Coming soon from state51: Player Piano

We’re excited to announce that Player Piano’s next album, Radio Love, will be released by The state51 Conspiracy label in May.

Radio Love brings together the rich instrumentation, creativity and energy found in 70s era pop and rock acts with the emotional depth of artists like Anthony & The Johnsons.

We absolutely love it.

The album also boasts a beautiful cover by the wonderful artist Christian Ward.

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You can see Player Piano next Wednesday, 2nd March at Nambucca in London, and can follow them on Twitter and Spotify.

Sign up to the Player Piano mailing list to be first in line when the album is released.

You can listen to Player Piano’s debut EP Into The Dark one Spotify. The Sunday Times said this about it:

“…it is the completeness, the fully realised grandeur of Radway’s first EP, Into the Dark, that so impresses. Evoking solo-Lennon string arrangements, the unfettered creativity of early Bowie and the Walker Brothers, and the vocal plangency of Chris Martin and Rufus Wainwright, it tugs at the heartstrings and ensnares you with the scope of its ambition.”

Coming soon from state51: Richard James

We’re very excited to announce that Richard James’ album All the New Highways will be released by The state51 Conspiracy label on 25th March.

Richard co-founded legendary alt-rock band Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci. This is Richard’s fourth solo album. With it he’s produced a beguiling collection of alternative, psychedelic-tinged folk; touches of Nick Drake mixing with his turn-of-the-millenium alt-rock roots. It was nominated for the Welsh Music Prize last year.

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The beautiful artwork is by artist Andy Fung, who also played drums and contributed backing vocals.

We’re really excited to be releasing another outstanding album by such an accomplished artist on The state51 Conspiracy label. It will be available on CD and for download on 25th March.

In the meantime you can follow Richard on Spotify so you will be the first to hear the album the second it appears. He’s also on Twitter.

Richard’s three previous solo albums are really worth revisiting, too:

The Seven Sleepers Den, 2006

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We Went Riding, 2010

Pictures in the Morning, 2011

Coming soon from state51: She Makes War

We are delighted to announce that Direction of Travel, the new album from She Makes War, will be released on The state51 Conspiracy label in April.

Direction of Travel is She Makes War’s third studio album, following Disarm (2010) and Little Battles (2012).

It’s filled with her own brand of inspirational gloom-pop, drawing on grunge and 90s alt-rock; heartfelt and bittersweet songs without so much as a grain of self-pity.

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She Makes War is the prolific, hard working Bristol-based multi-instrumentalist Laura Kidd. We’re proud to be working with another outstanding artist and album on The state51 Conspiracy label. We can’t wait for the release.

She Makes War will be launching Direction of Travel in Bristol on March 26th at Thekla. We’ll be there!

In the meantime, follow She Makes War on Twitter, Spotify, FacebookYouTube and Instagram to get the latest news fired at you the second it happens.

New Music: Immersion, Woodpigeon, Anti-Ghost Moonray, dgoHn

We’ve got some highly diverse, unusual and typically brilliant music to talk about… so let’s get on…


Various Artists – Annual General Meeting Vol.1 (Anti-Ghost Moonray)

Anti-Ghost Moonray’s totally immersive Annual General Meeting compilation features the label’s most loved artists and new finds.

Woodpigeon, Faithful (wiaiwya)

Atmospheric, fragile indie-pop.

Immersion, Analogue Creatures (swim)  

First new material from Newman/Spiegal’s Immersion in 15 years , featuring layered sonic treats.

dgoHn: All The Fuckin’ As (Love Love Records)

Unrelenting drums, a high octane remix and great titles to boot.


Remember you can stay up to date with all the best new music by following our Spotify playlist.

New Music: Dextro, Rail Cables, Blackboxx, Chaams, Louis Fingers

Here’s this week’s round up of the week’s best new and independent music…


In the Crossing, Dextro (16k)

Effortlessly expressive gritty ambient soundscapes that move and thrill you.


Nightshades, Blackboxx (Slime Recordings)

Dark and addictive chill-wave. Like pins and needles running down your spine.


Untro, Chaams ([Re]Sources)

Breakneck grime ‘n’ bass to destroy dance floors. The equivalent of a sonic slap in the face.


The Wire EP, Louis Fingers (Plus Recordings)

Simple, effective bass and beats. Powerful house music from the masters.


Rail Cables – Autumn Selection (Rail Cables)

Glitches, space, beats and pieces. Sublime work from Rail Cables as ever from their continuing series of highly recommended seasonal selections.


Remember you can stay up to date with all the best new music by following our Spotify playlist.

Welcome, Bella Union

We’re thrilled to announce that Bella Union are the latest label to join the Greedbag community with their new online store.

Founded in 1997 by Simon Raymonde and Robin Guthrie, Bella Union have long been recognised as one of the most exciting and respected labels in the world.

They have released artists as varied and wonderful as Mercury Rev, Beach House, John Grant, Zun Zun Egui, Xiu Xiu and many, many, many (many) more.

All of this beautiful music, lots of it on equally beautiful vinyl and CD, is now available in their brand new store.  New releases on vinyl or CD come with free downloads too.

Bella Union have typically excellent plans for 2016.

There are new releases on the way from Emmy The Great, M Ward, Explosions In The Sky, Wild Nothing and lots more.

They’ll also be offering artist exclusives and merchandise through their Greedbag shop.

So welcome, Bella Union! We’re proud to be working with them and their fantastic music.

This is the best record bag in the world

Ghost Box,  one of the world’s iconic and innovative electronic music labels have just made the world’s best record bag. If you really love records, no other record bag makes sense.

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The Bag

Ghost Box have commissioned a super limited edition of perfectly handcrafted bespoke record bags from luxury bag artisans Original Peter.

Only ten of these beautiful canvas 12″ record bags have been produced. They are available to buy at the Ghost Box store.

Design and Craft

The record bags are cut, assembled and stitched in the UK using traditional methods, from double-bonded waterproof canvas with high grade leather, brass and military webbing.

The front flap features Ghost Box’s famous logo and text, designed by world-renowned artist Julian House . It reproduces a moiré effect in embroidery.

This required two embroidered patterns sewn in over each other, an unusual and surprisingly complex technique, and the overall effect is superb.

Features

Not only are these bags things of beauty and ones you will want to carry with you at all times, they also look after your records.

Each Ghost Box record bag  comes with a pair of bespoke record stiffeners in canvas.

A copy of “In a Moment… The best of Ghost Box” on double gatefold vinyl  is included in each bag. The record celebrates 10 years of the label.

A 21st Century Music Company