Coming soon from state51: She Makes War

We are delighted to announce that Direction of Travel, the new album from She Makes War, will be released on The state51 Conspiracy label in April.

Direction of Travel is She Makes War’s third studio album, following Disarm (2010) and Little Battles (2012).

It’s filled with her own brand of inspirational gloom-pop, drawing on grunge and 90s alt-rock; heartfelt and bittersweet songs without so much as a grain of self-pity.

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She Makes War is the prolific, hard working Bristol-based multi-instrumentalist Laura Kidd. We’re proud to be working with another outstanding artist and album on The state51 Conspiracy label. We can’t wait for the release.

She Makes War will be launching Direction of Travel in Bristol on March 26th at Thekla. We’ll be there!

In the meantime, follow She Makes War on Twitter, Spotify, FacebookYouTube and Instagram to get the latest news fired at you the second it happens.

New Music: Immersion, Woodpigeon, Anti-Ghost Moonray, dgoHn

We’ve got some highly diverse, unusual and typically brilliant music to talk about… so let’s get on…


Various Artists – Annual General Meeting Vol.1 (Anti-Ghost Moonray)

Anti-Ghost Moonray’s totally immersive Annual General Meeting compilation features the label’s most loved artists and new finds.

Woodpigeon, Faithful (wiaiwya)

Atmospheric, fragile indie-pop.

Immersion, Analogue Creatures (swim)  

First new material from Newman/Spiegal’s Immersion in 15 years , featuring layered sonic treats.

dgoHn: All The Fuckin’ As (Love Love Records)

Unrelenting drums, a high octane remix and great titles to boot.


Remember you can stay up to date with all the best new music by following our Spotify playlist.

New Music: Dextro, Rail Cables, Blackboxx, Chaams, Louis Fingers

Here’s this week’s round up of the week’s best new and independent music…


In the Crossing, Dextro (16k)

Effortlessly expressive gritty ambient soundscapes that move and thrill you.


Nightshades, Blackboxx (Slime Recordings)

Dark and addictive chill-wave. Like pins and needles running down your spine.


Untro, Chaams ([Re]Sources)

Breakneck grime ‘n’ bass to destroy dance floors. The equivalent of a sonic slap in the face.


The Wire EP, Louis Fingers (Plus Recordings)

Simple, effective bass and beats. Powerful house music from the masters.


Rail Cables – Autumn Selection (Rail Cables)

Glitches, space, beats and pieces. Sublime work from Rail Cables as ever from their continuing series of highly recommended seasonal selections.


Remember you can stay up to date with all the best new music by following our Spotify playlist.

Welcome, Bella Union

We’re thrilled to announce that Bella Union are the latest label to join the Greedbag community with their new online store.

Founded in 1997 by Simon Raymonde and Robin Guthrie, Bella Union have long been recognised as one of the most exciting and respected labels in the world.

They have released artists as varied and wonderful as Mercury Rev, Beach House, John Grant, Zun Zun Egui, Xiu Xiu and many, many, many (many) more.

All of this beautiful music, lots of it on equally beautiful vinyl and CD, is now available in their brand new store.  New releases on vinyl or CD come with free downloads too.

Bella Union have typically excellent plans for 2016.

There are new releases on the way from Emmy The Great, M Ward, Explosions In The Sky, Wild Nothing and lots more.

They’ll also be offering artist exclusives and merchandise through their Greedbag shop.

So welcome, Bella Union! We’re proud to be working with them and their fantastic music.

This is the best record bag in the world

Ghost Box,  one of the world’s iconic and innovative electronic music labels have just made the world’s best record bag. If you really love records, no other record bag makes sense.

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The Bag

Ghost Box have commissioned a super limited edition of perfectly handcrafted bespoke record bags from luxury bag artisans Original Peter.

Only ten of these beautiful canvas 12″ record bags have been produced. They are available to buy at the Ghost Box store.

