9 Apr 2021

Raven Sings The Blues reviews DJINN's Transmission


They say:

In an acrobatic leap over their debut, Swedish duo Djinn explore the boundaries of psych-jazz on their latest LP Transmission. Formed from members of Hills and Goat, the pair scrape the foam from works that explored both the cosmic pulse and the earthen shake of bone on bone. As they creep into the record, howls in harmony with the sickened ether begin to rise from the speakers. The pair shake out rhythms that wax wounded before the sax starts to crawl in from the corners. Though this is by no means and album untethered from the groove. It’s always there thrumming from the heart, steaming for the ground, hiding in the shadows. The band grab at the mantras of Don Cherry, Popul Vuh, Herbie Hancock, and The Art Ensemble of Chicago, though they also name check Arbete Och Fritid from their home turf as well.

As they sidle to the side of the pulse proper, the pair prove hypnotic, letting the rhythm wash in waves while they scratch, yowl and burn in a soul-soaked groove that proves they’ve been paying attention to the creased corners of their favorite records all along. Alongside their sax and drums setup the record lets in a raft of flutes, guitar, piano and percussive shakers. The album unfolds as a longform landscape, funk-dinged one moment and awash in elegiac tones the next. They sew in sweat, letting the listener get swept along in the patterns of turbulence and calm. While the debut set them apart from their past, the new record digs into their desires, walking the cut path of masters before them. They might not be cutting the path anew, but they’re keeping their footing with deft skill. This one has found its way onto my speakers again and again over the past few weeks, and the pulse tends to burn into the veins with a new fire each time.

See review in full here: Raven Sings The Blues

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8 Apr 2021

Update on delayed Hills and GNOD releases


We have now been provided dates by our manufacturer's for delivery of the 'Hills - Frid (Re-issue)' & 'GNOD - Easy To Build, Hard To Destroy' which have both been delayed for months from their initial release dates.

Hills - Frid (Re-issue) should be shipping from around the 26th of April.

GNOD - Easy To Build, Hard To Destroy will now be released on 7th May and shipping around that time too.

So sorry it's taken so long to get this one to you, it was never our intention that it was delayed this amount of time, Brexit & Covid have thrown a lot of issues across the whole of the industry, I know some of you have have enquired & have shown great patience to these delays so we appreciate that.

Again thanks for your patience.

Rocket

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Listen to Matt from Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs on Loud and Quiet's 'Sweet 16' podcast


It says:

As this photo suggests, this episode of Sweet 16 is a particularly fun one, with Matt Baty, frontman with sludge metal band Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs (who also runs the brilliant DIY label Box Records).

Based in Newcastle, the start of Pigs can be traced back to the scenic town of Richmond in the North Yorkshire Dales, when a 16-year-old Baty formed his first band, No Fouling, with Pigs bassist John-Michael Joseph Hedley.

It was a time of nu metal, surviving Fear Factory at Newcastle SU, entering Battles of the Bands and some inspiringly confused lyrics, all shared here by Matt through tears of laughter.

Listen here: L&Q

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7 Apr 2021

Announcing 'Aphelion Vols.1 & 2' – two ltd edition LP compilations of rare Rocket remixes exclusively for Record Store Day 

Record Store Day returns this year on 12th and 17th June and we have news on some exclusive albums to share with you.

‘Aphelion Vol.1’ and ‘Aphelion Vol.2’ are two LPs that bring together a selection of rare remixes from the Rocket Recordings back catalogue - all but one track are being released on vinyl for the first time.

The LP’s bring together tracks by Rocket favourites like Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation, Sex Swing, Gnoomes, Bonnacons of Doom and many more. 

These classic Rocket tracks have been pushed, pulled, stretched, dissected and some, completely re-imagined by an eclectic mix of incredible artists. These include some of the current leaders of electronic exploration like Nyege Nyege’s Nihiloxia, Bristol’s Giant Swan and Oliver Ho’s Broken English Club.

Remixes from the post-punk royalty of IDLES, to the untouchable, experimental sounds of Tomaga – the albums also includes contributions from two of NTS Radio’s most acclaimed DJ’s, Optimo’s JD Twitch and the ‘godlike’ Cherrystones, both exploring addictive bass churning sounds.

The albums also see Rocket artists remixing their fellow label mates – Mexico’s J. Zunz unexpected remix of Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, GNOD’s Negra Branca remix of Greece’s Kooba Tercu, and one of the stand out tracks, the 9 min+ Gnoomes remix of the Flowers Must Die song ‘Hey, Shut Up’. Aphelion Vol.1 also includes a brand new, unreleased remix by Cage And Aviary’s Jamie Paton and his krautdub take on J. Zunz track ‘Four Women and Darkness’.

The results are a cauldron of repetitive sounds across two LPs – taking in everything from psych, techno, krautrock, afro, noise, dub and all the other ingredients you would expect to find on a compilation released on the ever reliable Rocket Recordings.

Each LP is ltd to 500 copies, with only 420 going to record shops worldwide (the other 80 are going to all artists/band members involved).

Visit RSD's website for more info about this years event: Record Store Day



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2 Apr 2021

DJINN's new album 'Transmission' is out today


"Perfectly commands an increasingly colourful palette" 9/10 Backseat Mafia

"A greater breadth of listening experience." Terrascope

"It is clear we are dealing with some quality musicians here." Weirdo Shrine

"A sonic mainline straight into your veins." Fragmented Flaneur


DJINN the duo featuring members from Sweden's finest troupes GOAT and Hills have their latest album called 'Transmission' released on ltd edition vinyl today.

