Laissez Faire Club stage at The Alternative Escape (Sat 10.5.14)

We’re delighted to be teaming up with the good folk at Akira Records and Smashing Blouse to curate this quite frankly amazing bill at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton this year. Taking place at Latest Music Bar (14-17 Manchester Street) on the final evening of festivities (Saturday 10 May), we’ll have not one but two stages in the venue (downstairs plugged in and upstairs acoustic), jam packed with bands and artists we think are the real deal.

Entry is free with a festival ticket, or £3 otherwise. We’re kicking off at 5pm and going all out with a bang until the end. Set times are as follows (you’ll notice we’ve scheduled it so you won’t miss a minute of the action):

Downstairs

17.30 – 17.50: The Half Earth
18.10 – 18.40: KHUSHI
19.00 – 19.30: Still Parade (DE)
19.50 – 20.20: Only Girl
20.40 – 21.10: Dems
21.30 – 22.00: Pawws
22.15 – 22.45: Fé
23.00 – 23.30: Attu
23.45 – 00.15: WULF
00.30 – 01.00: Boy In A Movie
01.00 – 02.00: Shorebitch DJ

Upstairs

17.50 – 18.10: Allman Brown
18.40 – 19.00: Robyn Sherwell
19.30 – 19.50: Hilang Child
20.20 – 20.40: Jake Isaac
21.10 – 21.30: Eliza Shaddad
22.00 – 22.20: Will Joseph Cook

To get yourselves warmed up, check out KHUSHI performing his debut single “Magpie” at Brighton Dome back in February (supporting London Grammar), and also our handy Soundcloud playlist featuring music from all the acts involved.

Allman Brown

We’re very excited to say we’ll be working with London artist Allman Brown as part of our management wing. His latest EP, “Sons And Daughters”, is out now on Akira Records – with a follow up due out this summer.

The EP’s lead track was co-written and performed with Liz Lawrence, and was placed on NBC’s “Parenthood” in the USA earlier this year – you can watch the episode here (song appears from 25:10). Stay tuned for more news soon.

KHUSHI – “Phantoms” (Official video + Sofar Sounds session)

Ahead of the official release of the “Phantoms” EP this coming Monday (3 March), two new KHUSHI videos have surfaced online – the official video for the lead track, directed by Ryan Goodman and Amer Chadha Patel, and also a live acoustic performance of the song at a Sofar Sounds night in London.

Watch both of them above. Don’t forget the EP can be pre-ordered on iTunes and also on white 10″ vinyl (mp3 download code included). KHUSHI plays his biggest headline show to date at Electrowerkz on Thursday 6 March to launch the EP (tickets here). This follows on from his recently completed dates with London Grammar, where he opened for them in Bournemouth, Birmingham, Bristol and Brighton.

LFC011: KHUSHI – “Phantoms” EP (3 March)

Following on from his highly successful debut single “Magpie”, we’re very excited to be releasing KHUSHI‘s debut EP, “Phantoms”, on Monday 3 March. It’ll be available on white 10″ vinyl and digital download, and contains 4 brand new tracks. KHUSHI is due to play 4 dates with London Grammar on their current tour, starting tomorrow in Bournemouth, and headlines Electrowerkz in London on Thursday 6 March for the record launch. Support that evening comes from fellow “Blog Sound Of 2014″ nominees Hella Better Dancer, and Peter Lyons.

All information, including how to pre-order, can be found here, and you can stream the lead track below.

LFC at Independent Label Market, Sat 30.11.13


Independent Label Market December 2012 – photo by Jade Hopcroft.

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be once again co-hosting a stall (with Killing Moon) at the Christmas edition of Independent Label Market, which is taking place at Old Spitalfields Market on Saturday 30 November (from 11:00 to 17:00). There are set to be 80 or so other indie labels represented, including the likes of Bella Union, Domino and Young Turks.

This year is set to be different to previous ones; what with London Brewers’ Market joining in on the day, offering up a wide selection of beer from outlets such as Camden Town Brewery, Hackney Brewery and East London Brewing Company.

All our 7″ releases to date will be on sale (LFC001 – LFC005; LFC010), and be sure to stay tuned for news of a special acoustic performance during the day!

Follow @IndieLabelMkt on Twitter for the latest announcements, and you can RSVP to the event on Facebook here.

KHUSHI – “Pilgrim” (MØ cover) + Channel 4 appearance

Here’s KHUSHI putting his own unique spin on MØ’s “Pilgrim” at a session filmed at In The Woods Festival earlier this year (original version).

His debut single “Magpie” has been out for nearly a month now, and was yesterday featured on Channel 4′s Sunday Brunch programme. The track was also added to the show’s Spotify playlist, alongside the likes of Rizzle Kicks, Arcade Fire, The 1975 and Bastille.

KHUSHI – “Magpie” (Official Video)

The official video for KHUSHI‘s “Magpie”, directed by Ryan Goodman and produced by Rupert Savage, is now available to view. It was premiered on Monday just gone by The Line Of Best Fit.

LFC010: Magpie by KHUSHI (out 7 October)

We’ve been away for a little while, but would like to think we’re back with a bang – our next release on the label (LFC010) will be the amazing “Magpie” by London-based KHUSHI.

