4 Jul 2022

Three Rocket albums in The Quietus Albums Of The Year So Far Chart 2022


Honoured to have three albums in The Quietus Albums Of The Year So Far Chart 2022:

#10 / Alison Cotton – The Portrait You Painted Of Me

#25 / The Utopia Strong – International Treasure

#82 / Gnod – Hexen Valley

See the full rundown of incredible albums, that includes many of our favourite releases of the year so far here:

The Quietus

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30 Jun 2022

Rocket Probes – June 2022 playlist


J. Zunz – Del Aire
(Incredibly immersive new album has just been released – dive in)

Various – Avon Attorlaðe
(New comp of eclectic Bristol sounds from Avon Terror Corps – all proceeds go to Solidarity Apothecary for their work on the borders of Ukraine)

Cherrystones – FlooriDa
(Great track by Godsy)

KIKOK — Waterpark
(Ex Gnoomes drummer shows of his 'reflex'es)

Carmen Villain – A Year Ago
(Excellent new track)

Jimmy Smack - Death Is Certain
(Essential outsider sounds)

The Green Birds – Tam Tam Shake
(Cheers to Craig Clouse for this great '71 track tip-off – the album it is off is well worth a listen too)

The Edgar Broughton Band – Mr Crosby
(Getting the groove on)

Mad Professor – Escape to the Asylum of Dub
(Dubs)

Martillo – Disdentes
(Fall meets Harmonia repetitions from 80's Peru)

Doris – Don't
(Killer fuzzed soul sounds from 70's Sweden)

Daniela Casa – Grosse Cilindrate
(70s Italian riffs)

Bo Hansson – Storstad
(More classic Swedish psych from Hansson...cheers Rickard)

ANGST vor GRETA - Infinity
(Nice track heard on NTS Channeling show)

My Bloody Valentine - The Sandman Never Sleeps
(MBV in Cramps mode)

T. Gowdy – Miracles
(Minimalist rhythms n' noise)

Speed Glue & Shinki – Run and Hide
(An ol' classic)

Psychic Ills w/ Gibby Haynes – FRKWYS Vol. 4​.​5: Nowhere in the Night
(Sound bending sounds)

The Fall – Dr Buck's Letter
(From the flawless Unutterable album)


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24 Jun 2022

J. Zunz new album 'Del Aire' is released today


Essential listening. Terrascope

“Never fails to surprise, intrigue and uplift.” Fragmented Flaneur

“Atmospheric to the max.” Electronic Sound

"Intertwining bewitching electronics with emotional tumult." Backseat Mafia 

"A sonic experience that needs to be heard to be believed." The Sleeping Shaman

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We are over the moon to finally be able to share J. Zunz new album 'Del Aire' that is released today on ltd edition yellow vinyl and via all streaming sites:

Bandcamp   Spotify

In case you were not aware, J. Zunz is the solo project by Mexican artist Lorena Quintanilla from Lorelle meets The Obsolete, Del Aire is Lorena's second album for Rocket, following 2020's album Hisbiscus.

J. Zunz is starting a huge European tour next week and we implore you all to go and see her perform:

29 June / BE / Antwerp / Het Bos
30 June / DE / Mannheim / Der Mannheim Kult
02 July / IT / Padova / Yucca Festival
03 July / IT / Torino / LivingRoom
04 July / FR / Lyon / Le Sonic
05 July / FR / Paris / Supersonic
07 July / UK / Bristol / Rough Trade
08 July / UK / Newcastle / Cobalt Studios
09/10 July / UK / Birmingham / Supersonic Festival
12 July / UK / Birkenhead / Future Yard
13 July / UK / Manchester / The Peer Hat
14 July / UK / London / The Victoria
15 July / UK / Ramsgate / Music Hall
17 July / DE / Bremen / MS Loretta
19 July / CZ / Prague / Underdogs
20 July / CZ / Rožnov pod Radhoštěm / Vratnice
21 July / PL / Warsaw / Chmury
22 July / PL / Bydgoszcz / Mozg
23 July / DE / Dresden / scheune Blechschloss
24 July / SK / Bratislava / Kulturak klub
26 July / HU / Szeged / Jazz Kocsma
27 July / AT / Graz / Cafe’ Wolf
28 July / SI / Ljubljana / Gromka
29 July / AT / Innsbruck / PMK
31 July / BE / Kortrijk / The Pit’s



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20 Jun 2022

Fragment Flaneur reviews eight Rocket albums


The great Fragment Flaneur has spent the last eight days reviewing our current crop of Rocket albums.

