The Focus Beats programme airs weekly on both BBC Radio 6 and then repeated on BBC Radio 1.Broadcast through the night, it is a playlist of instrumental music setting a chilled vibe to help with focus, studying or justto relax.
Earlier in the summer the show included several instrumentals already released through New Dawn Records by various artist’s and most recently have done so again, this time “High” by Edinburgh lofi hip hop beatmaker Brelstaff , taken from the album “Urban Testimony [The Instrumentals]” released back in the Spring.
You can listen back to the programme now on BBC Sounds HERE
The album is available to download and stream on most digital platforms including Apple / iTunes and Tidal Music. Also on Bandcamp, Spotify and an entire video playlist on Youtube
The instrumental version of the album was the appetiser to the main course of the full vocal version of “Urban Testimony”, a collaboration with Brooklyn rapper Justo the MC, which releases on November 3rd.
Singles “High” and AA side “Falling / Satan’s Grip” have already been released, with “Sunday due out on Tuesday October 10th
There will again be official videos for every track on the label’s Youtube channel, appearing on the existing playlist created for the singles to date.
All information regarding New Dawn Records’ releases and their artist roster is available at their official website www.newdawnrecs.com
All media, press, radio and DJ enquiries regarding any of the label’s releases can be sent to ourselves, the in house promotional division. Our contact details are HERE
The new episode of Focus Beats was broadcast on BBC Radio 6 at the weekend, and is due to be repeated on BBC Radio 1 this Wednesday.
Produced for the BBC by Reform Radio, the programme features a mix of instrumental lofi hip hop chilled beats, ambient electronica and other soothing sounds designed to assist students focusing on study and alsoprovide a generally relaxing backdrop through the night. The concept will be well known to those familiar with several Youtube and Spotify playlists also designed for that exact purpose.
The programme is also available on BBC Sounds for approximately 6 weeks after first broadcast, so you can listen back to it HERE
Included in this week’s playlist are instrumental versions of tracks by De La Soul, Method Man, Aretha Franklyn and three separate artists with albums either already released or set for release later this year by New Dawn Records
BRELSTAFF “FINE LINE [Instrumental]”Taken from the album “Urban Testimony (The Instrumentals) released in the Spring, the full vocal version of the album, a collaboration with Brooklyn rapper Justo the MC, drops November 3rd
Instrumental album on Spotify (also available on Bandcamp, Apple, Deezer, Amazon & Tidal)
Full vocal album video trailler on Youtube
FROST GAMBLE “LONG RIDE [Instrumental]”. This is the instrumental version of a track which will appear on the album “Cautionary Tales” out on October 20th. Another collaborative project between veteran producer Frost Gamble and upcoming award winning upstate NY rapper Anthony Kannon.
The first single “Pitfalls” released in June with the new single “Make It Rain” due out on July 18th
Pitfalls on Spotify (also available on Bandcamp, Apple, Tidal, Deezer & Amazon)
Album video trailer on Youtube
HUSKY BROWN “VEGANITE [Instrumental]”This is the instrumental version of the track which appeared on the album “Panacea”, another joint venture with London rapper Phoenix da Icefire, and which was nominated for ‘Best Independent Album’ at the AIM Awards 2020
“Panacea” on Spotify (also available on Bandcamp, Apple, Deezer, Tidal & Apple)
“Veganite” on Youtube
For further information about all of New Dawn Records’ releases, visit their official website www.newdawnrecs.com
All written media and radio DJ enquiries about the label’s releases can be sent to ourselves, their in house promotional division. Contact details available HERE
The Focus Beats show, produced by Manchester’s Reform Radio, broadcasts through the night at the weekend on BBC Radio 6, and is then repeated through the week on BBC Radio 1.
With the exponential rise of Spotify and Youtube playlists geared towards specific usage designed to help with studying, focus and relaxation, the UK’s national broadcaster has recently moved into this territory with its schedulingand broadcasting output, initially aired through the nightbut of course available for playback at any time via its Sounds platform.
This weekend’s edition of the show included the track “Is She [instrumental]” by Edinburgh producer Brelstaff, released as part of his album “Urban Testimony [The Instrumentals]” in April of this year by New Dawn Records.
You can listen back to the full programme on BBC Sounds HERE
You can hear the full album on Spotify, and also watch a full video playlist on Youtube
As was announced on Friday, the full vocal version of the album “Urban Testimony” is a collaboration with Brooklyn rapper Justo the MC, and will release on November 3rd 2023. Three singles will precede the release beginning with “High” on August 1st.
