30 Apr 2019

Rocket Probes – April 2019 Playlist

Weary Nous – Horse Face
(Before there was Centrum there was Weary Nous)
Weary Nous
Weary Nous 2

Colomach - O Bernadetta
(Afro psych)

Craig Leon - Standing crosswise in the square
(Great new Craig Leon track)
Craig Leon

Juju - I'm In Trance (feat Goatman)
(Ex Lay Llama returns with great new track from new Fuzz Club album, features contribution from Goatman)

WORLDZERO – All Rivers Flow to Zero
(Immersive, beat driven ambience from Seer/UKAEA/ImpaTV collaboration!)

Futurat – Reality Emulation
(They have a fuzz peddle and they know how to use it!)

Bernhard Günter – Then, Silence
(A minimalist journey)
Bernhard Günter

Kooba Tercu - Maestur
(Love this Gnod'esque noise groove...Tony would approve)
Kooba Tercu

Beak> – Life goes on
(New single)

Dead Sea Apes – Diaspora
(Stunning fuzzwah droning repetitions on Cardinal Fuzz)
Dead Sea Apes

Charles Ditto - Bush
(Tribal repetitions from '87)
Charles Ditto

Deferment – Rbelollic
(Acid repetitions)

Sosena Gebre Eyesus - Sosena Gebre Eyesus
(Another great Adam Reid recommendation)
Sosena Gebre Eyesus

MIRNA RAY – Danse Macabre
(Heather from Black Impulse turned our ears onto this great slice of flute driven tribal psych

Stavroz - Zorrow
(Slow jam for the very early hours)

LA Jungle – The Boring Age
(Fuzzed synths, tribal drums, postpunk chants, 60's psych guitar and a punk chug)
LA Jungle

SunnO))) – Life Metal

Also check out a selection of some of these on our updated monthly 'Rocket Probes' Spotify playlist: 


Neolyd reviews 'Sacred Dreams' by Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation

They say:

Nobody escapes the course of the sun. Fortunately, there is the Swede Josefin Öhrn , who opens pitch-black wormholes with her band The Liberation in broad daylight. Anyone venturing into it travels to a somnambulistic intermediate world in which dense reverberations like molton curtains absorb all light. Flat synthpads and accented guitar riffs flicker through the darkness, and above all the enthroned voice of Josefin Öhrn enthrals the listener in ever new dream loops.

From their nocturnal legacy, the band on "Sacred Dreams", the third longplayer of choice Londoners, no secret. On the contrary, it raises the night to the artistic principle. With groovy songs flowing around 70's Psychedelic, 80's Electronica and Krautrock, Josefin Öhrn and The Liberation create a sound cosmos where you can float like in a warm saltwater tank. Wistfully they rub their eyes at the end of the record and wish back to a parallel world, in which a creaky -coated disco hit like "Desire" is number one in the charts instead of Capital Bra with a cover version of "Cherri Cherri Lady". One will probably still be allowed to dream.

Read the rest here: Neolyd


Listen to Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Mary Anne Hobbs 6 Music Session

Today Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs went into 6 Music Studio and shook the buildings foundations with two thunderous live takes of A66 and GNT and you can listen back to here:

Listen here: BBC 6Music


Soundblab reviews Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation's 'Sacred Dreams'

They say:

The frivolous pomp of glam single ‘Desire’ hinted at tremors unravelling Josefin Ohrn’s neo-psychedelic sound and exposing a sexier, more provocative musical template. Sacred Dreams is more immediately accessible than previous albums, but maddeningly, it is divided in half by sublime tracks and the dreary vanilla languor of its other half. It’s an odd album, characteristically brilliant in parts, dull in others. Aside from ‘Desire’ is the delicious swagger of ‘Baby Come On’ with characteristic dark tones underpinning the disco-ready swank, like Goldfrapp, Black Cherry era. ‘Caramel Head’ threatens to meander too far with its druggy listlessness, but keeps itself on the right side of the ledger with pretty illusions and an organ drone which leads effortlessly into a 60s folk reverie. Really lovely repetition.