Read the reviews here: Fragment Flaneur

All are available from: Bandcamp

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17 Jun 2022

Alison Cotton's 'The Portrait You Painted Of Me' is released today


"A solemn siren of the sea.” 4/5
The Guardian

"A modern folk masterpiece." The Quietus

“Unique and powerful and growing in richness and confidence with each new release.” 4.5/5 NARC Magazine

“Alison’s sound is startlingly brilliant.” Shindig!


Alison Cotton's new album 'The Portrait You Painted Of Me' is released today.

Listen here:

Bandcamp   Spotify

The album is released in the on the great Feeding Tube Records in US.

Without trying to always sound like a stuck record, we are sad to announce that the LPs have been delayed due to the ongoing chaos in vinyl manufacturing. We do hope they will only be delayed by a couple of weeks max – and we definitely hope Alison will have copies to sell from her merch table from the start of her summer dates.

Alison has also just announced a string of European dates in October, the full list of shows now reads:

June
25 Coventry ~ Just Dropped In

July
03 Feanedock ~ Timber Festival
06 Leeds ~ Wharf Chambers
07 Glasgow ~ Hug & Pint
08 Preston ~ The New Continental
09 Manchester ~ The Gullivers
10 Sheffield ~ Bishops’ House
15 Bristol ~ The Crofters Rights
16 Chelmsford ~ Hot Box

August
27 London ~ Raw Power Festival

September
07 Berlin ~ Kiezsalon Festival

October
01 Lyon ~ Sonic
02 Geneva ~ Cave 12
04 Milan ~ Teatro Linguaggio
05 Graz ~ Cafe Wolf
06 Prague ~ Punctum



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10 Jun 2022

Holy Scum release debut album 'Strange Desires' today


“Disturbing, ugly and seductively compelling, Strange Desires is a near perfect end of days soundtrack”
The Wire

"Unflinching in their confrontation." The Fat Angel Sings

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Holy Scum, the four piece band featuring Mike Mare (Dälek,) Peter J Taylor (Action Beat), Chris Haslam (GNOD) and Jon Perry (GNOD) have today released their debut album 'Strange Desires'!

We sound like a stuck record, but sadly the LPs have been delayed due to the ongoing chaos in vinyl manufacturing. We do hope they will only be delayed by a couple of weeks at max – we have managed to get copies to the band for their tour that are underway at the moment.

You can still preorder the LP via Bandcamp or from your local record shop:

Bandcamp    Spotify

See Holy Scum supporting Dälek:

10 June / London Electrowerkz
11 June / Birmingham Centrala
12 June / Manchester White Hotel
13 June / Newcastle Cluny
14 June / Bristol The Lanes
16 June / Glasgow Bloc+



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The Utopia Strong's 'International Treasure' album is released today


"Another spirit raising success." Uncut

"A head trip through relaxed ambient sounds that come on like Mixmaster Morris’ Irresistible Force getting down with Tangerine Dream." The Arts Desk

"International Treasure is a triumph." Prog

"It’s not ambient and it’s not Krautrock – but International Treasure finds the 3 musicians drawing on elements of both to conjure something magical, something mystical." Aural Aggravation

"Castalia – the unadulterated feel good hit of the summer." The Quietus

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The Utopia Strong's new album 'International Treasure' is released today!

