The 39-year gap between Altered Images’ previous album, ‘Bite’, and today’s release of ‘Mascara Streakz’ is one of the longest in the history of popular music. But previewed by a host of dazzling disco dancefloor fillers - including the title track, ‘Beautiful Thing’, ‘Glitter Ball’ and ‘Home’ - Clare Grogan has ensured that ‘Mascara Streakz’ has been worth the wait.
The album has been greeted with a wealth of critical acclaim, while Clare has returned to the spotlight as if she has never been away.
Altered Images launch the album alongside its new focus track ‘Double Reflection’. It’s an enticing, instantly addictive electro-pop banger which provides a taste of what to expect from the record as a whole, as if ‘Fever’-era Kylie was fronting a collab between New Order and Pet Shop Boys. It was co-written by Clare with its producer, Altered Images alumni Stephen Lironi.
Other key collaborators across the album include Bernard Butler, who was recently nominated for a Mercury Prize with Jesse Buckley for ‘For All Our Days That Tear the Heart’, and Robert Hodgens of The Bluebells.
Previously occupied with a myriad of creative outlets, Clare started writing music again at home during lockdown. And once she started, she was compelled to keep going. As the idea of an elusive fourth Altered Images album approached, she started to write songs which used a big night out as a metaphor for songs inspired by various real life experiences. Clare also wanted to strike a balance between the vivacious spirit of their early hits such as ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘Don’t Talk To Me About Love’ with the exuberant energy of their recent live shows.Throughout recent live shows, Clare has been inspired to discover that many of the people that attended back in 1981 are still coming back today. It’s inspirational to see that so many people have lived through half-a-lifetime of experiences and still want to join the communal atmosphere that comes with being with like-minded fans at a gig.
Altered Images originally found success in the early 1980s. having six UK Top-40 hit singles and three top-30 albums from 1981 to 1983.
PRL are delighted to welcome Clare to the client roster and will administer her Performer Rights ( Neighbouring Rights) for The World.
Martin Luther McCoy was born in San Francisco, California. A summer child who bathed in the sweet soul music of the seventies andfound himself a Bill Withers and Sam Cooke fan before being properly introduced to the electrifying perennial funk mob, Parliament Funkadelic. A life long student of music, Martin began writing songs as early as age 6 and would rearrange the gospel songs he learned in church. The influence of San Francisco’s cultural melting pot allowed him to gain a great appreciation for the tenants ofclassic jazz, rock and roll and soul music even though his neighborhood friends urged him to pursue hip hop and urban R&B. His voice is anointed with the ethers of the gospel church, but his pen speaks to sinners and saints alike.
Martin started releasing his own music with his debut “The Calling’’ in 1999 to critical acclaim. His sophomore release ‘’Rebel Soul Music’’ produced the hit “Daily Bread’’ and a video that made VH1’s top ten in 2005. For years he toured with the Roots and has made cameos in various films and TV shows. In 2007 he made his cinematic debut landing a starring role in the academy award nominated film “Across The Universe” where he performed the new definitive version of George Harrison’s/Beatles classic “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”
Continuing to expand the reach of his independent label, Rebel Soul Records, "Extra Terrestrial Brother Vol 1" by ‘Martian Luther’ was released in September 2011, available only at his website and features rare glimpses of the creative life of this multi-talented singer and includes special guests like Tupac and George Clinton as well as a funked out cover of Nirvana’s "Heart Shaped Box". “This project is an intimate love letter from an artist to his fans, one made that much more generous by its name your own price Bandcamp pricing. Recorded while on the road with a collective of similar musical nomads in between hotel rooms and at friend’s studios, thealbum is a healing antidote.” (quote from Soultracks.com)
On "Love Is The Hero", there is an undeniable sense of compassion laced in the flow of the music. Martin finds more time for his guitar work with anthems like "American Gold" and the crowd-pleasing favorite, "I want you now". Forgoing the current trend of over-saturated synthetic pop, this body of work is dense with live musicianship, lyricism, melody and enough vigor to will the hearts oflisteners to greater things. “Everyone here knows love is the hero” Luther screams on the vamp of "Killer Machines". “This music is here to remind us of our greatness, our storied past and that we can move beyond any limitations.”( Rebel Soul Records™, LLC2016)
Fast forward to 2022 and Martin is Featured Vocalist in a new hip sports campaign with Stic of Dead Prez and Diadora sportswear. The song "Lace Up" is dropping with the new sneaker campaign this fall.
