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One Liners: Simply Red, Sparks, Downtown Music, more

By | Published on Monday 6 March 2023

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Downtown Music has promoted Manan Vohra to Chief Technology Officer and Harmen Hemmings to VP Product & Services Strategy, both moving up from roles at the music firm’s FUGA division. “Both Manan and Harmen have made unprecedented contributions to the growth and development of FUGA’s technology and strategic services”, says President Pieter Van Rijn. “I am confident they will bring their unparalleled knowledge and experience to the wider Downtown Music group, spearheading our next chapter”.

Transgressive has promoted Mike Harounoff to become Associate Director, Senior A&R and Artist Manager. “Transgressive has been home since I was 21 years old”, he says. “It’s been a pleasure and privilege working alongside our incredible artists and teams throughout that time – and I am truly excited for the future together”.

Audio recognition company Audoo has named Peermusic’s Nigel Elderton as its new Chair. “Having Nigel join is an honour”, says CEO Ryan Edwards. “[He’s] a true champion of the songwriter and music industry with unparalleled experience and expertise. We are excited to benefit from his guidance and continue on the mission of revolutionising the public performance royalties space worldwide”.



Simply Red have released new single ‘Better With You’ and announced that they will release new single ‘Time’ on 26 May. “When we were in lockdown, I went, well, jeez, who am I actually?” says Mick Hucknall. “What makes me tick? And I realised: you are a songwriter. So why don’t you write some songs about who you are? That’s really the essence of this album”.

Sparks have released new single ‘The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte’, taken from their upcoming album of the same name. That album is out on 26 May and the duo will also be touring the UK the same month.

Alma will release new album ‘Time Machine’ on 21 Apr. Here’s new single ‘Hey Mom, Hey Dad’. “This album’s key message is finding your own voice”, she says. “Going back to the start on your own, knowing your worth and asking for more from life. Every song is like an honest conversation in my head”.

The Umlauts have released a remix of their track ‘Non È Ancora’ by The Regressive Left. “We were really taken by the expressiveness of the vocals on ‘Non È Ancora’”, say The Regressive Left, “so our remix was all about focusing on that expressiveness and creating rhythms and textures out of Annabelle Mödlinger’s voice by turning her voice into a synthesiser and using LFOs to oscillate between different vocal samples to form the basis of the remix”.

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