Melt Yourself Down North American album release
Published 5 March 2014 by DM

Melt Yourself Down’s debut album has finally landed in North America in physical form. The special edition CD is packaged in revised artwork with a hefty bonus disc, Live At The New Empowering Church, recorded at the group’s sold out London show at the tail end of last year. It captures the band in their natural sweat-drenched environment; wild eyes, call and response vocals and an audience whipped into frenzy. Listen carefully and you can hear the bass player crowd-surfing.

We’ll be making a limited number of these 2CD editions for sale in our store soon. In the meantime you can order it from Insound and Midheaven in the States, and the original album from the usual download stores.

Hot on the heels of this release, the band will be making their first trip to the USA for SXSW and two shows in New York. [Please note that the previously announced Rough Trade NYC show has been moved to Baby's All Right in Brooklyn]

Keep an eye on the MYD Twitter for some SXSW surprises…

Saturday 15 March - British Music Embassy, Latitude 30, Austin, TX (5.30pm)
Saturday 15 March - SXSW, Icenhauer's, Austin, TX (midnight)
Monday 17 March - Pianos, New York, NY
Tuesday 18 March - Baby's All Right, Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday 18 March - Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY (CANCELLED due to ongoing venue problems)

You can find all MYD's upcoming live shows here.

Melt Yourself Down live at Trans Musicales
Published 12 March 2014 by DM

Not heading to SXSW or New York City? In need of an MYD live fix? You're in luck! Their set at Trans Musicales in December was captured in all its wild eyed, sweat drenched glory for French television. Enjoy.

View here.

You can find all MYD's upcoming live shows here.

Julia Kent Route Du Rock live video and London shows
Published 13 March 2014 by DM

More French television delights for you, this time in the form of Julia Kent’s beautiful haunting set from Route Du Rock Hiver. La Chapelle Saint-Sauveur, Saint-Malo provides a fitting atmospheric backdrop to Julia’s moving performance.

Just to remind you that there are two Julia Kent shows coming up in London next week. Some cities get all the luck. They are both part of William Basinski's Arcadia curated series, which also features the likes of Michael Gira, Charlemagne Palestine and Janek Schaefer, and runs until March 20. The first gig is a headline show and takes place at the new ACE Hotel London Shoreditch on Tuesday March 18. The following night, the Canadian musician joins Icelandic composer and Bedroom Community founder Valgeir Sigurðsson at Village Underground. (Unfortunately we've just received word that the Village Underground show has been cancelled.)

See our live page for details of all shows.

Polar Bear - In Each And Every One album stream
Published 21 March 2014 by DM

After premiering on The Guardian website yesterday the new Polar Bear album, In Each And Every One, is available to stream and download now. Without further ado, hit play below, sit back and enjoy.

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“It not only brims with startling invention, but is likely to put them on the map as go-to soundtrackers of urban-life melancholy, alongside the likes of not-so anonymous beat trafficker Burial and Brian Eno-collaborator Jon Hopkins”
the Quietus

"Psych-jazz epic"
8/10 Uncut

"With this record, Rochford has elevated new ground in both ambition and scope, offering a monumental 70-minute journey of puzzling jazz experimentation”
Drowned in Sound

The band is currently touring the UK, with a stop in Leeds tonight. Manchester reports suggest they are on scintillating form and a spot of car trouble can’t keep a good band down.

Fri 21 Mar 2014 The Wardrobe, Leeds
Sat 22 Mar 2014 Thekla, Bristol
Wed 26 Mar 2014 Komedia, Brighton
Thu 27 Mar 2014 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
Fri 28 Mar 2014 The Space, Nottingham
Sat 29 Mar 2014 Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
Wed 2 Apr 2014 XOYO, London
Thu 3 Apr 2014 SJE Arts, Oxford
Sun 6 Apr 2014 Gateshead Jazz Festival, Sage, Gateshead