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First Love, Lost Love by Kevin Pearce

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Choose a good record and it will stay with you forever. The same goes if you’re lucky enough to find yourself a good local record shop. Kevin Pearce spent his formative years (and his hard earned cash) in an unpretentious South London record shop. Here he reminisces how Cloud 9 helped shape his life…

A great read on the Love Record Stores blog, originally published in Caught by the River’s ‘An Antidote To Indifference’ zine, issue #12.

READ IT HERE

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Believe In Magic #46 with Katherine

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Hello everyone, I hope your having a good Friday afternoon. It’s Katherine here popping out for a break from behind the Heavenly stall at the Independent Label Market. I’m feeling weary and a little bit tipsy after one too many Camden Hells from the beer stall opposite!

I jest, this summers event has taken place on Bandcamp, champions of new music, the platform for artists has once again waived their fees for the third time during the Covid 19 crisis. This time round labels joined in the action, following the cancellation of the annual record fair for indies.

You can head to the Heavenly page and check out our super £10 vinyl sale as well as snapping up a limited eco-friendly King Gizzard record. I think there are still a few copies of the fluty one (my favourite) ‘Paper Mâché Dream Balloon’ here.

Elsewhere this week I have longed for the dance-floor by reading Greg Wilson’s blog. Wilson has been keeping a DJ diary for 10 years and it’s fabulous! This week he announced the blog had run it’s coarse for now. He has turned this attention to writing a book. He says, “I propose to write about the black music scene in the early-‘80s, and its crucial influence on the course of UK dance culture.” This sounds like another great venture, for now check out his archive posts from behind the DJ booth here.

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In additional DJ news Erol Alkan has joined the good folk of NTSlive for a regular monthly show. So exciting! His first transmission will be on Tuesday 7th July at midday until 2pm. If you can’t wait that long, listen back to his brilliant Love Record Store’s mix here. Erol’s mix was inspired by ‘Pure Groove’ a record shop in Archway he loved growing up, read all about his connection to the shop here.

Further up the country in Scotland is Monorail in Glasgow, a record store that is close to my heart. This week they revealed a new section to their website dedicated to Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs compilations, what a good idea! The comps released via Ace Records are SO GOOD. Whilst Monrail’s doors are still closed, they remain open for online orders and you can purchase a comp here.

I would also like to take this opportunity to say that although pubs might be open tomorrow, it’s worth remembering that The Social has remained open during this strange time. As a venue it will not be re-opening it’s doors for sometime. However, having teamed up with White Rabbit Books since the dawn of lockdown the exceptional online gathering is still pushing out the good stuff, as well as the genius online drinks. It’s kept me sane during lockdown and will continue to so in this bizarre, unknown limbo period we find ourselves.

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If your feeling creative this coming weekend Greenman Festival have launched a fundraiser t-shirt design competition. Win tickets for GM21 by including your interpretation of the Green Man effigy and what he might doing instead of the festival this summer. Send your design to us at info@greenman.net by 22nd July, Good luck!

Before I go, don’t forget that Working Men’s Club are playing YES Manchester tonight. It’s our first live gig together… virtually anyway! A Basement Transmission filmed in multi camera HD. Tickets  still available via Dice.

See you down the front!

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On the Jukebox this week, Nadine Shah’s new record ‘Kitchen Sink.’

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Believe In Magic Hour #45

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Hello friends, family and those who ‘Believe In Magic.’

We would like to say thank-you for joining us during these strange times.

Whilst we kicked back with an afternoon tea at 3pm each day back in April, we also opened up our blog to re-engage everyone with dynamite sounds and interesting articles; showcasing a selection of art, literature and music we enjoy.

It made us feel like we were in the office discussing a new release and sharing our enthusiasm for our friends latest projects and ventures.

Now, as things move forward in the outside world, we too are going to take a new direction. Together, we are going to compile a weekly round-up of all things magical right here on this blog every Friday.

We hope you continue to join us!

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Believe In Magic Hour #44

LOVE RECORD STORES – HEAVENLY MIXES

Last Saturday was the Love Record Stores’ 24H party.

Throughout the day, to celebrate the occasion, were live sessions, conversations and some wonderful mixes.

Here’s a handful of Heavenly DJ sets created by Jeff, Diva & Daisy, Raf Rundell and Confidence Man. Enjoy!

LISTEN TO JEFF BARRETT’S SET
LISTEN TO THE TOKEN GIRL DJs’ SET
LISTEN TO RAF RUNDELL’S SET
LISTEN TO CONFIDENCE MAN’S SET

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SAVE THE DATE… INDEPENDENT LABEL MARKET

Next Friday the @indielabelmkt goes online
The same day as the good people of @bandcamp wave their fees once again!

We’ll be adding some rare releases and new merchandise on our page for the occasion.

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GLASTONBURY GOES ONLINE

Usually at this time of year we would be heading down to Worthy Farm, instead we will have to enjoy Glastonbury Festival from the comfort of our own homes.

