31 Jul 2022

Rocket Probes – July 2022 playlist

BB84 – Ardnacrusha

(New collab featuring Paddy from GNOD)

Širom – The Liquified Throne of Simplicity / A Universe that Roasts Blossoms for a Horse / I Can Be a Clay Snapper
(Incredible immersions – thanks to The Quietus for the introduction)

Cheri Knight – American Rituals
(Great album of voice repetitions)
Cheri Knight

Naujawanan Baidar – Khedmat Be Khalq
(New sounds from Mirror man)
Naujawanan Baidar

Tzompantli – Tlazcaltiliztli
(Cheers to GOAT for bringing this monster album to our attention)

Angelo & Eighteen – Flight 2
(Been reminded of this classic killer groove a lot this month)
Angelo & Eighteen

Credo – Radio Hito
(Has a Josefin Ohrn vibe to the loop in this track – taken from another great soFa 'Elsewhere' comp)

Manuel Göttsching – Deep Distance
(Repetitions from '76)
Manuel Göttsching

Colin Newman – A-Z
(Amazing 1980 album by Wire Man)
Colin Newman

Antti Tolvi – Feedback Gong
(Gong drone)
Antti Tolvi

Life – Life
(The guys from GÅS hooked us up with this Swedish album from 1971)

Minimal Compact – Statik Dancin' (Feat Mad Professor)
(Dubbed out post punk)
Minimal Compact 

Klein – Lifetime
(Quite unique and exploratory sounds)

Matumbi – Rock
(Soundtracking the hot days)

Matmos – The West
(Re-listening to this old fave from '98)

Kill Your Boyfriend – The King
(Industrial psych n'roll)
Kill Your Boyfriend

Duet Emmo – Or So It Seems
(Electronic pop repetitions from '83)
Duet Emmo

Illés – Bűbájosok
(Killer Hungarian fuzz groove from '69 courtesy of Justin Barwick from Psych Lovers forum)

Noda & Wolfers – Tascam Space Season
(Cheers to Mike Bourne for bringing the ice creams with these spaced out digital-dub sounds)
Noda & Wolfers

F.J. McMahon – Spirit of the Golden Juice
(Folk grooves – cheers to Centrum for the nod)
F.J. McMahon

Sensational – Loaded with Power
(Experimental rhymes)

Young Flowers – 25 Øre
(Wah driven 'boogie')
Young Flowers

Popol Vuh – Vuh
(Transportive sounds)
Popol Vuh

Firehose – Ragin’ Full On
(Not had this on in a long while)

Kalacakra – Crawling To Lhasa
(Top draw, tripped out German rock from '72)

King Tubby – Cherry's Dub
(Cheers to Pete Kember for playing us this)
King Tubby

Absolute – Endless
(Wonky rave repetitions from '96 – courtesy of Gnoomes)

Rattle – Signal
(Percussive expanses)

Pit er Pat – High Time
(Bit of a blast from the noughties past this one)
Pit er Pat

Happy Mondays – Tart Tart
(RIP Paul)
Happy Mondays 

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29 Jul 2022

Moundabout's 'Flowers Rot, Bring me Stones' is released today

"Enjoy Moundabout’s strange argot, let it wash over you like the tide." Album of the Week
The Quietus

"A deep sense of devotional wonder."
Electronic Sound

"A musical contemplation of the megalithic."

"Such a deep and satisfying experience."
Fragmented Flaneur

"A lesson in neolithic ritual and otherworldly transcendence."
Louder Than War

Moundabout– the new project from Paddy Shine of Gnod and Phil Masterson of Los Langeros/Damp Howl/Bisect have released their debut Rocket album 'Flowers Rot, Bring me Stones' today!

Once again, trying not to sound like a stuck record, we are sad to announce that the LPs have been delayed due to the ongoing chaos in vinyl manufacturing. We have been promised they will be shipped to us on 18 August and we will ship them out to customers and shops as soon as they land. Your ongoing patience for all these delays we are suffering is greatly appreciated – we can assure you, it is annoying us as much as it is you!

