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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/

The Bongolian ‘Harlem Hipshake’ new album announcement.

Blow Up Records is pleased to announce The Bongolian brand 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.

Normal Life by David Woodcock featured on Janice Long (BBC Wales)

Janice Long played Normal Life by David Woodcock on BBC Wales introducing fresh new music and artists from Wales.

“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.

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