In addition, Martin is a full active member of the acclaimed SF Jazz Collective and since 2020 has appeared on both recent albums by the Collective and has toured extensively.
Kiki was a founder member, songwriter and drummer for Miami Sound Machine from 1977 to his departure in 1988. He performed on, and co-wrote the international hits including "Dr Beat", "Conga", "Bad Boy" ,"Rhythm is Gonna Get You" and " 1-2-3".
"Dr Beat has maintained popularity through inclusion on a number of 1980s retrospective albums. It also became popular again in 2005 when Scottish DJ and producer Mylo mashed the song up with his hit "Drop The Pressure" to create "Doctor Pressure" which became a hit single in its own right that year.
After leaving Miami Sound Machine Kiki continued to perform and produce with hits coming from productions for Azucar Moreno and Los Chicos Del Boulevard.
PRL is delighted to welcome Kiki to PRL for global performer rights administration !
A frequent member of Incognito since first collaborating on their seminal "Tribes, Vibes & Scribes" album, Richard's long-standing career kick-started way before the early 1990's with forays into New Wave with The Reputations who morphed into The Spys back in the late 1970's/ early 1980's.
Further production and musical contributions with the likes of Toyah and Nick Heyward throughout the 1980's led him eventually to Talkin' Loud Records.. and Incognito.
It is class acts all the way since then with essential contributions from Richard to projects with the likes of George Benson, Light of The World, Basia , Maysa , Mario Biondi, and most recently STR4TA to name but a few.
PRL is super pleased to welcome Richard to the roster for global Performer Rights representation!
Based out of Liverpool, Sophia Essel (aka ESSEL) is an artist hotly tipped to become the next big thing, as the young DJ & Producer is set to break onto the world stage in spectacular fashion...
ESSEL definitely has a knack of nailing that sweet spot on every release, with a commercial appeal making her music accessible in both the club and daytime radio. So far, she has amassed well over 10 million streams across DSP in such a short space of time which is a testament to her talents as a producer. You can’t pigeon-hole ESSEL’s sound – One minute it’s a feel-good house track with an amazing catchy vocal hook and sublime piano, the next it’s a straight to the dance-floor house banger, everything she does is wrapped up with an authentically old-school vibe that has turned heads in all the right quarters.
2022 highlight shows include, Dream Valley Kent, ForeverLand Budapest, GrooveBox Nottingham, Cafe Mambo UK plus a new residency at Love Juice 338 & E1
Her release schedule has so far been packed with top quality music on the very best house labels in the world – Toolroom, Solotoko, Good Company, Love & Other. On top of this, ESSEL has received Radio support across the big UK stations from BBC Radio One to Kiss FM & Capital Dance, she has even had her records featured on popular TV shows TOWIE & Celebs Go Dating. ESSEL is undoubtedly one-to-watch for 2022, having garnered support some of the biggest names in Dance Music, including Mark Knight, Sonny Fodera, Hannah Wants, Pete Tong, Danny Howard, Leftwing:Kody, Amyelle, Claptone, Rudimental & Sarah Story.
PRL is delighted to welcome ESSEL to our global roster of administered performers!
Mischa Reining, better known as Spag Heddy, has been creating lots of buzz with his chart topping originals and remixes, festival appearances, and shows around the world, as well as much support from the best in media and DJs alike.
Dutch born and Barcelona (Spain) residing, Spag has been cooking up hits since 2011, originally creating dubstep infused club bangers that quickly gained fans and followers.
Pulling inspiration from the likes of Skrillex, Rusko, Excision, and many others, Spag has gained widespread acclaim for his hard hitting, yet melodic baselines that feel fresh and new to the listener. His musical arsenal consists of big remixes for The Chainsmokers, Krewella, SLANDER, and originals that can be heard in sets of Skrillex, Excision, Subtronics, NGHTMRE and many other major players.
Having toured the US with Zomboy and Flux Pavillion, as well as being direct support for Excision and Zeds Dead, plus a number of his own worldwide headline tours selling out venues, Spag Heddy has locked himself a solid spot in the turbulent world of EDM.
Summer 2022 and with the world unlocked again Spag is back at a festival near you, and PRL is delighted to welcome him to the roster!