So we had some big big news last week in YHM Towers. And no it wasn’t the news confirming that The Operators were to headline The Peter Westropp Memorial Trust‘s Stropptoberfest at the weekend (as massive as that was), it was that a track co-written by one of the Your Hands Music mega lads, Charlie Westropp, had been selected for release by the ruddy amazing Callum burrows aka Saint Raymond. WOOOOHHHHOOOOO!!!
Now I know this isn’t strictly sticking to my normal remit here in the New Music Takeaway, cos I have already blogged about Saint Raymond here well over a year ago, whilst regular followers will have noticed that he also featured in my Special Crimbo New Music Takeaway, and in the Weekend Warm Up recently as well. And adding to the honour of appearing on this site multiple times, he’s had quite a few other minor things happen for him since those posts too. Stuff like featuring in NME Radar & the Guardian’s Band Of The Day, getting loads of airplay on Radio 1 from Zane Lowe amongst others. Being compared by multiple journos & industry bods to peeps like Bastille, Police, Simple Minds, Vampire Weekend, Bombay Bicycle Club. Gigging with Gabrielle Aplin, Haim, & this very week Ed Sheeran at the O2, with whom he became label mates, having been signed by Asylum Records, which is also home to Rudimental, Charli XCX, and other good people. He’s also had previous singles remixed by the likes of Kele Okereke (Young Blood), Alt-J (I Want You). You know, real minor stuff. Bottom line is he shouldn’t really be here on the NMT, cos, well, he’s big time already.
But I’m still gonna post this for several reasons. Firstly, he’s not released an album yet so can still kind of, be classed as ‘new music’. Secondly he’s friggin’ awesome and thirdly we’ve got a personal connection to him and his project, so we’re obviously gonna try and not so subtly help him whenever we possibly can.
Which brings me back to Callum’s forthcoming single (co-written by our bruvver Charlie Westropp, just in case you forgot, along with friend of YHM Nick Atkinson, & Callum himself). It’s a fucking tune. Indie pop at it’s absolute best, I think you’ll agree. It’s out in a little while on the 30th November (don’t worry I won’t let you forget), but if you are worried about it slipping your mind, you can pre-order it right now on iTunes here, whilst, in the meantime, tiding yourself over by streaming it daily on either ours or Callum’s soundclouds (for ours click here, all Saint Raymond links are below). Or alternatively, you could, go see ‘This Is Where I Leave You‘ which is out on the 24th October (already out in the U.S.), starring loads of big massive movie guys who you’ll definitely know from previous stuff like Tina Fey (general funny things- 30 Rock, The Oscars, etc), Jason Bateman (Arrested Development, Horrible Bosses), Timothy Olyphant (the main cowboy/ U.S. Marshall dude in Justified), Jane Fonda (your mum’s old workout VHS/ DVDs), Rose Byrne (lads will remember her in X-Men: First Class, girls as the bitch in Bridesmaids), because ‘Fall At Your Feet’ is featured in it!!! That’s another little minor thing that’s happened for Callum, Charlie & Nick too…
For now though why not just have a little listen right here:
It’s a real goodun’ that innit. So now that you’re lovin’ that track why not take a little sneaky peak at all Saint Raymond’s social pages so you can get the low down on everything he does from now on. Here’s his linky dinks- Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Soundcloud, Website, he’s also just posted a lyric video here for those of you who wanna have a little sing-a-long? And if you wanna see what other projects our main man C-West (new nickname I just made up for Charlie) is getting involved with now and in the future, then you may wanna get following our sites/ pages too, so here’s the links to that shiz- Facebook, Soundcloud, Twitter & Instagram (yes we’re on instagram now too).