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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!

May 3, 2009

GO BRITS - Great Albums From U.K.'s Best Kept Secrets!

NEW RHODES - Everybody Loves A Scene
After completing tours with the likes of Bloc Party, Razorlight and The Killers, Bristol formed/London based four piece New Rhodes release their second album "Everybody Loves A Scene". Inspired by the likes of Joy Division, The Smiths and The Strokes, the album is set to be one of the hottest albums of 2009 and sees the band continue with the British indie rock sound of their 2006 critically-acclaimed debut that falls somewhere between The Smiths, The House Of Love, Kaiser Chiefs and Editors. The singles "The Joys Of Finding And Losing That Girl", "Is This The Life You Want" and "Everybody Loves A Scene" are included.

DECORATION - See You After The War
Decoration grip your emotions with a simple recipe of shimmering, interfering guitars and a reflection on real life. Three parts Bolton, one part London, they make soaring atmospheric pop in the classic indie tradition - embracing the passion and humour of The Smiths, Echo and The Bunnymen, Pulp and The Wedding Present. Featuring vocal contributions from John Bramwell of I Am Kloot and Jana Heller of The Arrogants, the new album "See You After the War" sways like a punch-drunk heavyweight from rampant indie guitar jangle thrash to head-in-the-hands post-bout melancholic realisation. Includes "Glasshouse" and "Square Mile".

SILENT ALLIANCE - The Spirit Of An Age To Come
In an alternative music scene dominated by style-over-substance monotone indie rock, London's Silent Alliance stand out as one of the few bands that can truly claim to be a unique proposition. Silent Alliance have created an intelligent, guitar-driven pop sound that combines both the euphoric and hugely danceable with the reflective and melancholic. Their musical influences include the likes of New Order, The Cure, The Smiths, Depeche Mode, Kate Bush, Psychedelic Furs and Bruce Springsteen, as well as more obscure modern Scandinavian artists such as Mew and Hakan Hellstrom. Featuring "Cities On Fire", "The Edge Of Town", "Hollow Talk" and more. Includes one Philippines-only bonus track!

WAKE THE PRESIDENT - You Can't Change That Boy
Glasgow's Wake The President release their debut album, "You Can’t Change That Boy". Co-produced by ex-Delgados’ drummer Paul Savage (whose recent credits include Franz Ferdinand, King Creosote, & Malcolm Middleton), they are the latest innovative group to be released on the award-winning Electric Honey Records (others include Belle & Sebastian, Snow Patrol) and have been tipped by MOJO as the band to keep an eye on. They draw their influences from a variety of sources, with the Postcard-era Go Betweens/Aztec Camera as well as The Smiths and Orange Juice unashamedly seeping through in their diverse harmonies and melodies. Featuring "Remember Fun?", "Miss Tierney", "You Can't Change That Boy" and more.

The Glasgow-based four-piece Sons and Daughter (featuring ex-members of Arab Strap) present their new album "This Gift". Winning fans in Nick Cave, Franz Ferdinand and the critics who marked Sons And Daughters out as a unique group of fine taste and judgment. For the new album, they've recruited former Suede guitarist and fast-becoming ├╝ber-producer Bernard Butler to produce their third and most accessible album. "The Gift" is nowhere near as dark-hearted and intense as its predecessor, but the trade off is a broader sound that takes in '60s girl groups and psychobilly rock, sounding something like the teenage offspring of Strawberry Switchblade and The Cramps. Other influences include Blondie, defunct American cult act Pretty Girls Make Graves and the Velvet Underground. Features the singles "Gilt Complex", "The Gift" and "Darling".

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