News Round-Up: Sam Fender, Ray BLK

Sam Fender by Jack Whitefield

Sam Fender by Jack Whitefield

Our recap of the stories we featured during the past seven days includes new album announcements from Sam Fender and Ray BLK.

Sam Fender will release his second album Seventeen Going Under on October 8th.

Beginning with the title-track, it’ll contain 11 songs recorded in North Shields and produced with Bramwell Bronte.

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With Melvin Benn at the helm, Latitude Festival always had one of the better chances of going ahead this year, and not long after the organiser reaffirmed this commitment, Damon Albarn has been added to the bill as a special guest.

Albarn will be there with his new solo album The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows, putting the material in a live setting as had been the original intention before lockdown got in the way.

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The dream team of Dave and Stormzy have come together on Clash, taken from the former’s upcoming We’re All Alone In This Together LP.

It’s the first taste of Dave’s highly anticipated follow-up to the 2019 Mercury Prize winning debut Psychodrama.

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Ray BLK

Ray BLK‘s debut album Access Denied has been set for release on September 17th.

14 songs will comprise the record, complete with special guests Giggs, Stefflon Don, Kojey Radical, Suburban Plaza and, of course, Kaash Paige.

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The Boo Radleys are back today with their first new music since Kingsize signalled their departure from Creation Records all the way back in 1998.

A Full Syringe And Memories Of You is the start of some big plans for the band, with an EP and live tour also earmarked for this year.

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As promised last month, Courtney Barnett has unveiled the details of her third album Things Take Time, Take Time.

First single Rae Street is streaming now ahead of the album’s release on November 12th, Barnett’s first since Tell Me How You Really Feel of 2018.

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