Blow Up Records
Blow Up Records is a London based independent record label that was started in 1994 by Paul Tunkin, founder and promoter of the legendary Blow Up club (1993-present). The first release was a ltd 7" for Paul's band The Weekenders, which lead to releases for other acts and compilation albums. Music on the label ranges from 60s to New Wave, from Pop to Electronica; pretty much reflecting and complementing the sensibility of the Blow Up club.
The Blow Up label is responsible for compilations such as the ground-breaking "Exclusive Blend" music library series, 'Blow Up A-Go-Go: Dancefloor Classics' and several series of limited seven inches featuring bands from across Europe and the UK. Blow Up released the first Add N to X album as well as albums for recent acts such as Big Boss Man, The Bongolian, Baltic Fleet, Silvery, Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck, Neon Plastix, Alfa 9 and more reflecting the label's continuing eclectic output. Blow Up Records also have a publishing arm Blow Up Songs which publishes the majority of works that the label now releases. Blow Up are also the same team that promotes live concerts and clubs for the Metro Club on Oxford Street, London. (Please go to the venue myspace for bookings etc.) Blow Up also released 'Blow Up A-Go-Go: Dancefloor Classics' inconjunction with V2 Records in 1999.
2009: This June Silvery follow up last year's releases with their 5th single 'The Nishikado E.P.' and Sweden's Mockingbird, Wish Me Luckk release their second single 'Moves On The Screen'. Big Boss Man will be releasing their eagerly awaited 3rd album this Summer - stayed tuned for more details soon! In the meantime check out Blow Up Artists Live, subscribe to our mailing list, RSS feed or join us here on myspace, facebook (group, fan page), twitter.
2008: 2008 has been the most release-packed year yet for Blow Up with several debuts including the Kraut Rock inspired Baltic Fleet (his self-titled debut No. 29 Rough Trade's Top 50 Albums of 2008 & in Piccadilly Records Top 100 Albums of 2008), London artrockers Silvery (album 'Thunderer & Excelsior' No.19 Artrocker's Albums of The Year 2008, a BBC 6Music Album of the Day and more) and indie-pop from Sweden's Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck ('Days Come And Go' album placed in one of the Top 4 Albums of 2008 lists in Sweden's national daily Sydsvenskan and described as "an album to pay attention to" by AllMusic). Big Boss Man's Nasser Bouzida also found time to release the third album by his alter-ego The Bongolian ("A Latin-flavoured jazz-funk odyssey" Q magazine) which has been winning fans worldwide.
2007: The ever prolific Mr. Bouzida has just finished mixing his third Bongolian album with Nick Terry (SMD, Klaxons, Libertines) so stay tuned for this release, and new signing Baltic Fleet who is currently mixing his debut with Nick too. Sticking with the album theme we are reissuing our 'Blow Up presents Exclusive Blend' series (a relief as some have been fetching up to £100 on eBay!), and nicely timed too as The KPM Allstars featured on Volumes 1 and 2 were chosen to perform at Jarvis Cocker's Meltdown this June.
2005-2006: Over the last couple of years the we've released several one-off singles for Swedish bands CDOASS and Strip Music, and UK acts Eight Legs and The Rifles (Blow Up 45 Series). We also released singles for Doncaster electro/pop group Neon Plastix and saw the Big Boss Man track 'Party 7' picked up for Nike's worldwide World Cup campaign. Their 2001 album 'Humanize' that this was taken from was previously used as the soundtrack for the 1999 short film 'Sweet' featuring the Mighty Boosh too (available for the first time this year). We also released the long-awaited follow-up to The Bongolian's first album in 2006 'Blueprint', as well as the debut album for new psychedelic signings Alfa 9 titled'Then We Begin' which was recorded with Liverpool based producer Mike Cave.
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