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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.

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"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'.

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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

Neon Plastix ‘Neon Invasion’ in The Dilemma Movie

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Neon Plastix 'On Fire' Live at KOKO

'Neon Invasion' from Doncaster's finest Neon Plastix features on the soundtrack for the new Ron Howard film The Dilemma featuring Vince Vaughn. It's taken from their 2010 debut Awesome Moves. Here's an old clip we found from back in 2006 live at Club NME @ KOKO.

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Paul Williams “Quite Likes Silvery”

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Silvery 'You Give A Little Love'


Legendary  songwriter Paul Williams has been in touch with Blow Up HQ after listening to the new Silvery album 'Railway Architecture' which features a cover of his song 'You Give A Little Love' from the film Bugsy Malone…

Great rendition of "You Give a Little Love" ..    and wonderful music from first cut to last.   Adventurous, musical, edgy yet loving ..    Puhleeeze!   Spread the word that Paul Williams is a big fan!

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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

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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

Silvery 'Railway Architecture' on Steve Lamacq Blog

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Long-time supporter of the band Steve Lamacq has reviewed Silvery's new album 'Railway Architecture' on his official blog this week. Silvery also played last week at the first night of his new club night at the Bull & Gate (Lamacq's write up here):

"SILVERY whose debut album was a minor work of crazed genius, are back with a second LP which really ups the maverick ante" Steve Lamacq on his Blog (read full review here)


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Silvery live at Blow Up: Saturday 21st August + Saturday 11th September

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Following the release of their critically acclaimed 2nd album 'Railway Architecture' this August, London artrockers Silvery play two intimate shows at Blow Up on Saturday 21st August and Saturday 11th September. Silvery founder and singer-songwriter James Orman is still immersed in Bowie, Blur, XTC and all things eccentrically English, The Silvery sound is based around an amalgamation of non fiction, childhood memories, love of historic machinery, 70′s TV detective-isms and a musical philosophy of 'anything goes'. From the glam rock assault of previous single 'Devil In The Detail', New Wave blast of debut 'Horrors', neo Bond theme drama of 'Will Self', through brief snatches of ska to music hall and spoken word, there is very little left untouched in between.

Silvery news: 2nd album 'Railway Architecture' - out now

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Silvery 'Railway Architecture' (Blow Up) - Out Now

Silvery release the follow up to their 2008 debut Thunderer & Excelsior with their 2nd album Railway Architecture - out today and available from Rough Trade, Fopp, Norman, Piccadilly, Townsend, Juno, Amazon, Play.com, iTunes, eMusic, Napster, Amazon Digital and more

Railway Architecture sees Silvery to continue their creative brainstorming, and Railway Architecture which sees bands singer/songwriter James Orman continuing his journey into the very English and eccentric world of the mad, bizarre and absurd. With a doff of a stove-pipe hat to Blur, Bowie, XTC and Sparks, their sound is an eclectic but commercial proposition. The album expertly blends post-punk, Britpop (for want of a better word), music hall and 60′s pop into this year's most exciting release yet, and recently described as:

"Exhilarating art-pop from band bordering on greatness" 4 STARS - UNCUT

"Hunt down this album" 4 STARS - Artrocker

"Delicious and daringly at odds with almost everything else out there" 4 STARS - Clash

"Genius twisted pop" 4 STARS - Big Cheese

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

THE SOUND OF POP ART live at BLOW UP - Saturday 7th August 2010

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Just confirmed for Saturday 7th August at Blow Up are The Sound Of Pop Art (acoustic set) and an opportunity to hear some genuine Beatnik Pop / Acoustic Soul of the finest order. Think, Odessey & Oracle The Zombies, Syd Barrett, Up The Junction Manfred Man, John Barry. TSOPA features Chris Free who previously wrote/played sonic guitar for one of the UK's first & finest beat punk groups The Users, and was asked to join Paul Weller's Respond label as songwriting duo A Craze, penning the 1983 UK summer soul hit for Tracie Young Give It Some Emotion:

"English to the hilt, Cambridge's T.S.O.P.A.  update Mod riffs and attitudes and pour sunny harmonies over them. Influenced by The Who, The Kinks and The Jam [and] infectiously enthusiastic, this is classic boho pop" **** Chris Roberts - Uncut

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

Neon Plastix 'Awesome Moves' - debut album out now (UK)

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Neon Plastix 'Awesome Moves' (Blow Up)

After one hell of a siesta Neon Plastix release their long awaited debut album Awesome Moves this week. It's chock full of electro tinged dancefloor pop, including On Fire, Gentlemen?s Gold and ten other future smashes…
Available from all good stores on CD and download including:
Rough trade, Piccadilly, Norman, Townsend, amazon.co.uk, amazon.com, play.com, hmv.com, emusic, Napster, itunes and more…

Big Boss Man live at Blow Up - Saturday May 29th 2010

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Big Boss Man live at Blow Up

Big Boss Man live at Blow Up, 29th May 2010

Just confirmed at Blow Up are Blow Up Records' very own Big Boss Man - on stage 10.30pm (doors 10pm). The band are fresh back from their 2010 tour of Spain , and along side favourites such as 'Sea Groove' and 'Party 7′, Big Boss Man will be playing tracks from their 3rd album 'Full English Beat Breakfast'. Followed by resident Blow Up DJs Paul Tunkin & Ian Jackson more…

Blow Up Exclusive Blend Volumes 1 and 2 go digital...

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Blow Up presents Exclusive Blend Volumes 1 & 2

Blow Up presents Exclusive Blend Volumes 1 & 2

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.

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Neon Plastix 'Awesome Moves' - debut album 10 May 2010 (UK)

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Neon Plastix release their long awaited debut LP 'Awesome Moves' on May 10th 2010 (UK)  + album will be preceded by single Gentlemen's Gold.

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'