Jake Mattison filmed this live session of his track “Lord If I Could” before his appearance at Swn Festival in Cardiff recently (18 October). The result is just lovely – and reminds us why we fell in love with him (and his crowd silencing voice) right back at the start of the year. A small number of copies of his debut single, “Sorrow”, are still in stock at LFC HQ – grab one here.
What was that saying about London buses? You wait for ages and then two come along at once? Something like that. Well, we can apply this to LFC Records releases. We’ve been locked away for a little while since the summer, but rather than fading slowly into obscurity, we’ve been preparing two amazing singles for you – first, The Divers one, which we announced a week or two back, and now we’re delighted to tell you that we’ll also be putting out Jade Hopcroft‘s wonderful debut single, “Saint”, on Monday 19 November.
We first came across Jade and her head-turning, haunting folk pop back in May at The Great Escape Festival down in Brighton, and so good was that show we decided we had to get involved to ensure that as many people as possible around the world hear her remarkable voice and nifty way around a pop song. Since then, she’s been cutting her teeth on the live scene with the likes of Matt Corby, Luke Sital-Singh and Rachel Sermanni, and has also found time to record these rather spine-tingling couple of tracks that make up the single. If you haven’t yet heard her, hit play below and think along the lines of Stevie Nicks, First Aid Kit and Laura Marling.
To celebrate the release, Jade will be playing a series of shows in London in the next few weeks – the famous Ronnie Scott’s (Tue 20 November), AAA on High Street Kensington (Thu 29 November) and Metropolis Studios in Chiswick (Tue 4 December). The single “Saint” will be available from all good digital retailers from 19 November, and will be backed with the previously unrecorded “Habit”, which has quickly become a mainstay in Jade’s live sets.
We’re delighted to announce that the next release on Laissez Faire Club Records will be The Divers‘ amazing track “A Little Better”, which will be available from all good digital outlets (iTunes / Spotify included) from Monday 26 November.
We first came across a live studio video of the track from the London based quartet back in January, and it’s probably no exaggeration to say we’ve listened to it almost every day since (and whooped loudly when they’ve dropped it in their live shows).
To our ears, it’s as good as US indie referencing rock-pop gets, and as such we decided we had to get this out there for the world at large to hear. If you appreciate the work of people like Band Of Horses, Wilco, Pearl Jam, The Shins, Elliott Smith, Death Cab For Cutie, et al, we’re of the opinion The Divers will be your new favourite band before too long. Just under three minutes, perhaps, if you hit play on the single below. Go on – treat your ears.
As with all these singles we put out, there will of course be a launch party to celebrate. On this occasion, we can reveal that The Divers will be taking to the stage at The Enterprise in Camden on Tuesday 27 November, a day after the release hits the proverbial shelves, which should give you ample time to learn the words in advance. Supports are TBC at the time of writing – so keep checking back to find out what we have in store (and also for ticketing details).
Another busy week for shows in London town: Monday night sees Australia’s Angus Stone kick off a 2-night residency at The Lexington, with the brilliant Luke Sital-Singh in support. Brighton’s Cave Painting also appear at The Old Queens Head, and the piping hot Angel Haze plays a sold out show at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen. Kyla La Grange plays her biggest headline gig to date on Tuesday night, in support of recent debut album Ashes – those heading there might want to take note of the aftershow party at nearby Surya. Savages play two nights at Electrowerkz, on Wednesday and Thursday, off the back of their recent Jools Holland appearance and continued critical acclaim. Those in proximity to West London could do worse than to go and check out WALL. on Thursday evening at Notting Hill Arts Club for the inaugural Black Cab Sessions night there. The weekend, for once, has notable gigs happening – Manchester’s Shinies play Birthdays on Saturday evening, and Red Kite play a free entry show at Proud on Sunday.
