10 GEMS By BLOC PARTY

Turn Up The Volume picks 10 gems of favorite artists/bands

25 August 2022

Who doesn’t like making all sorts of (play)lists?

I do. Best of lists, end-of-the-year lists, golden oldies lists,
only family lists, guilty pleasure song lists, summer lists,
brand new song lists. Okay, stop, I think I made my point.

Today: BLOC PARTY

The London post-punk-pop band orchestrated by Kele Okereke.
released 6 albums so far (with 2 different line-ups), with this year’s
Alpha Games as the most recent one.

My 10 BC gems

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BLOC PARTY: Bio – Discography

BLOC PARTY On American TV With Rushing Rendition Of Single ‘TRAPS’ From Their Brand New Album

Watch this

25 May 2022

London’s indie warriors BLOC PARTY conducted by Kele Okereke came up with their
6th LP – Alpha Games – a couple of weeks ago. It was received by the press with mixed emotions, which I agree with.

But with single TRAPS they unleash their devils as they used to do in their early days.

And they showed they live on the American The Late Show.

Kele on a roll…

Alpha Games

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BP: Facebook

BLOC PARTY Released Good, But Not Good Enough LP ‘ALPHA GAMES’ Today

New longplayers

29 April 2022


(Press photo by Wunmi Onibudo)

Band: BLOC PARTY
Who: London post-punk force
from London led by Kele Okereke
Active: Since 1999 / 6 studio albums,

New album: ALPHA GAMES

Okereke: “Alpha Games was conceived on the road,
playing in front of amazing crowds on our last tour
and then brought to life with the fire and the frustrations
of 2020.”

NME says: ‘Alpha Games’ sees Bloc Party still championing
the ’00s scene that they came up in, but there’s not a hint of
nostalgia in sight. With a renewed vigour and the desire to
keep things moving, this sixth album could soundtrack
a new generation of indie discos.

Turn Up The Volume: Great singles (below) but for the rest,
this new record isn’t good enough and far from Bloc Party‘s
high standard. Too many songs going nowhere, not enough
tunes that stick. Next, please.

Singles: Traps / The Girls Are Fighting / Sex Magik

– TRAPS –

– THE GIRLS ARE FIGHTING –

– SEX MAGIK –


Full
album…

BLOC PARTY: Facebook

‘SEX MAGIK’ – Another Thrilling BLOC PARTY Piece From Their Upcoming Album

New striking strokes

27 February 2022


(photo by Wunmi Onibudo)

Band: BLOC PARTY
Who: London post-punk
unit led by Kele Okereke
Active: Since 1999 / 6 studio albums, with
Hymns (2016) as the most recent one

New album: ALPHA GAMES
Release: 29 April 2022 via BMG

Okereke: “Alpha Games was conceived on the road,
playing in front of amazing crowds on our last tour
and then brought to life with the fire and the frustrations
of 2020.”

New single: SEX MAGIK
After Traps and The Girls Are Fighting
the third piece of the forthcoming album.

Another thrilling cut that promises
– with what we heard so far –
a new thrilling longplayer…

BLOC PARTY: Facebook

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – 7 New Firecrackers From The Past 7 Days

7 from the past 7 days

1. ‘Curious’ by FRANZ FERDINAND (UK)

After 5 albums the Scottish stars decided that it’s time for
a greatest hits record. The collection lands on March 11.

The band also included a couple of
new songs like this dancefloor thrill.

Shake your hips here…

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2. ‘Piggy’ by SKUNK ANANSIE (UK)

After 28 years Skin and her henchmen still make your blood cook.
This new sizzling stroke calls out all incompetent governments,
specifically UK’s short-sighted Brexit statesmen. It’s a metallic bomb
with a volcanic Skin chorus.

No mercy for the wicked.

Play it very loud…

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3. ‘Scorched Earth’ by COBRA THE IMPALER (Ghent, Belgium)

When grunge has a date with metal, when Nirvana hooks up with
Korn, an earthquake is in the making. These Belgian bulldozing
rockers know all about it and make it happen with this explosive
detonation. Hell bloody hell yeah!

