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Every year to celebrate our birthday, we curate a free compilation album which showcases some of our favourite artists from the last year. We hope you enjoy this year’s selection! Download the album in full for free from our Bandcamp. Here’s a peek at the track from Grace Stubbings…

Girls is inspired by stories of working in the dance industry and the mistreatment women suffer from a young age. At once delicate and anxiety-inducing, Hartlepool-based dream pop musician Grace Stubbings’ synth-led piece is subtle and affecting.

In 2021, I heard the stories of Tala Lee Turton (Bolshoi Ballet Academy, English National Ballet), Zhongjing Fang (American Ballet Theatre), and multiple other dancers. Girls was then written and produced for the contemporary ballet No Time Like The Present, which has toured the UK as part of Parler Femme. I have chosen this song to spread the message of how dancers are still treated in these industries today.”

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