Stubborn Heart release a new single, 'Better Than This' from their acclaimed eponymous debut on 15th April. The follow up to their 6music 'A' listed 'Starting Block' single, it features a brilliant Graham Massey reworking of the original that opens the track up over 6 minutes 53 seconds. On the flip is the alternate 'Soft Version' (originally to be found on the limited edition Rough Trade bonus disc) and the sumptuous melancholy of brand new song, 'Do Tomorrow' - it's tune woven around a simple motif that builds into a beatific Fripp-like crescendo.
Already recipients of Rough Trade and Mixmag 'Album Of The Month' notices, the band have had strong club reactions and scooped the 'Album Of The Year' gong at the Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards (January 19th), beating off stiff competition from the likes of Frank Ocean, The Invisible and Bobby Womack to take the top spot.
Despite performing live only since the start of November, Stubborn Heart have already notched up several key European festival appearances including Eurosonic, the Midi Winter Festival and Le Guess Who. Meanwhile, the duo have found themselves in growing demand as remixers, bringing their distinctive palette of sound to remixes for Lianne La Havas, Tyson and Ren Harvieu.
Stubborn Heart will play Notting Hill Arts Club in London on Valentine's day, 14th Feb.
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