The album is ltd to 400 copies on Orange/Red Swirl vinyl. We have just put the last 15 copies we have up on Bandcamp but some shops still may have copies left.

All copies will receive a free download code of the album + the bands 2020 cassette release 'Avant de servir'.


'Transmission’ is an intrepid step into new terrain for DJINN - the mantric rhythms are hypnotic here, the freeform extrapolations hit new peaks of vivid abandon, and the moments of calm are blissfully meditative. Yet their sound palette extends into refreshing collisions of intent and metaphysical intensity that echo across the psychic landscapes of Sunburned Hand Of The Man-style freak-folk, as well as the polylingual fusion of jazz, European and Asian music that Don Cherry essayed on 1969’s ‘Eternal Rhythm’ and 1973’s ‘Organic Music Society’.

Amidst these intoxicating and richly eclectic soundworlds, the band are just as comfortable invoking Popol Vuh (as on the mellotron-abetted title track) Art Ensemble Of Chicago and the lineage of Swedish underground music that found epiphanies in the radical folk-psych of Arbete Och Fritid whilst also sounding - crucially - like no-one but themselves. 

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Celebrating April's Bandcamp Friday


It is Bandcamp Friday once again!

We are sure you are as fatigued by lockdown as you are fatigued by these Bandcamp Friday's...but these monthly events have been life savers for us and most DIY labels like ourselves, so all your support for us and our bands is greatly appreciated

Here's some of the things we wanna shout about:

The Holy Family – The Holy Family 2LP/CD
This is a mesmerising debut double album from a group of very talented musicians, ltd frosted clear vinyl

Land Trance – First Séance LP
One of our favourite releases of 2020 which we needed to own on vinyl, so make it happen we have pressed it ourselves

Urdog – Long Shadows: 2003-2006 LP
Ltd edition Ice Black splatter vinyl version of this incredible retrospective compilation, if you are a true lover of psychedelic music then you will love this, essential jams

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Off Cuts LP
We have a handful of copies of this album on Purple/Black splatter – this is the band sounding at their most ferocious best

VED – Ett visst fängelse 7"
Banging two track ltd edition 7" from these Swedish master of repetitive psych rhythms

GOAT – World Music LP/CD
Our best ever selling album, now on ltd 'Sacrificial Blood' vinyl, plus on CD in mini LP gatefold packaging

GOAT – Requiem (Single LP edition)
Ltd Edition repress on 'Red Flame' vinyl

Pharaoh Overlord – 6 LP/CD
The immensely epic album '6' is available on 'Snake Bite' Yellow vinyl edition

Paisiel – Unconscious Death Wish LP
Stunning second album, only a handful of copies lest ltd Red/Black 'colour-in-colour' vinyl

Anthroprophh – Toilet Circuit EP 7" 
Our 200th release – epress on yellow vinyl 

GNOD/Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs/GOAT – T-shirts
Reprints of classic Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, GOAT and GNOD t-shirts available

+ there are loads of other great albums, shirts and posters to pick up from the Rocket or individual bands Bandcamp stores:

Rocket Bandcamp

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1 Apr 2021

Backseat Mafia say some words about The Holy Family debut single 'Inward Turning Suns'


They say:

MASTERFUL psychedelic imprint Rocket Recordings has added another string to its bow with the signing of the hallucinatory collective The Holy Family, with an album due in July.

The band is the feverishly brainchild of David J. Smith, otherwise of Guapo and Miasma & the Carousel of Headless Horses, and thus a name well appreciated by voyagers out into more esoteric sonic landscapes.

The Holy Family, the album of the same name, presents as a 13-track, double-album explosion through worlds of psychedelia, pastoral psych-folk, kosmiche and more, ever-shifting, ever-seductive.

“I guess if I had to try to put it into words, it’s my attempt at a musical interpretation of a very trippy and psychedelic murder mystery tale, or otherworldly dream/hallucination,” reflects David.

The Holy Family’s very particular aesthetic evolved naturally from initial improvisation and then sharp-eyed honing of this raw material alongside longtime friends and musical travellers from Guapo, Kavus Torabi, Emmett Elvin, Sam Warren and Michael J. York, who retreated to the countryside to get it together and allow the vision to form.

And you can watch the glorious video for a first track reveal herein: “Inward Turning Suns”, the track itself a delicious longform riot of backwards masking, chanted lyrics, flutes trilling in flight...

Read the rest here: Backseat Mafia 

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31 Mar 2021

Rocket Probes – March 2021 playlist


The Holy Family – Inward Turning Suns

(First track to be revealed from their astonishing debut album – amazing video by Mike Bourne too!)
The Holy Family

Land Trance – A Raft
(Amazing track from their amazing album...a record that we wanted on vinyl, so we had to release it to make that happen...accompanied by another great video by John O'Carroll)
Land Trance

Tomaga - Intimate Immensity
(Incredible)
Tomaga

Sam Barton – Bien Boa
(Stunning track by Teeth of The Sea's Sam Barton from a must buy charity comp, also featuring Gazelle Twin, Dorcha, Lower Slaughter etc etc) 
Sam Barton

Rakta & DEAFKIDS – Live at Sesc Pompia
(Brilliant first track to be revealed off this new collab live album)
Rakta & DEAFKIDS

Gazelle Twin & Nyx – Deep England
(Essential listening)
Gazelle Twin & Nyx

USA/Mexico – Del Rio
(More pure filth)
USA/Mexico

Sathönay – Hello Sunny
(Saz, beats and melodies...on Zam Zam)
Sathönay

Ashtray Navigations – Greatest Imaginary Hits
(A wealth of quality immersions)
Ashtray Navigations

