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Boxed In is songwriter and producer Oli Bayston. Having played in indie band Keith, written for The 2 Bears, sung for George FitzGerald and been a producer for the likes of Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs, Rosie Lowe and The Bohicas, Oli is now bringing his wide array of talents to bear on his own solo project.

As his list of credits suggests, he can draw on a wide breadth of musical knowledge. Oli grew up in Berkshire and then Essex in a musical family, the son of a piano teacher and an opera singer. He was surrounded by classical music from a young age, and while he’s now grown to love and draw inspiration from the repetition of composers like Steve Reich at first he rebelled against classical composition.

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Schwarz Dont Crack is the brainchild of Ahmad Larnes and Sebastian Kreis, who met in Berlin following Ahmad’s move from New York City and Sebastian’s flee from South Germany, both in search of a more progressive musical landscape. Together they have found a synthesis of sound formed from the rich tapestry of American 90s R&B and the German capital’s perpetual electronic obsession. Their debut EP serves as an introduction to the Schwarz Dont Crack signature sound – rich with pop hooks and melodies that never skirt too far into the mainstream, backed with luscious beats that combine the entrancing snare of a well-produced sound palette without distracting from the thrust of club propulsion.

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NETTCAST - Episode 2: Madi Diaz

As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, Nettwerk has launched Nettcast, a twice monthly podcast hosted by Nettwerkers and featuring various Nettwerk artists.

This week, hosts Penny Palmer and Raj Sharma sat down with the lovely and talented Madi Diaz. Find out Madi's thoughts on helicopters and happiness and learn why Madi is probably not the best person to discuss your celebrity crush with.

Hosted by Nettwerkers Raj Sharma, Penny Palmer & special guest Jason Croke! 

NETTCAST - Episode 2: Madi Diaz

As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, Nettwerk has launched Nettcast, a twice monthly podcast hosted by Nettwerkers and featuring various Nettwerk artists.

This week, hosts Penny Palmer and Raj Sharma sat down with the lovely and talented Madi Diaz. Find out Madi's thoughts on helicopters and happiness and learn why Madi is probably not the best person to discuss your celebrity crush with.

Hosted by Nettwerkers Raj Sharma, Penny Palmer & special guest Jason Croke! 

Chris Batson Shares His Rendition Of "Stay With Me" By Sam Smith

 “This may be the best cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” so far”
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 Today, Alternative R&B artist & singer/songwriter Chris Batson shares his beautiful cover of Sam Smith’s ubiquitous hit “Stay With Me.”

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At only 22-years of age, Los Angeles-based Batson writes the most poignant and deeply personal lyrics, matched with a vocal soulfulness beyond his years. On his debut EP, We Got Lost Along The Way, Batson draws from relationships with friends and partners and his own inner conflicts, penning heart-wrenching stories from his dark and unpredictable life experiences, thoughts and emotions. With that rare ability for provocative lyricism, Batson masterfully pairs his words with melodic hooks and instrumentals that unveil an authenticity and talent that are not just refreshing, but also relevant. Listen To The Full EP Here: http://bit.ly/1KdVDrf.

Admiral Fallow Unveil New Track "Evangeline," Announce UK Shows

The return of Admiral Fallow is ushered in with the release of the brand new track "Evangeline", and the announcement of 3 exclusive ‘fan’ shows in the U.K. (see below). 

"Evangeline" is taken from the band’s forthcoming third album, which is to be released later in the year. The, as yet unnamed, album follows on from 2012’s critically acclaimed ‘Tree Bursts In Snow’ an album that saw the band shed the constraints of nu-folk and swell into a more organic design, blending traditional with electronic, orchestral and Indie. This album sees the band continue on the same expansive path. Previously Louis Abbott (lead vocal and guitar) was at helm; now the song writing is an entirely collaborative process, each member’s individual skill and talent as important as the other and "Evangeline" encapsulates that perfectly. Abbott adds, “A lot of the friends that we've grown into adulthood with are settling and starting to have kids of their own. This song imagines how terrifying and exciting in equal parts it would be to one day be responsible for a tiny life. The foundations were born out of the project we created in collaboration with Glasgow Film Festival last year.” 

