Album News: Black Market Karma - Wobble

Black Market Karma announce eleventh album ‘Wobble’ and share the lead single ‘Oozer'

Black Market Karma are today announcing their eleventh album ‘Wobble’ and sharing the lead single ‘Oozer'.  Pooling influences from 60s pop and psychedelia, crunchy hip-hop break-beats and lo-fi electronica, ‘Wobble’ is a collection of “cassette-ified” lo-fi psych-pop due out July 26th. Stream 'Oozer' and pre-order limited edition vinyl here

On lead single ‘Oozer’, band-leader and multi-instrumentalist Stanley Belton says: “Oozer is about being malleable and adaptive to life as it’s coming at you. Holding close what you believe to be true while also being open to new information and techniques. Liquid moving around an obstacle instead of going through. It’s also about recycling negative mental states through the pursuit of things you enjoy, and repurposing them as a kind of positive fuel.”

Hailing from London and now residing on the South Coast, BMK’s prolific output is fuelled by Belton, who writes, performs, records, produces and up until now self-released everything from his own live-in ‘Cocoon’ studio. The album’s title is a reference to tape wobble / wow and flutter, subtle fluctuations in pitch characteristic of analogue recording equipment. Where once seen as a limitation by older generations, for others they evoke a welcome sense of nostalgia and that’s what Belton sought to excavate here: 

“Sonically, I wanted the album to feel like a collection of discarded and worse for wear instruments came to life, refurbished themselves and started to play. The sound is an attempt to give form to the often formless feeling that is nostalgia. With songs attempting to crystallise a feeling known as ‘fernweh’. A kind of longing for a place and time you’ve never experienced, be it in this world or another.”

‘Wobble’ arrives off the back of 2022’s ‘Aped Flair and Hijacked Ideas’ album and the 2023 collaborative album ‘Friends In Noise’, which saw Belton team up with Tess Parks, The Underground Youth, Les Big Byrd’s Joakim Ahlund and The Confederate Dead. In 2023 Black Market Karma also released ‘The Sour Truth’, a collaborative single with Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3 co-founder Pete Kember), and toured heavily around Europe. In January of that year, they went out on a European run with The Black Angels, invited by the Texan psych-rock heavyweights themselves, followed by a November headline tour of their own. 

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