Freeloader Friday: L’Orange and Kool Keith, Maritime & More

Time Astonishing Album ArtAnyone out there reading this on an iPhone 6S? More than 13 million people have one in their pocket already, only one week after last Friday’s launch. Since each of those iPhones was packaged with a pair of Apple Earpods, that means that there are some 26 million ears out there that are capable of listening to this Freeloader Friday’s musical offerings, right? You betcha.

L’Orange & Kool Keith released the instrumentals of Time? Astonishing! this week. With Kool Keith’s vocal tracks lying in a heap on the bedroom floor, this album is undressed and ready to get intimate. Get your hands on these sample-laden tracks; discover the Erroll Garner-like Jazz piano samples and fat backbeats that keep them all in line. Feel the textural record noise and the emotional aesthetic that make up the bed on which Time? Astonishing! lies.


Shana Halligan Comes Back to Us, and Herself, With New Album

backtome2Time and time again, we hear that to succeed as an artist — or anything in life for that matter — one has to evolve and change as the years pass by. In a market where music is constantly changing, Shana Halligan‘s unique sound and style has remained relevant. With over 300,000 records sold as the lead singer/songwriter in the band Bitter:Sweet and hundreds of placements in television and film, you are bound to have heard her sultry vocals at some point before checking out her latest record, Back To Me, which debuts October 16th on Plug Research Music.


SLAYER’s “Repentless” SLAYS Through The Charts

Slayer_RepentlessWho here remembers that time a fan spray painted, “God Listens to Slayer” onto a religious billboard? Slayer fans conform to no rules, and neither does the band itself. Here at The Orchard, the first time I ever heard Metal music was through Slayer’s Spotify page, and it was definitely an eye-opening experience! As I’ve become more acquainted with their sound, I’ve grown to understand just how much of a huge market this genre of music has, as well as the dedication and love from those who support them.

Slayer has an enormous international cult following, one that put their latest album Repentless, released September 11 via Nuclear Blast, on top of the charts worldwide. According to the United World Chart, Media Traffic’s amalgamation of official album sales charts from dozens of principal countries around the world, Repentless was the #2 best selling album in the world last week.


Welcome, Edward!

EdwardEdwardsIntroducing Edward Edwards, Client Manager, Frontline

Hello! My name is Edward Edwards and I was born in Edwardsville, IL. As a child I came to love music by listening to my father play piano, my mother sing and my elder siblings’ record collections. My own musical obsessions started in 1983 with the purchase of Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” and I’ve enjoyed an eclectic and limitless variety of artists ever since. I’m coming from nearly a decade of work with Beggars Group USA, home to 4AD, Matador Records, Rough Trade Records & XL Recordings and am thrilled to be continuing my adventure at The Orchard. In addition to music, I study and appreciate nutrition, psychology, sustainable farming practices, physics and The Muppets.

The Orchard’s Classical Labels Snag 6 Wins at the 2015 Gramophone Awards

Jared Sacks collects Channel Classics Gramophone awardThe Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2015, which were held in London earlier this month, will be etched in our memory for numerous reasons, not least for the astounding performances by Joseph Moog and Pavel Haas Quartet.

It was also a great night for some of The Orchard’s classical label clients, whose artists and recordings accumulated no less than 6 awards. We’re very proud to be working with such talent, and send our heartfelt congratulations to the winners, and nominees!, who were honored this year.