We are sad to say that the LPs have been delayed due to the ongoing chaos in vinyl manufacturing. We do hope they will only be delayed by a couple of weeks – and we are trying our utmost to get copies to the band for their dates that start on the 16th June. CDs are available in shops now.

You can still preorder the LP or pick-up a CD via Bandcamp:

Bandcamp 

See Utopia Strong at one of these up-and-coming shows:
(Note Birmingham date change)

June 16 / Strange Brew / Bristol
June 17 / The Garage / London (Supporting Magma)
June 18 / The Garage / London (Supporting Magma)
June 19 / Band On The Wall / Manchester (Supporting Magma)
June 24 / Glastonbury Festival (Glade Stage)
June 29 / South Street / Reading
June 30 / Green Door Store / Brighton
July 01 / The Cornish Bank / Falmouth
July 02 / New Lion Brewery / Dartington
July 03 / Junction3 / Cambridge
July 20 / Arts Centre / Colchester
August 18  / Glasgow / Stereo
August 19  / Manchester / Carlton Club
August 25  / Southampton / The Joiners
August 26  / Cardiff / Clwb Ifor Bach
August 26-29 / Krankenhaus Festival / Cumbria
September 23-24 / Carcassonne / Convenanza Festival
October 15 / Hare & Hounds / Birmingham



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7 Jun 2022

The Guardian reviews Alison Cotton's 'The Portrait You Painted Of Me'


It reads:

Cotton’s album renders traditional music in uncanny colours with influences from her native north-east England.

Alison Cotton has long wuthered on the wilder fringes of folk music. She played the viola in folk-rock revivalists the Eighteenth Day of May (signed to Joe Boyd’s Hannibal label) and still performs in the Left Outsides, her duo with husband Mark Nicholas, casting traditional music’s spirits and sounds in uncanny colours. Her recent solo work has been even more eerie and filmic, a mood her latest album sustains, tightly lacing her voice and harmonium around influences from her native north-east England.

The album begins with an incantation in miniature: Murmurations Over the Moor. For 77 seconds, Cotton’s vocals are layered in unison, harmoniously, then discordantly, twisting and dissembling folk scales. The Last Wooden Ship, a long piece inspired by the lost shipyards of Sunderland, follows; later, 17th November 1962 recalls a forgotten fishing-boat disaster. In both, harmonium drones suggest dying foghorns, Cotton’s voice morphing into a solemn siren of the sea.

That Tunnel Underground Seemed Neverending, inspired by old mining cultures, twists the metallic sound of viola strings into industrial echoes, then Violet May arrives like a lost Roud ballad, full of stark, slight lyrics about departing mothers and longed-for reunions that never come. It holds a deep sense of long-suffered, almost resilient loneliness.

Cotton claims Nico as an influence – and the icy textures of The Marble Index certainly lurk around her work – but strong, too, is her connection with the work of American musician Dorothy Carter, founder of the Mediaeval Baebes, whose work meshed medieval, traditional and experimental textures. Cotton may expand folk’s raw emotions into more avant garde territories, but they still feel possessed by a blood-red muscle memory that goes back centuries. 

See the piece here: The Guardian

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3 Jun 2022

Rubber Oh's debut album 'Strange Craft' is released today


"Complex psych-pop to its deliciously sweet limit." 8/10
Backseat Mafia

"Eye opening, mind-stretching and ear-blowing all at once." 4/5 Narc Magazine

"High quality ‘pop’ is hard to find... a delight to hear it achieved so convincingly here." The Sleeping Shaman

"Gooey psychedelia and deranged sci-fi pop that has echoes of the Kinks on the shrooms." Sun 13

"A sonic journey filled with this raw and vivid aggression." Circuit Sweet

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Today sees the release of Rubber Oh's debut album 'Strange Craft'.

