Our new album "Semper Fi" is due for release 20th December 2012, you can go to Flower Power Records for a free download of the complete album. We're happy to have achieved recording, producing and releasing four full length records in 2012. We're looking forward to returning fresh in the next year and starting on something new. Thanks to everyone involved, enjoy!
Below is the track listing and cover art for Semper Fi.
1- Don't You Know?
2- I Am Life
3- The Whites Of Your Eyes
5- Head Full Of Fuzz
6- Keep On Keeing Your Ligth On
7- Semper Fi
8- Turn About Face
10-Running On Dry
Check out the opening track on the album "Don't You Know"
Since the release of our debut album "Comatose" in January 2012 we've been in the studio working on two records in conjunction with one another. The first of the two "Cocoon" is to be released on the 29th of June with the third record to follow before the year is out.
If I Could
Hold Me Down
You can listen to the track previews here:
Just an update on what we've been up to in the studio. Here's a video of the recording process of the track "Adrone" for a third record. We plan to release the 3rd album before the year is out with our 2nd album "Cocoon" to be released on the 29th June 2012.
Last Friday we played La Scene Bastille in Paris. Here's a short video of our time on the road and the gig itself. There's also some clips of us playing two new tunes from our second album.
Go to www.flowerpowerrecords.com to download our Debut Record "Comatose" and the "All That I've Made" E.P.
Just wanted to give a big thanks to Max Crawford, Dead Rabbits, The Cult Of Dom Keller and everyone else involved with the gig on Friday. We had a very psychedelic time and look forward to coming back that way very soon. Here's a few pictures of our set thanks to Ruari.
Next up for us is Paris. We'll be playing at La Scene Bastille on Friday the 23rd of March with The Berniz and Izzy And The Riders.
You can buy tickets here
And some more information
Here's a live take of a new song from our next record.
B.M.K. are a handful of vocal takes away from having a finished second record. Here's some footage of us recording one of the new tunes.
Expect this as soon as we can get it to you. Until then you can grab our E.P. and L.P. for free at www.flowerpowerrecords.com
Last Friday B.M.K played at Mother Live, Hoxton Square.
We were invited by Lindsay Murray and his new band The Hypnotic Eye. They incorporate fuzzed out 60's garage guitar playing, along with female vocals and psychedelic wig-out beats. Thanks to everyone that came down.
Check out some of the new videos on Flower Power Records
Check out Black Market Karma on Valis's "Trip Inside This House
Click on the Stream button for 30-3-2010, Valis is a cool dude, he plays some great psych music new and old
Check out this interview with Stan on Dirty Sexy Karma blog pageDirty Sexy Karma inteview
Saturday, March 21, 2009
How would I describe Black Market Karma? Good old psychedelic rock and roll. Its has been missing from our shelves for far too long. With so many bands taking the same indie rock/ indie pop approach and bringing nothing new to the table, BMK stands out with their layers of guitar riffs, steady drum beats, lackadaisical echoing vocals and the odd sitar bringing it home.
I had never heard of them until doing this review and I truly believe they deserve to be in the top 5 new bands for 2009, but - hey! we are still only in March. They reminded me of what Oasis promised with ‘What’s The Story Morning Glory’ and going on the three tracks on this EP they deserve similar success that album brought. The similarity is best heard on their track ‘Fall’.
On one hand you have this very obvious desire to have a loud stomping rock out or perhaps festival anthem, but with their Eastern sound mixed in it can also make for a very smooth and chilled atmosphere. This is particularly obvious on their track ‘It’s Gone’.
I strongly urge you to pay a visit to their myspace and get sucked into their hypnotic sound.
Black Market Karma. Mr Wolf's,
Four sharp young lads who had total confidence in where they were at and the music reflected their self assurance. Clearly influenced by the likes of The Brian Jonestown Massacre and the Black Rebel Motor Cycle Club, they sidestepped the pastiche trap with ease and the strength of the songs and individual talent marked them out as a young British band to be genuinely excited about.
I really liked their groove, they fit together seamlessly. It helps that the man behind the drums was Reni-esque, which is never a bad thing, and is a real ace in their pack. Dami gave them that fluidity missing from so many indie by numbers bands. Above all else they gave the room rhythm and the punters responded, a couple of them even breaking out into dance down the front.
Having heard the songs off their self titled EP it was interesting to see how they went about it up there on stage. Could they pull off the sweeping Take What You Get and make it fill the room or replicate the amphetamine rush of The Fall ? No problem. It's Gone, probably the most accomplished track on record, was effortless. All done with extra bite and crunch on the guitars, played as if it was their last gig and their soul depended on it. When front man Stan sings, he sings it with heart and from the throat, rasping and straining but crucially still singing.
All this and they're only 19. The sky's the limit.
Psychedelic Reaction Magazine
Two of our tracks "The Fall" and "Take what you get" have been added to the TSM radio playlist. You can request them here:
Just scroll along to "B" and you'll find us. Peace
Cool cover, cool band, cool music; just three ways to describe Black Market Karma. In a lazy, yet efficient manner I could probably summarise this band by one word: Class. Their metallic and textured sound shines through in ‘Take What You Get', the first song on this brilliant CD. The London based four-piece act as the arch nemesis to shockingly over-rated bands that currently fill the charts, developing a real guitar thrashing sound to go with lead Stan's fantastic vocals.
