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Big Boss Man confirmed for Blow Up 20th Anniversary Party - Feb 15th 2014

Big Boss Man confirmed for Blow Up 20th Anniversary Party - Feb 15th 2014

We're pleased to announce that Big Boss Man will be playing at the Blow Up 20th Anniversary Party on February 15th 2014Big Boss Man are currently in the studio putting the final touches to their fourth album due out this year on Blow Up Records, and alongside brand new tracks expect such classics such as 'Sea Groove' and 'Party 7' which have won them fans worldwide. 

Here's a taster of Big Boss Man on youtube...

20 December 2013
New Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck Christmas Song for Swedish Advent

New Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck Christmas Song for Swedish Advent

'Bought And Wrapped' is a brand new track from Sweden’s Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck - a melancholy indie-pop Christmas song which, following the band's tradition, was announced last Sunday during Swedish advent (2012 saw them announce the release of 'This Year').

Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck are an 8-piece pop-orchestra from Ängelholm, Sweden, who make genuine bittersweet pop records that sit comfortably next to Belle & Sebastian, David & the Citizens, Jens Lekman and Bright Eyes. Their debut album 'Days Come And Go', which has now been expanded with additional tracks made the top five list of albums of the year for Sweden’s national newspaper Sydsvenskan:

"Wry, sincere hometown poetry" NME

"Gorgeous indie pop" Swedesplease.net

Twitter @Mockingbird_WML    Facebook MockingbirdWishMeLuckSE

08 December 2013
The Bongolian on Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club Volume 2

The Bongolian on Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club Volume 2

'The Riviera Affair' from The Bongolian's 4th album 'Bongos For Beatniks' featured on Craig Charles new compilation Funk & Soul Club Volume 2 - out this week on Freestyle Records!

25 November 2013
Second David Woodcock single announced: 'Beggar's Can't Be Choosers' / 'Tease' on limited vinyl (pre-order now)

Second David Woodcock single announced: 'Beggar's Can't Be Choosers' / 'Tease' on limited vinyl (pre-order now)

'Beggars Can't Be Choosers' / 'Tease' is the 2nd single (double A-Side) from David Woodcock and will be release on November 25th a ltd. 500-only seven-inch on the Blow Up 45 Series (dinked in house bag) & digital download.

PRE-ORDER with FREE MP3 Download here exclusively from BLOW UP SHOP

It follows his debut 'Same Things' (still available as free DD) which has had strong radio support from Steve Lamacq (BBC 6 Music), John Kennedy (Xfm X-posure Hot One) and Gary Crowley (BBC London):

"A great little pop record" STEVE LAMACQ, BBC 6MUSIC

"Essex has a bit of form when it comes to delivering maverick pop geniuses with a gift for mixing a smidgeon of music hall with a dash of 60s pop and creating inspired, but intelligent tunes" BRANDISH.TV

David is a singer-songwriter based in his hometown of Southend-on-Sea, a pianist and prolific writer, with a strong local following he has been building up a solid songbook of sharp lyrics and great melodies that are currently being distilled into his debut album that is set for release early 2014.

Twitter @DWoodcock_Music    Facebook DavidWoodcockMusic

10 October 2013
Alfa 9 6 Music Rebel Playlist Winners & BBC Merseyside Session

Alfa 9 6 Music Rebel Playlist Winners & BBC Merseyside Session

Congratulations to our very own Alfa 9 - winner of this weeks BBC 6 Music Rebel Playlist with 'El Morocco' with 55% of the public vote, and thanks to everyone who voted!

They also dropped into BBC Merseyside last Saturday  too for a session and chat with Dave Monks which you can listen back to here if you're quick!

23 September 2013
Alfa 9 'El Morocco' up for BBC 6 Music Rebel Playlist

Alfa 9 'El Morocco' up for BBC 6 Music Rebel Playlist

Alfa 9 are up for the BBC 6 Music Rebel Playlist this week on the Steve Lamacq show with their forthcoming single 'El Morocco'!

Send an email to lamacq.6music@bbc.co.uk with subject 'Alfa9' before midnight on Sunday 22nd September to vote or you can read more / vote here

"Each week we ask you to vote on your favourite track from three that almost made it onto the official 6 Music Playlist. The winning track will get a play on each daytime programme the following week" BBC 6 Music

17 September 2013
The Bongolian and David Woodcock to play Blow Up this October

The Bongolian and David Woodcock to play Blow Up this October

A Blow Up Records double header as both The Bongolian and David Woodcock are set to play Blow Up at The Bussey Building this October!