‘Hey Little Boy’ is a superb track modelled partly on innocent 60s pop and early shoegaze, delicate but wholesome, fleshed out of its charming simplicity by some really fuzzy guitar action, bubbling under the surface and then opening out like The Bunnymen did when their songs were allowed to breathe. Absolutely exquisite instrumentation. ‘Let it Come’ is a delightfully whimsical pop song with twangy reverb and a creepy middle section of vocal ticks and echo. Really lovely stuff...

Read the rest here: Soundblab


Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs and Bonnacons of Doom play Manchester Psych Fest

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs and Bonnacons of Doom have been announced to play this years Manchester Psych Fest.

Info and Tickets can be found here: Manchester Psych Fest


29 Apr 2019

Freq reviews Gum Takes Tooth's Arrow

They say:

Gum Takes Tooth have waited five years to follow up their second album Mirrors Fold, but it would appear to have been well worth the wait. The wildness of the live spectacle is not so apparent when listening to this album, but the amount of ideas and angles that the duo has on drum and electronic sound-making is phenomenal.

Opener “Cold Chrome Hearts” is just plaintive distorted vocals, which sound as if they are coming from underwater, and a gentle rhythm that appears as if it is being beaten out on the hull of a shipwrecked boat. It pulses and vibrates, but in that strange way that sound travels through water. It is difficult to put an aural handle on it, but that changes entirely with “The Arrow”; tribal drumming, car-alarm rhythm, post-techno soundscape, all are present, and these different rhythmic elements all vie for their place in the ragged whole. They merge and conjoin, then dissipate and reappear to create a dizzying tableau through which buzz-saw techno keys tear and twist. The vocals are a whole other thing, and their insistent mantra is smeared through the mix like some kind of glue being used to patch the thing together.

their insistent mantra is smeared through the mix like some kind of glue being used to patch the thing togetherThroughout the whole album, the drums are wide and expansive, but have that welcoming inclusivity that comes from a tribal direction. At times it is the vocals that bring a spectral, almost insubstantial, feel to some of the tracks, like a reaction to the strength and power of the synths...

Read the rest here: Freq


27 Apr 2019

NBHAP say some words about Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation's Sacred Dreams

They say:

Sounds like … an psychedelic potpourri covering pretty much everything good this genre has to offer.

‘This album comes out of a period of heartbreak, loss and dissolution, but also of deep love, warmth and beauty unveiled in the middle of it.’ With these words Josefin Öhrn describes the origin of the third record that she, accompanied by her backing band The Liberation, released and which again drags the listener into its very own sphere. But there have been a few changes surrounding the release of Sacred Bones. Besides moving from Stockholm to London, a whole new band has been assembled around Josefin and songwriting partner Fredrick. The results are twelve tracks, subtly displaying a wide range of different emotions and musical influences. Indian guitar melodies in Only Lovers, experimental blues vibes in Baby Come On and electronic elements in I Can Feel It are just some of it. All held together by a sound concepts playing on the edge of ambient, kraut and psychedelic rock. The retro flair is defiantly an often-seen guest on the record, without making it sound too old-fashioned. This is due to Josefin’s reverb drenched vocals, giving the tracks a surprisingly fitting pop-appeal.

‘A sacred dream, the way we see it, is not necessarily a golden fluffy cloud river, but instead also contains all the shadows that need to be seen and felt in order to drop what has to go in order to truly live.’ This range of emotions are reflected in the twelve songs, like the pulsating opener Feel The Sun, a fine krautrock track à la Neu! with repetitive grooves or the gloomy electronic song Desire. Songs like Hey Little Boy or Let It Come are beautifully floating over ambient soundscapes and the closer Floating Away keeps what the hints and releases the listener with a feeling of comfort and transcended grandeur. Probably the best way to wake up from any kind o dream. (Abhilash Arackal)

Read the rest here: NBHAP


26 Apr 2019

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation's Sacred Dreams is released today

Today sees the release of Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation's third album 'Sacred Dreams' and it is available to buy on ltd edition blue/black swirl and orange vinyl and CD from your local record shop. 

Or direct from us here: Bandcamp 


Continuing to dive into the deeper waters of experimentation, ‘Sacred Dreams’ is both a musically hefty amalgamation of reverb drenched space-rock and retro centric electronics, as well as an emotionally cathartic release for the band, marking a new direction and fresh approach.  

