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One Liners: Deewee, Luz, Adam Buxton, more

By | Published on Friday 19 March 2021



Soulwax’s Deewee label has signed a partnership with Because Music, with the latter providing distribution, marketing and promotion services to the former. The first release under the deal is ‘Foundations’, a compilation showcasing Deewee’s output so far.

Luz has signed a global publishing deal with Kobalt. “When Kobalt’s creative team first heard Luz, we were blown away by the breadth of talent of someone of her young age”, says Kobalt’s UK Head Of A&R, Kenny McGoff. “She is a natural songwriter with an innate ability to craft beautiful, timeless songs. We are very excited to be working alongside her managers Hannah Braid and Matt Johnson in developing what we truly believe will be a hugely successful and long career for Luz”.



Sony Music has launched new label Offmute, which will focus on new and emerging talent in Southeast Asia. “Offmute is a first-of-its-kind label in this part of the world, embracing the eclectic appeal and rich diversity that Southeast Asia has to offer, empowering artists with the resources and expertise to find success in a diverse region”, says Shridhar Subramaniam, Sony Music’s President of Strategy & Market Development for Asia and the Middle East. “That offering is compelling for a new generation of artists in the region and we’re excited to help these artists fulfil their potential in the years to come”.



The New Cross Inn’s Paul Smith and Eddie Griffiths have launched new booking agency All Corners Artist Booking. “Between us, we’ve done everything there is to do in the music industry over the past fifteen years, so setting up All Corners Artist Booking seemed the next logical step”, they say. “We’re proud to launch with a roster of bands we feel passionate about and who deserve to be amongst the biggest and best in the world. Combining our DIY ethics with our extensive industry experience means we can achieve individual goals for our artists at all levels”. Find out more here.



Ron Bension has joined US-based venue operator ASM Global as President and CEO. He moves into that role after more than a decade at Live Nation. “We are THRILLED to have Ron join the ASM Global team”, says Kosty Gillis, MD of ASM Global co-owner (with Live Nation rival AEG) Onex. “He is precisely the type of executive we seek to lead our businesses”.



Have you ever sat around wondering how Adam Buxton comes up with all those jingles? Silly question. I know you have. Well, he discusses just that on the new episode of John Kennedy’s Tape Notes podcast. Listen here.



Ingrid Michaelson has teamed up with Zayn for new single ‘To Begin Again’. “I wrote ‘To Begin Again’ the night that Biden won”, she says. “There was so much joy in my neighbourhood. Pots and pans being banged out of windows. Horns and whistles. Clapping. Singing! The collective sigh of relief resonated with me in such a way that I had to get it out musically. I sat at the piano and wrote most of the song right there in fifteen minutes”.

Bugzy Malone has released new single ‘Welcome To The Hood’.

Foxes has released new single ‘Kathleen’. “My grandma, Kathleen, has always given really good advice so on one visit I thought, ‘why am I not recording this?”, says Foxes. “A couple of weeks later in the studio I happened to be going through my voice notes of random melodies and lyrics I’d saved and stumbled across her words of wisdom and within 20 minutes we’d written it with all her advice from the notes”. Her new EP (that’s Foxes’ new EP, not her grandma’s) ‘Friends On The Corner’, will be out on 1 Apr.

Benjamin Francis Leftwich has announced that he will release new album ‘To Carry A Whale’ on 18 Jun. “It’s an observation on what it’s like to be a sober alcoholic addict a couple of years in”, he says of the title. “A whale is heavy to carry. It’s gonna hurt you to carry it. But it’s also beautiful, and it’s a miracle to be able to carry all that at all”. Here’s new single ‘Cherry In Tacoma’.

Boys Noize and Kelsey Lu have released new single ‘Ride Or Die’, featuring Chilly Gonzales. “One day, Gonzo sent me a recording of him playing a particular kind of harpsichord called a spinet, and I immediately had the idea of bringing a big musical contrast to the spinet’s delicate notes”, says Boys Noize. “The first layers I added were a really dark percussive tribal sound with heavy 909 drums on top. This combination of the classical and the ‘hi-tech’ made me think of Kelsey Lu, who I had seen live shredding on a cello she patched through crazy guitar pedals”.

Gruff Rhys will release new solo album ‘Seeking New Gods’ on 21 May. “The album is about people and the civilizations, and the spaces people inhabit over periods of time”, he says. “How people come and go but the geology sticks around and changes more slowly. I think it’s about memory and time”. Here’s new single ‘Loan Your Loneliness’.

Babii has released new single ‘Bruiise’. It’s focused on, she says, “being scared about making the right choice and trying to figure out whether a feeling is true or if it’s just an old hurt (or bruise) trying to trick you into repeating a pattern of self-sabotage”. Her new album, ‘Miirror’, will be out on 21 May.

Eckoes has released new single ‘Carry Water’.

Stubborn Heart have released new single ‘Against The Tide’. Their new album, ‘Made Of Static’, will be out on 4 Jun.

Ransom FA has released new single ‘Momentus’. His new EP of the same name will be out next week. “I believe there is a soundtrack for every moment in our life”, he says. “In this EP I tried to capture what that means to me. A lot of long studio sessions and late nights went into getting this EP lyrically and musically perfect. As I say in the introduction track, ‘I can sleep when I’m dead, NO RESTING'”.



Architects have announced five UK arena dates in February and March next year. Tickets are on sale now.

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