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- Universal Records is the NUMBER ONE independent record label in the Philippines. Bringing you quality music for the past 30 years, we are home to artists like: Jose Mari Chan, Gary Valenciano, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Lani Misalucha, Jed Madela, Christian Bautista, Jay R, Billy Crawford, Kris Aquino, Edu Manzano, Marian Rivera, Mark Herras, Nina, Ronnie Liang, Gail Blanco, Sam Concepcion. Our band roster includes: Parokya Ni Edgar, Kamikazee, Sponge Cola, Imago, Silent Sanctuary, Kenyo, Paraluman. We are equally committed to bring you exciting international releases covering various genres like pop, jazz, new age, classical, alternative, indie pop, rock, electronica, dance, r&b, and hip-hop. Name it, we definitely have it!
December 16, 2008
"Low Key" will soon be released in Southeast Asian countries. The album comes with a Bonus CD featuring Minus-One of the full album. Get FREE limited edition Regine Velasquez posters when you buy "Low Key" at selected Astro Vision, Shoemart, Odyssey and Music One outlets. There are four collectible Regine Velasquez posters exclusively for each retail chain.
Mark Gardener , former frontman of U.K. shoegazer luminaries Ride, releases his highly anticipated solo debut album "These Beautiful Ghosts". Gardener co-produced the album with Bill Racine (The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Sparklehorse) and features the brilliance of Oxford band Goldrush serving as backing band. The album sounds like Red House Painters with a Brit-popper's tune sense, languid acoustic daydreams long on vague psychedelia and hazy harmonies. The arrangements call to mind Crosby, Stills and Nash, Simon & Garfunkel, and similar acts from the softer end of the '70s rock spectrum or like something The Shins might covet. Texturally, the record does retain some of the atmospheric nuance that Ride knew so well. Featuring "The Story Of The Eye", "Beautiful Ghosts", "Snow In Mexico", "Water and Wine" and "Magdalen Sky".
MONSTER MOVIE - All Lost
U.K. dreampop act Monster Movie is formed by Christian Savill (formely of shoegazer greats Slowdive) and features Rachel Staggs from Experimental Aircraft on vocals for the majority of their records. Nearly half of the tracks on their new album “All Lost” have a feel of the Slowdive's masterpiece “Souvlaki” but the band also appropriated some California pop this time around to beautiful effect.
ADAM FRANKLIN - Bolts Of Melody
Adam Franklin is the singer/guitartist for 90’s shoegaze legends Swervedriver and labelmates with highly influential bands like Ride and My Bloody Valentine on the Creation Records label. Now he returns with his debut solo album called “Bolts of Melody”. Adam’s signature guitar playing and vocals come through strong on the album, while influences from psychedelic heroes Syd Barrett and Arthur Lee, or folk legend Nick Drake, are hinted at throughout. Fans of Adam and Swervedriver have been waiting for this record for years. “Bolts of Melody” is the answer to their prayers!
PANDA BEAR - Person Pitch
Imagine Brian Wilson drinking deep from a golden goblet of hallucinogens, plugging in a laptop and making an album of warm, layered vocals, looped hums, and supple, found sounds. The second solo album by Panda Bear - aka Noah Lennox, singer and drummer for the critically-acclaimed experimental band Animal Collective - is just such a heavenly thing, shaping psychedelic pop into blissful electronic shapes.
SALLY SHAPIRO - Disco Romance
Swedish act Sally Shapiro's debut album, "Disco Romance" is a conscious effort to recall and reproduce the sound and style of 1980’s Eurobeat and Italo disco, a genre built on cheap synthesizers, recyclable dance grooves, and vocalists reciting inane or even nonsensical lyrics. The album received strong reviews, and Shapiro has recently been championed by many prominent music blogs including Pitchfork Media. Featuring “I’ll Be By Your Side”, “Find My Soul”, “Hold Me So Tight” and “Time To Let Go”.
THE WAKE - Here Comes Everybody + Singles
Re-issue of the second Factory album (FACT 130) from 1985, including all eight album tracks, as well as the three related non-album singles for Factory: Talk About the Past, Of the Matter and Something That No One Else Could Bring. Sixteen tracks in total, plus original artwork and detailed sleevenotes.
THE WAKE - Assembly
Compilation including the January 1984 BBC session for the David Jensen show, 8 live tracks desk-recorded at Ayr Pavilion on 15 April 1983, and the two non-album singles recorded for Sarah: Crush the Flowers and Major John.
THE WAKE - Holy Head
Value for money. Both albums released on Sarah Records, Make It Loud (1991) and Tidal Wave of Hype (1994) on one disc. 72 minutes running time, new artwork.
THE WAKE - Harmony + Singles
All eight tracks from the Harmony mini album from 1982 (including the outtake Chance, only previously released on the Factory Benelux pressing), as well as the first two singles on Scan 45 and Factory Benelux, plus the legendary John Peel session from July 1983.
November 19, 2008
The ultimate song artist is set to create a new trend. She is entirely soft-and-easy in the entire CD that all her listeners can easily sing-along with her. Her renditions of "And I Love You So" (Don Mclean), "I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love" (Rita Coolidge), "I Never Dreamed Someone Like You Could Love Someone Like Me" (Katie Irving), "No Walls, No Ceilings, No Floors" (Orsa Lia) and "Good Friend" (Mary McGregor) are all potential hits. The feeling of having an "all-single" CD in "Low Key" goes on with "How Can I Tell You" (Lani Hall), "Of All The Things" (Dennis Lambert), "Longer" (Dan Fogelberg), "At Seventeen" (Janis Ian)," She's Always A Woman" (Billy Joel) and "Never Be The Same" (Christopher Cross). More mesmerizing, easy listening pleasures come from the songs "Strawberry Fields Forever" (The Beatles), "Weeping Willows, Cattails" (Kenny Rankin), "Leader of The Band" (Dan Fogelberg), "Walk In Love" (David Batteau), "Clouds Across The Moon" (The Rah Band) and the bonus track, "Christmas Is", with U.S. romantic piano sensation Jim Brickman.
Surely, every song in the 18-track "Low Key" has played an important part in our lives, or better still, has provided the most romantic moments to us. Everybody will agree that Regine Velasquez keeps the flame in our hearts brightly blazing through her gift of music. "Low Key" will soon be released in Southeast Asian countries.
The album comes with a Bonus CD featuring Minus-One of the full album. Get FREE limited edition Regine Velasquez posters when you buy "Low Key" at selected Astro Vision, Shoemart, Odyssey and Music One outlets. There are four collectible Regine Velasquez posters exclusively for each retail chain.
November 13, 2008
Recorded from Christopher Cross' TV performance in De Laatse show. This updated jazzy, acoustic version can be found in his brand new album The Cafe Carlyle Sessions. (Video was uploaded with permission from Edel Entertainment.)
The Café Carlyle Sessions features Christopher Cross' biggest hits in jazzy and soft acoustic arrangements. Includes Never Be The Same, Swept Away, Arthur's Theme, Ride Like The Wind, Sailing, Think Of Laura & more.
Catch Christopher Cross LIVE in Manila back to back with Workshy on November 29 (Sat.), 8PM at Araneta Coliseum. For complete Philippine tour info, visit www.ovationproductionsmanila.com
Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, Shout Out Louds' latest album “Our Ill Wills” dives headlong into the new wave influences -- Brit classics like The Cure, The Modern Lovers, The Smiths etc. Produced by Bjorn Yttling (of Peter, Bjorn and John). This band is all about the rush, the emotion, and the infectious melodies that along with youth, good hair, and the endless pursuit of love, make up the foundation of all great pop music. Includes “Tonight I Have to Leave It” and “Impossible".
Universal Records is proud to announce the release of ICE & SNOW. This PHILIPPINES-ONLY CD Release is a collection of songs from Sweden's finest indie pop acts as compiled by Club 8's Johan Angergard. Featuring new tracks from Club 8, Pelle Carlberg, The Radio Dept., Suburban Kids With Biblical Names as well as songs from The Sound Of Arrows, The Legends, [ingenting], Loveninjas, Sambassadeur, Irene, South Ambulance, The Mary Onettes, Wan Light and Johan Hedberg.
NEW RHODES - Songs From The Lodge
Hailing from Bristol (the spiritual home of indie pop some may say, courtesy of Sarah Records), New Rhodes have released their brilliant debut album "Songs From The Lodge". Drowned In Sound described them as 'one of the finest guitar orientated pop bands this nation has produced since the Smiths'. The band's strong fan base throughout the U.K. and beyond includes many other bands like Bloc Party, The Futureheads, Keane and Blur's Graham Coxon. "Songs From The Lodge" is a mixture of previously released singles, old B-sides and new offerings, produced by Paul Epworth (Bloc Party, Babyshambles, The Rakes, The Long Blondes, The Futureheads) and Ian Grimble (British Sea Power, Manic Street Preachers, Travis). Featuring the singles "I Wish I Was You", "You've Given Me Something That I Can't Give Back", "From The Beginning" and "The History Of Britain".
