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By and | Published on Wednesday 29 June 2022

Travis Scott


Babyface has signed with Universal Music’s Capitol Records ahead of the release later this year of his first new album since 2015, called ‘Girls Night Out’. Why pick Capitol having worked on his most recent two albums with other Universal labels like Motown and Def Jam? History baby! “I am extremely honoured and humbled to be signing to a legacy label like Capitol”, he says.

Dance music centric label and management agency Perfect Havoc has signed house duo Just Kiddin to its management roster. Says Perfect Havoc co-founder Adam Griffin: “We’ve been associated with both the boys for quite some time enjoying their regular high quality and consistent output. When Just Kiddin became available, both [co-founder] Rob [Davies] and I thought they were the perfect match”.

Reservoir Media has taken a stake in the catalogue of hip hop producer Marley Marl. Says EVP Of A&R And Catalogue Development Faith Newman: “We’re honoured to represent Marley’s catalogue. He has been shaping hip hop music since its beginning, and we are proud to support all his impressive contributions to the genre”.



The Beatport Group has announced a number of new hires. Emilie Birks joins from Yamaha to become VP Of Marketing; Baptiste Grang becomes VP Of Marketing for Loopcloud and PlugIn Boutique, having previously held business development positions at Ableton, Serato and Magix; and Shana White takes the role of VP Of Legal & Business Affairs, having most recently worked for DCD Rights. “Emilie, Baptiste and Shana are all trailblazers in their respective fields and we are privileged to have them as leaders at Beatport”, says the dance music platform’s CEO Robb McDaniels.

The UK’s Association Of Independent Festivals has appointed Notting Hill Carnival CEO Matthew Phillip as its new Chair. He takes over from Jim Mawdsley who announced he was standing down in February. Phillip is also CEO of the Carnival Village Trust and MD of Mangrove Carnival Arts. On taking on the AIF Chair role he says: “I look forward to offering my experience and expertise to further the organisation’s great work and help it evolve to meet today’s challenges”.

Live giant AEG has promoted London-based David Jones to the new role of Chief Information Officer within a new AEG Global Technology division, which will – and I quote – “help facilitate the use of data and customer-facing technologies to drive revenue across the business and provide best-in-class customer experiences”. Jones says: “As we look ahead, consumer-focused and data-rich technology capabilities will be core to AEG’s success. I am THRILLED to be leading the company forward on this journey”.



Rina Sawayama has released new single ‘Catch Me In The Air’. “I wanted the whole song to sound like it was on an Irish coastline, like a Corrs video”, she says. “We put in a key change to go into the chorus, at the end of the pre-chorus, to make it lift and soar like a bird”.

Hudson Mohawke has announced that he will release his new album, ‘Cry Sugar’, on 12 Aug. He’s released new single, ‘Bicstan’, and a megamix of tracks from the album.

Roddy Ricch has released the video for ‘Real Talk’ from his new EP ‘The Big Three’, which came out last week.

Bicep have released new single ‘Meli (II)’, a new version of their “beatless track” ’Meli (I)’. “Truth be told we just couldn’t get a drum version right in the studio throughout the pandemic, there were many failed demo versions whilst we were working on [2021 album] ‘Isles’, it just never felt like it worked”, they explain. “We always knew there was room for this version though, hence naming the original ‘Meli (I)’”.

Superorganism have released new single ‘Into The Sun’, featuring Stephen Malkmus, Gen Hoshino and Pi Ja Ma. “It’s a carefree song, somewhat about being in your own bubble”, says the band’s Harry. “So bringing those French, American and Japanese artists into that world reconnects the SuperO universe with these other bubbles – a bit of a multiverse!”

The Big Pink have released new single ‘Love Spins On Its Axis’, co-written by Jamie T and The Kills’ Jamie Hince. It is, says frontman Robbie Furze, “probably the most hopeful song I’ve ever written”.

Pale Waves have released new single ‘Jealousy’. “Some may see it as ridiculous, but I love a bit of jealousy”, says frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie. “Not too much, but just enough. I want jealousy in a relationship because it shows me the person only has eyes for me and me only”. The band’s new album, ‘Unwanted’, is out on 12 Aug.

Terrorvision frontman Tony Wright has released ‘Buried You Deeper’, the first single from his new solo album ‘The Anti Album’, which is out on 7 Oct. “’Buried You Deeper’ is a bit of a country and west Yorkshire kinda tune”, he says. “Its roots are quite deep and dark and when I first wrote it I thought that it was maybe a bit too dark. So I changed the lyrics up a bit and hopefully gave it a twist/alternative that people can hear and not be disturbed by it”. Wright will also be touring the UK in October and November.

Osees have released new single ‘Perm Act’. Their new album, ‘A Foul Form’, is out on 12 Aug. “After years of having unpleasant to violent encounters with police I had the thought that wouldn’t it be fun if they loved each other so much they ate each other”, says frontman John Dwyer of the song. “A sort of dark comedy contemporary and executive branch-based ‘A Modest Proposal’”.

Night Works has released new single ‘Lacrymose’, the third track from his upcoming new album ‘Tongue & Groove’, which is out on 30 Sep. The song was “recorded at Studios Ferber in with the Paris Wrecking Crew, where the ghost of Gainsbourg hangs heavy in the air”, he says. “It’s a song about crying, about letting it out, tears for any reason – anger, frustration, sadness, joy, pate-night experimentation, who knows”.



Travis Scott has announced that he will play London’s O2 Arena on 6 Aug, in what will be – at least according to his current schedule – his first major show since last year’s Astroworld tragedy. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

Jamie T has announced UK tour dates in November, including a show at Alexandra Palace in London on 18 Nov. Tickets go on general sale on 8 Jul.

Killing Joke will perform their first two albums – ‘Killing Joke’ and ‘What’s This For…’ – in full at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 12 Mar 2023. “We are living in the most dangerous period in human history in which extinction from nuclear war could happen in the next twelve months”, says the band’s Jaz Coleman. “If we make it, then Killing Joke at the Albert Hall in 2023 will give great meaning and comfort to all of us. Come share a moment in history with the prophetic and legendary Killing Joke”.

The Hu will be touring the UK in November and December this year, finishing up at the Roundhouse in London on 9 Dec. The band’s second album is set for release later this year.

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