16 September 2013
Daiquiri Fantomas 'MHz Invasion' The Debut Album Out Now

Daiquiri Fantomas 'MHz Invasion' The Debut Album Out Now

Daiquiri Fantomas debut album 'MHz Invasion' is out this week (UK)!  Daiquiri Fantomas are a Sicilian experimental Avant-Pop duo founded by composers and multi-instrumentalists Marco Barrano and Dario Sanguedolce, Daiquiri Fantomas is a cocktail of ideas with a Retro-Futuristic flavour, citing the 60s/70s, encompassing Prog, electronica, Sci-Fi movie soundtracks, Kosmische, World and ancient music:

"A fascinating combination of sounds and ideas, drawing from the last half-century of electronic music" SHINDIG!

"Like John Barry who's just taken delivery of a new Moog. Very filmic" RADCLIFFE & MACONIE, BBC 6MUSIC

The album features debut single 'Moon Raga' and 'Moogchile' which have had spins so far on BBC Radio 2 from Huey Morgan and BBC 6 Music from Steve Lamacq, Radcliffe & Maconie, Gideon Coe, Don Letts & Elizabeth Alker.

Get a taste of the music by watching the album trailer on on Daiquiri Fantomas' website here or on YouTube here. The album is available from the Blow Up Shop & all good shops on CD including Piccadilly RecordsRough TradeResident RecordsNorman & Amazon and as a download/stream from Bandcamp iTunes, Google PlaySpotifyAmazon MP3, eMusicRdio & more...

more album info / where to buy

12 August 2013
Baltic Fleet 'Towers' nominated for Album Of The Year at Liverpool Music Awards

Baltic Fleet 'Towers' nominated for Album Of The Year at Liverpool Music Awards

Congratulations to Baltic Fleet who's 'Towers' album on Blow Up Records was nominated last night for best album of the year at the Liverpool Music Awards alongside Miles Kane and Ian Skelly.

It's open to a public vote, so register yours on the Liverpool Music Awards site before 25th August: liverpoolmusicawards.com/voting

17 July 2013
Daiquiri Fantomas 'MHz Invasion' Debut Album Pre-Order & Sleeve Revealed

Daiquiri Fantomas 'MHz Invasion' Debut Album Pre-Order & Sleeve Revealed

We're pleased to reveal the artwork for the debut album 'MHz Invasion' from Daiquiri Fantomas. The album will be released on Monday 12th August and is now available for pre-order now exclusively from the Blow Up shop.

Founded in 2010 Daiquiri Fantomas are Sicilian experimental Avant-Pop duo Marco Barrano and Dario Sanguedolce. They are indeed a cocktail of ideas with a Retro-Futuristic flavour, encompassing Prog, Sci-Fi movie soundtracks & Kosmische.  Get a taste of the music by watching the album trailer on on Daiquiri Fantomas' website here or below: 

Listen / watch the album sampler here ...

Twitter @DaiquiriF    Facebook Daiquiri Fantomas

12 July 2013

David Woodcock Debut Single 'Same Things' & Free Download for Limited Time

'Same Things' is the debut single from David Woodcock, released on Monday 29th July. This is the first fruits from the forthcoming and currently being completed debut album from Mr Woodcock, due for release this Autumn.

'Same Things' is available for a limited free download from DavidWoodcockMusic.com and his facebook page or using the link below:

FREE DAVID WOODCOCK DOWNLOAD >>

Twitter @DWoodcock_Music    Facebook DavidWoodcockMusic

19 June 2013
Baltic Fleet confirmed for opening night at Yoko Ono's Meltdown

Baltic Fleet confirmed for opening night at Yoko Ono's Meltdown

Baltic Fleet is confirmed to play at the opening night of Yoko Ono's Meltdown Festival at Southbank Centre as Liverpool's GIT Music Award winner on June 14th 2013 as part of Meltdown Future Sounds...

"Yoko Ono has long been a supporter of new music, and this year's Meltdown offers two new acts an opportunity to play the festival, including this year's GIT award-winner, Baltic Fleet"

Set Times Approx: 6pm & 10pm

more: Event Info | Facebook Event

25 April 2013
Baltic Fleet named winner of GIT Awards 2013

Baltic Fleet named winner of GIT Awards 2013

We're pleased to announce that Blow Up Records' Baltic Fleet was named the winner of the Liverpool's GIT Music Award 2013 last night at Liverpool's Leaf on Bold Street, receiving his award from the Liverpool Echo's Peter Guy, The Quietus' John Doran and Q Magazine's Andrew Harrison....

