The winner of our Xmas competition is Andrew Wilson for this sterling UTR pun-marathon year review (see below)! Honourable mentions to Saunativity Youth, Terry Christmas Everybody and Trash Kit’s a Wonderful Life, you lot are TOO FUNNY! Thank you to everyone for taking part!
"YIKES, well that all went T.I.T.S. up.
THE WORLD in lockdown and MONOTONY has meant that all plans have gone KAPUTT. Nothing much to do other than to MUNCH MUNCH on lockdown snacks and dream of FUTURE ISLAND travels.
There have been NO lockdown BABIES to report on although my NAKED ROOMMATE did end up with a SOILED MATTRESS AND THE SPRINGS - less said the better!
At least Upset the Rhythm have kept us entertained with a VINTAGE CROP of new bands and music.
So, as we reach this festive time PLEASE remember your HYGIENE, don't feed the DOG CHOCOLATE, put on your festive GOWNS and HALO HALOs and head to CLECKHUDDERSFAX you LUCKY DRAGONS!
Have a good Christmas, and a better music filled 2021!"
BBC 6MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR!
15 December 2020
The wondrous Steve Lamacq has chosen Vintage Crop's scorcher of an album 'Serve To Serve Again' as his favourite album of the year for BBC Radio 6 Music's end of year list. THANK you! Tracks from the album will be featured all day today on 6 music!
1 December 2020
Well, 2020 had its challenges, but somehow in the midst of it all Upset The Rhythm still managed to release 8 records this year! We are immeasurably proud to have eased some of the tedium/stress of 2020 with incredible new music from Handle, Es, Primo!, Vintage Crop, Naked Roommate, Normil Hawaiians, Sleeper & Snake and The Green Child! We wanted to thank you all so much for supporting us as a label throughout the year, it really has meant the world to us. Bring on 2021 when we hopefully can turn on the live music tap again too. All the best with the increasing merriment!
WATCH THIS VIDEO, REPEAT!
13 November 2020
Here's the trippy fx-laden video for Naked Roommate's acutely poignant ‘Repeat’! All the colours of the disco-rainbow, handclaps aplenty and a bathtub full of sliver tinsel! Thank you Oceans of Phantasy.
‘Repeat’ is taken from Naked Roommate’s debut album ‘Do The Duvet’ out now on Upset The Rhythm.
HELLO SHIMMERING BASSET!
30 October 2020
The Green Child's arresting new record 'Shimmering Basset' is released today on Upset The Rhythm! We’ve pressed this elegant album of electronic invention and 'daydreams in a new home' up as a special eco-minded edition: recycled card for the sleeve and inserts, natural dyes, compostible outer-sleeve and reclaimed 180g vinyl too, as green as it gets for The Green Child.
The Green Child have really climbed a ladder with 'Shimmering Basset', delivering a robust album of compelling melody, expanded vision and melancholic grandeur. These are songs that fully inhabit themselves, unfurling into a redolent dreamscape, subtly handled with poise and finesse. For our last UTR release of 2020 we’re going out on a high!
FRESCO SHED OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
23 October 2020
Sleeper & Snake invite you through the door of their ‘Fresco Shed’! Upset The Rhythm released the Melbourne duo’s new album today on popping blue vinyl and a sturdy black version too. Homespun vignettes of warbled keyboards, fizzed improv interludes, shifting layers of skewed harmony and wistful yet pointed lyrical pep is their measure. There’s a delicacy at play here too with cello, harmonica and even sarangi being employed in the foundation of these frothy concoctions of outsider folk and post punk hodgepodge.
Available to stream everywhere now + buy from all the best shops and our webstore!
SOHO RADIO SPECIAL
10 October 2020
Hold on to your party hats! Upset The Rhythm has a Soho Radio special available for your ears. Lots of crucial tracks from the past/present/future, plus insightful chat with Sleeper & Snake about Tudor buildings and Guy Smith from Normil Hawaiians on performing in Switzerland in the 80s. Also, we have The Green Child booked in to discuss extreme horticulture and their fave band Hot Chocolate, whilst Naked Roommate just do their own loopy dada cut and paste interview thing! Listen up!
