Thanks to everyone who came to see the band play on our recent Nine Cities (and Bruton) tour. It was a blast playing some of the new album out live and also seeing old friends around the country. The band are now taking a much needed and very much deserved rest, hibernating in their caves over winter, but hopefully they’ll be back next summer.

In the meantime, I’ve been kept busy by label shenanigans, with a trio of releases on my Disco Gecko Recordings label.

First up is our third album release by Andrew Heath. ‘Europa’ continues the theme of previous releases, working minimal piano with electronics and treated field recordings but informed from his travels in Europe over the last year. It’s already had some stunning feedback, and he’s working on live shows with Chris Bakker in April. The album is available on CD directly from Disco Gecko, as a download from his Bandcamp page and is also available from all the usual suspects (iTunes, Amazon, Beatport, Spotify etc).

Next is the 2nd single from ‘The 9th of Nine Hearts’ album, ‘Warp and Weft’. My good friend dr trippy took it upon himself to inject a dose of his Punjabi Swamp medicine into the original, which has tripped it out a little, and Continuum has provided a suitably spaced out and dubbed up remix too. Although the official release date isn’t until Friday 16th December, both remixes are already available from Bandcamp.

The final release sees Disco Gecko veer sharply left, into a shiny and relatively unfamiliar world. As those of you who ‘like’ Banco on Facebook will know, after our tour together earlier this year, Sophie Barker and I decided to work together a bit more. The first fruits of our collaboration were the Banco track ’91’ off ‘Nine Hearts’ and then we released the first single from her new album, ‘I Do it to Myself‘, last month. Her solo material is sonically very different from most of the Disco Gecko ouevre, but all her music comes very strongly from the heart, and I like it, so I thought … ‘Why not?!’

Her new album, ‘Break the Habit’ is set for release on Friday 13th January and you can pre-order CDs and vinyl from the Disco Gecko store or downloads from her Bandcamp page.