Bristol Archive Records Blog

Huw Gower new album

December 8th, 2015

Bristols very own Huw Gower (Magic Muscle, Ratbites from Hell) has a new album, recorded in New York.
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Fresh 4 Instore

November 19th, 2015

Fresh 4

Instore DJ set and signing

3pm Sat 5th Dec 2015

Rise Records, Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1QU

RIP Popsy Curious

November 18th, 2015

Popy Curious passed away this morning.
Popsy was the most helpful, wonderful man. He was a constant source of energy, believing that our mission to uncover lost gems and recognise the talent within the people was a beautiful thing. Popsy never talked about himself or his talent (which was huge) but always enquired about how everyone else was doing (his friends in his words). Occasionally I’d moan about the behaviour of the odd person or band – Popsy would encourage me to remain strong and rise above.
I’ll miss Popsy, Bristol will miss Popsy, His family will miss him, St.Pauls will miss him. He’ll always be there in our hearts and on our record sleeves. We’d already agreed and planned three releases with his pictures on. The Bristol Roots Explosion will be the first, released in the spring of 2016 (Popsy on his bike outside the Bamboo Club)
Popsy we salute you, I salute you. RIP my dear friend. Thanks for all your help.
Mike Darby on behalf of the Bristol Archive Team


November 18th, 2015

SWEAT – just heard a brilliant track called ‘Crufter’ another Bristol killa tune found in the vaults. Pic (c) John Nation

Record Store Day 2016

November 18th, 2015

Statement from Sugar Shack Records.
As the parent company in the group that incorporates Reggae Archive Records and Bristol Archive Records we will not be participating in Record Store Day 2016. We have made a decision that the corporate intensity demonstrated by the major labels to essentially high jack which was once a good idea, has destroyed our enthusiasm. As such we won’t expose ourselves to the risk of letting our fans down by not being able to guarantee that a record will be manufactured in time for the event. We will do our best to continue to release amazing records in 2016 (some will be scheduled very soon) but nothing will appear as part of Record Store Day 2016.
Mike Darby

Glaxo Babies – Bristol show

November 15th, 2015


Fresh 4 Party

October 30th, 2015

DJ Mike on the mic @ The Fresh 4 party. Well not really! Making the official thankyou speech actually. DJ Krust (Fresh 4) and Ray (Smith & Mighty) in the background.

FRESH 4 ‘The Lost Tapes’

October 24th, 2015

FRESH 4 LP’s can be purchased from:
Plastic Wax, Gloucester Road, Bristol
Rise Records, Clifton, Bristol
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Apache Dropout

October 19th, 2015

Bristol Archive agree a digital release for this lost album from the rather wonderful Apache Dropout – 27th November 2015 to be exactApache-Dropout-Masters

Fresh 4 – Blue Vinyl

October 14th, 2015

Here we have it – the Limited Edition (100 copies only) FRESH 4 Blue Vinyl package. Screen printed numbered sleeve, Blue Vinyl, Replica cd, Poster and Insert – exclusive to our website – visit – official release date is Oct 23rd LP and Digital download – ‘The sounds of 0272′