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Baltic Fleet wins Liverpool GIT Award 2013

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Baltic Fleet Wins GIT Award

We headed up to Liverpool on Friday to see our very own Baltic Fleet named the winner of the 'Scouse Mercury Prize' aka Liverpool's GIT Music Award 2013. Baltic Fleet's Paul Fleming received his award from the Liverpool Echo's Peter Guy, The Quietus' John Doran and Q Magazine's Andrew Harrison. Here's what they said....

"The judges believe that Towers captured the sprawling vitality of contemporary music and married this to a sonic landscape which is indicative of its birth; Northern working class cities which thrive on industry and making things happen. Flawless electronic melodies, breezeblock beats and an effortless futuristic edge"

Baltic Fleet said "Can't explain how much this means. An amazing night for Merseyside culture. Respect to everyone involved who made it happen. Best City in The World"

Merseyside's premier music prize, The GIT Award plays host to 12 shortlisted artists who compete for the £1000 prize and the chance to play Yoko Ono's Meltdown Festival at London's Southbank CentreThe shortlist was then decided by a 12-strong judging panel comprising respected music industry figures including BBC 6 Music presenter and son of John Peel, Tom Ravenscroft, the editor of rock and pop music bible Q Magazine, Liverpool-born Andrew HarrisonMatt WilkinsonNME's new music editor, leading UK music website,The Quietus' editor, John Doran plus the cornerstones of Liverpool's music and arts scene. The twelve nominees were: Baltic Fleet, Barberos, By The Sea, Nadine Carina, Clinic, Conan, Dan Croll, John Heckle, Jetta, Tyler Mensah, Stealing Sheep, Wave Machines

The Justice Collective won the Inspiration Award for their Christmas No. 1 and tireless work in supporting the fight for JFT96. Tyler Mensah won the People's Choice Award. 

More photos on Flickr and Facebook

Alfa 9 'Gone To Ground' Limited Signed Albums

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Alfa 9 Signing Gone To Ground

Alfa 9's second album 'Gone To Ground' gets its official release on March 11th and the band will be signing the first 100 copies, but they'll only by available from the official Blow Up / Alfa 9 shopclick here to pre-order to guarantee yours!

Plus you can buy their other releases, including other limited goodies. There are even a few copies of their first album 'Then We Begin' on vinyl signed by the first line-up.

The Bongolian ‘Bongos For Beatniks’ – new album coming this May

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The Bongolian 'Bongos For Beatniks'

The Bongolian 'Bongos For Beatniks'

The sleeve for the Bongolian's 4th album is finally revealed! 'Bongos For Beatniks' will be released on Monday 9th May, but if you can't wait that long you can download the first single 'The Riviera Affair' which was recently featured on Nemone's Lunchtime Loves on BBC 6music (she also interviewed Nasser before his BlowUp/HMV show in February), alongside support plays by Gideon Coe and Craig Charles. The track is also Sky Sports Soccer AM's track of the week.

The album is also featured in Scootering Magazine's 'Recommended Listening' this month alongside an early review of the album, an interview with The Bongolian and a live review of February's Blow Up/HMV show.

Stay tuned as from next week the album will be available to pre-order, with some limited edition bundles.

DOWNLOAD THE RIVIERA AFFAIR: The Bongolian 'Riviera Affair' on iTunes The Bongolian 'Riviera Affair' Amazon.co.uk The Bongolian 'Riviera Affair' Amazon.com  CONNECT: The Bongolian Facebook Page Myspace Page on Spotify Last.fm

Blow Up night at HMV's Next Big Thing 2011

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Blow Up @ HMV Next Big Thing 2011

Blow Up @ HMV Next Big Thing

We're pleased to announce that Blow Up will be hosting a night at Upstairs @ The Garage as part of the second year of HMV's Next Big Thing festival. Spread over 6 London venues (plus one in Birmingham and Edinburgh) and running between 4th - 13th February 2011, the festival's aim is to showcase and celebrate the very best new and emerging talent drawn from all genres of music tipped to breakthrough in 2011.  The Blow Up night is the first date of the festival on Friday 4th February, and Blow Up Records' artists Baltic Fleet, Silvery and The Bongolian will be playing live, following by the Blow Up club at 11pm until 3am with DJs Paul Tunkin & Ian Jackson bringing you the classic Blow Up mix of Orgasmic Pop, Psych, 60s Mod Soul and New Wave Glam action. Expect to hear a  selection ranging from The Beatles to Bowie to Blur mixed with 60s moves and grooves (Soul, Boogaloo, Garage, Ska, Beat and Swinging Soundtracks). Entry to all events for the festival will be for the bargain price of a flat £10 (incl. b/f), whoever the artist and whichever the venue. Tix here

14/1/2011 UPDATE - BIG BOSS MAN ADDED TO THE BILL - playing a late night show as part of the Blow Up clubnight that follows.


Baltic Fleet

Baltic FleetPhoto: Adam Banister

Baltic Fleet Facebook Page Baltic Fleet on Myspace Baltic Fleet on Last.fm Baltic Fleet on Spotify

BALTIC FLEET is the work of Warrington based artist Paul Fleming. Influenced by artists such as Eno, The Doves, NEU!, Sigur Ros and DJ Shadow, his 2008 eponymous debut (written and recorded whilst on a World Tour playing keyboards for Echo & the Bunnymen), was picked by Rough Trade Shop for their monthly Record Club, and went on to be placed in their Top 50 Albums of 2008 (and also in Piccadilly Records' Albums of 2008). His first show since 2008, Paul will showcasing material from his second album, due for release mid-2011.

