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NEW MUSIC THIS MONTH: March 2021

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Music and sunshine, a perfect combination! Spring is making an appearance and there’s nothing like some new music to accompany those garden get togethers we’re finally allowed to have! So let’s take a look at some of the new tracks added to the KVH Studios in-store music services this March from our very own Head of Music, Nick Bewes…

As far as I’m concerned, the song of the month was the amazing new single featuring Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak for their new venture Silk Sonic. The single ‘Leave The Door Open’ is just superb. It could be from the good old days of classic Motown. The video is a classy affair too.

Next up is the new single from one of our favourites here at KVH Studios, the amazing Joe Turner. He has returned with the superb ‘Too Much’. Oh, this is so good.

Someone else who we’ve been fans of for a while is No Rome. We’ve playlisted a few of his tracks and this time he’s teamed up with Charli XCX and The 1975 for the pop monster ‘Spinning’.

Mimi Webb might be a new name to some, but she’s one to keep an eye on. Rising to prominence last year when her songs were used on videos on TikTok. Now her latest single Good Without is out and it’s great.

Wolf Alice are back, and what a return. Their first single from their new album, ‘The Last Man on Earth’ is very different from what they have done previously, but it’s amazing. As is this stunning performance for Jools Holland’s Later on BBC 2.

This is just a small selection of the music that we’ve added over the last few weeks, you can keep up to date with our playlist additions by following us on Twitter @kvhstudiosmusic.

NEW MUSIC THIS MONTH: February 2021

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February has seen some great new music added to KVH Studios instore music playlists. Here’s our Head of Music, Nick Bewes, with his pick of our favourites.

Rag N Bone Man was back this month with the first single from his new album, and ‘All You Ever Wanted’ hits the bullseye. We’re looking forward to hearing the album ‘Life By Misadventure’.

Griff was featured on the BBC’s Sound of 2021 shortlist and is really good. She followed her track ‘Love is a Compass’ with the brilliant ‘Black Hole’. Pop Justice said that “heartbreak really shouldn’t sound this spectacular” and we can’t disagree.

Poppy Ajudha’s ‘Weakness’ is another sublime slice of modern pop. There’s elements of R&B, soul and jazz in this great single. The video, which she was in complete control of, is brilliant too.

Next up is a band called Police Car Collective with their new single ‘Mine’. If you’re a fan of 80’s indie with a modern twist, then this band is for you. There’s more than a nod in the New Order direction with this, and for me, that’s not a bad thing. Love it.

And finally, to Ella Henderson and Tom Grennan’s new single ‘Let’s Go Home Together’, which she wrote and originally recorded with James Arthur in 2016. This new version is great.

And there you have it for another month. You can keep up to date with our playlist additions by following us on Twitter @kvhstudiosmusic.

Music July

NEW MUSIC THIS MONTH: July 2020

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NEW MUSIC THIS MONTH: JULY

It’s that time of the month again, where KVH Studios Head of Music Nick Bewes, picks some of the best new music that has been added to our in-store music service in July.

It’s nearly been a decade, since we first added James Blake to our playlists here at KVH Studios. Since then, Blake has released 4 albums. ‘Are You Even Real?’ is the second new song of 2020, following on from ‘You’re Too Precious’ and continues to showcase one of the best creators of music out there now.

Last year, Kygo was the chosen one to create one of the songs of the year, his remix of Whitney’s version of Higher Love. 2020 sees him give Tina Turner’s What’s Love Got To Do With It? A new life. Another fine job, Mr Kygo.

DJ & producer Jayda G, born in Canada but now based in London. Has released her new EP at the beginning of July featuring Both of Us/Are You Down. We added the brilliant Both of Us to our playlists. It’s her first new music since releasing her album ‘Significant Changes’ last year. We look forward to hearing more from her.

Katy Perry pulled off one of the greatest reveals at the end of her video, Never Worn White. Where she announced to the world that she was expecting her first child, at about the same time as releasing her new album Smile. The title track is her latest single.

When Guardian journalist, Caroline Sullivan saw Another Sky live. She apparently tweeted “I’m almost dumbstruck by the singer – she has the strangest, most haunting voice I’ve heard in ages.” She isn’t wrong, Catrin Vincent has a stunning voice. The band are gearing up for the release of their debut album, I Slept on the Floor, which is out in August.

This is just a selection of the new music that has been added to KVH Studios playlists recently. Keep up to date with our playlist additions Spotify playlist here.

NEW MUSIC THIS MONTH: June 2020

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Welcome to the latest look at some of the best new music that our Head of Music Nick Bewes has added to KVH Studios services in the last few weeks.

We can’t believe it’s six years since we first added Karen Harding to our playlists with the sublime Say Something. She returned this month with the brilliant new single Undo My Heart helped by the DJ, singer, songwriter, remixer and record producer Digital Farm Animals.

