NEWS ARCHIVE FOR JULY 2019
Sarathy Korwar - Bol
Published 11 July 2019 by DM

The second single from Sarathy Korwar’s second studio album More Arriving, is released today. ‘Bol’ features a provocative performance from London poet Zia Ahmed, and cuts to the beating heart of the record, exploring themes of being South Asian in an increasingly divided (Great?) Britain.

There is a dark humour at play in Ahmed’s lyrics, which is reflected in David Higgs' hard hitting video. “The video asks what it takes to integrate into British society and be considered British,” Korwar explains. “Juxtaposed on lyrics that describe the everyday racist stereotyping of South Asians, it’s an ironic look at what it means to be brown in the UK today.”

Sarathy had an extensive chat with Pete Paphides about More Arriving and his musical upbringing for the Needle Mythology podcast. It's a genuinely entertaining and enlightening listen, and we can't recommend it enough.

More Arriving is released July 26th. It is available on transparent red LP, black LP, CD and digital. Pre-order/pre-save now.

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Julia Kent + Daniel Thorne UK Tour
Published 11 July 2019 by DM


Julia Kent has announced a rare UK tour on a double bill with Erased Tapes saxophonist Daniel Thorne. Her performances feature an exclusive collaboration with acclaimed French video artist Antoine Schmitt. Get your tickets now.

Tue 12 Nov J2, Cambridge Junction, Cambridge
Wed 13 Nov Exeter Phoenix, Exeter
Thur 14 Nov St George’s, Bristol
Fri 15 Nov Mirth, Marvel & Maud, London
Sat 16 Nov Fuse Arts Space, Bradford
Sun 17 Nov The Eagle, Salford

Keep your eyes open for news of Julia's second album, Green and Grey (2011) being released on vinyl for the very first time. Shhh.

juliakent.com | Twitter | Facebook | Live Dates | theleaflabel.com/juliakent
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Warmduscher - new album, single & video
Published 24 July 2019 by DM

Warmduscher return.

Heavy metals. Disco Peanuts. CCTV in the break room.

A little something to get you through the week. There’s enough to go around. New album Tainted Lunch will be served on November 1st.

If you made your way out of Whale City with your faculties intact, this one’s for you. Clams Baker, Lightnin’ Jack Everett, Mr Salt Fingers Lovecraft and The Witherer have been joined by Quicksand on cutting board and cheese wire and commis chef Cheeks on vibes. They’ve been cooking. Michelin stars. The finest ingredients money can buy: Kool Keith and Iggy Pop. Funk, punk, hip-hop and lounge rock. Love is real.

Have a go on new single 'Midnight Dipper'. Have a go on the blacker than black video by Niall Trask. If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

You'll find all tour dates on our live page.

Tainted Lunch will be released on CD, black vinyl, limited edition red vinyl with poster, and as a pink vinyl Dinked Edition with poster and exclusive glow-in-the-dark 7” single with two unreleased tracks. Pre-order/pre-save now.

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Sarathy Korwar - More Arriving out now
Published 26 July 2019 by DM


Sarathy Korwar’s second studio album, More Arriving, is out now. In Sarathy’s words this is “a modern brown record”. This is not necessarily a record of unity; it’s an honest reflection of Korwar’s experience of being an Indian in an increasingly divided Britain. Incorporating rappers from Mumbai and New Delhi with spoken word and his own Indian classical and jazz instrumentation, this is a record born of confrontation; one for our confrontational times.

It all began with the title: "More Arriving comes from the scaremongering around Brexit,” Korwar says. “It’s a tongue-in-cheek play on the fact that there are more people coming and you’ll have to deal with it!” The fact it lands two days after Boris finds himself in Number 10, and a week after Trump told four congresswomen to “go back” home would be impressive if it weren’t so depressing.

One thing is clear, it is a record that becomes more pertinent by the day. It taps into an anger, fear and frustration, while also celebrating South Asian culture and challenging stereotypes. We’re proud to be a part of this album. It deserves to be heard far and wide. But don’t just take our word for it…

“Rare talent… his rhythmically intense, entrancing vision adds a whole new spin to the Indo-jazz continuum”
★★★★★ MOJO

“Absolutely of the moment: a psychedelic, electronic, jazzy odyssey that deals with issues of racial identity. It’s fabulous”
★★★★ The Guardian

"One of the defining albums of 2019. Sarathy's new album is the most exciting thing I've heard all year – a wild synergy of influences ranging from qawwali music to modern jazz to Mumbai hip-hop and Indian classical. But it’s also a record about what's happening in the UK right now”
Pete Paphides - Needle Mythology podcast

"Superb... An adrenalised, percussion-led, consciousness-raising thrill ride"
Electronic Sound

“It’s a thrilling mix of Indian instrumentation and jazz, featuring several Asian MCs and poets who address themes such as lazy stereotyping and the need to change the East-West narrative. It’s a timely soundtrack to these divisive times”
Songlines

"Korwar takes in the political and radical history of jazz as a voice of the disenfranchised, and Korwar applies it to the Indian diaspora experience in contemporary Britain”
The Vinyl Factory

We recommend having a read of this excellent interview feature in today's Guardian.

More Arriving is available on black vinyl, limited edition transparent red vinyl and clear vinyl exclusively from Rough Trade as well as CD and digital. Find them all on this handy link.

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