"An immaculately produced and thoroughly modern take on various forms of psychedelia." 8/10 Line of the Best Fit

"Who knew such things could sound as inviting as this." Prog

"Adventurous...the shock of the new." Shindig

"One of my favourite artists." Lauren Laverne (BBC 6 Music)


The band had to regrettably postpone their May UK tour to November, but you can now see  the Liberation in all their glory at these venues:

04 Nov / Leeds / The Brudenell Social Club
05 Nov / Manchester / The Deaf Institute
06 Nov / London / Islington Assembly Hall
07 Nov / Bristol / Thekla
08 Nov /  Brighton / Green Door
10 Nov / Birmingham / Hare & Hounds
11 Nov / Oxford / The Bullingdon
12 Nov / Liverpool / Jacaranda - Phase One
13 Nov / Newcastle / The Cluny
14 Nov / Glasgow / Stereo
15 Nov / Leicester / The Cookie


25 Apr 2019

Narc reviews Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs live at the Sage Gateshead

They say:

“Ladies and gentlemen. Please take your seats, as the performance by Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs in Hall 2 is about to begin.” It’s not a statement many ever expected to hear in this of all venues. The gig’s sold out too, so a good number of us are indeed seated.

While previous outings at The Cluny and Star & Shadow have felt significant, this latest homecoming is the cherry atop the quintet’s victory lap; the final, and biggest, date of a largely sold out nationwide tour. It’s certainly a very different type of show from what we’re used to witnessing in Hall 2, and while a tad surreal it’s a collision of worlds which thrills throughout. Predictably, the onslaught sounds utterly massive – and though I for one still prefer 2017’s Feed The Rats, the songs from last year’s breakout album King of Cowards often take on a life of their own on the live stage. Standout Gloamer, for instance, morphs from stop-start beginnings into monolithic din comprehensively eclipsing its recorded counterpart, while the gargantuan Shockmaster threatens to grind to a premature halt, so sluggish are its leaden, sludge-monster riffs...

Read the rest here: Narc


24 Apr 2019

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs BBC 6 Music Session announced

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs have been announced to appear live on the Mary Anne Hobbs's BBC 6 Music show on the 30 April at 10:30am.

The band are gonna be shaking the buildings foundations by playing a few tracks taken from their latest album King of Cowards

More info can be found here: BBC 6 Music


Gum Takes Tooth play Woodland Gathering 2019

Gum Takes Tooth are to join the likes of Giant Swan at this years Woodland Gathering (VI) on the weekend (Friday & Saturday) of 16th / 17th of August at Fellfoot Wood, Newby Bridge, Ulverston.

For more info & tickets: Facebook  / Tickets


More Teeth of the Sea WRAITH UK Tour Dates

Teeth of the Sea WRAITH UK Summer Tour 2019


26 / Ramsgate / Ramsgate Music Hall / Facebook 
27 / Bristol / Rough Trade / Facebook

26 / Cardiff / Cardiff Psych & Noise Fest / Facebook


07 / Glasgow / Broadcast / Facebook 
08 / Newcastle / Star & Shadow Cinema / Facebook 
21 / London / Science Museum / IMAX / Science Museum

WRAITH is still available to buy: Bandcamp


El Coyote review Centrum - För Meditation

El Coyote review Centrum - För Meditation

They say (translated):

From the city of Gothenburg (in Sweden) we get 'För Meditation', the debut album (and that premieres, say) of the Scandinavian duo Centrum. Recently released in a vinyl edition (ultra-limited to the press of only 500 copies) by the record company Rocket Recordings / Svensk Psych Aften and inspired by a fruitful passage through India, this soul duet canonized by a meditative, lenitive Drone and devotional, a folk of ritualistic and summer ambiance, and a messianic psychadelism of oriental fragrance, has the rare ability to relax, sedate and dilute in the depths of the inner Cosmos. Packed in an enveloping hypnosis knitted by an edenic mysticism and an enigmatic ethnicity, we are massaged, drunk and converted by an intense liturgy that promptly caresses our bodies and senses. 