Monday 8 October
Angus Stone (AU) + Luke Sital-Singh @ The Lexington
Angel Haze (US) @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
Cave Painting + Peers @ Old Queens Head
Tall Ships @ Rough Trade East
Tuesday 9 October
Angus Stone (AU) + Luke Sital-Singh @ The Lexington (2nd night)
Kyla La Grange + Story Books + Sons & Lovers @ Scala
Van She (AU) @ Old Blue Last
Smoke Fairies + Tom Williams & The Boat + Bear’s Den @ KCLSU
LCMDF + Among Brothers @ The Social (Huw Stephens Presents)
Public Service Broadcasting + Ligers @ Power’s Bar
Wednesday 10 October
Theme Park + LULS @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
Savages @ Electrowerkz
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Hoodlums @ Notting Hill Arts Club (Death2Disco) FREE before 23:00
Van She (AU) @ Rough Trade East
Thursday 11 October
Alpines @ The Lexington
Micachu & The Shapes + Lime Headed Dog @ XOYO
WALL. @ Notting Hill Arts Club (Black Cab Sessions)
Marina & The Diamonds + Foxes @ The Forum
The Dark Lights + The Recusants + Coroner For The Police @ The Lock Tavern FREE
Lianne La Havas + Rae Morris + George Ezra @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Savages @ Electrowerkz (2nd night)
Egyptian Hip Hop + Becoming Real + Thumpers @ Corsica Studios
Bluebell + Casablanca @ Old Queens Head FREE
Piers @ The Troubadour
Friday 12 October
Two Wounded Birds + Gem & The Deadheads @ The Lexington
Gem & The Deadheads @ Electric Ballroom (Exist Club Night)
Stagecoach @ Bull & Gate
Azealia Banks (US) @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Wolf Alice @ The Dalston Victoria
Juveniles + Enjoyed @ Koko (Club NME)
Saturday 13 October
The Dancers (FR) + The Recusants + The High Commissioners @ The Lexington
Shinies + Carousels @ Birthdays
Mount Kimbie @ Southbank Centre
Sunday 14 October
Red Kite @ Proud Camden FREE
The Hall Of Mirrors + Lime Headed Dog @ The Lexington
Three big gigs on Tuesday night should get the week off to a flying start: Israel Cannan headlines The Enterprise in celebration of his new single “Heart Of Mine” (out digitally on LFC on 1 October), with support from Jade Hopcroft. Los Angeles’ The Neighbourhood play a free show at Birthdays – their UK debut – which is sure to be a very lively one. Over at Rough Trade East, Mumford And Sons play a very intimate show to showcase their long-anticipated new album, Babel. Wednesday night sees the return of the Club Killing Moon series at The Bull & Gate, with their new signings Duologue headlining. Some interesting shows on Thursday night, including the launch of Music Week Breakout at XOYO, and recent Columbia signings Peace at Barfly, with support from the buzzy Temples and JAWS. On Friday night, there’s only really one place to be – and that’s our show at The Windmill in Brixton where we host the fabulous Aussie outfit Deep Sea Arcade on their latest European tour. Support comes from Israel Cannan, Low Moon Low and Whistlejacket.
