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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.

 

 

 

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Believe In Magic #37

Rare Mags – Sportsbanger NHS Poster Zine

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Stockport is home to one of our favourite magazine shops, ‘Rare Mags.’ They always have the best and latest up to date zines. Yesterday they announced that this Sportsbanger NHS Posterzine was back in stock. They are giving all profits from the sales of this item directly to  the Well Spring Charity which is a crucial resource centre for homeless and disadvantaged people in #stockport.

Snap one up quick!

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Pessimism s for Lightweights – 13 Pieces of Courage and Resistance

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We could all do with a bit of ‘Courage and Resistance’ right now, Rough Trade Books
have just the ticket with Salena Godden’s pamphlet.

A collection of 13 pieces of courage and resistance, this is work inspired by protests and rallies. Poems written for the women’s march, for women’s empowerment and amplification, poems that salute people fighting for justice, poems on sexism and racism, class discrimination, period poverty and homelessness, immigration and identity. This work reminds us that Courage is a Muscle, it also contains a letter from the spirit of Hope herself, because as the title suggests, Pessimism is for Lightweights.

Purchase the pamphlet here

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Believe In Magic Hour #36

HEAVENLY 30 PLAYLIST: BENJAMIN MYERS

As part of our Heavenly 30th playlist series, a dear friend of ours Benjamin Myers has curated one with of all his favourite Heavenly tunes:

“I discovered Heavenly Recordings via Manic Street Preachers’ debut appearance on Snub TV in early 1991. The track was ‘Motown Junk’ and it changed my entire outlook as to the power and importance of words, of poetry; at 15 years old this was something to call my own. Three decades later I’m proud to call the Heavenly crew friends, rank some of their bands amongst my very favourites and consider Jeff Barrett as the centre of a British counter-cultural matrix that stretches deep, far and wide. He is the connector, an endless inspiration and a lovely human being. I believe in magic”.

LISTEN TO HIS SELECTION HERE

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SOHO RADIO: HEAVENLY JUKEBOX & MILDLIFE

Last week Jeff & Daisy teamed up with Mildlife for the Heavenly Soho Radio show. The first part of the show features songs the pair have been enjoying and the second half is a wonderful mix created by the band.

LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE

Mildlife will be performing their brand new single ‘Rare Air’ live this Saturday, not one to miss!

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OFFICE OF CRAIG: KEY WORKER SUPPORT – PRINTS

Open edition 500x700mm print highlighting key worker occupations and contributions, with all proceeds going to Eat Well MCR—a community and volunteer-led collective preparing and delivering food to NHS staff, those in food poverty, women seeking refuge, and homeless people—each print makes 15 meals.

In February 2020, Home Secretary, Priti Patel, labelled any person earning under £25k per year ‘Low Skilled’ or ‘Unskilled’. Only one month later, struggling with the COVID-19 crisis, that same government began labelling them ‘Key Workers’, realising just how important they really are. These workers haven’t just become key to society, they always have, and will continue to be, Key Workers. And long may that term live on.

PURCHASE PRINTS HERE
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Believe In Magic Hour #35

Today’s Magic Hour is a music writing special 🎶✍️

How to pitch the Guardian’s music section

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Guardian music editor Ben Beaumont-Thomas and deputy music editor Laura Snapes have written a guide for freelance journalists wishing to pitch the newspaper’s music section.

The guide details transparently what (for them) makes a good pitch, the types of pieces they are and aren’t looking for, as well as other details such as how they pay.

Read it here.

I Love Q by Katherine Cantwell

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Heavenly’s Katherine Cantwell wrote a piece for The Social Gathering about the magic of music mags and her love for one in particular – Q Magazine.

“It saddens me that young aspiring writers and music fanatics may not be able to pick-up an actual magazine. Q, like many other magazines, is under threat of closure. It’s great that magazines can function online (God bless The Quietus) but really, nothing beats a trip to the corner shop to flick through actual glossy pages.”

Read the full piece here.

Payback with Nadine Shah

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The brilliant Nadine Shah has turned the tables on journalists for her new interview series Payback.

So far she’s spoken with John Doran, Miranda Sawyer, Laura Snapes, Michael Azerrad and more via Instagram Live over the past few weeks, and now the chats are available for those who missed them, on YouTube.

Watch them on Nadine’s channel here.

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Believe In Magic Hour #34 with The Orielles

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Today’s Magic Hour hosts are The Orielles! Check out their individual music and film recommendations below…

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SID: Gil Scott-Heron – Nothing New

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This is one of my favourite records and it’s been bringing me so much comfort during this tense and uncertain time. The record makes me feel at peace, but also the lyrics are so poignant that it can also bring me to tears and make me full with emotion. I am teaching myself keyboard at the moment and so getting deep into Gils way of writing chord progressions and his signature changes has been really helpful and inspiring. I’ve definitely been writing a lot in a similar ilk to this record, stuff that at the moment is just piano and vocals and is so raw. What I also love about his songwriting is the way in which he experiments with metre and phrasing of his poetry in unconventional ways. I’ve also revisited some documentaries about Gil recently, reminding me again why I love and treasure this musician so deeply.

Every track on the record is so beautiful but really recommend ‘Your Daddy Loves You’ or ‘Pieces of a Man’ as an introduction into the pure brilliance and soulful quality of Gil’s playing, singing and poetry!

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HENRY: Delicatessen (1991)

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An absurd-dark comedy I watched quite recently after watching a series of increasingly weird modern French films. This one was definitely my favourite. The opening theme song is brilliantly discordant introduction into this qausi-dystopian setting. Its sound design is immaculate and so playful with the absurd imagery you are experiencing on screen. It is a sonic masterpiece and has no problem magnifying into particular soundscapey pieces throughout the film. All of the films characters are so uniquely weird.

I found great comfort in the absurdism philosophy of Albert Camus and in surreal films such as this one and its ability to take you out of the world we are living in at the moment but it can also allow you to see the humour in these unsettling modern times.

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EZ: The Lake Sutra: Beverly Glenn-Copeland’s Keyboard Fantasies

Wonderful short film that depicts Beverly Glenn-Copeland returning to the woodland environment in which he wrote and recorded the seminal Keyboard Fantasies album. The short offers a meditation on how the environment and nature can shape creativity in such a way that I think many of us are becoming more aware of right now (with our state approved walks etc!). Copeland refers to himself as merely the ‘messenger’, using these beautiful sounds to create an interplay between himself and the nature he’s surrounded by.

Fusing together the technological experimentation that defined the album’s sound with a peaceful meditation on place and being, the short helps us to understand the album in a new light and I think anyone who’s listened to the album already will enjoy it even more after watching this!

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The Orielles’ new album Disco Volador is available now.