His spiritual sound - easily recognized in contemporary references such as Hills, The Myrrors and Lamp of the Universe, and in classic bands like Gila, Popol Vuh, Agitation Free and Träd, Gras och Stenar - holds a religious trance that unties us we of consciential gravity and set free in a powerful transcendental meditation. With a terrified soul, blindfolded gaze, immortalised smile, head fully engaged in a pendular movement from shoulder to shoulder and nostrils dilated to absorb all this musical incense, we are led and haunted by a tribal drummer, a pulsating and magnetizing reverb bass, a flute serpentine, an alien language synthesizer, a wandering guitar, and a prophetic voice that leads this whole deified procession through the endless plains of the mind.

'För Meditation' is a truly shamanic album that purifies us with its mantra tapestria. Let yourself be wrecked freely by the tantric universe of Centrum, and feel yourself fading in a perfect Zen state that will condition you from the first to the last minute. Return of this therapeutic eucharist of soul completely washed and relieved. One of the most shocking surprises of the year is here, in the enteogénico ritual superiorly prayed by these two Nordic priests of wielded instruments and prophecy offered.

Here is the original review: El Coyote


23 Apr 2019

Music & Riots review Teeth of the Sea - WRAITH

Music & Riots review Teeth of the Sea - WRAITH

They say:

London-based post-everything-and-whatever trio Teeth of the Sea are back with their fifth album Wraith. Exploring the dichotomy of their very own experimental and cinematic weirdness, Wraith is the trio’s most ambitious and irreverent effort. Built over this haunted and eerie Morricone meets Survive’s Stranger Things work, Wraith grows on you easily, becoming some sort of hypnotic and out-of-order trip into their drifting crescendo intensity.

There are obvious roots on experimentalism, both electronic and psychedelic, but there are also branches which extend into uncharted territories, both emergent and urgent. This new effort sees the band strip things back substantially, because there’s the same range of sounds and experimentalism; however on this occasion the atmosphere they create is even bleaker, where euphoria and surrealism bring along a new set of dynamics into their vivid and fearless sound.

Recorded in London at Soup Studios with Giles Barrett, Phantasy Sound with Erol Alkan and their own The Facility, Wraith is the kind of blowout you expect from the trio’s artistic approach, the perfect sound representation of Teeth of the Sea’s unique irreverence and distinctive creativity.

Music and Riots


Introducing Gum Takes Tooth vs Gnoomes EP

We are delighted to reveal the first track off a new 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.

The first Gum Takes Tooth reveal is the heavy Techno remix by Gnoomes's drummer electronic project 'KIKOK', check it out here:

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


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.


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


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


22 Apr 2019

The Skinny reviews Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs in Edinburgh

They say:

Looming out of the darkness, Newcastle’s Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs storm Edinburgh with a short but fiery set that showcases why they’re one of the most exciting heavy acts that Britain has produced in recent years.

Lit for most of the set in an orange glow reminiscent of a steel forge, their bass-heavy grind is truly something to hear, evoking a battleship fusillade as it rumbles and rolls, while gigantic guitars stab like shards of icebergs plunging into the sea. 

At times, the sheer volume of instrumentation threatens to overwhelm vocalist Matt Baty, but like forward-looking peers Deafheaven there are also touches of shoegaze that suggest perhaps Pigs x7 are rather more avid and diverse musos than perhaps their black clad demeanour hints at.

Early songs like GNT and Shockmaster are packed with riffs that scrape the roof of the room, channelling early Mastodon with their dextrous instrumentals. Drummer Christopher Morley pinwheels his way through Sweet Relief as Baty howls at the ceiling, while on Gloamer, a standout from 2018’s King of Cowards, the whole band marauds ferociously as rumbling bass and shards of feedback give way to an enormous acidic riff...

Read the rest here: The Skinny

Photo live at Preston Guild Hall, 13 Apr by Danny Sargent


Line of the Best Fit reviews Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation's 'Sacred Dreams'

They say:

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation’s Sacred Dreams is a thoroughly modern take on psychedelia

In many ways, Sacred Dreams, the latest offering from Swedish psychedelic outfit Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation, feels like a trilogy of EPs - even though it isn’t…

Following a three year absence, Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation have taken steps in multiple bold new directions with their third full-length album Sacred Dreams. Since moving from Stockholm to London, bandleader Josefin Öhrn and her writing partner Fredrik have assembled a brand new cast of collaborators, including Maki (Go Team), Patrick C Smith (Eskimo Chain), Matt Loft (Lola Colt) and Ben Ellis. This new lineup has helped Öhrn create the band’s sleekest and most accessible release so far. The twelve tracks that make up Sacred Dreams could divide almost perfectly into three distinct smaller projects that provide us with an immaculately produced and thoroughly modern take on various forms of psychedelia.

