mama and her baba

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it’s a secret

The 20th April is going to mark the sixth Record Store Day in the UK. This is where independent record stores join together with artists to celebrate music. Special releases on vinyl and cd have been created exclusively for the day as well as a number of performances by artists will be taking place at stores across the uk.

There is going to be so much going on but one thing I will definitely be heading to combines music and art but it is one big secret! Secret 7″ has taken seven songs from seven well know artists and pressed 100 copies of each to 7″ vinyl. They then asked creatives all over the world to interpret the tracks and create a unique sleeve for the records. Then on Record Store Day, each one will be put up for sale, however you won’t know who created the sleeve or even what song you have until you have made purchase as the secret lies within!

Last weekend we went along to Mother in Shoreditch to view the collection. There are so many amazing sleeves to choose from and with entries from artist’s such as Ai Wei Wei and Gilbert and George I am gonna have to get there super early to try and get my favourite ones! It was so nice to be able to take our baba’s along too. Raphael and his friend Rafe, loved wondering round the space, checking out the sleeves and the giant robot in the room…

So who is gonna join me in the queue?


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speedy wunderground

I am so pleased to be writing about a new record label my husband is involved with. Speedy Wunderground has just released it’s first single ‘I Go Out’ by Steve Mason and Emiliana Torrini.

Recorded in one day and mixed the following day, a limited 250 7″ vinyls have been pressed and available to buy as speedily as humanly possible!

Speedy Wunderground will be releasing a 7″ single every other month, artists are yet to be confirmed and so keep an eye on the website as you never know who the next release will be!


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Silvershine

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I cannot say how proud and excited I am that the Birmingham jazz club which my amazing grandad, Andy Hamilton MBE founded in the mid 80’s, lives on! Silvershine Jazz Club, renamed after his first album (which he recorded at the age of 73!) will continue to open it’s doors to music lovers every Thursday at The Corks Club, just off Bearwood High Street, Birmingham. It’s official relaunch will be taking place on the 20th December, with Soweto Kinch playing alongside grandad’s band The Blue Notes and other guests.

I have so many wonderful memories of seeing my grandad and other great jazz musicians such as David Murray, Art Themen, Peter King, Hal Singer to name but a few, playing there over the years. It would have been such a loss to the Birmingham jazz scene if it had stopped running when grandad passed away earlier this year, but I am so glad that the club is back, as part of my grandad lives on. It goes without saying how much I miss him.

You can hear his song Silvershine in my kinda tunes.