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Album Dos Inspiration!


The Orielles have made a cracking playlist of influences for ‘Disco Volador.’

Featuring CAN, Marie Davidson, John Coltrane, Tom Tom Club and more.


Artwork by Raissa Pardini

Independent Venue Week at The Social

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Next week is Independent Venue Week, “a 7-day celebration of music venues around the country and a nod to the people that own, run and work in them, week in, week out.”

The Social will be hosting events throughout the week, including an all-dayer on Saturday the 1st of February.


First up though, on January 27, So Young Magazine launch an exhibition of illustration from their pages, with DJs upstairs and live sets from Drug Store Romeos, Legss, Norman and some special guests in the basement.


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The following night, Tuesday the 28th, Imperial Wax play a headline set with support from The Bug Club. Imperial Wax is made up of Keiron Melling, Dave Spurr and Pete Greenway – the longest serving and last line up of legendary Manchester band The Fall – plus frontman Sam Curran.



Next, on Wednesday 29th Jan, Council Records invite Ugly, Social Contract and special guests to the venue, with DJ sets from the label lot.


Finally, the all dayer takes place on the Saturday and features this mega line-up:

Roxy Girls
Ice Baths
Blue Bendy
Butch Kassidy
Goat Girl (DJ)
Lice (DJ)
+ more


Check out events taking place across the country here and let’s celebrate our independent venues!

Heavenly 30 Guest Picks – The Orielles

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This year Heavenly Recordings takes it’s 30th trip around the sun. As part of their birthday celebrations, the label will be asking some of its closest orbiting moons and satellites to pick their favourite tracks from the 3 decade discography.

đź’« The first playlist curators are none other than Space Samba voladores The Orielles đź’«

Have a listen below and keep an eye out for the next edition from none other than Baxter Dury.

EAST VILLAGE – HOTROD HOTEL (Slumberland Records)


Released 24 January

East Village (and Episode Four, as they were known first) are one of my favourite groups ever, and man, we had some laughs together. We also learnt a lot together.

We met in the spring of 1987 and we instantly became friends. I was lucky enough to see them play dozens of times, and the lives of three of the group members are intertwined with mine forever.

Martin Kelly worked alongside me at Heavenly from the off, becoming my partner quite early on in the label’s life and remaining so until leaving in 2010 to focus on, amongst other things, being the manager of Saint Etienne and running Heavenly Films.

Martin’s brother Paul is a filmmaker (think Lawrence of Belgravia, Take Three Girls, Finisterre, How We Used To Live) and a designer. Look at the cover art for Hotrod Hotel; Paul did that. He did all of the EV artwork and it’s always hit the spot — timeless, cool. Paul has done a tonne of other covers and poster designs for Heavenly over the years too — far too many to mention here. You should check out Paul and Martin’s obscenely beautiful and obsessively researched book, Fender: The Golden Age (Cassell, hardback, 2010).

Spencer Smith played drums in East Village, and after they called it a day, he became an invaluable part of the scene at Heavenly (and drummer in Saint Etienne), working with us for 14 years. He eventually packed his bags and retired to the country but we keep in touch and it’s always lovely to see him.

Johnny Wood I know not so well but he was an integral part of the group and I remember him fondly.

Because you’re a subscriber to our newsletter, I think it’s safe to assume that you dig our label. I’m telling you all of this because we are celebrating our thirtieth this year and this part of the story is important, but I’m also telling you because you need to go and pre-order Hotrod Hotel, a collection of all the East Village tracks that ever appeared on singles. It’s being released on vinyl for the very first time on 24 January, and it’s essential.

The press release says: packaged in a heavy, 60s-style album jacket with a 4-page insert, featuring rare band pics and liner notes by Jon Dale.

Jeff Barrett, January 2020



Jeff’s Best Of 2019 Playlist

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The first of our end of 2019 playlists has arrived, curated by Jeff.

He’s picked his favourite tracks of the year, from the likes of Aldous Harding Brittany Howard, Durand Jones & The Indications and more.

Have a listen below and keep an eye out for more playlists from us over the coming weeks.

Flowered Up – A Weekender’s Tale


A book documenting the one-of-a-kind Flowered Up, one of the first bands signed to Heavenly, is currently being crowd funded on Kickstarter.

Set to be a high quality 120-page book limited to 250 copies worldwide, including interviews with the likes of Suggs (Madness), Clive Langer (producer of Weekender) and Paolo Hewitt (biographer of Oasis), we can’t wait to get our hands on one.

Pledgers of ÂŁ25 or more will also receive one of these amazing T shirts modelled of an original design from the early 90s.


The book is dedicated to the late Liam and Joe Maher, and their mother, and produced in cooperation with their family.


Sunny D with KJP


Katy J Pearson has created a Spotify playlist titled Sunny D with KJP.

It’s a great mix going from classics by the likes of The Lovin’ Spoonful and Buffalo Springfield through to 2019 bangers from Working Men’s Club, Cate Le Bon and more.


And if you haven’t already, have a watch of the video for Katy’s single ‘Tonight’ below: