31 Dec 2016

Rocket Probes – December playlist

Cavern Of Anti-Matter - Pantechnicon (Gnoomes Remix)
(Gnoomes create more of their magic on CoAM track)
Cavern Of Anti-Matter

Hills – S/T and Uncollected Sounds
(Amazing reissue of Hills debut and an LP of unreleased music – expertly put together by Cardinal Fuzz)

Hey Colossus – Dedicated to Uri Klangers
(Amazing compilation of Hey Colossus tracks from 2004 - 2015...essential!)
Hey Colossus

Fatma – The dirty beat
(Great 2 track 7" of electro/dub grooves from this Swedish band on Haga Nord)

Oren Ambarchi - Hubris Pt. 3
(Stunning piece of modern krautrock)
Oren Ambarchi

Various – Zam Zam Monstre Compilation
(Great 5 year birthday comp from Zam Zam featuring Anthroprophh, Negra Branca, Black Tempest, Ahrkh. Ayn Sof and many more)
Zam Zam

Anders Stub – In the dark hours
(Kalle from Hills played us this and other albums by Anders when we were in Gothenburg – great stuff on Kommun 2)

Technicolor Poets ‎– Hadrar Hotel
(Another discovery courtesy of Hills – an album that is also on the great Kommun 2 label)
Technicolor Poets

Björn J:Son Lindh – Abdo
(Great flute driven ethic psych from the album Cous Cous – another discovery from our trip to Goatland)
Björn J:Son Lindh

Rotomagus – The Sky Turns Red: Complete Anthology
(Great slice of French proto metal)

Lee Hazzlewood/Nancy Sinatra – Some Velvet morning
(Bloody love a bit of of Lee and Nancy)
Lee Hazzlewood/Nancy Sinatra

Noura Mint Seymali - Arbina
(Nice Saharan psych jams)
Noura Mint Seymali 

SNTS – Live in the Boiler Room
(Heavy and deep techno)

TAD – Back Catalogue
(Still sounding great!)

Listen to our monthly updated Spotify 'Rocket Probes' playlist here:


29 Dec 2016

Flowers Must Die's Sista Valsen – Best EP of 2016

Massive thanks to the website Global Psychedelia for making Flowers Must Die's EP Sista Valsen their EP of the year.

They also give honourable mentions to Gnod and Goat and put Rocket in their Labels of teh year list!

Read the full run down here: Global Psychedelia


28 Dec 2016

Rocket's ale 'One Giant Leap' at Stokey Beer Festival

Our friends at Brewage à Trois have been invited to sell their ales at Stokey Beer Festival on Saturday 28 January and one of the ales they will be selling is the Rocket Recordings 'One Giant Leap a 7.6% IPA that we originally sold at this years Liverpool Psych Fest.

The festival is being held at Abney Public Hall in Stoke Newington.

More information about Stokey Beer Festival can be found here: Facebook


Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation to play Lisbon Psych Fest 2017

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation have been announced to play the great Lisbon Psych Festival on 7/8 April.

All information about the event and early bird tickets can be bought from here: Lisbon Psych Fest


23 Dec 2016

25% off all Rocket releases – limited seasonal offer

We have decided to offer 25% off all Rocket releases for a ltd time over the Christmas period.

Buy from here: Rocket Shop

From 10am on 23rd December until midnight on the 2nd of January you can fill yourself with all the Rocket classics at this knockdown price.

Just input the code 'space' when purchasing.

Happy Christmas from all at Rocket, see you all the other side!


19 Dec 2016

The Guardian interviews Goat

It reads:

In Goat’s dressing room, high above the Coronet theatre in London, are three sofas crammed with people from Sweden. Goatman, the mysterious mastermind behind the enrobed psychedelic dervishes, drags me outside before I can talk to them. Recalling the room later, as if piecing together the scene of a crime, I see in my mind’s eye what could be any rock band from Scandinavia: tall men with lustrous hair, centre-parted, and fair women, some or all of whom are members of Goat.

Their leader wants to conduct his first ever face-to-face interview (no tribal costume, no mask) in a stairwell in the bowels of the building. He leans against a wall with a bottle of beer looking uncomfortable. I sit on a step hoping he’ll join me but he doesn’t, so I’m forced to shoot my questions up at him from his feet.

Let us start with something easy. Can he tell me more about Goat’s famous costumes?

“Well, you know, they’re made of cotton. Most of them,” he says.

It’s going to be a long 18 minutes...

