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4Ever Songs: The Smiths “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now”

The track can be considered as an important milestone in the early history of The Smiths. “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” was the band’s first single to reach the 10th position in the UK Singles Chart. It also marked the beginning of Stephen Street’s work with the band as producer and engineer. The title, lyrics and morose atmosphere of the song helped to seal The Smiths‘ image as that of a camp, lugubrious band. “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” was first composed by Johnny Marr in the Iroquois Hotel in New York,

The muses of La Musa: Billie Marten 

Billie Marten first rose to prominence at the age of 17 with a jarringly mature debut ‘Writing of Blues and Yellows’, which landed her a BBC Sound of 2016 nomination.

Marten’s latest single Creature of Mine expands on the folk infused sonics of her earlier work and introduces sleek guitars with tinged with midwestern emo angst and a subtly grooving drum pattern which gives the track its forward momentum.

Divus Julius presents: Max Bloom

Lead singer of British band Yuck and a very good friend and producer of Japanese indie band Luby Sparks eponymous 2018 debut album, In February, British indie rockers Yuck shared news of their breakup. Now, vocalist/guitarist Max Bloom has announced a new solo album titled Pedestrian, out June 18th via Bloom’s own label Ultimate Blends.

Bloom started recording the album over the past year after getting to running, a passion he shared with a regular group of musicians including Spoon, Beck, and Yellow Magic Orchestra. Their influence — plus Wilco, George Harrison, and Grandaddy — served as his primary inspiration for the project’s sound.

Music by Bergman: Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Born in York (UK) in 1989, Benjamin Francis Leftwich started playing guitar under the influence of Nick Drake, Rolling Stones, Nina Simone and Elliot Smith. When he was just 22 he released his first work as a composer and singer-songwriter, “Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm”. Thanks to songs like “Shine” and “Atlas Hands”, the critics have compared him to artists of standing such as Damien Rice and José González.

Benjamin Francis Leftwich will release his new album To Carry A Whale on June 18th via Dirty Hit. It is Leftwich’s fourth album and comprises 10 brand new tracks, including lead single and album opener ‘Cherry In Tacoma’.

Introducing…UNKLE

For the past 30 years, James Lavelle has been at the forefront of global club culture. Known as much for his highly eclectic DJ sets as for his production work as UNKLE, Lavelle has been lauded as a highly influential tastemaker and musical curator.

Seven years later Where Did the Night Fall, British collective UNKLE returned with a new album The Road Part 1 in 2017. In 2019, the James Lavelle-founded project released the follow-up The Road: Part 2 (Lost Highway) which the feature of artists like Keaton Henson, Elliott Power, Miink, Philip Sheppard, Liela Moss, Tessa Angus and many more. Now they have release a new mixtape called Rōnin I.