LISTEN TO LAY LLAMAS x MARK STEWART 'FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE'

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Thuban the new record by Lay Llamas featuring Mark Stewart is out now on Rocket Recordings

LISTEN to the 'dystopian afrobeat' of 'Fight Fire With Fire' featuring Mark's spoken word contributions

Praise for 'Fight Fire With Fire':

"Mark Stewart's (Pop Group) narration of a futuristic world devoid of humanity is literally neurotic. Human freaks proliferate from the ashes of corporate greed, political malfeasance and biological manipulation. Like Trump's inner circle, or Italy's Lega Party. Sci-fi doesn't displace our contemporary world. It reflects on its more negative trends." Soundblab Alternative Music

"‘Fight Fire With Fire’ takes the album is somewhat of a different direction with a spoken word from the Pop Group’s Mark Stewart. This dystopian track develops science fiction-style narrative making political points about a world where human of genetic variance are pitched again each other. It is intense and sinister… you really need to listen to it to understand the full drama here." Psych Insight Music

"‘Fight Fire With Fire’, featuring the dystopian hued spoken-word courtesy of Mark Stewart, hangs suspended in a sea of glitchy reverberations and pulsing electronic atmospherics. Crawling feedback laden frequencies pull repetitive percussion and throbbing lines of melodic bass into the mix, instantly injecting structure and clarity into proceedings. This is addictive, brilliantly produced and another album highlight" Primal Music Blog

MARK STEWART x TEXTBEAK

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Mark Stewart features on 'Chimera', 'Forever Now', 'Information Medicine' & 'Soft Paranoia', a brace of new tracks taken from 'Sick For Songs A Season Eats', the debut album by Mike Textbeak

Produced by John Fryer (This Mortal Coil, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Fad Gadget)

'Sick For Songs A Season Eats' also features Janine Rainforth (Maximum Joy), Peter Hope (Hoodoo Talk w/ Richard H. Kirk), Yvette Winkler (Vaselyne), Searmanas, Android (Missile Command), Tim Smith (Lestat) & Bestial Mouths

LISTEN to 'Blood Storm'

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Released June 28th

MARK STEWART x MA/68 + TIME TUNNEL FESTIVAL

Mark Stewart has contributed to Alan Dunn's MA/68, a sound collage premiered last month at Liverpool's Time Tunnel Festival.

'In Paris in May 1968 Vangelis left his studio to gather streets sounds while at the end of the month The Beatles began work on their landmark assemblage Revolution 9. Fifty years on, MA/68 revisits these with a sound collage for Tannoys featuring street recordings and slogans from Je suis Charlie, Welcome to the Dark Ages, Mark Stewart of The Pop Group, Aston Academy, The Band of Holy Joy, Louis Malle's Milou en Mai, Marijampole Capital of Culture event, International Women's Day and art students from Leeds Beckett University, University of Central Lancashire, Wirral Metropolitan College and Liverpool John Moores University.'

READ Mark's texts for the project as well as info on the other contributions here

LISTEN back to the whole one hour audio courtesy of Radio On Berlin

MARK STEWART x BRISTOL MUSIC: SEVEN DECADES OF SOUND TRAILER

A trailer featuring a text by Mark Stewart for ‘Bristol Music: Seven Decades of Sound’, a new exhibition on the history of the Bristol music scene put together by M Shed (Bristol Museums) & 2 Degrees West:

‘The scene since the late 1950s has been nothing but eclectic. Artists from Acker Bilk, The Pop Group and The Wurzels to Rita Lynch, Way out West and This is the Kit, are just a handful of acts that hail from our harbourside city. Bristol Music: Seven decades of sound will take stories told by people all over the city to celebrate and debate Bristol music.’

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MARK STEWART x LAY LLAMAS

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'Moreover, Mark Stewart of The Pop Group’s spoken-word contributions to the searing ‘Fight Fire With Fire’ (styled by Nicola as ‘dystopian afrobeat’) steers the album to new pinnacles of intensity informed by science fiction yet with explicitly political force.'

Mark Stewart features on 'Thuban', the new record by Lay Llamas out on June 15 via Rocket Recordings.

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THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF 'THE EXORCISM OF ENVY'

The fifth anniversary of 'The Exorcism of Envy', released December 2012


Featuring kenneth anger, Richard Hell, Primal Scream, Lee Scratch Perry, The Raincoats’ Gina Birch, The Slits bassist Tessa Pollitt, Massive Attack’s Daddy G, Factory Floor, original PIL guitarist Keith Levene and former The Jesus And Mary Chain bassist Douglas Hart

MARK STEWART x LITTLE AXE

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Mark Stewart has contributed to the new record by Little Axe (The Sugarhill Gang / tackhead / African Head Charge) entitled 'London Blues' and out now on Echo Beach. The usual suspects, Doug Wimbish (Living Colour), Keith LeBlanc, Perry Melius (African Head Charge) and Adrian Sherwood (On-U Sound Records) also feature.

The title track is now being premiered courtesy of Soulguru, listen HERE

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