Monday 24 September
Lucy Rose @ Rough Trade East DETAILS
Charlotte Church @ Monto Water Rats
Tuesday 25 September
Israel Cannan (AU) + Jade Hopcroft @ The Enterprise (Laissez Faire Club)
Mumford And Sons @ Rough Trade East (16:00) DETAILS
The Neighbourhood (US) @ Birthdays FREE
Now, Now (US) + Escapists @ The Sebright Arms
Race Horses + F.U.R.S. + It Hugs Back @ The Lexington
Joe Banfi @ The Social (Communion)
Choir Of Young Believers (DK) @ Rough Trade East
Wednesday 26 September
Duologue + Seasfire + The Vestals + H.A.M @ Bull & Gate (Club Killing Moon)
Mode Moderne (CA) + Best Days + F.U.R.S. @ Queen Of Hoxton
Rachel Sermanni @ Bush Hall
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (US) @ Birthdays
Now, Now (US) + The Social Club + Eliza & The Bear @ Old Blue Last FREE
Choir Of Young Believers (DK) @ Cargo
Swiss Lips @ Notting Hill Arts Club (Death2Disco) FREE before 23:00
Thursday 27 September
Get People + Gabriel Bruce + Cloud Boat @ Birthdays (Luv Luv Luv)
King Charles + Giovanna @ Koko
Peace + Temples + JAWS @ Barfly (The Fly)
Holy Vessels + DIAZ + Bewilderbeast @ Queen Of Hoxton (Akira)
Deep Sea Arcade (AU) + Idles + The TenFiveSixty + CURXES @ XOYO (Music Week Breakout)
Yeasayer (US) + Trust (CA) @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Arrows Of Love @ Power Lunches
Telepathe (US) + Labyrinth Ear @ The Waiting Room
Glass Animals + Indians @ The Sebright Arms
Friday 28 September
Deep Sea Arcade (AU) + Israel Cannan (AU) + Low Moon Low + Whistlejacket @ The Windmill (Laissez Faire Club) TICKETS
Club Smith + Now, Now (US) @ Koko (Club NME)
When Saints Go Machine (DK) @ Village Underground (DURRR)
Saturday 29 September
China Rats @ The Macbeth (This Feeling)
Paper Crows + Mt. Wolf @ Queen Of Hoxton (Cat Lovers)
Yehan Jehan & Antimatter People + Entertainment @ The Sebright Arms
Sunday 30 September
Phantom (FI) @ The Dalston Victoria
Monday night sees a blockbuster bill at the fast rising Society Of The Golden Slippers night at Blacks in Soho: the princess of rock ‘n’ roll, Lisa Marie Presley, tops a bill which also includes new talent such as Luke Sital-Singh and Jade Hopcroft. A huge amount of notable bands play shows on Tuesday evening – amongst these are Hey Sholay, who play a free entry night at The Lock Tavern as part of their current tour, and Matt Corby, who plays his 48th secret garden show around the world. Gold Dust at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen on Wednesday evening sees a piping hot lineup on show, including the recently signed Josh Kumra, Kent producer du jour Draper and Swedish/Australian sister duo Saint Lou Lou. On the same evening, The Futureheads showcase their latest a cappella and acoustic album at Shepherd’s Bush Empire. The Sebright Arms hosts the mysterious THUMPERS on Thursday night, which should attract a crowd keen to hear more where their promising first demo came from.
Monday 17 September
Lisa Marie Presley (US) + Ed Harcourt + Luke Sital-Singh + Polly Paulusma + Jade Hopcroft @ Blacks (Society Of The Golden Slippers)
Let’s Buy Happiness + Amber States + Memory Maze @ The Lexington (Communion)
Gary Clark Jr @ Cargo
Tuesday 18 September
Best Coast (US) @ The Borderline
Wolf Gang @ Madame JoJo’s (White Heat)
Hey Sholay @ The Lock Tavern FREE
Frightened Rabbit @ 93 Feet East
Casablanca @ Old Blue Last FREE (Party Politics)
Matt Corby (AU) + Jade Hopcroft @ Secret London location DETAILS
Youth Imperial + Alexander Wolfe @ Ronnie Scott’s (TV Nights)
Jake Morley @ The Social
Calexico @ HMV Forum
Foam Lake (CA) @ The Windmill FREE
Wolfe @ Bull & Gate
Glass Animals @ Rough Trade East
Wednesday 19 September
Josh Kumra + Venice + Draper + Saint Lou Lou @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen (Gold Dust)
Bebe Black + Hoodlums + Famy @ Bull & Gate (Bamboozled)
Goldheart Assembly @ The Sebright Arms
Whistlejacket @ Notting Hill Arts Club (Death 2 Disco) FREE before 23:00
The Futureheads – A cappella & acoustic @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire
The Helio Sequence (US) @ Rough Trade East
Thursday 20 September
This Many Boyfriends + Soccer 96 + Father Sculptor @ Old Blue Last FREE (Vice Issue Launch)
The Helio Sequence (US) + Younghusband + DAMS @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
THUMPERS @ The Sebright Arms FREE
Ted Leo (US) @ The Shacklewell Arms
Elephant + Ben Thomas + Looking Glass @ Old Queens Head (Oh! Inverted World) FREE
Friday 21 September
Alex Metric @ XOYO
Fever Dream @ The Dalston Victoria
Saturday 22 September
Sunday 23 September
Busy week for gigs, this – Monday night sees behemoths The Killers and The xx both playing smaller than usual shows, at HMV Forum and Shepherd’s Bush Empire respectively, with the hyped Los Angeles female duo Deap Vally also worth checking out at The Sebright Arms. Australian poster boy / folk star Matt Corby is in town, gearing up for a European tour with a couple of London ‘club’ shows – the first is on Tuesday at Queen Of Hoxton, with our very own Israel Cannan and Roo Panes, and the second is at The Troubadour in Earl’s Court on Wednesday. The promising Will Heard plays a gig at Apartment 58 that night, and New York’s MS MR play their first ever UK show at Birthdays. The mysterious DIAZ are sure to attract many a curious observer at The Old Queens Head on Thursday, and the excellent Low Moon Low play their first full band gig for a while at The Borderline on Saturday night.