Design and Craft

The record bags are cut, assembled and stitched in the UK using traditional methods, from double-bonded waterproof canvas with high grade leather, brass and military webbing.

The front flap features Ghost Box’s famous logo and text, designed by world-renowned artist Julian House . It reproduces a moiré effect in embroidery.

This required two embroidered patterns sewn in over each other, an unusual and surprisingly complex technique, and the overall effect is superb.

Features

Not only are these bags things of beauty and ones you will want to carry with you at all times, they also look after your records.

Each Ghost Box record bag  comes with a pair of bespoke record stiffeners in canvas.

A copy of “In a Moment… The best of Ghost Box” on double gatefold vinyl  is included in each bag. The record celebrates 10 years of the label.

Rail Cables

We are delighted to be working with Rail Cables. Check out these beautiful records to see just why…

Available NOW for wholesale, drop us a line to discuss your order.

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New Music: Murcof, Franck Vigroux & Matthew Bourne, Vic Mars and more

Here’s this week’s round up of the week’s best new and independent music. A feast of great music this time round.


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Other Voices 06, Cavern of Anti-Matter (Ghost Box)

Two special recordings, for Ghost Box’s equal special Other Voices series, from Tim Gane’s low key, elusive and damned near perfect Berlin based band Cavern of Anti- Matter. “Pulsing River Velvet Phase” is a beautifully evolving melodic piece for guitar and synths. Reminiscent of Gane’s Stereolab work, it’s a five minute epic that blossoms organically as it joyfully shifts mood and time signatures. On “Phototones” Cavern of Anti-Matter are in more typical motorik territory. A delightfully upbeat head-nodder.

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Other Voices 07, ToiToiToi (Ghost Box)

Two witty, electronic diversions featuring plasticine synthesizers, spectral voices of origin, and haphazard percussion (likely to appeal to fans of Roj).

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The Land and the Garden, Vic Mars (Clay Pipe Music)

From Clay Pipe Music:

“Vic Mars is a Herefordshire born musician currently based in London, having returned from spending over a decade in Nagoya, Japan.

In 2013, whilst still based in Japan but on a visit home, Vic was stuck by the reprints of vintage British Railway posters hanging in his brothers house.

Back in Japan, homesick and inspired by his childhood memories of the Herefordshire landscape he started the initial recordings for The Land and the Garden, carefully piecing together string and Mellotron soundscapes using archaic tracker software, and recording direct to cassette tape.

During this time he immersed himself in the music of British classical composers such as Gustav Holst, and Ralph Vaughan Williams, the minimalist work of Wim Mertens and 1970’s children’s BBC soundtracks such as those by Freddie Phillips, and Vernon Elliot.”

We can confirm the result is another thoroughly lovely release from a thoroughly lovely label.

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Radioland: Radio-Activity Revisited, Franck Vigroux & Matthew Bourne (The Leaf Label)

This is a unique, very special collaboration between Franck Vigroux, the composer and sound artist and Perrier Jazz award-winning pianist and composer Matthew Bourne. Earlier in 2015, they reimagined Kraftwerk’s 1975 masterpiece Radio-Activity live, with installation artist Antoine Schmitt, on the 40th anniversary of the release, using a formidable barrage of analogue equipment and live visual imagery. Released now on the ever-wonderful Leaf Label.

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Martes + Utopía Murcof (The Leaf Label)

The 2002 masterpiece Martes reissued as part of Leaf’s 20th anniversary celebrations. Martes has been resequenced with the original tracks from the subsequent album Utopía, plus three rarities from the Martes era, all with new, updated artwork.

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SUNTURNS are a Norwegian super-group devoted to Christmas, featuring members of Making Marks, Moddi, The Little Hands Of Asphalt, Monzano and Einar Stray Orchestra. You may have guessed that Christmas II is their second Christmas album.

It features 10 original Christmas songs, inspired by everything from My Bloody Valentine to A-ha, and one Ramones cover.

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Remember you can stay up to date with all the best new music by following our frankly superb Spotify playlist.

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