Homeboy Sandman & Edan– Rock & Roll Indian Dance
(Killer psyched hip-hop via Gary the Tall's NTS show)
Homeboy Sandman & Edan

Smote – Portcullis/Bodkin/Drommon
(Channeling some nice lo-fi Hills and Myrrors sounds)
Smote

Mouse and The Boys - Xcedrin headache
(More essential psyched sound courtesy of Cherrystones)
Mouse and The Boys

Various – LA OLA INTERIOR Spanish Ambient & Acid Exoticism 1983-1990
(Nice comp of eclectic sounds)
LA OLA INTERIOR

Various  – Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles
(Good collection of 70's rock/proto metal)
Various Artists

Art Ensemble of Chicago – Saturday Morning
(Rhythms)
Art Ensemble of Chicago

Popera Cosmic – Les Esclaves
(Sounds from '69 France on Finders Keepers)
Popera Cosmic 

Suzanne Ciani – Concert At WBAI Free Music Store
(Modulations)
Suzanne Ciani

Tren Go! Sound System & Ornamental – Assessment
(Psychscapes)
Tren Go! Sound System & Ornamental

Beak> - Oh Know
(Banger of a new Beak> tune)
Beak>

Wayne Adams – Drift
(And relax...)
Wayne Adams


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


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Raven Sings The Blues say some words about The Holy Family


They say:

Another excellent entry to 2021 from Rocket Recordings today. The label unveils the debut from The Holy Family, a fog-draped psych folk journey trapped between the mind and the astral plane. With a loping beat tattooed on hand drums and offered to the sun on the winds of flutes and synths, the first track, “Inward Turning Suns” makes a play for the spiritual as it descends onto the speakers. The accompanying video continues the course, tracking a protagonist through mystical rituals and laced with an ancient magic. The album is headed by David J. Smith, along with longtime collaborators Kavus Torabi, Emmett Elvin, Sam Warren and Michael J. York. The band’s eponymous debut is out July 2nd.

See the piece here: Raven Sings The Blues

The S/T debut album is available to preorder from Friday: Bandcamp

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30 Mar 2021

Introducing the astonishing debut album by The Holy Family



A surreal odyssey into dimensions unknown, The Holy Family’s debut album has arrived to bewitch and delight. The band, led by David J. Smith, release their self-titled album on vinyl and digital on 2 July 2021.

The new album launches with an incredible animation for ‘Inward Turning Suns’ created by Teeth of The Sea's Mike Bourne, watch this stunning piece of art above:

The album is released on ltd edition 2xLP and CD. There are two versions available – double frosted clear vinyl that can be preordered from Rockets Bandcamp (from this Friday as part of Bandcamp's no fee day) and on double grey vinyl that will be available to preorder from your local record shop today, both versions and the CD are ltd first editions:

Preorder Ltd 2LP/CD (From this Friday)

The scope of The Holy Family - an auditory Rorschach test across thirteen tracks rich in adventure and intrigue - is boundless. It’s an intrepid voyage through sound-worlds that takes in all manner of incarnations, as spidery zeuhl, oceanic kosmische, blissful pastoral and celluloid-score tension are visited here in search of some greater universal truth. Yet all of these stylistic forays are married with relentless dream logic into one unifying kaleidoscopic vision. 

“I guess if I had to try to put it into words it’s my attempt at a musical interpretation of a very trippy and psychedelic murder mystery tale, or otherworldly dream / hallucination” reflects David J. Smith, the chief architect of this particular hall of mirrors. The aesthetic of The Holy Family evolved naturally via first improvisation and then a very meticulous crafting of the raw material. Recording sessions involved Smith and his cohorts - including longtime collaborators Kavus Torabi, Emmett Elvin, Sam Warren and Michael J. York - retreating to an old house in the country to lay down tracks that were then sculpted into their eventual form by Smith and engineer / mixer Antti Uuismaki, for approval and final overdubs from the rest of the collective. 

Lyrical and aesthetic inspiration came from both the magical realism of Angela Carter (whose infamous 1991 short film The Holy Family Album birthed the band name) and the surrealist art of Dorothea Tanning, with Carter’s reimagining of children’s folk tales and the essence of Tanning’s short novel ‘Chasm: A Weekend’ (written at the age of 94) finding their way into a phantasmagoric journey which dives deep into elemental and hallucinatory headspaces with magic and menace to spare. 

Musically nothing was off limits, starting as the multiple narratives of opener ‘I Have Seen The Lion Walking’ reflect the metaphysical trance states of the album’s narrator, and gathering momentum with the eerie cadences of ‘Skulls The ....’, imagined initially as a fictional theme to a BBC detective show featuring its title character as acid casualty rather than recovering alcoholic. The circuitous and crooked path of this album takes in heat-haze atmospherics, twisted Beefheart / Dr. John-inspired machinations, dark mantras and febrile incantations on its way to a revelatory conclusion. 

Mercurial and mystical yet charged with primal energy, this is a classic double album as a forum for chimerical experimentation - shifting in form and structure every time it travels from the record racks to the stereo, and revealing yet more psychic landscapes with each listen. 

Submit to its spell, and join The Holy Family.


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29 Mar 2021

Neolyd reviews DJINN's Transmission


They say:

On the Edge of the Universe: Does Anyone Remember Star Trek V? This is where Kirk and his crew set out to meet God in the centre of space. The end is as outrageous as it is disappointing: God is a fake and the effects are hair-raisingly bad. In the end, the captain sits camping with his two working husbands, roasting marshmallows and singing children's songs. Djinn, too, dare to push the limits of what can be experienced on their second mission, but are far more successful than their colleagues from the distant future. They also sound much better.

