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Blow Up Records is a London based independent established in 1994 by Blow Up Club club founder Paul Tunkin.

Music on the label ranges from 60s to New Wave, from Pop to Electronica and it is still run by the same team that brings you the legendary Blow Up Club night (1993 to present), and who promoted The Metro Club on Oxford Street in London until its closure for CrossRail in 2009. 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, Daiquiri Fantomas, David Woodcock and more reflecting the label’s continuing eclectic output.

2013: 2013 saw Baltic Fleet win this year’s Liverpool GIT Award, be nominated for Liverpool Music Awards Album of The Year (along side Miles Kane and Ian Skelly) and perform at Yoko Ono’s Meltdown.

After a long haitus Alfa 9 returned with the stripped back West-Coast influenced second album Gone To Ground and swung back into live action.

2013 also saw two debut releases for new signings Daiquiri Fantomas and David Woodcock. Sicilian experimental duo Daiquiri Fantomas released their debut album ‘MHz Invasion’ this August, including the fantastic ‘Moogchile’ described as ‘Air meets John Barry’. more / listen… Essex-based singer-songwriter David Woodcock released his debut single ‘Same Things’, and the ltd. 7” ‘Tease’ more / listen…

Whilst Fay Hallam continued her UK & European tour dates in support of last year’s ‘Lost In Sound’ more / listen…
Meanwhile both Big Boss Man and The Bongolian have been touring around Europe, whilst The Bongolian returned for two storming sets at Blow Up this October and December.

2012: 2012 has currently one of the labels busiest schedules to date, with the debut release from Fay Hallam and The Bongolian with their Lost In Sound album, Baltic Fleet’s second album ‘Towers’ which has already been tipped as an album of the year by Louder Than War magazine and was recently a Rough Trade Shops album of the week. After a long hiatus, Alfa 9 return with their second album the ‘Gone To Ground’, which has already been strongly tipped in Shindig! Magazine ahead of release. Nick Terry is completing mixing in Norway for the debut album from Sicilian duo Daiquiri Fantomas, and Southend singer-songwriter David Woodcock is currently recording his debut album for Blow Up in his hometown: both being new signings for 2012. Big Boss Man are back in the studio working on their fourth album for the label. …And there’s more projects in the pipeline to be announced soon.

2011: 2011 has been a quieter year for album releases with most artists writing or recording, the only album release coming from The Bongolian who released his fourth - the highly acclaimed ‘Bongos For Beatniks’. In February, Blow Up hosted a night at HMV’s annual Next Big Thing with artists The Bongolian, Baltic Fleet and Silvery appearing live together. Whist tracks from these bands gained support at BBC 6 Music - Silvery’s single Two Halves Of The Same Boy making the playlist for a month at the station, The Bongolian was interviewed by Nemone on her daytime show on the day of the concert with Baltic Fleet gaining several plays across on the station of tracks from the debut album and 3 Dollar a Dress being picked up and used as a sound bed for a 6 Music ad campaign.

2010: Releases by Silvery ‘Railway Architecture’ which received several glowing 4/5 reviews in the UK music press and great support at BBC6 Music whilst the debut album from Neon Plastix ‘Awesome Moves’ was released, several tracks from which have gone on to being key music placements in US film and TV.

2009: This June Silvery follow up last year’s releases with their 5th single ‘The Nishikado E.P.’ and Sweden’s Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck 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.

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 (Bongolian, Klaxons, Libertines) so stay tuned for this release, and new signing Baltic Fleet is currently mixing his debut with Nick too. Sticking with the album theme we’ll also be 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 have been chosed 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.

Edited by BlowUpRecords on 9 Jan 2014, 18:08

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