Plankton Records partner Keith Dixon has just created and added the first three new playlists to SPOTIFY that feature the music of Plankton Records artists.
“I’ve been looking to do this for some time now” stated Keith, “with the aim of hopefully spreading the word on some of our artists and raising their profiles and having more people encounter and enjoy their music. It’s been great for me too as I’ve been listening to their music again!”
“Even though these releases are on my label and I actively helped create and release a lot of them you can easily forget how good this music is, because you are so busy work on everything involved in running a small independent label that you don’t have the time to just sit and fully enjoy previous releases unless you make the time to do so!”
The first three artists to feature on these playlists are PETE WARD, BEN OKAFOR & FRESH CLAIM
“There will be more Plankton Records Spotify compilation playlists coming” advised Keith “both artists based as well as other themed playlists”
Here are the links to the three playlists:
PETE WARD (Click here)
BEN OKAFOR (Click here)
FRESH CLAIM (Click here)
Flame Community Radio are broadcasting a 1 Hour Plankton Records 40th Anniversary Special programme across this week. The team at Flame asked Plankton partner Keith Dixon to choose 12 tracks that outlined the journey and different musical styles released by Plankton over the years.
Keith reports, “It was not a case of choosing what I think are the 12 best/favourite songs that we’ve released – which would be a nearly impossible task for me anyway! – but finding the 12 songs by 12 artists that I thought best painted a sketch or outline of our long history and I decided to base this around our recent ‘FORTY YEARS 1978 – 2018’ double album release. I did an interview with John Cheek from Flame in October and after the interview he got me to record links/intros to each of the 12 tracks. I’m looking forward to hearing it myself via the RadioPlayer app!”
Here are the broadcast dates and times:
Monday January 7th @ 4.00pm
Wednesday January 9th @ 7.00pm
Thursday January 10th @ 8.00pm
Saturday January 12th @ 12.30pm (lunchtime) & 8.30pm
Flame Radio broadcasts in the merseyside are of England on 1521 MW/AM. You can also listen to them via their website (CLICK HERE) or via the RADIO PLAYER or XIIALIVE apps ir on Internet Radio and on-line via TUNEIN or PURE.
To find out more about the 41 track ‘FORTY YEARS 1978 – 2018’ double album set (CLICK HERE)
A new year is here and we please to start the new year with a new release – a new NINE BEATS COLLECTIVE remix single released Worldwide on every major digital music download and streaming site/platform!
‘Wild World’, Barry’s self-penned and sung contribution to the critically acclaimed and much lauded NINE BEATS TO THE BAR album (available on CD, digital & double deluxe vinyl), is built on an old-school R&B vibe that grabs your attention and refuses to let go. On an album packed full of truly great songs, ‘Wild World’ was one of those that lept out and caught the attention of reviewers and radio programme planners alike. It was felt by us all that revisiting the track and remixing it would help with the up-coming promotional work in mainland Europe and the orginal album producer, and noted remixer, Tony Bean went back into the studio and created this brilliant ‘Euro’ remix which is now released Worldwide right at the start of what is hoped to be an exciting landmark year for the whole NINE BEATS COLLECTIVE project
Barry is a theologian, professor, writer, cultural commentator, artist, musician, composer and famously had a faith epiphany when on the tech crew of AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” uber-rock ‘n’ roll tour. As well as being a talented songwriter, he has composed movie soundtracks and produced his own albums.
He travels globally, speaking on issues related to the intersections of theology and contemporary culture. He co-authored A Matrix of Meanings: Finding God in Pop Culture and A Heretic’s Guide to Eternity and Entertainment Theology: New Edge Spirituality in a Digital Democracy.
NINE BEATS COLLECTIVE is a collaboration of world class musicians, artists, and songwriters who have come together from different continents, different cities, and different experiences, all on the trail of exploring the ancient wisdom of the Bible sayings known as ‘the beatitudes’. Their album NINE BEATS TO THE BAR is an eclectic soundscape of R&B, soul, rock/pop, acoustic threads, classical, jazz/funk, African vibes, and a hint of gospel. It’s a haunting, a cry, a new beat. It’s soul, adventure, lament, and rage. It’s a love song… and most of all it’s a movement.
Visit the official NINE BEATS COLLECTIVE website (CLICK HERE)
Visit the NINE BEATS COLLECTIVE artist page on the website (CLICK HERE)
As the interest and celebrations of Plankton’s 40th anniversary continues, Plankton Records partners Simon Law and Keith Dixon were the special guests of Patrick Sherring and his ‘Friday Night Extra’ show on Phoenix 98FM on November 23rd.
Simon and Keith were interviewed live about the history and music of Plankton. Simon also performed 3 songs live in the studio – including his new single ‘The Haven’ (which has been played by the radio station) and 3 tracks were played from the FORTY YEARS 1978 – 2018 2CD slipcase set.
It was a fun in-depth interview with both Simon and Keith sharing about their memories, thoughts and experiences of running the UK’s oldest surviving independent Christian record label.
You can listen to the programme via the Phoenix 98FM website. Just click on the link and scroll down the page to the player. Simon and Keith are on from approx 5 mins 40 sec to 1 hour (CLICK HERE)
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)