Alfa 9 ‘Gone To Ground’ – The New Album Out Now!

Alfa 9‘s second album ‘Gone To Ground‘ is released today! The band have signed the first 100 copies, but they’ll only by available from the official Blow Up / Alfa 9 shopclick here to order yours! The album is available from all good stockists including and to download from stores including iTunesMore stockists here…

Plus you can buy their other releases, including other limited goodies. There are even a few copies of their first album ‘Then We Begin‘ on vinyl signed by the first line-up.

Alfa went down a storm last Saturday at This Feeling at what was their first gig in 4 years. They made a few friends along the way! The band have 2 dates lined up in their hometown Stoke, and will be back in London in 2 weeks time to support Cornershop live dates here

Second David Woodcock single announced: ‘Beggar’s Can’t Be Choosers’ / ‘Tease’ on limited vinyl (pre-order now)

‘Beggars Can’t Be Choosers’ / ‘Tease’ is the 2nd single (double A-Side) from David Woodcock and will be release on November 25th a ltd. 500-only seven-inch on the Blow Up 45 Series (dinked in house bag) & digital download.

PRE-ORDER with FREE MP3 Download here exclusively from BLOW UP SHOP

It follows his debut ‘Same Things‘ (still available as free DD) which has had strong radio support from Steve Lamacq (BBC 6 Music), John Kennedy (Xfm X-posure Hot One) and Gary Crowley (BBC London):

“A great little pop record”STEVE LAMACQ, BBC 6MUSIC

“Essex has a bit of form when it comes to delivering maverick pop geniuses with a gift for mixing a smidgeon of music hall with a dash of 60s pop and creating inspired, but intelligent tunes”BRANDISH.TV

David is a singer-songwriter based in his hometown of Southend-on-Sea, a pianist and prolific writer, with a strong local following he has been building up a solid songbook of sharp lyrics and great melodies that are currently being distilled into his debut album that is set for release early 2014.

Alfa 9 ‘El Morocco’ up for BBC 6 Music Rebel Playlist

Alfa 9 are up for the BBC 6 Music Rebel Playlist this week on the Steve Lamacq show with their forthcoming single El Morocco!

Send an email to with subject ‘Alfa9’ before midnight on Sunday 22nd September to vote or you can read more / vote here

“Each week we ask you to vote on your favourite track from three that almost made it onto the official 6 Music Playlist. The winning track will get a play on each daytime programme the following week” BBC 6 Music

Daiquiri Fantomas ‘MHz Invasion’ The Debut Album Out Now

Daiquiri Fantomas debut album ‘MHz Invasion‘ is out this week (UK)!  Daiquiri Fantomas are a Sicilian experimental Avant-Pop duo founded by composers and multi-instrumentalists Marco Barrano and Dario Sanguedolce, Daiquiri Fantomas is a cocktail of ideas with a Retro-Futuristic flavour, citing the 60s/70s, encompassing Prog, electronica, Sci-Fi movie soundtracks, Kosmische, World and ancient music:

“A fascinating combination of sounds and ideas, drawing from the last half-century of electronic music”SHINDIG!

“Like John Barry who’s just taken delivery of a new Moog. Very filmic”RADCLIFFE & MACONIE, BBC 6MUSIC

The album features debut single ‘Moon Raga‘ and ‘Moogchile‘ which have had spins so far on BBC Radio 2 from Huey Morgan and BBC 6 Music from Steve Lamacq, Radcliffe & Maconie, Gideon Coe, Don Letts & Elizabeth Alker.

Get a taste of the music by watching the album trailer on on Daiquiri Fantomas’ website here or on YouTube here. The album is available from the Blow Up Shop & all good shops on CD includingPiccadilly RecordsRough TradeResident RecordsNorman& Amazon and as a download/stream from BandcampiTunes, Google Play, SpotifyAmazon MP3, eMusic, Rdio & more…

more album info / where to buy

Baltic Fleet confirmed for opening night at Yoko Ono’s Meltdown

Baltic Fleet is confirmed to play at the opening night of Yoko Ono’s Meltdown Festival at Southbank Centre as Liverpool’s GIT Music Award winner on June 14th 2013 as part of Meltdown Future Sounds…

“Yoko Ono has long been a supporter of new music, and this year’s Meltdown offers two new acts an opportunity to play the festival, including this year’s GIT award-winner, Baltic Fleet”

Set Times Approx: 6pm & 10pm

more: Event Info | Facebook Event

Baltic Fleet named winner of GIT Awards 2013

We’re pleased to announce that Blow Up Records’ Baltic Fleet was named the winner of the Liverpool’s GIT Music Award 2013 last night at Liverpool’s Leaf on Bold Street, receiving his award from the Liverpool Echo’s Peter Guy, The Quietus’ John Doran and Q Magazine’s Andrew Harrison….

“The judges believe that Towers captured the sprawling vitality of contemporary music and married this to a sonic landscape which is indicative of its birth; Northern working class cities which thrive on industry and making things happen. Flawless electronic melodies, breezeblock beats and an effortless futuristic edge”

Merseyside’s premier music prize, The GIT Award plays host to 12 shortlisted artists who compete for the £1000 prize and the chance to play Yoko Ono‘s Meltdown Festival at London’s Southbank CentreThe shortlist was then decided by a 12-strong judging panel comprising respected music industry figures including BBC 6 Music presenter and son of John Peel, Tom Ravenscroft, the editor of rock and pop music bible Q Magazine, Liverpool-born Andrew HarrisonMatt WilkinsonNME‘s new music editor, leading UK music website,The Quietus‘ editor, John Doran plus the cornerstones of Liverpool’s music and arts scene. The twelve nominees were: Baltic Fleet, Barberos, By The Sea, Nadine Carina, Clinic, Conan, Dan Croll, John Heckle, Jetta, Tyler Mensah, Stealing Sheep, Wave Machines

Read more about: Baltic Fleet and Towers

More photos from Friday’s awards on on Flickr and Facebook

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