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.
To glitchy, electro/techno-esque soundscapes such as their track ‘Spinal Fluid’ from the same album:
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.
and more synth-heavy electro like ’91 Outside’ by core Gnodhead DRU$S…
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.
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.
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.