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El Beardo by The Bongolian hits the Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show best of 2020 playlist

El Beardo The Bongolian hits the Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show best of 2020 playlist (BBC Radio 6 Music).

“The Bongolian ‘El Beardo’ I still remember being passed a copy of  The Bongolian’s latest earlier this year I almost fell off my seat when  I heard what they had done, it’s a celebration of that 60’s Latin sound so beloved of the likes of Joe Cuba, Ray Barretto, Hector Rivera and Pete Rodriguez and it’s hardly been off my show since it’s called Harlem Hipshake released on Blow Up Records and it’s banging! Craig Charles

Listen back:

Listen back into the show at 1:14:13

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000qhbm

Thanks to Craig and the shows team for all the support for the Harlem Hipshake album this year.

Leeza London ‘Blow Up Dance Party’ (Independent FM, Los Angeles) tonight 8pm GMT – David Woodcock to be interviewed.

Independent FM radio host Leeza London is celebrating Blow Up again tonight with a ‘Blow Up Dance Party’. She has picked a handful of Blow Up Records tracks to play on the show whilst she will be talking with David Woodcock his current album Normal Life.

The radio station Independent FM is based in Los Angeles and broadcasts live and can only be listened to live online, there is no catch up facility so make sure you tune in from 8pm GMT to hear it.

Station link: https://uk.radioking.com/radio/the-independent-fm-1

David Woodcock ‘Normal Life’ BU121. Available on vinyl and CD and all digital music services. Blow Up Records US distribution by Red Eye.

The Long Blondes ‘Christmas Is Cancelled’ to be released by Blow Up Records.

Classic British Indie band, The Long Blondes, have decided that 2020 is surely the perfect year to make their legendary leftfield pop tune “Christmas Is Cancelled” finally available to digital music services and to bring a little seasonal cheer for us all.

So, enjoy a hot toddy with your family (in a socially distanced manner, of course) and listen to this Indie Christmas Classic from times gone bye.

The single will be released just in time for Christmas by Blow Up Records.

The Long Blondes formed in Sheffield in 2003 and following a series of highly acclaimed independent singles they signed to Rough Trade Records for two studio albums, Someone to Drive You Home (November 2006) produced by Steve Mackey of Pulp and “Couples” (April 2008) which was produced by Erol Alkan.  

On 20 October 2008, the band announced their amicable split via a message on their website, this was due to the unexpected illness of their primary songwriter and lead guitarist, Dorian Cox. A singles compilation, ”Singles” was released the same day.

The band scored three UK top 40 singles, Weekend Without Makeup, Once and Never Again and Giddy Stratospheres.

The Long Blondes

Dorian Cox (lead guitar and keyboards),

Reenie Hollis (bass guitar and backing vocals),

Emma Chaplin (rhythm guitar, keyboards and backing vocals), 

Kate Jackson (lead vocals) 

Screech Louder (drums).

A Blow Up presentation.

Independent FM (Los Angeles) Leeza London show makes The Bongolian ‘Flatfoot Hustle’ single of the week and tonight she has a Blow Up Dance Party from 22:00 (GMT)

Leeza London made The Bongolian ‘Flatfoot Hustle’ the single of the week this week. From 22:00 (GMT) she will be playing the track along with a selection of Blow Up Records tracks of her choice for a Blow Up Dance Party. The show is broadcast on Independent FM a California radio station.

Listen to the show with this link:   theindependent.fm

The Bongolian ‘Harlem Hipshake’ is released today.

The Bongolian sixth album Harlem Hipshake is released today via Cargo Records Distribution (UK) and is available everywhere digitally worldwide.

Formats: 180g Black vinyl (BU126LP) / 180g limited clear vinyl (BU126LPC) / CD (BU126CD)

“The fabulously cool Harlem Hipshake is everything the title promises” Shindig! 4/5


“ I’m just loving this! So perfect—can’t stop playing it. Just by listening to this makes
you feel cooler” Craig Charles (Funk & Soul Show BBC 6 Music)


“Awesome album” Scootering

Baltic Fleet ‘The Dear One’ released four years ago today.

BBC 6 Music Album of the Day: Baltic Fleet 'The Dear One'

It was four years ago today that the Baltic Fleet third album ‘The Dear One’ was released. Here is what was said of the album at the time:

“A soundtrack for a journey into the cosmos. 4/5″_ The Times

“This album is full of swooning glory”_ The Mirror

“A wonderful recording and definite contender for album of the year”_ Louder Than War

“Simultaneously mysterious, evocative and heartwarming. 4/5″_ Shindig!

“Glacial yet emotional synth-pop. 4/5″_ Mojo Magazine

“It’s quite a piece of work this album”_ Steve Lamacq (BBC Radio 6)

“The Dear One, an excellent record”_ Gideon Coe (BBC Radio 6)

“Good stuff that is, the Baltic Fleet. Excellent”_ Radcliffe and Maconie (BBC Radio 6)

‘The Dear One’ BBC Radio 6 Album of the Day: 24th November 2016

The Dear One available in 180g vinyl (black or clear) / CD / Digital direct from the Blow Up Records shop: https://blowup.greedbag.com/baltic-fleet/

The Bongolian ‘Harlem Hipshake’: Shindig video exclusive and first album review. Read all about it!

As exclusively announced today by Shindig Magazine, the Bongolian video for Flatfoot Hustle is available to view via the Shindig website. See it here:
https://www.shindig-magazine.com/?p=4207

Whilst the latest edition of the magazine also carries the first review of the album “the fabulously cool Harlem Hipshake is everything the title promises”. 

Pre-order Harlem Hipshake from the Blow Up Records / Greedbag shop here:
https://blowup.greedbag.com/buy/harlem-hipshake/

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