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Cosmetique 'The Lace and the Longing' released today.

Blow Up Records are pleased to announce the Cosmetique album The Lace and the Longing is released today via all digital music services. Drink and Jive the first single was sent to radio one week ago and has already been receiving great feedback and radio support from the US, Europe and Japan.

Cosmetique – Ex Casino Croupier and Ex Pop Superstar create Dark Electro Pop Gold!

Cosmetique are: Justin Liquid Anderson and Sarah Churchill.

Cosmetique formed in 1999.

After a year or so of playing clubs with their mashed up disco tunes, they got to writing their own material. First album ‘I was born in a disco fun pub’ – was released in 2002 to much critical acclaim and their second album ‘The Lace and the Longing ‘was recorded in 2002, both at the HQ recording studios in Redchurch St East London for PPQ Records – subsidiary of Fashion house PPQ.

Justin Anderson and Sarah Churchill were regular DJ’s at the notorious 333 and Mother Bar in Hoxton, in the late 90’s early Naugthies!

Sarah was part of Jarvis Cocker’s Desperate Party Crew, the Co-host of Dirty Thursdays with artist Bonnie Camplin and recorded the title track with St Etienne on their 2002 Finisterre Album

Sarah left London in 2003 and with that Cosmetique and haven’t recorded together since then…

Cosmetique – The Lace and the Longing, the bands lost album finally gets its release in 2023.

Signing to Blow Up Records in 2022, Cosmetique took a fresh look at the recordings for The Lace and the Longing, which they subsequently dusted down, with additional production added, creating new mixes that were mastered for release in 2023.

All songs written by Justin Liquid Anderson and Sarah Churchill
Published by Blow Up Songs Limited
(c) Blow Up Records Limited 2022

Drink and Jive video will receive a You Tube Premiere tonight at 5pm GMT

Ali Heath 'When The Day Is Done' streaming from today. Hometown live show this weekend.

The debut solo album from Ali HeathWhen The Day Is Done‘ is streaming from today on digital music services:

Whilst the album is available to pre-order as a physical CD from the Blow Up Records shop:

Blow Up Records who have had a long association with Ali, as a member of the psych rock troubadours Alfa 9, having released three highly acclaimed albums to date by the band, Then We Begin, Gone To Ground and My Sweet Movida.

When The Day Is Done was written, recorded and performed solely by Ali over the past two years. It is a culmination of lockdown introspection brought to life with the rawness and vigour of a paired-back studio set-up which sounds all the better for it.

Ali Heath will appear on The Substitute radio show from 8pm tonight: 

Ali Heath performs live The Artisan Tap, Stoke-on-Trent this Saturday 17th Sept:

Big Boss Man 'Trans-Pacific Express' is streaming on digital music services ahead of limited vinyl 45 releases.

Trans-Pacific Express is the third of four tracks to go live on streaming services from two forthcoming Big Boss Man vinyl 45s.

Following Blow Up Records announcement of the forthcoming release of two brand new Big Boss Man vinyl 45s this Autumn and the subsequent digital release of ‘Return of Baron Samedi’ and ‘Juju Funk’. We now turn to the B-Side of Double Groovy -‘Trans-Pacific Express’.

The two singles are as follows:
Cat number BU131
A Side – Juju Funk
B-Side – Return Of Baron Samedi

Cat number BU132
A Side – Double Groovy
B Side – Trans-Pacific Express

The four tracks that form the A and B sides will be released digitally, one track a month. starting with Return Of Baron Samedi on all digital services 15/07/22, Juju Funk (11/08/22), Trans-Pacific Express (9/09/22), Double Groovy (7/10/22)

The two singles are available to pre-order now in the following formats: Vinyl 7″ (limited edition 500 each single) shipping direct from the Blow Up Records shop from 23/09/22 –

These are the first new releases from Big Boss Man since their fourth album Last Man on Earth on Blow Up Records.

Trans-Pacific Express
Written by Nasser Bouzida
Published by Blow Up Songs Limited
(c) Blow Up Records Limited 2022

David Woodcock to release Old Town on Christmas Eve.

Old Town the final track of David Woodcock’s Normal Life album will be released as a single on Christmas Eve. It will also feature a brand new recording of Old Town, a French version titled La Vieille Ville.

La Vieille Ville was recorded and produced by Joe Lamb and David Woodcock at London Road Studios Leigh-on-Sea and was mixed by Kevin Feazey in London. David performs all instruments except double bass which was performed by Paul Ambrose. Oliver Rouff wrote the French interpretation of the Old Town lyric.

Kubernetikós video by Aspic Boulevard premiered today by Prog magazine.

As announced today by Prog magazine “Aspic Boulevard release head-trip new video for Kubernetikós” The video for Aspic Boulevard new single Kubernetikós has been revealed. Conceived and entirely made by the band.
The various sculptures that appear in the video (the android’s head, the little robots and the mechanical fishes) were made by Marco, as well as the sets (the chessboard, the lunar landscape, etc.) and the springboxes.
Alessandro, on the other hand, worked on photography and filming, taking care of every technical detail of the video.
The work was developed in an artisanal way, including special effects. Various scenes were made with the stop motion animation technique.

The concept of the video is the relationship between nature and technology, man and machine: a dualism represented through the allegory of a chess game.

It is inspired by the atmospheres of Karel Zeman, Ray Harryhausen, Cristina Làstrego, etc.

