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“Confessions of an Ageing Party Girl”
Released on all digital platforms 29/10/20 via Sugar Shack Records
Bristol chanteuse Emily Breeze releases the glitter drenched gothic disco anthem ‘Confessions of An Ageing Party Girl’. As slinky as a Blondie classic, ‘Confessions’ has a tough world-weary melancholy that recalls cult weepy bangers like Amanda Lear’s ‘Follow Me’ or Agnetha Faltskog’s ‘Wrap Your Arms Around Me’. Swimming in luxuriant synths and whipped along by a minimalist beat, Breeze sashays through the dancefloor casualties to deliver a vocal of beguiling depth on this joyously sad cut. Here is a sing-a-long torch song for those who should have left the party three hours, five drinks, or possibly ten years ago…For those unable to resist the yearning to stay out late and fall in love under an out of focus glitterball.
2019’s Rituals album saw comparisons to “A 21st Century Patti Smith” (Tom Robinson), “Nancy Sinatra on Ketamine” (Louder Than War) and “The seedy kitchen sink romance of Pulp, the glamorous artful tragedy of Nick Cave” (God is in the T.V).
“Confessions of an Ageing Party Girl”, is the second single from Emily’s forthcoming 2021 album and retains these beautifully crafted pop noir trademarks and see’s Emily double down on her tendency towards “torch song tragedy….swathed in black humour” (Mojo).
As the lyrics wryly note, “The party’s over baby, but I’m never going home”. And nor should you.
Photo Credit – Jesse Wild
Hey folks we have a deluxe edition CD version of the 2018 Laid Blak album ‘About Time’ being released on 3rd July. It includes 7 additional heavy weight Dubs mixed by Compendulum. Go check it out in the record shop. Available for preorder now!
We are thrilled to be able to confirm that Emily Breeze has agreed to release her new album ‘Rituals’ via the Sugar Shack imprint. The album can be pre ordered from the record store now and hits the shops on the 6th September 2019/
Capital Letters ft JB confirm their first live date of 2019. They will appear at The Shresbury Festival 22nd June. More news and ticket link soon as:
Sugar Shack has reverted back to a Record Label releasing any sort of music or band that we fall in love with.
Carnival Club from Manchester move from their Demolition Diner label to SSR with immediate effect and release their new single ‘Making Time’ on the 22nd March 2019.
They will keep their own label entity but it becomes a subsidiary of Sugar Shack Records.>>
After 41 yrs Dehvan Othieno lead singer, guitarist & co-founder of Reggae outfit Talisman, performed his last gig with the group on 7th Dec 2018. ‘I haven’t unplugged yet, just moving on to pastures new’ the plan is to present a new outfit in the very near future, so keep your eyes peeled. Bless up, Irie Ites.>
Photo (c) Rob Marrison>
Apoligises folks but the CD is released today 23rd Nov 2018 – the Limited Edition LP has been delayed until 14th Dec 2018.
Ten track Clear Vinyl – signed copies available to preorder with limited edition poster now!
13th July – Zwarte Cross Festival, Holland
27th July – Port Eliot Festival, Cornwall UK
3rd Aug – Reggae Geel Festival, Belgium…
5th Aug – Love, Peace & Reggae 2018, Whistable UK
11th Aug – Boomtown Fair, Winchester UK
16th Aug – Rototom Festival, Spain
29th Sept – Falmouth Reggae Festival, Cornwall UK
Really good interview with Royal Sounds shot in Brixton for ‘World a Reggae’
GARY CLAIL SOUND SYSTEM
Emerging from Bristol’s early post-punk scene, back in the eighties one-time roofer Gary Clail began to make musical waves with his white-boy toasting over the dub splendours of the On-U Sound reggae stable as a warm-up at their live shows.
With his strong Bristol burr and ragamuffin stage presence, Gary has remained a force of nature ever since. He has a polemical street passion that remains undiminished and his socially conscious pronouncements of dissent are both unsettling and yet sometimes extremely funny. His music is uncompromising, political, often dark but also extremely danceable.
Gary began his recording career in 1985 and he soon achieved his own underground fame. He had a brief flirtation with the overground too when his “Human Nature” single made the top ten in the1992 national charts. Gary disappeared from the music scene for years but formed the Gary Clail Sound System in 2013.
This double A-side limited edition ten inch single on Sugar Shack Records is the result of a series of sessions that took place throughout 2017, when Gary collaborated with producer Mike Bennett, whose credits include Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, The Specials, The Fall and Shane McGowan.
Gary’s idiosyncratic On-U Sound System production touches provide the cornerstone to this new track, especially in the enveloping dub sections where veteran multi-instrumentalist Tony Wrafter brings brass and flute parts that add both depth and drama to the piece.
Electric Skies is in three movements and starts off as an industrial workout before morphing into classical-orientated psychedelia, then culminating in a heavy bass-orientated dub.
Lyrically, Gary is on top form, sending up conspiracy theories about mind-altering chem trails, drones and illuminati.
The second track, Twisted Love (Dub), witnesses Gary’s eerie vocals filtered through space echo sounds against a dark, dub-orientated groove provided by Tony Wrafter, again with Mike Bennett and also collaborator Alan Keary, who has worked together with the likes of Dillinger, John Cooper Clarke and Intastella.
The two tracks were recorded in a succession of bedroom studios before being mixed at Far Heath Studios with Angus Wallace, who notably played drums on The Prodigy’s Fat of The Land.
Both tracks evade convenient categorisation in a dense thicket of dub, electronica, industrial, classical, and even psychedelia. Enjoy!
Sugar Shack are proud to announce that we will be releasing the brand new LAID BLAK album via the imprint on 6th April 2018. Initiallly the formats will be CD and digital. The band started an extensive tour on Feb 2nd. The album is called ‘About Time’.
Here’s the band in rehearsal, Birmingham, UK Nov 2017
Big thanks to Natty for inviting the Royal Sounds family on the tour with Kibir La Amlak
Big news coming very soon about the next batch of Royal Sounds shows
Randy Valentine with Royal Sounds at Burning Inspiration album launch party vibes in Brixton, London 3/11/2017
Big news for Capital Letters. They are now represented by Talowa Productions based in France for European shows and Bombarda in the UK. Dates are now being confirmed for the summer 2018 with the new album dropping in the spring: http://mailchi.mp/talowa/talowa-productions-roster-2018-uk?e=09c00e0582