News from 2013

The Bongolian on Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club Volume 2

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

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”

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

We’re pleased to reveal the artwork for the debut album ‘MHz Invasion‘ fromDaiquiri 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 2010Daiquiri 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 …

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

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 shopclick here to order yours! The album is available from all good stockists including and to download from stores including iTunesMore 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 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!

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.

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 intoBBC Merseyside last Saturday  too for a session and chat with Dave Monks which you can listen back to here if you’re quick!

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 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

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!

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