Win Tickets To See Polar Bear With Jyager In London
Published 2 March 2011 by RM

Polar Bear are playing a series of gigs with Jyager this year, following on from the Common Ground collaboration last year. We have a pair of tickets to giveaway for the show at London's Koko on Saturday 12 March, a bill which also includes Kid Koala and DJ Vadim! All you have to do to enter is tell us which type of bear TV legend Gentle Ben was. Send your answers, along with your contact details to us through our website, here. The draw will be made on Thursday 10 March at midday so get your answers in by then!

Here are all Polar Bear's shows, with and without Jyager:
Sun 6 Mar 2011 New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, UK
Sat 12 Mar 2011 with Jyager, Koko, London, UK
Wed 16 Mar 2011 with Jyager, Sound Control, Manchester, UK
Thu 17 Mar 2011 with Jyager, Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
Sat 19 Mar 2011 Thekla, Bristol, UK
Wed 23 Mar 2011 with Jyager, Komedia, Brighton, UK
Thu 5 May 2011 The Space, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK
Sun 22 May 2011 Green Hours International Jazz Festival, Bucharest, ROMANIA
Tue 21 Jun 2011 Spitalfields Music Festival, Village Underground, London, UK
Fri 24 Jun 2011 Cambridge Modern Jazz Club at Hidden Rooms, Cambridge, UK
Sat 13 Aug 2011 with Jyager, Brecon Jazz Festival, Brecon, UK
Sun 14 Aug 2011 with Jyager, Beacons Festival, Skipton, UK
Fri 19 Aug 2011 Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons, UK

Camden Crawl Line-Up Announced
Published 2 March 2011 by RM

We selected the artists we're going to have at our Camden Crawl event this year at the big annual bunfight at Dingwalls last night. We're not allowed to tell you who we've got, but we snaffled pretty much all our favourites, and the line-up will be even more diverse than it was last year. A proper party actually!

You can find an (almost) complete list of the artists playing at this year's Crawl here.

And you'll have to guess who we've got (three of our four artists are on the Saturday line-up, so take a guess!) Sadly there are no Leaf artists performing as part of our main bill due to lack of availability that weekend, but we're still hoping to book some Leaf related artists for the after-hours business. Oh, and the Polarbear that's on the bill is not our Polar Bear...

The Leaf event will be on Saturday April 30th, right in the thick of things at one of the best bars in Camden, The Black Heart on Greenland Place.

Get your tickets here.

Murcof Releases La Sangre Illuminada OST Worldwide
Published 20 March 2011 by BWL

In 2008 Murcof (Fernando Corona) scored the soundtrack to Mexican film La Sangre Illuminada. It was released on CD in Mexico at the time, but has remained unavailable elsewhere. A re-edited version of the soundtrack will be released worldwide on April 18 as a limited vinyl-only edition (including a CD) on the French Infiné label. A download version follows on May 9. Find out more about the release and pre-order the vinyl here.

Here's a taster of what to expect:

Murcof - La Sangre Iluminada from InFine Music on Vimeo.

To mark this new release, we've added a bundle of Murcof's five Leaf CDs to our shop. You can get Martes, Remembranza, UtopĂ­a, Cosmos, The Versailles Sessions and a Murcof poster for just £24.99 + postage while stocks last. Click here for more information.

Roll The Dice Join Leaf, Release Limited 12"
Published 21 March 2011 by TM

We are very excited to announce that we've signed Roll The Dice, who released their brilliant self-titled debut album through Digitalis last year.

Their first release for Leaf will be a limited edition 12", Live In Gothenburg - August 7 2010, which will be out on Record Store Day (April 16). The two fifteen minute live tracks will also be released as a digital download on the same day, with Boomkat having a worldwide digital exclusive five days earlier (April 11).

'The New Black' and 'Undertow' are live renditions of tracks taken from RTD's 2010 album. The vinyl issue is a beautifully packaged 12", limited to 750 copies for the world, which includes a printed inner sleeve and two postcards It will be available to purchase from our shop after that date. There will be no advance promo on the EP, but the tracks will be made available for streaming from April 11 - watch this space...

RTD are Stockholm-based duo Malcolm Pardon and Peder Mannerfelt. Mannerfelt plays with and produces Fever Ray as well as producing and remixing under the Subliminal Kid name, while Pardon produces music for film and TV. Pardon and Mannerfelt are currently working on their second full-length album, which will be released on Leaf later this year. The band's debut can be streamed on the band's Soundcloud page.

RTD have produced an eclectic mixtape for us, which XLR8R premiered earlier today.

This Is How We Roll by Roll the Dice

Polar Bear Give Away Exclusive Track
Published 25 March 2011 by BWL

Polar Bear's Seb Rochford has recorded a brand new track with MC collaborator, Jyager, which you can download exclusively for free by signing up to PB's mailing list. The song, 'Do It All Tha Time', harks back to old-skool hip-hop and a version of the track was played on the band's recent shows with the Portuguese-born rapper, so if you were at one of the gigs it may well ring some bells!

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Follow through the confirmation process and you will receive a link to download the track.

Polar Bear have confirmed a number of festival performances this summer including Spitalfields Music Festival, Beacons and Green Man. You can see all the live shows here.