If you still want a copy of the ltd LP, then you can preorder from Bandcamp here, or from your local record shop:


See Moundabout live as part of a GNOD family special at this years 'Le Guess Who Festival' in Utrecht on November 10-13:

Le Guess Who


28 Jul 2022

Echoes and Dust interviews The Utopia Strong

It reads:

The Utopia Strong have just released their new album International Treasure and it is a brilliant blend of their many influences that result in an awe inspiring collection of songs that are in turns psychedelic, euphoric and of a darker nature too. Gavin Brown caught up with Steve Davis and Kavus Torabi to hear all about International Treasure and its creation as well as discussing their excitement for playing live live and treasured memories of Glastonbury.      

E&D: Your new album International Treasure is out now. You must be glad that it’s out so people can really listen and absorb it?        

Kavus: We finished the album last October. We finished the recording of it probably late summer, or autumn last year, but we finished mixing it in October, so we’ve been sitting on the album for ages. Normally you’d have like three months but because of the vinyl and everything we’ve been delayed but we’re really, really excited. From our perspective, it is the best thing we’ve done. As far as I’m concerned, in the twenty or thirty years of making records, I think it’s the one I feel most satisfied with. It was worth getting to my age and making this many albums to get this one done.

Steve: It’s quite frustrating, and I’m sure a lot of artists at the moment are quite frustrated. One of the things that I’ve learned about it, it’s exciting to, even though you do it for yourself, it’s exciting when other people then get the chance to listen to it, because then it might be confirmed that that you were right and that it was okay as an album. To have to wait six or seven months is purgatory. We  knew that there was a vinyl problem in the pipeline, so we’ve actually had the CDs for about two months, just sitting looking at them going, oh, when can we finally give these to people! It’s been quite a funny time and I’m sure it’s the same for all other artists. 

Read the rest here: E&D


27 Jul 2022

Petbrick announce European tour with Converge and Full of Hell

Extremely thrilled to announce that Petbrick are heading out on a European tour in November with the mighty Converge and Full of Hell!

Nov 06 / UK / London / Electric Brixton
Nov 07 / FR / Paris / La Cigale
Nov 08 / BE / Ghent / Vooruit
Nov 09 / NL / Nijmegen / Doornroosje
Nov 10 / DE / Berlin / Columbia Theater
Nov 11 / DE / Leipzig / Felsenkeller
Nov 12 / LU / Esch-sur-Alzette / Kulturfabrik
Nov 13 / DE / Köln / Essigfabrik

Tickets go on sale on Friday July 29th at 11am CET, 10am UK time.


26 Jul 2022

Watch Sonic State video interview with The Utopia Strong


Sonic State popped along to The Utopia Strong's recent Brighton show at The Green Store Door and discussed the bands gear with them – watch above.

Buy the bands latest album 'International Treasure' here: Bandcamp


18 Jul 2022

Listen to J. Zunz live at Supersonic on BBC 6 Music's Freak Zone

Listen to J. Zunz perform the track 'America Is A Continent '
 live at Supersonic Festival on BBC 6 Music's Freak Zone show.

Listen here: Freak Zone

Photo by Sam Frank Wood


12 Jul 2022

GOAT announce special World Music '10th Anniversary' remastered vinyl

When the mysterious masked collective calling themselves Goat first emerged in 2012, armed with an incendiary debut album ‘World Music’ and a backstory for the ages – there was, and there still isn’t, anyone else on earth quite like them.

Now, exactly a decade later, Rocket Recordings and the band have decided to dust-off the original recordings of ‘World Music’ and pass them over to the capable hands of the team at the legendary Abbey Road Studios to remaster the tracks and make them shine like they have never before. 

