Out Now! Space: Fortune Teller
03 March 2014
Today Space release ‘Fortune Teller’, their first new single for a decade. Written by founding member and evergreen lead singer Tommy Scott, it’s a single packed full of Space-isms, clever and quirky lyrics, irony, comedy, and a pacey and bouncing ska-infused rhythm. And there’s more! The album from which the single comes is released in two weeks time. Attack Of The Mutant 50ft Kebab marks the return of Space to their unique and original best, and its released on March 17th, the band tour that very same week...
Buy the 7 inch vinyl Fortune Teller here!
And digitally here!
The video rocks, check it here!
And preorder the biggest and finest kebab you’ll ever consume on iTunes here!
Out Now! Club In Hand
10 February 2014
After the release of his magnificently eclectic art(ist) album last year’ Hand In Hand’, Riva Starr has curated a rather fantastic remix album with some of the finest producers that electronic music has to offer, all coming to gether as the remix album ‘Club In Hand’. Reconstructions and deconstructions of almost all the tracks from ‘Hand In Hand’ are present courtesy Riva himself, and Addison Groove, Claptone, Alexkid, Jesse Rose, Guti, Yousef, Coyu, the list goes on. It’s probably obvious that all genres of electronic music from bass to techno to minimal to breaks are represented on ‘Club In Hand’, as the original album covered a few bases itself. So guitar euro psych wigout ‘Columbine Sept Heures’ is now a techy house epic, or a minimal tech groove, ‘We Got This Ting’ is transformed into a deep house hypnotic groove on one hand or a trap-hop bass workout on the other, and ‘Kill Me’ goes through a similar metamorphosis into a Balearic disco anthem and an uplifting house feelgood rush.. . At 30 tracks the album is real deal, with a range of electronic styles to please the fussiest of palettes..
It’s available now exclusively on Beatport ...
Out Now! Scattered Into Light
07 February 2014
This album is lush! There are many other words for it but the one that springs immediately to mind is lush! With Scattered Into Light Sun Glitters aka Victor Ferreira has created a mellow masterpiece. From the opening looping notes evocative of a dreamy trainride through a cloud of steam, ‘When The Train comes’ sets the tone for 44 minutes of dreamy blissed out pop and softly glitchy chillwave, lifted above the ordinary by Victors ability to make music from machines that sound like they are living organic entities, and also by the enchanting vocals of Diverting Duo’s Sara Cappai.
Titles like ‘Lonely Trip’, ‘And The Sun Goes Down’ and ‘Too Much To Lose’ may bring to melancholy to mind, but that would be wrong to assume, because the overwhelming feeling created by Scattered Into Light is warmth and happiness, and positivity, without anything twee or obvious in sight..
The press has been extremely positive, and it’s to the credit of top tastemakers Dazed and Confused, XLR8R and Fader that they have been champions of Sun Glitters for some time, as have I.. So to find out what we are all talking about buy Scattered Into Light released by Mush Records here, or if you are in Japan by AN/AY here.
The new video of Only You is here. And do check out the Soundcloud, as there are many remixes covers and one-off specials always coming out of the Sun Glitters studio, prolific doesn’t even cover it..
Out Now! The JW EP
07 February 2014
We are pleased and proud to tell the world that Jonny Winston’s debut EP is out now. Jonny is our future star, a fine young artist producer and writer we have been developing for a while.
A mix of 21st century soul blues and electronics the JW EP shows the amazing depth of Jonny’s voice, it’s strength and fragility simultaneously, and the fact that nobody can doubt that this boy has got soul by the bucketload.
Jonny has already worked with Roughmath, Starzangels , and collaborations with Riva Starr and Tim Atack are in the pipeline. Look out for his more experimental side, his SEYR project will hit the stores soon.
JW is out now on Stab In The Dark Records. Buy it here, go ahead..
07 January 2014
We have renewed our relationship with the legendary Barry Biggs!
His classic ‘Sideshow’ which sold over half a million copies was released in 1976 and peaked at number 3 in the UK national charts. We are pleased to continue working with Barry’s amazing heritage catalogue, its full of sweet lovers rock and Jamaican R&B, that’s why he is often referred to as the Barry White of reggae!
Sun Glitters signs to Phoenix Publishing
02 December 2013
Sun Glitters signs to Phoenix Publishing
I would describe the music of Victor Ferreira aka Sun Glitters as the sound of your most special summer. You know, when you are young and life happening to you is a wonderful discovery, something to behold and marvel at. The Guardian describe the Sun Glitters sound as “twitchiliy rhythmic music you can’t dance to – virtually 4D, tactile stuff”. Fader said his songs “sound like mountains moving”. My favourite quote comes from Listen Before You Buy, they say Sun Glitters “isn’t about the surface, but what ripples beneath; what you hear when you take away the mundane trappings of everyday life and are left with dreams and wishes. “ I think they really get it..
