The sleeve for 'MHz Invasion', the debut from Sicilian experimental Avant-Pop duo Daiquiri Fantomas, was created by in-house Blow Up designer Claudia Arnold and shot on location in Lanzarote, where the volcanic landscape echoes that of Daiquiri Fantomas own Sicily. The large uninhabited volcanic areas of the island make a perfect stand in for the barren but beautiful lunar worlds that 'MHz Invasion' hint at.
Find out more about Daiquiri Fantomas here and watch the album trailer below...
For the very first time ever Volumes 1 & 2 of the 'Blow Up presents Exclusive Blend Series' are available for download from iTunes (Vol.1 / Vol.2), Amazon.co.uk , Amazon.com, Napster (Vol.1 / Vol.2), eMusic and more. Don't forget, both have recently been reissued on LP (& CD) too if you'd rather get your hands on some vinyl - from all good stores, as well as Blow Up Records mail order.
Volume 1 sees Paul Tunkin, DJ & founder of Blow Up club, taking us on a journey deep into the vaults of the KPM music library. Originally released in 1996, the Blow Up Exclusive Blend series were one of the first commercial introductions to Music Library and the twilight world of the session man. Volume 1 features the cream of the KPM Music Library writers including Keith Mansfield, Alan Hawkshaw, Alan Parker and Johnny Pearson. Most of these tracks had never been commercially available before this release.
Volume 2 sees Blow Up's Paul Tunkin entering the vaults of De Wolfe, Amphonic and once again KPM. As with a bulk of Exclusive Blend 1, many of these tracks were receiving their first commercial airing on this album's release. Originally released in 1997, the album also introduced James Clarke's Wild Elephants to the world, which was later retitled 'Blow Up A-Go-Go' as a thankyou from the writer and became the title track for the successful V2 / Blow Up compilation 'Blow Up A-Go-Go! Dancefloor Classics from The Legendary Blow Up Club'. This album includes tracks from many great music library theme writers including Keith Mansfield, Alan Hawkshaw, Syd Dale, and Alan Moorhouse.
The band have achieved a cult following both in the UK, Europe and USA, despite having only released 2 singles to date (Neon Invasion/Prick Tease, On Fire/Dream), and secured deals along the way with E.A Games 'Need For Speed' and Sony Eriksson for use of their music. Neon Plastix have played multitudes of dates across Europe, even including a spot at Glastonbury, as well as touring with Late Of The Pier amongst others (who they also remixed). After they declared an inevitable hiatus whilst some members finished college courses and such, the band have woke up and rubbed their eyes, dusted themselves down and are ready to release their debut album 'Awesome Moves'
Blow Up is pleased to announce that the long awaited third album from Big Boss Man - 'Full English Beat Breakfast' is soon to be released. Shipping from September 2009, the album will be available on CD, LP and as a download from all good retailers.
As usual the band have made good use of their extensive collection of vintage (and temperamental) gear for Full English. Head honcho Nasser Bouzida (a.k.a the Bongolian) plays mini-VIP, Farfisa and Hammond organs, Wurlitzer piano, Moog synths and drums and percussion. Driving fuzz guitar and bass beat is provided by bassman Scott Milsom "the Hawk" and guitarist Trev Harding. The band have once again created a superb spaced-out selection of prime 60?s inspired dancefloor tracks: Northern Soul vibes with "?Black Eye", Garage sounds with "The Bloater", Boogaloo with "Pies and Pastiche" and even Samba with "Full Brazilian"
Available now from all good download stores and taken from their acclaimed debut album 'Days And Go' is the second single 'Moves On The Screen' from Swedish indie-posters Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck
DAYS COME AND GO quotes…
"Think The Concretes with strings and a folky/indie edge. Grand songs, delivered well" Stool Pigeon
"Lovely, gentle folk inspired indie pop that invokes the idea of Jens Lekman fronting Belle & Sebastian. Simple as that" indieMP3
"Wry but sincere hometown poetry" NME
"An album to pay attention to" AllMusic
The second of 2 one-off UK dates for Blow Up's swedish indiepop 8 piece Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck (the first being the night before at the Blow Up club, supporting Lucky Soul).
This will be an acoustic show, and entry will be free - so what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon - on stage at 2pm.
Ladies and gentlemen we present you the perfect antidote to all the current doom and gloom… We give you…
Silvery performing a brand new recording of You 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 fabulous debut album Thunderer & Excelsior, but will is downloadable from all reputable purveyors of digital phonograms and just in time for Christmas! ….Its time to party like its 1929!!!
Baltic Fleet's eponymous debut has made it into Rough Trade's Top Album's of 2008 at No. 29. Rough Trade's Top 50 here