Slikback To Release New EP In June - Support From Resident Advisor, Pitchfork, Mixmag and many more...

"a rare talent” [Resident Advisor] 

“a rising underground star” [Crack Magazine] 

“the Kenyan producer occupies his own switchbacking lane” [Pitchfork]

Resident Advisor, 2020’s best albums

Bandcamp, best of 2020


Artist: Slikback

Title: Quoios/Klout

Label: Byrd Out

Catalogue No.: BYR032

Format: 12” (Edition of 300) and Digital

Territory: Worldwide

Release date: 12 May (Quoios); 4 June (full release)

Genres: Techno; Trap; Industrial




New tracks of forward thinking club music from Kenyan producer Slikback, continuing in rule shredding, genre melding form.

Two new enigmatic originals, and two remixes - one from Sarmacja, natives of his current home, Poland, who give Quoios a dub workout, the other from Bristolian producer Sunun, spinning out Klout in a less pressured environment.

On the A side, Quoios charts a looming, atmospheric build-up gives way to driving, chain saw wielding industrial beats layered with vocals and samples. Klout meshes dark tones and complex rhythms, with a very slight nod to acid on the sounds. Both tracks are warehouse-ready dancefloor weapons.

On the B side, Sarmacja’s dub pulses from the off, introducing a strand of keening vocals and cosmic flushes. Sunun’s remix offers a slower, exploratory and haunting re-imagining of Klout.

12 May - Quoios (digital release)

4 June - full release, 12" and digital

A1: Quoios (03:38)

A2: Klout (03:14)

B1: Quoios (Sarmacja Dub) (02:16)

B2: Klout (Sunun Remix) (03:32)

Zeb Samuels Releases New Single 'Breeze Blowing' with support from people like Gilles Peterson...

** Previous support for Zeb Samuels From - CLASH Magazine, Gilles Peterson, Magnetic Magazine, XLR8R, Electronic Groove, Decoded Magazine & Rural Sounds, 

Radio Airplay from BBC Radio 6 Music’s Gilles Peterson, Don Letts, Nemone & 5FM’s Kid Fonque. **




LABEL: Deep Heads 





Deep Heads are proud to present the new single ‘Breeze Blowing’ by Zeb Samuels.

The single is taken from Zeb’s forthcoming album ’Arrival’ that is planned for release in the early part of 2021.


You can hear the music has come a long way since the first instalments of sounds from Zeb on the imprint and hears a diverse pallet of sounds incorporated into this recording.

We hear Zeb’s vocals are more progressed, hearing the artist presenting more of a chorus driven piece of music, that breaths settled confidence within his voice.

‘Breeze Blowing’ delivers the energy of a winter’s day, yet captures a warmth, deep within the core of the artistry.

A beautiful piano hook is at the very heart of the song, with 2step beats lacing the track together.

We also hear the talents of Jed Bevington on Violin who contributes some mind-blowing layers.


Then on remix duties is the very talented Canadian born, Sunrain, that Zeb has been a fan of for quite some time.

A Pianist at heart with exceptional production techniques, the remix takes the recording into new dimensions.

It’s stripped back without the vocal but utilises the main piano hook to create an ambient soundscape that is nothing short of exceptional.

Definitely an artist to keep an ear on for the future.



Zeb Samuels:

Sun Rain:




Frearson Releases An Alternative Christmas Song



LABEL: Frearson  ISRC: TCAFC2034271








FREARSON is an Australian artist with a UK heritage. Childhood memories of the great British Christmas song coupled with a chance meeting with Christmas Song legends ’Slade’ at Heathrow airport, inspired him to write something new for today, whilst echoing the feel and ambience of those Christmas songs of yesterday.

The title of the song is stolen from the lips of every person in the Western World, around the middle of November.

The verses are a reflection of how every year we make promises to ourselves for the year to come and yet here we are, our resolutions long forgot and we’re putting up the Christmas tree once again.

This coupled with the craziness of 2020 and the angst around Covid 19 coming up to Christmas gives the song a more melancholy / darker feel than the average Christmas track .

Vagabond Spectre Release New Album 'Bipolar'

Vagabond Spectre Release New Album 'Bipolar'


Release Date: 28/05/20 / Genre: Indie/Rock/Pop
Produced/mixed: Joe Chiccarelli, mastered at The Lodge, N.Y. by Emily Lazar.Similar Acts: The National, Interpol, Wolf Parade, Beck, Mumford & Sons, The Strokes.




Vagabond Specter was founded in 2015 and consists of four members.

The band has previously released one LP in 2016 and one EP in 2017.

Have played over 100 gigs, including big festivals and opening act for Garbage.

