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June 6th, 2016

Dear friends,

I hope you are all very well indeed. After a rather wonderful trip up to Scotland, we are now back and very excited about some imminent releases, as well as a wonderful show this coming Friday (June 10th).

ASUNA and friends on June 10th in London's Brewhouse

The amazing Japanese artist ASUNA, will be bringing his '100 Toys' tour to London for a special night of music and playfulness at the lovely Brewhouse venue in London Fields. Entrance is just five pounds! ASUNA will be joined in a rare appearance by Dauw label owner Pieter Dudel, performing alongside Slaapwel curator Stijn Hüwels. Also on the night we will be joined by the ever so brilliant James Murray and our dear old friend Hybernation. 

You can purchase tickets directly from us here:

You can buy advanced tickets for just a fiver from our Bandcamp page HERE.

You can buy advanced tickets for just a fiver plus tax from Eventbrite HERE.

ISAN + Paco Sala + A New Line (Related) + R Elizabeth x ASUNA

After the superb night we had with ISAN and the crew back in April, we have finally managed to come together with the promised compilation of live and previously unreleased tracks by all the artists on the night. The incredibly special 'Rough Imaginary' is a real highlight for the label as it marks work by artists we have revered for a long time now, alongside dear friends, and in R Elizabeth, an artist we are looking forward to releasing an album with next year.

'Rough Imaginary' will be officially out on June 27th, and you can pre-order your copy from our Bandcamp store here:

'Rough Imaginary' by Various Artists

Following with the theme of releases connected to concerts, we will be releasing ASUNA's latest magnum-opus 'Tide Ripples' in July. This new work by one of our favourite Japanese artists, features the unique vocal talents of Rima Kato, and over two long-form tracks, sees Asuna Arashi create a beautiful set of guitar-led folk pieces which evolve into more ambient subtlety and cleverness as each progresses. It is an album that our wonderful Japanese distrbutors P*Dis will be releasing in a unique Japan edition with bonus material from the live show, so we don't expect copies to remain for too long.

You can stream and enjoy this latest wonderful work here:

'Tide Ripples' by ASUNA

ALTARS ALTARS + Giulio Aldinucci

In a little over a week we will be announcing more info about the latest releases due out later in July by Altars Altars and Giulio Aldinucci respectively. Both albums are now up for pre-order on our Bandcamp page where you can stream a few of the tracks from these wonderful albums.

BYE BYE SOMERSET, HELLO EASTERN EUROPE!

We are very excited to let you know that from mid-August, we will be moving to Warsaw (and Berlin for work). This ends a lovely year of transition for us on a personal level, and whilst the label is still very much set in Japan, it means that we will not be putting on any more shows for the foreseeable future. It does mean an even crazier international schedule for us as I will personally be travelling between Japan, Warsaw and Berlin regularly for work. The label will still be very much in existence but releases will be spaced out to be dealt with more in japan, with more of a focus going on distributed releases due to the lack of time to actually post stuff out. This is a great move for the label as we are able to work with far more focus on each release, and we are also able to continue our ethos of supporting exciting new artists as we see fit. Laurels, after all, are not there to be sat on. And with this in mind we already have a superb line-up of artists through to 2018 that will no doubt capture your ears, and we are really excited about the breadth of work we will be covering and producing in the foreseeable future.

Thank you so much if you read this far. We love and appreciate your amazing support as always. x