Big Boss Man 'Humanize' released on this day 20 years ago.

Released on this day 20 years ago the debut album from Big Boss Man Humanize.

Humanize displayed a clear definition of the Big Boss Man sound – a hip Hammond hybrid of 60’s R’N’B, Latin, Soul, Bongo-Fuzz and Funk.  

Humanize was the first of four albums recorded and released for Blow Up Records; Humanize, Winner, Full English Beat Breakfast, Last Man On Earth.

The album was preceded by the dancefloor killer 45 that is ‘Sea Groove‘, it was the bands first single and is now much sort after release. The track has remained hugely popular over the years, with it currently amassing over 5 million Spotify streams. Whilst it was used by the International Red Cross for a nationwide campaign in the USA.

Party 7‘ was also picked up in 2006 for Nike’s Worldwide World Cup ‘JOGA TV’ campaign featuring Thierry Henry and Eric Cantona and was subsequently reissued backed by ‘Kelvin Stardust’ the lead cut from BBM’s second album Winner as a limited 45.

Tracks from Humanize were used as soundtrack to the BAFTA nominated short film “Sweet” which featured Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh. With the bands music continuing to prove popular with TV, film and advertising placements, most recently with The Grand Tour (Amazon) and Russian film comedy Hotel Eleon in Sochi.

Buy Big Boss Man direct from the Blow Up shop:

Further reading:

BU018 LP / CD DD

Big Boss Man are currently working on tracks for the fifth album.

Baltic Fleet self-titled debut album released on this day 2008.

Released this day by Blow Up Records in 2008 the self titled debut album by Baltic Fleet.

Whilst on a world tour playing keyboards for Echo and the Bunnymen Paul Fleming began to write what would come to be his 2008 self-titled debut under the moniker of Baltic Fleet. With a laptop and any instruments that were to hand he would capture, in music, what inspired him in each city around the world.

The album was released to critical acclaim, making  Album of the Year (No 29) for Rough Trade Shops who described it as “A faultless piece of instrumental music that captures the spirit of Eno, NEU! all the way through to modern post-rock and chamber music”.

Baltic Fleet have subsequently released two futher highly acclaimed albums (Towers 2012, The Dear One 2016) and several E.P.s including the most recent E.P. – Rolling In Oceans Tide (2019) on Blow Up Records.

For further reading on Baltic Fleet:

Buy Baltic Fleet here direct from the Blow Up shop:

Baltic Fleet – S/T (BU041) – Blow Up Records. Written by Paul Fleming, published by Blow Up Songs Limited.

Aspic Boulevard interviewed tonight by Italian broadcasting legend Red Ronnie, during the show "We Have A Dream".

Aspic Boulevard will be interviewed tonight by Italian broadcasting legend Red Ronnie, during the show “We Have A Dream”. The show will be streaming live from 9pm (CET). Aspic Boulevard will be discussing their debut album Memory Recall of a Replicant Dream.

The show will air from 21:00 pm (CET),,, and on Red Ronnie’s social pages (Facebook, YouTube, Periscope, Twitch).

The Weekenders Man Of Leisure released on this day 1995.

The Weekenders second single and the second release on Blow Up Records (Blow Up 002) was released on this day 1995. Format 7″ single.

“And to have no time for common types like you, like you and me”

Man Of Leisure (A Side) World Of His Own (AA Side).

Recorded in January 1995 at Chiswick Reach Studios by Vic Keary. Band members Paul Tunkin Vocals, James Hender guitar, Chris Remington bass guitar, Steve Smith Drums,

The band had previously recorded both the songs in January 1994 on the 8-track tape machine with Vic Keary at Chiswick Reach Studios, when they recorded their first studio session of eight songs day. Some of the recordings from these sessions were released, All Grown Up, House Husband became the bands first single, Seem’s You Missed Sunday was released on the Fierce Panda Records EP Return To Splendour and In Love With It All a bonus vinyl only release on the compilation That Was Now But This Is Then.

Returning a year later to the same studio with Vic Keary again producing and two of the songs again from the previous session but this time using the 24 track machine to record. Vic actually always prefered the 8-track one inch machine but the band wanted to record new recordings for the single. Steve Diggle from Buzzcocks joined the band in the studio, a musicial talisman preciding over the procedings and lending the band an ace guitar to record with.

Mal Campbell played the studio grand piano for which he placed various cutlery across the strings to get that old music hall sound, also using a Roland SH3A a synth which was on longtime loan to the group from Terry Herbert (The Ladykillers).

Songs written by Paul Tunkin. Arranged by The Weekenders.

Published by Blow Up Songs. Mastered by George Peckham – A Porky Prime Cut Cat Number – BLOWUP002.

This was the first single that Blow Up Records released via a record distributer – SRD (Southern Record Distributors).

The initial pressing had a photo of a pooch with necklace on the centre label, this was left over from an earlier abandoned artwork, the second pressing a black and white silhouette of the characters running for the train from the front sleeve. The single was a limited edition 7″ which sold out on its week of release and was not repressed. The tracks were later compiled onto an export only (for Japan) singles compilation album – ‘That Was Then But This Is Now’ released in January 1996. Very limited stock is left of this release currently only available from the Blow Up shop –

Françoise Cactus

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Françoise Cactus the singer and drummer of Stereo Total who died peacefully at her home February 17th, 2021, of cancer. Rest in peace our friend.

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