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One Liners: Little Simz, Kurt Vile, Weezer, more

By | Published on Thursday 22 April 2021

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Kurt Vile has signed a new record deal with Universal’s Verve label, after previously working with indies Matador and Mexican Summer. “Simply put, he’s one of my favourite artists and songwriters of any era and he makes timeless records”, says Verve EVP Jamie Krents. “Verve Records has always been a home for unique artists of integrity and creativity, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome Kurt to the Verve family”.

Music marketing and distribution platform Beatchain has announced a partnership with record label Better Noise Music. “We couldn’t be more pleased to partner with Beatchain”, says Better Noise CEO Allen Kovac. “Their platform and capabilities as a forward-thinking data and marketing company have already allowed us to create successful fan-building partnerships using metrics for artists such as Bad Wolves, Cory Marks and Dirty Heads”.



DIY music distributor TuneCore has announced a new education programme for young people hoping to get into the music industry, in partnership with Point Blank Music School and The Prince’s Trust. Get Started In The Music Industry will run from 24-28 May with mentoring, artist conversations and more than 25 hours of live virtual sessions. Free and open to open to young people not in education, employment or training aged 18-30, the application deadline is 7 May. Email for more info.



Little Simz will release new album ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’ on 3 Sep. Here’s first single, ‘Introvert’.

Weezer have released new single ‘I Need Some Of That’, from upcoming new album ‘Van Weezer’. The album is out on 7 May.

Deftones have released the video for ‘Ceremony’, from their latest album, ‘Ohms’, overseen by movie director Leigh Whannel. “When Leigh tweeted that he was a fan, we immediately thought it would be cool to collaborate with him given the chance”, says vocalist Chino Moreno. “We’re fans of his as well, so it made sense that we should reach out. One moment we’re DMing each other on Twitter, and the next we’re on set making ‘Ceremony'”.

Cheer up, Wolf Alice have released new single ‘Smile’.

Killers guitarist Dave Keuning has announced that he will release his second solo album, ‘A Mild Case Of Everything’, on 25 Jun. He’s also released three songs from it: ‘Bad Instincts’, ‘Ends Of The Earth’, and ‘No One Is Calling You A Liar’.

Kero Kero Bonito have released new single ’21/04/20′. Say they: “’21/04/20′ recounts a typical day in the early COVID lockdown in Bromley (South London), complete with a late leftover pasta breakfast, enthusiastic joggers and friendship conducted over video call”. Their new EP, ‘Civilisations II’, is also out now.

Gruff Rhys has released new single ‘Can’t Carry On’, about “when reality catches up with delusion and the search for a guiding hand out of a heavy situation”.

Illuminati Hotties – aka Sarah Tudzin – has released new single ‘MMMOOOAAAAAYAYA’. “Somebody told me my music is too ‘cute’ to take seriously”, she says. “So I wrote them a love letter. I hope they’re laughing their patoots off”. It’s the first track on her new label Snack Shack Tracks, an imprint of Hopeless Records.

A Place To Bury Strangers will release a new EP called ‘Hologram’ on 16 Jul. Here’s new single ‘End Of The Night’. They’ve also announced a show at Lafayette in London on 2 Apr.

Andrew Hung has released new single ‘Promises’. His new album, ‘Devastations’, is out on 18 Jun.

Falle Nioke and Sir Was have released new single ‘Wonama Yo Ema’. Says Nioke: “‘Wonama Yo Ema’ means ‘do not look down on people’. If you help someone who is poor or in need, don’t judge them or spoil their name in the community”.

Mentrix has released new single ’99 Names Of God’, her first new track since last year’s ‘My Enemy, My Love’ album.

Ishmael Ensemble have announced that they will release new album ‘Visions Of Light’ on 6 Aug. New single ‘Wax Werk’ is out now.



Django Django have announced UK tour dates in October, upon which they will be supported by Pictish Trail. Meanwhile, here’s the video for ‘Waking Up’ from their ‘Glowing In The Dark’ album.

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