While electronics have always played a part in Öhrn + The Liberation’s music, for the first four tracks of their new LP they take centre stage, shifting the band away from their more guitar orientated earlier material. Propelled by an overdriven bassline, Krautrock-infused opening track and lead single "Feel The Sun" is an impressive and intense start to the record that sets a driving pace the band maintain across the next several songs like the cold arpeggiator based "Desire" and the '80s synth-pop influenced "I Can Feel It" - a cut that demonstrates what could be Öhrn’s catchiest and most pop-oriented songwriting to date...

Read the rest here: LotBF


Get into This reveals details of Gnoomes show

They say:

Russian spacerockers Gnoomes play Liverpool on Friday June 7, Getintothis’ Yuri Gagarin on the blockbuster confirmed billing.

Gnoomes‘ return trip to Liverpool on Friday June 7 has been bolstered by a stellar supporting bill.

The Russian band, signed to Rocket Recordings, will release their much anticipated third album MU! on May 31 before playing at Jacaranda Records Phase One in Liverpool.

The band unveiled lead single Sword In The Stone (listen below) and will return to Liverpool following their Buyers Club Deep Cuts date in March 2018.

Three suitably refined bands will provide strong support on the night in the shape of Charity Shop Pop, Samurai Kip and the already announced RongoRongo..

Read more here: GIT


Lay Llamas announce shows

Great news that Lay Llamas are going back on the road.
After a successful first show on Saturday, the band are hitting these stages soon:

18 May / Padova (Italy), Nadir (event and details TBA very soon)

31 May / Milano (Italy), ZUMA Fest - Zumafest

10 August / Geel (Belgium), Yellowstock Festival - Yellowstock

+ more gigs are still TBA

If you would like to put them on, get in touch via their Facebook page: FB


21 Apr 2019

Neolyd reviews Centrum

They say:

The truth is out there. True happiness comes from within. These are exactly the thoughts that Centrum wants to stimulate: "The listener should be given the opportunity to relax and be taken on a journey." In order to dispel all misunderstandings, the band delivers the audio guide for their music in the album title. Accordingly, "För Meditation" also consists of four long, schwurbeligen concentration exercises that are diametrically opposed to the hectic pulsating everyday life.

As if to say goodbye, before the first piece starts we get another selection of stressors delivered free to the door: street noise, car noise, driving people away. "Vid Floden" then settles slowly like a soothing balm on the scenario, swells barely noticeable. The Swedes are drifting in a river of drone, psychedelia and matra-like vocals and, despite their distinct oriental orientation, are always one-footed in the legacy of bands like Velvet Underground or Popol Vuh. It takes five minutes for "För Meditation" to unfold completely. Then, however, any civilizational disturbance is banished from consciousness.

See the piece here: Neolyd


19 Apr 2019

Centrum För Meditation released today

We are thrilled to announce the ltd vinyl release by the enigmatic duo Centrum is released today. För Meditation is released via both Rocket Recordings & Danish label Svensk Psych Aften.  

Buy the ltd edition red LP from your local record shop or direct from us here: Bandcamp
Or contact Svensk Psych Aften for copies of the black vinyl version


“At the end I didn’t not want it to stop… I never want it to stop”
“It’s a beautiful expression, and it’s one of the best first albums you’ll hear in 2019” 

“This music simply chants ritualistic mystery and beauty”
“One eye on the future, one of the finest albums that Rocket has ever released” 

"The record is fittingly nestled among the lysergic legions of Rocket Recordings, contending nicely with their lineup of higher burning trip makers of late"

"This record parts the Red Sea, those on the patient and weirdly virtuous side of those sacred waters will certainly love this record"

The Press Release:
“The mantra that you’re given in Transcendental Meditation you keep to yourself. The reason being, true happiness is not out there, true happiness lies within” - so states David Lynch, a vocal proponent of this art on a twice-daily basis since 1973. It’s a maxim that holds true to Sweden’s Centrum, whose Rocket Recordings debut forms no less than a mysterious yet meaningful voyage into inner space.

