Cornershop Announce Live Dates & Festival Projects

Cornershop are pleased to announce rare live dates and a summer of festival projects.

The end of May represents the point all Cornershop fans need to clear a date in their dairies, with the announcement of series of rare live performances  as follows:

25 May Nattjazz Festival in Bergen, Norway

26 May Stockholm Debaser Slussen, Sweden

27 May Stavanger Folken, Norway

28 May Oslo, Norway’s Rockefeller.

On June 2nd Cornershop will play a one-off London gig at the O2 Academy, Islington, where fans will be treated to songs from Jullandar to Judy. Tickets for Cornershop at the O2 Academy are available now.

June 3rd they hotfoot the show across the country to play the Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham.

July 8th Cornershop play Lounge On The Farm, Canterbury, Kent. Completing the live schedule to-date, Cornershop join a host of top UK bands at Japan’s premier music event, Fuji Rock Festival (July 29-31). Further live dates are now being scheduled.

Finally, Manchester International Festival have announced their programme, which will see Cornershop joining Damon Albarn, Bjork and Snoop Dogg as part of the festival’s music output.

The festival commission, an interactive installation called ‘Pop O Motion’, sees collaboration between Cornershop and animator-illustrators, Rude. Always known as innovators Cornershop and Rude are creating the music & video elements for the installation with children from Boltons Castle Hill Primary School.

The event will run from July 2-17. Whilst the event is FREE to attend, booking is necessary. Tickets can be obtained directly from the MIF website.

The First John Peel Session Recording

Cornershop 1st Peel Session, broadcast on Radio 1, 13th February 1993

Tracklisting: 1. Nai Zindigi Nai Jevan (New Way New Life), 2. Summer Fun in a Beat-up Datsun 3. England’s Dreaming” 4. Trip Easy

In those early days we were under the tutelage of Jon Robb, & Captained by Marcus ParnellMarcus was in the band The Dandelion Adventure, from Preston, and we had studied there at Lancashire Polytechnic – our drummer was a local record collector and DJ of much repute.  Together with my brother Avtar and Anthony a sitar playing fan of trigonometry we were complete to make the biggest of sheer noise.  John Robb produced our early records, and knew just about everyone in the industry.  His critique and hard work left him with a lot of affection from everyone that we came across.

We were asked to do a Peel Session on the back of John Peel seeing us at the Camden Falcon.  At the same gig was John Savage, Hanif Kureishi, John Robb and Tom Ravenscroft (& my future wife).

The day before the Session, we played a Rough Trade Shop in-store (Covent Garden) & got pretty freaked out afterwards by being asked to sign autographs – on the night we played The Square, Harlow for the second time.  The first time we played there was when Gary Walker agreed to sign us to the Portobello based Wiiija label.   We slept over at Inder Kaur’s flat on the Camden Road, all of us on the same floor, ready for the Session the next day.

Being our first radio session we were rather apprehensive.  We were advised that these sessions were recorded, and then you are asked to go out during the mixing stage, while they mixed the tracks in your absence.  At that time, I think they called it heavy heavy manners.

The engineer had complaints about our amps so radical rewiring was set upon by the BBC tech. department.  They weren’t too impressed on having to mic up a lawnmower head either.  After that, the session seemed to go smoothly.

All of us lived in different cities: Preston, Wolverhampton, Leicester and London so it was very rare for us to play songs together, unless it was at a gig in which we never heard each other anyway.  To play in the same room as many a famous individual and bands had played was a point that we had already started attacking by drinking ourselves through it.

John Robb and Marcus arrived later.  We had very little equipment, and for our first two years Benedict always used John‘s Fender TelecasterMark, in true dynamic management role set about filming the session on his hand held cinecamera, but soon passed out under the grand piano.  Towards the end Gary Walker joined us.

As it turned out, the BBC staff did not rally us out to do the mixing stage, probably because there would be no guarantee of rallying us back again.  We sat in the studio and we mixed it with them until very late in the night.  I had come along with a few audio ideas on tape, which after all these years is testimony that we actually took things quite seriously right from the start.

On the subject of recollection, very little could be remembered of the Session by all those I got in touch with, to put this piece together.  Anthony did remember driving his fucked black 1978 BMW 320 back to Lancashire – it consumed 5 litres of oil, the entire contents of the engine: it had smoke pouring out of it all the way home.  The way he got back was to be the same as the group would move forward.  Jallopy.

See a youtube link of the Session here

Free Cornershop download: Supercomputed/Japan support download

SUPERCOMPUTED (OLD TIMEMACHINE VERSION) by Matsuki is a much cherished young gun from Tokyo, Japan. His music is playful, but very psychedelic, and the force of his onslaught is always apparent – I think they call it youth.  Many have praised the new Cornershop album as being nothing like they have heard before, but this mix is so out there that even we had to doff our turbans when it bled through our Tannoy speakers.

Matsuki Ayumu releases free support song for download

by Kanki on March 14, 2011 at 1:05 am

Matsuki Ayumu has decided to allow people to download his new song, “March 11th Mimei”, for free!

This is a tune created especially for the victims of the 2011 Tohoku Pacific Ocean Earthquake, which struck Japan on March 11th.

Matuski had written, “There are probably a lot of people who think now isn’t the time to listen to this song, but for those who are suffering from inaction, it might change their moods a bit. Everyone, keep surviving!

