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Blow Up Records at Oxjam Leicester, 20th October 2012

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Oxjam Leicester Blow Up

Blow Up Records is excited to be part of Oxjam this year, with 3 artists Baltic FleetThe Bongolian & David Woodcock all appearing live as part of the Leicester Music Takeover on October 20th:

David Woodcock 12.50-1.20pm Outdoor Stage

The Bongolian 7.30-8.30pm Outdoor Stage (headline)

Baltic Fleet  10.30-11.15pm The Exchange Bar (headline)

£8 Early Bird Tickets / £10 After more details at oxjamleicester.co.uk and oxfam.org.uk/oxjam

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Triumphs Of The Olympians EP: Free Download

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Blow Up Trophy

We're in the Olympic mood here at Blow Up HQ, and have compiled a 4 track EP of appropriately titled tracks.

...Yes its the 'Triumphs Of The Olympians EP' featuring The Bongolian, Big Boss Man (who have already dedicated title track to Wiggo), Neon Plastix and SILVERY. AND it's free for a very limited time from http://blowup.co/Th3EkK ...spread the word!

Blow Up Snaps & Scraps: 2011 Highlights

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Some Blow Up highlights of 2011, including HMV's Next Big Thing back in February, another return to the USA and Japan, Latitude Festival in July, The Bongolian's fourth album and the club finally coming of age (b. October 16th 1993).

BLOW UP CHRISTMAS PARTY: The Bongolian + Thee Faction + Blow Up DJs – Friday 2nd December

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Blow Up Christmas Party Ginglik

Blow Up Christmas Party, Firday 2nd December 2011: The Bongolian + Thee Faction Blow Up DJs

 

The 2nd of Blow Up's new monthly West London residency at Ginglik in Shepherd's Bush, and just in time for Christmas! Always guaranteed to get the party going is BIG BOSS MAN's Nasser Bouzida aka THE BONGOLIAN & his band, with support from THEE FACTION.

Plus of course Blow Up DJs Paul Tunkin & Ian Jackson spinning their trademark mix of Pop Stylism, 60's Soul, Beat, Garage, Funk, Ska, Soundtracks, Electronica, Library Music colliding with British Pop, Glam, Indie-Pop and New-Wave. ....A celebration from the other side of Pop where the Kinks, Bowie, Blur share the dancefloor with current newcomers Pete & The Pirates, British Sea Power and Metronomy, all alongside Swinging Soundtracks & TV Themes (The Italian Job to Barbarella), 60s Exotica & Electronica (Jean-Jacques Perry), 60s Club Soul (Motown, Stax etc.), Northern Soul, Beat, Mod Jazz, French Pop (Jacques Dutronc, Bridget Bardot) and New Wave (XTC, Wire).

More info: blowupclub.comFacebook EventMap

Tickets £6 adv. from: Stargreen.comWe Got TicketsGiganticSeeTicketsTicketweb

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THE BONGOLIAN

 

The Bongolian 'Bongos For Beatniks'

THE BONGOLIAN will be playing tracks from his eagerly-awaited 4th album 'Bongos For Beatniks' released this May - a wildly eclectic rare groove fusion of Funk Soul Hammond Beat Jazz and a Sci-Fi Boogaloo. The first single from the album 'The Riviera Affair' was a BBC 6music Lunchtime Love and if you listen to Craig Charles you will have heard more than a few spins on his show too:

"A bakers dozen of gems. Bongo powered grooves at their very best. Preston Epps eat your heart out" SCOOTERING 'RECOMMENDED'

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

The Bongolian Facebook Page Myspace Page on Spotify Last.fm

live this year at the Blow Up Easter Special:

 

'Bongos For Beatniks' album sampler:

 


THEE FACTION
Blistering, visceral socialist R&B with an explicit political agenda:

 

As good as Slade Alive. Yes, THAT good Chris Roberts, The Guardian

Thee Faction Facebook Page

Bongos For Beatniks - 4th Bongolian album out now

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The Bongolian 'Bongos For Beatniks' Sampler

I love this new album. I've be playing this quite a bit and I'm going to play it to death, its absolutely brilliant. …Its official. The bongolian. My new favourite band. You heard it here first Craig Charles Funk Soul Show

AVAILABLE NOW from BLOW UP on CD: Pre-Order 'Bongos For Beatniks' on CD  & VINYL: Pre-Order 'Bongos For Beatniks' on LP

& all good stores including: Cargo Collective store around the UK / JBs / Dusty Groove (USA) / Norman / Phonica / Piccadilly / Rough Trade / Sister Ray / Sounds Of The Universe / amazon.co.uk / hmv & more…

BUY/DOWNLOAD all 4 Bongolian albums from: The Bongolian on iTunes The Bongolian on Amazon UK The Bongolian on Amazon US The Bongolian on Napster

‘Bongos For Beatniks’ The 4th Bongolian album out May 9th: Available for Pre-order

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'Bongos For Beatniks' The Bongolian

'Bongos For Beatniks' The Bongolian

THE BONGOLIAN releases his long-awaited 4th album 'Bongos For Beatniks' this May. The album continues the musical journey where 2007's Outer Bongolia left off, bringing us back down to Earth possibly via France circa 1967 via 2011, in a wildly eclectic rare groove fusion of Funk Soul Hammond Beat Jazz and a Sci-Fi Boogaloo.
PRE-ORDER on CD: Order CD or on lovely Vinyl LP: Order on LP

The first single from the album 'The Riviera Affair' was recently featured on BBC 6music Nemone's Lunchtime Loves (alongside plays from Gideon Coe and Craig Charles) and was also Sky Sports Soccer AM's track of the week.