A video trailer was published on the label’s Youtube channel as an early taste of what you can expect
All information about New Dawn Records’ releases is available from the label’s official website www.newdawnrecs.comAll media and DJ enquiries regarding their releases can be directed to ourselves, the label’s in-house promotional division. Simply visit our CONTACT PAGE for details
2019 has been a landmark year for our overall operation.
Parent company & hip hop label New Dawn Records originally operated from 1996 – 2004 before lending all its resources to developing their in house promotions team UrbanElite PR to becoming one of the leading independent hip hop & rap publicists worldwide.
Now with this year’s label relaunch, UEP have reverted back to its original role.
With a vinyl back catalogue and having signed a digital distribution company with US company Ingrooves, New Dawn Records will look to release in both formats moving forward, and expect to announce some new roster additions in the weeks and months ahead.
To mark the relaunch, a series of specially commissioned EP’s have been released. Beginning with hip hop crew Belles in Monica’s “Y’All in Meltdown” on April 26th, it was followed by Underground Cartel’s “Sapientia” on May 17th, an international collaborative project featuring rappers from the USA, UK, France, Africa, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Germany & The Netherlands.
Belles in Monica’s second EP “Natsukashii” drops June 7th, and all are available to stream and download from Spotify, Apple, Deezer, Beatport, Soundcloud & Amazon.
This short video reflects the label’s past & present
This, UrbanElite PR’s website, has been redesigned and upgraded recently in line with recent developments and change in role.
This short video reflects the work with multiple Major and independent artists over the years securing international press coverage, arranging guest appearances on stations such as Sirius XM and BBC and providing tour press. The client list includes Souls of Mischief, D12, Ultramagentic MC’s, 050 Boyz, DJ Sarah Love, Kid Vishis, Constant Deviants, Horseshoe Gang Melanin 9, Rah Digga and Copywrite
We also have our popular Hip Hop Bangerz playlists on Spotify, Youtube and Soundcloud which showcases the music of the artists we’ve promoted, again represented within the visuals
To keep up to date with all of the label’s news, visit the new official website atwww.newdawnrecs.com – all of their social media is linked on the hompage
We at UrbanElite PR handle all media related issues regarding New Dawn Records, and this site will publish examples of latest news and coverage. Points of contact for all forms of media inquiries can be found HERE and our Homepageincludes all our social media links.
hop label & UEP’s parent company New Dawn
Records are marking their re-launch after 15 years with a series of
specially commissioned single & EP releases over the coming months. Having
signed a distribution partnership with US company INgrooves, they are currently adding new artists to the roster.
The first single “Y’All Under Surveillance” b/w “Meltdown” by Belles in Monica dropped today, taken from the EP “Y’All in Meltdown” releasing April 26th. Available for the first time to stream and download, the original vinyl releases were championed by multiple stations including BBC Radio 1’s Evening Sessions host Steve Lamacq, featured in various print publications including Billboard, iDJ and Blues & Soul, and were regular entries in DJ Magazine’s specialist club charts.
Remixes are courtesy of G-Sharp, legendary turntablist & DMC finalist Krash Slaughta and Phi Life Cypher producer DJ Nappa featuring cuts by DJ Mr Thing.
Check the stream on Soundcloud
Also available on Spotify, Amazon, Apple, Deezer, iTunes & Tidal – choose your preferred option HERE
Keep up to date with all of New Dawn Records’ developments and news about forthcoming releases at their OFFICIAL WEBSITE and via their various social media platforms
New Dawn Records was first established in 1996, and were the original parent company of UrbanElite PR.
Becoming dormant in 2004 so that all resources could be redirected into developing and establishing the promotional division as one of the leading publicists of independent hip hop & rap music worldwide, the label are relaunching in 2019 with UEP reverting to its original role in house.
Just launched today, the official website www.newdawnrecs.com has all the details about the label’s history while outlining their plans for the future, including information regarding the initial set of releases specially formulated to mark their return.
Originally releasing on vinyl and CD formats, New Dawn Records have partnered with US company Ingrooves for worldwide digital distribution, and have four new EP’s in the pipeline representing a mix of back catalogue never before available in digital format, re-worked and produced originals and brand new exclusive tracks.
This early release phase is ahead of the label working with new artists and their products, several of whom may be very familiar to those aware of past work done by UrbanElite PR.
26th April 2019 sees the first of these EP’s releasing, “Y’All in Meltdown – Lazarus EP Vol 1” by the crew Belles in Monica. A mix of their two singles “Y’All Under Surveillance” and “Meltdown”, originally released on 12″ vinyl, both were championed by BBC Radio 1’s Steve Lamacq among others, enjoyed extensive international club support, received coverage in magazines such as Billboard, DJ and Blues & Soul, and were featured in independent films.
