Black Ribbon to release debut album Strobe on 28th September

Black Ribbon releases his debut album Strobe on 28th September on CD and digital formats. The album is available to pre-order now from us here. The CD will also be available from Jumbo and Crash Records in Leeds, Vinyl Tap in Huddersfield and Wah Wah Records in Wakefield. Downloads and streams will be available at all the usual places you find those.

Black Ribbon is the latest project from Philophobia mainstay Tim Metcalfe (St Gregory Orange, Yard Wars and more). Recorded in his Leeds home studio, ‘Strobe’ combines the DNA of a multitude of genres; from Post-Punk to Dub, Noise to Disco with an aim to create a singular miasma of sound.

Influenced by the nightmarish cinematic universes of David Lynch and David Cronenberg’s detached surrealism, as well as William Burroughs’ scissor-ed sci-fi narratives and JG Ballard’s cold pathologist-like depictions of violence; ‘Strobe’ trades in clipped lyrical and musical motifs: A dark soundtrack evoking the peculiar glamour of some non-existent narcotic underworld.

“It’s easy to create something totally freeform and leftfield” say Metcalfe, “granted it’s not easy to do it well. Not everyone’s gonna come up with Trout Mask Replica by hammering on a piano. But what’s infinitely more interesting to me is when you inter-pollinate that with elements of pop music; create some mutant form that exists between the two extremes. That midpoint between two seemingly incompatible worlds is where it gets interesting. Think about Timbaland’s late 90s / early 2000s productions. They’re totally non-elitist, populist collages of sound that are so seamlessly constructed they don’t even register as ‘weird’. Nobody’s quietly pontificating over the musical “meaning” of this stuff. But seriously, take out the vocals; those beats consist of a really interesting, minimalist combination of sounds. I mean, everyone knows this, it’s not some huge revelation, but it’s still an under-used vocabulary in a world that’s so musically fragmented”.

Thus, angular guitars and discordant synthesizers are (mis)treated through vocoders and electronics as time-stretched jazz horns buckle and blare, yet the familiar thud of an 808 kick or a funk-infused bass line remains present to ground the enterprise.

“This is body music. It’s not music to scratch your chin to. I mean, fine; there’s hopefully enough there lyrically to pique interest. There’s some sort of surreal, ultra-violent crime narrative running through it, populated by grotesque characters and cut up into stray phrases. But that’s really not what this album is about. It’s about everything working in tandem to create a world. And hopefully you can dance in it”.

Listen to the songs that inspired the album on our Black Ribbon curated playlist.

Dual Atlas OUT NOW

Tim Metcalfe today has released his new album Dual Atlas. The album consists of one single track. In Tim's own words the "first half is all sunlit nostalgia, second half goes DARK." As the album is available as a single track it is available to download from some stores for only 99p like 7 digital,  others have it at the more usual album price of £7.99. You can also Pay What You Feel for it at our bandcamp. If you would rather just stream you can find the album on Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, Deezer etc.

His previous album, The Hunter's Kindness can be found here.

Pay What You Feel Vinyl

As you know we love putting out vinyl records. Unfortunately though it's costly and sometimes we have found ourselves in the position of of having a band splitting up before we've covered the cost of getting the record pressed. This has happened on several occasions. We can't afford to discard these records but it seems a little unfair to charge full price for a record by a departed artist no matter how good it is. We are therefore offering the following records on a Pay What You Feel basis:

The Ainsley Band Live at Unity Works

Take Turns - Cryptomnesia Crept

and Runaround Kids Vs We Are Losers EP

on a pay what you feel basis on our bandcamp page. Bandcamp insists on a 50p minimum after that it is up to you plus the postage charges.

Popwitch OUT NOW

Chloe Juliette Beswick today releases her debut album Popwitch. The 7 track album is available on CD and digital formats. You can buy the CD from Crash, Jumbo, Vinyl Tap and Wah Wah as well as directly from us here. You can stream the album from all the usual places such as Spotify, Apple Music etc.

Chloe has also curated our PHOP Goes The Radio Spotify playlist this month. Check it out here.

Guitarmageddon Is Here

The Reacharounds release their sophomore album Guitarmageddon today. Available on CD and digital formats the albums sees the band tweaking their signature Heavy Roll sound to better explore the highs and lows of these turbulent times.

The CD can be found in Crash Records, Jumbo Records (both Leeds), Vinyl Tap (Huddersfield), Wah Wah Records (Wakefield) as well as direct from us here. The digital format can be found at all the usual digital outlets such as Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Amazon and many many more.

You can listen to The Reacharounds curated playlist on Spotify here

We also still have copies of their 2014 debut Heavy Roll available on CD here.

You can next catch the band live at The Grove Inn in Leeds perform two sets on Saturday 30th June, details here.

Baker Island - Always, 1995 EP Out Now

Baker Island's Always, 1995 EP is out now. Featuring the title track, taken from last years Restless Legs album and 3 brand new tracks, the EP is available on super limited edition cassette and digital formats. The cassette is available from our bandcamp here and the digital format can be found at Spotify, iTunes, Technics, Juno and many others.

You can also watch the video:

Piskie Sits - Arm Hurter Out Now

Piskie Sits return with new single Arm Hurter today. Their first new material since 2016's Stick and Twist album, the single is available to download and stream for all of the usual outlets.

"We absolutely love this band. Piskie Sits have sent us some of the best tunes we've ever had on. One of the real gems of this part of the world." - Alan Raw, BBC Introducing West Yorkshire

"Why are these guys not one of the biggest cult acts around? 'Arm Hurter' is a belting tune with a hooky-as-hell chorus. Indie kids, alt-rock fans: you need this band." - Whisperin and Hollerin

Christmas Day Runaway OUT NOW

Chloe Juliette Beswick has today released her Christmas song. Entitled Christmas Day Runaway Chloe teams up with JJ Swimsuit for this heartfelt duet about young love and Christmas. In contrast to the poppier more polished mini album due to be released in the new year, here we have Chloe in her comfort zone and as she's known best; a stripped raw lofi on-couch recording packed with melodies tinged with sadness. You can download the track from our bandcamp page here.

Buen Chico - Let's Not Go Back To Work In January OUT NOW

Buen Chico's Christmas single Let's Not Go Back To Work In January is released today. Available across all digital formats like BandcampSpotifyiTunes and many others.

In June 2016, Buen Chico released their third album, ‘Working for a Work Free Future’. The album critiqued contemporary society’s fetishisation of hard graft, whose primary benefactors are the super-rich. It offered an alternative vision of a world in which technological innovations benefit all of society, enabling us to work less and party more.

In December 2016, songwriter Morgan Tatchell-Evans (vocals, guitar, keys) wrote something of a coda to the album, passionately transposing its themes to the season of merriment and good will. In keeping with the values espoused, the band have taken their sweet time about recording it, but it’s here now, with bells on. It’s called ‘Let’s Not Go Back To Work In January’, and will be released on 8th December 2017, which also happens to be Morgan’s birthday.

This time around, the band are shorn of guitarist Matthew Haigh who presently has his hands full with leading mathy progsters Wot Gorilla?, and his recent introduction to parenthood. Brothers Alan (drums) and John Kenworthy (bass) are as ever on hand to provide a punchy backdrop to the festive jangle. Alan’s apparently serious attempts to source a children’s choir to provide the metaphorical icing on the rum-soaked fruitcake were, mercifully, unsuccessful.

The album Working For A Work Free Future is still available here