured Vinyl -Coolgrey Marble Effect Vinyl
Breakwater Work It Out – The Best Of Breakwater 12″ 140g Vinyl
Crazy World Of Arthur Brown The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown Remastered 180 Gram Coloured Splatter Vinyl LP
Darlingside Birds Say Blue Vinyl
Dead Naked Hippies / FLING / LAMIA / The Tiny Minds 4×12″ Volume 5 Includes download code
Devil Sold His Soul A Fragile Hope Double 140g splatter (with two seperate colour schemes) vinyl gatefold – 12”
Don Blackman Don Blackman 12″ 180g Vinyl
Felice Brothers, The Tonight At The Arizona Yellow vinyl with download card, numbered limited edition of 500
Goldie vs. Ulterior Motive I Adore You 180 gsm black vinyl, exclusive physical single for RSD, limited to 1k
HAWKWIND Kerb Crawler / Hunky Dory 7″
Jason Isbell Live From Welcome to 1979 Favourite fan covers performed at live shows.
MATATA Air Fiesta Black LP
Maximo Park Risk To Exist Splatter vinyl version of their brand new album
MORTIMER On Our Way Home Black LP
Page, Jimmy & The Black Crowes Live At Jones Beach 10″ on Marbled Black and White Vinyl.
R.L. Burnside Long Distance Call: Europe, 1982 Smoke colored vinyl, 180 gram, download card
Susan Phillips Soft Sexy Soul 12″ 140g Vinyl
T.I. I’m Serious Split red & white vinyl, hand numbered with insert and remastered specially for vinyl for the first time in over 15 years.
The Districts Ordinary Day / Lover, Lover, Lover TBD color, 7″
The Duke Spirit Serenade EP 4 track 12″ EP on Robot Pink vinyl
The Fall Masquerade 7″ – Masquerade (Single Mix) / Masquerade (PWL Mix)
The Future Sound Of London Archived Environmental Views 12″ 180g 3LP Vinyl
The Headhunters God Make Me Funky 7″ Hand Numbered Vinyl
The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians & Guests Africa Express presents… The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians & Guests 2LP, 180 gram vinyl in heavy card sleeve.
THE THE You Can’t Stop What’s Coming Etched one sided 7 limited to 2000
Townes Van Zandt Live At Austin city Limits Black vinyl, 150 gram, download card
Various Here Comes The Night Owl 12″ 140g Vinyl
V/A Scared To Get Happy Gatefold 2LP
V/A Close To The Noise Floor Gatefold 2LP
Worry Dolls Go Get Gone White vinyl LP

Visit the official website to find out more about the event!

Come See Our Artists at SXSW 2017!

SXSW is fast approaching and we’re excited to have so many of our incredible artists performing this year!

The annual event is held in Austin, TX (US), this year on the 10th – 19th March and is filled with interactive, film, and music conferences, panels and festivals. Fostering creative and professional growth alike.

Below is a list of all our artists that will be performing at SXSW, if you’re around make sure you head down to check them out:

