Former Friends frontwoman Samantha Urbani is launching her own record label. URU's debut release is in conjunction with Lucky Number (who also released the only album from Friends) and will be a reissue of the 1981 album Running Out of Time by British pop duo Rexy, who - as Samantha said in a statement - helped influence the band's album. Those that tuned into James Blake's recent BBC Radio 1 Residency show will have also heard a rare cover of the album's title track by Connan Mockasin.

"I first heard Running Out of Time a few months after I had formed my own first (and only) band, Friends, and I heard natural similarities to the music I was already creating that made me feel very at home in listening to the album - like a companion that understood me - and enough differences to feel inspired, fascinated, and infatuated. There were songs about feeling alien amongst societally 'normal' humans, being suspicious of 'music industry' types who come off as vampiric, out of touch, and deceptive, songs about cops being scary righteous idiots, songs about forlorn yet zen-like acceptance of lost love - all things I felt so deeply at the time. And it was sung all in the most natural, un-self-conscious, spunky, sassy, and unaffected young woman's voice - a record that was something truly punk, truly individualist, in that it was purely itself. Also - Running Out Of Time had never been compromised by having a continued legacy that could ever miscontextualize it. I felt like Rexy's one and only album had been fossilized in a perfect way, by its singularity, its mystery, and its illusiveness. This turned it into its own little esoteric- yet totally relatable and honest- world."

To celebrate the launch of URU, Urbani has recorded and released to SoundCloud a cover of Rexy track 'Alien' along with the original (which is also streaming on the official URU website). The reissue of Running Out of Time will be available from March 18.