Surface Tension – New Release by legend Rupert Hine

Surface Tension – New Release by legend Rupert Hine

Cherry Records releases Surface Tension – The Recordings 1981-1983 by legendary producer, songwriter and musician Rupert Hine.

Menu: Intro | Noted collaborations | Disc One | Disc Two | Disc Three

Rupert Hine – Surface Tension is available for pre-order

As the 72nd birthday of late musician Rupert Hine approaches, Esoteric Recordings (part of Cherry Red Records) announces the release of a compilation of the artist’s recordings. The 3CD Box Set, entitled Surface Tension, features recordings from the songwriter and producer’s solo albums between 1981 and 1983. Surface Tension – The Recordings 1981-1983 celebrates the creativity and originality of Rupert’s solo work of the early 1980s. The box set is a newly remastered 3CD CLAMSHELL BOXED SET. It is set for released on October 28, 2022.

The boxed set includes 3 albums, each coming with bonus tracks. There are a total of 34 tracks including six bonus tracks. The 3 albums are ‘‘Immunity’, ‘Waving Not Drowning’ and ‘The Wildest Wish To Fly’. The boxed set comes with an illustrated booklet including interviews and an essay. The liner notes of the illustrated booklet that accompanies this release offer memories and observations of the recording sessions for these ground breaking recordings. This boxed set is a fine tribute to Rupert Hine, a greatly missed musical visionary. The Surface Tension – The Recordings 1981-1983, 3CD Box Set is available for pre-order the box right now for only 22.99 from the Cherry Records website.

Noted collaborations

Stephen W Tayler engineered all of the original recordings and co-produced them with Rupert Hine. The acclaimed engineer has now brilliantly remastered this compilation from the original master tapes.
Rupert Hine all composed the tracks. The musician wrote the albums with the late poet, graphic artist and lyricist Jeannette Obstoj (aka Jeannette-Thérèse Obstoj). Jeannette Obstoj is known among her many talents to have been the regular lyrics partner of Rupert Hine for all his solo compositions between 1981 abnd 1983.

The albums also features guest appearances. This includes legendary English singer-songwriter, record producer and Genesis drummer Phil Collins on drums. British rock sideman and guitarist Phil Palmer also appears. English singer-songwriter and record producer Robert Palmer and British singer Marianne Faithfull lends their vocals each on one song in one album. There is also James West-Oram, a member of London rock band The Fixx. Canadian drummer and songwriter Steve Negus from rock bands Saga and GNP also plays the drums on one of the albums.

Disc One: Immunity

The noted producer co-wrote acclaimed and strikingly original ‘Immunity’ (1981) with the late poet, graphic artist and lyricist Jeannette Obstoj. Guest performers on the album included Phil Collins and Marianne Faithfull appears on the song “Misplaced Love”. the album has influenced a host of celebrated musicians to this day.

  1. I Hang On To My Vertigo
  2. Misplaced Love
  3. Samsara
  4. Surface Tension
  5. I Think A Man Will Hang Soon
  6. Immunity
  7. Another Stranger
  8. Psycho Surrender
  9. Make A Wish

Bonus tracks

10. Scratching At Success
11. Introduction To The Menace

DISC TWO: Waving Not Drowning

The 1982 album ‘Waving Not Drowning’ was another fine work and was particularly popular in Scandinavia and once again featured Phil Collins.

  1. Eleven Faces
  2. The Curious Kind
  3. The Set Up
  4. Dark Windows
  5. The Sniper
  6. Innocents In Paradise
  7. House Arrest
  8. The Outsider
  9. One Man’s Poison

Bonus track

10. Kwok’s Quease

DISC THREE: The Wildest Wish To Fly

The Wildest Wish To Fly (1983) was a hit album in Sweden. It featured a small host of guest appearances. Phil Palmer and James West-Oram of The Fixx play the guitar. Robert Palmer is on vocals on the track “Living in Sin”.