"BUNNYMAN HAS FUN ON THE AUTOBAHN - Sombre, Sigur Ros-like post-rock, fuzzy bass grooves [and] energising NEU!-style motorik" UNCUT

"A faultless piece of instumental music that captures the spirit of Eno, NEU! all the way through to modern post rock and chamber music" ROUGH TRADE

"A thirteen-track industrial drive along roads of ambient melodies . Skin pricklingly authentic" CLASH


SILVERY are an eccentric London four-piece whose music has been described as anything from Artrock, to Glam to Britpop.  Lead singer and songwriter James Orman immerses us in a unmistakeably  English world of Victoriana and wit.  This show follows a headline spot at Club NME @ Koko in January, and comes just before the release of their new single 'Two Halves Of The Same Boy'. Playlisted on BBC 6Music (15/1/2011) the third from their critically acclaimed second album 'RailwayArchitecture':

"Exhilarating art-pop from band bordering on greatness" ★ ★ ★ ★ UNCUT

"Hunt down this album" ★ ★ ★ ★ Artrocker

"Genius twisted pop. A truly original pop masterpiece" ★ ★ ★ ★ BIG CHEESE

"Stylish, literate and witty but properly hook-aware" TIME OUT

SILVERYTHEBAND.COM Silvery Facebook Page Silvery Facebook Group Silvery on Myspace Silvery TWITTER Silvery on Last.fm Silvery on Spotify


THE BONGOLIAN is the alter-ego of Big Boss Man's main man Nasser Bouzida - a multi-instrumentalist who blends elements of Funk, Soul and Jazz with grinding percussion and heavy Bongo rhythms, resulting in dirty percussive bongo driven Funk and Spaced-out Latin Soul. His releases have become recordbox essentials for DJs, finding a wide appeal from Dance and Hip-Hop to rare groove and funky 45s fans, and to date The Bongolian and his band have toured USA, UK and Europe. Following his 2008′s 'Outer Bongolia', The Bongolian will release his 4th album 'Bongos For Beatniks' in early 2011.

"Nasser Bouzida is a man with talent to spare. A Latin-flavoured jazz-funk odyssey" Q Magazine

"Forget your preconceptions, this is the REAL incredible bongo band" CLASH

"Mightily funky. Part mod, part Sergio Mendes, very swingin" TIME OUT

THE BONGOLIAN: The Bongolian Facebook Page Myspace Page on Spotify Last.fm


BIG BOSS MANjust added to the bill for tonight. They'll be playing a late night show as part of the Blow Up club.

"Excellent" Mark Lamarr, BBC Radio 2

"The Sgt Pepper of boogaloo - and you can't go without breakfast, can you?" music 4/5, sonic 4/5 Hi-Fi Choice

"Effortlessly hip" 4 stars - Echoes

Big Boss Man Facebook Page Big Boss Man Myspace Page on Spotify Big Boss Man on Last.fm

Silvery - live tonight 7pm on BBC 6music with Marc Riley

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Silvery are recording a session for Mark Riley on BBC 6music to be broadcast live tonight from 7pm. Expect to hear previews of tracks from their forthcoming 2nd album Railway Architecture which will be released on August 9th, and is preceded by the single The Naked & The Dead on July 26th which was recently up for 6music's Rebel Playlist. If you're not in the UK or don't have digital radio you can listen online here.  Here's what they've said so far about Railway Architecture:

"One of the most distinctive sounds you're currently likely to hear. Irrepressible and exhilarating" NUDE

Silvery Artrocker Special

Look out for Artrocker's Summer Special issue out now - the covermount CD features the Silvery track 'Identity' taken from the new album.

Check out the video for The Naked & The Dead, directed by Alastair Brotherton and Jock Mooney, and produced by Rich Barnett/Trunk, the same team behind Silvery's video for 'Horrors', which was awarded Best Music Video at the London Short Film Festival in 2009;

Silvery release 2nd album 'Railway Architecture' and BBC 6 music session for Marc Riley

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Silvery will be releasing the follow up to their 2008 debut album with their second album Railway Architecture on August 9th. The first single 'The Naked & The Dead had its first play last Thursday on Marc Riley's 6 Music show, and if you're quick you can listen back on the BBC iPlayer(38 mins in).  Riley has invited the band in for a BBC 6Music Session on 12th July - stay tuned for more details. Silvery's debut Thunderer & Excelsior was a BBC 6 Music Album of the Day, Artrocker Album of the Year (No 19), an Organ Top 10 album of the year and gained a multitude of supporters across press and radio including Steve Lamacq, Marc Riley, David Q

SILVERY on this weeks BBC 6 Music Rebel Playlist!

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Following Monday's debut play of Silvery's next single 'GIVE A LITTLE LOVE' its now up for BBC 6 Music's Rebel Playlist, the winner of which makes it onto the official playlist.

You can listen to the new track on our myspace or on the BBC 6 Music site where you have until midnight this Sunday to register your vote!

The track brand new recording of Give A Little Love, a cover version of the Paul Williams song as featured in the musical Bugsy Malone. The song has often featured in the Silvery live set and the band thought it was high time to put a studio version down. This track is not included on their debut album Thunderer & Excelsior, but will be downloadable from Monday 15th December from all reputable purveyors of digital phonograms and just in time for Christmas!

Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music