22 May 2019

Teeth of the Sea Interview on Reprezent Radio

This week Teeth of the Sea's Sam Barton was Interviewed by Ailbhe Máiréad on Reprezent Radio about the bands up & coming Apollo Film score show at the Science Museum on June 21st.

More Info: Science Museum

Listen back via Soundcloud: Reprezent Radio

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MOWNO review DJINN Album

MOWNO review DJINN Album:
(Translated)

Akin to a supergroup composed of Swedes Hills and Goat members, Djinn departs sensibly and deliberately from the psychedelic lands dear to them. Drawing inspiration from folklore and mythology (the djins are these famous supernatural and polymorphic creatures from the legends of the Middle East), this self-titled album is mostly experimenting with free jazz.


Unique title unveiled a few months ago, The Garden of the Dead yet carried us to musical landscapes shrouded in mysticism, immersing us in atmospheres that seemed guided by the spirit of Alice Coltrane. Rather bewitching so ... 

 The rest of the disc, discovered more recently, takes us to far darker places. Not sure that the first piece Jazz Financed rallies a wide audience. Like Algabbanem, this is the free jazz side, in its most dissonant expression, that Djinn will draw, recalling Albert Ayler or the last years of life of John Coltrane. And if the spirits seem to calm down briefly with the meditative interlude Fiskehamn Blues and the almost groovy sax of My Bankaccount, darkness and impros free (Rertrand Bussels) come to populate the end of this first album. 

There is no doubt that Djinn's music will shake Goat's psychedelic fans. A rough album, more obscure than clear, likely to interest fans of dissonant free jazz, but that will not revolutionize the genre.

See the review here: MOWNO

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DJINN​ Play Le Guess Who? Festival 2019

DJINN​ Play Le Guess Who? Festival 2019:

We are delighted to share that Rocket band DJINN (Goat/Hills) will be joining Utrecht’s foremost avant-garde music festival Le Guess Who?​ and what promises to have some amazing performances by the likes of Rocket favourite Petbrick and more, with a full line up of stellar music.

Le Guess Who? 2019 will take place from November 7 to November 10 at various venues across Utrecht.

Reduced festival passes (€123) are available from now until May 2, after which they will increase to their final price (€148). Day tickets will be released at a later date.

For more information: Le Guess Who?

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21 May 2019

Show Running Times for Raw Power 2019

Raw Power Festival is this weekend and Rocket's own GNOD are headlining on the Sunday. If you were there at our 20th Birthday celebration you know how GNOD can close a festival.

Weekend, day & evening tickets are all still available.

Also playing are Part Chimp, The Ex, JK Flesh, Big Brave, My Disco, Nani-Guru (Acid Mothers Temple) and a ton more.
 

Weekend Tickets: Baba Yaga  

Sunday Tickets: Baba Yaga

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Soundblab review DJINN

DJINN are a collective of musicians drawn from the Hills/Goat staple. That would give you little indication for what’s in store on the self-titled album. The only common denominator would be the conjuring of supernatural forces, and an esoteric view of musical history. DJINN are essentially an experimental jazz outfit drawing upon African American jazz outliers such as Albert Ayler, Pharoah Sanders and Ornette Coleman for inspiration. In fact, listening to DJINN made me think of Alice and John Coltrane head to head in 1968.

DJINN present a case for free jazz as something an independent music fan, without a penchant for jazz, might in fact embrace. It really isn’t just free jazz. It’s also global music. It’s also post-classical. It’s also progressive folk. The music ranges from ambience, through bebop, transcendental music, and all-out untrammeled noise. It’s little wonder that the track ‘Rertland Bussels’ is an anagram of Bertland Russells. Russells was a British philosopher who espoused freedom of thought and unconventional ideas. So, this track, as with the other tracks, has the spirit of rebellion - sitars, strangely disembodied choirs, a steadying flute line, strings and a narrator (probably Russell). This track is less about atonality and more about unravelling disparate sounds. Unlike ‘Jazz Financed’ for instance. That piece starts with an echo of dissonance, and delivers on it, with a tempest of disagreeable noise. The mid-section is an unusual excursion that threatens to break into the sort of carnival atmosphere evident on Louis Armstrong’s Live in Chicago recording. It’s challenging stuff but I’ll go into bat for it because it breaks the mould in an interesting and listenable way.