"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"

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

Read more about: Baltic Fleet and Towers

More photos from Friday's awards on on Flickr and Facebook

20 April 2013
Alfa 9 Record Store Day & Sugarmill Show

Alfa 9 Record Store Day & Sugarmill Show

Alfa 9 will be playing live for Record Store Day in Music Mania in Stoke followed by a headline show at The Sugarmill on Saturday 20th April.

15 April 2013
Baltic Fleet in GIT Awards 2013 Shortlist

Baltic Fleet in GIT Awards 2013 Shortlist

We're pleased to announce today that Baltic Fleet has made it into the GIT Awards 2013 shortlist.

The GIT Award celebrates and promotes the best of Merseyside music, and the shortlist provides a snapshot of the year in music, recognising artistic achievement across a range of genres. Here are the 12 artists that have made this year's GIT Award shortlist read more about the awards here

Read more about Baltic Fleet's 2012 second album Towers here

18 March 2013

Alfa 9 'Gone To Ground' - The New Album Out Now!

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Alfa 9's second album 'Gone To Ground' is released today! The band have signed the first 100 copies, but they'll only by available from the official Blow Up / Alfa 9 shop - click here to order yours! The album is available from all good stockists including Amazon.co.uk and to download from stores including iTunes ... More stockists here...

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.

Alfa went down a storm last Saturday at This Feeling at what was their first gig in 4 years. They made a few friends along the way! The band have 2 dates lined up in their hometown Stoke, and will be back in London in 2 weeks time to support Cornershop live dates here ...

Alfa 9 Live This Feeling Liam Gallagher Andy Bell

11 March 2013

Alfa 9 - First Live Dates in Four Years - London & Stoke

We're pleased to announce that Alfa 9 will be playing their first live show in over four years. The band - Ali Heath, Leon Jones, Phil Mason have expanded the line up to include John Bradbury on drums (who replaces Andy Vernon) and Chris Hillman on bass for the forthcoming live dates which are as follows:

Sat 9th Mar. • LONDON at Queen Of Hoxton (This Feeling) - on stage 9pm
Sat 23rd Mar. • STOKE-ON-TRENT at Fat Cats, Stoke-on-Trent (Octopus Club)
Thur 28th Mar. • LONDON supporting CORNERSHOP 229 The Venue W1
Sat 20th Apr. • STOKE-ON-TRENT at THE SUGARMILL
26 February 2013

Daiquiri Fantomas - Debut Single & Limited Free Download

Daiquiri Fantomas

Daiquiri Fantomas will release their debut single Moon Raga on April 1st 2013, to be followed by their debut album 'MHz Invasion' this May on Blow Up Records. Daiquiri Fantomas are an experimental musical duo from Sicily, founded in 2010 by composers and multi-instrumentalists Marco Barrano and Dario Sanguedolce.  Experimenting with acoustic instruments and vintage electronics crossed over with new technologies, their sound has a distinctive "retro-futuristic" flavour, giving a nod both to the 60s/70s (Progressive Rock, Sci-fi b-movies soundtracks, Kosmische musik etc.) and to contemporary electronica, the duo citing The Beatles, Kraftwerk, John Barry and Air as some of their favourite bands.

The single is available as free download for a limited time from daiquirifantomas.com or from their facebook page

20 February 2013
Alfa 9 chat to Steve Lamacq on BBC 6music this Wednesday 13th February

Alfa 9 chat to Steve Lamacq on BBC 6music this Wednesday 13th February

Alfa 9 are dropping in to BBC 6Music this Wednesday afternoon for a chat with Steve Lamacq about their new album 'Gone To Ground' - out March 11th. They'll be on air from 5pm so don't forget to tune in!

11 February 2013

Alfa 9 'Gone To Ground' Exclusive Limited Album Pre-Order

Alfa 9 'Gone To Ground' Exclusive Limited Album Pre-Order

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 shop.

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.

25 January 2013

2012 End of Year Polls & Blow Up Year Review

2012 End of Year Polls & Blow Up Year Review

Not one but three Blow Up Records albums made it into the end of year polls for 2012 including Vive Le Rock, Crack Magazine, Louder Than War, Liverpool Echo & some very nice blogs too...

Fay Hallam & The Bongolian  'Lost In Sound': read press heremore about the album

Baltic Fleet album 'Towers': read press here  • more about the album

Alfa 9 'Gone To Ground' (not even out yet!): read press here • more about the album

See all artists press here

11 January 2013