Friday, 29 February 2008

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Apologies for all those that wanted a copy of the Ting Tings single. We tried to get more, but we literally got sent a handful that were shipped out to the fastest orderers. It was out of our hands we’re afraid. :(

The Cazals pop into the shop on Monday for an instore – they’ll be here at 6.30 to play a set and sign copies of their new single Life Is Boring, which is out on 12” and 7”.
Pete & The Pirates instore from yesterday:

Hatcham Social have been playing round London for some time, and they’ve had a few fine singles out. But it really feels like they’ve really hit their stride now, and the release of this frankly wonderful record is a real signal of intent. Sounding like vintage Postcard Records but bolstered with a grittier edge courtesy of Horrors man Faris, who puts on the production jacket for this, So So Happy Making is going to be everywhere soon. Limited copies which’ll be gone pretty shortly, so how about Hatcham a plan to get one in your shopping basket?

Operator Please arrived to play at Pure Groove last week. When they arrived we almost called the Missing Children helpline, so sprightly faced do these young Aussie whipper snappers look! But once we’d realised they were no Dickensian street urchins but in fact the hottest new sugar fuelled pop band since CSS, we laughed out loud and helped plug their guitars in. And what a racket they create – all tight riffs, punched out with splashes of violin and Amandah (note the ‘h’ – don’t DARE say her name without it!) screaming her lungs out. It was quite a session, and we kindly got em to sign the many, many copies of their latest single Get What You Want! Move fast! Single of the week, y’know?

DFA follows its incredible 2007 with more good vibes, launching a quadruple header in the coming weeks, all of which are going to become ubiquitous disco soundscapes. Firstly, there’s Shocking Pinks' Cutout, remixed into one of the most heart-stopping grooves you could ever imagine by Tussle’s new side project, Expanding Head Band. Nathan Fake and Echospace also join in for this double 12” On its tail follows Juan Maclean's multicoloured old-skool single Happy House. Perhaps best of all, the newie from Hercules and Love Affair, who rope in Antony Hegarty for the irresistibly tops-off and supremely uplifting Blind. We’ve just heard the Hercules album, and it’s absolutely wonderful. After 2007, when dance music seems to have become obsessed with the grind and the shuddering basslines, it’s nice to have a bit of glamour and sleaze back in the grooves.

MGMT are everywhere at the moment. We turn on Jools Holland, we see them bopping away. We listen to John Kennedy, they’re in japing with XFM’s stripey jumpered new music guru. We head out onto our allotment to take home our fine supersized organic mushrooms we’ve been growing, and blimmin’ MGMT have been there since 8am cultivating their leeks and turnips. Anyway, their album is already proving to be one of 2007’s most popular cuts in Pure Groove, and now lead single Time To Pretend is out to transform them from cult heroes and part-time soup-makers into global superstars. Can’t be long before Kate Moss is sniffing… *

* - although that might be the fine whiff of their tasty broth.


Album of the week time!Lykke Li is one of our favourite new artists of recent months and we’re delighted to have her sparkling new album in stock. Unfortunately it only arrived in the shop a mere minute or two before the blog was put to bed, so no bad puns, funny gags or cheap Youtube footage until next week! Check our myspace for a sample of the album. Buy it here.

One of the hottest bands in town are The Shoes. Now the record is out soon but they have a special party next Saturday and WE HAVE TICKETS. We partly love this band because their impeccably produced dancefloor magic make us want to strip off and jump around with no fear, and partly because they offer such magnificent pun opportunities. Here’re five for starters. Sole music that will be clogging up the airwaves soon, The Shoes are going to be sticking the boot in to the competition with their polished beats. Hold on, that’s only four! Damn, couldn’t think of any more, we better slipper way before we get lynched… Anyway, catch them, along with loads of other goodies at Barfly next weekend. Click here to snap em up.

Buy yr mum a pressie here.
You know she loves that Lets Wrestle record......

Friday, 22 February 2008

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So what else is going down in PG town?

Whitey’s first new single in 18 months has just arrived. You probably don’t need any more prose from us to whet your appetite so if you’ve already made the correct decision to snap up this wonderful EP then you can move on and you’ll get an extra 15 seconds to spend later this evening. Need convincing more? OK, well Made Of Night (Hot Chip were Made In The Dark… what’s with these guys revealing all their secrets?) features four tracks - primary number Sweetwords For The Sour is a monstrous floor shaker, Not You Again will be familiar to fans for it’s a new version of Nonstop, Made Of Night is an eerie shuddery cut, and Shaking On A String was recorded on a dictaphone in a hotel bathroom. Nice! Single of the week! available on download too!