Read the full review: Soundblab
 

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20 May 2019

Cardiff Noise & Psych Fest Show Running Times

Here are the show running times for 'Cardiff Noise & Psych Fest' that Teeth of the Sea will be playing at this years event on 24/25 May.

They are joining a bill that contains Sly and the Family Drone, Stereocilia, Bruxa Maria, Ill, Obey Cobra etc

More info here: The Moon

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Teeth of the Sea & Gum Takes Tooth play Deeper Cuts Festival Liverpool

Teeth of the Sea & Gum Takes Tooth play Deeper Cuts Festival Liverpool.

Deeper Cuts Festival will take place across three of the city's best music venues; Phase One, Kazimier Garden and Stockroom.
 

The one-day festival will launch on Saturday, July 13, with the aim of blending ‘ground-breaking European musicianship and thrilling Merseyside emerging talent’.

The lineup sees artists from around the world including the amazing Housewives, all take to stages througho
ut Liverpool's much-loved Seel Street from 3pm to 3am. 

Tickets: Deeper Cuts Festival  

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GNOD Headline Raw Power 2019 this weekend!


Raw Power Festival is this weekend and Rocket's own GNOD are headlining on the Sunday. If you were there at our 20th Birthday celebration you know how GNOD can close a festival.

Weekend, day & evening tickets are all still available.

Also playing are Part Chimp, The Ex, JK Flesh, Big Brave, My Disco, Nani-Guru (Acid Mothers Temple) and a ton more.
 

Weekend Tickets: Baba Yaga  

Sunday Tickets: Baba Yaga

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19 May 2019

Soundblab feature Rocket albums in their Best Psychedelic Albums of the 21st Century (Part 2)

Soundblab feature Rocket albums in their Best Psychedelic Albums of the 21st Century (Part 2) They say:

Following on from my first list, here are the next best 100 albums from 100 artists. It was hard to leave a lot of these albums off the first list so this is more of a continuation than a runner's up list. There's a lot more Psych Rock on this one but still plenty of bands that veer off the traditional path with just some minor psychedelic influences. 


The 4 Rocket albums:

JOSEFIN ÖHRN + THE LIBERATION - HORSE DANCE
CENTRUM - FÖR MEDITATION 


PAISIEL - PAISIEL
GNOD & RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON - TEMPLE OV BBV  


Read the full list here: Soundblab

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Music OMH review DJINN

Music OMH review DJINN
 

A djinn, more commonly referred to as a genie in the western world, is a supernatural creature. And it feels like a comfortable reference point for DJINN, a group made up of members of psych bands Goat and Hills. Yet where they go with it isn’t entirely expected. Rocket Recordings have long been putting out records at the weirder end of the spectrum, but DJINN has to mark their first jazz release.

Unsurprisingly, it’s not a trad-jazz collection, but one that’s as odd as might be hoped. The record oscillates between spiritual concepts and earthly realities, touring just about everything in between. Interestingly, those that tip their hat to the afterlife tend towards a blissed out and balmy vibe a la Le Jardin De La Morte or the airy, warm hover of Ghostdance. The darker tones are left to the more worldly suggestions of Jazz Financed and My Bank Account, which both slip into madder territory with a more hard-boiled feel.

The quivering breakdown and subsequent bombastic recovery of My Bank Account is a fine example of the record’s slippery motives. And despite the seemingly lofty genre curveball and high concepts Rertland Bussels and Djinn and Djuice more than suggest a the twinkle in the eyes and ears of the album’s creators.

While these psych devotees may have ventured into the realms of jazz it’s of the distinctly trippy kind, as the hypnotic lullaby-like charms of Fiskehamn Blues are testament. And the instrumentation is as fluid as the notions the record explores, making full use of a range of reed and percussive instruments. Nevertheless, even at the album’s most delirious moments, it remains cohesive.

Generally speaking a great deal of the freshest music being made currently operates within the realms of electronica, as music makers continue to explore the possibilities of technology. Then, a record like DJINN comes along to demonstrate that it’s still possible to create a unique experience from well-worn tools.

DJINN is what you get when you put two and two together and get five. Perhaps sometimes it is better to embrace the illogical than be a slave to reality. Not everything has to make sense. Take it for what it is: a jewel in the crown of the underground.
 

