To coincide with their appearance today at @ShiiineOn_ The Deluxe Edition of Alfa 9 My Sweet Movida is streaming now on all music services. 11 additional tracks – alternate ‘stripped’ versions and tracks recorded in MSM sessions. The additional tracks also feature on the Deluxe CD and come as a free download with the vinyl.
As part of the Blow Up 25 year celebrations Blow Up Records is reissuing some classic titles. One of the first is a brand new cut of The Bongolian‘s third album ‘Outer Bongolia’ (alongsideBig Boss Man‘s ‘Full English Beat Breakfast‘), available for first time on 180g heavy weight vinyl. This pressing is limited to 500 copies only.
“A man with talent to spare. A Latin-flavoured jazz-funk odyssey”
“Forget your preconceptions, this is the REAL incredible bongo band”CLASH
“The authentic real deal crafted groove”THE ORGAN
“A beautifully well rounded album. Gorgeously psychedelic”
“Mightily funky, Hammond driven bongo rhythms… part mod, part Sergio Mendes, very swingin’…”TIME OUT
As part of the Blow Up 25 year celebrations Blow Up Records is reissuing some classic titles. One of the first is a brand new cut of Big Boss Man‘s third album ‘Full English Beat Breakfast’ (alongside The Bongolian‘s ‘Outer Bongolia‘), available for first time on 180g heavy weight vinyl. This pressing is limited to 500 copies only.
“The Sgt Pepper of boogaloo – and you can’t go without breakfast, can you?”
MUSIC 4/5, SONIC 4/5 HI-FI CHOICE
5/5 DRUMMER MAGAZINE
“Effortlessly hip” 4 STARS – ECHOES
“Their best album yet ” 4 STARS – RECORD COLLECTOR
“Big Boss Man are back and groovier than ever” CLASH
Alfa 9return with their third album My Sweet Movida. The Newcastle-under-Lyme based four piece are back with their Morricone-esque tinged cosmic country psych rock, that’s layered with vocal harmonies delivering what the band believe to be their strongest set of songs to date.
This their first release since ‘Gone to Ground’, which made Vive le Rock and Sound of Confusion best of the year lists in 2013 and saw the band featured in various magazines including Classic Rock and Shindig. They were interviewed by Steve Lamacq for his ‘New Favourite Band’ feature at BBC 6 Music around the album release and
El Morocco (taken from Gone To Ground) later hit the BBC 6 Music playlist for a month as the band performed live at the Liverpool Psych Fest.
Of the band’s debut ‘Then We Begin’ Clash described this as “A fully realised and hugely ambitious debut which succeeds on every level” whilst Shindig said “one of the best albums of the last decade”. The title track ‘Then We Begin’ and ‘Flasher’ from the album more recently surfaced in key sequences of the auto-behemoth that is The Grand Tour.
A first taste from My Sweet Movida ‘Smile Dog’ is already receiving radio support from Gideon Coe and Guy Garvey at BBC 6 Music.
“The feel-good album of the summer”
9/10 – LOUDER THAN WAR
“Loving what they’re doing at the moment”
CRAIG CHARLES, BBC RADIO 2
“You’re in for a treat” CERYS MATTHEWS, BBC 6 MUSIC
“A groove-driven masterpiece. Moog Maximus is The Bongolian’s very best to date”SCOOTERING
Announced today by Art Vinyl – The sleeve for Baltic Fleet The Dear One has been nominated for the 2016 Best Record Cover Design Competition. Congratulations to Baltic Fleet and to Blow Up Records Claudia Arnold who designed and photographed the sleeve. It is currently one of 50 album nominations and a public vote is now open to decide on the three finalists, the winner to be announced in January.
Please cast your vote using this link: artvinyl.com/best-record-cover-design-competition/
The new Baltic Fleet album is out now, available in all good stockists and as download and to stream.
There’s exclusive bundles available from the Blow Up shop (inc. signed postcard and tote) and an indies exclusive of signed clear 180g vinyl…
“A soundtrack for a journey into the cosmos” ★ ★ ★ ★ The Times
★ ★ ★ ★ MOJO
8/10 Vive Le Rock
“Excellent”Radcliffe & Maconie
“Excellent record”Gideon Coe
“It’s quite a piece of work is this album” Steve Lamacq
“Star-bound kosmiche”Electronic Sound
Rough Trade Shops ‘Album of the Week’
BBC 6 Music ‘Featured Album of the Week’, Steve Lamacq Show
180g Black & Clear Vinyl, CD & More: Buy Now »
The forthcoming Baltic Fleet album ‘The Dear One‘ is now available to pre-order and all physical formats come with a signed postcard exclusive to the Blow Up shop. The album will be released on two 180g vinyl formats (limited clear and black) both of which are also available with an special album tote bag, again only available from the Blow Up Shop as well as CD and digital