Tkay Maidza 14th Bar 96, Rainy St 23:00
Frisco 14th The Main II 21:25
Mt. Wolf 15th Javelina 01:00
Half Waif 15th Valhalla 23:00
Chad Valley 15th Valhalla 00:45
Buttertones 15th Wolfshield Ranch 17:00
The Molochs 15th Barracuda 21:00
Nick Waterhouse 15th Container Bar 22:00
John Paul White 15th Weather Up 19:00
Single Lock showcase 15th Weather Up 10:00 – 20:00
Gabriel Garzon Montano 15th Elysium 20:00
Dove & The Wolf 15th Hotel San Jose 14:00
Adam Torres 15th The Blackheart, Noisetrade 15:30
Bash & Pop 15th Hotel Vegas, Official SXSW Showcase 20:00
Hoops 15th Space 24 Twenty, Urban Outfitters SXSW 12:00
Hoops 15th FADER Fort 15:00
Temples 15th The Convention Center, KCRW 17:00
Temples 15th Mohawk Outdoor, House of Vans 20:15
HECK 16th BD Riley’s 21:00
The Molochs 16th Blackheart 14:20
Nick Waterhouse 16th Clive Bar 22:00
Tkay Maidza 16th The Gatsby 20:30
Colter Wall 16th 220 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 14:00
Whitney Rose 16th 220 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 14:50
Jason Eady 16th 220 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 15:40
Blank Range 16th 220 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 16:30
The Steel Woods 16th 220 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 17:20
Mass Appeal Presents Live At The BBQ 16th Stubbs 19:30 – 01:00
Frisco 16th Scratch House Backyard 01:10
G Perico 16th 512 Rooftop 00:30
The Districts 16th The Parish, Paradigm Showcase 00:00
Hoops 16th The Sidewinder, Noise Pop SXSW 13:00
Hoops 16th Beerland,Third Man Records SXSW 23:00
Temples 16th Four Season, KUTX 10:00
Temples 16th Cedar St. Courtyard 16:00
Temples 16th Hotel San Jose 19:00
Mt Wolf 17th The Main II 23:00
White Denim 17th Stubb’s  TBC
Lewis Watson 17th St David’s Bethell Hall 22:00
Buttertones 17th The Love Goat TBC
Tkay Maidza 17th Bangers 21:00
Sunny Sweeney 17th Maggie Mae’s Rooftop 20:00
Blank Range 17th Maggie Mae’s Rooftop 21:00
Elliot Root 17th Maggie Mae’s Rooftop 22:00
David Ramirez 17th Maggie Mae’s Rooftop 23:00
Paul Cauthen 17th Maggie Mae’s Rooftop 00:00
The Weeks 17th Maggie Mae’s Rooftop 01:00
Gabriel Garzon Montano 17th Lucille 00:00
Karriem Riggins 17th Container Bar TBC
Giraffe Tongue Orchestra 17th THE SUNSET ROOM: 310 E Third street, Austin, TX 78701 Tel: (512) 377-1120 21:00
Primitive Weapons 17th THE SUNSET ROOM: 310 E Third street, Austin, TX 78701 Tel: (512) 377-1120 20:15
The Districts 17th Cedar Street Courtyard, Floodfest Paradigm Showcase 15:30
The Districts 17th AGBG, Day Trip 17:40
Adam Torres 17th Whole Foods, Quantum Collective Southwest Invasion 14:30
Adam Torres 17th Lambert’s, Official SXSW Showcase 20:00
Gold Connections 17th 1102 East Cesar Chavez St., Rachael Ray’s Feedback House 18:00
Hoops 17th Weather Up, Wild Honey Pie 13:00
Hoops 17th Mohawk, Laneway Festival 15:00
Hoops 17th Cheer Up Charlie’s, AdHoc SXSW 22:00
HECK 18th Elysium 23:00
The Molochs 18th Hotel Vegas 14:00
The Molochs 18th Cheer Up Charlie’s 22:00
Stones Throw Night – Peanut Butter Wolf / MNDSGN / Gabriel Garzon Montano etc 18th The Main  TBC
Dove & The Wolf 18th Madewell 20:00
The Districts 18th Stubb’s Outside, Rachael Ray’s Feedback 13:30
Gold Connections 18th Barracuda, NME SXSW Showcase 23:20

To see full show listings and find out more about SXSW visit their official website!

Keep up to date with all our gigs by taking a look at our gig guide.

New: Store of the Month ‘Drift Record Shop’

In one form or another, the family owned and loosely evolving Drift Record Shop has lived on the Totnes high street since the mid-nineties. Currently driven by “Indie Champion” (2015 AIM Awards) Rupert Morrison, the whole operation is approached with just the right amount of revery… after all, would you really expect one of the country’s most critically-acclaimed outlets smack in the middle of an 8000 person farming town? Well, quite.

driftMuch of what they do is through gut reaction and personal gratification. Rupert explains “I think to run a record shop well there has to be quite a lot of vanity about it you know? I used to always explain that it’s ‘hardly a real job’ running a record shop… I was always implying that it’s just too much fun, self-managing, playing music all day, hanging out and talking shop… but I think although what I said still holds true, it’s evolved. Running a record shop is about playing the long game and really finding moments of good along the way as it really is a slog. Between listening to records, restocking stuff, balancing books, packing stuff, unpacking stuff, pontificating, ordering, more listening… it’s increasingly hard to fit it all in.”

