Simon’s Winter Mixtape

A Winter Mixtape

Above: The view from the Bella Union office on Curtain Road, EC2.

It may not be snowing, but it sure is cold today. What better way to warm you up than a lovely mixtape from Mr Simon Raymonde? Grab it from this link HERE, but grab it while it’s hot! You have a week from now. A few words from Simon:

For those cold mornings when you want hot chocolate, to stay under the covers and think about snowmen, kissing, holding hands, and how your new year resolution to stay in bed an hour later on cold mornings really was smart,  and for when you are contemplating what book to read, this one hour mixture will hopefully aid the journey…


Hannah Cohen ‘The Crying Game’
Doveman ‘Breathing Out’
A Winged Victory For The Sullen ‘Steep Hills Of Vicodin Tears’
Helgi Jonsson ‘Salt’
Loney Dear ‘D Major’
The Field ‘Then It’s White’
Peter Broderick ‘I Am Piano’
Nils Frahm ‘More’
Philco Fiction ‘Finally’
Promise And The Monster ‘Spine’
Daughter ‘Home’
Arvo Part ‘Fratres’

IBH x M83

Our lovely Swedes I Break Horses are joining M83 on tour across America this spring. Should you happen to be Stateside, peruse the dates below. Here’s a clip of the headliners –

 I Break Horses — 2012 Tour Dates
SU 22-Apr San Francisco, CA Fillmore *
W 25-Apr Portland, OR Roseland *
TH 26-Apr Seattle, WA Neptune *
F 27-Apr Vancouver, BC Vogue *
SU 29-Apr Salt Lake City, UT In the Venue *
M 30-Apr Denver, CO Ogden *
TU 1-May Lawrence, KS Granada *
W 2-May St Louis, MO Pageant *
F 4-May Chicago, IL Vic *
SA 5-May Detroit, MI Majestic *
SU 6-May Toronto, ON Sound Academy *
M 7-May Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom *
W 9-May Boston, MA House Of Blues *
TH 10-May New York, NY Terminal 5 *
F 11-May Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer *
SA 12-May Washington, DC 9:30 Club *
M 14-May Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theater *
TU 15-May Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works *
TH 17-May Houston, TX House of Blues *
F 18-May Austin, TX Stubb¹s *
SA 19-May Dallas, TX Granada *
M 21-May Phoenix, AZ Crescent
T 22-May San Diego CA Casbah
W 23-May Los Angeles, CA Echo w/ Old Toy Trains
SA 25-May The Gorge, WA Sasquatch Festival
TU 29-May Chicago, LA Lincoln Hall
W 30-May New York, NY Mercury Lounge
* = w/ M83

Watch: New Peter Broderick video

Watch: New Peter Broderick video for ‘It Starts Hear’// ‘’ released on Monday 20th February

Here is the visual accompaniment for the new Peter Broderick song ‘It Starts Hear’ taken from the album which will be released on Bella Union on Monday 20th February. The video, directed by Bella Union collaborator Alex Southam, combines beautiful old, sepia series imagery with footage following Peter throughout the recording process of which perfectly fits this uplifting and hazy first single.

Video below:

Introducing: Hannah Cohen

Introducing: Hannah Cohen // Debut album released April on Bella Union

Hannah Cohen comes from a family of poets and musicians, broadcasters and booksellers. She left home as a teenager to travel the world working as a model, soon finding herself in New York and becoming over the next few years something of a muse to the city’s art scene, posing for Richard Prince, Terry Richardson, David Salle, Will Cotton, and Ryan McGinley. Working on the other side of the lens, Hannah shot album covers and music videos for friends, and her first book of photography, “Fotografias Brasil”, was published earlier this year.

She also immersed herself in NYC’s music scene, becoming friends with singers, writers and producers. And quietly, privately, she started teaching herself guitar and writing songs. They were simple songs, sung to herself, private reflections on love and loneliness. But when she did start sharing them with her friends, usually in the wee hours as a party was winding down, rooms were hushed, jaws dropped, and it became clear to everyone who heard them that these songs were something very special indeed.

Hannah’s debut record, “Child Bride”, was produced by Thomas Bartlett, aka Doveman, known for his keyboard work with artists like The National and Antony and the Johnsons, and also producer of upcoming records by Glen Hansard and Julia Stone. Drawn from Hannah and Thomas’s mutual friends, the core band is a small but potent group of some of New York’s finest musicians, including Sam Amidon, Rob Moose (Bon Iver, Antony and the Johnsons), Brad Albetta (producer for Martha Wainwright and Teddy Thompson), Doug Wieselman (Laurie Anderson, the Lounge Lizards), and Kenny Wollesen (John Zorn, Bill Frisell). Together they have created an expansive, haunted album, lush and welcoming, but also at times almost painfully intimate. Hannah’s strikingly distinctive voice and casually assured phrasing are at the centre of it all, from the heartbroken outpouring of “The Crying Game” to “California”, an irresistibly catchy love letter to Hannah’s home state, with a sunny disposition that can’t quite hide the undercurrent of melancholy and homesickness.

“Child Bride” is released 23rd April on Bella Union records

Watch “The Crying Game” below:


Photo and video by Matthu Placek.