Monday 10 September
The Killers (US) @ HMV Forum
The xx + 2:54 @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Deap Vally (US) + The Death Rays Of Ardilla @ The Sebright Arms
Husky + Bronze Medal + F.U.R.S @ The Lexington
The So So Glos (US) @ Old Blue Last FREE
Karin Park (SE) + The Voyuerist @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
Tuesday 11 September
Jinja Safari (AU) @ Birthdays
All We Are @ Old Blue Last
Grass House @ Madame JoJo’s (White Heat)
The Divers @ Notting Hill Arts Club
Roo Panes + Matt Corby (AU) + Israel Cannan (AU) @ Queen Of Hoxton
Virals @ The Shacklewell Arms
Youth Imperial + Alexander Wolfe @ Ronnie Scott’s (Upstairs) (TV Nights)
Roxxxan + Astroid Boys + Seasfire + Dan Croll @ The Social (Huw Stephens Presents) FREE
Wednesday 12 September
MS MR (US) + FOE + F.U.R.S @ Birthdays (Chess Club / RockFeedback)
Cate Le Bon @ Electrowerkz
Matt Corby (AU) @ The Troubadour
Syron + Will Heard @ Apartment 58
Lawrence Arabia (NZ) + Andrew Keoghan (NZ) @ The Lexington
The Features (US) @ Bush Hall
Thursday 13 September
Brother & Bones + Bluebell @ Proud Camden (Music Week Breakout)
DIAZ @ Old Queens Head FREE
Allo Darlin’ @ KCLSU
Boy Mandeville @ Bedroom Bar FREE
The Soundtrack Of Our Lives @ Heaven
The Tricks + Lizzie And The Yes Men @ Hysteria
AlunaGeorge + Alpines @ McClusky’s, Kingston (New Slang)
Friday 14 September
The Birthday Suit + Fractures @ Koko (Club NME)
Liam Bailey @ The Macbeth
Beirut + Daughter @ Hammersmith Apollo
Best Friends @ Old Blue Last FREE
Hollie Cook @ Paradise By Way Of Kensal Green
Saturday 15 September
Roo Panes + Daytona Lights + Low Moon Low + Youth Imperial @ The Borderline
Exmoor Emperor @ The Nest
Sunday 16 September
It’s been a short while, but we’re finally ready to announce that the next release on Laissez Faire Club Records will be “Heart Of Mine”, the stunning and uplifting new single from one of Australia’s brightest new songwriting talents, Israel Cannan.
You might remember his wonderful, charisma filled set at The Enterprise back in June, where he opened up for Jake Mattison at the launch party for our last release, “Sorrow”. Since then, Israel has been making further waves in London, a place he’s made his home since moving from Australia at the end of last year.
Available on iTunes (and all other good digital retailers) from Monday 1 October, the release will be Israel’s first since his 2010 album, “Walk”, and also his debut single in the UK.
