One Liners: Sparks, Seun Kuti & Black Thought, MPG Awards, more

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By | Published on Wednesday 23 November 2022

Sparks

DEALS

Concord Music Publishing has signed a global publishing deal with Australian producer Luude. “I’m really happy to be part of the global Concord Music Publishing family”, he says. “Honestly just can’t wait to get back in the studio after three months on the road”. So, there’s more music in it’s way. And sooner than that comment might suggest too. A new single featuring Issey Cross and Moby is imminent.

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RELEASES

Seun Kuti and Black Thought have announced that they will release new EP, ‘African Dreams’, on 9 Dec, featuring three hip hop remixes of tracks from Kuti’s ‘Black Times’ album. From it, this is ‘Kuku Kee Me (Remix)’.

Leila Moss has released new single ‘Ache In The Middle’, featuring Jehnny Beth. “I was working with Johnny Hostile on extra instrumentation for this track, when he sent it back with a middle eight vocal section written and sung by his partner Jehnny Beth”, she recalls. “He emailed saying she loved the track and hoped I didn’t mind her spontaneous contribution? This was a real gift, some unexpected beauty”. Moss’s new album, ‘Internal Working Model’, is out on 13 Jan.

Billy Nomates has released new single ‘Spite’. Her new album, ‘Cacti’, is out on 13 Jan and she is on tour now.

Alberta Cross have released new single ‘Mercy’. Says frontman Petter Ericson Stakee: “’Mercy’ is about just never being able to catch a break and that life can sometimes end up feeling like a broken record. It’s also about when we spiral and watch those around us be affected by it”.

Dave Okumu And The Seven Generations will release new album ‘I Came From Love’ on 14 Apr. “The narrative of this record emerged in tandem with the origin of its musical journey, through a rumination on survival, ancestry and heritage”, says Okumu. “The account of the young west African girl who was transported to South Carolina in 1756 and sold to the slave owner Elias Ball and the subsequent unearthing and presentation of her story to her descendants became an emblematic framework for these songs, opening doors to many aspects of the diasporic experience”. Here’s new single ‘You Survived So I Might Live’.

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GIGS & TOURS

Sparks have announced two shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 29-30 May. “Since we first started playing music, the Royal Albert Hall has been the pinnacle of British music venues for us and a place we’ve always aspired to play”, say the duo. “These shows are a dream come true!” Tickets go on general sale on Friday.

The Damned have announced that they will head out on a UK tour in March and April, finishing up at Alexandra Palace Theatre in London on 20 Apr. Tickets go on general sale tomorrow.

Peach Pit have announced that they will play Brixton Academy in London on 16 Jun – their only UK headline show of 2023. Tickets go on general sale on Friday.

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AWARDS

Nominations have opened for next year’s Music Producers Guild Awards, including the new Dolby Atmos Mix Of The Year category. Put forward candidates here. The deadline is 5 Dec.

Self Esteem has been crowned the winner of this year’s Dice Live Award. “Thank you fans and thank you Dice”, she said when receiving the prize at The Lower Third in London last night. “I can’t believe this, I finally feel like Hayley from Paramore. Thank you also to my band who are amazing. This is for all of you guys – I’m genuinely really chuffed”.

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