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By | Published on Friday 26 November 2021

Years & Years


Reef have signed a deal with Absolute Label Services for the release of their new album ‘Shoot Me Your Ace’, with the firm providing distribution, marketing and project management services. “After a period of lockdown, it is great to start coming out the other side and release some great albums – and this is a great album”, says Absolute MD Henry Semmence. “Very proud to be involved with this great band as they move forward and head into 2022 with dates, new music and festivals booked”.



Decibelle Management founder Hannah Joseph has been elected and Musicians’ Union General Secretary Horace Trubridge re-elected as PPL Performer Directors at the UK record industry collecting society’s Annual Performer Meeting. Both will sit on the PPL Performer Board and main PPL Board. PPL chief exec Peter Leathem says that their “knowledge and experience will no doubt help PPL continue to deliver for its members”.

Chord Records’ Stefania Passamonte has been elected to the Council of UK record industry trade group BPI, while One Media IP’s Alice Dyson has been re-elected. “Along with all our other elected and co-opted members, we have a board that reflects a breadth of talent and experience drawn from many parts of UK recorded music”, says BPI Chair Ged Doherty.



Years & Years has teamed up with Galantis for new single ‘Sweet Talker’. The track is taken from new Years & Years album ‘Night Call’, which is out on 27 Jan. “I was writing from a fantastical space, stuck in the same four walls”, says Olly Alexander of the album. “I wanted to have as much pleasure as possible in the music”.

French The Kid has released new single ‘Uptown’.

Kojey Radical will finally release his debut album, ‘Reasons To Smile’, on 4 Mar next year. “This is the first time I’ve done it to the scale and ambition of what I speak”, he says. “Previously it’s been ‘I’m warming, I’m warming, I’m warming up’. But I’m warm now – put me in the game”. He released his latest single, ‘Gangsta’, earlier this month.

D Double E has released new single ‘G’s Only’, featuring Chip. The rapper is also set to begin a UK tour next month, including a date at The Forum in London.

KO has released new track ‘Money On My Head’.

Blood Red Shoes have released new single ‘I Am Not You’, from their upcoming new album ‘Ghost On Tape’, which is out on 14 Jan. “The song takes industrial synths, and guitars distorted through the cheapest digital interfaces we could find and smashes them together into one harsh metallic slab of pure rage”, says the duo’s Steven Ansell.

Jaakko Eino Kalevi is back with a cover of Anastacia’s ‘Left Outside Alone’. “We changed the song quite a lot”, he says. “The verses were too fast, so I left some words out and sang it in half-speed. I added a wild synth solo as a climax”.

Fifi Rong will release new album ‘There Is A Funeral In My Heart, For Every Man I Loved’ on 10 Dec. Here’s new single ‘Out Of Clock’.

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