Friday, 25 January 2008


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and we have a handy calendar now for all the stuff happening:

Album of the week comes in the shape of Steve Aoki’s amazing mixtape. Now you might not know who said spinner is but he’s the man behind the US label Dim Mak, the home of Whitey, Bloc Party, Klaxons and many more. It’s packed with more indie-electro smashers than is probably healthy – so far, so blogasphere-saturated run of the mill fodder. But Mr Aoki is a connected man and has managed to rope Uffie, Spank Rock, Kid Sister and many more to MC, sing, toast and generally misbehave over the top, making this a unique party slice of right now.

Check out a cheeky little vid:

The bell rings and it’s single of the week time! High ‘spirits’ for sure, for Laura Marling’s Ghosts is a record that is so extraordinarily good that it takes some time after the wee seven inch stops playing to fully return to normal. It makes us a bit weepy, in a good way, and we find we seem to be returning to it every second or third rotation in the shop, pulled in by its hypnotic charms. Looks nice too, as all her records have so far – no naff black and white snapshots here. A gentle artist, one who quite clearly takes her craft extremely seriously, and at 17 years old we reckon she might well be the most significant musical find of the last 12 months. Can’t wait for the album.

Adam Kesher is an unusual fella. Primarily because he’s actually several men, not just one. Yup, the most confusing band name since Keith doesn’t detract from the fact that this is a four track EP of the purest, scratchiest, heartiest, loveliest indie-dancefloor action you’re likely to find. It’s on Lost in Paris (although we doubt this gang get stuck in the City of Light too often – seeing as they’re from there!) it arrives on a big black disc of good vibes and basically it’s essential if you’re a fan of fun. Which most of us are.
(Like these kids:)

Also out in the long player game are the eagerly awaited debuts from These New Puritans and Vampire Weekend. The first comes packaged like an episode from Stargate, what with oddball number patterns and artwork that’s a little bit Aztec, but also a bit science fiction… "What’s your favourite number, what does it mean?" The band ask this on er… Numbers. And there’s a free copy of the album to the best answer to this question sent to

Vampire Weekend’s debut album takes a few listens (and good grief we’ve worn the CD player out) but it’s a mesmerising journey through four brainacs’ expansive record collections. Highlife flourishes collide with moments of ska and Tudorian string signatures – it basically should be the worst record ever made. Instead, it’s a kaleidoscope of musical influences that’s quite simply a joy from start to finish.

A-Punk Video directed by Hammer and Tongs!

Also out…

Hot Chip shape up for their amazing new album – we just heard it this week and it really is quite wonderful – with Ready For The Floor, Adele unveils her debut album straight after her single crashes the top five, Cobra Dukes release their second 12 with remixes from Optimo and hotly tipped Aeroplane, Yuksek unveils his latest EP showing he’s no one trick electro pony with a trio of future funk whoppers, Mai Shi show why they’re the most exciting American band since… er Vampire Weekend with their excellent Run To The Grave single, and Institubes is back with the latest Bobmo 10”.


Friday, 18 January 2008

PG BLOGiTORIAL TIME! 2008 Issue #2

It’s always a warm feeling when you open up a package mailed to us, expecting it to be DJ Dirty with a new promo of his track Dirty Beatz 4 Dirty Mindz (sic) which you’re all ready to donate to the bin, and it’s actually some DIY lo-fi recording from a band you’ve never heard of that you stick on and turns out to be absolutely fantastic. Hot Damn, that’s a great feeling. This is what happened this week, when a slender mailer arrived featuring a mini album from Brighton-based er… Hot Damn. It’s only £4, has four tracks on it, and is a joy – featuring all manner of Tortoise-esque post-rock twiddlings and oddball grooves. A treat. Get it here.

One More Grain’s new single is probably our most played in-shop track of the week; one of those nuggets that’s quite unlike anything you’ve heard for a while. With a nod to Arab Strap, The Fall, and er… Cinematic Orchestra (?!) it’s a bizarrely orated vocal sat aplomb a bed of beautifully warm drum ‘n’ brass (or jazz as it’s often known…) and it’s quite the treat. One listen and it’ll be lodged in your head. White Heat comes up trumps again. Grab it now.

Oh how we love Noah & The Whale!! We want them as an in-house band, playing at our whim daily, narrating our life. A reality that’s much similar to our dream awaits YOU; if you download these songs you can put them in your pocket like a mini-Noah & The Whale! This WILL improve your life.*

This comes with an EXCLUSIVE FREE TRACK (when you buy the bundle) ONLY FROM PURE GROOVE!! (only available from Monday).
We've got more than two copies coming onto this ark, in fact we've got loads! We're having a whale of a time listening to it! You'll sea what we mean....

Go to our myspace for a preview!

And download that bundle from Monday.

At Christmas time, we had some gigs in the ship, which we wittily called the Festive-Al. It was fantastic, and we’ll be doing it again in 11 months time. One of the bestest shows was the magnificent Domino night with Puregroove faves Lightspeed Champion and Eugene Mcguiness. Then Emmy The Great and Jeremy Warmsley played too! Lightspeed is the latest from this prodigious bunch to unveil an album, and it’s a whopper. Beautifully bleak lyrics, a fine selection of songs, and guest stars including Emmy – all good. Get yer mitts on it.

