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Congratulations to our customers and friends nominated for the AIM Independent Music Awards!

One judging panel, more than 10,000 people voting, twelve categories, sixty worthy nominees.

AIM has announced the full list of artists, record labels and festivals contending in this year’s Independent Music Awards.

We’re excited to see so many artists and labels we’ve had the privilege to work with and we’d like to congratulate them all: Because Music, Ben Watt, Bonobo, Cabaret Voltaire, Courtney Barnett, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, East India Youth, Fearless Records, FKA Twigs, Gabby Young & Other Animals, Gruff Rhys Hospital Records, Hyperdub, Liars, Ninja Tune, PINS, Sonic Cathedral and Withered Hand.

The event will take place on September the 2nd at London’s The Brewery and Key Production will obviously be there, come find us before the ceremony, rumour has it we bring good luck!

Here you can find the full list of nominees and more information about the awards.

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Beacons Festival Review

Beacons is a small festival with its 2500 capacity but this year it has proved more than ever that it’s giving the big players a run for their money. With a focus on ‘cutting edge’ arts and music it’s built a reputation for hosting a diverse selection of acts. Despite some erratic weather looming (and all the mud that comes along with it) music fans of all walks have made their way to hilly Skipton with the promise of a top line-up ranging from pop to punk and everything in between.

Lovers of dance music have much to look forward to in the Resident Advisor tent throughout the weekend. Following the success of his recent LP Drone Logic, Daniel Avery is a Friday night must-see. Likewise, there’s an eclectic mix of exciting acts to choose from at the other stages. From the sweet folk ditties of Sweet Baboo to the unapologetically filthy Fat White Family, Beacons is a heaven for new music devotees who are more interested in the quality of the acts they see than sticking to a genre.

Daytime acts see the energetic Joanna Gruesome give a fiery performance to get the crowd surfers started early. FAMY kick off their set with sunny, beachy sounds before descending into a heartfelt rendition of their most recent single, Ava.

Like anything hailing from Yorkshire, Beacons is fiercely proud of its region, heralding a selection of Leeds’ finest drinking spots transported from the city to the field. Whitelocks (the oldest pub in Leeds) has a tent offering a disproportionately large range of real ales and lagers to challenge even the hardest of drinkers.

Similarly, local lads Adult Jazz play to what appears to be an already dedicated fan-base. Their playful lyrics, twitching guitar riffs and textured sounds invoke a sunny atmosphere in the crowd, kicking off Saturday evening perfectly. Their set exudes the confidence of a band on their third LP rather than their debut.

As night-time falls, exceptional artists delight audiences across the weekend. Daughter are spine-tingling gorgeous, with rich vocals and atmospheric drumbeats.

Over at the DIY Argyll stage, King Creosote’s deliciously haunting vocals hang in the evening air, set against a lush green backdrop of the Yorkshire Dales. For fans of soulful sounds, Joan as Policewoman is an act not to be missed, delivering a stage presence as gorgeously sultry as her beautiful voice.

Later still in the Loud and Quiet tent, Jon Hopkins delivers an exceptional set laced with endorphin inducing rhythms, driving electronica and racing visuals for the Saturday evening. In contrast for the Sunday, Darkside hit the perfect centre point between dance and guitar based music with their Pink Floyd inspired sounds. Moody and atmospheric they play amidst theatrical lighting- the perfect finish to a fantastic weekend.

 

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Mogwai’s “Come On Die Young” reissued after 15 years!

Rejoice Mogwai fans! Today is the day the legendary album “Come on Die Young” gets reissued.

The album is the second studio release by the Glasgow band, recorded and mixed at Dave Fridmann’s Tarbox Road Studios in Upstate New York and published by Chemikal Underground back in 1999. Despite the intimidating album art and the striking title, the record revealed to be one hour of mesmerising post rock in absolute Mogwai style, definitely a milestone in the band’s career.

With “Come on Die Young” turning 15 and Chemikal Underground turning 20 next year, a reissue is the proper way to celebrate, especially if it’s full of exciting extras as this one.

The album has been released on 4xLP box set, 2xCD and includes:

  • Previously unreleased takes from early Chem19 sessions of ‘Waltz For Aidan’,‘Christmas Steps’, ‘Rollerball’ as well as ‘7-25’ (which ultimately featured on‘Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait’).
  • Seven remixed and remastered album tracks from CAVA sessions pre-dating the final Tarbox recording sessions.
  • Two previously unreleased tracks ‘Satchel Panzer’ and ‘Spoon Test’.
  • Rarities ‘Nick Drake’, ‘Hugh Dallas’ and the 3 track ‘Travels In Constants EP’.
  • The original, previously unreleased version of ‘Helps Both Ways’.
  • A1 ‘San Siro’ poster for Mogwai’s Barrowland Ballroom show from October ’99.
  • Boxset includes 4 x 180gsm LPs featuring the original 2LP and 2LP of bonus material.
  • Two Chem19 Demos are exclusive to the boxset: ‘Christmas Steps’ and ‘7-25’.
  • Boxset includes a download code for all audio.

Available to order here.

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Welcome to the fan-funded music era

Crowdfunding has become mainstream among many artists introducing a new way for bands to raise funds needed for their album, tour, merchandise or anything else, and more importantly, doing it in advance.

The pioneer of this practice was the British band Marillion, in 2001 they released and distributed their album “Anoraknophobia” entirely using the money obtained from pre-selling the record to their fans, paving the way for future platforms offering similar services like Indiegogo (2008), Kickstarter (2009) and Pledge Music (2009).

Fan campaigns are currently used not only by emerging or unsigned musicians, but also by more established artists. Emerging artists usually finance their first release or tour, while well-known performers mostly appeal to fans when they want to work independently.

Crowdfunding opened their doors to everyone creative and driven to put out their dream product. This format has gained popularity year on year while playing the role of a democratic income generator.

Even though this platform is popular it’s not without criticism, but at the end of the day it’s just another way to give fans what they want.

 

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