Album of the week time! Sebastian Tellier is something of an enigma. Eccentric, colourful, confusing - for sure. But there’s no denying that when the man gets down on his electronic piano things, he can craft some of the most glorious orchestral space disco music the world (and the one Seb is from) has ever heard. Arpegiated synthlines bounce about a bed of twinkles, strums and bleeps, all produced by Daft Punk’s Guy Man. Yup, he’s stepped down from his pyramid just landed from Electroma to help his fellow Parisian brother out. What an album! And a free mixtape that Seb Tell has done just for us! You lucky people!

Some fine pre-order rumblings for you.Much like the little woman selling bootleg products from a Gola bag in your local pub - YOU WANT DVD? We have free ones to giveaway with Operator Please and Supergrass’s upcoming albums, featuring footage of their instore. YOU WANT MIXTAPES? OK, we’ve not heard that in our local… Anyway how about checking out Los Campesinos and The Teenagers, who’ve knocked up special sessions for us for their newies. Basically, if you want extra bits, come check us out.

Causing a splash are new Preston act Team Waterpolo. Diving in head first, this is no treading water indie schmindie - in fact, Letting Go is one of the best slices of groovy guitar funk we’ve heard in some time. No wonder they’re making waves, this limited 7” is a real keeper, and H2-O my god, it’s another bomb from Moshi Moshi. Our favourite new (arm) band, this’ll be all over the net soon, and it won’t cost you a mint. If you want more info - check Goggle!! Think you can do better? Best Team Waterpolo pun we’ve not used gets a pile of seven inch singles, including this one! Email with your answer.


Now this next release is very special indeed. Another UK exclusive for us from our wonderful pals at Arcade Mode, the self proclaimed Domino’s Pizza of Parisian audio excellence (with good reason too). If (like us) you keep your ear to the ground and hang with the coolest kids you’ll remember Jean Nipon & Orgasmic’s sneaky little promo Eurogirls compilation featuring some dope anonymous baille funk tracks last summer. Well them lovely boys and girls are back!

That’s right, Arcade Mode is putting out a mini series of Baltimore Club EPs, limited to 1000 and all hand-numbered by some poor work experience kid! Featuring tracks by Orgasmic and Bobmo from the Institubes crew alongside Round Table Knights, Kazey & Bulldog and DJ Tameil. Also check out the Arcade Mode t-shirts in stock now.

Thanks to all who came down to the quiz. (24 teams!!!) it was probably the most rock n roll quiz ever. Flaming quiz sheets and all. We even got told to turn the quiz down because there was a gig downstairs (?!?)

See our events for the next time....

Friday, 15 February 2008

Pure Groove: fingers on buzzers.

Any kind of band that makes Simon Cowell angry is one that wins our love. And Glasvegas are about as far away from an industry-moulded project as it’s possible to be. An accent so thick that the label might need to re-dub it for North American markets; beautifully widescreen yet utterly melancholy melodies, and lyrical content so dripping in pathos that you might need a handkerchief to listen to it. Not the boxes than many labels would tick in their search for the next big thing – but every imprint in the land is chasing them, and no wonder, for they’re the most beautiful new band we’ve heard in ages. Supremely limited seven inch that’ll go within days… Move fast!

Ah, rrrr kid, one of our favourite bands are back. With the CDs and vinyls safely stored in Davey Jones’s locker, Pete and the Pirates sail back into Pure Groove’s waters with the arrival of their debut long player. For 1.25 pieces of eight (or £10 as it’s better known *) you can own your own copy of Little Death to treasure, one of the finest slices of tight angular indie pop you’re likely to hear this year. Featuring the singles Knots and Mr Understanding, it’ll send a shiver (me timbers) up your spine.

* - Please note that the limited vinyl edition is 1.5 pieces of eight, or £12 if you don’t have any gold.

Q: where can you buy the best stuff?


The first ever Pure Groove Pop Quiz is this Tuesday - 19th February. It's at Slaughtered Lamb pub on 34-35 Great Sutton Street, London, EC1V 0DX with a sharp 8pm start. Teams of five, so come on down and take on a variety of music heads! Prizes and exclusives on the night! See you there!







Go here for the event page.

See you there, brainboxes!!

Friday, 8 February 2008

Pure Groove BLOGiTORIAL love-up.

Instore frenzy in Archway this week! We have Duke Spirit (more on this below), Lovvers on Monday 11th Feb, and Operator Please on Friday 15th Feb. Come down and bathe in the joy of free music at the Pure Groove!

Local heroes Duke Spirit arrive for a fabulous and exclusive instore to promote their new long player Neptune, which is a leap forward from their debut. We love this band, and as a special treat for their favourite shop, they kindly put together an exclusive mixtape to giveaway with the album. And like it’s some imaginary poker battle, we took their kind kind gift and raised them an instore DVD to add to the bundle. But the real winner is you, for you get the whole caboodle. £10 stake required however....
See you here tomorrow (Sat 9th Feb) 6pm.

