Canuck Signing Blitz Sixtoo, Constantines, Royal City and Hidden Cameras Ink International Deals

Canuck Signing Blitz Sixtoo, Constantines, Royal City and Hidden Cameras Ink International Deals
Shortly after his Sebutones partner Buck 65 signed to Warner Records, Sixtoo has inked a deal with Ninja Tune. The Halifax-now-Montreal DJ has committed to three records in the next three years, but not before fulfilling other contractual obligations. A new album for the Vertical Form label will be out in March, as well as a single for Montreal's Bully label featuring Math from Anticon. His first Ninja Tune single is expected in the fall, with a full-length in 2004. Sixtoo is one of only a handful of North American artists on the primarily British label.

Three Gut Records' band the Constantines recently announced a deal with Sub Pop for all territories except Canada, and TGR's Royal City have signed to Rough Trade in Europe. Rough Trade's Geoff Travis was tipped off about Royal City after signing their friends the Hidden Cameras to an international deal - one that also excludes Canada. The Hidden Cameras debut album is expected in April. Rough Trade will re-release Royal City's Alone at the Microphone in early spring, with a new album expected in the fall. The Constantines' new album, tentatively titled Commander, was recently completed at Blue Rodeo's Woodshed studio with producer Steve Clarkson (King Cobb Steelie), and is expected in May or June in North America, and later in Europe. Both Three Gut acts will feature the label's logo on their new releases, which could help the label in the same way Sub Pop benefited from having their logo on Nirvana's Nevermind. "I don't think keeping Canada to yourself is that common," says Three Gut's Lisa Moran. "This gives us some time to build up Three Gut and we have the luxury of [other labels] putting a lot of effort into marketing to the States, and that will help us sell records."