— DIY (@diymagazine) February 20, 2014
— THE LINE OF BEST FIT (@bestfitmusic) February 21, 2014
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.
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.
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!
Who's looking forward to the Xmas Indie Label Market with 80 record labels plus independent brewers @ Spitalfields?? https://t.co/5d4VDaHaXC
— AIM UK (@AIM_UK) October 29, 2013
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.
— Sunday Brunch (@SundayBrunchC4) November 3, 2013
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.
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.
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)
Duologue launch their debut LP, “Song And Dance”, at Hoxton Bar on Wednesday night.
Band of the moment (if there ever was one) Wolf Alice are in action on Monday night at Stoke Newington’s Waiting Room, when they launch their debut single “Fluffy” via Chess Club. Tuesday’s highlights include Phoria’s EP launch at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen (for Akira Records), with support from Debian Blak and Halflight, and also Oxford’s MMX, who play their own sold out date at Sebright Arms. Two notable purveyors of exciting electronic indie, Duologue and Everything Everything, both play headline shows on Wednesday, each to promote their respective debut and second album releases. Valentine’s Day sees a blockbuster list of shows all over town – amongst them On An On, Local Natives, Pure Love, Kodaline and Bear’s Den, with all of them offering up interesting supporting bills. As the weekend approaches, Scoundrels play their second studio party at The Arch in Tottenham Hale, and the fantastic Vestals launch their debut single at The Social on Saturday night.
Monday 11 February
Wolf Alice @ The Waiting Room Sold Out
Fear Of Men @ Sebright Arms
Desparecidos (US) @ Electric Ballroom
Heartless Bastards (US) + Elle King (US) @ The Lexington
Tuesday 12 February
MMX @ Sebright Arms Sold Out
Phoria + Debian Blak + Halflight @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen (Akira)
CLOUT! + The Wytches + Dogfeet @ Birthdays
Goldheart Assembly + Elle King (US) @ The Shacklewell Arms (Bamboozeld Too)
Sons & Lovers + As Elephants Are + Annie Eve @ Notting Hill Arts Club (No Quarter)
Man Without Country + Age Of Consent + Yoyo Eskimo @ Madame Jojo’s (White Heat)
Gulp + The Strypes + Francobollo @ The Social (Huw Stephens Presents) FREE
Darwin Deez (US) + Electric Guest (US) @ Heaven
Toy @ Scala (NME Awards)
Wednesday 13 February
Duologue + Grass House @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
Everything Everything @ Heaven Sold Out
Kenworthy + Fred Page @ Sevilla Mia (Pull The Plug) FREE
Frightened Rabbit + Wintersleep (CA) + Washington Irving @ HMV Forum Sold Out
Washington Irving @ Bull & Gate (10pm)
Jay Brown + Crushed Beaks @ St Moritz (KIDS)
Teleman + Casual Sex @ The Waiting Room FREE
Thursday 14 February
ON AN ON (US) + Elephant + Palace @ Birthdays
Local Natives (US) + Balthazar (BE) @ Scala Sold Out
Pure Love + Turbogeist + The Vestals @ XOYO
Bear’s Den + Joe Banfi @ The Slaughtered Lamb Sold Out
Stubborn Heart + Courts + The Switch @ Notting Hill Arts Club
Kodaline (IE) + Luke Sital-Singh @ Dingwalls Sold Out
Dutch Uncles @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen Sold Out
Three Trapped Tigers + The Physics House Band @ McClusky’s, Kingston (New Slang)
Friday 15 February
Valentina + Superfood @ Birthdays FREE before 00:00
LULS + THUMPERS + Nadine Shah @ Tooting Tram & Social FREE
Malpas + Modern Folks + The Recusants @ Old Blue Last FREE
Scoundrels + The Dirty Gentlemen @ The Arch, N15 4QL
Tyrannosaurus Dead @ The Macbeth FREE
Saturday 16 February
The Vestals + Paper Boats + Honey @ The Social
Jetta + Death At Sea + The Lake Poets + Eliza And The Bear @ Roundhouse (Generator / Roundhouse Rising)
Black Manila + Tripwires @ Birthdays
Sunday 17 February
American touring bands seem to be a prevalent theme this week – New York’s Young Unknowns, Portland’s Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Los Angeles’ Lord Huron, Astoria’s Foxygen are all in town playing shows, as are Dinosaur Jr. and Darwin Deez. Liverpool’s quirky electro pop purveyors Wave Machines headline Scala on Wednesday night to promote their second LP, and that same night the very promising Palace head up a bill at Bethnal Green’s Sebright Arms. Those who are yet to catch KHUSHI at either of their first two shows have another chance this week when they play Old Queens Head on Thursday. That same night WALL plays a sold out gig at Hoxton Hall, and Isle Of Wight supergroup-of-sorts (and recent PIAS signings) Champs play support to Lord Huron at Old Blue Last. The annual NME Awards gigs kick off properly this week, with Foals at XOYO on Thursday being an obvious highlight, and a first chance for many to see them play tracks off their new album “Holy Fire” in a live setting.
Monday 4 February
Dinosaur Jr. (US) + Cheatahs + Death At Sea @ Electric Ballroom (NME Awards)
Foxygen (US) @ The Lexington
Glitches + Landshapes @ Sebright Arms
Tuesday 5 February
Young Unknowns (US) @ Buffalo Bar
The Divers @ Barfly
Unknown Mortal Orchestra (US) @ Cargo
Velvet Stream + Lauren Aquilina + Jay Brown @ Queen Of Hoxton (ASCAP)
Ruen Brothers + Noah + James Bay @ Notting Hill Arts Club (No Quarter)
China Rats @ Old Blue Last FREE
Gabriel Bruce @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen (NME Awards)
Delphic @ XOYO (NME Awards)
Wednesday 6 February
Palace @ Sebright Arms FREE
Young Unknowns (US) @ Cornershop FREE
Wave Machines + Golden Fable @ Scala
Veronica Falls @ Rough Trade East
Black Black Hills @ Notting Hill Arts Club (Death2Disco) FREE before 23:00
All We Are @ The Windmill
Thursday 7 February
KHUSHI @ Old Queens Head (Wagon) FREE
Foals @ XOYO (NME Awards)
Lord Huron (US) + Champs @ Old Blue Last
WALL @ Hoxton Hall
Jade Hopcroft @ Bar Music Hall (Smashing Blouse) FREE
Maria Minerva @ The Shacklewell Arms
The 1975 + Findlay @ McClusky’s, Kingston (New Slang)
Friday 8 February
Amateur Best @ Rough Trade East (18:30)
Young Unknowns (US) @ Old Blue Last FREE
Lord Huron (US) @ The Lexington
Two Door Cinema Club + Bastille + Swim Deep @ O2 Academy Brixton
Troumaca + Babeshadow @ Koko (Club NME)
Saturday 9 February
Lord Huron (US) @ Rough Trade West (14:30) FREE
Lola Colt + The Wytches + Joyland + Goldsoul @ The Dalston Victoria
JP Cooper @ Sebright Arms (Communion)
Sunday 10 February
Father Sculptor + All We Are @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
Darwin Deez (US) @ Rough Trade East