Here is the full review: Music OMH
 

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Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs play Brave Exhibitions Festival

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs play Brave Exhibitions Festival on the 15/16/17 of November at The Cluny, Newcastle

For more info: Brave Exhibitions / Tickets 

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Exclaim review DJINN

Exclaim review DJINN:

They say:

Sweden's Djinn are purveyors of the outer fringes of jazz. Albert Ayler's wild timbres, the astral vibrations of Alice Coltrane, and the global wanderings of Don Cherry are all inspirational touchstones for this crew of genre-bending heads. Comprised of members of enigmatic fusion group Goat and psychedelic rockers Hills, Djinn let loose an unholy energy on their debut LP.

Right out of the gate, "Jazz Financed" places oblique Ayler-esque sax tones front and centre, over skittering drums and eerie violin shredding. This fiery maelstrom fades into the almost new age meandering that is "Le Jardin de la Morte." A smoky stream of chimes and drones wafts gently beneath improvised psych guitar melodies.

"Ghostdance" is a sprightly piano-drum-bass-flute romp that swings with gleeful abandon until it's ushered off stage by a blistering snare roll to make way for the chimes and thumb piano of "Fiskehamn Blues." Ayler's ghost reappears for "My Bankaccount," in which a muted cacophony of free blowing tumbles over a frenetic splaying of drumstick-wielding arms and legs. The track coalesces into a free rock jam as it roars to completion.

The album ends with the groovy boogie of "Djinn and Djuice," which begins with a mellow piano vamp and gradually elevates as more elements enter the fray. Eventually, a tail-wagging groove sneaks into focus as the players lock onto each other, and this alone is worth the price of admission.

Although Djinn are offering a survey of abstract jazz, they somehow manage to capture a spirit and a feeling that coalesces into something truly unique and exhilarating. (Rocket Recordings)


The review: Exclaim

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Teeth of the Sea play Fuzz Club Festival Eindhoven 2019


Teeth of the Sea join all things fuzz, reverb and drone at this years Fuzz Club Festival, Eindhoven 23 – 24 August.

For more info: Facebook / Effenaar 


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17 May 2019

Lauren Laverne spins new Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation single

We are delighted that Lauren Laverne has had first play of the new Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation single, 'Baby Come On', you can check it out here: BBC

The bands new album Sacred Dreams is available to buy/stream via all the usual outlets or via us: Bandcamp

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Stream Gnoomefest Live

You can stream the whole of Gnoomesfest 2919 live which is happening in Perm, Russia on Saturday the 18th May (tomorrow) via radio station Oto:

Oto-Radio
 

The stream should start at around 1:00 to 10:00 pm local time and 9:00 to 6:00 UK time.

So tune in to watch amongst others the amazing Gum Takes Tooth / GNOOMES / Mamuthones / KIKOK rip it up Russia!!!

Also you can watch a live video stream of today’s soundchecks here from 3’ish UK time: 59
 

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DJINN S/T debut album is released today

DJINN, the new band formed by the talented musicians from Hills and GOAT, release their S/T debut album today:

"Hypnagogic and entrancing." The Quietus
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"DJINN have pioneered a new genre in this LP" 8/10 Backseat Mafia
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"A meditative trip." Neolyd
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"Cloaked in mystery and seeking to work through noise and nature alike." Raven Sings The Blues
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“A really intense and powerful journey.” The Fragmented Flaneur

The album is ltd to only 500 copies worldwide on 'Ice' coloured vinyl and can be purchased via your local record shop, or/and stream from here: Stream/download

Watch the video for the track DJINN and DJUICE here: The Quietus

DJINN is a psychic travelogue which encompasses full-throttle 'free jazz' of the transcendent extrapolations of Albert Ayler and the demolition derby that John Coltrane and drummer Rashied Ali engaged in. Though like the track 'Le Jardin de la Morte' shows, DJINN also explore a variety of 'astral jazz' textures and headspaces akin to the devotional work of Alice Coltrane or Don Cherry.

Like all GOAT associated releases, there is a mighty array of sounds on offer within the albums eight tracks, amidst a soundworld that any intrepid psychic explorer should be delighted to sharpen their wits for. 

DJINN have just announced their first live show at the always amazing, and 'sold out' Supernormal Festival:

2-4 August / Supernormal Festival / Wallingford / Oxfordshire

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Gum Takes Tooth vs Gnoomes release today

Today see's the release of remix EP 'Gum Takes Tooth vs Gnoomes' a release that will coincide bringing the mighty Rocket to the Russian where both bands will be performing on the same bill at this years ‘Gnoomes Fest’ in Perm, Russia on 18th May. 