Read the rest here: The Guardian

Photo by jwassmuth


Josefin Ohrn + The Liberation announce first UK headline tour


Goat and Josefin Ohrn + The Liberation feature in 'Get into This' Albums of the Year

'Get into This' have always been good to Rocket and once again they have given our releases some love:

#39 / Goat – Requiem
Read what they say

#23 / Josefin Ohrn + The Liberation: Mirage
Read what they say


Hey Colossus to play Threshold Festival

Hey Colossus have been confirmed to play Threshold Festival which takes place between 31 Mar – 2 Apr, 2017 at various venues in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle.

More info can be found here: Get into this


16 Dec 2016

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation release ‘The State (Im In)’ and announce UK headline tour

‘The State (Im In)’ is Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation’s 2nd single from their new album ‘Mirage’.

The seductive splendour of the ten songs that made up 'Mirage' were jubilantly received across BBC6 Music, climaxing in a Lauren Laverne BBC6 Live session  and a full tour support with fellow Swedes ‘Goat’.

The State (I’m In) has a sense of disorientation that marries a kaleidoscopic aesthetic with a panoramic sensibility, it’s overdriven organ motif radiance is offset by hypnotic rhythmic drive that steadily pulsates throughout.

Listen to State (I'm in)

The B side features a Remix by Al Lover of the bands classic ‘Rushing Through My Mind’, this time forging the ethereal sound of the original layered with strings and some really funky Kraut-disco basslined groove-out.

Listen to Al Lover Remix of Rushing through my mind

The band have also just announced a European headline tour:

25 Feb / Liverpool / Liverpool Central Library (get it loud in libraries)
26 Feb / Newcastle / The Cluny
28 Feb / Glasgow / Broadcast
1 March / Manchester / The Soup Kitchen
2 March / Leeds / The Brudenell Social Club
3 March / Bristol / Louisiana
4 March / London / Moth Club
5 March / Brighton / Green Door
6 March / Oxford / The Bullingdon
7 March /  Birmingham / Hare & Hounds


13 Dec 2016

Gnod's Mirror in Louder than War's Albums of the Year

Nice to see Gnod's Mirror in at number 22 on Louder Than War's Album of the Year list

They say:

We described the latest release from noise terrorists as deeply experimental while also being a lesson in protracted repetition and brutal noise. Read LTW contributor Ioan’s review here.

See the full run down here: Louder than War


12 Dec 2016

Rocket records in Soundblab's Albums of the year

Soundblab have published their Albums of the year, and we are please to say that we have:

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation
Flowers Must Die

...all featuring in the list.

See the full list here: Soundblab


The Forumist interviews Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation were interviewed by The Forumist and Josefin did an exclusive photoshoot for them. 

It reads:

Psychedelia is made possible by the world’s beautiful outsiders breaking down the boundaries of the inner self and exploring their true passion for expression. The Forumist met up with two pioneering acts of the genre that flowers outside of the popular culture we know today.

During the past few years, psychedelic music has been having a revival all over the world. The sound has grown modern with time, making it less retro and more timeless. Josefin Öhrn and Fredrik Joelson make psychedelic music together as Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation, a band that has played mostly in Europe, including the UK...

Read the rest here: The Forumist


Cosmic Roundup – Echoes and Dust interviews Matt Rozeik from Necro Deathmort

It reads:

Necro Deathmort have had an amazing year! An album released on Rocket Recordings, a performance at the Electric Ballroom at Desertfest and much much more! They also headlined the gloomiest Cosmic Carnage ever at the Windmill last April. If guitarist, Matt Rozeik is not busy enough with that, he also runs his own DIY label called Extreme Ultimate. Here’s what he thinks about all the stuff that went down in 2016.

(((o))): Hi Matt , how are you?
I’m good thanks, me old China!

(((o))): Your album came out on Rocket which was a bit of a surprise. They focus on psych and I’ve always thought of you as a doom band. How did it come about?

Rocket were aware of us and we just sent them the album. I guess they are primarily known as a psych label, but I don’t think that label strictly applies to Gnod and Teeth Of The Sea, so they definitely have other strings to their bow. I think people have different ideas about the sort of band we are – while we most definitely have an affinity with doom and play with a lot of doom bands, I don’t...

Read the rest here: Echoes and Dust


9 Dec 2016

Your saviours of 2016

For many, 2016 is a year to forget – and as this strange year comes to a close we wanted to put together a playlist of Rocket tracks that are the years saviours.

