Polar Bear album reissues
Published 08 December, 2014 by DM

Polar Bear album reissues

Following the success of In Each And Every One, shortlisted for this year’s Mercury Prize, Polar Bear have now brought their first three albums under the Leaf umbrella. Unavailable for the last two years, their 2004 debut Dim Lit, previous Mercury Prize shortlisted album Held On The Tips Of Fingers (both originally released through Babel) and the eponymously titled third album (originally on Tin Angel) are available digitally from today, with physical reissues in the pipeline.

These three albums show a ceaselessly creative band developing and evolving, bringing a vast array of influences under their spell. Celebrated throughout their career, they picked up BBC Jazz Award nominations for their first two records, while Jazzwise selected Held On The Tips Of Fingers as one of the 100 Jazz Albums That Shook The World. This is the perfect time to (re)acquaint yourself with a stunning back catalogue before the forthcoming (sixth) Polar Bear album lands in the spring of 2015.

Dim Lit, Held On The Tips Of Fingers and Polar Bear are available now at your friendly local digital retailer (Leaf shop, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon) or from the band's Bandcamp.

Polar Bear have added a number of shows to their 2015 tour schedule. Click here for all the details.


Polar Bear - Mercury Prize, tour & 6 Music mix
Published 28 October, 2014 by DM

The Mercury Prize ceremony is almost upon us. Debate on who will win, who should win and whether any Mercury winner will ever better Elegant Slumming is reaching fever pitch. You will be able to enjoy a live performance from Polar Bear at the awards on More 4, Wednesday from 2130.

As we celebrate In Each And Every One’s Mercury selection, plans are well underway for the next Polar Bear album. A number of shows across Europe have just been announced for 2015. See our live page for details. There will be more coming shortly.

You can listen again to Seb Rochford’s guest mix for Tom Ravenscroft’s BBC 6 Music show last Friday.

Watch the video for 'Cuckoo' the new single by Polar Bear with Jin Jin.



Wildbirds & Peacedrums – Rhythm album stream
Published 27 October, 2014 by DM

The formidable new Wildbirds & Peacedrums album Rhythm, is now available to stream on Spotify UK ahead of its release next week. Fear not if you are from distant shores, you can also stream the album worldwide via Bandcamp.

Those Wildbirds will be all over your radio on November 6, as Rhythm has been selected as BBC 6 Music’s Album Of The Day. Bad news if you suffer from ornithophobia, good news for everyone else.

Mariam and Andreas have just added an instore performance at Rough Trade East in London on November 13. Details for entry are here.

Rhythm is released November 3 and is available to pre-order from Bandcamp and the Leaf store on CD, digital and limited edition vinyl LP + CD.

Wildbirds & Peacedrums' tour starts this week. See all dates on our live page.


Matthew Bourne at Leeds International Film Festival
Published 21 October, 2014 by DM

Matthew Bourne at Leeds International Film Festival

Leeds International Film Festival have revealed their LIFF28 timetable. You will be pleased to learn that it features our own Matthew Bourne performing a live soundtrack to F.W. Murnau’s 1924 moving picture ‘Der Letzte Mann/The Last Laugh’ on November 9 at Hyde Park Picture House. We are led to believe it will feature piano, cello and synthesiser abuse.

Details and tickets are here.


Polar Bear: Polar Bear (BAY 97)
Polar Bear
Polar Bear
Polar Bear: Dim Lit (BAY95)
Polar Bear
Dim Lit

Wildbirds & Peacedrums: Rhythm (BAY94)
Wildbirds & Peacedrums
Wildbirds & Peacedrums: Keep Some Hope (WLDBRDS 3)
Wildbirds & Peacedrums
Keep Some Hope

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