You can listen/stream/buy Gum Takes Tooth vs Gnoomes here: GTTvsGnoomes / Bandcamp


 

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The Press Release:

In January London’s Gum Takes Tooth released their critically acclaimed album ‘Arrow’. This latest release further established the duo as masters of their drum-triggered manipulated
electronic sound. A unique sound that merges both speaker ripping psych-rock pyrotechnics and synapse-shredding acid house into a unclassifiable fury that many cannot rival.

Three of the key ‘synapse-shredding’ Gum Takes Tooth tracks from ‘Arrow ‘were handed over to their Rocket comrades Gnoomes to remix. Gnoomes are a Russian outfit who themselves blend a potent mix of psychedelic stargaze, kraut techno and kosmiche pop – so a perfect choice of sound manipulators to conjure up their own Gum Takes Tooth interpretations.

The resulting three reworked versions of tracks; ‘Borrowed Lies’, ‘Fights Physiology’ and ‘The Arrow’, take the originals into different electronic sonic arcs, that blend the kinetic
anthems of Gum Takes Tooth into more kosmiche-techno territory. From the more aggressive techno of ‘KIKOK’ (Gnoomes’s drummer), to the warm trans Europe express migration by ‘Warwara’ (Gnoomes guitarist) and the hypnotic acid house transcendence by Sasha Piankov (Gnoomes singer, bassist and synth player). All three remixes are from a band that don’t limit themselves in the extension of their musical palettes resulting in something very unique and immersive.


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Gnoomes have also recently announced a brand new album titled ‘MU!’ their third for Rocket Recordings and it is released on all formats on 31 May with a UK tour booked around the time of it’s release.
 

Buy: Bandcamp / Stream: Gnoomes

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Gum Takes Tooth are also taking their incredible live set onto European stages over the summer. ‘Arrow’ is out now on all formats.

Buy: Bandcamp / Stream: GumTakesTooth

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15 May 2019

The Quietus feature Centrum in their monthly Psych roundup

The Quietus feature Centrum in May's Psych Roundup:

This is what they have to say:

'Across four movements, Centrum plod pleasantly and repetitively along in a manner that can't help but recall their country's psychedelic godfathers Pärson Sound/International Harvester/Harvester/Träd, Gräs & Stenar. Fans of Goat may also be interested, although Centrum are a lot less hyperactive, like Goat's ambling cousin..............It's magnificent, of course, but you might find that when meditating to that noise you'll be unable to clear your mind fully because it's going to be suddenly filled with images of demonic imps jigging across some multi-coloured mountainsides.

Read the full May roundup here: The Quietus

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14 May 2019

The Prog Aspect reviews Teeth of the Sea's WRAITH


They say:

London based trio Teeth Of The Sea would be an ideal band to soundtrack the forthcoming apocalypse, what with their nightmarish yet strangely groovy missives, last evidenced on 2015’s essential Highly Deadly Black Tarantula, a howl of techno-rage at the unforgiving world, which found itself becalmed in the final track Love Theme For 1984, which set a scene of post-nightmare industrial bliss-out. Four years on and we have Wraith, which, as the title might suggest, is a more ephemeral proposition, and it seems to continue where the cinematic sweeps of Love Theme… left off.

Spooky goings on during the recording sessions weave their way into the soul of this album, and like ghosts in the machine envelop the thing in an unsettling shroud. A nervous energy permeates the slightly atypical uptempo album opener, I’d Rather, Jack which is set in a chillout zone underneath industrial arches in some forgotten murky corner of the capital, a place where waifs and strays gather to forget the daily grind, and cover the walls in vivid spray-painted art, straight from the heart. The instrumental break might be a strangulated guitar, it’s hard to say, and like everything else about this band is beyond definition, which is fine by me...

