I've written before about what a dull world it would be without those labels that are so consistently brilliant at filling gaps in my record collection I hadn't realised I existed. The names of Audio Antihero, I Blame The Parents, Daddy Tank, ABAGA and others will be familiar to listeners of my Dandelion Radio show and, recently, another label has appeared that, judging by its early releases, will be joining them in the pantheon of great small labels.
I speak of the Cocktail Pueblo label, which has burst out of France like a veritable Cantona in the early part of 2012 to gatecrash that elite group of labels as dramatically as Daddy Tank did roughly a year ago. This was courtesy of releases from Iceland's Toddi Welmann (the brusquely named '.') and the equally incredible Jagwar Pirates, whose scalded surf epic Full Total Complete Bronzage is assaulting my ears even as I write.
You can hear a track from both releases in my April Dandelion Radio show. Arriving too late to appear in the show either this month or in May was Let's Not by The Dictaphone, a classic of extreme synthy garage clutter with guitars that ramble off at odd angles and return in equally odd and unpredictable places. Anything that does this needs to be checked out so what are you waiting for?
In this crazy unpredictable world who's to say what the future holds? But you can be as sure as you can of anything that there'll be something from this in the June show. Don't want to wait that long? then order it here. You may notice there's also a self-titled album from The Dictaphone out on Tolmie Terrapin Press and available from the same place.