Eating popcorn and lounging in an armchair is also not popular here. With “Transmission” the Swedish collective of Hills and Goat members demand a lot from the listener. The mind cannot be opened without physical injuries. In general, Djinn's music can be seen holistically. Mantras, meditations and vibrations combine to create a sound world that cannot be consumed casually. Once again, the legacy of the famous free jazz musician Don Cherry has been the inspiration. His trumpet playing impressed with an extraordinarily intense expressiveness.

On “Transmission” flutes, guitars, percussions and wind instruments come together to form a seething mixture that is difficult to put into words in its entirety. Djinn clearly follow the freak-folk and psych-jazz greats from the 60s and 70s, but as a matter of course they keep opening new doors. The listener can expect a sound experience that is as complex as it is carefree. A journey into the self: to where no one has been before.

See the piece here: Neolyd

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Terrascope reviews Djinn's 'Transmission'


They say:

Another variant strain of the Hills/Goat collective, Sweden’s Djinn trade in a blend of globetrotting and cosmically inclined jazz that, over eight succinct tracks, performs a finely poised balancing act between tasteful restraint and wild abandon. Melding the soundtrack to Noggin the Nog with the moodier recesses of the ECM catalogue, the spiritual ‘Sun Ooze’ provides the gentle introductory offer, presaging the skipping ‘Creator’, with it hints of Minami Deutsch’s ‘Tangled Yarns’. Here the ululating sax and vocals provide topping for a devotional post-Coltrane sound, the exploratory skronking held fast to its mooring by an unfussy, locked-in rhythm section. It’s a more feral cousin of the scene that has also found an unlikely home in the North West of England - think Nat Birchall and Matthew Halsall gone slightly off the rails.

There are distinct nods to Kosmische in its various forms with the title tracks affecting Popul Vuh-style pastoral classicism with it ethereal synth washes, while ‘Nights With Krupi’ is an imagining of how Can might have sounded had they branched into World Music (just waiting to be reminded that they did, and that this sounded nothing like it).  ‘Jaguar’ swaps ‘Krupi’s’ trilling flute for tenor sax, the measured approach of the first half becoming ever wilder as the finish line looms into sight...

Read the rest here: Terrascope

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25 Mar 2021

Land Trance announce ltd vinyl release of their critically acclaimed album ‘First Séance’ 


Last year the band Land Trance, a collaboration between Liverpool-based musicians Andrew P.M Hunt (Dialect) and Benjamin D. Duvall (Ex-Easter Island Head) released their debut album ‘First Séance’ on Forest Swords’ Dense Truth label. The album quickly became one of our albums of the year and was also featured in The Quietus prestigious Top 100 Albums of the Year list at #14.

We felt this was an album that needed to be heard on vinyl (only released digitally up to now) and we were the label who had to do it.

First Séance’ will be released on ltd edition vinyl on 21 May  – watch a new video created by John O'Carroll for one of the standout tracks 'A Raft' exclusively via the lovely folks at The Quietus here:

The Quietus

The album was expertly mastered on to lacquers to ensure a top quality sounding cut – so preorder this one-ff pressing on ltd edition 'audiophile perfection' black vinyl here:

Bandcamp

Working together as Land Trance, the duo utilise spontaneous electro-acoustic improvisation and studio-as-instrument post production to explore the inner and outer reaches of each other’s musical vocabularies. Tracks oscillate between vocal-led ecclesiastical yearning (Transcript, Chilean Miners) and ecstatic assemblages of sound (Beach Mystery, A Raft), always suggesting a palpable sense of geography with an allusive sense of place.

‘First Séance’ elevates deceptively simple materials and means with vivid imagination and bold compositional strategies, transcending the intimate scale of bedroom recording and DIY sound creation. It presents a wholly original set of musical environments, and a compelling document of intuition, friendship and artistic curiosity.


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22 Mar 2021

Backseat Mafia reviews DJINN's Transmission


They say:

Succeeding two massively different but similarly mercurial and explorative releases as their respective parent bands, Goat and Hills, DJINN summon vivid, revitalised spirits on their third full release Transmission – their second on Rocket Recordings.

For all the quintessentially DJINN, inherently genre-melting fusions that Transmission pours together, the duo also (as ever) push through to an almighty plane of transcendent sound.

Experienced on Transmission’s ancestors Avant De Servir and their self-titled release, the duo’s overblown notes and crazed sax dirges pervade here in heightened fever and naked, artistic expression. This is exhibited superbly on “Sun Ooze” and “Creator of Creation”: the former a vibrant plethora of percussion clattering through the sax maelstrom, which furrows a through-line from preceding material, albeit a wholly developed beacon of spiritual sound. The latter expands on the jazz effusing, piano-sax partnership on 2019’s Djinn & Djuice via a groove-centred dirge, fitted with shamanic vocal incantations.

Read the rest here: Backseat Mafia

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Echoes and Dust interviews Wayne from Petbrick


It reads:

You may know of Wayne Adams from his production of bands such as Gum Takes Tooth, Terminal Cheesecake and Casual Nun at his stronghold Bear Bites Horse Studios. As well as from his bands Death Pedals, Big Lad and Pet Brick. I myself have encountered his work many times both as a producer and musician when writing reviews, but aside from his work as part of Hominid Sounds and his musical output, I really don’t know much about him, so I figured I’d interrogate him. Let’s turn the microscope on the meticulous engineer for a change.

