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HIGH HØØPS: Arts and commerce

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“It’s a taste of where I have been and where I’m going,” says Jordan Arts, aka HIGH HØØPS of his just released debut album Seasons On Planet Earth.

Appropriately enough, the record marks a new chapter for Arts on the business side of things, too: it’s the first long player to be released on A Label Called Success, the company he has set up with friend and collaborator Connor Nestor.

But whether it’s creating music or developing a business strategy, this he is determined to pursue his career on his own terms.

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Kids of 88: Sam McCarthy on their new album Modern Love

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While their hit-laden debut album Sugarpills reveled in the joys of being a teen, Kids of 88 founders Sam McCarthy and Jordan Arts have so far shown a pretty grown-up approach to the business of pop: one of the first things they did when the money started coming in was to thing of investing in their own studio called Creature Clun.

And follow-up Modern Love, most of which was at their new studio, is informed by a similar mix of youthful enthusiasm and maturity. So while it is still stacked with joyful electro anthems, there are also few darker tones and textures, like on the brooding electro of ‘Raza’.

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