Poppy Ajudha has fans in high places after President Barack Obama selected her Tom Misch collaboration Disco Yes as one of his favourite songs of 2018. Now she’s back with a great single, Strong Womxn.

Speaking of President Obama, he was inaugurated as the 44th President in 2009. The same year Gordon Brown was UK Prime Minister, Alex Ferguson was still in charge of Man Utd, Fabio Capello was in charge of the England Football team and The Doves released their fourth album Kingdom of Rust. Fast forward to the current day and they’ve just released the first track from their long awaited fifth album, and it’s a cracker. Good to have them back.

The Black Pumas are just brilliant, and their new single, a cover of the Tracey Chapman classic Fast Car, is just stunning. The duo has been described as “Mesmerizing” ‘’Staggering’’ & “Wu-Tang Clan meets James Brown.” If you’re into soul, and you haven’t checked them out yet, sort it!

And our final pick for June is the latest single from Melanie C. She’s always been classed as the one with the best voice from the Spice Girls and this single is the best thing she has done in ages. It sounds so fresh and current.

And there you have it, our highlights of the last month in music. Keep up to date with our playlist additions Spotify playlist here.

Our favourite tracks from last month

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Even though the world has been in lockdown, new music continues to be released. Here are 5 of the tracks that we are loving here at KVH Studios right now. Some of the videos have bigger pre-lockdown budgets than others, but all great tracks and videos. Enjoy!

HAIM – I Know Alone (taken from new album Women In Music Pt. III due to be released 26th June 2020)

Izzy Bizu – Faded (taken from new The Things We Do For Love release date TBC)

Jessie Ware – Save A Kiss (taken from new album What’s Your Pleasure? due for release on 19 June 2020)

Paul Weller – Village (taken from the new album On Sunset expected 3 July 2020)

Lennon Stella & Charlie Puth – Summer Feelings (taken from the album SCOOB! The Album out now)

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We’re More Than Just In-Store Radio…

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Over the last few years, we at KVH Studios have expanded our offering significantly outside of in-store radio. With response to client demand and taking a more proactive approach in this ever-changing market. We have helped our clients to consolidate media suppliers for ease and cost-savings, plus increase efficiency with their marketing strategy.

Here are just a few ways in which KVH Studios can support you further as a client…

Digital signage

Audio and visual come hand in hand so this was a natural progression for us to make as a business. By managing all creative content for these two mediums it ensures consistency and a stronger brand approach.

KVH Studios offer a wide range of content options such as animation, video and live television, which many clients such as Ann Summers, Moto, Costcutter and Motorpoint are taking advantage of. All our solutions are created and managed in-house and delivered through our marketing leading technology.

Podcasts

Of course, it’s not just about in-store, our services expand beyond this with podcasts increasing in popularity and demand in the retail market.

We have therefore adapted our services to accommodate this by not just offering our in-house studio recording facilities. But also full management of the process including concept creation, episode support and guidance, editing and packaging, hosting, publishing, and analytics.

Our biggest podcast projects include Superdrug’s ‘Beauty of It All’ which has peaked at number 1 in the iTunes health and beauty charts and Leeds City Council’s ‘Leeds in Conversation’.

Commercial Radio

Many of our in-store radio clients also use us for production of their local and national advertisements. As they can guarantee consistency of sound and production values, simplicity in briefing, and reduced costs.

Our experienced team of scriptwriters and audio producers can manage all creative, voiceover selection, editing, radio clearance and distribution. Taking the stress away and advising you from start to finish.

And that’s just a few ways in which we can help further. We can also support with events/conferences, pop-ups, training, television and online voiceovers, on-hold systems and much more!

If you’re looking to reduce the number of marketing suppliers you deal with and want an in-store music provider that offers much more, the KVH Studios team are ready to help.

Just give us a call on 0113 233 7800 or email info@kvhstudios.com for advice and support when the time is right. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Power of Music

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Let’s face it, the world is going through a very weird time right now. A time filled with uncertainty, anxiety and unknowns. So now more than ever, positivity is important in getting us through it, supporting yourself as an individual and those around you.

Easier said than done we know, but there is a very powerful tool that can help to motivate, increase optimism and improve mental well-being, overall reducing those anxious feelings and regulating emotions. That tool is MUSIC!

Music is a very powerful neurological tool that helps us change our mindset and mood, giving us new perspective. When you hear music, your brain releases a chemical called dopamine that has positive effect on mood. Particular songs can spark happy memories and nostalgic moments. Upbeat tracks can motivate you when working from home or to get you up off the sofa to do some exercise, assisting in improving performance.

Maybe most importantly, music can provide comfort. Whether it’s low tempo, soothing tracks to help you relax or upbeat pop music to put a smile on your face, it all helps in easing your mind and is a companion if you’re feeling lonely.

So, to help you through this tough time, KVH Studios are putting you to task! Take just half an hour out of your day today to put together a playlist of your favourite, uplifting tracks. Doesn’t matter whether they’re old or new, slow or fast, vocal or instrumental, it’s your playlist to suit you and help you out when you’re maybe feeling a little low and just need a pick-me-up. We guarantee it’ll help!