Listen to the mix above and buy them all from here: Rocket

And 2017 is looking like it is going to be Rocket's biggest ever year for releases. We have lots of very special music coming your way!


8 Dec 2016

The Crack magazine previews Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

It reads:

This is Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs (yep, really). They’re from Newcastle and they make some of the most thrilling music that you’re liable to hear all year.
There are some north-east acts that I come across that leave me thinking: “Have I seen this lot before? Their name rings a bell…” but I’m pretty sure I would have remembered a local outfit trading by the name of Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs (their mothers call them Pigs x 7). But talk about creeping up on your blindside and then grabbing you by the giblets. For – make no mistake! – this band conjure up the kind of racket that feels like someone is jamming a Hoover up your blouse, and I’m now totally enthralled. If you’re looking to slap a label on them, I suppose you’ve got to opt for “Rock”, but they bang it out with a capital Rrrr and, amongst all their fiery riffs, they’ve carved some monumental tunes which sound like Motörhead trying on a pair of krautrocking trousers. Their debut album, Feed The Rats, is released on 20 January by Rocket Records and runs to precisely three songs. The running length, however, is around 37 minutes, with two tracks tipping the scales at over 15 minutes each (with not an ounce of flab, either). And their album launch party should be a cracking gig as supporting are Newcastle’s Tough Tits (FYI: Amazing) with Candy Vortex supplying the décor and visuals. There will also be DJs until 1am. If you’re looking to banish those January blues then I suggest you make a real pig pig pig pig pig pig pig of yourself and grab a ticket, pronto.

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs + Tough Tits + DJs, Friday 20 January, St. Dominics Catholic Club (opp. Tanners Pub), Crawhall Road, Newcastle, 8pm, £5. wegottickets.com 

See the full article here: The Crack


7 Dec 2016

Clash premieres Gnoomes remix of Caverns of Anti Matter track

Being huge fans of the great Stereolab we are exciting to share this great Gnoomes Remix of Caverns of Anti Matter's track 'Pantechnicon'

See what Clash Magazine say about the remix here: Clash

This is what CoAM's Tim Gane says of the remix:
"Sparkling remix. Refocuses the track somewhere else completely and they totally make it their own in the process. Some other kind of landscape has developed in place of the original and it's exciting to discover these new worlds." 

And Gnoomes say:
"We’d heard Void Beats / Invocation Trex exactly the day when it was released and 'Panthecnicon' it became one of our favourites on the first listen. Later we went touring over Italy and this very track was the great soundtrack of our journey, riding from Italy to France along the French Rivera and listening to this song. Its repetitive structure and harmonies were a kind of audial picturesque additions to the most beautiful landscapes we’d ever seen. It seemed that our trip would never end and maybe that euphoria brought us a wish to make a remix of this song, to give our vision of it." 

Gnoomes have just finished their follow up to last years album Ngan!, more details to follow in the New Year...and all we can say so far is it is sounding a bit special!


Listen to Al Lover remix of 'Rushing through my mind' by Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation

This is a great remix of 'Rushing through my mind' by Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation by the amazing Al Lover 



5 Dec 2016

Red Noise get excited by Julie’s Haircut – Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin album

It roughly translates:

The new album of Julie's Haircut "Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin" will be released February 17, 2017 for the Rocket Recordings. Here is the video preview "Gathering Light" and more 'information about the content. You can make the new album pre-order here, directly on the site of the JSH.

The graphics are Chris Reeder (Rocket Recordings) and the image used for the cover is a picture of the Dolly Sisters repertoire, two Hungarian performer transplanted to America in the 20's.Almost the entire disc has been developed to study Vacuum (Bologna) by Bruno Germano except some part realized at Bunker study (Rubiera RE) by Andrea Rovacchi and other toxic by Luca Giovanardi on tape, mobile studio, including the house of Luke and room JSH tests in Reggio Emilia.

The Julie's will be on tour in Italy from March to April 2017. From May 2017 followed by Germany, Benelux, France, UK ...

Read the full piece here: Red Noise


Watch Gnod's full performance at Tunnel Vision for NTS


4 Dec 2016

Watch: KURO - Arashi video

As report before (here) we have made a video for KURO track Arashi – which is taken form their S/T debut album.

The video was made by Rocket's Johnny O and was filmed at the Exchange in Bristol (Thanks Fatty for lending it to us).

Buy the LP/CD here : Rocket

Or digitally here: iTunes


Goat announce 'final show' of the year

To celebrate the end of the year – Goat will do a special extra show the 16 December at Musikens Hus in Gothenburg. 