SOFIA PORTANET works in a cool, measured fashion, allowing the Berlin-based pop auteur to sketch out a vivid, enticing sonic universe. Born on the 9th November 1989, Portanet entered the world as the wall was brought down - now she's kicking new walls and barriers by re-inventing Neue Deutsche Welle for a new generation. Singing in English, French and German, Portanet has been taking their sound international with performance in USA and Europe since signing to Berlin label Duchess Box Records. Since releasing her debut single in 2018, she has become one of the most interesting newcomer artists in Germany with praise garnered including "Best newcomer for 2019" from Klaus Fiehe and "Germany's next big international popstar" from Lauren Laverne. Brand new album 'Freier Geist' is a record that proudly wears its influences of German music from 70s and 80s with inspirations from Ingrid Caven, Hildegard Kneef, Ideal as well as international artist such as Yma Sumac and John Maus. The album was written by Sofia Portanet and her collaborating producer Steffen Kahles at their Berlin studio. Reminiscent of 'Heroes' era Bowie and Kate Bush, Portanet's music shines bright with an austere glamour.
(Charles Moothart, Ty Segall, Chad Ubovich)
Wednesday 31 March
This show is rescheduled from July 22nd 2020, original tickets valid, refunds available too.
FUZZ are back! Ty Segall, Charles Moothart and Chad Ubovich's electrifying trio return to London this summer! Fuzz have released two studio albums to date on In The Red, their self-titled release debuting back in 2013, and the more heavy metal influenced II dropping in 2015. Moothart and Segall originally formed the group, as Moothart was a touring member and guitarist for the Ty Segall backing band, and later became the drummer of Segall's current touring group The Freedom Band. Regarding their sophomore album Ubovich stated in an interview with La Weekly: "We all kind of did something we've never done before, which was write together as a band. That was a first for all of us. Usually in our respective projects it’s all about writing on our own, and that process. This time we tried something definitely new." Look out for a new release entitled this summer too! It will be heavy, chaotically controlled, softly serpentine, and blindingly barbaric. To translate the auditory from ethereal to saliva soaked semantics is to shatter a promise as it’s made. In the meantime, Ty, Charles, and Chad walk on. It is what it is. Just like everything else.
BRIGID MAE POWER (full band show)
Thursday 22 April
This show is rescheduled from June 10th & Sept 15th 2020, original tickets valid, refunds available too.
BRIGID MAE POWER paints expansive songs that are effortless, hypnotic and folk-oriented like Judee Sill, Bill Callahan and Sharon Van Etten. The third album from the celebrated singer/songwriter, 'Head Above The Water' is a coming of age opus featuring a ground-breaking amalgamation of traditional folk and country - an engaging blend of strings, bouzouki, piano and Power’s distinctive vocal make this an achingly beautiful body of work. Recorded in analogue studio The Green Door in Glasgow with Alasdair Roberts co-producing alongside Brigid and Peter Broderick. It's a continuing tale of everyday survival; more diverse, different, a bigger canvas, with broader brushstrokes. Country and traditional folk rub shoulders, making for a juxtaposition of threads, with added instrumentation from five musicians lured into the studio to provide larger dynamics. After two lauded albums for Tompkins Square, Brigid Mae Power releases her new album on 5th June via Fire Records.
Wednesday 5 May
This show is rescheduled from May 5th & Sep 2nd 2020, original tickets valid, refunds available too.
SHOPPING are propulsive bass lines, primitive disco-not-disco drums and guitar lines sharp as broken glass. The band was formed in 2012 by members Rachel Aggs (guitar), Billy Easter (bass) and Andrew Milk (drums), who've all done time in a plethora of notable UK DIY bands including Trash Kit, Sacred Paws, Current Affairs and Wet Dog. They pull from a well of 70's post-punk with a voraciousness seldom seen these days, bringing to mind the jagged aggression of Gang of Four, the voracious yelp of The Slits and the dance inducing thrust of Delta 5 . Their debut LP 'Consumer Complaints' was released November 2013 in the UK via MILK records and quickly sold out its first pressing. A US re-issue of 'Consumer Complaints' came out in 2015 via Fat Cat records, followed up by their excellent second album 'Why Choose?'. 'The Official Body' followed in 2017, produced by Edwyn Collins and meeting with reviews proclaiming it as exhilarating as it was mesmerising! Now Shopping return on Feb 7th with their new record 'All Or Nothing'.