Single of the week time! This is one to whet your appetite – a new band with a massive bite ready to eat up the competition. The Mouth have the key ingredients of a mighty rock’n’roll prospect – massive sound, bags of swagger and songs referencing streets full of pharmaceuticals, in this case Cocaine Lane, which we looked up on Google Maps. Couldn’t find it. In the wrong hands this could sound like the kind of annoying pub rock shambles that can ruin many a quiet Friday drink in the local, but these boys thankfully are all Mouth and all trousers. Good god, we can’t believe we just wrote that. Forgive us father!

It’s been a good few months for greasy men oiled up and jumping on each other for the crowd’s entertainment. But enough of our recent prison-themed parties... We’re talking the rebirth of wrestling! First Greco Roman launched a label with fab artwork featuring an ‘international sonic wrestler’ and a clubnight featuring a live wrestling ring! Second, Hot Chip dedicating a whole song on their recent album to it, called er… Wrestling. But local spandex crew Let’s Wrestle have piledrived the lot of them by naming their whole band after said event! Their debut mini long-player is our album of the week, and it’s something of a corker! Six tracks of riduclous, lo-fi punk with lashings of good times melodic pop fun, it’s as joyous as it is amusing. It may be wrestling, but it ain’t ropey… Sorry, we’ll get our leotards…

Check out a Let's Wrestle supercool lo-fi video:

Laura Marling’s album has been keeping us sane all week, it really is quite lovely. Two editions of this – normal CD version that comes in a CD box and contains a CD and CD sized paper inlay. Plays on CD players. Then there’s a beautiful box-set edition, that contains the normal CD version (that comes in a CD box etc etc) as well as a gig ticket, artwork and wee Laura herself, folded up like the gymnast in Oceans Eleven, who pops out and plays Ghosts for you and your family. Note: she doesn’t really. 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.

Have you heard the Adam Kesher EP? It's totally frickin ace yknow? 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 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. Grab it from us if you havnt already snapped one of those hot puppies up! Have a listen here.


ps- Check out a little snippet of the School Of Language instore:

and find yourself with all our upcoming events.

Friday, 1 February 2008

BLOGiTORIAL Pancake Week!

Pancakes, records, its all the same to us.

We’re not lion to you, this is one of the most exciting new acts of 2008. Super talented singer/producer Primary 1 celebrates his recent signing to Atlantic with a one-off single on Erol Alkan’s wonderful Phantasy Sounds, and Hold Me Down is a perfect slice of tight-leather trousered sleaze-funk that remains all the groove and charm of classic 80s boogie productions without sounding like backing music for The Wedding Singer. Backed with a cracking mix from hotly tipped The Shoes (check their debut single to pre-order on the Pure Groove site) and a couple of rubs from Yuksek.

No video for this song, so instead we have Horace's 1st year in primary school:


Right, they’re currently getting more press coverage than even Kevin Keegan, so not much can be said for Hot Chip’s newie Made In The Dark other than we’ve listened to it about a million times in the last week, and we can safely assure you that it’s a truly special record. It does take its time to absorb – the mix of influences is vast, often in one song, from soca carnival grooves to insane rave stabs, and the kaleidoscope of sounds can be a little too much on the first few listens. But they’re a band that isn’t just making a pop record that’ll sit nicely in the moment then vanish by summer, so give it your time and love. We’ve a free massive art print and a free copy of the album to the person who can give us the best thing that can be Made In The Dark. Send your answer to


MGMT (pronounced management) are currently doing big business in the States, and they’re certainly thinking outside the box with this diverse selection. Their creative team has melded a smidgeon of glam, a touch of 80s epic productions, and a love of the Stones, their finance team has brought in Dave Friedman to produce, and their distribution department has shipped these over to us from the States. Another from the never-ending line of fine New York bands; this empire is sure to expand across the globe in coming months.

We’re not going to milk the puns for this one, but it’s worth shelling out the bounty for Coconut Records, the musical project of one Jason Schwartzman, yup, Francis Ford Coppola’s nephew and star of Darjeeling Limited. So this Mr Tea has made a record huh? It’s got to be easy to line up and have a pop at this – he’s great looking, he’s the regular in Wes Anderson’s movies, and now he thinks he can make an album? Yeah, but then you check it out and realise it’s actually really good – especially as he used to be in Phantom Planet! Some tracks sound like Phoenix, some sound like Weezer, and it’s all sounding rather lovely.


We mentioned this a few weeks ago but we now have some even better news! Everyone that buys a ticket from Pure Groove will be entered into a draw for one lucky sod to win a pile of Modular goodies, including threads and records! That’s threads, not threats – the winner won’t get a selection of heavy breathing phonecalls, but they will get some nice clothes. Here’s the blurb again! 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.


In other news, xx Teens have a new video:

and thats it!
We are off out. x

ps- check out our instores coming up- PURE GROOVE EVENTS