I guess that leaves not much to say in terms of describing the music, but I can say as a fan for a few years I (Felix, publishing honcho) am pleased and proud to publish this fine music. Sun Glitters belongs in a unique space between chillwave, dreampop, electronica, and performance art, but what it really is is an evolving listening experience, revealing a new layer on each listen. But don’t take my word for it, go check out some music! You’ll have to wait for the album ‘Scattered Into Light’ until January 2014, but in the meantime lots of music is available on the Sun Glitters Website, Soundcloud, and Facebook!
We Signed Space
27 November 2013
In the days when trainers were called trainers rather than sneakers, music came on circular discs, TV series were called TV series rather than seasons, and Liverpool FC were more than 10 titles ahead of Manchester United, a young band of Liverpool upstarts crashed the charts with their own brand of spikey pop, and thus began the meteoric rise to fame of the band called Space.
They hit the heights with classics such as ‘Female Of The Species’, ‘Neighbourhood’, ‘Avenging Angels’, and now its as if we were back in the golden days of the 1990s all over again, because Space is back! Armed with a new album ‘Attack Of The Mutant 50ft Kebab’, a new single and video for ‘Fortune Teller’, and a UK tour in 2014!
We’ve been hooked up with Space since we acquired their masterpiece albums ‘Tin Planet’ and ‘Spiders’ along with the Gut catalogue in 2007, so we are most pleased and happy to extend that relationship to include the publishing of the new album and new songs going forward.
The past present and future of Space is all here on their website.
Tickets for the tour are available here
The Pledge page for all sorts of exclusive specials and good things..
Green Velvet meets Riva Starr
06 November 2013
Not content with tearing up the national charts, the dance charts, and having a video all over the tellybox with Eat Sleep Rave Repeat, Riva Starr has reminded us all of his amazing eclectic tastes and skills by collaborating with house and techno godlike genius Green Velvet on a track from Mr Velvet’s new album ‘Unshakable’. The track, ‘Robots’, is a piece of well oiled machine funk, in the best jackin techno traditions. It’s the lead track from the album that features collaborations with Phil Kieran, Oliver S and Gary Beck to name a few. The rumour that Riva and the ‘Bigger Than Prince’ producer are working on a follow up is yet to be confirmed..
Robots is the first track on ‘Unshakable’ by Green Velvet on Relief Records, available here on Beatport
Riva Starr On Course For The UK Top Ten
30 October 2013
It all started as a random encounter with a raving acid casualty in downtown Brooklyn. Now Riva Starr and Fatboy Slim’s 'Eat Sleep Rave Repeat' is firmly on course for a top ten UK chart entry this Sunday (Nov 3rd).
OK, we all know its actually the beatbox and sonic manipualtion wizard Beardyman on “vocals”, so add to that an acidic anthemic raving remix by regular chart topper Calvin Harris then we have a recipe for a big tune on the floor and in the charts.
Check out the hilarious video, which was a 12 hour danceathon with Fatboy Slim and Riva Starr djing. It’s amazing what people will do for £500! Big respect to them all for their stamina.
The single was released on Monday, so buy it on iTunes now, or on Amazon, or Juno..
Phoenix Title In GTA V Swahili Action
30 October 2013
One of our published tunes, by Mim Suleiman and produced by Maurice Fulton, has landed a nifty spot on one of Rockstar’s ‘Grand Theft Auto V’s’ radio station playlists! Grand Theft Auto, otherwise known as GTA, is a series of games set in the modern day but on fictional maps, and as you probably know involves all manner of organised crime from assassination to street racing to bombing to pimping! As well as these elements we’ll still be seeing all the things everyone knows and loves about the game, including of course the in-vehicle radio.
Be sure to scroll straight through to “Soulwax FM” and catch some Swahili house vibes while you’re off roaming the streets of Los Santos. The track is called ‘Mingi’ from the album 'Tungi' by Mim Suleiman, and can be found here for purchase and download. The game was released on the 17th September for XBOX and PS3 and can be found at any game store.
Phoenix signs Theo Parrish
11 September 2013
Phoenix Music International is most pleased and excited to announce we have signed the publishing of the Detroit enigmatic legend Theo Parrish, and his label catalogue Sound Signature.
Since the mid 90s Theo Parrish has been creating house and disco and soul and techno or in my opinion a unique creative individual translation of all of the above . Although Washington born and Chicago raised, Theo has been a central figure in the Detroit independent music scene, releasing his unique brand of deep soul inflected musical expressions for the dancefloor and for the discerning ear. A graduate in sculpture, Theo brings a holistic approach to making music – “When you're dealing with 3D work, you're dealing with volume, height, density. With sound, you're dealing with almost the same things except you're dealing with the time element too”.
