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New single release awarded record of the week!

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The new solo single THE HAVEN by Plankton’s founding partner and leader of Fresh Claim, SIMON LAW is released digitally Worldwide on Friday October 26th. This single was recorded in September for inclusion on the upcoming Plankton Records 40th Anniversary compilation albums – more news on these soon – but it was decided to release it as a single ahead of the albums.
Said Plankton partner Keith Dixon, “As soon as we had the idea of releasing at least one compilation album to mark our 40th Anniversary I wanted Simon, being the founder of the label in 1978, to record a new song to close the album with. He said he’d written a new song and we booked into a studio in early September to record it. I’d not heard the song before the day of recording and I was completely blown away by it. It’s a beautiful song and at the same time it is a trademark Simon composition. I decided there and then that it deserved its own single release. And here we are!
We’ve alsojust learned that North of England radio station Lionheart Radio have made THE HAVEN their record of the week next week (w/c Monday October 29th). This means that it will be played across the week by all the presenters. Big thanks to Lionheart Radio (and our contact there Gillian Daniel).”
The single will be available on all digital music sites/platforms Worldwide – from iTunes to Spotify and everything in between. You can also watch THE HAVEN video on YouTube (Click here) 
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40th Anniversary Gig details confirmed

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The details of the previously announced 40th Anniversary Celebration Gig, marking Plankton Records 40th anniversary as a record label, have now been finalised.

“It’s going to be a great evening”, confirmed Plankton partner Keith Dixon ” We’ve got four great artists lined up who all play different styles and genres of music – so there will be something for everyone!

The evening will kick-off with acoustic singer-songwriter MATT JR HURLEY, who released the EP ‘Raising Questions’ with us in 2016. He’ll be followed by FRESH CLAIM who are fronted by Plankton’s founding partner Rev Simon Law. They will be playing their usual blues influenced rock and also Simon’s brand new song that he’s recorded for our new compilation album – more of that another time. Next we have Martin Trotman and Steve Bassett from NINE BEATS COLLECTIVE. They will be sharing some songs from the brilliant 2017 album ‘Nine Beats to the Bar’ with the backing of another band and I’ll be interviewing them both too. And to close off the evening we the fantastic ECHO who will be bringing us their joyous motown and classic soul covers with a twist of faith! So we’ll end the night on our feet!

We’ve got at least 2 new products released on that day too so it’s going to be a real night to remember – and all for only £5. Just get yourself there – no excuses”

The partners have also released a 3 min video promoting the concert. You can watch it here (CLICK HERE)

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Nine Beats Collective UK dates

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Following the recent live launch event in Los Angeles to mark the USA release of their critically acclaimed ‘Nine Beats to the Bar’ album, NINE BEATS COLLECTIVE are playing 4 dates in the UK during October.
Collective members Eric Wilson (who’s flying over from the USA), Martin Trotman, Tony Bean and the man behind the whole Nine Beats initiative Steve Bassett are being joined by Belinda Kae and Ben Grace (he is also flying in from the USA) and a full band for the four UK dates.
“The USA launch event was a special evening” reported Steve Bassett “and with nearly all of the same team playing these four UK dates we are expecting them to be equally special as we explore the meaning of the Beatitudes, the wonderful and challenging ancient sayings of Jesus mainly through music but also with storytelling and thought provoking conversation”
The details of the October dates are:
MONDAY 15th       LONDON. The 100 Club, 100 Oxford Street, London, W1 1LN
THURSDAY 18th   BIRMINGHAM. RJJZ Jazz Bar, Arch 24, 208 Livery Street, Birmingham, B3 1EU
FRIDAY 19th          LEEDS. The Barn Coffee Shop, Meanwood Valley Urban Farm, Sugarwell Road, Leeds, LS7 2QG
SATURDAY 20th   LONDON. Highway Vineyard Church, 88A Romford Road, Stratford, London, E15 4EH
Full details of all of the above gigs can be found on our events page on this site (CLICK HERE)