Indeed, on ‘För Meditation’ these sometime members of Hills and Weary Nous explore a soundworld that demonstrates all too adeptly that true heaviness of intent need not be the preserve of demonic riffs and highly cranked amps. Weaving a dense and beguiling
tapestry of drone-based hypnosis, mantric vocal chants and ritualistic folk along with field recordings from a trip the members made to India, this band also inadvertently plots our a map from the experimental music of the early-‘70s to the present, alighting on a myriad touchstones on the way.

Yet tempting through it may be to place ‘För Meditation’ amidst the uniquely Swedish lineage of primal and arcadian Psychedelia that began with artists like Arbete Och Fritid, Träd, Gras och Stenar and International Harvester, the band are keen to emphasise that
inspiration arrives at Centrum from all quarters. “From Pandit Pran Nath to Trees, from Velvet Underground to Popol Vuh, anything and everything.

“We had a curiosity to create a space where the listener would get a chance to just relax and be part of the journey. It was definitely a plan to make it a kind of meditation aid. Life today is so very fast in many aspects, so we wanted this to be a contrast to that.”
Recorded and mixed by Centrum on 16 track tape the band wanted to make an imprint, in this case through the use of traditional instruments like the Harmonium as well as singing in
their native Swedish tongue, their aim would be to imagine music as a homage to the beautiful oneness, a celebration of life and death that one can sometimes glimpse as humans.


So lay down relax, turn off your phone and let Centrum be your guide! 


18 Apr 2019

The Fragmented Flâneur review DJINN album

The Fragmented Flâneur review DJINN album

They say:

This release, along with the recent Paisiel album, sees Rocket Recordings arguably move into more jazz-oriented territory. What may be surprising to some is that the musicians here are members of Rocket stalwarts Goat and Hills. This is another in a series of albums that I’ve recently covered featuring members of these bands (see also Centrum and Laughing Eye), which really does underline the excellent musicianship located within this collective.

Of course, as you would expect, this is not just a jazz album, with many tones and shades taking is on exactly the sort of journey that I envisaged when I was thinking about how I wanted this website to develop. This is an album that, for me, is very much about the journey. This is an album that is very much in the image of its name ‘DJINN’, which mysterious spiritual beings found in pre-Islamic Arabic culture, neither angel nor demon; yet exhibiting qualities of both.

This suggests to me a balance… a path through the known and unknown which DJINN takes with this album. This for me is evidenced through the music which is sometimes dissonant, sometimes harmonious… frequently both. So while, at one level, this seems like a free jazz album… it is really much more than that. It is a really intense and powerful journey… through your own imagination if you let it. Above all though it is an amazing listen from musicians who you would think have been playing this way their whole lives.

Read the full review here: Fragmented Flaneur 


Lay Llamas Play Zuma Festival, Milan

Delighted to announce Lay Llamas will play at the psych-space-kraut-freakout-experimental-fourthworld music festival in Italy ZUMA Fest, in Milan. 

The band are on the bill of friday 31st May, sharing the stage with amazing musicians and bands like Maestro Lino Capra Vaccina (Franco Battiato's collaborator and owner of a masterpiece from 70s european minimalism like 'Antico Adagio') and The Sunwatchers among others. 

Info and details here: Zumafest


Raven Sings The Blues reviews Centrum För Meditation

Raven Sings The Blues reviews Centrum - För Meditation.

They say:

Hooked into the drone consciousness of decades of Swedish psychedelia, avant-rock rumblings from across the Atlantic, and progressive nodes from the cosmic German gardens of the ‘70s, Centrum delivers their debut in thrall of the thrum. With members of Hills and Weary Nous in their ranks the duo starts with a solid pedigree. The pair turns För Meditation into an album of deep tissue drop-out that slots alongside contemporaries Myrrors as much as it hooks into the free-psych pastoral history of International Harvester or Träd, Gras och Stenar. Winky umlaut aside, the title’s not just for show here, this is some serious altered state psychedelia, built on a bedrock of harmonic rumble that the band uses to explore molten fuzz guitar runs, mystic organ rituals, and strings that run through Eastern waters.....

Read the full review: Raven Sings The Blues


Rocket DJ at Test Pressing Festival

Chris will be representing Rocket at this yearsTest Pressing Festival in Hackney Wick on 27 April.