With Tony Allen, Moodyman, Carl Craig, IG Culture, Eska, Ricardo Wilhite and more recently with Andrew Ashong and Fat Freddy’s Drop, Theo has worked with the best all shores have to offer.
As his only ever publisher Phoenix Music International is proud to represent a true originator.
Check out the recent Theo Parrish Black Jazz Signature mix compilation here, and a really rather excellent Quietus review here.
Sound Signature vinyl can be purchased here, most Sound Signature releases are only available on vinyl!
Buy the groundbreaking Peacefrog released album First Floor ..
Digital Theo is here.
Get the DJ experience in the flesh here this NYE alongside another Phoenix musical maverick Mr Maurice Fulton!
Film Screening Alert - 'I Am The Gorgon' says Bunny Striker Lee!
27 August 2013
I am the gorgon! So says Bunny Striker Lee, the subject and chief commentator of this film on the history of reggae music, from it’s birth in the bandstands and studios of Kingston Jamaica to its present day existence as one of the greatest and most far reaching cultural exports the world has ever seen.
Those who know reggae will know that Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee is one of the major players in reggae music. He alongside (the sadly departed) Glen Adams is responsible for Bangarang, a track largely touted as the first to be officially called reggae. In fact Striker Lee was the one who coined the phrase. He introduced many young artists to the UK in terms of recording and playing live, many of them going on to become legends. Slim Smith, Cornell Campbell, Max Romeo, Tappa Zukie, Lee Scratch Perry, Niney The Observer - things would have been different for all of these folk if it weren’t for the helping hand of Striker Lee. But don’t take my word for it, hear it for yourself! There are very very limited quest list places for the screening on Thursday August 29th at the Tabernacle in Notting Hill, London, available courtesy of the production company Jamaican Recordings here.
‘I Am The Gorgon’ will be on general release from December 2nd. Watch the website..
Bunny made these albums especially for us.
The Online Premiere of Blacker Dread Records
19 August 2013
PMI Reggae is most pleased and proud to begin our alliance with the Brixton don and reggae champion Steve Martin, also known as Blacker Dread, and with his Blacker Dread Record label.
Blacker Dread himself has been at the forefront of Reggae in the UK whether as a mainstay of the legendary Coxsone Outernational sound system with Lloyd Cosxone and Levi Roots, as proprietor of South London’s premier record emporium Blacker Dread Records in Brixton Market (yes market NOT viilage!) and as founder owner controller and producer of Blacker Dread Records the label.
The artists on the first three digital Blacker Dread releases, artists such as Beres Hammoond, Thriller U, U Roy, Gappy Ranks stand testament to the importance of Blacker the man, and the force in reggae.
Watch this space in the coming months for classics from the Blacker Dread vaults, and for new releases from the finest artists the reggae universe has to offer..
In the meantime buy The Come My People EP featuring Beres Hammond, Beenie Man, Dean Frazer, Sly & Robbie and the Taxi Gang, U Roy and Bushman right here. Now tell me thats not a lineup of reggae greats, on one release!
I Remember /Healing Of The Nation brings three more champions – Frankie Paul and Top Cat, and Gappy Ranks! Buy it here!
And Rock All Night/ Misleading delivers yet three more hall of fame reggae kings, Thriller U and Tippa Irie, and Jonny Osbourne. Go make a purchase!
Riva Starr's New Album 'Hand In Hand' Out Now!!!
01 July 2013
Riva Starr's new album 'Hand In Hand' reveals an exciting alt-pop infused facet of his musical personality, featuring chief partner-in-crime Rssll (previously lead singer of The Research) plus a stellar cast of guest appearances from Horace Andy, Roots Manuva, Speech Debelle, Bob Andy and others.
'...bass-heavy / ethnic ... freaking out dancefloors everywhere...' Dazed Online
'...Colourful, exuberant and, crucially, dynamite on the dancefloor"...' Q Mag
'...East London's most popular Italian import...' DJ Mag
Available On iTunes and Amazon!
Eat Sleep Rave Repeat
26 June 2013
Ahead of his new album release next week, Riva Starr has collaborated with Fatboy Slim and some unknown raver guy from Brooklyn NYC. Here is the story in Fatboy’s own words - "Me and Stef (Riva Starr) were out vinyl shopping in Williamsburg, Brooklyn earlier this year when we met this dude ranting in the street about some 3 day bender he had been on (and possibly still was....) we hooked him into our Serato and chopped him up into a tune. I just wish we’d caught his full name......."
The video is here. Buy the tune here exclusively..