(((o))): I’ve mentioned your bands above and I see you playing synth extremely well and a lot, but I was wondering how many instruments do you actually play and which do you feel is really the most fun? Is there any you wish you could play in a band, but you’ve always ended up landing somewhere else? I kind of feel like once you can play synth and have that knowledge, it’s probably hard not to end up being the synth player, same as when people can play drums they kind of get stuck behind the kit.

WAYNE: Haha, I wouldn’t say I play synth well, I know how to use a synth, so I can get them to play themselves, if that makes sense! I can play lots of things, I’m not great at anything, but have just enough knowledge to get by! I’ve played drums in Dead Arms, I used to play Bass in Death Pedals and I did a stint as “Fat Zoo” on drums for Luminous bodies. Recently I have started Wasted Death, a Kind of D-Beat/Punk/Thrash band, in which I’m going to attempt to play guitar. I have never played guitar in a band! So yeah, I move around a lot, keeps things fresh!..

Read the rest here: E&D

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19 Mar 2021

The Quietus interviews Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs about the effects Coronavirus has had


They say:

Before the pandemic, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs were riding a considerable wave of momentum. Their brand of colossally heavy psychedelic noise rock was proving a hit beyond any scope they might have imagined. Off the back of an exalted live reputation, the group were selling out bigger and bigger shows like a 1,000 capacity gig at London’s Scala. For their third album Viscerals, they had their first run of dates booked across the US across March and April. “Going to America felt like the next step, something we hadn’t done before,” says guitarist Adam Sykes over the phone.

As the severity of the pandemic became more and more apparent, so too did the reality that the group’s American dates wouldn’t be able to take place. The sudden erasure of live income for a band of Pigs’ stature – a group rarely away from the road – is significant. “A lot of the costs for America, visas and such, we already paid for and became useless essentially,” Sykes says. “We’ve taken a hit as a unit.” Regardless, he says “we consider ourselves the lucky ones in all of this. The majority of Pigs work full time along with the band, so we’re not in the position where our income has been entirely halted.” Their fanbase is now significant enough that they found plenty of support when it came to a long-demanded repress of their first record, ‘The Wizard And The Seven Swines’...

Read the full piece here: The Quietus

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12 Mar 2021

Weirdo Shrine reviews DJINN's Transmission


They say:

If one thing struck me immediately after launching Djinn’s new album Transmission -aside from the fact that 2021 has for some reason apparently become saxophone year?!- it is the amazing job they did on the recording and production. The recording is so crystal clear and roomy, it’s like you are there, on that Persian rug in the studio, right in the middle of the recording session. On your left the sometimes beautiful sometimes bonkers crazy saxman, on your right funky bass-pluckings and jazzy drums, and allover weird little percussion thingies that tingle-tangle in your ears.

Featuring members of GOAT and Hills, it is clear we are dealing with some quality musicians here, and a bunch jazzy noise mongers too, who aren’t afraid to rattle some cages or kick some sleeping dogs either. The album starts out a bit lazily, like you could still spin it on a Sunday morning with the fam, but then it flowers up all kinds of wacky and beautiful little ideas along the way, until you reach Urm The Mad, which I assure you will ruin your breakfast and chase the cat out of the room with its spastic sax-isms and generally frantic jazz freakouts...

Read the rest here: Weirdo Shrine

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11 Mar 2021

Backseat Mafia reviews Urdog's Long Shadows: 2003-2006


They say:

Long Shadows is a retrospective of Urdog, the work of a mercurial band whose music may have been summoned from fog and ghosts yet possesses considerable staying power beyond their brief time on the planet. “We were influenced by the horror of late-capitalism in general every day” says drummer and vocalist Erin Rosenthal, who first met Dave whilst ‘bouncing on a couch like two 5 year olds’ at a Flying Luttenbachers show. This glued and glues us together, also love of bicycles, French fries and faerie folk. Big influences for me were Robert Wyatt, Incredible String Band, Dagmar Krause, but especially This Heat, Riot Grrrl and 90’s hardcore”.

Recordings, whose Chris Reeder and John O’Carroll were introduced to the band in the early ‘00s through Steve Krakow of Plastic Crimewave Sound and via the fabled Aquarius Records new release list. Revisiting the two full-length Urdog CDs in lockdown and realising that none of this material had been released on vinyl, the label took a chance on a 15-year-old email address and were pleasantly surprised when organist and vocalist Jeff Knoch replied. “Something that kind of stands out in retrospect is that, relatively speaking, Urdog existed for a rather short period of time—just three years” says Jeff, describing the utilitarian methods of the band “I think we all favoured immediacy and directness over belaboured production and refinement. If you let certain shortcomings, or inabilities or even a lack of the “appropriate” tools inhibit you, you’ll never get anything done”...

Read the rest here: Backseat Mafia

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10 Mar 2021

DJINN reveal 'Creator of Creation' – the second track from forthcoming album


DJINN the duo featuring members from Sweden's finest troupes GOAT and Hills return with a new album called 'Transmission' which is released on ltd edition vinyl on 26 March.

Following the release of track 'Love Divine' last month, we are now thrilled to be able to present to you 'Creator of Creation' – the second track revealed from the album.

Watch the 'band made' video exclusively via Psychedelic Baby Magazine:

Psychedelic Baby Magazine

The album which is ltd to 400 copies on Orange/Red Swirl vinyl. Sadly we have sold out of our presale copies but you can reserve a copy now from your local record shop.