Of course, we’ll be throwing a big party to celebrate, and where better to do it than the old stomping ground of The Enterprise? We’re back there on Tuesday 25 September, folks, and support on the night comes from firm LFC favourite Jade Hopcroft, who’ll be warming us up with her haunting lyrical folk-pop, and Sophie Grant. Not at all one to be missed. And if that wasn’t enough, we’ve booked Israel to support his fellow countrymen Deep Sea Arcade at The Windmill in Brixton later on that week (Friday 28 September). Plenty to look forward to.
Check out the charming video to the A-side below, and stream the early Shins recalling B-side, “From The Start”, below that.
Continuing our recent “Label profile” series is the London independent Cross Keys Records, “a homespun label founded by a cohort of vinyl addicts whose hearts beat in time with the kickdrum”. Our kind of people, then.
Of late, CKR has put out releases by Coves and The Shutes, two bands currently making a name for themselves in clubs and bars up and down the country. We caught up with two of its founders, Ally McKay and Alex Eden-Smith, to find out a bit more about their operation – and what has possessed them to enter into the business of selling vinyl records in a largely digital age.
LFC: When did CKR start?
Ally: We started the label in December 2010 after about a year of sitting around in pubs talking about it.
LFC: What were your inspirations and motivations for doing it?
Ally: Our inspirations came from years of buying records, reading sleeve notes and boring various girlfriends to tears with late-night conversations about Stax and Chess, XL and Big Dada. Our motivation for finally starting Cross Keys was quite simple really. We heard a song so special that we wanted to do everything we could to make sure as many people as possible heard it and loved it. I don’t think we could quite believe we’d done it when we first held the 7″s in our hands. We’ve come a long way from that point and suffered some setbacks and disappointments but, essentially, that same ethos holds true today. We will only ever put out music that makes all three of us feel completely awestruck.
LFC: What was your first ever release on the label?
Ally: Freebirds by Lover Lover. A beautiful song that deserved to be a big hit.
Are you genre specific, or is it a case of you sign something that excites you?
Ally: I don’t think we are genre-specific. I mean, all the records we’ve put out could loosely be called indie-rock but that’s just the way it has panned out so far, rather than any attempt to stick to a rigid concept for the label. The three of us, Ally, Alex and Joss, met when we used to run club nights and DJ a few years ago, and our styles of music then would vary from reggae to rap, rock ‘n’ roll to electro, so I think we would consider releasing anything that we really loved. Our next release might be a balearic doom-metal version of Dolly Parton’s ’9 to 5′ made up solely of looped samples of Alex’s cat Mackerel eating a packet of Dreamiez, you just never know.
LFC: How do you find bands to work with?
Ally: Mainly from the internet, I guess. Bandcamp, blogs, Soundcloud. But also from friends’ recommendations and going to gigs. I’m a voracious reader of gig listings, and always check out support bands for other acts I like. We get sent lots of demos and stuff, but the quality is pretty poor. I dream of one day opening an email and just getting a wave of adrenaline at the sight and sound of an artist doing everything right, but that’s pretty much never even half right. Some bands get the name or visuals right, but then the music just sucks. And those that get the visuals and name wrong, well their music pretty much always sucks!
LFC: Do you focus on UK talent, or would you sign an international band and introduce them to the local market?
Ally: We have only released music by UK-based acts so far, with the exception of a couple of remixes. Again, this is probably just a coincidence rather than any masterplan. We do like working with artists who are based in the UK, though, because we like building relationships with them and being there as the journey unfolds. It must be pretty crap for small labels who release international bands to hear about how good their gigs were by reading about them on Twitter.
LFC: Where can people buy CKR releases?
Alex: We use Bandcamp, which we absolutely adore as a service (crosskeysrecords.bandcamp.com). But also distribute our vinyl releases ourselves to the main record shops up and down the country. Piccadilly in Manchester and Rough Trade have been especially supportive. All our releases are available digitally on iTunes and Spotify etc.
LFC: What have you found to be the biggest challenges in running a vinyl-centric label?
