As part of a collaboration between UMG, the EMI Trust and youth-community charity The eXceL Project, the three-day education programme Secret Studio has resulted in the release of two new original tracks.

The eXceL Project’s (XLP) community leaders picked six individuals, aged between 16 and 20, from different backgrounds across London to harness their creativity around music. XLP works across nine London boroughs to help under-privileged young people in the capital.

The theme of the project was “old becomes new”, drawing on 10 rare wax recordings (made between 1901 and 1906) that are held in the EMI Trust archives.

The six individuals picked for the project split into two teams to write, record and mix two new tracks in a former police riot van that has been converted into a mobile recording studio, resulting in ‘Freddie & Will’ and ‘Healing’.

The tracks are being  distributed via the UMG-owned Spinnup platform for unsigned acts, with 50% of the royalties going to XLP and the other 50% going to the six musicians who created them.

‘Freddie & Will’ can be heard here while ‘Healing’ can be heard here. You can read more about what XLP does here.

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