"A bakers dozen of gems. Bongo powered grooves at their very best. Preston Epps eat your heart out" Scootering 'Recommended Listening'


CONNECT: The Bongolian Facebook Page Myspace Page on Spotify Last.fm

Blow Up Easter Special: 21st April feat. live: The Bongolian + Special Needs + Silvery + Blow Up DJs

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Blow Up Easter Special 2011: The Bongolian + Special Needs + Silvery

Blow Up Easter Special 2011

Following February's sell-out HMV Next Big Thing night, Blow Up returns to its one-off events with an Easter Special at Madame JoJo's on Thursday 21st April. This will be the first of several larger club events for 2011 in the UK and abroad featuring special live guests.

Playing live: THE BONGOLIAN who will be releasing his 4th album 'Bongos For Beatniks' in May and SILVERY who's recent single 'Two Halves Of The Same Boy' has been going down a storm on 6music. Plus, just addeded SPECIAL NEEDS return after a five year hiatus and will be joining the bill for the Easter Special.

Plus resident Blow Up DJs Paul Tunkin & Ian Jackson will also be spinning their trademark mix of Orgasmic Pop / 60s Mod & Soul / New Wave. Expect to hear a selection of British Pop from Beatles to Bowie to Blur alongside 60s Soul, Garage, Ska, Beat, Latin Soul, Swinging Soundtracks, YeYe and Psychedelic Pop Electronique.

Event info: BLOWUPCLUB.COMFACEBOOK.COM/BLOWUPFACEBOOK EVENTMadame JoJo's

Advance Tickets: stargreen.comgigantic.comwegottickets.comseetickets.comticketweb.co.ukhmvtickets
In person: Stargreen Box Office 20/21A Argyll Street London W1F 7TT (Oxford Circus)
Sister Ray 34-35 Berwick Street, London W1F 8RP (Oxford Circus / Piccadilly Circus)


The Bongolian 'Bongos For Beatniks'

The Bongolian 'Bongos For Beatniks'

THE BONGOLIAN 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. The Bongolian releases his 4th album 'Bongos For Beatniks' on May 9th, and the first single 'The Riviera Affair' was a recent Lunchtime Love on Nemone's BBC 6music show.

The Bongolian Facebook Page Myspace Page on Spotify Last.fm

"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

Special Needs live at Blow Up Easter Special

Special Needs

Just added to bill! SPECIAL NEEDS. Special Needs return after a five year hiatus and will be joining the bill for the Blow Up Easter Special. On January 1st 2011, the band announced via Facebook that they had reformed with Nicholas Bukowski (formerly of The Rocks) replacing Neil Allan on drums, and after playing several London shows this year they will now be playing at Blow Up's Easter Special. The band played Blow up promoted shows at The Metro Club back in 2002, and during the mid-noughties recorded for Alan McGee's Poptones label and signed to Mercury Records.

Special Needs Facebook Page

"Pure-bred pop class" ★ ★ ★ ★ NME
"Very special indeed" What's On in London 'Album Of The Week' - 4 out of 4
"Mixing shambolic indie-rock with dashes of doo-wop harmonies and girl-group backchat, they sound alternately like wide-eyed and legless dreamers, and impassioned, vainglorious self-believers"
The Independent On Sunday
"Full of punk self-belief, angular guitars and most remarkably, a perfect pop sensibility"
The Sun 3.5 out of 5

Silvery - Railway Architecture

Silvery 'Railway Architecture'

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'.

SILVERYTHEBAND.COM

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


"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

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

The Bongolian - live at Blow Up - Saturday 4th December 2010

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The Bongolian live at Blow Up

The Bongolian live at Blow Up, December 2010

Following his show in France, The Bongolian (aka Big Boss Man's Nasser Bouzida) and his band drop into London for a rare Christmas show at Blow Up. They will be previewing tracks from his forthcoming 4th album (early 2011) alongside tracks from 2008′s critically acclaimed 'Outer Bongolia' and early classics such as Bongohead. Funk and Spaced-out Latin Soul - 100% Heavy Bongo Vibes guaranteed! Followed by resident Blow Up DJs Paul Tunkin & Ian Jackson bringing you a mix of Orgasmic Pop 60s Mod Soul New Wave action.

Since his 2001 eponymous debut, THE BONGOLIAN's albums 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:

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

Totally mind-blowing WHAT'S ON

Mightily funky, Hammond driven bongo rhythms… part mod, part Sergio Mendes TIME OUT

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