Check out what our friends at the Crows Nest have in store for us this weekend, some very special mixes from Al Doyle, Pete Fowler and the Token Girl Djs and Robin Turner has written a piece about the Stonebridge Bar.

READ ABOUT THE STONEBRIDGE BAR HERE
check out the glastonbury virtual line-up here
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Believe In Magic Hour #43

Very Fantastic Radio with Mildlife

Listen back to the excellent second episode of Mildlife’s ‘Very Fantastic Radio’ on Brighton based radio station 1BTN.

Full of laid back electronics, jazz, funk and fusion, it’s great for a sunny Monday afternoon.

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Doves ‘Carousels’

Doves have shared their first new music in 11 years! New single ‘Carousels’ is based around a sample of legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen. About the track, Jimi says:

“We’re still really excited about trying stuff that we’ve never done and going to places that we as a band have never been to, and ‘Carousels’ certainly does that. We’ve never just been a band to plug in and play guitar – we draw on all of these different influences and make up our own.”

Bring on the album we say!

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Working Men’s Club LIVE at YES

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Working Men’s Club have announced a live streamed gig on Friday July 3rd!

Syd and the gang – that’s right, full band – will be broadcasting their much-missed stage presence live from YES in Manchester to a limited amount of ticket holders.

Syd says “We’ve been missing playing live a lot and even though we can’t recreate the full atmosphere of a proper gig, it’s one step closer for everyone.”

Tickets for the show, which will be filmed in multi-camera HD with broadcast quality audio, go on general sale on Wednesday 24th June via: https://link.dice.fm/1BNVZSpXp7

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Believe In Magic Hour #42

LOVE RECORD STORE DAY – TOMORROW

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As you already know it’s Love Record Store’s  online party tomorrow. A day celebrating record shops. Check out the participating stores, exclusive releases  and events programme (including a Heavenly hour, Token Girl DJ set and more!) here. We can’t wait!

Today, Stand with Bandcamp to Support Racial Justice, Equality, and Change

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Today @bandcamp are donating their fees to the NAACP. We will also be donating all of the profits made on our Bandcamp sales today to the @s_lawrencetrust, an organisation that are devoted to inspiring young people from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds.

HEAVENLY BANDCAMP PAGE HERE

Party with Working Men’s Club ‘MEGAMIX’

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It’s Friday!

And, on Facebook Working Men’s Club Syd Minsky is barmen and selector for The Social at 6pm. Join the chat and pour yourself a drink.

Then head over to Youtube for a premiere of @minskyrock performing the ‘MEGAMIX’ at 8pm sharp!

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Believe In Magic Hour #41

THE PARROTS – SOHO RADIO – LIVE STREAM

Yesterday The Parrots performed live from Madrid and Soho Radio cut the entire session direct to vinyl back in London studio!

They played ‘Road That Brings You Home’, ‘Girl’ and ‘No Me Gustas, Te Quiero’ and ‘My Love Is Real’.

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NOW LISTENING…TREES SPEAK – OHMS

When the band Trees Speak, coming out of nowhere, released an exclusive one-off 100-pressing white label 45, described as CAN/NEU! meets LIQUID LIQUID, it sold out so quickly (in less than 30 mins – one for sale on Discogs now at £400!) that Soul Jazz Records decided to release their album almost immediately.

Here it is! And it’s awesome!

LISTEN TO THE ALBUM HERE
PURCHASE THE LP HERE
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ONE FOR THE DIARY: LOVE RECORD STORES – 24 HOUR PARTY

This weekend  there will be a 24 hour Love Record Stores virtual party!

At 3pm we have our very own Heavenly hour, Katy J Pearson, Mattiel, Working Men’s Club, Fran Lobo and Unloved will all be making appearances and there will also be DJ sets from The Heavenly Jukebox, Token Girls DJ and Confidence Man! Join us!

It is a free event but fans are encouraged to donate to Covid relief fund (GlobalGiving), Black Lives Matter & Music Venue Trust + charities chosen by labels throughout the day.

LINE-UP & TIMES HERE
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Believe In Magic Hour #40

SAULT – ‘UNTITLED’

Gilles Peterson played SAULT’s brand new, not yet released and untitled, album in it’s entirety on his show this week. It’s an incredibly beautiful and powerful record.

The band have made all the individual songs available to listen to on their instagram and said:

“We present our first ‘Untitled’ album to mark a moment in time where we as Black People, and of Black Origin are fighting for our lives. RIP George Floyd and all those who have suffered from police brutality and systemic racism. Change is happening…We are focused.”

LISTEN BACK HERE

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NOW LISTENING… FRAN LOBO – BRAVE

We are huge fans of Fran Lobo and this week she has released a gorgeous single, ‘Brave’, accompanied by a brilliant self-directed video which premiered over on Gold Flake Paint yesterday.