The powerful music of BMK is comparable to Oasis and Black Rebel Motor Cycle in their approach, and their energetic style would be suited to the festival scene. ‘It's Gone' is the highlight of the CD, although all 3 tracks are top quality rock and roll. The three tracks are also available on the bands MySpace, where they'll hopefully be releasing new tracks to compliment their fantastic opening songs. Expect to see Black Market Karma up there with the best in the near future, because they're one of the best bands I've heard in 2009 so far.
Black Market Karma - EP - Black Market Karma
Black Market Karma are one of the few bands about that are taking their music almost entirely down the psychedelic route. Nowt wrong with that. In fact, I applaud Black Market Karma for their guts cuz many still see psychedelic music as being retro and very 60's. Quite why I don't know cuz this kinda music, to me, offers much more 'feel' and warmth than the more obvious, run-of-the-mill indie rock that we've been bombarded with now for several years.
For me psychedelia aint retro, it's a valid and viable genre in today's fickle marketplace and there's absolutely no reason why Black Market Karma shouldn't do very well with it. Ok, it's gotta be good and it's gotta be very appealing but I feel Black Market Karma match the criteria, and some! This is a really damn fine EP; only three tracks maybe but very tempting they are and show that this is indeed a workable form for now and the future.
Reminding me a little of Kula Shaker (hey, that's cool for me!) in the way they build just enough Eastern promise into the hefty folds of soaring, searing rock riffs and maintain their 'heady' but particularly likeable rock undertones. Lazy sounding vocals add even more mysticism to the formula as soft but metronomic percussion and gentle but somehow cutting pulsing bass lines add an element of intrigue and sensitivity to the already transcendental melee. Black Market Karma rock as they soothe; this EP can be played low and quiet to generate a nicely relaxed state but it also stands up well at much higher dbs to quicken the mood with its powerful earthy 'flavour' - good work this!!
Black Market Karma should be congratulated for taking this slightly less popular rock route; their psychedelic ramblings are much motivating than most of the more obvious indie rock releases out there but their sense of adventure and electrifying mysticism is mega-captivating in its relative uniqueness and much more compelling than much of the indie blandness of their contemporaries. Black Market Karma score big points with me for their chosen musical 'route'; I love this EP and look forward to perhaps hearing Black Market Karma on a bigger work in the form of a full-blown album. Most enjoyable, moody yet inspiring!
Peter J Brown aka toxic pete
Q&A with Black Market Karma
London-based band, Black Market Karma, have released their first EP. The 3-song disc is titled Psychedelic Circus, an introduction, and it is the band’s lovely and alluring way of getting a bit of their music into your psyche. Take What You Get is a beautiful, almost melancholic, ballad that proves this band has feeling, and can compose a song that evokes musings on one’s special place in life and being aware of the good things surrounding us. This song gives voice and music to the feeling of loss, and missing someone. It’s Gone is a slow-burner in the psychedelic fashion: rolling drums lure you in, swirl-y guitars wrap you up, and moody vocals guide you through the journey of the song. At times, a guitar on It’s Gone sounds like raindrops, on top of the tin-roof-drums, on top of the watery undercurrent of guitar. The closer of this debut EP, The Fall, picks up the pace to a Black Rebel Motorcycle Club-Baby 81-style frenzy of growling, dirty guitars and fierce drums, with vocals that are equally fierce and just angry enough to get the lead out. Fierce and frenzied, loud and rocking, The Fall ends abruptly and I am left wanting more, more, more....
Aite people, how was your Christmas? Have a good new year? Etc etc …
You may know, you may not know and you might not give a shit, but we played Bristol last night. It was well worth the trip and we had a right ol’ kness up We were invited by Chris Dunn of Psychedelic Reaction Magazine to play Mr Wolf’s. We were on the road for about 3 hours to be greeted by the most chilled out people you could meet. It was free beers all around, groovey tunes and a PROPER soundcheck. Which was nice. We did have to put up with a pair of clowns giving it large though. They’d obviously just stumbled in after a few drinks at the local “Grimey Beats” club thinking they were where it’s at. They had matching outfits and matching intelligence, which was low. We took the piss out of them through song, they didn’t even catch on and then they got kicked out. Jokes. It’s all a good laugh though eh?
After soundcheck we decided to bowl off around Bristol and take in the scenery, followed by the usual supplement of cheap nuts and copius amounts of energy drink. Once we were all on a sugar high we wen’t back and played the gig. It was a cool feeling playing to like minded Psych fans and we went down like free grub at a party. We chilled out, sold a few E.P.s met some cool cats and then made a move home. Overall it was a fucking top trip! Thanks to Chris and everyone else involved for all the proceedings.
My only complaint were the extortionate prices at service stations! Outrage man. 2 quid for a bowl of frosties with some dried up, stale milk, £2.50 for a bottle of coke! And nearly 3 quid for crisps with the texture of brick. Discovering the microwave was probably the hight point. Peace