A Bristol based label, Rocket Recordings back catalogue consists of ambient, psych rock, krautrock and even some techno. I was first introduced to the label through NTS Radio’s Field Work, who played one of the label’s most well known artists Gnod, a British krautrock band from Salford Manchester. Their work ranges from sample heavy drone, such as ‘Collateral Damage’ from their 2014 album.
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To glitchy, electro/techno-esque soundscapes such as their track ‘Spinal Fluid’ from the same album:
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Their 2016 album Mirror, which is wholly psych rock, shows how versatile the band really are. The album is jarring and discordant, wretched and angst-filled;
The musical diversity that Gnod show off is indicative of Rocket Records attitude as a label, in that not only are their artists diverse, but also their signings cover a wide palette of sounds.
If you’re a fan, I thoroughly recommend checking out Gnod’s own label, Tesla Tapes, featuring the likes of fellow Mancunian Locean.
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and more synth-heavy electro like ’91 Outside’ by core Gnodhead DRU$S…
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Goat, another notable Rocket Records signing from Norrbotten County, Sweden, combine elements of psych, afro-funk, and disco, together with a ‘Wicker Man’ style aesthetic to create a chorus of interesting guitar riffs and distinctive vocals.
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The band, like the rest of the label, is intelligent and multifarious in their composition and are well recognised; Their album World Music, containing the above tracks, was hailed by The Guardian as one of the best albums of 2012.
Also Swedish, Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation (who take their band name from the Tibetan Book Of The Dead) bring a fresh, shoegazey sound to the label. The band, who often play joint shows with Goat, endeavour to create a ‘dreamlike’ and truly psychedelic alternate reality for their listeners. Josefin, who makes up half of the core of the band once said: “It’s a continuum that flows beyond here and now, and psychedelic music seems to be a really powerful way to unveil those deeper oceans of being that are our true home.” Read more on Rocket’s website here.
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Returning to the more electronic side of Rocket Recs, London Based Necro Deathmort provide a dark and haunting track named ‘Crux’, from their latest album The Capsule, out June 3rd.
The band, consisting of two members AJ Cookson and Matthew Rozeik, layer clean, electro-sounding percussion with highly distorted, sometimes glitch laden noise to make for a raw, synth-heavy sound as demonstrated in the track ‘Devastating Vector’ from their 2011 album Music of Bleak Origin on Distraction Records.
This is just a small snapshot of the breadth of music that Rocket Records has to offer, the label truly does feature a eclectic mix of different musical flavours that, whilst contrasting, do seem to have the common theme of being very experimental and truly psychedelic.