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One Liners: National Album Day, Event Safety Managers Association, Beatport, more

By | Published on Tuesday 1 October 2019

The Beatles


The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ and George Michael’s ‘Faith’ albums have just been added to the vinyl test pressing auction set to take place this Saturday ahead of this year’s National Album Day on 12 Oct. There are also other things that you might actually be able to afford here.



Storm4Events’ Steve Blake and StageSafe’s Chris Hannam are to lead a new UK-based event safety trade body, the Event Safety Managers Association. “The competence of event safety advisors and consultants operating within the industry has become a major issue”, says Blake. “The association will carry a list of its membership, their level of qualification, the experience and responsibility signified by their level of membership. Competency will be the focus”.



Beatport has launched a new service aimed at open-format DJs – those who don’t pin themselves to one specific genre – named Beatsource. “Beatsource will deliver expertly curated playlists and premium content from our label partners specifically tailored to the open-format DJ, all leveraging Beatport’s world class technical infrastructure”, says the company’s CEO Robb McDaniels. Find out more here.



The content team at Mark Goodier’s Wise Buddah have launched a new radio production company called Listen. Goodier will act as Chair of the new venture, with Adam Uytman as Director Of Content, Josh Adley as Director Of Commercial & Client Relations, and Tim Hammond as Executive Director.



Chris Slade has announced that Becca McLeish is joining him as a partner in his Cousin music PR agency. “I am beyond excited to welcome Becca to Cousin”, says Slade. “She’s not only one of the most effective and committed publicists I know but also a great friend. I cannot think of a better person to work alongside and take our agency to the next level”.



Simply Red have released new single ‘Sweet Child’. They will release their twelfth album, ‘Blue Eyed Soul’, on 8 Nov. “I wanted to push my voice a little harder, challenge it a little bit, give myself something to really sing to”, says Mick Hucknall of the record. “At this stage of my career, I could do one of those dark reflective albums looking back on my life and all that kind of stuff that people tend to do at a certain age. But I thought sod that! I wanted to make something punchy. I want to have a good time”.

Allie X has returned with new single ‘Fresh Laundry’. “I wasn’t ready to talk about this part of my story until now”, she says of the song. “The older you get, the more reflective you become… you learn to have sympathy for yourself and see things more clearly. And as an artist you learn the correct language to do so”.

Soweto Kinch has announced that he will release new album, ‘The Black Peril’, on 18 Nov. He’ll play a launch show for the record at EartH in Hackney as part of this year’s London Jazz Festival on 22 Nov.

Eli Moon has released new single ‘Black Roses’, taken from his upcoming debut album, ‘Bodies’, which is due out on 18 Oct. “‘Black Roses’ is me thinking about the relationship between love and freedom and whether they’re mutually exclusive – whether to be in love is to be tied down and trapped, or whether to be in love is to be freed”, he says. “I actually have a black rose tattooed on my arm – for me it represents life and beauty, but also darkness and pain”.



Sinead Hartnett has announced that she will play London’s Shepherds Bush Empire on 17 Dec. Tickets are on sale now.

Creeper have announced that they will play 229 in London, under the name Fugitives Of Heaven, on 1 Nov.

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

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