After weeks of anticipation, Stephen James Smith’s début album ‘See No Evil’ is finally out in the world for you to stream and download at your leisure. And as I type this (on 1 April), it’s another #BandcampFriday, which means that even more of the sales income goes straight to the artist.

The album was described as, “fearlessly refreshing” by Hotpress and was given 4/5 by Business Post. We think it’s an absolute beauty and urge you to check it out as soon as you can. It’s available in all of the usual places, but as always, our Bandcamp page is best.

You can catch Stephen on the road soon, with Ireland & UK tour dates on sale here. Huge thanks to everybody that’s already bought and shared the album. Please continue to spread the love! All the best and enjoy…

Nymphs & Thugs are thrilled to announce that we’re working with our first-ever Irish poet. Stephen James Smith is highly-acclaimed on both sides of the water, and we’ve teamed up with Reckless Records in Ireland to co-release his debut album ‘See No Evil‘.

The album will be released digitally on 1 April, with the single ‘I’ve Had Lovers’ released on 11 March. There’ll also be a vinyl release later in the year – provisionally planned for autumn 2022. Stephen’s album release is being supported by a tour of the UK & Ireland over the coming months.

The 9 track album was recorded during lockdown in County Wexford, after Stephen found himself moving down from Dublin during the pandemic. This presented the opportunity to work with Gavin Glass in Orphan Recording Studios. Stephen was awarded the Music Industry Stimulus Package under the Recording Stimulus fund to help with the making of the album, which is produced and composed by Gareth Quinn Redmond.

Stephen James Smith UK & Ireland tour dates

This album is a culmination of years of work and a chance meeting. I was never really sure what ‘sound’ I wanted to have underscore my poetry. I’ve so many influences from trad, folk and hip-hop – and then I met Gareth, and instantly we had a bond and he ‘got’ what I was trying to do. I’m a bit more restrained in my performance than I ordinarily would be on this album, but Gareth’s music helps to bring the emotional intensity I would aim for as a solo performer. So, the opportunity to collaborate on a longer-form project like this was just brilliant. I learned so much and I’m happy with what we created. In some ways I care how this is received – what we’ve done means a lot to me – but in others, I couldn’t care less. We did what we set out to do and now it’s up to the album to find its way in the world.

Stephen James Smith

We’re really excited to add Stephen to our roster of artists and expand our work into Ireland and Northern Ireland over the next few years as a result.

After experiencing catastrophic production delays which wreaked havoc around Europe, we finally have our Disarm Hate x Poetry vinyl! Firstly, we’d just like to apologise profusely to the customers who’ve pre-ordered these and have been waiting patiently for them to arrive.

The records were pressed at Deepgrooves in the Netherlands, which is the greenest pressing plant in the world. But when we sent them our masters back in spring 2021, not even they could have predicted how long it would take for the job to actually be finished. It turns out that COVID + Brexit = quite the combo.

But the important thing is that they’re here now, in all their glory. And as pre-orders are shipped around the UK, out to Europe, and over to the US, the remaining copies are available to purchase here for £20 plus P+P.

You can read more about the Disarm Hate x Poetry project here. And it’s important to note that all profits from these vinyl sales will be split between LGBTQ charities. Apologies again for the delay. And fingers crossed you’ll all love this album as much as we do…!

Our ‘Disarm Hate x Poetry‘ project saw the album ‘We Will Keep On‘ released on 12 June, to mark the five-year anniversary of the Orlando massacre. It features specially commissioned poems from 16 leading LGBTQ poets alongside interview excerpts from the ‘Disarm Hate‘ documentary.

However, we don’t want to stop there. The Orlando massacre sent shockwaves around the global LGBTQ community and we want to engage as many members of the community as possible. So, we’re issuing a call-out for written responses to ‘Disarm Hate’ and/or the aftermath of Orlando.

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As part of the ‘Disarm Hate x Poetry‘ project, we issued a public call-out for audio responses. These were linked to a couple of free virtual workshops, with the chosen submissions being released on a free digital album alongside ‘We Will Keep On‘ at the weekend.

The result was a seven-track album called ‘Sometimes, The Revolution is Small‘. We love this extra strand to our project and are excited to expand the number of LGBTQ poets who are responding to the project and its themes. The album is available free of charge, with an option to donate if you like. Any income will be split between Contigo Fund in the US and Stonewall UK.

Here’s an introduction to the poets on the album!

NYMPH048 ‘Sometimes, The Revolution is Small’
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After 10 months of grafting, planning, bidding, tweaking, writing, recording, mixing, mastering, designing, crying, loving, sharing, and everything else that’s gone into it…the culmination of the ‘Disarm Hate x Poetry‘ project is finally out in the world.

This ‘We Will Keep On’ album features specially commissioned responses to the ‘Disarm Hate‘ documentary from 16 leading LGBTQ poets. The poems feature alongside documentary clips layered over Ralph Stevens’ original soundtrack. And the album has been released worldwide to commemorate the five-year anniversary of the Orlando massacre.

All profits from album sales will be split between Contigo Fund in the US and Stonewall UK. There’ll be a 2LP gatefold album released later in the summer, which is available to pre-order through our Bandcamp site. We’re immensely proud and humbled to have released this album, and hope that it’s received as a valuable contribution to the global LGBTQ community.

We also issued a call-out for public responses as audio submissions. As promised, a selection of these submissions have been released on a free digital album – entitled ‘Sometimes, The Revolution is Small’.

Special thanks to Arts Council England for part-funding this as part of their National Lottery Project Funds, and to Rugged Entertainment for approaching us last summer. Enjoy…

At the beginning of the year, we had a Zoom call with poet and producer Dan Simpson and he told us all about his ‘Experimental Words‘ project. He’s producing it in partnership with Dr Sam Illingworth, and as the final pieces fall into place, it looks awesome.

The end result is an audio album, which features 10 pairs of poets/scientists, and soundscapes designed by Chris Drohan. Poets include Joelle Taylor, Maria Ferguson, Momtaza Mehri, and Shareefa Energy.

The ‘Experimental Words’ official album trailer

The album is being released digitally on Wednesday 23 June, with a launch event taking place over Zoom that evening at 7.30pm BST. Tickets are priced at £3, £6, or £9 – depending on your income – and can be purchased here.

It’s a brilliant project that showcases the potential of spoken word and spoken word poetry in particular. The calibre of scientists and poets involved is awesome, and the work that they’ve done with the soundscapes and algorithmically generated graphics is like nothing we’ve experienced before.

So, check out the project – come along to the launch event if you can – and keep an eye out for the album from 23 June onwards! We’re proud to be supporting this and can’t wait to see it venture out into the world. The project is being part-funded by Arts Council England.

The ‘Experimental Words’ album cover