Don't forget this it TOMORROW:

Click it for event page.

It's a 1st come 1st serve basis, and the shop is small: You do the maths!
We are not monkeying around. This is going to go ape. Gorilla gig anyone!?!?

Out on 7” and 12”, Das Pop’s newie Fool For Love is the best thing out of Belgium since Soulwax, who are here producing their pals! The bigger disc has remixes from hot stuff Sebastian and Yuksek, the former being an absolute peach – all orchestral swayings and mucky French compressed house joy. The smaller sibling contains just the pop gem of the original and another little tune. All is fool of love when you hear this.
At the moment there’s no need to cry over Spilt Milk as we’ve still got copies of their winning seven inch in stock! A tune that skims past-your-eyes (skimmed… pasteurised, geddit?) in a blur of pure-pop goodness, it’s been lighting up the shop in these dark, winter nights. Like Los Campesinos and such masterful twee moments? But while it’s twee, this Milk certainly isn’t cheesy. You’ll love this dairy.

Also in… the lovely new single from Cass McCombs, the Love Is All remix album that features Optimo and Metronomy on knob twiddling duties among others, the new Toddla T single with more bottom-end than J-Lo and also features the best Count Of Monte Crystal and Sinden remix in ages, the new Kitsune compilation is rather wonderful and features all manner of exclusives, the Adele single you’re no doubt aware of, and the Cat Power album is a collection of lovely cover versions. Check it all here.

Love from Pure Groove. x

[ *We cannot guarantee your life will improve, only your record collection. The rest is up to you mate. ]

Friday, 11 January 2008

BLOGiTORIAL '08 style

OK, The big news is that we’ve got the mighty Diamond Hoo Ha Men playing next weekend. Who are they we hear you cry?! Well, it’s Gaz and Danny from Supergrass, who’ll be playing a frenetic set of old classics, new classics, and classics from a time that’s in between. So if you want to go out, you’ll find it’ll be more than alright, and pumping on the stereo will be a fine selection of hits to get you moving. Come on down for the party of the year! There’s even going to be a dancing gorilla in a suit going ape! We’re not monkeying around! Saturday 19th January at 4pm. YEAH 4pm OK?

Check em:
Diamond Hoo Ha Men Are Coming (Teaser #2)

We have loads of instores in Feb!
How about…

Feb 7th - School Of Language (Field Music side project) - 6.30pm

Feb 9th - Duke Spirit - album launch... - 6pm start

Feb 15th - Operator Please - single launch - 6.30pm start

Feb 16th - Let's Wrestle - ep launch - 4pm start

Feb 28th - Pete And The Pirates - album launch - 6.30pm

March 12th - Josh Weller (acoustic) - single launch - 6.30pm

ALL FREE. Come say hello. Fraid there’ll be no mulled wine like the Christmas instores, but we will provide smiles, shelter and sunny vibes.

Single of the week comes from Cocosuma, the slickest, smoothest, sexiest French band since St Ettiene. Who weren’t even from France – they were from Archway! But if you like the dulcet tones of said band, and the hazy indie of bands like The Sundays and Mazzy Star, then check this lot out – it’s a beautifully sleek record that makes me close my eyes and imagine I’m strolling down a Parisian back alley with my new girlfriend Bridgette, as we saunter in and out of clothing boutiques revelling in our cross-channel love affair. Then the 271 bus zaps past and sprays filthy rain water over me and I’m back in N19 on a pissing wet evening. One of our faves of recent times, this is a Puregroove exclusive! Enjoy. I’m off home to dry off.

Give it a listen at our myspace!

See them here being live:

Album of the week time people! In our expensive consumerist times, the concept of cost has become totally blurred. People think a CD at £10 yet might change their life yet is a lot, while £3 for a coffee somehow seems excellent value. However, with Across The Pennines compilations, even the most ardent crapacino fan might be swayed into finding value in music. For these CDs come in at £2! Which admittedly might get you a 1/3 share of a muffin in a high street coffee shop, but you should buy this instead. For it has Elle S’Appelle, Answering Machine, Headlines and Dead Disco among others! All good!

As always, check our myspace for a cheeky sample!

Oh, and our friends at Tough Love Records have given us a special remixed version of The Sequins to give you FOR FREE. The mix is by Rubicks and it’s of former single Catholic Guilt. It can be downloaded at this link.

Ever fancied sharing a hot tub with Herve, or doing a few lengths with WhoMadeWho? Or maybe you prefer your nightclubs to just have a sweaty floor full of people too attractive to possibly be real and loud woofers? Well, whatever you’re into, we suggest you get to the first Modular special party of 2008 at The Aquarium near Old Street tube in London. It’s on Feb 8th, it’ll be a late one and it has live bands and plenty of DJs… plus the venue has a swimming pool and hot tub! Quite how clean the water will be once 500 sweaty nutbags jump in after moshing around to Primary 1 live is open to question but hey, hygiene can easily be brushed aside in the pursuit of hedonism.

Tickets available here.


That's all for now, folks.

See ya on the 19th.