Oh No Ono Hatch Eggs And Announce European Tour
Published 4 February 2010 by BWL

Oh No Ono have announced a European tour to promote the release of their technicolour new album Eggs, which is officially released on February 8. You can order the album via our store now as we have the limited edition CDs and double LPs in stock now. What's more, if you order the vinyl, you can get your hands on a free download immediately, just by adding the download to your basket before you check out.

In other news, the band have put together a wildly eclectic mixtape for 'Sup magazine, which you can find here.

See all the bands videos, including those for singles 'Swim' and 'Helplessly Young' here.

And don't forget the digital album taster here.

The dates:
Mon 15 Feb - Kuudes Linja, Helsinki, FINLAND
Wed 17 Feb - Fritz's Corner, Stockholm, SWEDEN
Thu 18 Feb - by:Larm, Oslo, NORWAY
Fri 19 Feb - by:Larm, Oslo, NORWAY
Thu 25 Feb - La Maroquinerie, Paris, FRANCE
Fri 26 Feb - Le Romandie, Lausanne, SWITZERLAND
Sat 27 Feb - D:qliq, Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG
Mon 1 Mar - Captain's Rest, Glasgow, UK
Tue 2 Mar - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
Wed 3 Mar - Upstairs At The Garage, London, UK
Thu 4 Mar - Paradiso, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
Sat 22 May - Prinzenbar, Hamburg, GERMANY
Sun 23 May - Privatclub, Berlin, GERMANY
Mon 24 May - Studio 672, Cologne, GERMANY
Tue 25 May - Nachtleben, Frankfurt, GERMANY
Wed 26 May - 59:1, Munich, GERMANY

New Polar Bear Video
Published 17 February 2010 by BWL

Polar Bear have unveiled their first ever promo video for 'A New Morning Will Come' from forthcoming album, Peepers. Directed by visual/sound artist Kira Zhigalina, the video combines footage from vintage educational films with her own textures, producing a dense collage of images that complements the track beautifully.

See the video here:

And youtube.

Peepers is released on March 1. You can order the album via our store and if you order the vinyl you can get your hands on a free download immediately, just by adding the download to your basket before you check out. All copies of the vinyl will have a download code in the package too, which includes a bonus track not included on the LP.

The band will be performing live shows throughout the year with all confirmed dates here:

Fri 19 February - The Old Market, Brighton, UK
Sat 20 February - The Farmhouse, Canterbury, UK
Wed 24 February - The Junction, Cambridge, UK
Fri 26 February - Paradox, Tilburg, NETHERLANDS
Tue 2 March - The Garage, London, UK
Fri 26 March - The Firestation, Windsor, UK
Mon 3 May - Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cheltenham, UK
Thu 20 May - Hnita Jazz, Heist-op-den-Berg, BELGIUM
Fri 21 May - Recyclart, Brussels, BELGIUM
Sat 22 May - LVC, Leiden, NETHERLANDS
Sat 3 July - Mostly Jazz Festival, Birmingham, UK
Fri 9 July - Pohoda Festival, Trencin, SLOVAKIA
Sun 29 August - Aeon Festival, Devon, UK

Polar Bear Mixtape
Published 24 February 2010 by BWL

Polar Bear's new album Peepers is released next week (click here to order). The band's leader, Seb Rochford, has meticulously compiled an outstanding (and unexpected) mixtape comprised of his favourite music of 2009, complete with all sorts of 'hidden' samples. The mix includes music by Mos Def, Buraka Som Sistema, Harmonic 313, Lightning Bolt and the Noisettes, as well as loads of underground hiphop, and shows a quite different side to Seb than you may expect...

You can download the mix and tracklisting here:
Seb Rochford (Polar Bear) mixtape by theleaflabel

See all the band's shows here.

Wildbirds & Peacedrums With Voices - May 2010 European Tour
Published 25 February 2010 by BWL

Sweden’s exhilarating duo Wildbirds & Peacedrums have lost no time in greeting the new decade with a fevered burst of creative energy. New decade, new direction.

Announcing a European tour for May 2010, vocalist Mariam Wallentin and percussionist Andreas Werliin will be performing new material at the shows, backed by a full choir. The new songs will be premiered at the Pavement-curated ATP Festival in May (full dates below).

Currently supporting St Vincent on tour in the US, the band rehearsed, recorded and mixed two new bodies of work in 10 days in Iceland at the end of January, around a theme of water.

Five songs focus on steel drum (representing the single drop of water), while another five recorded in a church feature a collaboration with the 12 strong Schola Cantorum Reykjavík Chamber Choir (the ocean), who also featured on Björk’s Medulla album. These amazing new songs were recorded by Australian émigré Ben Frost, mixed by Valgeir Sigurðsson (Camille, CocoRosie, Bonnie Prince Billy) with choral arrangements by Hildur Guðnadóttir (who has collaborated with Fever Ray, Throbbing Gristle and is a member of Múm). A stellar cast, you will agree.

“We see the choir recordings as the main picture, the big strong emotions,” explains Mariam, “while the steel pan songs are the inside small reactions, or what comes after a storm. Like the shadow that always follows, like the tail. This album is all about internal emotions for us. Pure and simple, that’s what our music is about.”

The new recordings will be released as two limited edition vinyl EPs, to be combined later on CD and digital download. The first release will accompany the May tour dates. More details to follow.

European tour dates:

Friday 14 May - ATP Festival, Minehead, UK
Saturday 15 May - Bishopsgate Institute, London, UK
Sunday 16 May - Café De La Danse, Paris, France
Monday 17 May - Dampfzentrale, Bern, Switzerland
Wednesday 19 May - Babel, Malmö, Sweden
Thursday 20 May - Jazzhouse, Copenhagen, Denmark
Friday 21 May - Blå, Oslo, Norway
Saturday 22 May - Södra Teatern, Stockholm, Sweden