It all started when in 2014 Pablo googled for a music producer to help him transform his music ideas into an album, and he found Yuriy. Their meeting quickly transformed into a fruitful friendship. Besides being an amazing sound engineer & producer, Yuriy made a huge input as a music co-author, he also played guitars and keyboards on the album, experimenting with tons of digital and analog synthesizes. In 2015 they finished their first full-length album, ‘Mirrors’, and later they found Alex and Egor, professional musicians, who felt in love with the album's sound and were happy to join the band. This is how the Vagabond Specter was born.

Since then the band has also released one more EP in 2017 and has played over 100 gigs, including big festivals and an opening act for the legendary Garbage band.

In the summer of 2018, the band engaged Joe Chiccarelli, a multiple Grammy Award-winning producer and engineer (White Stripes, Morrissey, The Strokes, Spoon, Shins among others) to co-produce and mix their second full-length album, named Bipolar. They locked themself in a picturesque studio La Fabrique, located in Provence, France. The fact that Radiohead, Foals, Morrissey also recorded in this studio inspired the band a lot and probably made some influence on the album's sound.

About the album:

In the summer of 2018 multiple Grammy Award winning producer and engineer Joe Chiccarelli (White Stripes, Morrissey, The Strokes, Spoon, Shins among others, have produced and mixed a new, yet unreleased album by Vagabond Specter.

The album was recorded in a picturesque studio La Fabrique, located in Provence, France. This, Joe Chiccarelli’s expertise and the fact that Radiohead, Foals and Morrissey previously recorded in this studio probably also made its influence on the album’s sound.



Astronaut Release New Single 'Amazing'

Astronaut - ‘Amazing'



Astronaut releases new single “Amazing”


The danish based band “Astronaut” follows up on their debut album with

new single “Amazing”, recorded in collaboration with star-producer Claudius Mittendorfer (Arctic Monkeys, Temples, Johnny Marr).


In April 2019 the band released their debut album “Silence One”. After a series of good reviews and five-starred live shows in their native country, Astronaut now looks further ahead with their new single and experiments with oriental-sounding synths and drum machines.

Martin Zeppelin, lead singer:

While mixing “Silence One” in London, I remember playing a new song on the piano. Claudius (Mittendorfer)

 asked me, why it wasn’t on the album. At that time it wasn’t finished, the lyrics just weren’t there yet.

 “It’s amazing” he said, and that line kind of stuck with me.

Later on, the song got a more serious twist, when I realized the lyrics were about an old friend, who left without

saying goodbye. We felt that the song was different from the ones on “Silence One”, but once it was finished, we knew, 

that this would be our next release.“


Live session from British Grove

The band is also releasing a live session this november, recorded in the legendary London-based studio “British Grove”.


Rio Bravo, guitar:

"It was just such an incredible opportunity to work with these talented people in British Grove. We were told, that The Rolling Stones recoreded there 14  hours before we got there and we really got the feeling that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity for us. We did two songs from “Silence One” and one new song and we’re so pleased with the result and thankful for working with such talented people."





THE M.O.A. - Marbles * "Abit Like The Streets Crossed With Elbow"

THE M.O.A. - Marbles



“Marbles” is the striking second single from Melbourne via Birmingham indie outfit The M.O.A to be released on October 25th, 2019.

After a flurry of activity releasing their debut single “Mind At Large” in August including a cracking live performance on Melbourne’s 3RRR and a surprise spot at Big Sound that definitely raised eyebrows, the band are now gearing up to deliver the next salvo from their impressive stockpile of material. A melancholic indie anthem, “Marbles” tugs directly at the listener’s heart strings and draws a lump in the throat as waves of looped guitar flood the periphery while a driving bass signature and sharp and evocative lyrical themes push the song on, marching defiantly toward a land of revelation.

As the band’s deep feeling lyricist and frontman Daz Houghton describes, “Marbles is a reflection on adolescence and the years that follow as you get older. The way that things you see and do young can repeat and manifest throughout life. From taking acid in classrooms to witnessing and experiencing brutal violence. The valleys and peaks of navigating life in an environment where most people around you seem downtrodden and hopeless.”

The song also speak loudly of Daz’s experiences in his chosen profession as a construction worker, and the challenges that can throw up for a creative soul who aches to pursue song writing instead of obliterating Friday night knock offs with the lads. He expands, “trying to fit into work environments such as factory’s and construction where the climate is generally treacherous. A nod to the importance of friendship throughout testing times and how good stuff can still come out of the bad.”

The accompanying video features Daz slowly making his way to a pier pushing a wheelbarrow with a younger version of himself in tow. As the band’s producer and guitarist AJB explains, “The very initial idea to kill Daz came from a while ago when he said that work was killing him. Having a child represent Daz as a boy...and the lost innocence that's inevitable. Also, the journey of Daz taking himself to be killed speaks about how it's not just the path that's laid out for you but through the choices you make, that you are ultimately a willing participant in your own demise.”

