News from 2013

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 includingPiccadilly RecordsRough TradeResident RecordsNorman& Amazon and as a download/stream from BandcampiTunes, Google Play, SpotifyAmazon MP3, eMusic, Rdio & more…

more album info / where to buy

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:

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 and his facebook page

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

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.

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

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

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

Daiquiri Fantomas - Debut Single & Limited Free Download

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 or from their facebook page

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.

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