You can buy the album via the Rocket bandcamp or from your favourite record shop – Rough Trade also have an exclusive Pink And Grey Splatter vinyl for sale:

Bandcamp     Rough Trade


See Rubber Oh live tonight and tomorrow:

June 03 / London/ The Lexington
June 04 / Newcastle/ The Cluny 2

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Rubber Oh’s debut album ‘Strange Craft’, is a deliriously tuneful sci-fi tinged psych-pop. Mapping out a retro-futuristic trajectory that stretches from the wide-eyed travails of the late-’60s through to the hard-edged  mind expansions of the 21st century, this collection of warped interstellar voyages is intent on taking the scenic route across the cosmic continuum. 

The album took shape initially in snatched hours around Sam Grant from Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs regular job as studio engineer at Newcastle’s Blank Studios. While Sam performed the majority of the music, he had some help from friends and acquaintances  including Beth Jeans Houghton [Du Blonde] as well as a couple of Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs members.

The incredible cover art  for Strange Craft was created by the very talented 3D artist Santi Zoraidez.



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31 May 2022

Rocket Probes – May 2022 playlist

The Utopia Strong – Castalia
(A massive euphoric banger!)
The Utopia Strong

J. Zunz – Outsides
(Immersive ambience and a cacophony of repetitious guitar fuzz – great new track from J.Zunz)
J. Zunz

Holy Scum – A World About To Die
(Second reason why you need this fog of momentous noise in your record collections)
Holy Scum

Petbrick – Ayan
(Mighty and unique tribal techno sounds + remixes from Surgeon and Cardopusher)
Petbrick

Oneida – I Wanna Hold Your Electric Hand
(The big O are back!!!)
Oneida

Kikagaku Moyo – Kumoyo Island
(Great last album by this incredibly talented bunch)
Kikagaku Moyo

Cassels – Your Humble Narrator
(Great slice of repetition!)
Cassels 

Elena Colombi b2b Phuong Dan – Transmission to Tisno
(Two of our fave DJs go back to back for Crack Mag)
Elena Colombi b2b Phuong Dan

Hakki Bulut – Ben koyluyum
(Turkish psych sounds)
Hakki Bulut

Michel Moulinié - L'écho de l'acier
(Cosmique repetitions from '78)
Michel Moulinié

Cheri Knight – Prime Numbers
(Nice repetitions – via Jenifer Lucy Allen column in the Quietus)
Cheri Knight 

Spacecraft – Paradoxe
(Interstellar cosmique sounds)
Spacecraft 

Bo Hansson – De svarta ryttarna
(Classic Swedish psych)
Bo Hansson

Pharaoh Overlord – Slow City
(Repetitions from 2000)
Pharaoh Overlord

Vox Populi! – Caballo Blanco
(From a great collection of unreleased Vox Populi! Tracks)
Vox Populi!

Various – Deep Cuts
(Comp of experimental, electronic sounds from India)
Deep Cuts

Faust – Morning Land
(Slightly different version of the killer track from Munich Everywhere/71 miuntes – from the Punkt album)
Faust 

Studio Master – Car Boot Sex Tape
(Great bit of funky-psych library Music unearthed by Johnny Trunk)
Studio Master

Księżyc – Rabbit Eclipse
(Great recommendation from Paddy Shine)
Księżyc

Quiet Road – Rest Comfortably
(Glam stomp rock)
Quiet Road

Chew – Holy Fountain
(New on Stolen Body)
Chew

James Brown – Super Bad Pts. 1, 2 & 3
(Essential groove)
James Brown

Ayal Senior – Az Yashir
(Acoustic, electronic and fuzzed mantras)
Ayal Senior

Mijal & White – I've Been You
(Garage pop)
Mijal & White

Ecstatic Vision – Times Up
(Stoogewind)
Ecstatic Vision

Basil Kirchin – Silicon Chip
(More great music unearthed by Jonny Trunk – check the whole comp)
Basil Kirchin

Laddie Bolocko – 97-99 / Live & Unreleased 1997-2000
(Like many of you we expect – been lapping up these two collections of avant rock sounds)
Laddie Bolocko

Vangelis – The Dragon
(Rest In Power)
Vangelis


Listen to and follow our updated monthly Rocket Probes Spotify playlist:

 

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