The results are better than we could have hoped. New details within the tracks have been revealed and - most importantly - the fuzz is even more explosive than before. You hear every crackle of electricity as it flows through the pedals.

‘World Music’s famous die-cut sleeve has been updated too, the colours of the eye-popping pattern have been reversed from the original, making this package even more desirable – plus there are two different sleeves to choose from.

Not only that, the album comes with an exclusive fold out poster.


Preorder the album in their two different ltd edition sleeves each with their own splatter vinyl colour via the Bandcamp:

Preorder Ltd Edition LP

You can also preorder ltd edition Pink vinyl (in Blue sleeve) and Blue vinyl (in Yellow sleeve) from your local record shop. Though like all GOAT releases we do not expect them to hang around for long. 


See GOAT perform one of their legendary high octane shows here:

August 19 / Gothenburg / Nefertiti
August 25 / London / All Points East Festival
August 26 / Helsinki / Helsinki Festival
November 8 / Hamburg / Knust
November 9 / Cologne / Kulturkirche
November 10 / Liége / Reflektor
November 11 / Kortrijk / Sonic City Festival
November 12 / Utrecht / Le Guess Who Festival
November 14 / Berlin / Festsaal Kreuzber


8 Jul 2022

DIY Magazine interviews Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs ahead of their Pohoda Festival appearance

It reads:

We catch up with the band ahead of their set at this year’s Pohoda Festival.

The picturesque city of Trenčín will once again host a varied selection of international artists at this weekend’s Pohoda Festival, from Flume to black midi; Balming Tiger to Lianne La Havas, and a handful of favourites like slowthai, Wolf Alice, Sigrid and Shame.

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs might quite literally be the biggest name at the festival (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and The Comet Is Coming run a little behind on that count). Ahead of their arrival in Slovakia - in the middle of a series of shows both festival and headline - we had a bit of a catch up with the band.

Hello! What’s going on in Pigs x7’s world?

There’s a lot. We have Ewan [Mackenzie] back into the fold - the original Pigs drummer; we’ve just finished working on a new album and though we’ve been back at it a while, playing shows again still feels quite new.

Have you fully felt the catharsis of being able to return to the live stage yet?

Catharsis is something we’re often lucky enough to get in spades but the last few months of shows has been especially purifying and we’re not short of appreciation that we’re able to do what we do. Each show this year has felt like the first one back....

Read the rest here: DIY


7 Jul 2022

Psychedelic Baby Magazine interviews J. Zunz

It reads:

Lorena Quintanilla’s journey as J. Zunz continues with her third solo release, and her second for Rocket Recordings after 2020’s ‘Hibiscus’.

‘Del Aire’ was recorded in a vociferously windy area of Enseneda, Mexico, where Lorena spent a strict lockdown, the album exorcises the troubles she encountered during the period, in the process creating both what she describes as a “continuity and discontinuity” from ‘Hibiscus’, and extracting a similar, yet fresh strain of emotional complexity.

With the atmospheric and natural theme of air at the heart of the creative process, Lorena has created an extraordinarily spacious work

Through the mellifluous repetition, the cathartic buzzsaw moments and the elemental force of the album’s conceptual core, ‘Del Aire’ acts as an intimate echo chamber vicariously healing the listener’s wounds besides Lorena’s own.

You have an exciting upcoming album scheduled to be released on Rocket Recordings. Tell us, how did you approach it?

It was, unintentionally, recorded in three chapters. I recorded the first two songs intending to have a digital single out to coincide with a tour that was planned for November 2021. That tour was rescheduled and the digital single idea expanded into a physical EP. For that, I recorded two more songs. Then, Chris and Johnny from Rocket suggested that I finish a whole album and I recorded the last two songs. So it was nice to not have the inner pressure that usually arises when you are recording a new album...

Read the rest here: Psychedelic Baby Magazine


4 Jul 2022

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

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

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

#25 / The Utopia Strong – International Treasure

#82 / Gnod – Hexen Valley

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

The Quietus