www.undergroundhiphop.com - www.humrecords.ch "On a recent European Tour, Stones Throw head honcho PB Wolf discovered Iain Raeper performing at a Scottish Pub and was signed on the spot to release a limited 7". This marks Stones Throw's first venture into the world of folk/singer/songwriter and will appeal to fans of Badly Drawn Boy, Jeff Buckley, Paul Weller, & Joseph Arthur." www.dustygroove.com - www.redeye.com.au "Chiming, plaintive acoustic rock - on Stones Throw ?!? This double A-side single from Iain Raeper is a pretty big left turn for the enigmatic LA hip hop-funk-soul label - straight up acoustic coffee house sunshine from the Edinburgh scene !" www.rushhour.nl "Cool folk 45 on this LA based label. Signed on the spot when Peanut Butter Wolf saw him perform during the Stones Throw tour in Europe. Check !"
I have recently released a double A sided 7" vinyl single in California in conjunction with Stones Throw Records from Los Angeles. The songs are "Always the Same" and "The End of Everything". It is available online at the following stores - http://www.undergroundhiphop.com/store/detail.asp?UPC=STH216812 http://www.hhv.de/index.php?rid=128172 http://www.accesshiphop.com/store/?itemid=15107 http://www.dustygroove.com/item.php?id=4hqc9w6gxf&ref=browse.php&refQ=cat%3D10%26amp%3Bformat%3D7-inch http://www.rushhour.nl/store_detailed.php?item=44741 http://www.humrecords.ch/detail.php?id=132848 http://www.juno.co.uk/artists/Ian+Raeper/ http://www.redeye.com.au/answer.asp?artist=RAEPER%2C+IAIN&reion=EUR&genSel=&letbrws=yes&atype=both http://heavycratescom.gemm.com/ddc/search.pl?&for_seller=HEAVYCRATESCOM&&&&&&a_refno=GML13537168 There is the opportunity to rate me on one or more of these sites - I’d be most obliged if you might choose to leave a nice message and compliment should you visit. Of course, should you decide to part with your hard earned dollars and purchase a copy, then I would happily hug you personally ! Happy shopping, and THANK YOU as always ! Iain x www.stonesthrow.com www.myspace.com/sheikyerarse
Acoustic @ Admiral Thursday 7th August 2008 saw Cat Squire Music take over the downstairs room at the Admiral Bar in Glasgow for a night of live acoustic music. Last up was our headline act Iain Raeper, a talented pop singer-songwriter who braved the rain and flooding to get through to Glasgow from Edinburgh. Iain strummed out a number of quality songs with catchy lyrics and pop melodies. The crowd really enjoyed his upbeat set. A few covers cropped up through the night: The best of the covers was by Iain Raeper. His version of 'Fight For Your Right' was a unique take on the song, slowing it down with only vocals and acoustic. Classic ! Review by Cat Squire Music Jinty M'Guinty's, Ashton Lane, Glasgow 25th October 2009 Iain Raeper is from Edinburgh. That would normally be enough cause for some pointed remarks about east coast shandy drinkers but previous act Robyn & Amie had left me feeling quite mellow. Mellow is how things stayed as well, with Mr Raeper sounding more like he had travelled from the sunshine and beaches of the west coast of America rather than from Edinburgh and "Just Another Day" was a case in point. Just the thing to make a man forget the rain. Review by bluesbunny.com "Out Of The Bedroom" Canon's Gait, Edinburgh 11th January 2007 "Iain Raeper has never played here before, but hopefully he will return after this evening’s fine performance. His first song was The End of Everything, or was it There’s not enough love in the world. ? Either way, good tune. His voice vaguely reminds me of Dylan with a bit more melody, as he sings “where’s all the love gone? Where’s all your faith gone?”. Seems to be a theme of the evening, losing faith. The 2nd song, he tells us, he only wrote yesterday, and he names it “Song [number] 2”. (Well if it’s good enough for Blur…). It seems to be one of the old break-up songs, very moving lyrics about having to say goodbye, and more losing faith. My favourite song was Her Great Escape, with a nice descending chord sequence, and a more optimistic feel than the last two songs. “She’s happy all the time”, he says, but he wonders “is this real, or is it all fake?”. It’s real I say! Optimism, yay! I hope Iain comes back to see us again soon." Review by Lindsay Sugden. "Out Of The Bedroom" Canon's Gait, Edinburgh 8th March 2007 "Iain Raeper: (aka the Grim Reaper). “Another Day” is a strummy grunge song about love gone wrong (there are other kinds as far as I understand), a bit of a manifesto for the wrong done to, to rise up and get revenge, some other day maybe. “When You Screw Up” is a kind of upbeat “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” with a more genteel vocal, a nicely developed chorus discusses the inevitability of getting your poor heart broken. “Always the Same” is a spiritual successor to Iggy Pop’s “The Passenger” and details more romantic chaos and reprehensible behaviour. Iain has lived a life, and deservedly he wins tonight’s exotic raffle." Review by John Barclay. "Out of the Bedroom" Canon's Gait, Edinburgh 19th July 2007 "After his visit to the female toilet, Iain Raeper (www.myspace.com/iainraeper) started part three of the evening. The rhythmic, pulsing ‘One More Time’ had a pleasant melody and Iain’s naturally rasping vocal, emphasised by a sore throat, reminded me of Kelly Jones (Stereophonics). ‘Bethany’, named after the charity shop, was a fictional story about an ex-girlfriend and, while the lyric was bitter, the music was upbeat. The passionate, melodic ‘She Said So’ ended a fine set. Iain’s 12-song demo CD, which he gave out for free tonight, is well worth a listen." Review by Jim Igoe.