All copies will receive a free download code of the album + the bands 2020 cassette release 'Avant de servir':

Bandcamp

'Transmission’ is an intrepid step into new terrain for DJINN - the mantric rhythms are hypnotic here, the freeform extrapolations hit new peaks of vivid abandon, and the moments of calm are blissfully meditative. Yet their sound palette extends into refreshing collisions of intent and metaphysical intensity that echo across the psychic landscapes of Sunburned Hand Of The Man-style freak-folk, as well as the polylingual fusion of jazz, European and Asian music that Don Cherry essayed on 1969’s ‘Eternal Rhythm’ and 1973’s ‘Organic Music Society’.

Amidst these intoxicating and richly eclectic soundworlds, the band are just as comfortable invoking Popol Vuh (as on the mellotron-abetted title track) Art Ensemble Of Chicago and the lineage of Swedish underground music that found epiphanies in the radical folk-psych of Arbete Och Fritid whilst also sounding - crucially - like no-one but themselves. 



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8 Mar 2021

The Fragmented Flaneur reviews DJINN's Transmission


They say:

One of the things that I have been reflecting on during this year of isolation and social distance is how I listen to music. This is naturally going to be different without live music to experience, and with a house full of people who cannot go anywhere else. I have never been a passive consumer of music, it’s not something I just have on in the background… I often joke that I work in the background while listening to something. However, I think putting on an album, or making a playlist has become much more of an event over recent months.

This, I think, has meant that it has become even more of a sacred ritual whereby I clear mental and physical space to actually take in what I’m hearing (this probably sounds pretentious and, with two kids, often doesn’t work out) and cherish it as something which is very positive for my well being… without such times the last year would have seemed harder and less easy to cope with. 

I mention all this because this album from DJINN is just the sort of set that enables me to do the above, it has a flow to it which is challenging and uplifting; and while I guess you could put it into the category of free-/ experimental jazz, like it’s predecessor, it is really more than that...

Read the rest here: The Fragmented Flaneur

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7 Mar 2021

The Psych Rock reviews Urdog's album 'Long Shadows: 2003-2006'

They say:

Urdog – Long Shadows: 2003-2006 is a compilation of the strange and ahead of its time band Urdog. In the tradition of Acid Folk and Experimental psychedelic music Urdog pushes the envelope. They use echoing electric guitars, folk instrumentation, tribal percussion and freak folk vocals. The sound is strange, otherworldly and lysergic. They share musical resonance with Espers, Fern Knight, Alison Cotton, Fursaxa, Comets On Fire, Six Organs Of Admittance, Sun Burnt Hand Of Man, Cerberus Shoal, and Tau.

This collection from Urdog puts together the best of this largely unknown band with a new mix and master for the best representation of their sound. The chanting droning vocal style with trans-personal lyrics combines with strummed acoustic instruments, fuzzed synth, heavily effected electric guitar sounds and organs striking a balance between acid folk and acid rock...

Read the rest here: The Psych Rock

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5 Mar 2021

Watch new video for VED track 'Ett visst fängelse'


Today sees the release of new two track VED single, and to celebrate the band have knocked up a video for the track 'Ett visst fängelse' which you can watch above.

This follows the John O'Carroll made video for the other track on the single 'The Embrace Of The Oarfish' which you can watch here

The ltd edition VED 7" can be bought from here: Bandcamp

VED's ever evolving sound has always taken in many global influences, from Middle Eastern to African to the monotonous explorations of composers like Steve Reich and Terry Riley – and this 7" sees VED explore a more rhythmically driven jittered ecstasy, like a post-punk CAN playing animated grooves.

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Urdog LP and VED 7" released today


We have two killer releases being released today...

Urdog  - Long Shadows: 2003–2006

For the uninitiated Urdog were a three piece from Providence USA that released music between 2003-2006. and we are excited to be releasing a compilation of their incredible music' It's the first time these tracks have been available on vinyl.

Urdog's psychically heavy jams and wild improvisational voyages chart an instinctive and wild journey, drawing the interplanetary dots between early ‘70s freak-flag-waving transgressions and the folk-tinged frontiers of the early 21st century US underground. Mantric repetition, ceremonial ambience and fuzz/wah tinged blowouts take equal prominence in this dreamlike realm.

Listen and buy the album here: Urdog





VED – Ett visst fängelse 7"

We are also excited to release the new two track single by Malmö based band VED, their second for Rocket.

VED's ever evolving sound has always taken in many global influences, from Middle Eastern to African to the monotonous explorations of composers like Steve Reich and Terry Riley – and this 7" sees VED explore a more rhythmically driven jittered ecstasy, like a post-punk CAN playing animated grooves.

Listen and buy the single here: VED

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Celebrating March Bandcamp Friday



It is Bandcamp Friday again, and like previous months it is a great time to buy some ltd Rocket albums and shirts - here's some of our latest releases we wanna shout about:

VED – Ett visst fängelse 7"
Banging new two track ltd edition 7" from these Swedish master of repetitive psych rhythms

Urdog – Long Shadows: 2003-2006 LP
Ltd edition Ice Black splatter vinyl version of this incredible retrospective compilation

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Off Cuts LP
One off pressing of these fierce studio recordings on Purple/Black splatter vinyl 

GOAT – Requiem (Single LP edition)
Ltd Edition repress on 'Blue Flame' vinyl of this Rocket classic album, only 200 copies!

Pharaoh Overlord – 6 LP/CD
Immensely epic album '6' on 'Snake Bite' Yellow vinyl edition

Paisiel – Unconscious Death Wish LP
Stunning second album, ltd Red/Black 'colour-in-colour' vinyl

Anthroprophh – Toilet Circuit 7" EP
Repress on yellow vinyl due to speed of first pressing sold out

J. Zunz – Hibiscus LP
One of our fave releases from 2020, ltd Blue/White swirl vinyl

Sex Swing  – Type II LP/CD
Another incredible album from 2020, ltd swirl vinyl

Kooba Tercu  – Proto Tekno LP
Last few copies of this banger on frosted White vinyl

GOAT/GNOD – T-shirts
Reprints of classic GOAT and GNOD t-shirts available.

