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By | Published on Wednesday 23 October 2019

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Marathon Music Group’s Move Recordings label has signed an agreement with Afrobeat festival Afro Nation for a series of releases. A&R activities to find music for these releases is largely being carried out via WhatsApp as a means of connecting artists in different countries. An EP set for release in February will be recorded in Ghana during the festival in December.

Music rights firm Reservoir has signed Rachel Chinouriri to a worldwide publishing deal. “I’m certain that working closely with Reservoir will help me grow as an artist and a person and I’m so excited to find out what this next chapter brings”, she says.

Also at Reservoir, songwriter David Sneddon has extended his deal with the company. “I’ve really felt proud to be a Reservoir writer during the last three years”, he says. “It’s no coincidence my Reservoir years have been amongst my most successful as a professional songwriter”.



UK-based music-centric financial technology company Centtrip has opened a new office in Holland. “With our business growing exponentially, Amsterdam was the natural choice for our new mainland Europe hub”, says the company’s Simon Liddell. “The city, which has a fantastic musical heritage, is one of the key gateways to Europe and is fast becoming a key centre for technology alongside being a leading economy for innovation”. London, of course, used to be a gateway to Europe and a key centre for technology. Happy days.



Charli XCX-created girl group Nasty Cherry star in a new six-part Netflix series called ‘I’m With The Band: Nasty Cherry’. The show will be available from 15 Nov. Watch a trailer here.

UK-based Japanese music record label JPU Records is launching a podcast tonight. The first episode will be available on YouTube here from 8pm. Episode two will follow an hour later, featuring an interview with Ladybeard.



Universal Music has now sent out the press release confirming that Kanye West‘s new album ‘Jesus Is King’ will be released this Friday. The album and its accompanying film will be previewed at an event at The Forum in LA today.

Underworld will release the full collection of music and videos created as part of their ‘Drift’ project over the last year on 1 Nov, split across seven CDs. From it, this is new track ‘STAR’. The duo will also play Wembley Arena on 7 Dec.

Anna Meredith has released the video for recent single ‘Inhale Exhale’. Her new album ‘Fibs’ is out this week.

Little Dragon have released new single ‘Tongue Kissing’. The band will play London’s Brixton Academy on 26 Mar.

Låpsley is back with new single ‘My Love Was Like The Rain’. Her new EP, ‘These Elements’, is out on 22 Nov.

Ben Watt has released new solo single ‘Irene’, featuring Low’s Alan Sparhawk. His new album, ‘Storm Damage’, is out on 31 Jan.

K-Trap has released new single ‘Exit’.

Lightning Bolt have released the video for ‘Blow To The Head’ from their new album, ‘Sonic Citadel’. There will be UK shows next month.

Mount Forel have released the video for new single ‘Witney’, named after the constituency where failed Prime Minister David Cameron was previously MP. “We were recording our album in Witney”, says drummer Andrew Wakatsuki-Robinson. “It’s the most conservative place I’ve ever seen. We listed a bunch of things going sour right now – inequality, climate change, false is the new norm and air quality, then wrote a song about a town where none of these ills seem to exist; our own little Witney, if you will”. The band will play Grow in Hackney Wick on 29 Oct.



The Stereophonics have announced two warm up shows for their Feb/Mar arena tour at Liverpool’s Mountford Hall on 18 Jan and Leeds Academy on 19 Jan. Tickets went on sale this morning. The band’s new album ‘Kind’ is out this week.

Check out our weekly Spotify playlist of new music featured in the CMU Daily – updated every Friday.

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