Read the rest here: The Prog Aspect

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Raven Sings The Blues reviews DJINN's debut S/t album


They say:

Formed by members of Hills and Goat, and adopting the latter’s proclivity for obscuring identities, Djinn inhabits a style that’s no less psychedelic than its member’s usual haunts, but winds up more experimental than either. Djinn’s debut embraces the free jazz pyrotechnics of Albert Ayler and Don Cherry while also finding solace in the more meditative and serene end of the freeform universe – echoing the haunted ashram of Alice Coltrane and the metaphysical forces of Sun Ra. The band is named after mythical beings – not quite angels, not quite devils – but rather forces of mystery that confuse the senses and play upon the mystical nature of reality. This gives the spirits a bit more agency than their one-dimensional counterparts with qualities that can work towards evil or good. Its as apt a moniker as any for a band that’s cloaked in mystery and seeking to work through noise and nature alike.

The pair weaves through this blend of abrasion and bliss without finding the poles at odds with one another. They achieve a groove that approaches infectious on “My Bankaccount,” then burn down the buoyancy with the following five minutes of improv float and free-associated mumbling of “Rertrand Bussels.” If anything, that track name might be indicative of the only real downside here, the cheeky nature of the titles is sometimes distracting from the disquieting din. Then again, taking oneself too seriously has just the same off-putting effect, so why not slap “Djinn and Djuice” on the title of a song built on sax skronk, a menacing piano totter, and skittering percussion? The record works well in the abstract styles the band seeks to emulate, and while not necessarily coming close to the masters themselves, it serves as more than just mere distraction from the players’ full-time tenures. I’m hoping this isn’t just a passion piece one-off, because it feels like there’s more to grow on here. For now, fans of the freer end of the psychedelic spectra have something to dig into all the same. 

See the post here: RSTB

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Listen to Josefin Öhrn interview on SOHO Radio


Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation popped into SOHO Radio for an interview with Georgie Rogers.

Listen back here: SOHO Radio

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13 May 2019

Luca from Julie's Haircut deconstructs Kubrick, Cronenberg and Hitchcock


Luca from Julie's Haircut is playing a special one off performance where he will deconstruct the sounds/music of Kubrick, Cronenberg and Hitchcock in an improvised live setting:

As in Film Featuring Luca Giovanardi
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Saturday, May 18 / 8pm
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Gate 26A (via Carteria 26/a, 41121 Modena, Italy)

More into here: Facebook

They say:

Filmmakers for whom sound and image continuously interpenetrate to create artificial universes, containers of stories and sensations within which the spectator is invited to dive.

For the musician Luca Giovanardi the work of these three authors represents a passion so strong as to touch the obsession. From this comes the idea of ​​de-constructing the sound level
work of the three directors to introduce it in a purely sound and musical world, in an electronic reworking that somehow returns the visual universe in the absence of the contribution of the images.

The project is developed in three different "sound environments", three tracks with a liquid and iridescent structure, based on musical and sound fragments taken from the filmography of each director and inserted inside a container made of synthesizers, electronic effects and digital rhythms.

These fragments are restructured and reworked live, becoming part of the artist's improvisation.

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Watch DJINN new video exclusively via The Quietus


DJINN, the new band formed by the talented musicians from Hills and GOAT, release their S/T debut album this Friday. And to celebrate DJINN have revealed a video for a new single called 'Djinn and Djuice' exclusively via The Quietus, and you can watch the video here: The Quietus

Like all GOAT associated releases, there is a mighty array of sounds on offer within the albums eight tracks, amidst a soundworld that any intrepid psychic explorer should be delighted to sharpen their wits for. 

DJINN have just announced their first live show at the always amazing, and 'sold out' Supernormal Festival:

2-4 August / Supernormal Festival / Wallingford / Oxfordshire




DJINN's debut LP is ltd to only 500 copies worldwide on 'Ice' coloured vinyl. We have sold out of the 50 copies we had for pre-sale but the rest can be purchased via your local record shop on its release this Friday. 

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12 May 2019

Watch footage of Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs perform at the Great Escape Festival



Watch Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs perform Cake of Light on the Fender stage at Friday's Great Escape Festival in Brighton .