+ there are loads of other great albums, shirts and posters to pick up from the Rocket or individual bands Bandcamp stores:

Bandcamp

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2 Mar 2021

Raven Sings The Blues reviews Urdog's Long Shadows: 2003-2006 LP


They say:

This one definitely took me back to the old Blogspot days of the site, though my connection with Urdog predates Raven by a good two years. As I’d begun trawling through the releases on Jewelled Antler the Providence-based label Secret Eye, run by Jeffrey Alexander (Dire Wolves, Black Forest/Black Sea), came into tangental view. Though to be fair, I think it may have been my burgeoning habit of rifling through the Aquarius Records newsletters that lead me this way in the first place. Little would I guess that someday the AQ cross-section discoveries of Urdog and Rocket Recordings would cross paths. Secret Eye built up a good head of steam through 2003 and would eventually pad out my collection with excellent release by Spires in the Sunset Rise, Larkin Grimm, Black Forest/Black Sea, and Kemialliset Ystävät, but it was the ’04 release of Urdog’s Garden of Bones that brought me to them initially. The band was connected to the boom of psychedelic folk that was growing larger at the time, though they definitely skewed into a heady prog territory than many of the fuzzed strummers around the time. The doom-laced organs were a big sell on me. I’ve always had a bit of a soft prog underbelly and Urdog brought something cosmic to the psych-folk landscape.

Read the rest here: Raven Sings The Blues

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1 Mar 2021

Rough Trade announce special Q&A with Kavus and Steve about new book


Rough Trade have announced a special Q&A with Kavus and Steve about their forthcoming White Rabbit Published book MEDICAL GRADE MUSIC. 

Tickets (which includes a hardback copy of book) can be bought from here:

Dice

Be aware, capacity is ltd...

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Watch incredible new video for Urdog track 'Eyelid of Moon'


This Friday sees the release of Urdog's album 'Long Shadows: 2003-2006', their retrospective compilation of music that has never been released on vinyl before.

To celebrate the release we have just revealed a retina burning new video created by Rocket's John O'Carroll for the 13minute + centrepiece of the album – the track called 'Eyelid of Moon'. You can watch it here via Backseat Mafia:

Backseat Mafia

Preorder the album on ltd edition Gold vinyl from your local record shop or on Clear/Black splatter from here:

Bandcamp

Urdog's psychically heavy jams and wild improvisational voyages on 'Long Shadows' chart an instinctive and wild journey, drawing the interplanetary dots between early ‘70s freak-flag-waving transgressions and the folk-tinged frontiers of the early 21st century US underground. Mantric repetition, ceremonial ambience and fuzz/wah tinged blowouts take equal prominence in this dreamlike realm.

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27 Feb 2021

Rocket Probes – February 2021 playlist


VED – Ett visst fängelse

(Banging new single by this Swedish band)
VED

DJINN – Transmission
(Incredible album of eclectic, cosmic jazz from Hills/Goat members)
DJINN

Flowers Must Die – Live in Liege
(Live recording of a very special show in 2018 featuring guests Hanna from Hills and Laura from Julie's Haircut)
Flowers Must Die

The Utopia Strong – Ninth Art
Latest album in their beautiful live series of ltd hand made LPs)
The Utopia Strong

Oneida – The Brah Tapes
(New 'old' big O and lot's of it!)
Oneida 

Yerba Mansa – Five Years
(Amazing album of free-form psych on Box records, can't wait to see this lot live again)
Yerba Mansa 

The Stargazer's Assistant – Remoteness Of Light
(Mike from Utopia Strong and Dave from Guapo create haunting, psychedelic landscapes)
The Stargazer's Assistant

Miles Davis – The Lost Septet
(One review of this 1970 show said it is "more Sabbath than Sly Stone")
Miles Davis

Sosena Gebre Eyesus ‎– Sosena Gebre Eyesus
(This great album still getting a lot of plays...new reissue on Little Axe soon)
Sosena Gebre Eyesus

Byron Westbrook – Distortion Hue
(Great new album...on Hands in the dark)
Byron Westbrook

John Dwyer – Baphomet
(Great album....but this track in particular a bit special)
John Dwyer 

Dadawah – Peace and Love
(Saw a review once saying "this is the closest reggae comes to psychedelia")
Dadawah

Don Cherry & Terry Riley ‎– Tambourinen Session
(Impeccable immersions)
Don Cherry & Terry Riley

John Carroll Kirby – Conflict / Tuscany
(Some very fine Centrum recommendations)
Conflict
Tuscany

Moths and Locusts – A ram named drama
(Nice bit of fuzzy psych)
Moths and Locusts

Jericho – Jericho
(Another great La Novia release)
Jericho

Running – Art Seen
(Another banging Cherrystones recommendation)
Running

Kutiman – Maasai in Dub
(Psyched dub sounds)
Kutiman

Banabila, Erker, Samson –  Viewpoint
(Cheers to GNOD's Paddy for intro'ing this)
Banabila, Erker, Samson

Ryley Walker And Kikagaku Moyo -– Deep Fried Grandeur
(Nice 'space outs' recorded at Le Guess Who, with a bit of a sprinkling of Cave/Bitchin Bajas productions)
Ryley Walker And Kikagaku Moyo