  1. Living in Sin
  2. No Yellow Heart
  3. The Saturation of the Video Rat
  4. Firefly in the Night
  5. A Golden Age
  6. Picture Phone
  7. The Victim of Wanderlust
  8. The Most Dangerous of Men
  9. The Wildest Wish to Fly

Bonus tracks:

10. Blue Flame (Melt the Ice)
11. An Eagle’s Teaching
12. Picture Phone (remix)
13. No Yellow Heart (later version)

Steve Pledger launches new album What Tomorrow Knows on 8th October 2022

Steve Pledger launches new album What Tomorrow Knows on 8th October 2022

One of our favourite singer-songwriters, Steve Pledger returns with a new studio album, “What Tomorrow Knows” to be launched on the 8th October at a special concert at Durham Town Hall

Six years after releasing the award-winning studio album ‘Somewhere Between’, and three years since his critically-acclaimed live album, ‘Alone In The Dark’, Steve Pledger is back, set to deliver his brand new studio album this Autumn.

Titled ‘What Tomorrow Knows’, it will be launched on 8th October at a special concert at Durham Town Hall. This will be Steve’s 4th collection of original material. The LP includes some songs that have already become firm favourites in recent years at shows (I am personally hoping for Reseda!), alongside others as yet unheard.

The much-in-demand Lukas Drinkwater produced the album. Various gifted collaborators contribute something special to what is arguably Steve’s strongest set of songs to date, including Lukas himself. Steve says the following of his latest project:

Whilst I don’t set out to write 12 songs with any kind of overarching theme, one often becomes apparent as a record takes shape. ‘Somewhere Between’ dealt a lot with transition, and it’s clear to me that these new songs speak a great deal to consequences. Consequences of our action, and inaction; our beliefs; our attitude toward and treatment of others, as well as ourselves. More than any work I’ve produced to date, it feels as if the writing, production, arrangements, and my own performances have come together to create something that best represents what I want to say and how I wish it to be heard. This record pulls no punches where punches ought not to be pulled, but I believe there is also an empathy and depth of compassion to it that I strive to capture in everything I do, on record and on stage. With the help of everyone involved in this project, that’s what I believe we’ve managed to achieve. And I could not be more excited to share it with folks later this year.”

Tickets for the launch concert are on sale via Steve’s website priced £12. As well as being the very first chance to hear some of these songs performed live – alongside some old favourites, of course – it will also be the first opportunity for people to get hold of a copy of the album itself.

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First Wave of AIM Awards 2022 nominees announced

First Wave of AIM Awards 2022 nominees announced

The AIM announces the first wave of nominees for its much anticipated AIM Awards 2022 or AIM INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS 2022

The annual independent music awards returns on Wednesday 28th September. The AIM Awards showcase and celebrate the incredible array of music talent in the industry. This year’s ceremony will be returning to the iconic Roundhouse in Camden. A live show open to public shortly follows. For each award, below is the list of nominees.

The UK Independent Breakthrough award in association with YouTube Music will recompense successful 2021 musicians. Nominees, as suspected, are Children of Zeus (Rough Trade Records), Warmduscher (Bella Union), Knucks (No Days Off), Nova Twins (Marshall Records) and Wet Leg (Domino Recording Company).

The International Breakthrough in association with Deezer will be between Australian Rockers Amyl & the Sniffers (Rough Trade Records), American rapper Blxst (Red Bull Records), Jazz and Afrobeat ensemble Kokoroko (Brownswood Recordings), Tuareg musician and songwriter Mdou Moctar (Matador Records) and American-Japanese singer Mitski (Dead Oceans).

You Could Be (Anz ft. George Riley on Ninja Tune), ‘Starlight‘ (Dave on Neighbourhood Recordings), ‘Tears In The Club‘ (FKA twigs ft. the weeknd, on Young Recordings), Protein (Jeshi feat. Obongjayar, on Because Music), Nice & Good (Knucks, SL), Antagonist (Nova Twins), So U Kno (Overmono on XL Recordings), Chaise Longue (Wet Leg), Broken Homes (Wu-Lu on Warp Records) and Jackie (Yves Tumor on Warp Records) are all shortlisted for the Best Independent Track in association with Meta.

The Best Independent EP/Mixtape is the brand new category on the block. So far, the shortlist includes: FKA Twigs – ‘CAPRISONGS’ (Young Recordings), Joy Orbison – ‘still slipping vol.1’ (XL Recordings), Surya Sen – ‘At What Cost?’ (Skint Records), TAAHLIAH – ‘Angelica’ (untitled (recs)) and Wesley Joseph – ‘ULTRAMARINE’ (EEVILTWINN).

