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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!

June 26, 2009


POCKETBOOKS - Flight Paths

London's Pocketbooks combine melodic boy/girl harmonies, spiralling guitars and delicate piano lines. Their debut album, "Flight Paths", sweeps majestically through the places and everyday lives that indie music has perhaps forgotten recently - from 'the supermarket aisles to the dancefloors of provincial towns' and 'from the platforms of the Central line to the beaches of a south coast town'. Its eleven songs will surely interest fans of Camera Obscura, Saint Etienne, Belle and Sebastian and The Pipettes. Includes "Cross The Line" and "Footsteps".
CATS ON FIRE - Our Temperance Movement

“Our Temperance Movement” is second album from fashionable Finnish pop foursome that has earned favorable comparisons to indie legends The Smiths, Felt, Orange Juice, Pulp, One Thousand Violins, Happydeadmen and Belle and Sebastian. This album expands upon the traditional guitar, bass, and drums with liberal bursts of piano, organ, clarinet, banjo, glockenspiel & other percussion which help to showcase singer Mattias Bjork's Morrissey-esque croon and his poetic, sardonic, and rather eccentric take on the world. Includes "Tears In Your Cup", "Letters from a Voyage to Sweden" and "Horoscope". Highly recommended!

LIECHTENSTEIN - Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein are an all-girl indiepop quartet from Gothenburg, Sweden who play a unique brand of shambling yet dreamy guitar pop. Taking their influences from '80s post punk, C86 and '60s girl group sensibilities - Dolly Mixture, Talulah Gosh, Girls At Our Best, Television Personalities, Mo-Dettes, The Slits, Shop Assistants, The Vaselines. Liechtenstein are ready to bring their subversive pop to a larger audience and will surely appeal to fans of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Vivian Girls and Love Is All. Includes "All At Once", "Roses In The Park" and more.


Named after a New Order's 1984 song, Paris-based, Swedish-American trio Thieves Like Us release their first album called "Play Music". Their sound is heavily influenced by new wave, synth-pop, post-punk and seminal electronic artists. The album’s eleven songs are characterized by repetitive programmed hooks and minimal arrangements that are more atmospheric than dance-inducing, which ultimately make for one cool record. Think New Order, LCD Soundsystem, Daft Punk, Hot Chip etc. . Includes "Drugs In My Body", "Fass", "Miss You" and "Your Heart Feels".

MONTT MARDIE - Introducing...The Best Of

Montt Mardié is one of the finest pop jewels ever found in Sweden. His rather provokingly titled U.K. debut release "Introducing... The Best Of Montt Mardié" is a celebration of pop and blue-eyed soul and a a tribute to some of the best pure pop music of the '80s like Wham!, Haircut 100, Aztec Camera, The Lilac Time and Prefab Sprout - from the corny synths, machine-driven Northern soul drumbeats, out of control falsetto vocals and completely fake-sounding production. He takes the music of the past, perfects it and twists it. The album includes 6 re-recorded tracks from his first album "Drama" plus 10 tracks off of the "Clocks/Pretender" double-album plus 2 new songs. File next to Prefab Sprout, Saint Etienne, The King Of Luxembourg, The Style Council. Featuring the singles "Modesty Blaise" and "Names Not Forgotten".

ALLY KERR - Off The Radar

One of Scotland’s fastest-rising artists and best-kept secrets, singer-songwriter Ally Kerr released his brand new album, “Off the Radar”. Echoing the likes of Kings Of Convenience, Simon & Garfunkel, Tim Burgess, Teenage Fanclub and Belle & Sebastian, along with shades of The Lilac Time, this follow-up is produced by The Pearlfishers’ David Scott. Featuring the singles “Could Have Been a Contender” and “There’s A World”.

BUTCHER BOY - React Or Die

Glaswegian act Butcher Boy came to our attention in 2007, with the release of their magnificent debut album "Profit in Your Poetry". Its tender, organically produced sound drew favourable comparisons - Think Belle and Sebastian, Lloyd Cole and the Commotions and Felt. With their latest album "React Or Die", Butcher Boy’s sound continues in the classic Glasgow vein. This is pop music that transports you to a sepia tinted world. A world where Morrissey and kitchen sink dramas take center stage. The sleeve echoes classic Smiths whilst being thoroughly Butcher Boy. Includes "Clockwork", "Carve A Pattern" and "A Better Ghost".


Argentinian sensation Natalia Clavier finally releases her highly anticipated debut album "Nectar". Bought to you by the same minds who gave you Thievery Corporation, the album features elements of soul, disco, folk, pop, dub, electronica, down tempo and jazz, which will appeal to fans of Bebel Gilberto, Portishead, Morcheeba, Jazzanova, Supreme Beings Of Leisure and of course Thievery Corporation. This is music full of laid back Latin-based percussion, piano and Latin inspired bass lines, cello, violins and one hell of an alluring voice. It's like listening to Astrud Gilberto, if she were recording today with Thievery Corporation.

THE LEGENDS - Over And Over

Sweden's The Legends is one-man studio project of the prolific popsmith Johan Angergård (Club 8, Pallers, Acid House Kings). His 4th album "Over and Over" is a brilliantly modern mix of white noise, '60s girls pop, indie, ambient and krautrock. Hypnotic washes of distorted synthesizers and sweet bouncy melodies echoes under walls of feedback and crushingly loud shimmering guitars. The album includes contribution from Club 8's Karolina Komstedt, The Mary Onettes' Philip Ekström, Tralala's Liane Moccia and more. Fans of My Bloody Valentine, Panda Bear, Animal Collective, Stereolab and The Jesus and Mary Chain, look no further. Featuring the single "Seconds Away".

THE REST - Everyone All At Once

Hamilton, Ontario - home to electronica darlings like the Junior Boys and Caribou and now the residence of one of Canada's most promising bands, The Rest. The seven-piece's dreamy sound dials in the daintiest parts of shoegaze, sprinkles in the occasional rush of bombast ala Arcade Fire. Their latest album "Everyone All At Once" showcases the wide array of weapons The Rest have at their disposition. No one formula is employed in this album as every track is different and beautifully executed! Imagine Arcade Fire, The National and Mercury Rev went into the studio together. With a stunningly great album, they could be well on their to way to becoming the next great Canadian band. Includes "Apples & Allergies", "Modern Time Travel", "Walk On Water" and more!

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