The Leaf Label at The Independent Label Market
Published 26 March, 2015 by BP

The Leaf Label at The Independent Label Market

The Leaf Label is back at the Independent Label Market this Saturday. In the historic setting of London's Spitalfields Market, we will be hawking our wares alongside over 100 other labels, including Domino, City Slang, Soundway, Soul Jazz, Hospital, Erased Tapes, Transgressive and Heavenly.

This is a chance to get your hands on the new Polar Bear record Same As You, prior to its release next week.

Once again the Independent Label Market has teamed up with London Brewers' Market, offering some top craft beers alongside their usual great food and DJs.

Come and say hello!


Polar Bear - Same As You album stream
Published 24 March, 2015 by DM

The stunning new Polar Bear album Same As You is available exclusively via Bandcamp as of today. They also caught up with Sebastian Rochford for an interview about the making of the album.

Same As You will be in shops and on other services on Monday March 30th.

Seb has put together a podcast for Soundcrash ahead of Polar Bear’s show at Village Underground on April 8th. He also joined Tom Robinson on his BBC 6 Music show, curating a diverse hour of music and spilling the beans on how demanding/discerning we are at Leaf! Catch up here.

As if all that wasn’t enough, keep your eyes on the Solid Steel website for another Seb mix on Friday.


Polar Bear - new single and album
Published 24 February, 2015 by DM

Polar Bear - new single and album

In the time it takes to say “2014 Mercury Prize shortlisted album In Each And Every One”, Polar Bear have returned with a brand new album. ‘Dont Let The Feeling Go’ is the first single from their upcoming sixth album Same As You. Featuring bandleader Sebastian Rochford alongside Hannah Darling on vocal duties, it finds Polar Bear at their most direct: the song’s infectious life-affirming mantra stays with you long after the track has ended.

Given its short gestation, it is striking how far removed the new album is from its immediate predecessor. Inspired by Seb’s time in the Mojave Desert, there is a startling freshness in the songs, both thematically and sonically. After the dark complexity of recent output, Same As You is presented in sharp focus, as inclusive and accessible as the title suggests, while still maintaining the playful experimentation on which the band has made its name.

Read what Seb has to say about the new album and single here.

Some great reviews for Same As You already in:
“A joyous affirmation of positivity” 4/5 Mojo
“Their most direct and uplifting yet. ‘Dont Let The Feeling Go’ is just a spoonfed breakbeat away from pop gold” 8/10 Uncut
“The UK’s most forward-thinking jazz act… make dazzling return” 4/5 Q

Same As You is released March 30th and is available to pre-order from Polar Bear’s Bandcamp (including merch bundles) and the Leaf store on CD, digital and limited edition double vinyl LP + CD.

‘Dont Let The Feeling Go’ is out now, and is available to download for free if you pre-order the album.

Polar Bear are touring in Europe this month and in the UK in April. Details on our live page.


New Leaf imprint Bias signs Vessels
Published 03 February, 2015 by BP

New Leaf imprint Bias signs Vessels

We're very excited to announce a new imprint label, Bias, and its first signing Vessels. The Leeds band have undergone a transformation in recent years, and have stepped into the light clutching an exquisite, euphoric new album Dilate.

You can get up to speed by checking out the video for latest single 'On Monos' (Vimeo) and their back catalogue on Bandcamp. Dilate is available to pre-order now.

Visit the band's website to sign up to their mailing list for more information and updates.

You can catch Vessels live on the following dates:

Thu 12th Mar - Convergence, Village Underground, London (with Clark)
Fri 13th Mar - Convergence, St John-at-Hackney, London (DJ set with Kiasmos)
Sat 14th Mar - Start The Bus, Bristol
Sun 15th Mar - Rainbow, Birmingham
Mon 16th Mar - Soup Kitchen, Manchester
Tue 17th Mar - Nice & Sleazy, Glasgow
Wed 18th Mar - Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
Sat 25th Apr - Opium Rooms, Dublin



Polar Bear: Same As You (BAY 98)
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Same As You
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Wildbirds & Peacedrums: Rhythm (BAY94)
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