After a chance encounter over a casual studio jam where white hot creative sparks flew and a strong bond was formed, The M.O.A. have been dealing with the tyranny of distance while Daz is living in Birmingham and the rest of the band are in Melbourne working toward a debut album. Gradually showing their hand via these first two singles, which prompted streetpress outlet The Music to offer that the band “have already honed in a distinct and exciting sound,” all signs point to the fact that The M.O.A. are gearing to deliver an assured and exciting long-playing debut.

Ripperton Has Remixed Radiohead, Beanfield and Joris Voorn, Here He Re-Works Newcomer Ly sander

LY SANDER – ‘LAY DOWN’ feat. Jules Etienne



When Jules Etienne provided these dazzling vocals, Ly Sander knew they deserved the song to be built around them. The poetry and dreamy emotions of the lyrics fully embrace us with this slow tempo in-cantation. Ripperton brought his own magic by bringing the track back up to club speed.

“I had invited Berlin based Jules Etienne to record some lyrics to a preexisting uptempo instrumental” explains Ly Sander. “When I witnessed their deep and intricated poetry, I decided to build a whole song from scratch.

The result is Lay Down, Ly Sander’s first track not to bear any link with his previous efforts that focused on danceable music. It’s ultra low tempo is somewhat intriguing. 

“I clearly had my album in mind upon producing this track. A track that you will enjoy at home rather than in the club” says Ly Sander who’s album «Landing» is to be released next year on Special place recordings.


Ripperton is certainly one of the most thought after electronic music remixers, with over a hundred reworks to his credit for artists such as Radiohead, Laurent Garnier or Beanfield. When Ripperton heard Jules Etienne’s impeccable vocals, not only did he accept this remix duty but took over his holiday time to do so. «It is so rare to get to work on vocals where everything falls right into place» says Ripperton. «I really took time to take this track where I wanted it to be». Ripperton also chose to match the vocals to an instrumental at the original speed of 120bpm, making it fit for the dancefloor where it could well become a new favorite.

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Ly Sander was highly inspired by the roots of Dance music, the melting pot of music influences and most specifically the Loft’s founder David Mancuso’s philosophy of building a travel through music. Another source of influence is the genius of leftfield dance music artist Arthur Russell, probably one of the only musicians to have pushed the use of Cello into dance music. As a producer, Ly Sander released tracks on labels such as Drumpoet Community, Electric Minds, Deeply Rooted House, Enterbt Rec, Konsequenz, Mental Groove, Raoul or Creaked. But before being a producer, Ly Sander is a natural DJ who started playing over 20 years ago out of his passion for party music, along a timeline spanning from today to the beginning of the 70s, including so called Disco, Deep and Underground House. He brought his energic and bouncy vibe to numerous venues in Europe and NY, including the Panorama Bar and Tape Club in Berlin, legendary Dachkantine and Zukunft in Zurich, the Ambassade in Lyon, Electro Mecanic in Beirut, D! Club, Loft and Folklor in Lausanne, XL in New York and many many more. He shared the decks on countless occasions with famous DJs such as Alex From Tokyo, Dixon, DJ Deep, Efdemin, Manoo, Maurice Fulton, Move D, Orpheu The Wizard, Quarion, Till von Sein…

Also a renowned master at playing classics, Ly Sander held the successful New York Disco Club (NYDC) party in Geneva from 2002 to 2010. Much before the surge in interest for Disco, he there revived the roots of NY’s dance culture and saw all of the founding legends such as Danny Krivit (Body’n’Soul), David DePino (Paradise Garage), Hippie Torrales (Zanzibar) or Nicky Siano (The Gallery, Studio 54) come over and share the decks with him.


Berlin based Jules Etienne has been much heard of recently with his string of electronic music releases on labels such as Uncanny Valley, Funnuvojere or Apersonal. Nevertheless, he started his career as a singer where his soft and delicate voice would enrobe some folk compositions of his own, namely on a couple of albums he released, often backed by his own acoustic guitar.



Of course, the easiest way to introduce Ripperton would be to mention a music career that spans over two decades and a body of work that includes three highly praised albums on Green and ESP institute, essential collaborations with fellow countrymen Mirko Loko (as Lazy Fat People) and Deetron (as Roots Panorama) as well as stellar remixes for Laurent Garnier, Radiohead, Beanfield or Joris Voorn. We could also point out that his music has been released on labels as prestigious as Planet E, Border Community, STHLM audio, Innervisions, Maeve, Systematic, Connaisseur or the infamous Music Man. Not to mention that his own label Perspectiv published 50 releases which were at the forefront of electronic dance music back then…

But no, we won’t mention all that. Let’s keep it modest and focused on the here and now. For example, you should know that despite releasing an ambient album (and working on a promising live set that prolongs it), Ripperton doesn’t want to stop making House and Techno… no, that would be too easy! So instead he keeps forging an exciting musical path by releasing his own tracks and those of other luminaries such as Isolée, Bicep, Iron Curtis, Quarion or Baikal on his excellent Tamed musiq imprint (distributed by dutch institution Clone) and by working on a modular-based live set.