Written across an intense 10-day period back in February, with sessions spent in London and Glasgow. The songs that emerged are some of Shopping's boldest yet: confident, elastic, streamlined grooves that crackle with energy and intention. Uniting these ten new songs is an expression of tenacity: commitment, leaps of faith and tests of courage. Four albums in, Shopping are as committed and focused as ever, regardless of any distance. As critics have noted, the trio's vision - groove-centered; deeply queer; political by default - place them in a radical lineage of dance, a continuum connecting disco and post-punk to Chicago house and EDM. That spirit of liberation through rhythm is very much present on 'All Or Nothing', says Aggs. "We found ourselves singing about being true to yourself, in an often binary and belligerent digital age, and reclaiming agency when it feels like our personal freedom and privacy is constantly eroding." In an era dominated by spin and surveillance, 'All Or Nothing' invites us to remember what really moves us, in dance and in life.
JAKE XERXES FUSSELL
Friday 7 May
This show is rescheduled from May 12th & Sep 8th 2020, original tickets valid, refunds available too.
JAKE XERXES FUSSELL is a singer and guitarist from Durham, North Carolina. Jake's 2015 self-titled debut record, produced by and featuring William Tyler, transmutes ten arcane folk and blues tunes into vibey cosmic laments and crooked riverine rambles. Collaborating with Tyler and engineer Mark Nevers in Nashville was a conscious decision to depart cloistered trad scenes and sonics for broader, more oblique horizons. In 2017 Fussell followed his debut with a moving new album of Natural Questions in the form of transmogrified folk/blues koans. This time these radiant ancient tunes tone several shades darker while amplifying their absurdist humour, illuminating our national, and psychic, predicaments. What in the Natural World features art by iconic painter Roger Brown and contributions from three notable Nathans: Nathan Bowles (Steve Gunn), Nathan Salsburg (Alan Lomax Archive), and Nathan Golub (Mountain Goats). On his most recent album for Paradise Of Bachelors 'Out of Sight', his most finely wrought album yet, Fussell ushers up an utterly transporting selection of traditional narrative folksongs addressing the troubles and delights of love, work, and wine (i.e., the things that matter), collected from a myriad of obscure sources and deftly metamorphosed, Out of Sight contains, among other moving curiosities, a fishmonger’s cry that sounds like an astral lament; a cotton mill tune that humorously explores the unknown terrain of death and memory; and a shanty/gospel song equally concerned with terrestrial boozing and heavenly transcendence. Always compelling and deftly impressive, Jake’s live shows have become must attend events, so its with great honour that we welcome him back this May to London.
Tuesday 9 November
This show is rescheduled from April 21st & August 10th 2020 & February 17th 2021 original tickets valid, refunds available too.
PAN AMERICAN began during the summer of 1997, when Mark Nelson, guitar player and singer of the legendary Labradford, wanted to explore the possibilities of sampling and computer technology as well as his interests in dub and techno. Mark started recording a full-length album for Kranky at home and at Sound of Music Studios in Richmond, Virginia. The self-titled, debut Pan American album came out on Kranky in early 1998. Nelson continued to work on Pan American material as he worked with Labradford, learning to play pedal steel guitar, releasing singles on European labels and getting some studio time in with engineer Casey Rice. Rob Mazurek from Chicago Underground Trio and Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker of Low contributed cornet and vocals, respectively. The resulting album, 360 Business / 360 Bypass, was released by Kranky in North America (and Blast First in Europe) in early 2000.
More singles and album followed, along with the occasional live performance. Nelson's placement behind a synthesizer and mixing desk belied the improvisational nature of the live mix. Between sternum-rattling bass rhythms and Nelson's willingness to challenge an audience of with outbursts of static, Pan American shows were more than the usual knob-twiddling and smooth noodle maps, traded dub undertow for percussive points, field recordings and an ominous drone.
Nelson's latest offering as Pan American, 'A Son' (Kranky 2019), is a return his musical and spiritual beginnings. Spare, subdued, and largely acoustic, A Son unfurls like late summer dusk on the edge of town, expansive but intimate. Motivated by notions of "moving backward" and tracing roots - as well as a couple years of hammered dulcimer lessons - the album's nine songs were written and recorded in his home in Evanston, Illinois, and honed during a solo tour in Europe in 2018. The emphasis on uncluttered arrangements and the centrality of the guitar and vocals reveal these songs as the most direct and emotional statement of his career. Nelson cites everything from June Tabor, The Carter Family, Suicide, and Jimmy Reed as oblique inspirations, though his truest muse was creative self-inquiry: "What does music do, Where does music start? How simple can it be? How honest can it be?"