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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 daiquirifantomas.com 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.

‘BALTIC FLEET’ – the debut album from Baltic Fleet out now

Following on from the release of the ltd. single debut ‘Black Lounge’/’3 Dollar Dress’ comes the release of the debut self-titled Baltic Fleet album.

“Paul Flemming has delivered a faultless piece of instumental music that captures the spirit of Eno, NEU! all the way through to modern post rock and chamber music. The album swerves from haunting piano pieces ala donnie darko full of melancholy to driving upbeat kraut inspired propulsive grooves. This is getting heavy rotation in rough trade east and is one of our tips for the top in 2008 Rough Trade East

“BUNNYMAN HAS FUN ON THE AUTOBAHN – Sombre, Sigur Ros-like-post-rock, fuzzy bass grooves [and] energising Neu!-style motorik.” Uncut

“This is just a great album – nothing that obviously sounds like anyone or anything else. Just a rather beautiful and rather recommended instrumental album.” The Organ

Album chosen for Rough Trade’s Album Club May 2008!
More info: thealbumclub.com (other albums for May include Crystal Castles and Foals).

Baltic Fleet was asked to peform at Rough Trade East’s ‘Record Store Day’ on Saturday 19th April, followed by a DJ set from Irmin Schmidt (Can) & Kumo so in good company!
More info: roughtrade.com

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‘DAYS COME AND GO’ & ‘PICTURES (TOO BIG TO FIT IN A SIGHT)’ out now! (uk)

The ltd. debut single and debut album from Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck

Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck
– an 8-piece indie-pop orchestra from Ängelholm, Sweden – release their debut album Days Come and Go on Monday 9th June, preceded by the limited single Pictures (Too Big To Fit In A Sight) on Monday 2nd June (features B-Side not on the album).

Unplugged version of “Pictures (Too Big To Fit In A Sight)”he ltd. debut single and debut album from Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck

Over the last few years, Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck have been recording songs, just a few at a time, describing themselves as “the slowest recording band ever”. Everything has done without any outside help and in the true DIY indie spirit – drums were recorded in their rehearsal room and almost everything else in their parents’ apartment. Despite their admittance that “nobody really knew which buttons to push”, by the time Blow Up Records made contact in early summer 2007, they had quite a collection of songs – both beautiful and unforgettable.

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” Swedesplease.net

“Suggests the potential to usurp KoC as Scandinavia’s finest exponents of indiefolk” Kruger

“Lovely, gentle folk inspired indie pop that invokes the idea of Jens Lekman fronting Belle & Sebastian. Simple as that” indieMP3

“A pop album for picnic days and warm nights of dancing with all the windows open” Kitten Painting

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myspace: myspace.com/mockingbirdwishmeluckswe

youtube: “pictures (too big to fit in a sight)” (unplugged)

buy album & single: HMV / Norman / Rough Trade / Rhythm Online
& all good indies more shops here

download album & single… Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck on iTunes

‘THUNDERER & EXCELSIOR’ & ‘DEVIL IN THE DETAIL’ out now!

The debut album and 2nd single from Silvery

buy both : Rough Trade / Norman / Piccadilly / hmv.co.uk
Amazon.co.uk & all good indies more shops here

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Silvery on iTunes

London’s Silvery release their debut album ‘Thunderer & Excelsior‘ – a 14-track blast of infectious eccentric British pop and an essential release for 2008. Crafted in their East London studio with Kevin Feazey and mastered by John Davis, the album features previous sold-out single ‘Horrors‘/’Orders‘ and their second single ‘Devil In The Detail‘ which will be released the same day and is strictly limited to 500 numbered 7″s. The single also features an exclusive B-side ‘The Squadron Leader’ not on the album.

Devil In The Detail‘ has been spun so far by Steve Lamacq (6 Music and Radio1), who has invited the band to record a session for his BBC Radio 1 show, to be broadcast a week before the album & single release, Marc Riley (6 Music) who has requested a session, Gary Crowley (BBC London), as well as Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie (Radio 2). Both sides have already been aired in the US too by KROQ legend Rodney Bingenheimer.

  • Silvery in October’s Artrocker Magazine & Converse Music
    Full page article on Silvery, plus a free download from Converse Music for this month only. read more…
  • Silvery in Session on BBC 6 Music with Marc Riley
    Thursday 25th September
    Tracklisting here…
  • Silvery in Session on BBC Radio 1 with Steve Lamacq!
    Mon 4th August
    Tracklisting here…
  • ‘Thunderer & Excelsior’ will be BBC 6music’s album of the day!
    Tue 12th August
    read more …
  • ‘Devil In The Detail’ winner of last week’s Round Table on BBC 6 music with Steve Lamacq!read more & listen again …
  • Silvery on Steve Lamacqs 6music blogread blog …

“This album has barely been out of my CD player at home all week”
“You will not hear anything like this all year”
Steve Lamacq

“A fine debut album from the London band, just as they promised it would be” The Organ

“It’s mental and it rocks” Artrocker ‘Recommended’

“Exciting, forceful, intelligent, and on all the time”
David Quantick, Word Magazine

“The potential to capture the imagination of a generation” Classic Rock

“MADCAP LONDONERS MAKE AN ARTY RACKET” Q Magazine

“Silvery’s eccentric organ-led pop is quintessentially British with more than a nod to David Bowie, a wink to Syd Barrett and a wave to XTC” 8/10 Alternative Ulster

“A wonderfully ebullient album of eccentric, quirkily catchy, organ-led Brit Pop with singalong choruses aplenty” Nude

“Get used to the madness because Silvery could be around for a very longtime” Rock’N’Reel

“A band to get rather excited about” Clash

“Strange, surreal and stunning – purchase on sight” losingtoday.com

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‘ACTION FORCE’/’THE NOD’ out now – The 3rd single from Silvery

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After weeks of plays on BBC Radio (Lamacq, Riley, Lamarr, Crowley, Radcliffe & Maconie amongst others) and both BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music live sessions, Silvery release their third single ‘Action Force‘, taken from their acclaimed debut album ‘Thunderer & Excelsior‘.