But they do manage. Running the office from phones, checking the social sites at all hours, late night ‘packing parties’ on high profile mail-order releases. Although still based in the footprint of their humble origins, Drift is very much the 24/7, 365 modern shop that is always on and always on the hunt for something new.

“now that is the ‘hardly a real job’ part of the quote that I stick to the most” Rupert continues, “I think listening to music started to become habitual, then through necessity, weird sleeping habits (young kids) and a really obsessive personality, it just formed the structure to pretty much everything I do. I listen to music all day, literally… but that’s a tremendous privilege. Not just getting hold of stuff early, but getting sent things that weren’t on my radar… being in a position to champion that stuff and tell other people. We’re a small cog in a much bigger machine, but I think we’re an important cog – all indie shops are – and our ability to turn people on to something new – or not new – is really clear to our friends in bands, those who manage them, the labels, the agents and the distributors.”

A shop, a meeting place, publishers of a magazine – Deluxe, a quarterly journal about other record shops – and now a festival with their Sea Change festival returning this August after a sell-out-debut in 2016. Nominated as the Music Week Best Independent Retailer for the last five years straight, maybe 2017 will be there year?

A few things we’re excited about in the next few weeks. The new Shadow Band album – Wilderness of Love – on Mexican Summer is a real joy. It could easily have been recorded on the San Franciscan shores forty years ago, there is a really beautiful wistfulness about it. Mexican Summer are one of those labels you’re always going to want to check out. Summer Moon’s debut ‘With You Tonight’ is really good. The band is lead by Strokes’ Nikolai Fraiture and there is a lot going on across the album. Some of it is straight up NYC pop, but there are some really nice changes of pace. I think the one that is hard to ignore also is the returning Laura Marling. She has such an immaculate back catalog that it comes as no surprise to anyone that her new LP – Semper Femina – is exquisitely delivered. It’s amazing that she is still only 27, I think she can truly keep progressing to be one of the most important voices this country has ever produced.

YouTube Launches New ‘Super Chat’ Feature


YouTube is the largest video streaming platform with over 3 billions hours of video being watched each month, many of which are monetised views. YouTube has just announced the roll out of a brand new feature ‘Super Chat’ which will enable creators to monetise their content whilst streaming live video.

Much like other live streaming competitors including Facebook live and Instagram Live Stories, the content is not monetised and the comment space is spammed by thousands of messages.

With ‘Super Chat’ however, fans are able to pay real money to sponsor their comments on the live video and have them pinned to the top of the comment section for a limited amount of time. This allows for the creator to earn revenue on their live content but also for the fan to be recognised and develop a personal interaction with the YouTuber.

nexus2cee_youtubesuperchatheroSuper Chats stand out from other messages in two ways:

  • Your Super Chat is highlighted with a color.
  • Your Super Chat stays pinned in the ticker for a set period of time, depending on the amount selected.

The amount of money spent on sending a Super Chat will determine the duration the comment will stay pinned in the ticker and the maximum message length.

Find out more about YouTube’s Super Chat here.

Holy Roar Artists Take To The Indies!

The great bands on Holy Roar label have taken to the independent record shops to pick out some of their favourite records to talk about! Have a watch below and see how they get on!

Conjurer @ All Ages, Camden

Wren @ All Ages, Camden

Apologies, I Have Non @ All Ages, Camden

Svalbard @ Rise, Bristol

Giants @ All Ages, Camden

Human Future @ Music Fear Satan, Paris

Group Of Man @ Sister Ray, London