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

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

See all artists press here

‘Leaving For A Day’ Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck New Single

Leaving For A Day” is a brand new track taken from the forthcoming new edition of Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck‘s debut album “Days Come And Go” which has now been expanded to include additional tracks. The album made the top five list of albums of the year for Sweden’s national newspaper Sydsvenskan.

Check out the video for “Leaving For A Day”, a compilation of footage filmed during the bands last visit to the UK, including a Rough Trade East in-store, an appearance at Dot-To-Dot Festival Bristol, a support slot with Camera Obscura at King’s College, a show at the Blow Up Metro Club on Oxford Street and an acoustic session at the V&A.

Mother Of Illusion’ Blow Up Mix for Dust Galaxy

We’re pleased to announce that Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation) has asked us to give the Blow Up treatment to ‘Mother Of Illusion‘, the second single from his new solo project Dust Galaxy.

The Blow Up Mix is the first track on the 12″ version of the single and is also available to download (out now). The Blow Up mix team features Nasser Bouzida aka The Bongolian, Nick Terry (Klaxons, SMD) and Blow Up’s Mr. Paul Tunkin. You can currently listen to the mix on Dust Galaxy’s myspace.


‘OUTER BONGOLIA’ The third album from The Bongolian – Out February 2008

Expect a psychedelic musical trip to the outer regions of the Funk galaxy, taking in spaced-out heavy Bongo rhythms and Latin Soul along the way – all 100% Original Dancefloor Rhythms. (Instruments featured include the Hammond, Bongos, Synthesisers, Vibes.) As always written, arranged, performed and produced entirely by Nasser at his Ramshackle Studios on analogue 8 track. The album was mixed by Nick Terry (Klaxons, SMD) at The Premises in Hackney, London. Please note, this album contains NO SAMPLES, just a groove that sounds good!

Due for release 2nd February (UK) on CD, LP (first 1000 pressing with poster) and Digital. Preview tracks now at

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Blow Up Records – New For 2008

2008 is set to be the most release-packed year yet for Blow Up with several new projects from 2007 being wrapped up and set for release, including The Bongolian‘s 3rd album & debuts from new signings Baltic Fleet & Silvery:

4th feb 2008
THE BONGOLIAN – Outer Bongolia
The third solo outing for BBM’s Nasser Bouzida aka The Bongolian.
See below

25th feb 2008
BALTIC FLEETBlack Lounge / 3 Dollar Dress
A cracking double A-sided limited Krautrocking dancefloor essential! Taken from the forthcoming self-titled debut album.
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3rd mar 2008
SILVERY – Horrors / Orders
Silvery release their limited debut 45 ‘Horrors’/’Orders’ as a taste of their forthcoming debut album (late Spring 2008). Its a double A-sided blast of infectious eccentric British pop, and with first track ‘Horrors’ coming in at 1’47 it’s not long before you’ll be wanting to play again. The single which has aready had more than one spin by BBC’s Steve Lamacq, and this week won Zane Lowe’s Fresh Meat contest on BBC Radio 1.
‘Horrors’ is accompanied by a brilliant animated video by Alasdair Brotherson.
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10th mar 2008
BALTIC FLEET– Baltic Fleet
Whilst on a World Tour playing keyboards for Echo & The Bunnymen, Liverpool-based artist Paul Fleming began to write what would come to be his debut album ‘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, and a sound was born influenced by artists such as Eno, The Doves, NEU!, Sigur Ros and DJ Shadow. Read more

and coming soon…

SILVERY– album debut
BIG BOSS MAN – 3rd album
UNTITLED PROJECT – debut single & album

‘BLACK LOUNGE’/’3 DOLLAR DRESS’ – the debut single from Baltic Fleet out now

A double A-sided limited Krautrocking dancefloor essential!

Taken from the forthcoming self-titled debut album ‘Baltic Fleet’ the single is released on 25th February (UK) on Ltd. 7″ (500 copies only) as part of the Blow Up 45s series and Digital.

This single has been picked as one of Piccadilly’s Record of The Week (3rd March).

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‘HORRORS’/’ORDERS’ – The debut single from Silvery out now

Download & ltd. seven available now – the double-A debut from London four-piece Silvery.

‘Horrors’/’Orders’ was the recent winner of Zane Lowe’s Fresh Meat and was The Organ’s single of the week:

“They’ve been one of London’s best kept secrets for a little while now, packed out gigs in Camden and such, building a genuine following and a really worth of mouth flow. Silvery make timeless English pop music, a slighty quirky edge, nothing that ever stops that pop flow though. They have a slightly eccentric charm, a bright palette, those not quite pristine bandsman uniforms and those chiming keyboards. The debut album is not far away now, this should more than wet your appetite.” The Organ

“What a little belter this is. Pure, head-on pop music, fabby guitar riffs, plumptious organ, verses, choruses, middle 8 – all present and correct. The AA side ‘Orders’ reminds me of early sparks, never a bad look. Intelligent stuff, quoting the right sources but never simply copying. This could be a very good year for Silvery. They should be filling the Radio 1 playlist in place of the ghastly Feeling. Buy this record.” Artrocker

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‘BLOW UP RECORDS NIGHT Thursday 22nd May at The Blow Up Metro Club London

3 Blow Up Records bands on one bill including UK debut for Sweden’s Mockingbird, wish me luck.

The self-proclaimed “punks of hammond funk” take time out from recording their 3rd album for a one-off London show:
“Smokin’ ’60s-style beat trio, with modern dancefloor full-tiltage.” Mojo
“Funky as f**k” Maxim Online
“Music to make your head explode with joy” What’s On
“A joyful romp through Hammond-flecked funk” Musik Week

An 8-piece indie pop-orchestra from Sweden who will soon be releasing their debut album Days come and Go:
Grand songs, delivered well Stool Pigeon
Short, sweet and perfectly formed Nude
“Gorgeous indie pop. I could listen to this single for months and not tire of it”
“Lovely, gentle folk inspired indie pop that invokes the idea of Jens Lekman fronting Belle & Sebastian. Simple as that” indieMP3

Infectious eccentric British pop four-piece from London:
What a little belter this is. Pure, head-on pop music. Reminds me of early sparks. This could be a very good year for Silvery. Buy this record” Tom Artrocker
“The psychopop of Blur, if Damon Albarn spent the 90’s taking acid… More please!” NME
“A great piece of excitable guitar music” Steve Lamacq

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