This video is a love letter to ‘home’. Mixing two mediums/locations: iPhone in NE London and Super 8 in Goa. iPhone footage was shot during the quarantine and the video reflects the situation we are in and the harking to different kinds of home, including the one you find within yourself. The footage from India is in solidarity to all the trade workers in India who will have lost their daily wage due to Covid 19.”

Her EP ‘Brave’ is out this Friday via Slow Dance Records.

Fran will be playing some songs live this Saturday as part of the Heavenly hour of the Love Record Store event. from 3pm!

READ MORE ABOUT ‘BRAVE’ HERE

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UNLOVED – WHY NOT

Unloved have released an excellent video of their latest single ‘Why Not’, directed by Julian House, who has worked with the band since their inception to craft the iconic, visual world of Unloved. “It’s a world of 60s teen heartbreak, biker gangs, strange underground movies, pulp romance and haunted house mysteries,” House explains.

“Previous videos have been short psychodramas of found footage with Jade [Vincent of Unloved]’s ghostly appearance looking in on the story unfolding. In this video, Jade is centre stage. The idea was to create the world around her of a 1960s TV Pop special. The bizarre occult graphics and exotic studio extras hint at a dark, strange story behind the lyrics.”

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Believe In Magic #39

MUSIC WEEK – LOVE RECORD STORES

Tim Burgess is on the cover of the brand new edition of Music Week, this issue is all about the Love Record Stores campaign to assist independent retail during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Inside, Burgess talks through the importance of the initiative, why he launched his own label, the future of physical media and also reflects on his experiences hosting the hit lockdown Listening Parties series. Plus, there’s insight from other key people behind the campaign, including PIAS MD Jason Rackham, Heavenly Recordings’ Jeff Barrett, Fleet River Music’s Tony Crean and Velocity Comms’ Andy Saunders.”

CHECK IT OUT HERE
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THE ORIELLES – SOHO RADIO SHOW

The Orielles played some brilliant tunes on their Soho Radio takeover yesterday!

2 hours of tracks from  Ghostpoet, Bunny Brissett, Asha Puthli and more.

#soul#hip hop#indie#funk#post-punk

LISTEN BACK HERE

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MUSIC VENUE TRUST QUESTIONNAIRE
Returning to Live Music Spaces: Your Thoughts
This is a survey is being carried out by Music Venue Trust (MVT) to gauge audience confidence in returning to the UK’s Grassroots Music Venues from as early as July 2020.
TAKE THE SURVEY HERE

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Same time, same place tomorrow…

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Believe In Magic #38

…Believe In Magic
Heavenly Recordings
The First 30 Years

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“Heavenly was already a state of mind. Seemed like the right time to make it something really special. We were all deeply immersed in music that we loved. None of us could believe our fucking luck, really.” – Jeff Barrett

A book celebrating the first 30 years of Heavenly Recordings will be published by White Rabbit Books on 12 November 2020.

It was thirty years ago today – or thereabouts – that Heavenly came to be. In celebration of this big ol’ birthday comes Believe in Magic – a chronicle not only of Foxbase Alpha, Working Men’s Club and 28 of the releases in between that got us here, but also of the haircuts, nights down the pub, pencil-eraser-carvings, cheese toasties, acid houses, Sunday Socials and lost Weekenders – Yorkshire and otherwise – that are as much a part of our story.

As Jeff puts it at the beginning of the book, if there’s a continuous theme that runs through all of this, I think it’s that everything comes down to conversations with people about music. It might seem like it all starts with someone on one side of the counter who is selling you something, or someone writing excitedly in a magazine telling you about a band you need to hear, but I don’t think I’ve ever really seen things as one-way transactions. It’s more an ongoing dialogue, one that never really stops and helps to build up this growing soundtrack to our lives, something that’s passed from one person to another. That’s really the ever-present thread. That’s why we still believe in magic.

Though we are three decades distant from The World According to Sly and Lovechild, lineup changes, ups, downs, and a good few office cleanups under our belts, we continue not to believe our fucking luck; at still being here, keepin’ on keepin’ on doing what we love, and at being able to pass all of this – then, now, and next week – on to you.

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Layout

The book is written by Robin Turner (Forever Heavenly) and designed by Paul Kelly (filmmaker, photographer, graphic designer, ex-member of East Village).

Check out some of the pages below.

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Exclusives

There are two special editions of the book, each containing an exclusive 7″ single.

The Saint Etienne edition includes ‘Spring’, taken from their debut LP, Foxbase Alpha. It is the first time it has been released as a single. The instrumental on the flip side is previously unreleased.

The Working Men’s Club edition includes ‘Angel’, which you may have heard in all its 12 minute glory in WMC’s legendary live sets. Here’s the studio version, produced by Ross Orton, split over both sides of a 7”.

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All copies of the book (including the standard edition) come with a specially commissioned fold out map featuring the notable London addresses in Heavenly’s history.

Heavenly Haunts & Hangouts is designed by Herb Lester Associates, with art direction by Ben Olins and illustration by Danielle Simonelli.

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Believe In Magic is available for pre-order here.