United Kingdom Fan Shows:
3/2    London, UK           Sebright Arms
3/3    Manchester, UK     Soup Kitchen
3/4    Edinburgh, UK       Electric Circus

Great Lake Swimmers Announce New Album ‘A Forest Of Arms’ Out April 21

Canadian indie darlings Great Lake Swimmers will release their sixth album, A Forest Of Arms, on April 21, 2015 via Nettwerk Records. With a surging rhythm section, razor sharp violin, and flourishing banjo and guitars, Tony Dekker and his band mates have created some of their most dynamic songs to date. The first single “Zero In The City” premiered on Paste yesterday. Listen below or here: http://bit.ly/1u2xGiF

As with past Great Lake Swimmers albums, A Forest Of Arms was recorded in several locations over the span of several months, covering extensive new territory while remaining true to the group’s refined sound. One of these unique and unusual locations was the Tyendinaga Cavern and Caves in Tyendinaga, Ontario. A number of the vocal and acoustic guitar tracks were recorded amid the haunting acoustics, stalactites, and circling bats in the caves. A Forest Of Arms was recorded and engineered by their long time live sound technician Justin Shane Nace and was mixed by the talented Howie Beck (Feist).

Indie Folk Duo The Weepies Return With 'Sirens' + U.S. Tour Dates

Beloved husband/wife indie folk duo The WeepiesDeb Talan and Steve Tannen – return with Sirens, their first full-length release in five years, on April 28, 2015. The pair will hit the road with a full band starting May 29 in Madison, WI for a 28-city U.S. tour. Yesterday, Billboard.com premiered the album’s title track (here: http://bit.ly/1zyLPVz).

Of Sirens, Steve tells Billboard, "This was a helluva a year for us Weepies. Frightening dire diagnoses, hospitals, and helping angels everywhere, but it seemed like maybe this was also the end of everything -- like the journey was over. Sirens were mermaids that led sailors to their doom with their sweet voices. It's also a reference to an ambulance siren, and together they summed up the feeling of the year: otherworldly, hopeful, terrible.”

At 16 songs and nearly an hour long, Sirens is an album that runs the emotional spectrum. Just before Christmas 2013, Deb was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. While she was in treatment, the band continued to write and record from their home studio in Iowa, where they now live with their three children. In the summer of 2014, Deb beat cancer. Coming back from the edge sharpened the duo’s skills and focus. SIRENS shows a band at the height of its powers.

Berlin’s Schwarz Dont Crack Premiere Video For “All My Love” On Vice’s Noisey

Berlin duo Schwarz Dont Crack have released their first official music video for “All My Love” from their self-titled debut EP, which was released last week. The video saw its worldwide premiere last week on Vice’s Noisey; watch it above or here: http://bit.ly/1Ck6C1a.

The EP, which is currently streaming in its entirety on Soundcloud, serves as an introduction to the Schwarz Dont Crack signature sound – rich with pop hooks and melodies that never skirt too far into the mainstream, backed with luscious beats that combine the entrancing snare of a well-produced sound palette without distracting from the thrust of club propulsion.

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations Announce Tour; Shares First Taste From Forthcoming Album, 'Nanna'

In the past, Xavier Rudd’s onstage one-man-band setup included a half-dozen guitar choices, three didgeridoos and various styles of native drum. Starting April 30, Rudd will endeavor on the next adventure of an already extensive musical career…as frontman to Xavier Rudd & The United Nations, a band of international musicians with diverse musical influences coming together for the forthcoming album, Nanna (out March 17 via Nettwerk Records). See full dates below.

Featuring guitar, bass, drums, percussion, keys, horns, flute and backing vocals, the aptly titled Xavier Rudd & The United Nations brings together musicians from all corners of the globe, representing the diverse cultures of Australia, Indigenous Australia, South Africa, Samoa, Germany and Papua New Guinea. Today, the band shares the first taste from the album called “Come People.”

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