Friday Albums and Livestreams 8


1) “High Protection & The Sportswear Mystics” – The Diabolical Liberties

The Diabolical Liberties released their debut album “High Protection & The Sportswear Mystics” on 7 November 2020. 

Comprising Rob Gallagher (vocals, guitar, bass) and Alex Patchwork (laptop instruments and a friend of Giles Peterson), the duo’s first album is a raw record that can be assigned to many genres such as post-punk, electronica and jazz. An interesting listen. 

It was produced and recorded in sheds, train platforms, tubes, and a cafe, while also featuring contributions from multi-instrumentalist Emma-Jean Thackray who is definitely one to look out for. The track featuring her, “High Protection”, is the highlight of the album. 

Label: On The Corner

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1) Dua Lipa

The following says it all:

“Shot live in a massive warehouse location “Studio 2054” will be a celebration of the unconventional and unique and will see Dua move through custom built sets; surreal tv shows, roller discos, ecstatic raves, skanky rocker hang outs, voguing ballrooms and diva style dressing rooms. Accompanied by a cast of musicians, dancers, skaters, aerialists and acrobats, Dua will be joined by a host of surprise superstar guests to deliver a euphoric blast of happiness and good times.”

Friday 27 November, 8:30pm GMT (prices £12.99 – £52.99)

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Hospital Records is a British independent record label based in South London. They are known for their big parties and raves featuring many of their finest drum and bass artists. I expect this to be the same with this Winter Warmer featuring ten hours of drum and bass on Saturday.

If you want to support the artists you have the option to purchase a ticket at a price of your choosing, with 100% of profits distributed to the artists.

Saturday 28 November, 2pm GMT (free with option to contribute to artists)

Dice Stream link

Big Crown Records Label Profile

Big Crown Records is a Brooklyn based independent record label started in 2016 by Leon Michels and Danny Akalepse. 

The two got to know each other at Truth & Soul Records – a record label co-founded by Leon Michels, where Danny Akalepse worked. The two explained why they needed to set-up a new record label: “We had outgrown Truth & Soul. The label was well known for one thing and we had enough of it. So we started Big Crown, because we love to make records, and needed a new label, on which we could make a fresh start with a broader range of musical styles.” 

There is one defining theme of Big Crown: “Our only requirement for the music on the label is that we like it. When a record is dope, then it is dope, it doesn’t matter how it is made. I don’t know, whether a common theme is noticeable, but it is there.” A very good mantra to stand by.

Consistently finding and promoting under the radar acts, they are on to something and developing a very cool roster. From the stunning Lee Fields & The Expressions to the beautiful Lady Wray and unique Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band, the artists can be funky, soulful and groovy.  

Standout artists: Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band, Lady WrayLee Fields & The Expressions

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