New Essie Jain Video & Free Download
Published 7 February 2011 by BWL

Essie Jain's beautiful new collection of lullabies, 'Until The Light Of Morning'' is released on February 21 and here's a magical video made for 'What A Big Wide World'. The video is directed by Carolina Melis who has worked with the likes of Efterklang, Vladislav Delay, Oh No Ono and Colleen before.

Essie Jain | What a big Wide World | Light Of Morning from Carolina Melis on Vimeo.

We are giving subscribers to Leaf's mailing list the opportunity to download a track, 'Lay Down', from Essie Jain's new lullaby album, Until The Light Of Morning (which is released on Feb 21). Click here to sign up or log in to download the free MP3.

Find out about the album here:

Polar Bear's Seb and John perform 'Rhythm Of Strings'
Published 10 February 2011 by RM

Polar Bear's Seb Rochford and Leafcutter John are joining forces with composer and guitarist Leo Abrahams for a special project commissioned by Faster Than Sound.

On March 5 the three will collaborate, exploring the 'Rhythm Of Strings' in a one off performance and pre-show discussion at Jerwood Kiln Studio, Snape from 6pm.

Produced by Aldeburgh Music, Faster Than Sound encourages musicians to forge innovative relationships, merging different genres and breaking boundaries. 'Rhythm Of Strings' is the first in a series of events throughout 2011, for more information click here.

Wildbirds & Peacedrums Join Congotronics Tour
Published 15 February 2011 by BWL

Wildbirds & Peacedrums have been invited to join the 'Congotronics vs Rockers' tour which travels across Europe and Japan from the end of June. The Swedish duo will be uniting with the members of Congolese bands Konono No. 1 and Kasai Allstars as well as Deerhoof, Juana Molina and Skeletons to form a collaborative ensemble, twenty musicians in total. Full story here.

The tour comes on the back of the brilliant compilation, Tradi-Mods vs Rockers: Alternative Takes on Congotronics, which was released at the tail-end of last year. The double album features 26 artists from rock and dance backgrounds paying tribute to the Congolese bands' music in the form of their own creative interpretations of their songs. Find out more about it here.

Meanwhile, Mariam and Andreas head down under soon for a tour of Australia followed by a set of dates in Europe. You can see all their shows on our live page.

A Hawk And A Hacksaw: New Album, Tour and Bundle
Published 16 February 2011 by BWL

A Hawk And A Hacksaw release their new album Cervantine this week through their own, brand-new LM Dupli-Cation label, and we wish them all the best with it!

Eagle-eyed fans may already have spotted copies of the new album during AHAAH's tour last year, but it's now being released on vinyl as well as CD, in beautiful hand-crafted packaging (is it just us, or does it look like Jen's character in the opening credits of The IT Crowd?) .

Alongside the core duo of Jeremy Barnes and Heather Trost, long-time collaborator Chris Hladowski (bouzouki) and sister Stephanie (vocals) also have a strong presence on the record.

To celebrate the new release, we've added a bundle of the band's four previous albums on CD to our shop. You can get Délivrance, The Way The Wind Blows, Darkness At Noon and the self-titled debut for just £19.99 + postage while stocks last. Find it here.

Here's a video for title track 'Cervantine' directed by David Herman:

The band have a busy spring touring the left hand side of the United States before coming over to Europe. See you down the front!

Tue 1 Mar - Solar Culture, Tucson, AZ, USA
Wed 2 Mar - Satellite, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Thu 3 Mar - Cafe Du Nord, San Francisco, CA, USA
Sat 5 Mar - Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR, USA
Sun 6 Mar - Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA, USA
Tue 8 Mar - Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Wed 9 Mar - Hi-Dive, Denver, CO, USA
Thu 10 Mar - El Rito Library, El Rito, NM, USA
Fri 11 Mar - Outpost, Albuquerque, NM, USA
Sat 12 Mar - Outpost, Albuquerque, NM, USA
Sat 19 Mar - Botanique, Brussels, BELGIUM
Sun 20 Mar - Paradiso, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
Mon 21 Mar - King Georg, Köln, GERMANY
Wed 23 Mar - HBC, Berlin, GERMANY
Thu 24 Mar - Dreikönigskirche, Dresden, GERMANY
Fri 25 Mar - Bunker Ulmenwall, Bielefeld, GERMANY
Sat 26 Mar - Kampnagel, Hamburg, GERMANY
Sun 27 Mar - Brotfabrik, Frankfurt, GERMANY
Mon 28 Mar - Kranhalle, Munich, GERMANY
Wed 13 Apr - Polish Club, Bristol, UK
Thu 14 Apr - Islington Mill, Manchester, UK
Fri 15 Apr - Workman's Club, Dublin, IRELAND
Sat 16 Apr - Auntie Annies, Belfast, IRELAND
Sun 17 Apr - The Caves, Edinburgh, UK
Mon 18 Apr - Star and Shadow, Newcastle, UK
Tue 19 Apr - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
Wed 20 Apr - XOYO, London, UK
Thu 21 Apr - Brighton Ballroom, Brighton, UK
Fri 22 Apr - Bullingdon Arms, Oxford, UK
Sun 24 Apr - Ghetto, Istanbul, TURKEY

You can find more info at the band's new website, which, somewhat confusingly, is at a different URL to their old one: