Saturday, December 16, 2017

Scott Mannion releases new single 'Not Exactly Deep'

Following on from the popular "Your Kinda Love", Lil' Chief Records presents "Not Exactly Deep" - the second single from Scott Mannion of the Tokey Tones forthcoming solo album "Loving Echoes".

You can listen to Not Exactly Deep on Spotify , Apple Music, Google Play, Bandcamp and a lot of other places.

Written while Scott was living in Wales it was later recorded and produced by Scott and Ryan McPhun (of the Ruby Suns) over the course of 2 years between Auckland, Norway and Spain.

The video for Not Exactly Deep is shot on Super 8 and directed by Rosalía Hernández of The Urban Spaceman Productions. It was filmed in and around Chelva, a medieval Spanish mountain town where Scott now lives, and it features some mysterious characters decked out in costumes (made by Emily Zuch) chilling out near a 2,000 year old aqueduct.

Like 'Your Kinda Love', 'Not Exactly Deep' is a beautiful pop song, but it's strange fragmented production reminds me of a Beach Boys weird album track crossed with some of that BBC Radiophonic Workshop stuff, aka very cool.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Jonathan Bree Unmasks New Music Video for Say You Love Me Too

Jonathan Bree has released a music video for new single Say You Love Me Too.

The video features the mysterious masked band tracking in the studio..........

'Say You Love Me Too' is the second single from Jonathan's third album 'Sleepwalking' due for release in March 2018. You can preorder a 7 inch featuring this song plus 'You're So Cool' exclusively from the Lil' Chief Webstore.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Jonathan Bree releases new single 'Say You Love Me Too' so we pressed a 7 inch with You're So Cool

Jonathan Bree has released another single 'Say You Love Me Too'  from his forthcoming album due in 2018. You can listen now on Spotify, iTunes or Bandcamp.

'Say You Love Me Too' is the the follow up single to the popular You're So Cool - and it's creepy video certainly seems to have made an impact.  The track features guest vocals from Catalonian musician Clara Viñals (from Renaldo and Clara).  Clara is one of four guest vocalists on the album - the other three remain a mystery, needless to say some interesting duets can be expected.

We're excited to announce we are pressing a limited run of 300 7-inches with double A sides You're So Cool / Say You Love Me Too. Preorders are advised preorder your copy here while stock lasts for shipping in December.

And stay tuned for another creepy video featuring the mysterious masked band.......

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Lil' Chief Turns 15 So We Pressed The Brunettes Holding Hands on LP

It's officially 15 years and one day... to the day that Lil' Chief released our first album 'The Brunettes - Holding Hands Feeding Ducks".  To celebrate we have pressed it on vinyl - there are 150 copies hand numbered available from our webstore.   The vinyl is blue and white splatter and looks amazing.

There are also a few copies at Marbecks records.


Lil' Chief was founded in 2002 by Jonathan Bree and Scott Mannion. They essentially founded the label to release their own albums - but it soon grew into a pop collective that has gone on to create some of the coolest albums of the last fifteen years.

Friday, August 25, 2017

New Jonathan Bree Single 'You're So Cool'

Jonathan Bree has released a new single today 'You're So Cool'.
You can listen on Spotify, Apple MusiciTunes or Bandcamp.

Jonathan will be playing his first live show at Others Way Festival on Sep 1, with a twelve piece orchestrette (two members admittedly just groove around dancing the entire time).

Fans of the fourth Brunettes lineup class of 2003 will be pleased to see him and James Milne playing live together again.

You're So Cool is from Jonathan's forthcoming third album scheduled to drop in February 2018.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

New Ruby Suns album - Sprite Fountain

The Ruby Suns' latest album, Sprite Fountain, is a culmination of over a decade of making music for songwriter, Ryan McPhun. From the first track 'Waterslide', we get an indication of what is to come - propulsive off-kilter rhythms, sweet melodic vocals and trickles of psychedelic guitar. Ryan is a magpie of music, equally adept at swiping a pop synth sound as he is at incorporating a Club Tropicana shuffle, all while his upbringing in California is ever-present in his multi-layered vocal harmonies.

For the past few years, Ryan has been a resident of Norway, where he's created a new line-up of The Ruby Suns to play shows in Europe. Though he also takes time out to tour as drummer for Lawrence Arabia...

His new surroundings are evident on the album, with first single 'Pram Gang' capturing his trepidation at walking the streets as a stay-at-home dad while fast-speaking clusters of local mums crowd past (as he sings, 'I don't speak the language, I don't even try...'). Norway is also a clear inspiration on the wonderfully laidback track 'Blåhvalene' (what a chorus!), while we get a hint of his homelife on 'Tilt of His Hat' (with the lyric, 'let your mother sleep darling). Though he hasn't forgotten New Zealand, as is apparent on the quirky 'K Rd Woody' (about on a rough night on Auckland's Karangahape Road).

The album was recorded at a new studio that Ryan has set-up on the outskirts of Oslo, where he tracked live drums, percussion, and guitar. Yet, his interest in digital experimentation also remains and the album is rife with manipulated samples, effects, and programmed synths. The final mixes were done while Ryan was visiting Lil Chief owner, Scott Mannion (Tokey Tones), in Chelva, Spain and longtime collaborator Bevan Smith (Signer) then helped with the mixing/mastering (Smith has played live in The Ruby Suns since 2009 and joined the band for an NZ tour earlier this year).

The result is an album that sounds uniquely like The Ruby Suns that fans have grown to love over the last decade. Check out the links below to hear/read more!


Listen/purchase the new album here:

Latest music video from the album:

Read more:

Ryan's interview with Impose Magazine

A Short History of The Ruby Suns