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Calan Mai Releases Video For We’ve Got Love

Aussie indie folk artist Calan Mai has just launched his brand new We’ve Got Love music video.

The track is the first single off his debut EP Days On The Rock Face which will be released digitally worldwide on August 22 through Canvas Sounds/Believe Digital.

The EP was produced by FAIRCHILD & Lyon Apprentice frontman Adam Lyons in a small makeshift studio on the Gold Coast.

The early stages on his live show have included supports for The Phoncurves, Jordan Millar, Patrick James & Playwrite.

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Introducing…Shammi Pithia

Cosmic is the record Shammi Pithia has always wanted to make. Taking all of his experience as a composer, producer and performer, Shammi has created a breathtakingly graceful yet energising album full of beauty, intricacy and emotion.

After fourteen months of composition and studio work, collaborations with Sonna Rele, Sabiyha, Jatanil Banerjee and Ambika Jois, and recordings of an array of instruments including Bansuri (bamboo flute) and a nine-piece string ensemble, Shammi has produced an LP worthy of his prominence as a trailblazer in contemporary world music.

Produced and mixed by Shammi, and mastered at Metropolis by Andy ‘Hippy’ Baldwin, Cosmic is a celebration of life from the Big Bang to the present. It takes the listener on a journey through space time, delivering a rich sound soaked in feeling, passion and excitement, all intertwined in a gritty and heavy sonic.

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Shammi Pithia’s Cosmic artwork

To be released on 21 July 2014 as a digital-only release (a CD release of the album is to come later in the year), Cosmic will be distributed by Believe Digital and will be available on iTunes, Amazon and all other leading digital download stores.

Building on his reputation for creating powerful and resonant music, and with notable praise from leading musicians including Nitin Sawhney and legendary Indian classical flautist Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia, Shammi has crafted an album of delightful elegance.

Shammi Pithia is building a solid name for himself in the world of world-electronica as a creative composer and producer walking in the shadows of great artists such as Nitin Sawhney and Talvin Singh, who have both praised Shammi and his music.

Over the past five years, Shammi has enjoyed support from both UK and international media, growing him a truly global fanbase. For his work Shammi has been recognised by the BBC on a number of occasions; the first single to be taken from Cosmic has already been added to BBC Asian Network’s playlist. Shammi has also received a string of outstanding reviews from leading magazines and websites including Songlines and MTV Desi. World Music Central reviewed Audio Descriptive as “…an extraordinary debut album of South Asian hybrids by one of the rising stars of British global electronica”.

Enjoying the busiest time in his career so far, Shammi has worked on several projects including a remix for Nitin Sawhney that was released on his album The Last Days of Meaning. On top of studio work Shammi has been performing constantly with notable performances at Glastonbury Festival, a headline show at The Purcell Room at London’s Southbank Center and a headline show at the The Symbiosis of Sound curated by Talvin Singh at Kings Place.

With a much-noted talent for his arrangement and ability to lead Shammi was called upon last year to be musical director for one of the main events at London Southbank Centre’s Alchemy Festival for Bollywood stars Ash King and Harshdeep Kaur. Selling out a thousand seats and writing for and leading a band of eighteen musicians Shammi has established himself as a musician with many skills to offer.

Shammi’s second LP Cosmic is set to further establish his status as a leader in his field. This is Comic – “Creation Of Something Meaningful Inside Chaos”.

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Chris Simmons Announces Release Of New Single And Video For The Occupant

Chris Simmons is set to release his single The Occupant November 26 on Mulberry Records. The single will be distributed through Believe Digital. The Occupant is taken from his forthcoming album The Boy Will Learn due for release in early 2014.

Despite the opportunity for Chris Simmons to boast support slots, openers and tours with the likes of Passenger, Kate Nash, Seth Lakeman, Beth Orton and The Maccabees (to name a few), he casually mentions his sizeable roster of associations like the next person recounts bumping into an old friend.

Chris Simmons

Chris Simmons

Simmons’ ambitions originally lay in film. As a student, independent and foreign cinema captured his imagination. While each song on his forthcoming album works brilliantly as a stand-alone track, filmic resonance and emotional depth sew a thread of cohesion throughout his album which is due for release in early 2014. Simmons said: “I wanted to challenge myself more and to make a record that flows as a piece, rather than recording a bunch of songs and sticking them together.”

