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VLR writers top five albums of 2019

Thanks to Dave Collins at Vive Le Rock for the support for David Woodcock Normal Life and Usselman All fun And Games Until Everyone Goes Blind as they both make it into his VLR writers top five albums of 2019 in the latest issue with cover stars The Specials (Official).

Aspic Boulevard – New Blow Up Signings

We are pleased to announce new signings Aspic Boulevard, here is a taster from what will be their debut album ‘Memory Recall of a Replicant Dream’…

Sicilian brothers Alessandro and Marco Barrano take a journey through space and time with a sound is characterized by vintage electronics: analogue keyboards, analogue drum machines, tape recorders, circuit bending and many homemade musical instruments. Influences range from Pierre Schaeffer and Musique concrète school in France in the early 40’s to the sci-fi nuances of 60s & 70s cinematic music, psychedelia and kosmische. Composer Marco Barrano is of course no stranger to Blow Up Records having previously released MHz Invasion as one half of Daiquiri Fantomas which received support at BBC 6 Music from DJs including Radcliff & Maconie and Steve Lamacq.

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The Bongolian ‘Outer Bongolia’ Limited Clear 180g 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.

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“A man with talent to spare. A Latin-flavoured jazz-funk odyssey”
Q MAGAZINE

“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”
★★½ SUBBA-CULTCHA

“Mightily funky, Hammond driven bongo rhythms… part mod, part Sergio Mendes, very swingin’…”TIME OUT

Big Boss Man ‘Full English Beat Breakfast’ Limited White 180g 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 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.

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“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 9 ‘My Sweet Movida’ – The New Album Out Soon

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.

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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.

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