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11 May 2019

Rare Rocket warehouse finds


We've been emptying boxes & found some first pressing rare Rocket stuff:

Anthroprophh - Outside The Circle (Grey Vinyl)
Bonnacons of Doom - (Yellow & Black Splatter vinyl) 
Capra Informis (Goat) - Tunnels of Qliphoth 7” (Black vinyl)
GNOD - Just Say No (Red vinyl)
GNOD - Chapel Perilous (Orange & Black Swirl vinyl)
GNOD - Mirror (White Vinyl)
White Hills & GNOD - Aquarium Downer (Yellow & Black Splatter vinyl)
Goat - Double Date 10" (Clear & Red vinyl)
Goat Requiem (Psych Red & Yellow Special Edition vinyl)
Goat - Fuzzed In Europe (Red & Yellow Split vinyl)
Goatman - (Maroon Splatter vinyl)
Hey Colossus - Guillotine (Red/Black Split vinyl)
Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation - Mirage CDs
Lay Llamas - Thuban (Orange & Black vinyl)
Temple Ov BBV (Clear & Black vinyl)

Buy from here: Bandcamp

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Watch new doc by Joe Fletcher on the cosmic sounds of Cabo Verde


Joe Fletcher who made the great 'Killing Gavle' doc that featured music by GOAT (that subsequently became the ‘Let it Burn’ video) has now made this ‘must see’ short for The Vinyl Factory about the cosmic sounds of Cabo Verde.

Read the info about it hear before watching the vid: The Vinyl Factory 

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9 May 2019

Gnoomes reveal new Russian shows inc an appearance at Bol' Festival


Ahead of the release of Gnoomes forthcoming album MU!  on 24 May the band have announced some new Russian shows:

22 May / Moscow / Pluton  Info
23 May / Saint Petersburg / Union   Info
07 Jul / Moscow / Bol' Festival  Info

This make their full list of shows, now read:

18 May / RU / Perm / Gnoomes Fest 2019
22 May / Moscow / Pluton
23 May / Saint Petersburg / Union
30 May / UK / London / Shacklewell Arms
31 May / UK / Manchester / The Peer Hat
01 Jun / UK / Newcastle / Cluny 2
03 Jun / UK / Norwich / Norwich Arts Centre (w/ Wooden Shjips)
05 Jun / UK / Southsea / The House of Rapture  
07 Jun / UK / Liverpool / Phase One
08 Jun / UK / Bristol / Triptych Festival
09 Jun / CH / Sierre / Palp Festival
07 Jul / Moscow / Bol' Festival 

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Raven Sings the Blues reviews Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation's Sacred Dreams


They say:

On their third album Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation embrace wider scope of psychedelia, pushing their lush sound into swirls of hypnotic repetition, languid guitar bliss, silken slow jams, lock-top blues grooves, and a psych-pop shimmer. Having relocated from Stockholm to London, Öhrn and her writing partner in the band Fredrik have teamed up with a cadre of locals to fill out the sound and the new direction is even more polished than their previous incarnation. There’s still a haze hanging over them, but now they’ve added a certain color-saturated oblivion that occasionally feels more comfortable on a towering club sound system than it would from the stage. While this tangent starts out with a pocket full of of Moon Duo, Spacemen 3 galactic dust, they push much further into festival fodder than occasionally benefits their sound. This shift is most readily apparent on “I Can Feel It” and “Desire,” which might have worked better as a 12” pairing, chafing slightly, but still manage to hang on without completely pushing the record off the rails.

Thankfully they pull back the throttle and suck a little serotonin out of the room for cuts that are more about floating in the ether than about transcendence through dance. The sustained tones and spiritual lilt to “Only Lovers” is right out of the Spiritualized playbook and Öhrn pulls off the J Spaceman gravitas with grace. They follow that with another groover that’s a touch more lysergic than your average big budget blues workout, finding room to choogle through the cosmos on “Baby Come On.” Öhrn’s ability to hang her voice on the air like cloud cover is one of her greatest assets and she drapes the dew over much of the second half of the album. She slides out of the euphoric mania of the beginning of the LP for an extended comedown that’s gorgeous, lush, and radiating a shimmer that’s become their signature sound...

See the review here: Raven Sings the Blue

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8 May 2019

Backseat Mafia reviews Gnoomes new album MU!


They say:

When Russian outfit Gnoomes released their 2017 LP Tschak! it came after a turbulent period that saw Sasha Piankov temporarily imprisoned for smoking cannabis and also narrowly avoiding mandatory service in the army. After locking themselves in an old soviet radio station with analogue synths to make a record that pulsed with frenetic electronic possibilities, the period that followed after was more settled. Sasha married Masha Piankova, who also joined the band, and guitarist Dmitriy Konyushevich had a child, whilst drummer Pavel Fedoseev began an ambitious solo electronic project, KIKOK. Whilst having a bit of time off to do such things, the rumble of their live performances still cascaded around their ears and heads. The success of their tours in the UK and Europe had subconsciously created a template and tone for where the band would go next; to capture that surging drive and throbbing assault of their pulverising live shows. “We decided to make this record more live and less electronic, we were thinking about how to make it sound more dynamic.” Sasha states.