Earning comparisons to artists like The National, Alt-J, Bon Iver and fellow Londoner Sivu with his brooding, emotive and timeless tracks, there’s been a tangible buzz surrounding KHUSHI in the last twelve months or so. As such, we’re over the moon to be putting out his first ever release on Monday 7 October (300 7″ & digital). The launch show takes place the following evening, 8 October, at Hoxton Plaza (tickets), and the limited edition clear vinyl can be pre-ordered from here right now.

Check out a new, revised version of the song below, which has just been premiered by Huw Stephens on Radio 1 and also over at This Is Fake DIY.

Introducing: In Their Thousands

Back in the summer of 2010, we hosted a record release show for Ice Black Birds at the now defunct Flowerpot venue in Kentish Town to mark the first ever single on LFC Records. Supporting them that night was a plucky singer-songwriter with a big voice and bags of potential called Declan McClafferty, who since then, we’ve recently learned, has relocated to Donegal in his native Ireland, and formed a rock band called In Their Thousands.

The results are no less than impressive, and indeed, since their inception in mid-2011, ITT seem to have caused quite a stir in that part of the world, picking up plaudits from Hot Press and RTE 2fm (essentially their equivalents of NME and Radio 1) – something that culminated in them winning a Guinness sponsored competition back in November declaring them as the best unsigned band in Ireland, after a showdown at Dublin’s well-known Whelan’s venue.

They’ve also recently recorded a 4-track EP (“Cellars”) with Villagers and Cathy Davey producer Tommy McLaughlin, which acts as a great introduction to their big sounding, rich “alternative folk rock”.

McClafferty’s well honed, gritty vocals are a highlight, and when flanked by some rousing harmonies and a big chorus, it’s a powerful alchemy. “War Of Our Worlds”, in particular, is an exercise in clinical, FM-friendly indie rock, and is one of those songs with the potential to open doors to bigger and better things. “0400″, on the other hand, is a more subtle affair, but packs a similar emotional punch – indicative of a band with more than one trick up their sleeve. More where this came from, please.

London gigs diary: 18 February – 24 February


Hampshire teenagers Blaenavon headline Islington’s Buffalo Bar on Thursday night.

Things this week get going straight away, with six notable shows on Monday evening – a free Bear Cavalry show and a Bebe Black EP launch amongst them. Cymbals supported by Fun Adults at White Heat is sure to be a hot ticket, with both bands making waves of late, and that same night you’re able to catch The History Of Apple Pie and YADI both for free. The Mispers play their second ever show at Old Queens Head on Wednesday evening, following on from their bustling Queen Of Hoxton date a few months back – get down to that one early. Thursday sees the ever-on-it paradYse Records (LULS, Marika Hackman) launch another single, this time from Hampshire’s Blaenavon, with a free entry, 16+ show at Buffalo Bar. Leeds’ Heart-Ships at Old Blue Last and Glasgow’s PAWS at The Dalston Victoria also come recommended that evening. Eight weighty bands are in action at a double header of big NME Awards shows on Friday and Saturday – firstly, The Cribs top a bill at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, which includes Deap Vally and new Infectious Records signings Drenge, and the next day Django Django play Brixton Academy with support from two of ’13′s big indie hopefuls: Palma Violets and Peace.

Monday 18 February

Bear Cavalry @ Old Blue Last FREE
Sam Smith @ Blacks (Society Of The Golden Slippers)
The 1975 @ The Borderline
Bebe Black @ The Social
Al Lewis @ St Pancras Old Church
Electric Guest (US) @ Rough Trade East

Tuesday 19 February

Cymbals + Fun Adults @ Madame JoJo’s (White Heat)
The History Of Apple Pie + Ides + Bare Pale @ Old Blue Last FREE
AlunaGeorge @ XOYO
The Rubens (AU) + China Rats @ Sebright Arms
Shields + Good Dangers @ The Shacklewell Arms
YADi @ The Social FREE
Doldrums (CA) + Koreless + Glass Animals @ Birthdays (NME Awards)
Exclamation Pony (Ryan Jarman) @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen (NME Awards)

Wednesday 20 February

The Mispers @ Old Queens Head (Akira)
Justin Timberlake (US) @ HMV Forum
Night Engine @ The Borderline
The Lumineers (US) @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Thursday 21 February

Blaenavon @ Buffalo Bar FREE
Savages @ Electric Ballroom
Heart-Ships @ Old Blue Last FREE
Nzca/lines @ The Garage
Tim Burgess @ Birthdays
PAWS @ The Dalston Victoria
Moulettes @ Dingwalls (Music Week Breakout)
LCMDF (FI) @ Notting Hill Arts Club

Friday 22 February

The Cribs + And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead (US) + Deap Vally (US) + Drenge @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Palace @ Islington Metal Works
Houndmouth (US) + Crybaby + Bat And Ball @ The Lexington

Saturday 23 February

Dems @ Queen Of Hoxton (Cat Lovers)
Django Django + Miles Kane + Palma Violets + Peace @ O2 Academy Brixton (NME Awards)
Kanye West (US) @ Hammersmith Apollo

Sunday 24 February

Kanye West (US) @ Hammersmith Apollo (2nd night)

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Past LFC performance

MUMFORD AND SONS // OLD BLUE LAST // 24 OCT 2007