Jherek Bischoff at the BBC David Bowie Prom
Published 1 August 2016 by THD

Jherek Bischoff was among the artists who performed in last Friday’s BBC David Bowie Prom at The Royal Albert Hall. The event, which also featured appearances by John Cale, Laura Mvula, Neil Hannon and others, was broadcast on BBC Four, Radio 3 and 6 Music, and is available to watch again on BBC iPlayer.

Jherek arranged four Bowie songs for the performance, including three taken from the Strung Out In Heaven tribute EP he released in February with Amanda Palmer and Anna Calvi. The trio of Palmer, Calvi and Bischoff performed an exceptional interpretation of ‘Blackstar', which can be found just over an hour into the performance. Other highlights included a new arrangement of 'Lady Grinning Soul' with Anna Calvi, and an intimate version of 'Ashes to Ashes' performed by The Blue Nile's Paul Buchanan.

Jherek and Amanda appeared together with a string quartet for a breathtaking warm-up gig at a sold out Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton last Tuesday, which also featured the live debut of their new arrangement of Prince’s 'Purple Rain’. The pair were joined by Palmer's husband Neil Gaiman and performed 'Space Oddity' on Jonathan Ross's BBC Radio 2 show last Thursday, along with an extensive interview about the Bowie Prom.

AIM Independent Music Awards 2016 nominations
Published 2 August 2016 by THD

The nominations for the AIM Independent Music Awards were revealed this evening at the House of Vans in South London. We are delighted to learn that Melt Yourself Down’s Last Evenings On Earth has been shortlisted in the Best ‘Difficult’ Second Album category, while our monumental Leaf 20 box set has been selected under Special Catalogue Release Of The Year.

The awards ceremony takes place on September 6th at The Brewery in London. Team Leaf will be out in force.

The Comet Is Coming - Mercury Music Prize
Published 4 August 2016 by DM

The Comet Is Coming! Great celebrations are afoot, for it has been declared that our brave sonic voyagers, Danalogue The Conqueror, Betamax Killer and King Shabaka are to represent planet Earth at the Mercury Music Prize 2016CE. Their prophetic document Channel The Spirits has been singled out for great praise by wise men and women the world over. Now is their time to spread the gospel to the very inner ring of our solar system.

We can’t begin to explain how proud we are to have witnessed their miracles first hand, and watched their influence grow. This is only the start. The Comet Is Coming. There will come a time, when denial is no longer an option.

True believers spread the word.

The Comet Is Coming - Special "Hyperdrive" edition
Published 18 August 2016 by THD

Headed straight for Mercury!

To celebrate The Comet Is Coming’s ascension to the hallowed portals of the Mercury Prize, we will be releasing a special “Hyperdrive” edition of the shortlisted album, Channel The Spirits on September 30th. Pressed on high quality translucent blue and white splatter vinyl, there will be just 500 of these beauties available across the galaxy.

Pre-order it here to ensure your passage to safety and wild festivities.

While the initial black vinyl edition has now sold out, the album is still available on CD and digital formats.

The intergerlactic trio have announced a string of European dates, including a headline show at London's XOYO with support from Sarathy Korwar on November 15th. For full dates, see our live page.


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