Masha’s introduction was a key one, with her replacing Sasha on synth bass whilst he moved over to second guitar to add a fuller and more impactful sonic crunch. “We all love that she’s come into the band and expanded our sonic universe,” Sasha says. Masha knew the songs inside-out from touring with the band and seeing every show, but it had never dawned on her before to make music. “I’m having the best time of my life making music,” she says. “It’s such a pleasure, I don’t know why I wasn’t doing it before.” This fresh energy coming from a conventionally inexperienced person can be heard echoing throughout the resulting record...

Read the rest here: Backseat Mafia

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Julie's Haircut announce European autumn dates


Julie's Haircut are hitting the road again and heading over to the UK!

Keep up-to-date with all things about the band here: Julie's Haircut

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7 May 2019

Poster for Teeth of The Sea next London show


Teeth of the Sea return to London for a show at Oslo in Hackney:

Baba Yaga Hut presents:

Teeth of the Sea

The Utopia Strong  (Kavus Torabi/Mike York/Steve Davis)
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Oslo / 5 September

Tickets: See

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Rolling Stone interviews MIEN



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5 May 2019

Echoes and Dust preveiw Cardiff Psych and Noise Fest

...and they say this about our very own Teeth of the Sea:

Sunday would be a nice day to relax after two days of vivid, kinetic music from all over the musical map (not to mention the real possibility that it requires retiring to a cave for at least a month of recuperation), but the Psych and Noise Fest organisers have shown no sympathy for such concerns by absolutely cramming Sunday’s bill full of goodness. Teeth of the Sea alone absolutely demand keeping some energy in reserve: the uncategorisable three-piece make mind-bending music that somehow combines electronica with the energy to level any given club, the most rapturous trumpet sounds around, and heroic guitar action to majestic effect; and they’ll be arriving in Cardiff not long after dropping what just might be their best album yet. They always play better before a crowd, and the prospect of them playing to a packed house in The Moon is mouthwatering. The only concern is that if they drop ‘Gladiators Ready’ from the new album then there may not be any survivors, and anyone who does walk away will never make anyone else believe the things they’ve witnessed. 

See the full write-up here: E&D

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4 May 2019

Watch video for Gnoomes single 'Glasgow Coma State'



Your fave Russian band Gnoomes have just revealed the second single from their forthcoming album MU!, which is released on 31 May.  

The single is called 'Glasgow Coma State', and you can watch the psyched out video above

The video is made by Zachary J Rodell, a visual performance artist who uses analog light show techniques to create unique improvised light shows in his home city of San Francisco. He has helped light up bands like Terry Riley, Silver Apples, My bloody Valentine, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and many more.

Preorder MU! from your local record shop or direct from us here: Bandcamp
Stream and download here: Digital

The band are taking MU! on the road, starting with a very special show in their home city of Perm where the band are hosting label mates Gum Takes Tooth and Mamuthones, plus others at Gnoomes Fest 2019:

18 May / RU / Perm / Gnoomes Fest 2019
30 May / UK / London / Shacklewell Arms
31 May / UK / Manchester / The Peer Hat
01 Jun / UK / Newcastle / Cluny 2
03 Jun / UK / Norwich / Norwich Arts Centre (w/ Wooden Shjips)
05 Jun / UK / Southsea / The House of Rapture  
07 Jun / UK / Liverpool / Phase One
08 Jun / UK / Bristol / Triptych Festival
09 Jun / CH / Sierre / Palp Festival

If you are interested in booking the band, please email: gnooomes@gmail.com

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Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation to play Glasonbury


Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation have been confirmed to play Glastonbury for a second time. The band will be playing the Glade Stage again on the weekend 27-30 June.

