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By and | Published on Thursday 27 July 2023

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CTM Outlander has acquired a stack of music rights from producer/songwriter Fraser T Smith, including his interest in songs he worked on with the likes Tiësto, Rita Ora, Stormzy, Dave, Craig David and Raye. Says CTM Outlander CEO André de Raaff: “Fraser is a once in a generation songwriter and we look forward to shining a light on these compositions for years to come”. Smith himself adds: “Knowing that my catalogue is in good hands is important to me, and André’s years of experience in publishing means that my songs have not only been acquired but will be given the very best platform for the future as well”.



James Blake has released new single ‘Loading’, taken from his upcoming album ‘Playing Robots Into Heaven’, which is out on 8 Sep.

Claire Richards has released a cover of Abba’s ‘Summer Night City’, featuring Erasure’s Andy Bell. “While it’s always scary to tackle Abba, we chose to include ‘Summer Night City’ on the album because it’s not an obvious choice but it’s an absolute banger”, she says. “Both Steps and Erasure have so many connections to Abba, it felt like a perfect match but probably not one people would expect. I’m delighted to have Andy be part of this record”.

Orbital have released new track ‘The Crane’, featuring Dina Ipavic. “’The Crane’ came about through collaboration with the artist Giles Walker”, says Orbital’s Paul Hartnoll. “I scored his robotic installation piece called ‘Monster’, and within the piece was an Armenian folk song sung by Dina Ipavic. I found it so lovely I tried it over some piano that I’d written for the installation. They went together so beautifully that ‘The Crane’ was born!”

Mitski has announced that she will release her seventh studio album ‘The Land Is Inhospitable And So Are We’ on 15 Sep, which she describes as her “most American album”. Out now is new single ‘Bug Like An Angel’.

Cumgirl8 have released new single ‘Cursed Angel’. The band say the song is “about feeling like you’re slipping out of reality; it’s uncontrollable and sometimes you can’t contain it. If you don’t fight it, the outcome can be positive”. It’s taken from upcoming EP ‘Phantasea Pharm’, which is out on 18 Aug.

Be Your Own Pet have released new single ‘Big Trouble’. ‘Mommy’, the band’s first album in over fifteen years, will be out on 25 Aug.

Knife Bride have released new single ‘Sacrifice/Surrender’. “[The song] represents the most paralysing part of sleep”, says vocalist Mollie Buckley. “The point that’s somewhere between reality and deep, immersive dreaming. This is why you can hear a sequence of various voices stabbing and churning through the chorus, and why the verses are more focused on being a spectator of your own dreams rather than there being a clear narrative”. New EP ‘Don’t Dream Too Much’ is out on 25 Aug.

Genn have released new single ‘Calypso’. “This song started out when I was noodling around on the guitar after listening to Maltese folk music – particularly għana – and thinking about how I can give my own ‘contemporary take’ on that before I brought it to the band”, says guitarist Janelle Borg. The band’s debut album ‘Unum’ is out on 6 Oct.

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