Caterina Barbieri – Fantas for Saxophone and voice 
(Horns n' repetitions and scattered rhythms...cheers to Mike Bourne for turning us on to this)
Caterina barbieri 

Keith Hudson – Hunting
(Heavy)
Keith Hudson

EP/64 – EP/64-57
(With added doses of Ben Vince)
EP/64

Natural Information Society – Descension (Out of Our Constrictions)
(New Natural Information Society – recorded live at Cafe Oto)
Natural Information Society

Jaques Denjean – Nevrose
(Fuzzy French wonderfulness)
Jaques Denjean

Tanz Mein Herz – Quattro
(Drones and rhythms from France...another Paddy heads-up)
Tanz Mein Herz

Agitation Free - You Play For Us Today 
(Killer classic)
Agitation Free

Brightblack Morning Light – Star Blanket Child
(Another fine recommendation from Centrum)
Brightblack Morning Light

Sawdust Caesars – Flower Pop Show
(Old Rocket group of acid-punkers drop their first new track in many years on this comp...their debut album which is more than 25 years in the making is coming out soon apparently)
Sawdust Caesars

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


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25 Feb 2021

Terrascope reviews Urdog's 'Long Shadows' album


They say:

Look up “Urdog” on the ol’ Google box and you’ll see that this mysterious three-piece Rhode Island outfit decided to take indefinite leave after their performance at  Terrastock 6 in 2006, which we’d like to think is something they’d planned and wasn’t due to anything we said or did at the time. Long Shadows 2003-2006 mines material from their two original albums and its welcome release marks something of a departure for those onwards and upwards forever questing Rocket twins, being their first foray into retro-land compilations. Either that’s an oddly artistic manifestation of cabin fever in these times of stricture or, as is more likely, a heartfelt expression of appreciation and a desire to bring to a wider audience a little known gem. And believe me when I tell you that this is an absolute pearl.  

Brief introductory incantation aside, it’s ‘Ice On Water’ that hurls us full tilt into a mid-noughties maelstrom of tribal tub-thumping and chanting and kid-in-a-toy-shop gleefulness in the abuse of drums, guitars, Farfisa organ and goodness knows what else. This is the one that Chris Rocket gets asked about when he DJs it at gigs (older readers may remember those). Ah but strip it, and much else here, of all flimflam back to its essence and it could nestle or perhaps that should be lurk, somewhere under a broad folk canopy while simultaneously giving the disparate likes of Comus and Amon Duul I and II a fright. As things stand, though, it marks an experimental Devil may care approach, where wig outs and ambient blissfulness somehow co-exist and whereby, figuratively speaking, Father Yod’s crew go In Search Of Space to wild abandon. It would have all sounded anachronistic - but no less fun - at the time of release (or for that matter any time after about 1971), but which now sounds oddly prescient, fitting in with a lot of what labels like Rocket and indeed other labels like Riot Season and Cardinal Fuzz have been bringing us over the past decade. Incredibly this seems like the perfect fit, the missing piece of the jigsaw that links contemporary psychedelia with its primal sixties roots...

Read the rest here: Terrascope

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19 Feb 2021

J. Zunz announced to play Transmissions Waves (online) Festival

 

J. Zunz has been announced to play Transmissions Waves Festival which will happen on 12-14 March – we are so excited to finally get to see J. Zunz perform live. Also performing at the fest are the incredible Deafkids!!!

It is an online event and can be watched from here:

Transmission Waves

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Listen to The Utopia Strong live on Gideon Coe


Listen to The Utopia Strong live in concert on Gideon Coe's BBC 6 Music show that was broadcast on 18 February.

You can listen in full here: The Utopia Strong

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17 Feb 2021

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs to play this years Bigfoot Festival


Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs have been confirmed to play this years Bigfoot Festival

Bigfoot have a 'Book now - Pay later' COVID payment policy too, more info here:

Bigfoot Festival

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15 Feb 2021

New 'Sacrificial Blood' version of GOAT's World Music available


GOAT's 'World Music' is being pressed again due to the request of Record shops, plus from new/old fans wanting a new version.

So, you can buy this new 'Sacrificial Blood' (frosted clear/red splatter) version from Bandcamp now, and these will hopefully be shipping next week:

Bandcamp

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11 Feb 2021

Read Fuzzy Sun article on the current Greek scene, including Kooba Tercu


The say:

Kooba Tercu released their latest album ‘Proto Tekno’ on Rocket Recordings and it still plays a lot at my place. Tis experimental band fuses psych, noiserock and electronic music inro some gorgeous blend of krautlike trippy music...

Read the full piece here: Fuzzy Sun

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Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs album 'Off Cuts' available on Bandcamp


We have just put the labels copies of the 'Rough Trade Exclusive' Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs ltd edition album 'Off Cuts' up for sale on Bandcamp, we don't have loads but you can buy a copy from here:

Bandcamp

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Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs  – 'Off Cuts' 

In April 2020 Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs released their third ‘Viscerals’ – an album which showed an enormous leap forward in confidence, adventure and sheer intensity.

Incisive in its riff-driven attack, infectiously catchy in its songcraft and more intrepid than ever in its experimental approach, ‘Viscerals’ is the sound of a leaner, more vicious Pigs, and one with their controls set way beyond the pulverising one-riff workouts of their early days.

We would now like to introduce a new Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs album called ‘Off Cuts’ – a ltd vinyl only release (no digital/streaming available) containing previously unreleased versions of tracks taken from all three Pigs albums. These version were recorded live in various studios across the UK and presents rawer, more immediate, more intense versions of the songs you all know and love.‘Off Cuts’ is an essential listen for all Pigs fans and all fans of heavy, fuzzed rock!

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