Alex: There are a lot of challenges to be honest. The decline of vinyl has been well documented but it’s easy to think this is overblown when you see the queues of people outside Rough Trade East on Record Store Day. The truth is, there just aren’t many people going into shops listening to new bands and making impulse purchases. We pretty much set up the label because we’re vinyl fanatics so it’s difficult for us, we want everything we release to come out on vinyl but the production costs are so high and the immediate returns so low. The challenge is to stay true to what we want to do but to be sensible with the financials so that we don’t put ourselves out of business.
LFC: What have been your most successful releases to date?
Alex: We’re very proud of what we were able to achieve with the Echo Of Love EP by The Shutes, both in terms of sales and in terms of profile. Seeing the lead track ‘Echo Of Love’ sitting at #2 on the Hype Machine chart over this Easter weekend was a real moment and then following this with a series of blistering, packed-out shows was a real vindication of our belief in the band’s music and talent. We’re also very excited about Coves, they’re just starting out but they’re fast maturing into the whole package; great songs (the new ones they’ve just sent us are amazing), exciting production, thrilling live presence and a real gift for creating their own visual identity.
LFC: What can we expect from CKR in the future?
Alex: Well, our former accountant recently got put in jail so anything could happen! That had nothing to do with us by the way! We’ve got a new video and some big-name remixes coming on Coves and we’ve come across a few artists recently that we’re getting pretty excited about…but obviously we’d have to kill you if we told you about them. We just want to continue to work with creative people who we believe in and to help add something to the positive things that are going on out there in the DIY label scene in the UK.
There’s some notable stuff happening this week, if you’ve the energy to go out after Reading / Leeds, Festibelly and Notting Hill Carnival. Monday night sees Jade Hopcroft do her studied, haunting folk pop thing at The Bedford, which is worth checking out if you’re yet to see her. At The Drive-In and The Whitest Boy Alive both headline their own big shows on Tuesday, at Brixton Academy and The Coronet respectively. Hoxton Bar & Kitchen seems the place to be on Wednesday, with the buzzy F.U.R.S and Wild Swim opening up for Canadians Memoryhouse, and there’s also an opportunity to catch the promising Sian King over at The Slaughtered Lamb. Recent RCA signings Swim Deep top the bill at the Vice issue launch at Old Blue Last on Thursday, with fellow Brummies Jaws also on the bill, and Australia’s Lucy Mason is sure to draw a crowd down the road at Queen Of Hoxton. We’ve been fans of Strangers’ romantic, synth infused 80s pop for a while now, so their single launch show for “Safe/Pain” at Koko on Friday comes recommended.
Monday 27 August
Jade Hopcroft @ The Bedford FREE
Tuesday 28 August
At The Drive-In (US) @ O2 Academy Brixton
The Whitest Boy Alive (NO) @ Coronet
Au Palais + Bat and Ball @ Madame JoJo’s (White Heat)
The Pre New + Chips For The Poor + All We Are @ The Social
Wednesday 29 August
Memoryhouse (CA) + Wild Swim + F.U.R.S @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
Torches + China Rats @ Old Blue Last FREE
Sian King @ The Slaughtered Lamb
Holy Other @ Village Underground
The Low Anthem @ Bush Hall
Eugene McGuinness @ Notting Hill Arts Club (Death2Disco) FREE before 23:00
Thursday 30 August
Swim Deep + Wolf Alice + Jaws @ Old Blue Last FREE
Bush + Bluebell @ Koko
Lucy Mason (AU) @ Queen Of Hoxton
I Am Harlequin @ The Black Heart
Luke Sital-Singh @ The Islington
Nimmo & The Gauntletts + The Promenade @ Barfly
The Glendale Family + Jennifer Left @ AAA (Discovery 2)
Rita Ora @ Scala
Loverproof @ The Wheelbarrow FREE
Friday 31 August
Binary + Strangers @ Koko (Club NME)
Mt. Wolf @ Tooting Tram & Social (Wolf Club) FREE
Sissy & The Blisters @ Old Blue Last (Club. The. Mammoth.) FREE
Foreign Slippers + Luke Sital-Singh @ St. Luke’s Church
Saturday 1 September
Sunday 2 September
Torches + The Intermission Project + Alexander Wolfe @ Notting Hill Arts Club (Communion)