Test your speakers…

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4. ‘The Girls Are Fighting’ by BLOC PARTY (UK)

Kele Okereke and his team are gearing
up for their 6th LP, titled Alpha Games,
out April 29th.

New single The Girls Are Fighting
races with voltaic potency. A winner…

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5. ‘The Story Of The Century’ by TY SEGALL (US)

Two years ago, director Matt Yoka’s documentary Whirlybird
premiered. It shows the adventures of two video journalists,
soaring above the chaotic spectacle of ’80s and ’90s Los Angeles,
including the OJ Simpson  chase in 1994.

A re-release accompanied by a new soundtrack will be issued soon.
One of the participators is musical centipede Ty Segall drumming his
tail off on this dynamizing instrumental

Wham bam…

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6. ‘Connection’ by THE KOOKS (UK)

The glam boys canned a new longplayer, called
10 Tracks To Echo In The Dark. It hits the streets
next summer, on 22 July.

As an introduction, we get 3 cuts with Connection
as the most notable. A funky groover.

Turn it up, folks…

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7. ‘You Can’t Keep It From Me Forever’ by PETER DOHERTY & FREDERIC LO (UK)

Libertine Peter Doherty is clean for 2 years now and has just been married.
The happy man lives in Normandy, France and teamed up with French musician
Frédéric Lo. The result is the album The Fantasy Life Of Poetry & Crime,
coming out on 22 March.

The first taster is this
sweet little beauty

See/hear you next week, music junkies…

NEW ALBUMS in 2022 – ‘ALPHA GAMES’ By BLOC PARTY In April

27 January 2022

Band: BLOC PARTY
Who: London post-punk force
from London led by Kele Okereke
Active: Since 1999 / 6 studio albums,
with Hymns (2016) as the most recent one

New album: ALPHA GAMES
Release: 29 April 2022 via BMG

Okereke: “Alpha Games was conceived on the road,
playing in front of amazing crowds on our last tour
and then brought to life with the fire and the frustrations
of 2020.”


(photo by Wunmi Onibudo)

Singles (so far shared): Traps / The Girls Are Fighting

– TRAPS –

– THE GIRLS ARE FIGHTING –

BLOC PARTY: Facebook

BLOC PARTY Share Red-Blooded Video Clip For Their Bad-Ass Comeback Single ‘TRAPS’

Eye-cathing clips

14 December 2021

Band: BLOC PARTY
Who: London post-punk force
from London led by Kele Okereke
Active: Since 1999 / 6 studio albums,
with Hymns (2016) as the most recent one

New album: ALPHA GAMES
Release: 29 April 2022 via BMG

New single: TRAPS

Talking about a comeback! Holy smoke! Traps is a steaming
stormer, a killer knockout, a whopping whirlwind.

And here’s the video clip…

BLOC PARTY: Facebook

New album ALPHA GAMES out 29 April 2022

BLOC PARTY Return With Big Bang – Hear Their New Steaming Stormer ‘TRAPS’

Daily electricity to load your batteries

24 November 2021


(press photo by Wunmi Onibudo)

Band: BLOC PARTY
Who: London post-punk force
from London led by Kele Okereke
Active: Since 1999 / 6 studio albums,
with Hymns (2016) as the most recent one

New album: ALPHA GAMES
Release: 29 April 2022 via BMG

New single: TRAPS

Kele: ‘From the moment we wrote ‘Traps,’ we knew it had
to be the first thing people heard from this album; playing
it in soundchecks on our last tour before it was finished and
hearing how it sounded in those big rooms and outdoors.”

Talking about a comeback! Holy smoke! Traps is a steaming
stormer, a killer knockout, a whopping whirlwind.

Start the fire here…

BLOC PARTY: Facebook

New album ALPHA GAMES out 29 April 2022