The Comet Is Coming to New York, London and Black Vinyl
Published 8 January 2018 by DM

The Comet Is Coming to New York! It will be visible on the evening of Wednesday January 10th 2018CE. By special request of Gilles Peterson, our saviours Danalogue The Conqueror, Betamax Killer and King Shabaka have been invited to lead the celebrations as part of Winter Jazzfest NYC. Their New Year, New York message will be broadcast on Gilles’ BBC 6 Music show on February 10th 2018CE.

The Comet will then travel to London, with the celebration set for Electric Brixton on January 13th 2018CE. Rejoice!

We are now taking pre-orders for a black vinyl repress of the Comet debut album Channel The Spirits. Available on Bandcamp and the Leaf shop and in record shops from February 16th 2018CE.

In order to prepare yourself for these momentous occasions, here is a free download of ‘Space Carnival’, live and fierce from London Fields Brewery. | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Live Dates |
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Introducing Nightports
Published 11 January 2018 by DM

New year, new leaves. Introducing the first of two new signings for this week: welcome to the Leaf family, Nightports.

Nightports is based on a simple but unbreakable rule of restriction: only sounds produced by the featured musician can be used. Nothing else. These sounds can be transformed, distorted, translated, reworked, processed and reprocessed, stretched, cut, ordered and reordered without limitation. The results are beautiful, intricate and characterful odes to a specific instrument and musician.

Nightports was established by musician-producers Adam Martin (based in Leeds) and Mark Slater (Hull), and Nightports w/Matthew Bourne is the first of a series of collaborative albums to be released by The Leaf Label. Material for the album was recorded at Bourne’s home outside Keighley, West Yorkshire, and at Besbrode Pianos in Leeds. The recordings coax hitherto unheard sounds from a range of contrasting instruments - decrepit dusty uprights holding their own against the attack and precision of a modern concert grand. The lines between the source material and the manipulations are seamless, delivering an unexpected percussive drive and emotional impact.

Mary Anne Hobbs had the first play of ‘Exit’ on her 6 Music Recommends show last night, and it is now available in all the places you’d expect to find music.

Nightports w/Matthew Bourne will be released March 2nd and is available for pre-order on LP/CD/digital now via Bandcamp and the Leaf Shop. | Twitter | Facebook | | Twitter | Facebook | Live Dates |
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Introducing Warmduscher
Published 12 January 2018 by DM

Oh, you want more new signings do you? Here’s Warmduscher. Get the French polishers on speed dial.

What is Warmduscher? They’ve been described as "the offspring of a match made in hell between Fat White Family and Paranoid London". I guess we’ll never know for sure, but start at the top and work down. See what you can work out:
Clams Baker (Mutado Pintado/Paranoid London)
Lightnin’ Jack Everett (Fat White Family)
The Saulcano (Insecure Men, Fat White Family)
Mr. Salt Fingers Lovecraft (Childhood, Insecure Men)
The Witherer aka Little Whiskers (Paranoid London)

New single ‘Big Wilma’ is available now on limited edition turquoise 7” vinyl and unlimited colourless digital formats. An album will follow, as so often it does.

They’re playing The Brixton Windmill on February 1st for Independent Venue Week. Don’t sleep. | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Live Dates |
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Laurence Pike - debut solo album
Published 18 January 2018 by DM

We’re delighted to announce the debut solo album by our old friend Laurence Pike, who released two albums on Leaf as the percussionist with Australian group Triosk. You may also know his work with PVT, Szun Waves and his collaborations with many many more. Laurence is a busy man.

Originally conceived as a technological and spiritual jazz suite for drums, Distant Early Warning is a series of solo performances for kit and sampler recorded live in a single day. “For a long time I’ve been feeling there’s a central part of my musical voice that didn’t have an outlet,” Pike says. “So this album is definitely a product of inner necessity.”

Listen to ‘Life Hacks’ now.

Distant Early Warning will be released March 30th. Pre-order on LP/CD/digital via Bandcamp and the Leaf Shop. | Facebook | Instagram | Live Dates |
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