London-based independent label Akira Records has marked its tenth anniversary by re-signing its distribution deal with Sony Music’s The Orchard. "We’ve been with The Orchard since day one and we’re delighted to re-sign with them”, says label founder Steve Minn. “The relationships we have built over those ten years are key. Akira started out as a bedroom label, as a one man operation, and there is no way we would still be here today without the investment and the love and support of The Orchard”.
The Rolling Stones have announced that they will release their first album for eighteen years, ‘Hackney Diamonds’, on 20 Oct. Late drummer Charlie Watts will appear on two tracks, and Lady Gaga also guests on a song. Here’s first single ‘Angry’.
Sampha has announced that he will release new album ‘Lahai’ on 20 Oct. Out now is new single ‘Only’. He will also play three nights at London’s St John At Hackney Church on 12-14 Oct.
Marika Hackman has released ‘No Caffeine’, her first single in four years.
CMAT has released new single ‘Stay For Something’, taken from her upcoming album ‘Crazymad, For Me’, which is out on 13 Oct. “It's basically just about questioning why I stayed/suffered in a bad relationship for as long as I did”, she says of the song. “Trying to desperately find some kind of meaning in the mess and then being embarrassed when I remember the good parts”.
Tkay Maidza has released new single ‘WUACV’. “I wanted to write a song where I could express my bubbling anger toward people who had manipulated me during the last phase of my life”, she says. Her new album ‘Sweet Justice’ is out on 3 Nov.
Evian Christ is back with new track ‘On Embers’. He has also announced that he will release new album ‘Revanchist’ on 20 Oct. UK tour dates are set for December.
MS MR have returned after a seven year hiatus. But only to release one final song, ‘Saturn Return’. “When we realised we were coming up on the ten-year anniversary of our first album, ‘Secondhand Rapture’, we knew we wanted to do something”, say the duo. “It felt like the right time to finally bring the band to a formal end while also celebrating and thanking our fans and each other for such an exciting and meaningful time in our lives”.
Sen Morimoto has released new single ‘Bad State’, taken from his new album ‘Diagnosis’, which is out on 3 Nov. "’Bad State’ is about learning to ask for help and using real human connection to escape the shame and numbness that comes from constant forward momentum and our self-worth being so deeply tied to productivity under the logic of capitalism”, he says.