The video for his new single The Occupant was shot by Steve Glashier whose own credits include fellow Brightonite, Fatboy Slim. Dark and slightly moody, the sound of The Occupant incites flecks of Turin Brakes, Fossil Collective and Scott Walker. Simmons cites film soundtracks and scores as keen points of influence for his music but further affectations link back to names such as Elvis Costello, Simon and Garfunkel and Crosby, Stills and Nash. At the same time, intonations of Britpop are hard to ignore; no surprises then that he can add Ocean Colour Scene and Suede to the list of artists he’s supported over the years.

The Occupant is a wonderfully scenic, atmospheric and relaxing, if dark, track that captures what Simmons’ music is all about. He has a knack for writing memorable and meaningful lyrics, “They know/They can break me and split my skin/But never snap me from this state I’m in/She’s in my heart and in my head/She is the occupant.” His vocals carry these lyrics allowing them to breath and create life – you can start to picture the woman he is talking about and the relationship between the two people, the narrator and the occupant.

Mentioning Squeeze as an especial influence, Simmons has latterly found himself closely affiliated with Chris Difford with whom he’s both written and performed. Perhaps also it’s no coincidence that his fondness of Crowded House found him travelling around Australia and New Zealand last year, where his songwriting benefitted from new places and perspectives and where he got a taste for the busking tradition so loved in the Antipodes. Closer to home, Simmons frequently visits other countries in Europe, touring and playing house concerts around Germany and Switzerland where he has a solid following. A personal connection with his audience – be it passers by, at house concerts or ornate theatres – are critically important to Chris Simmons.

Chris Simmons’s second single, The Occupant is due for release November 26 and will be distributed through Believe Digital.

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Introducing…Chris Simmons

Despite the opportunity for Chris Simmons to boast support slots, openers and tours with the likes of Passenger, Kate Nash, Seth Lakeman, Beth Orton and The Maccabees (to name a few), he casually mentions his sizeable roster of associations like the next person recounts bumping into an old friend.

Simmons’s ambitions originally lay in film. As a student, independent and foreign cinema captured his imagination. While each song on his forthcoming album works brilliantly as a stand-alone track, filmic resonance and emotional depth sew a thread of cohesion throughout his album which is due for release in early 2014. Simmons said: “I wanted to challenge myself more and to make a record that flows as a piece, rather than recording a bunch of songs and sticking them together.”

Chris Simmons

Chris Simmons

The video for his new single The Occupant was shot by Steve Glashier whose own credits include fellow Brightonite, Fatboy Slim. Dark and slightly moody, the sound of The Occupant incites flecks of Turin Brakes, Fossil Collective and Scott Walker. Simmons cites film soundtracks and scores as keen points of influence for his music but further affectations link back to names such as Elvis Costello, Simon and Garfunkel and Crosby, Stills and Nash. At the same time, intonations of Britpop are hard to ignore; no surprises then that he can add Ocean Colour Scene and Suede to the list of artists he’s supported over the years.

The Occupant is a wonderfully scenic, atmospheric and relaxing, if dark, track that captures what Simmons’ music is all about. He has a knack for writing memorable and meaningful lyrics, “They know/They can break me and split my skin/But never snap me from this state I’m in/She’s in my heart and in my head/She is the occupant.” His vocals carry these lyrics allowing them to breath and create life – you can start to picture the woman he is talking about and the relationship between the two people, the narrator and the occupant.

Mentioning Squeeze as an especial influence, Simmons has latterly found himself closely affiliated with Chris Difford with whom he’s both written and performed. Perhaps also it’s no coincidence that his fondness of Crowded House found him travelling around Australia and New Zealand last year, where his songwriting benefitted from new places and perspectives and where he got a taste for the busking tradition so loved in the Antipodes. Closer to home, Simmons frequently visits other countries in Europe, touring and playing house concerts around Germany and Switzerland where he has a solid following. A personal connection with his audience – be it passers by, at house concerts or ornate theatres – are critically important to Chris Simmons.

Chris Simmons’s second single, The Occupant is due for release November 26 distributed through Believe Digital.

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