Exclusives

Updated weekly with the latest news from the world of independent music.

Masego / Trinity Centre, Bristol | 2nd of June

Southern swagger, Jamaican blood, with a South African name, Masego is a Gumbo of culture and creativity. He will be performing at Trinity Centre in Bristol on 2nd of June.

Oshun / The Fleece, Bristol | 15th of May

OSHUN is an independent Hip-Hop / Soul duo and the sonic manifestation of Afrofuturism. Using digital and acoustic sounds, heavy drums and bass, and ambient harmonic textures, OSHUN connects with the spirit of their ancestors to manifest a sweeter tomorrow for us all. Since the release of their debut mixtape ASASE YAA in 2015, OSHUN has amassed a social following of over 150k people between Youtube (youtube.com/oshun), Instagram (@oshun), and Facebook (facebook.com/oshuniverse) alone. They’ve been recognized by media heavy hitters such as Rolling Stone, The FADER, Viceland, Huffington Post, NPR, Essence, and Vogue (just to name a few). They’ve also performed throughout the U.S. and Brazil all while remaining full-time college students at NYU. It’s been a wonderful journey and now that these young goddesses have graduated college, they are transitioning into the next phase of manifesting their purpose. OSHUN is preparing for the release of their debut album series “bittersweet”, complete with captivating visuals, a 2 month long tour of the US & Canada, and a deeper look into their ever-evolving selves.

Before playing The Fleece in Bristol on May 15th, OSHUN will be playing Ghost Notes in London the night before. The UK end of the tour will finish in Manchester’s Soup Kitchen on May 17th.

 

 

Beans on Toast / Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool | 11th of May

This May, Beans on Toast will embark on a tour of UK venues. This tour, however, will be somewhat different. The aptly titled ‘SITTING ON A CHAIR TOUR’ will see the enthusiastic songwriter playing seated theatres and venues rather than pubs and clubs.

Too Many Zooz / The Marble Factory, Bristol | 10th of May

Too Many Zooz are a busking phenomenon born in the subways of New York City. Their unique sound somehow manages to smash together jazz, Afro-Cuban rhythms, funk and even EDM structures and house music.

The Herbaliser / The Fleece, Bristol | CRASH Exclusives

Herbaliser appear at The Fleece, Bristol on May 7th, continuing their UK tour after playing Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff on May 4th, Ouroboros in York on May 5th Glasgow.

Vacations / The Lanes, Bristol | CRASH Exclusives

Vacations show no signs of slowing down anytime soon. With new material on the way, it’s early day’s in the bands career. The new single Moving Out, shows promising future for this Aussie band.

Akua Naru / The Fleece, Bristol | CRASH Exclusive

Akua Naru will be appearing at The Fleece on May 2nd following her performance in The Wardrobe in Leeds on the evening of May 1st.

White Stripes to release three classic albums on cassette

Third Man Records are celebrating White Stripes 20th anniversary by introducing a release of first three albums on white cassette. The White Stripes (1999), De Stijl (2000) and White Blood Cells (2001) will be available exclusively for Cassette Store Day 2017. Black cassettes will be released in the future.

The new cassette release will be available in various stores during Cassette Store Day 2017. More information can be found here.

CRASH Picks: Independent Labels (Part 1)

Independent labels work tirelessly, achieving great strides with very limited budgets. Here are some of labels that Crash think deserve recognition for their contributions to music.

 

Flightless

Flightless was founded by Eric Moore in 2012 originally to release material from his band, King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard, of which he is the drummer. Every release under the Flightless label have since seamlessly sold out. Flightless now represents a handful of artists from the city of Melbourne including: Pipe-Eye, The Murlocs, Orb, Leah Senior and the Babe Rainbow. Flightless are possibly Australia’s most active and creative label, advancing from shipping records in pizza boxes to hosting the regular festival Gizzfest in just 5 years. It’s hard not to be a passionate fan to any of the acts under the Flightless label.

 

                                      Fat Possum

Initially created over 25 years ago in Mississippi, releasing predominately blues records, Fat Possum have now re-branded to sign younger indie and punk artists. Although being on the verge of bankruptcy throughout their reign, Fat Possum has managed to tick along with a continuously impressive lineup.15 years ago they released some of legendary Akron rockers, The Black Keys’ best work, Thickfreakness and Rubber Factory. They have since moved on to represent the best of the British scene in the US, signing the likes of Fat White Family and Temples. More recently, Fat Possum have   signed the super group Insecure Men (featuring Saul Adamczewski, Ben Robans-Hopcraft and Sean Lennon) proving that they are still at the height of their game.

 

                   Third Man

Back in 2001, White Stripes’ frontman (Jack White) purchased a building to store his music gear and thus Third Man Records was born. The Label was initially designed to reissue old White Stripes 45s, and today Third Man still primarily releases on vinyl. As well as representing many well loved artists from Seasick Steve to Neil Young, Third Man are set on re-releasing important tracks in music history. In 2013 Jack White purchased over 25,000 American pre-war blues tracks, and is planning on releasing it for ‘no profit’ on the label Third Man Records.

Third Man Records homebase, is the only live venue in the world with direct-to-acetate capabilities (so they can record an analogue master directly). Third man are probably the number one label when it comes to preserving music history.

 

                                   Burger

Another label which revels in preserving music traditions is Burger Records. Founded in 2007, Sean Bohrman and Lee Rickard started by self releasing 7-inch records. After getting hold of a cassette, they soon decided to start pushing the format with their own bands. Over the last 10 years they have become one of the key labels to frequent the format; releasing works from the likes of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Ty Segall and Fidlar. Recently, they have gone on to host critically acclaimed festivals such as Burgerama and Burger Boogaloo.

 

 

Let us know in the comments below if there are any other labels we should consider amongst the best independent labels.

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