More info here: Glastonbury

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Titel-kulturmagazin gives Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation' Sacred Dreams 9/5/10 review

They say:

So, prepare yourself for a journey through time and space, and let us begin…
Sacred DreamsJosefin Öhrn + The Liberation’s third album Sacred Dreams is the sort of thing any good mother would warn you about; trippy, dangerous and addictively good. Out now on Rocket Recordings, the London-based band’s new LP is full of fuzzy riffs and acid-drenched rock jams. Feel The Sun opens the record with some squelchy synths, a driving groove and Josefin’s whispered lyrics to form a track which gets the adrenaline flowing from the off. After the heady electronica of Honey Slumber, I Can Feel It merges I Feel Love style synths, loose guitar licks and rising vocals on a song which is going to sound like explosions going off in the brain when heard live. From here, Desire is deep and sexy pop music with a gothic heart, Hey Little Boy sounds like The Velvet Underground at their most languid, Baby Come On shows how rock music doesn’t have to be intricate to excite, Caramel Head is gorgeously hazy, while the dirge-like groove of Let It Come is worth the price of admission alone. Recalling the psychedelic majesty of fellow Londoners Toy, Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation are a band tailor-made for these fucked-up times. 9.5/10.

See the full review here: Titel-kulturmagazin

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2 May 2019

Gnoomes reveal video for new single 'Glasgow Coma State'

Your fave Russian band Gnoomes have just revealed the second single from their forthcoming album MU!, which is released on 31 May.  

The single is called 'Glasgow Coma State', and you can watch the psyched out video exclusively via our friends at Echoes and Dust: Echoes and Dust 

The video is made by Zachary J Rodell, a visual performance artist who uses analog light show techniques to create unique improvised light shows in his home city of San Francisco. He has helped light up bands like Terry Riley, Silver Apples, My bloody Valentine, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and many more.

Preorder MU! from your local record shop or direct from us here: Bandcamp
Stream and download here: Digital

MU! has been part recorded in the same old soviet radio station where the band recorded their last album Tschak! part in a professional studio and then part at home. This was to ensure the best capture of Gnoomes live assault. The results brim with a magnitude and sense of coherence that belies some of the environment it was created in. Fuzz-driven guitars shift in engulfing waves, resembling shoegaze giants at their most ferocious, whilst elsewhere layered vocals stack on top of one another, weaving between pristine melody and augmented discordance. Whilst the glacial electronics and coldwave tendencies that soaked much of their previous album may be more absent here, this record pulses with an electronic tinge that bubbles more subtly under the surface of immersive guitars.

The band are taking MU! on the road, starting with a very special show in their home city of Perm where the band are hosting label mates Gum Takes Tooth and Mamuthones, plus others at Gnoomes Fest 2019:

18 May / RU / Perm / Gnoomes Fest 2019
30 May / UK / London / Shacklewell Arms
31 May / UK / Manchester / The Peer Hat
01 Jun / UK / Newcastle / Cluny 2
03 Jun / UK / Norwich / Norwich Arts Centre (w/ Wooden Shjips)
05 Jun / UK / Southsea / The House of Rapture  
07 Jun / UK / Liverpool / Phase One
08 Jun / UK / Bristol / Triptych Festival
09 Jun / CH / Sierre / Palp Festival

If you are interested in booking the band, please email: gnooomes@gmail.com



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1 May 2019

Backseat Mafia reviews DJINN's debut album


They say:

Neither inherently good nor evil, the DJINN have been heralded in Arab culture since the Pre-Islamic period, located somewhere on a spiritual plane between humanity and the realm of deities. A mysterious force, their influence – essential between angel and demon – has subsequently extended to mythos, religious belief and folklore far and wide, from the malevolent spirits that originally haunted deserts and inspired poets to the archetypal Western genie in a bottle. Yet also, the DJINN’s name has been interpreted as meaning “beings that are concealed from the senses”. This makes the word a fitting moniker for an album which, despite being shrouded in mystery, manifests an unknowable yet intense spiritual force. Their first release – also the first ‘proper’ jazz record to see released on Rocket Recordings – is manifested as equal parts hidden and otherworldly influence.

Formed by the talented musicians of Swedish bands Hills and Goat, DJINN foray into numerous quarters on a far-reaching metaphysical quest lasting the course of this record. “The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper” – thus once remarked Bertrand Russell, he whose very name is bastardised by DJINN to moniker the drifting, hallucinatory ‘Rertland Bussels’. A mighty array of such things on offer within these eight tracks, amidst a soundworld that any intrepid psychic explorer should be delighted to sharpen their wits for...

Read the rest here: Backseat Mafia

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