Blow Up Recordsis pleased to announceThe Bongolianbrand new album‘Harlem Hipshake’ will be released 13/11/2020. It will be the sixth album under The Bongolian moniker, AKA multi-instrumentalist and Big Boss Man front man Nasser Bouzida. It is the much anticipated follow up to the highly acclaimed Moog Maximus and is available to pre-order now in the following formats: Clear 180g vinyl (limited 500 ), black 180g vinyl, CD and digital from the Blow Up (greedbag) shop: https://blowup.greedbag.com/buy/harlem-hipshake/
Harlem Hipshake finds The Bongolian deeply immersed in his lifelong love for the music of the sixties New York’s Latin Soul scene, particularly the music of Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria and Joe Bataan. Principally a drummer, percussionist by trade, Nasser has once again delivered another set of heavy breaks and percussive grooves underpinning this brand-new collection of songs which he has written and produced. Whilst Nasser performs many of the instruments (as is usual with Bongolian albums) on the album, it also features a prominent use of additional UK musicians on brass duties. These include Terry Edwards (Trumpet, Trombone, Sax, Flute), Gareth James Bailey (Trombone) and Craig Crofton (Alto Sax), James Morton (Alto Sax), Andrew Ross (Tenor and Baritone sax) and Ralph Lamb (Trumpet).
From the East Side to the West Side, get ready for the Harlem Hipshake.
“Do you know what I absolutely love that, Normal Life from David Woodcock and there’s nothing normal about the construction of that, there’s an absolute Madness about it, It could be in a show couldn’t it? Or it could be vaudeville, magnificent stuff.”
JANICE LONG, BBC
The track immediately follows another vaudeville inspired romp The Damned ‘Grimly Fiendish’ at 2:20:10.
Thanks to Dave Collins at Vive Le Rock for the support for David Woodcock Normal Life and Usselman All fun And Games Until Everyone Goes Blind as they both make it into his VLR writers top five albums of 2019 in the latest issue with cover stars The Specials (Official).
Limited edition of 100 only – Blow Up 25 Tote Bag – as sold at the Blow Up 25 concert at The 100 Club are available to order direct from the Blow Up Records shop (Greedbag). Grab them while you can! https://blowup.greedbag.com/buy/blow-up-37/
Sicilian brothers Alessandro and Marco Barrano take a journey through space and time with a sound is characterized by vintage electronics: analogue keyboards, analogue drum machines, tape recorders, circuit bending and many homemade musical instruments. Influences range from Pierre Schaeffer and Musique concrète school in France in the early 40’s to the sci-fi nuances of 60s & 70s cinematic music, psychedelia and kosmische. Composer Marco Barrano is of course no stranger to Blow Up Records having previously released MHz Invasion as one half of Daiquiri Fantomas which received support at BBC 6 Music from DJs including Radcliff & Maconie and Steve Lamacq.