Watch: Polar Bear live video
Published 12 September, 2014 by BWL

Well it’s been an exciting week for Polar Bear, hasn’t it? Following the incredibly exciting news of the band’s second Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist for In Each And Every One, we now have a hallucinatory live video for ‘Chotpot’. The footage was filmed at the band’s sold out album launch show at London’s XOYO back in April, meticulously edited and warped by Jacek Zmarz, who also made the colourful ‘Be Free’ video.

And Vimeo.

The band are playing live this autumn, see all of their confirmed shows on our live page.


20th anniversary vinyl reissues
Published 11 September, 2014 by Tony Morley

20th anniversary vinyl reissues

It’s The Leaf Label’s 20th anniversary in 2015 (doesn’t seem like 5 minutes since Leaf Is 10...), and we’re gearing up for some special releases and events throughout next year.

We’re planning to make a number of long out-of-print releases available on vinyl again (or in some cases, for the very first time), and we’d love to know what you’d like to see back in the racks. We’ve drawn up a hypothetical shortlist, and by the magic of internets we’ve created a poll for you to register your interest.

Tick as many boxes as you like, and click through to see the latest results of the poll. We can't commit to any of these releases right now, but your feedback will definitely influence our decisions.

Thanks for your time!

Polar Bear - Mercury Music Prize 2014
Published 10 September, 2014 by Tony Morley

Polar Bear - Mercury Music Prize 2014

Congratulations are due to Polar Bear, whose album In Each And Every One has been shortlisted for this year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize.

We’re very proud to be working on such an incredible record, and the Mercury nod is testament to the vision of a band who were also shortlisted in 2005 for Held On The Tips Of Fingers. Seb Rochford joins a very select group of artists to have been nominated three times, having also featured on the Basquiat Strings album in 2007.

As we start to look forward to our 20th year in 2015, it's very satisfying to be picking up our first Mercury selection. Champagne all round.


The Leaf Label's Office Radio
Published 20 August, 2014 by DM

ATTENTION! We're changing how the office playlist works. Instead of a separate monthly playlist we're starting a rolling Spotify playlist (or 'The Leaf Label's Office Radio' if you will). Go here and hit Follow to keep abreast of what's floating our musical boat.

We will continue to publish what we have added to the playlist in our mailouts and on our Blog page.

We're starting with a special summer treat: more than three hours of magic, the best things we've been listening to in the last couple of months. It goes a little something like this:


Wildbirds & Peacedrums: Rhythm (BAY94)
Wildbirds & Peacedrums
Wildbirds & Peacedrums: The Offbeat (WB 3)
Wildbirds & Peacedrums
The Offbeat
Roll The Dice: Until Silence (BAY89)
Roll The Dice
Until Silence

Polar Bear: Be Free (PB2)
Polar Bear
Be Free

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