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Super Cruel: Warner, BMG, Village Sounds, Mutual Friends Cut Ties (EXCLUSIVE)

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Super Cruel: Warner, BMG, Village Sounds, Mutual Friends Cut Ties (EXCLUSIVE)

The record label, music publisher, booking agency and management team that each signed electronic duo Super Cruel in 2017 have cut ties with the group, TMN can reveal.

Representatives from Warner Music, BMG, Village Sounds and Mutual Friends all told TMN they are no longer working with its members, Jesse Sewell and Matthew Khabbaz.

Mutual Friends’ Benji James said he and Stefan Emslie stopped managing the duo in 2019.

Confirmation of the splits comes three years after an alleged incident that followed a Super Cruel gig on March 4, 2019, at The Tivoli in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.

According to court documents, the pair were charged in June last year by Fortitude Valley CIB.

Sewell and Khabbaz each face one count of common assault.

The matter was mentioned in Brisbane Magistrates Court last Thursday (July 21).

Sewell and Khabbaz were both granted an application to cross-examine two witnesses at a committal hearing scheduled for November this year.

Sewell and Khabbaz have not yet been required to enter a plea, according to The Courier Mail, however Sewell has indicated through his lawyer that he will plead not guilty.

Super Cruel released their debut single “November” featuring Lisa Mitchell in March 2017. Two months later they announced the industry signings and then a publishing deal.

The duo went on to perform at festivals Spilt Milk and Splendour in the Grass that same year, and toured around Australia with Slumberjack in early 2019.

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