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Memphis Industries are delighted to announce the signing of Barbarossa, aka London based James Mathé, and the release of his new single, “The Load,” on April 8, 2013.

Having previously released music via the Fence Collective and toured as part of Jose Gonzales’ live band, Barbarossa‘s new material sees Mathé combine dusky electronics with folk and soul to startling effect

By way of introduction, “The Load” exemplifies just why Memphis Industries are so excited to be working with Barbarossa.  Making a virtue of minimalism, “The Load” is a sparse and delicate ballad, undercut by a distorted organ refrain, and constructed around Mathé’s remarkable and tender vocals. All of which mark him out as an exciting emerging talent.

Check out the premieres of “The Load” at The Line Of Best Fit. Barbarossa‘s debut album for Memphis Industries is set to be released later in 2013.

Barbarossa will be on tour in March and May as follows, including support slots with label mates POLIÇA and Junip:

19 Mar – AB, Brussels w/ POLIÇA
21 Mar – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, w/ POLIÇA
22 Mar – HMV Institute, Birmingham, w/ POLIÇA
23 Mar – Whelan’s, Dublin w/ POLIÇA
01 May – AU, Vienna, Szene w/  Junip
02 May – CH, Zurich, Plaza w/  Junip
03 May – DE, Heidelberg, Karlstorbahnhof w/ Junip
04 May – DE, Munich Kammerspiele Theatre w/ Junip
05 May – DE, Berlin Astra  Kulturhaus w/  Junip
06 May – DE, Hamburg Übel  &  Gefährlich w/ Junip
07 May – NL, Amsterdam Melkweg w/ Junip
09 May – LU, Luxembourg Exit07  w/ Junip
10 May – DE, Cologne Stollwerck w/ Junip
11 May – UK, Brighton The  Haunt w/ Junip
12 May – UK, Manchester Band  on  the  Wall w/ Junip
13 May – UK, London Village Underground w/ Junip
14 May – FR, Paris Trabendo w/ Junip


The Load
Release Date: April 8, 2013
7″ and digital
Memphis Industries


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