He will be playing some records on the main stage before A Place to Bury Strangers and Moon Duo's sets.

Info/Tickets here: Test Pressing


Colour Horizon review Teeth Of The Sea live at Soup Kitchen

 Colour Horizon review Teeth Of The Sea live at Soup Kitchen.

It Reads:

Soup Kitchen is the perfect home for Teeth Of The Sea. A concrete square down some concrete steps. Exposed brickwork. A neon sign that’s slightly too small for the space it occupies. Teeth Of The Sea make music spawned from the modern age. They soundtrack a dystopian life, a life you would never wish to witness. They make new things. They make shapes appear in front of you that you have never seen before, in colours you have never seen before. Then when the shapes have gone, you can’t remember what they looked like, just the feeling inside to have witness something so special and unique in a concrete box with a too-small sign.

Teeth Of The Sea were ripping the head off their latest album, WRAITH. The first track is death knell operating theatre intro ‘Our Love Will Destroy This Fucking World’ which segues us neatly into the dance track of WRAITH: ‘Gladiators Ready’ in which huge walls come forth to batter you into submission.

Read the full review here: Colour Horizon

Photo: William van der Voot


17 Apr 2019

Backseat Mafia Interview & Full Stream 'Centrum - För Meditation'

Backseat Mafia​ Interview & Full Album Stream 'Centrum - För Meditation':

We are hugely delighted to share the full album stream of Centrum's 'För Meditation' with the good people at Backseat Mafia. What's even better is the stream also pairs up a rare Interview with one of the band members.

Head over to Backseat Mafia for this exclusive:
Backseat Mafia
'Heavy, Primitive and Ancient'


Here is a small taster of the interview:

There is definitely something in the air in Scandinavia that makes for a constant stream of fresh psychedelic talent, this week ahead of the release of their debut LP För Meditation, we caught up with members of Centrum to find out more about them and what we can expect from the album. We are also fortunate to offer you an exclusive stream of the album in full before anyone else.

Q – Firstly, tell us a little bit about yourselves and/or the band? We believe you have links to lots of other bands, is that right?

A – Yes well we are members from Hills and Weary Nous plus other friends and yes you are right in assuming we have links to other bands as well. I am a bit afraid to mention what bands though haha

Read the full interview here: Backseat Mafia


16 Apr 2019

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs play VISIONS Festival, Hackney

We are delighted to reveal that Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs are to play VISIONS Festival, London Fields, Hackney on the August 03 2019.

For more info: Seetickets / Visionsfestival 


DJINN to play Supernormal

We are super delighted to share that Goat & Hills offshoot DJINN are to play one of their first ever gigs at Supernormal 2019.

The Festival is now sold out but if your lucky enough to get a ticket then go watch the band.

More info & the full line up: Supernormalfestival


Teeth Of The Sea live footage of 'Field Punishment'

Some great footage of Teeth Of The Sea performing 'Field Punishment' live at The Soup Kitchen, Manchester on the weekend.


Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation regrettably postpone up-and-coming 'Sacred Dreams' UK tour until November

We have sadly just received this from Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation:

Due to circumstances beyond our control we are unfortunately having to reschedule our upcoming UK tour dates.

Tickets will be valid for the revised date, please contact your ticket provider if this is problematic. We apologise for this, as a band we have never had to do this before which hopefully goes some way to understanding we don't do this unless we absolutely have no choice.

We are extremely sad to hear this news, but more importantly we wish the band all our best as I know they have not come to this decision lightly. We look forward to seeing them take their forthcoming album 'Sacred Dreams' to the UK stages in November as shown in the poster above and here:

04 Nov / Leeds / The Brudenell Social Club
05 Nov / Manchester / The Deaf Institute
06 Nov / London / Islington Assembly Hall
07 Nov / Bristol / Thekla
08 Nov /  Brighton / Green Door
10 Nov / Birmingham / Hare & Hounds
11 Nov / Oxford / The Bullingdon
12 Nov / Liverpool / Jacaranda - Phase One
13 Nov / Newcastle / The Cluny
14 Nov / Glasgow / Stereo
15 Nov / Leicester / The Cookie

'Sacred Dreams' is released on 26 April but can be pre-ordered on ltd LP and CD from your local record shop now.