Best Independent Album in association with Spotify will see one of the following release win the award: Gbagada Express (Boj on Moves Recordings), Balance (Children Of Zeus), Mother (Cleo Sol on Forever Living Originals), We’re All Alone In This Together (Dave), Knopperz (Dave Okumu on Neighbourhood Recordings), Yellow (Emma-Jean Thackray on Movementt), When Smoke Rises (Mustafa on Young), Painless (Nilüfer Yanya on ATO Records), NINE (SAULT on Forever Living Originals) and Unlearning (Walt Disco on Lucky Number).

Sophomore releases ‘Ants From Up There’ (Black Country, New Road on Ninja Tune), ‘Painful Enlightenment’ (Jana Rush on Planet Mu Records), ‘Painless’ (Nilüfer Yanya), ‘Tread’ (Ross From Friends on Brainfeeder) and ‘Colourgrade‘ (Tirzah on Domino Recording Company) all battle for the Best [Difficult] Second Album award in association with BBC 6 Music.

The Best Independent Remix are: no caroline remix (ATO, FLOHIO on MCMXCV), Polite (Mura Masa Remix – Erike de Casier on 4AD), Lavender & Red Roses (Champion Remix – Ibeyi ft. Jorja Smith, on XL Recordings), Gazzillion Ear (Thom Yorke Man on Fire Remix – MF DOOM on Lex Records), and BDE (Kaydy Cain Remix – Shygirl on Because Music).

One To Watch in association with BBC Introducing highlights rising stars Barry Can’t Swim (Technicolour / Ninja Tune), Jeshi (Because Music), Léa Sen (Partisan Records), Nia Archives (HIJINXX) and TAAHLIAH.

From classical performer to Indie Folk musician: Meeting Claire Bradshaw

From classical performer to Indie Folk musician: Meeting Claire Bradshaw

Claire Bradshaw-Stories That Never HappenedClassically-trained musician turned Indie Folk performing and recording artist Claire Bradshaw describes her musical coming of age thus: “I started my music career at seven years old as a cellist. I was a terrible, lazy student, but somehow managed to pass the audition for a regional youth orchestra. After seven years playing classical music I discovered The Beatles, swapped my cello for a guitar and started a band. I played in a few bands in Nottingham and Toronto as a synth and bass player, and started doing solo home recording four years ago.” We chat wit the late bloomer and rediscover the fact that there is no deadline for following your passion and reconciling with your creative purpose.” 1 In Music meets the muli-talented as she releases her album “Stories That Never Happened

1 In Music: What is unique about you and your music?

CB: When I started recording my own music, I wasn’t sure what genre I was in. What am I trying to do here? Am I Folk, or Indie, or Electronica, or Lo-Fi Psych-Rock? I didn’t know.
I stopped worrying about fitting into any particular sound, and just did what was right for each song.

So you get a lot of variety with my music. I’m also big on lyrics, I like to tell a story. I think that’s missing from mainstream music these days, which is a shame.

1 In Music: What or who shaped your music and who supports you?

CB: When I was a kid,- I listened to stuff my parents were into. My mum liked Gilbert & Sullivan; my dad was more into Elvis Costello, ELO and Blondie. Playing in an orchestra, I was also exposed to a lot of classical music. Then when I was 11, I borrowed a copy of The Beatles’ ‘Blue’ album from the village library, heard Strawberry Fields Forever, and everything changed. I became a massive Beatles fan. I was the only kid at school who was and everyone thought I was weird. I didn’t care. It also opened the doors to other music from that era – Frank Zappa, Janis Joplin, Hendrix, the whole psychedelic thing… I was fascinated with it.
Being a solo artist I have to do a lot of self-support, but you get used to it. My partner and friends are pretty supportive. But I wish I had a Mal Evans in my studio to help me untangle cables and bring me tea.
1 In Music: Lol. We all wish. So, when did you realise you were going to make music professionally?

CB: When I was 16, I hoped our band would get discovered and I could make a living at it – ha! But exams and university, work and other things got in the way. Now I’m older, I realised I missed out on a lot. So, I’m getting back into it. Whether there’s any money in it is another matter. I’m glad I have a day job that I love.

1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to?

Claire Bradshaw-Stories That Never Happened

CB: I go in phases. I often listen to just one album or a specific artist for a month or so, then go onto something else. In the last year, I’ve listened to everything from Bach and Nicolas Gombert to XTC, Wings, Remi Wolf, R. Stevie Moore, Kraftwerk, Stephen Malkmus… and anything that friends recommend. I love going down YouTube rabbit holes and finding weird and wonderful stuff.