Included are remixes by Phi Life Cypher beatmeister DJ Nappa and the legendary DMC finalst DJ Krash Slaughta with further contributions by producers G-Sharp, Gripper and turntablist supreme DJ Mr Thing. The originals have also received the “re-work” treatment reflected in the ’18 edits.
The second in the series releases 17th May 2019, the “Sapientia EP” by Underground Cartel
A project masterminded by producer Kruze to represent the traditional values of global hip hop culture, this is an international collaboration in the truest sense, with multiple territories represented.
Featured artists include Swiss Precise (KBH), Yukonn MC, Brandon J Atlas, Tone Rome, Lockness, Black Market and Crazy Ballhead (all USA), Creamo and Rapstation’s Mr CRF (both UK), El Meswy (Spain), Magellano (Croatia), Beni Blanco (Originaires du Sud France), Bleek (Holland), Grizu (Germany), Dumi Right (Zimbabwe) and from Italy, Marya and the late, great, Primo Brown (Cor Veleno).
Keep up to date on all the latest label and release news here and over on the NDR website. You can also keep updated on social media
Elementz is a new event taking place in London which celebrates the traditional 4 elements of hip hop
The classic disciplines, deejaying, emceeing, bboy breaks & throwdowns and graffiti
Planned as a quarterly night, it aims to showcase some of the biggest established names in the scene together with giving new emerging talent the opportunity to shine, all knowledge under one roof. The main focus is on UK talent initially, but wont be confined to that in what is a global culture which has produced so many positive benefits for those involved.
The launch night takes place at The Rhythm Factory, 16 – 18 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1EW. Its in the Shoreditch area of town, nearest Tube station being Aldgate East.
The night will use both the venue’s rooms.
From 8pm – 3am, the line up is as follows:
DJ Sets from DJ Sarah Love (resident), DJ 279 (Choice FM), DJ Mr Thing (Scratch Pervert / DMC Champion), DJ Snips (Livin Proof)
Live performances by Caxton Press (who will also be celebrating Kingpin and Amy True’s birthdays), showcasing tracks from their new Devil May Care album, Genesis Elijah, approaching legendary status from the days of “So Hip Hop” to current BBC Radio 1 support for his Painkillers & Pilkington EP & hosted by Mystro, another long time in the game with much respect for his work over the years. Currently promoting What Kind of Drug is Mystrogen” EP. New talent on stage will come in the shape of London’s Naba Napalm and Ether L Banks
Open Mic session, live graffiti courtesy of FDC, and a bboy / bgirl throwdown including members of London’s Scope Hip Hop Dance Theatre Company. Its the room designed for all in attendance to participate, whether in a dance off, testing their rhyme skills with the crowd or anything else they think they can bring to the table
This room is hosted by DJ Snuff, organizer of End of the Weak and Speaker’s Corner, who will also be on stage with Caxton Press in the main room and DJ Johny Garcia
The live hip hop scene has grown considerably around the UK in the past year or two, thanks to some extent to the popularity of events such as Dont Flop’s rap battles, and the participation element that brings with it. A new generation has become interested in the history of the culture, and Elementz looks to provide a night which represents a broader experience and understanding. And in the traditions of hip hop, give an opportunity from the old to the new.
Price on the door is £8.00, this is an 18 and over event and dress code is casual but the venue advises “no tracksuits”
Each event will also be filmed by the UK’s leading online platform The Hip Hop Chronicle for future broadcast
In November 2011, DJ Muggs came to Europe on tour in support of his new album “Bass For your Face”
He visited London to perform at Brixton Jamm, and we arranged for some affiliated press to coincide with the visit.
For those familiar with DJ Muggs and his involvement with Soul Assassins and Cypress Hill, it was a surprise to some that he appeared to have a musical departure into the world of dubstep, a sound which first emerged from Croydon in South London.
Dubstep has transferred across the Atlantic recently, with more clubs & events particularly in Canada and the United States’ west coast jumpin on the sound.
In the interview with Han O’Connor for MTV UK’s online MTV Wrap Up, Muggs explains that this isnt necessarily a major departure for him personally. Quoting the early influence of German electronic techno legends Kraftwerk, and working with Goldie and Grooverider on previous jungle / drum & bass collaborations, he explains the heavy 808 kicks were standard back seat furniture in LA cars, so the heavier, deeper the sound, the better the impact!
He touches upon his days with Cypress Hill and his work within various genres, obviously keen to look at how they can develop hybrid sounds and move in new directions.
He recorded the track Snap Ur Neck Back with London’s Dizzee Rascal, and it was premiered on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show during Muggs’ short stay.