Previews: 20 July 2015

Coming soon from state51…

Cornbrail Acid 2.5 – Beatwife (LOVJP01, Love Love Records)

Album (14 tracks.) Out 20th Jul 2015.


Looking at You – Ambassadeurs feat. C Duncan (LT012, Lost Tribe Records)

Single (4 tracks.) Out 24th July 2015.


Departures – Owl & Mouse (Fika044, Fika Recordings)

Album (11 tracks). Out 24th July 2015.


Mind – The Ancients (HUM-11  Human Label)

Album (14 tracks.) Out 21st July 2015.



EP (5 tracks.) Out 24th July 2015.


Throwback: 2.0 – S.E.F., Lost & Found & KG3 (SOR016, Switched On Records)

EP (three tracks.) Out 24th July 2015.


5 Years of Gruuv, Vol. 4 – Various Artists (GRU5YR4, Gruuv)

EP (4 tracks.) Out 20th July 2015.


Pony – Strange Cages (SIR011, Strong Island Recordings)

Single (1 track.) Out 20th July 2015.


Coolin’ In Cali – Craig Chambers ( PR0041, Plus Recordings)

EP (4 tracks.). Out 20th July 2015.



A.J. Holmes And The Hackney Empire – Soft Power [Out now on Singing Dune Records]


A.J. Holmes And The Hackney Empire – Soft Power

Label: Singing Dune Records
Cat No: AJH001
Release Date: 6th July 2015
Formats: CD / Digital

A.J. Holmes And The Hackney Empire release the follow up to their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Wedding‘.

Soft power is a concept developed by Joseph Nye of Harvard University to describe the ability to attract and co-opt rather than coerce, use force or give money as a means of persuasion.

From the provocative call to arms of ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Twitterized‘ – inspired by the Afro-Brazilian rhythms of Maracatu – to the haunting and dream like ‘Ghost Daddy‘ – with it’s classic London narrative in the vein of Ian Dury – to the Soukous influenced pop rock musing on 18th century Cockney superstitions of ‘Martyn’s Elephant Charm‘ to the epic Palm-Wine influenced ballad of ‘Mein Liebster Feind‘ – sounding like S.E. Rogie wandered into the recording sessions of Big Star’s ‘Sister Lovers / Third‘ album. Soft Power is a diverse, yet impressively coherent  album from one of Britain’s most promising live acts.

Decidedly British..Imagine if Madness decided to play soukous instead of ska’
Afropop Worldwide 

If anyone ever had ‘IT’ on stage, Holmes does; a born entertainer and true visionary of the Charity Shop Counterculture – Berliner Zeitung

Best albums of 2013…the record I’ve played more than any other this year so far is Wedding
The Guardian

The band has matured so much with this new stuff. Sounding SICK!
The Very Best

Fusing African influences with classic London narratives in the vein of Ian Dury
Mais um discos

The state51 Conspiracy are handling physical distribution for A.J. Holmes And The Hackney Empire – Soft Power. If you are a record store and would like to place an order, please send an email to

New Music Previews: Piney Gir

Piney Gir – Mr. Hyde’s Wild Ride 
Out 29 Jun 2015


Exuberant, bursts with joy, divine and sometimes mournful” – Q

Piney Gir presents her sixth album ‘Mr. Hyde’s Wild Ride’ via Damaged Goods Records.

Pre-order of the album on 12″ vinyl and CD is available now!

The album collates twelve pop stories about a young woman coming to terms with the hope and regret that accompanies love and loss. Piney’s easy way with melody belies an album of new and different shades. Album opener ‘Gold Rules’ is a finely-honed, heavenly tune even as the song celebrates unreachable riches and glibly states the fact, “you can’t take it with you anyway.” First single, Keep It Together, deftly channels 60s beat pop and Stereolab all at the same time – a lover’s lament laced with urgency and optimism, piped-in directly from her space-age, bachelorette pad.

A retro delight…” – The Guardian

Other stand-out tracks include ‘Tilt A Whirl’, a piece of fairground philosophy that dates back to Piney’s childhood years when she would accompany her grandmother on something akin to the Waltzer. As the song spins, with Farfisas swirling around life’s ups and downs “like a shooting star or a hope combustible…” become metaphors among the lights and sounds. ‘Mouse Of A Ghost’ fuzzes up like Pineys-in-Toyland channelling her inner riot grrl, with boxy guitar blasts that remind us all that you can rock just as hard, if not harder, in a gingham dress.

…open-hearted pop that has you clutching your knees with glee” – Drowned In Sound

Piney has pulled together a stellar band for this release, with members of Gaz Coombes and Emiliana Torrini’s touring band jumping in on guitar, bass and drums alongside The Smith Brothers & regular collaborator Garo Nahoulakian taking a seat in the producer’s chair. Andy Ramsay of Stereolab makes an appearance on drums, and the bulk of the album was recorded in his South London studio. The rest was whipped-up in Piney’s little Hackney Studio, small and perfectly formed like a musical toy box, chock-full of space echo, marimba, omnichord and pocket piano, which combine to create a euphoric indie-starshine. Think Yoshimi-era Flaming Lips alongside sparkling tableaux of Mercury Rev., the tunefulness of Grandaddy and riff-led counter-melodies like Pixies.

The type of open-hearted pop that has you clutching your knees with glee” – DROWNED IN SOUND

After a decade spent in the UK it feels like Piney’s finally made England hers by rediscovering America, re-imagined from London’s rainy streets, channelling her inner Jekyll and Mister Hyde. These tunes beautifully stitch together English folk, American pop, mariachi moments, trail songs and baroque beats. Sometimes it’s like an alternative musical history of a storybook amusement park ride. And need we mention, it’s a wild ride you’re going to love.

A honky-tonkin’ celebration of the holy pleasures of the flesh” – THE WORD

Piney is a born entertainer, all dainty dress swirls and extravagant accordion flourishes” – THE FLY

iTunes exclusive version includes 3 bonus acoustic tracks from recent Amazing Radio Sessions.

Piney Gir

Damaged Goods DAMGOOD442

state51 Release Recap – June 5th

Time for a handy catch up. Here are 5 brilliant new releases from this week.

115814021. Loving You More by Saux feat. Jeffrey James.

Very soulful.

Out on Boogie Angst, it’s a Beatport exclusive this week.




dead-bees-itunes-artwork-small-500x5002. Dead Bees EP by 94 Gunships.

About which 6 Music’s Tom Robinson said:

“Blimey, I wonder if we could invent a genre for that.”

How about the ‘it’s extremely good’ genre.

Listen on Spotify. Buy the digital EP on iTunes or Amazon or on CD from I’m Not From London.



3. Marching to Another Beat by Malka.

A great album of alt-pop.  Complete with some top quality hand claps.

Favourite track at the moment: “Let It Go.”

Listen on Spotify. Buy digital on iTunes or the CD from Malka’s website.




4. Patterns, the new album from Ambassadeurs.

A very healthy fix of electronic music indeed.

Current favourite track: “Forever.” Because bass.

Exclusive to Spotify at the moment.




5. Gold Rules by Piney Gir, out on Damaged Goods.

Typically awesome. Our advice would be to listen to this immediately.

Here it is on Spotify. Also available on iTunes, Amazon or from Greedbag.

Hope you enjoy them. Happy Friday!

A 21st Century Music Company.