Need some inspiration? Check out the KVH Studios playlist on Spotify for all the latest tracks featured on our services that we’re loving. Enjoy!

Stay safe everyone and stay home. Remember we’re all in this together!

 

Music

NEW MUSIC THIS MONTH: March 2020

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Welcome to another look back at all the new music we have added this month to our in-store music services with Head of Music, Nick Bewes.

One of the biggest pop stars of the last decade returned this month with her first solo single in 3 years, Stupid Love. Taken from her album, Chromatica, it’s a perfect slice of pop. The video was filmed entirely using Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro triple camera system!

Sports Team have been described as 2020’s most chaotic new band, we just think that they produce great music, their latest single Here’s The Thing is just brilliant. It’s taken from their debut album, Deep Down Happy.

We’ve been fans of Jessie Ware for a very long time here at KVH Studios, having first added her to our playlists back in 2012. Since then, she has produced some of the smoothest pop sounds around and returned this month with the sublime Spotlight.

It’s been 7 years since we first added the brilliant Haim to our playlists. Now they are getting ready to release their third album, Women in Music Pt 3. And they have unleashed their latest single The Steps, which is another cracker.

And finally, there’s another Trolls movie on the way, so Justin Timberlake is back with some new tracks. The first movie gave us the brilliant Can’t Stop the Feeling. This time he’s teamed up with SZA for equally good The Other Side.

And there you have it, our highlights of the last month in music. Keep up to date with our playlist additions Spotify playlist here.

In-store Music

Does playing music in your stores make a difference?

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Does playing music in your stores make a difference?

 

The answer to that is a resounding YES, based on extensive research over recent decades, 81% of customers agree that playing in-store music creates a better atmosphere when compared to a retail store that does not play music*.

In fact, music is listed within the top 5 areas that make an instant impact on customers (the others being light, smell, space, and visual appearance). Yet we’re constantly amazed at how many retailers get it wrong!

Most retailers are playing music, but there are still many unanswered questions…

  • Do store colleagues enjoy it?
  • Is it profiled to your demographic and footfall?
  • Does it represent your brand effectively?

It makes us wonder why so little attention seems to be given to the music and ‘sound branding’ when it’s such an important factor within the mix. So why focus only on the visual aspects?

Here’s the amazing bit. Getting your music right costs, no more than getting it wrong! Yet the prize for getting it right can be so rewarding. It’s a case of choosing the right music partner to work with…

KVH Studios are one of the UK’s largest in-store music providers, certainly the most progressive, and currently enjoying customer satisfaction ratings off the scale. Just check out our testimonials!

Our studio team of experienced musicologists, supported by top-class producers skilled in profiling and branding, are amongst the very best in the business. Our relationships with record companies, independent labels and emerging artists give KVH Studios the edge when curating music profiles. We are in the best possible position to help you create ‘the sound of your brand’. We are so passionate and emotionally invested in music and customer satisfaction, it’s not surprising that our customers benefit time and time again.

Not sure if you’re getting the most out of your music? Is your music contract up for renewal soon?

Well now’s the time to get in touch with KVH Studios on 0113 233 7800. Have a chat and see what we can do for your individual brand.

We look forward to hearing from you!

New Music Feb

NEW MUSIC THIS MONTH: February 2020

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As we approach the end of another month at KVH Studios, Head of Music Nick Bewes looks back at some of the new music that we have added in February to our in-store music services.

Let’s be honest, the only place to start our review of music in February is with Eilish, Billie Eilish. She released the theme song from the new Bond movie, No Time to Die. After 90,000 equivalent chart sales in its first week, including 10.6 million streams. It became only the second 007 song to go to Number One, in the UK Charts.

Elsewhere, Noel Gallagher continued having fun with new music, since leaving Oasis. He has produced some great tunes with his High Flying Birds band.

The first couple of albums were very much what you would expect, but with his last album, Who Built the Moon, he began experimenting with different styles of music with the help of legendary producer David Holmes. In 2019, he began releasing EPs which continue with the adventurous theme with the latest called Blue Moon Rising.

Dua Lipa is gearing for the release of her second album, Future Nostalgia, with Physical being another perfect pop song. If the first three songs from the album are anything to go by, the new album is going to be a cracker.

As well as playing the big acts, we love supporting new talent here at KVH Studios. And this month, we are pleased to give exposure to Leeds artist Sfven. His latest single Flower Beds is a great song, it deserves to be heard by many more people. One to watch this year.

And finally, this week we added the fabulous new track from Shaun Escoffery called River. It’s a big catchy pop song with an even bigger chorus. It’s taken from new album Strong Enough which is out in April on Decca Records. This is the first time that a massively talented singer that we have been supporting since 2014, has been on a major label.

You can keep up to date with our main new additions on our Spotify playlist here.

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