The double A-side is ‘The Nod‘, a new non-album exclusive recording of a live favourite. Its the perfect showcase for their unique and riotous Victoriana inspired sound and a worldview that suggests a heady concoction of British Sea Power through a filter of Sparks, Bowie, XTC and Blur at their punky fairground best.

  • Action Force / The Nod
    Steve Lamaqc’s *BBC 6 Music Single of The Week*
    27/10/08
    The single has just been chosen by Steve Lamacq as his Single Of The Week on BBC 6 Music, which means it’ll be spun every day read more…

“Action Force is my favourite rapid-fire, jerky pop song of the year”
Steve Lamacq (BBC Blog)

“More of their Victorian gentleman’s club brit pop, Action Force is a catchy slice off the London band’s well received recent album. The Nod is a previously unreleased goodness and one of their best tracks – if ever there was a model of a modern major general and all the Sparks that fly and the bits of early Blur and XTC and Jules Verne adventurer”
The Organ

“Tumble-dried Blur melting Sparks into liquid pop”
What’s On The NME Stereo?

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myspace: myspace.com/silverytheband

‘BALTIC FLEET’ in Rough Trade’s Top 50 Albums of 2008

‘BALTIC FLEET’Rough Trade’s Top 50 Albums of 2008

Baltic Fleet’s eponymous debut has made it into Rough Trade’s Top Album’s of 2008 at No. 29. Rough Trade’s Top 50 here.

VOTE FOR BALTIC FLEET
for a chance to win all 50 Rough Trade albums of 2008

Pick your top 3 albums from Rough Trade’s Top 50 albums of 2008 for their ‘People’s Voice’ award vote here

‘BALTIC FLEET’Piccadilly Records Top 100 Albums of 2008

… and is also in Piccadilly Records Top 100 Albums of 2008 at No. 69:
Piccadilly’s Top 100 here

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download… Baltic Fleet - Baltic Fleet

Give A Little Love by SILVERY – download now for Christmas!

Ladies and gentlemen we present you the perfect antidote to all the current doom and gloom… We give you…

Silvery performing a brand new recording of You Give A Little Love, a cover version of the Paul Williams song as featured in the musical Bugsy Malone. The song has often featured in the Silvery live set and the band thought it was high time to put a studio version down.

This track is not included on their fabulous debut album Thunderer & Excelsior, but will be downloadable from Monday 15th December from all reputable purveyors of digital phonograms and just in time for Christmas! ….Its time to party like its 1929!!!

“How do you feel about Bugsy Malone? Me, I love it! And my favourite song from the movie? This one. Silvery deliver it straight up, no f**king about, building to climax with massed choir just like the original. Made my day.
Buy this, be young at heart, happy Christmas one and all.” Artrocker

“Never before has a song from Bugsy Malone sounded so… er, cool?!”
What’s On The NME Stereo?

  • download… Silvery - You Give A Little Love
  • Silvery Dave TVs ‘Bands To Watch 2009’ weekly vodcast
    An exclusive interview with Silvery in Dave TVs weekly vodcast
    view here on dave.uktv.co.uk
  • SILVERY Thunderer & Excelsior
    No.19 Artrocker’s Albums of The Year 2008

    Artrocker have voted Silvery’s album debut in at No.19 in their Top Albums of 2008.

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Brand new Mockingbird Wish Me Luck track for free on new Eardrums compilation

Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck have a brand new track ‘The Divine Comedy’ available for free for a limited time as part of the new Eardrums download compilation ‘Birdsongs, Beesongs Volume 1’ available here. No sign-up required, just download!

If you like this you can download / buy their debut album Days Come And Go or listen to more tracks on their myspace

DAYS COME AND GO quotes…

“Think The Concretes with strings and a folky/indie edge. Grand songs, delivered well” Stool Pigeon

“Lovely, gentle folk inspired indie pop that invokes the idea of Jens Lekman fronting Belle & Sebastian. Simple as that” indieMP3

“Wry but sincere hometown poetry” NME

“An album to pay attention to” AllMusic

  • download… Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck on iTunes
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    & all good indies more shops here or Blow Up mail order

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myspace: myspace.com/mockingbirdwishmeluckswe

facebook: mockingbird, wish me luck group

youtube: “pictures (too big to fit in a sight)” (unplugged)

New Silvery EP ‘The Nishikado’ – Artocker.tv and iTunes exclusive!

Following their Christmas single You Give A Little Love last December, London eccentrics Silvery release their 5th single on Monday 15th June 2009, previously featured on a live BBC Radio 1 Lamacq session and a standout track from their much talked about debut album Thunderer & Excelsior (which made the ARTROCKER and ORGAN top releases of 2008 lists).

The Nishikado EP features a new mix of the lead song (inspired by Toshihiro Nishikado – the creator of Space Invaders in the 1970’s) and 3 brand new tracks: Identity, Murder Holes and The Public Purse.
Think Sparks at their most Glam Rock, mixed up with all sorts of musical tricks Blur and Bowie would be proud of.

Watch the video now exclusively on Artrocker.TV

EP. will be available 3 weeks early as an iTunes exclusive on Monday 25th May 2009 (general availability from 15/6/2009)

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