Check out the song here:

Cornershop & The Double ‘O’ Groove Of – full tracklist & Pre-order details

Ample Play Release

Artists: Cornershop featuring Bubbley Kaur

Title: Cornershop & The Double O Groove Of

Release Date: 14 March 2011   Label: Ample Play Records

CD Cat: AMPLA CD 09   Download Cat: AMPLA DD 09

1 United Provinces Of India 3:26     Full fat funk melds with the cream of Punjabi folk, asking the question, why has such naturalness never been done before.

2 Topknot 3:39     ‘The band’s now-classic 2004 single Topknot,” Spin magazine.  A massive track for urban stations, turban stations, clubs as well as Indian weddings.  So big that M.I.A. asked to drop a rap on it.

3 The 911 Curry 3:33     The A-team meet up for an afternoon meal – a plan comes together, until Murdock has to flirt with the waitress.

4 Natch 2:34     The other part of the double ‘A’ sided Topknot single, and often even more loved by the DJ for its simplicity and French legion immediacy.

5 Double Decker Eyelashes 4:13     Already being used by select USA bass clubs to get the party started, keep the party going, and ending the party.  Being laidback & having the space is leading dancefloorers to improvise, and they take great joy in having the ability and scope to do it once more.

6 The Biro Pen 4:28      A sharp pen in its day was prime currency, guaranteed to get you out of any tight spot.  This lament lays it down heavy, even with its drum solo reprieve.

7 Supercomputed 3:44 Kraftwerk meet Irene Cara in a dune buggie.

8 Once There Was A Wintertime 3:14      Capturing the snow drenched wintry season with human warmth and northern brass.

9 Double Digit 3:38     Military again, until its slow build boils over with bass funk, as if the Brontë sisters came from an Indian cowshed.  This is maybe why Tjinder thinks Punjabi Folk Music was the first form of hip-hop, and has written a White Paper report on it.

10 Don’t Shake It 5:42      Don’t play this one too loud, it will stay in your head for a week, and then move in with you after another week.  All is well that ends well.  So well that it has extended beats, ending an album that intends to live forever – fame.

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Cornershop & The Double 'O' Groove Of ft Bubbley Kaur Cover

‘TOPKNOT’ VIDEO directed by Prashant Bhargava

‘UNITED PROVINCES OF INDIA’ VIDEO directed by Chris Hemming

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Battle Of New Orleans, Extended Play, out now on CD

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Title: The Battle Of New Orleans, Extended Play

Group: Cornershop

Label: Ample Play Records

Release date: 2/Nov/2010

To order a CD, as our shop is still being refurbished, please send £3.99 to ‘’ via Paypal and we will send you the CD anywhere in the world.

The battle continues afresh with The Battle of New Orleans EP out from November 2nd, 2010 through their Ample Play label, featuring four unreleased tracks including a new remix of Soul School from their current album, Judy Sucks a Lemon For Breakfast.

View the latest video:

Cornershop - Houston Hash

Click here to get to the Free Download of Soul School - School Dinners Track

Listen to Previews of the New EP:

1. Houston Hash 1. Houston Hash - PREVIEW

Houston Hash is the ultimate truck driving song, with a lighthearted description of the road as well as home life, put another way trucks & cooking.

The track was produced in cooperation with the United Association of Songleading Staff & was regularly used for instruction at all Devon & Cornwall Songleading Summer Camps.  It is recommended that you check with your Band Director before ordering music arrangements.

2. Soul School, School Dinners 2. Soul School: School Dinners - PREVIEW

The usual Soul School with an added dress-down Friday funk from Cambridge, Massachusetts…with more bits from Manchester & Liverpool to drive it home.

3. The Battle Of New Orleans 3. The Battle of New Orleans - PREVIEW

Just before he passed away legendary BBC Radio 1 Disc Jockey, John Peel asked his favourite groups to record a Lonnie Donegan track for him to play across his Christmas/New Year Special shows.  We chose The Battle Of New Orleans, which he took high in the charts, and also hit the number one spot in the US in 1959 performed by Johnny Horton.  They love the track for its attitude, spirit and for the fact that it was one of the earliest country tracks to top the charts.

4. Lynndie England 4. Lynndie England - PREVIEW

As the old reggae spirituals said “love is lovely and war is very, very ugly,” & this contemplates the end of all wars including New Orleans to more modern expeditions.

We are currently redesigning our Cornershop Shop, therefore, order a CD, please send £3.99 to ‘’ via Paypal and we will send you the CD anywhere in the world.

A free bonus track entitled As We Enter The Century’s Clit will also be available at certain outlets.

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Zombies, The Year Of The Infection – Cornershop Mix of Rodeo Massacre

Rodeo Massacre are a French Swedish band that have lost no time in building their world up, since residing in the Capital City of London.  They even have their own London night club Clap or Die in Camden.

Cornershop have always promoted Rodeo Massacre, from the first time that Tjinder saw them at Lucky 7 Record Shop

This was the first time he met Izzy, their lead singer, and since they live in the same quartier they have met regularly, and got to know each other more.  Pop fact pickers Izzy has even babysat Mr Singh’s two children.

Well now, all this has culminated into “Zombies, The Year Of The Infection” a Cornershop mix of Rodeo Massacre’sZombies Of Life” from their forthcoming album on Smoky Carrot Records.  People and Zombies are digging it – listen to the preview below, see what you think:

Zombies, The Year Of The Infection - Cornershop Mix of Rodeo Massacre

To Download this track, full length and for free, please click on the Down arrow on the right of this player below.

Rodeo Massacre – Zombies of Life (Cornershop Remix)

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