JUNIOR BOYS - So This Is Goodbye
The Canadian-based duo Junior Boys has emerged with a pop statement that's easily one of the best albums of the year. It's like listening to Underworld's frantic blast combined with the Blue Nile's slowly evolving elegance, the next it could be The Pet Shop Boys' sailing in the slip stream of Depeche Mode, or The Human League's Motown meets the autobahn pop or the electronic vista of OMD. It's a work that exhibits a confident mix of focus, clarity and ambition, which touches such kindred spirits as David Sylvian, Bryan Ferry and Frank Sinatra. Featuring "In The Morning", "The Equalizer", "Count Souvenirs", "So This Is Goodbye", "Like A Child" and "When No One Cares". The deluxe edition of their highly acclaimed sophomore album contains a bonus disc of distinction - the only physical release of their 4-song iTunes studio session from the last tour plus a dizzying array of talents from the world of electronic music who bring their own personal touch to the music of Junior Boys- Carl Craig, Hot Chip, Tensnake, Arp Aubert, Kode 9, Morgan Geist, Alex Smoke, and Marsen Jules.
BONDE DO ROLE - With Lasers
Bonde Do Role unleashed their hotly anticipated debut album "With Lasers". Described in many instances as a "Brazilian Beastie Boys", this riotous MC and DJ three-piece play a carefree mix of old-school rap, electronica and baile funk - the popular fusion of hip-house, Miami bass, and Latin beats that rose to international prominence in recent years. Discovered by genre-crushing DJ/remixer/producer Diplo (M.I.A., CSS, Bloc Party, Spoon, The Decemberists) and signed to respected British label Domino (Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys), Bonde Do Role are immediately likable, rowdy, rambunctious, and straight to the point. Includes the singles "Solta O Frango", "Office Boy", "Marina Do Bairro" and "Gasolina".
THE LODGER - Life Is Sweet
Leeds-based pop heroes The Lodger return with a stunning sophomore album "Life Is Sweet". The new album is a bit of a throwback. A throwback, specifically, to the British-inspired indie guitar pop of the mid-1980s and early 1990s. The Housemartins, The Go-Betweens, The Wedding Present, The La’s. and The Smiths. Brimming with insistently catchy hooks and sing-along choruses The Lodger bring a classic pop sensibility to their sometimes tender, sometimes bitter take on the ups and downs of life and love. Includes the single "The Good Life".
The Leeds based, Kendal born avant-rockers Wild Beasts have created a collection of 10 beautiful, eccentric, very British tales that could be the most unique album you will hear this year. NME listed the Wild Beasts as one of the ten bands "tipped for the top" while The Guardian hailed them as "the most original new band in Britain". Their debut album "Limbo Panto" is produced by Tore Johansson (Franz Ferdinand, The Cardigans, Saint Etienne, New Order, Suede) and features the distinctive vocals of frontman Hayden Thorpe that's somewhere between Kate Bush, Jimmy Sommerville, Antony and The Johnsons' Antony Hegarty, The Associates' Billy Mackenzie and Sparks' Ron Mael. Featuring "Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants", "Vigil For A Fuddy Duddy" and "The Devil's Crayon".
November 12, 2008
November 6, 2008
October 21, 2008
Catch Christopher Cross LIVE in Manila back to back with sophisticated pop-jazz duo Workshy's Chrysta Jones on November 29 (Saturday) at Araneta Coliseum, 8PM. Tickets are available at all TICKETNET outlets. Call 911-5555 or check out www.ticketnet.com.ph
October 1, 2008
The band made up of Yael Yuzon (vocals-guitar), Gosh Dilay (bass), Erwin Armovit (lead guitar) and Chris Cantada (drums) released their debut album "Palabas" in 2004 , spawning radio hits like "KLSP," "Gemini," and "Jeepney." Their acoustic live cover of the Madonna classic "Crazy For You" gained popularity among fans and casual listeners after it became an Internet download favorite. Their Platinum-certified second CD "Transit", produced smash singles like the anthemic "Bitiw," "Tuliro," "Movie" and "Pasubali." Sponge Cola were also part of the most successful tribute records to come out recently: The Eraserheads' "Ultraelectromagneticjam" and the Apo Hiking Society's "Kami nAPO Muna" and "Kami nAPO Muna Ulit".
September 10, 2008
September 1, 2008
"Reminisce" will soon be released in 5 Asian countries -- Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia so our Platinum-Selling World Class Diva is more than ready for a regional musical invasion!