1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

CB: R. Stevie Moore. Most of us can only dream of producing that much exceptional music, his back catalogue is a goldmine. He should be massive but most people haven’t heard of him, it makes me mad. I’ve only got about 40 of his albums, I’m such a lightweight fan.

1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?

CB: Practice, and trying not to think too much about it. I’ve never really suffered from stage fright.

1 In Music: Wow! Ok. What do you do when you don’t do music and that you are passionate about?

CB: Not much beyond listening to or reading about music, I’m pretty lazy. I don’t have the attention span to watch movies, and I don’t like sport. I like going out for dinner, having a few drinks and socializing; well, I did before the pandemic but I’ve got out of the habit now.

1 In Music: Success to you is…?

CB: When an artist you admire likes your stuff too. In that respect, I’ve won the race and can quit now!

1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

CB: Don’t stop. Biggest mistake I made. And don’t do music for the money, it’s more important than that.

My 13-year-old nephew has been bitten by the music bug, he’s getting into cool music and plays drums and guitar. I try to give him advice based on what I got wrong!

1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?

CB: Yes, I’ve got an EP coming out with a Bedford-based musician Dominic Ball.- (we went to high school together but never played in the same band!) It will be six tracks comprising of two covers and four originals. It should be out in the spring, and we’re already working on EP #2. I’m also recording tracks for my new album, which I hope should be done by the end of the year.

1 In Music: Wow, busy-! We’ve better leave you to it. But first, where do we find you music and music projects?

CB: My website is at and I’m on Bandcamp at I’m also on Spotify but less said about them the better…

An interview with aspiring music artist Chazmarh Spell

An interview with aspiring music artist Chazmarh Spell

Up and coming music artist artist Chazmarh Spell is a man of few words but he knows what he loves, what he stands for and that is what is music expresses. 1 In Music meets him for a little tête à tête.

1 In Music: Hi Chazmarh Spell. Tell us a little about you and your music and what makes it unique?

Chazmarh Spell [CS]: Well, my name is Chazmarh Spell. I like doing music. It’s fun, it makes me express myself in a different way. Just a few reasons why I like to doing Music. I do music real music and hopefully people like it and yeah just hopefully they’ll like it and relate to it.

What makes it unique is probably the beats in the sound like a lot work came with my album. Everything it’s just about me and other things I write my music myself so it’s really unique to me because when I write my music or go to something bad I just write music that’s why it’s unique to me

1 In Music: What or who shaped your music and who supports you?

CS: My mom and my dad. My mom read my lyrics and go over it so she can tell me what’s good and what’s bad. My dad helps me with the money for my album and yeah.

1 In Music: Would you say you are a professional musician?

CS: Well I’m not a music professional yet but hopefully I’m getting there. I just got to keep going.

1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to?

CS: Pop music is my favorite  type of music. It is so much more fun and greater to listen to. Like, I can jam right to it.

1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

CS: Adele. I absolutely love her. I like her music because it’s relatable. Like some of my songs are emotional and fun so that’s why I like her music and that’s why I relate to her music.

1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?

CS: I just remind myself that everyone out there is either a hater or a fan

Just saying everybody either loves you or don’t like you. When I go on That stage I wanna do my best

1 In Music: What inspires your songs?

CS: I just get inspired by things that happened to me. When like bad things happen, I write a song about it and record it and do what I Gotta do with it

1 In Music: Success to you is…?

CS: Success is an a achievement and once I reach my goal I’m gonna keep going because ain’t nothing more than you having fun with your music and doing what you doing

CS: Accomplishment not a responsibility. Just don’t worry about the haters stay focus on the fans. Please do that.

1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

CS: Just keep going. Don’t be scared. Have fun. Enjoy the ride.
Because you will reach the top and find your destiny.

You will get better over time. Your music is good enough to keep on going. Just have fun while doing it. Do not quit on your dreams, it’s not fun, and you will wonder in life what if.

1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?

CS: Yep, Anxiety, my new album drops November 12th and I got some features coming out next year. Oh and Stout out to @simplyzaaa & Francia and her other friend for promoting What is love.

The reason I named my album Anxiety is because I get anxiety about love. I have commitment issues. I’m young but in the end, I really do not want to date. Have fun while you can!

1 In Music: Thank you!