Very few tickets for sale: Ticket master


Poster for Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Newcastle album launch

The band celebrate the launch of their album Feed the Rats with this great Newcastle show which forms part of the following tour:

Fri 20th - St Dominics, Newcastle (UK)
Sat 21st - The Lexington, London (UK)
Sun 22nd - Soup Kitchen, Manchester (UK)

Thurs 2nd - Cafe Charlatan, Gent (BE)
Fri 3rd - Le 3 Pièces, Rouen (FR)
Sat 4th - Petit Bain, Paris (FR)
Sun 5th - Grrrnd Zero, Lyon (FR)
Mon 6th - L'Usine, Geneva (CH)

Preorder the album here: Rocket


2 Dec 2016

Listen to Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation cover Spacemen 3 for BBC 6Music

When Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation were in the BBC 6Music studio for their Lauren Laverne session, the band recorded an extra track, a cover. That cover was of Hypnotized by Spacemen 3 and you can listen to it here: BBC 6Music



1 Dec 2016

The Ransom Note premiere KURO - Arashi video

The Ransom Note have premiered the video for KURO - Arashi

Watch the video here: The Ransom Note

The video was made by Rocket's very own Johnny O.

Ransom note says:

"The mood in the room lay dark and quiet. There was little sound to be heard but for the buzz of instrumentation..."

We here at Ransom Note can sometimes struggle to seperate ourselves from the world of distorted electronics, drums and noise. However, when we do it often takes something quite remarkable and and at times captivatingly odd to make us pay attention. KURO achieved the above with a resounding yes.

As a result we opted to cover and we were delighted to be offered an exclusive first play of their brand new music video for 'Arashi' which sees a dark room set alive with the sound and whir of ambient music."

Buy their debut S/T album here: Rocket


Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs announce Feed the Rats tour

To celebrate the 20 January release of Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs debut album Feed the Rats the band are heading out for some shows:

Fri 20th - St Dominics, Newcastle (UK)
Sat 21st - The Lexington, London (UK)
Sun 22nd - Soup Kitchen, Manchester (UK)

Thurs 2nd - Cafe Charlatan, Gent (BE)
Fri 3rd - Le 3 Pièces, Rouen (FR)
Sat 4th - Petit Bain, Paris (FR)
Sun 5th - Grrrnd Zero, Lyon (FR)
Mon 6th - L'Usine, Geneva (CH)

You can preorder the album on ltd blood red vinyl, CD and DL here: Rocket


30 Nov 2016

Rocket probes – November

Julie's Haircut - Invocation and ritual dance of my demon twin
(JH's first album for Rocket...a unique and masterful album of psych/kraut sounds re-presented for tomorrow)
Julie's Haircut  

Jiboia – Masala
(Really great psychy, grooved out post punk with a strong Middle Eastern vibe on Lovers and Lollipops, well worth checking out!)

Orb – Migration / Birth
(Real nice 7" and album of psych fuzz rock from Australia...toured with Goat and King Gizzard)

Various – Space Echo - The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed!
(Amazing comp and a simply mind blowing back story)
Space Echo

David Bowie – When I met you
(Really nice groove running through this track)
David Bowie

Bad Brains – Attitude: The ROIR sessions
(Still as potent as when it was first recorded...you can here the spit and sweat in the room – this album is perfection)
Bad Brains

Coldnose – Trancemania
(New tape of great experimental kurdish influenced electronica and techno)

Jóhann Jóhannsson – Arrival Soundtrack
(Stunning soundtrack for a stunning film)
Jóhann Jóhannsson

Steve Monite – Only you (disco jam)
(Nice slice of afro cosmic disco from 1984)
Steve Monite 

Black Bombain/Peter Brotzmann – Part III
Second Lovers and Lollipops release...great track of repetition, feedback noise and Brotzmann's sax from their collaborative album...calls to mind the great Kevin Martin band GOD)
Black Bombain/Peter Brotzmann

Stereolab – Back catalogue
(Been another month of heavy Stereolab listening)

Prostitutes - Late To Take It Light 
(Analogue Machine Psychedelic Techno)  

The Fall-outs - No Ambition 
(Listening to alot of Grunge bands which lead me to this via Mark Arm, feels a bit Love Battery)   
The Fall-outs 

Feedtime - Curtains 
(Oz Post Punk from the 86 album Shovel, again this one arrived via Mark Arm)   

Orchestra of Skin & Bone - Deadeyes 
(More Post Punk from Oz, this time female fronted and jazzed tinged)   
Orchsetra of Skin & Bone

Listen to a compilation of these and previous tracks from the Rocket probes via our Spotify playlist:


Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs cover story in latest Narc Magazine

There is a great interview with Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs in the latest issue of Narc Magazine where the band have taken over the cover!!