Special Place Recordings

Ly Sander


Jules Etienne




An Orange Conspiracy’s new EP ‘Leave Behind The Material’ was written and recorded in the North of Mallorca, a lagoon cabin hidden in the tall grass using analog equipment and solar energy.

Created from deep jams through the night under starry skies, the music shifts between ambient passages of synth and fuzzed-out guitar solos, laid back grooves and dream-like states. The voice and lyrics on the record touch upon themes of paranoia, spirituality, love and hope.

However try not to get too hung up on the details. Instead, turn on, tune in and see how it makes you feel.


‘Who can leap the world’s ties and sit with me among white clouds’ (Jack Kerouac)



An Orange Conspiracy are a band of three brothers (Ricki Galea / Leo Galea / Casey Galea) originally from Scotland but who grew up in the small town of Pollensa in the North of Mallorca. After years of playing together they decided to form 'An Orange Conspiracy' in 2016 while they were all living in Perth.

They recently reconnected with long time friend and mentor (Nacho Garrido) who gave they guitar lessons from a young age and has now joined the band full time. Nacho owns a studio in the north of Mallorca and this is where they write, record and produce their music. It is here that they have been locked away honing their sound over the last few years.

The band like to call their music psychedelic as it covers a wide spectrum of influences including 60's and 70's psychedelic rock, space rock, shoe-gaze, prog-rock, and blues.


MIEKO SHIMIZU releases new video 'BUTTERFLY' - Mieko Played Sonar & Meltdown Festival As A Guest Of Massive Attack, Remixed Coldcut And Yellow Magic Orchestra

LABEL: Street Furniture Records


Instagram: @miekoshimizumico
Twitter: @miekoshimizu1
Facebook: @micomusic


‘Butterfly’ is the 2nd single taken from the forthcoming album ‘I Bloom’

Mieko Shimizu is a prolific London based Japanese singer, song writer, composer and producer, with several diverse and accomplished albums already under her belt.

On new album ‘I Bloom’ she collaborates with William D Drake of The Cardiacs, and previously she worked with Mick Karn of the band Japan, Nitin Sawhney and the London Symphony Orchestra on Japanese silent film 'Yogoto no Yume', David Cunningham from The Flying Lizards, Robert Lippok of To Rococo Rot and she re-mixed the likes of Coldcut and Yellow Magic Orchestra, Haruomi Hosono of the cult electro-pop act signed her to his label 'Daisy World'. Word quickly spread of her incredible live shows bringing a steady stream of appearances as far a field as Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Japan as well Sonar, alongside the mighty Kraftwerk and supporting Massive Attack at their Melt Down with Riz MC, AKA actor Riz Ahmed.

Mieko has also worked extensively with dance including scores for contemporary dance company Phoenix Dance Theatre, the Ballet ‘The Red Balloon’ at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre and was also made an 'Emerging Artist in Residence’ at London's Southbank Centre where she collaborated with the London Philharmonic Orchestra on her own compositions. In her new live shows she will be combining both the ancient and modern with Kieko Kitamura on Koto, a type of Japanese harp, through FX pedals and herself on Moog synthesiser, keyboards and vocals creating a luscious, ethereal live show.

Mieko erupted onto the scene with the searing alter ego Apache 61, fusing layers of cross woven breaks battling shards of sub bass within stateless melodies drawn from the fringes of the avant-garde. Her last album, 'My Tentacles' released as ‘Mico' saw her return to a deeper more reflective state in the cavernous depth of sumptuous symphonic songs that oscillated with glitchy electronica.

Her new album ‘I Bloom' has taken 5 years to write and nearly didn’t happen when she was admitted to hospital for two life threatening operations and she nearly abandoned her plans to make it but when a junky was moved into the bed next to her and started to terrorise the ward only to be sent to sleep like a baby by an old Scottish lady singing traditional Irish Airs each night that she realised the power of music and resolved to finish her album. What resulted is I Bloom, a quite simply gorgeous record of mini masterpieces, interleaving haunting melodies; with songs that are both beautiful in their sincerity and tantalising in their simplicity. Her unerring elegance and undying passion takes you on a journey from hidden places across emotional landscapes to distant nebulae.

Prepare to experience an astonishing work.