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  • Foreign Beggars Announce Album + 'Toast' Aus Tour!!


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    TITLE: TOAST
    ARTIST: FOREIGN BEGGARS
    LEAD SINGLE OFF FORTHCOMING ALBUM ‘2 2 KARMA’ (OUT FEB 15, 2018)
    LABEL: PAR EXCELLENCE  
    SINGLE RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 3, 2017

    Exclusive first play - MistaJam - BBC Radio 1/1Xtra ‘Toast’ Premiere

    Picking up the first play of ‘Toast’ over the weekend with MistaJam / BBC Radio 1 / 1Xtra - see link below.  
    MistaJam says: “Veterans of the UK scene, Foreign Beggars still sounding very very relevant with brand new material…”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09b0wj6 (Listen from the 1hr 38min mark)

    FOREIGN BEGGARS ‘TOAST’ AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES:
    Friday 8 December – The Met, Brisbane
    Buy Tickets:
    http://bit.ly/2gEsvSM
    Saturday 9 December – Manning Bar, Sydney
    Buy Tickets:
    http://bit.ly/2yJWhzZ
    Friday 15 December – Brown Alley, Melbourne
    Buy Tickets:
    http://bit.ly/2yL2jAk
    Saturday 16 December – Villa, Perth
    Buy Tickets:
    http://bit.ly/2izGMnO

    ‘Toast’ Tour Promo Video: http://bit.ly/2xmXCJ9

     

    Foreign Beggars Bio:
    Since their formation in 2002, multi-genre UK trio Foreign Beggars’ unique trajectory has seen them evolve from underground hip hop heroes, to a trailblazing electronic crossover act.  Without ever forsaking an ounce of their inimitable energy, Foreign Beggars are equally pumped whether in the studio recording or jumping around on stage at one of their live shows.

    The crew have released five studio albums to date: Asylum Speakers, Stray Point Agenda, United Colours Of Beggattron, The Uprising and I AM LEGION with Dutch production wizards Noisia.  It is with great pride that they announce the completion and upcoming release of their finest work to date - their sixth full length album: 2 2 KARMA.

    The first single ‘Toast’ from 2 2 KARMA will be released in February 2018. ‘Toast’ is produced by their long time musical partner Alix Perez and features the highly acclaimed Izzie Gibbs and Dizmack.  ‘Toast’ is packed with pace and precision, showcasing their place as the finest rappers from the UK.

    Always keen collaborators, the Beggars have worked with a plethora of artists worldwide from a wide musical spectrum.  2 2 KARMA sees collaborations with the likes of: Kate Tempest, OG Maco, Izzie Gibbs, Dizmack, Killa P & Irah, Shogun, Black Josh, Marcello Spooks, Zu and Andre Laville.  The album features productions from: Flux Pavilion, Spor/Feed Me, Alix Perez, Ivy Lab and Bangzy.  Collaborative highlights from their past include: Noisia, Dirtyphonics, Knife Party, Skrillex, Birdy Nam Nam, D’onaeo, Skinnyman, Jack Beats, Alix Perez, Tommy Lee, Eprom and Flux Pavilion.
    The critically acclaimed group have built this steadfast reputation as one of the UK’s most versatile, creative and prolific acts through a continuing desire to push the envelope, in a manner that is as urgent now as it has ever been.  With a top ten hit, over 80 million YouTube plays and a string of international headline dates ahead of them, things are going from strength to strength for the Beggars.

    Festival highlights include: Glastonbury, Stereosonic, EDC Vegas, Hard LA, Shambhala, Exit, Outlook, Snowbombing, iTunes Festival, Field Day, Rhythm and Vines, SXSE, Electron, Glade, SW4, Lovebox, Garrorock, Sonar, NH7, Igloofest, Urban Art Forms, Brixton Academy, Dour Festival, Lowlands.

    For more information, go to:

    https://www.facebook.com/foreignbeggars
    https://www.instagram.com/foreignbeggars
    https://twitter.com/ForeignBeggars
    https://soundcloud.com/foreignbeggars

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      https://www.mixcloud.com/willdefwilkroger
       
       
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