Find out more here: Narc Magazine

You can also preorder their debut album Feed the Rats which is released on 20 January here: Rocket


29 Nov 2016

Poster for Teeth of the Sea supporting Chrome

Tickets can be bought from here: Baba Yaga's Hut


The Digital Fix reviews Necro Deathmort show at Corsica

On Saturday, Necro Deathmort abused the amazing sound system at Corsica Studios supporting Dalek, and The Digital Fix said the following:

In support we have local boys Necro Deathmort and their own their own mix of swirling electronica, earthquake-inducing beats and reverb-drenched distorted guitars. Shifting from tone-driven ambience to pulsating dance, it is a surprisingly varied set that is engaging and rather enjoyable. Wreathed in darkness and hidden behind an impressive array of synths and desks, the bass-driven rumble both liquidises the innards and relaxes the brain. 

Read the rest here: The Digital Fix


28 Nov 2016

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation track features on latest The Reverb Conspiracy compilation

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation have the track Dunes on the latest The Reverb Conspiracy compilation on our friends Fuzz Clubs label.

You can buy the compilation here: Fuzz Club

Read a review of it here: Drowned in Sound


25 Nov 2016

Al Lover rewires Josefin Öhrn’s ‘Rushing Through My Mind’

Nothing But Hope And Passion have premiered Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation 'Rushing Through My Mind' Al Lover Remix.

This is what the website said:

'We’re long-term fans of JOSEFIN ÖHRN + THE LIBERATION here at NOTHING BUT HOPE AND PASSION, having first covered her way back in May 2015. She released the heavy-duty psychedelia of her second full-length, Mirage, a couple of months back, and now San Francisco producer AL LOVER has taken on and remixed that record’s sprawling lead single, Rushing Through My Mind, and we’re delighted to be able to present you with an exclusive first listen.

LOVER‘s touch on the single is subtle. Leaving the song’s DNA largely untouched, he draws out the song’s inherent trippyness by burying the vocals deeper in the mix and layering up the haze. 

Read more & Listen here: NBHAP 

Goat's Requiem features in the NME albums of the Year 2016

Goat's Requiem features at number 28 in the NME's top albums of the Year 2016.

This is what the NME says:

Self-confessed Swedish psych oddballs Goat embraced 1970s British folk and film on their third album, adding the pagan virgin-burning pop vibes of ‘The Wicker Man’ to their lush sound. From the cult-ish panpipes to the hypnotic rhythms and Afro-funk inspiration that peppered that album........

Read the rest & full list here: NME


Josefin Öhrn plays for the Whyte Horses album launch

This weekend Josefin Öhrn plays with the Whyte Horses and guests Badly Drawn Boy, Stealing Sheep, The Go! Team.

Josefin Öhrn will be bringing to life the lauded long player in a multi faceted visual lead event. 

For more info Whyte-Horses


Back Seat Mafia 25 Essential Psych Albums 2016

We are delighted to see Rocket album KURO feature in Back Seat Mafia's 25 Essential Psych Albums 2016.

This is what the site had to say:

KURO by KURO (Rocket Recordings)

I’ll confess that I really didn’t get this album when I listened to it digitally, but enough people who’s sonic judgement I trust assured me that it was one I should persevere with. So I took what I thought was a risk and bought the album on vinyl. Well, boom…as soon as I heard it I was convinced pretty much immediately......

Read the full review & there 25 albums: Back Seat Mafia


24 Nov 2016


Sat 26 Nov, from 10pm
Unit 8 Exselsior Works. SE15 1EP

Gum Takes Tooth have a rare London gig this weekend. Some good friends' legendary out-of-body out-of-mind club night, PUBAWAH, are doing something unusual in hosting a live performance!  It will be a MASSIVELY UNHINGED RAVE UP with a hugely ambitious sonic palette.  
GTT on at 11:30pm 
For more info: here


23 Nov 2016

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs to play next years Desert Fest in London

We are excited to announce that the mighty Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs are to play next years Desert Festival in London.

This is the third year in a row we have had Rocket bands at the festival, and we are sure Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs will do us proud!!

Tickets etc can be found here: Desertfest

Preorder their debut album Feed the Rats on Ltd red vinyl here: Rocket