Meanwhile, in the mastering room, Bunt Stafford Clark has been kept busy by JLS, who enlisted his work for the single releases from their Juke Box album. As part of their bid to crack the US theyâ€™re now armed with sparkling, radio-ready remasters of â€˜She Makes Me Wannaâ€™ and â€˜Take A Chance On Meâ€™, courtesy of Bunt.
Never one to do things by halves, the ever-prolific Graham Coxon was in with two new albums; the first of these, Accident+Emergency, is available for pre-order now, and will be backed by a 14-date tour this spring. Coxon has taken the unusual step of allowing online nominations for local bands to support him so if youâ€™re a fan with a band, go for it! But I know what youâ€™re wondering: will the new album be in the same vein as 2009â€™s largely acoustic Spinning Top? You wonâ€™t have to wait long to find out, as A+E is scheduled for release on April 2nd.
Bunt has been working with songstresses Beth Jeans Houghton and Kirsty Bertarelli on the masters of their new albums. Bethâ€™s record Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose (credited to Beth Jeans Houghton and the Hooves of Destiny) has been stirring up the indie-folk scene; Bunt mastered the album and also contributed remastering to subsequent singles. Additional work for Aloe Blacc and FrankMusic have made for a bumper winter for the Pierce mastering room.
Darren Heelis has spent a large part of his winter lurking in the Neve room mixing Green, the new record by singer/songwriter and former Miss UK Kirsty Bertarelli. The album features an acoustic version of her conservation song â€˜Greenâ€™, and iTunes proceeds of the song are being donated to the WWF - an organisation that Kirsty has long championed. The album is out now and live dates are in the pipeline.
Philadelphia alt-hoppers Chiddy Bang have also been into Pierce Entertainment over the colder months - their new album Breakfast, mixed in the Neve room by Steve Fitzmaurice, peaked at Number 8 in the Billboard charts, bolstered by the success of international hit â€˜Ray Charlesâ€™.
All the while Steve and Darren have been working together on a very special project - a new album by Skye Edwards, the velvet-voiced singer of Morcheeba. This is Skyeâ€™s third solo album, and her first since 2009â€™s Keeping Secrets. True to form, the production process has been shrouded in secrecy, but we expect a release date for 2012 to be fixed very soon. This album is clearly a labour of love for Skye and weâ€™re expecting the resulting album to be something truly remarkable.
Ian has just returned from the States where he has been writing and producing track for an upcoming movie, directed by Randall Miller
The Industry Sound have also continued to develop artists including the gifted singer / guitarist Jed James.
Steve Fitzmaurice has been in Mixing various projects including an album for the upcoming Ayah Marah (Future Records / Universal), 3 singles for The Overtones (Warner) and a new track by The Rifles.
Richard Morris was in mixing a track by To Kill A King (Virgin), produced by Jim Abbiss.
Our house engineer, Darren Heelis, has mixed a track for Jamelia's upcoming album, as well as the next Cherise & Nadia (Booty Luv) track.