Bar Bloc have announced the release of their third of five free compilation albums via their Bloc+Music label, available to download for free now via Bandcamp. A stream of the compilation album was exclusively hosted by Artrocker and it features more up-and-coming talent picked from the current Scottish music scene. You can also stream and download the Bloc Ensemble Part 1 and Bloc Ensemble Part 2 for free via Bandcamp.
The compilation is the culmination of the venue hosting some of the best up-and-coming artists in Scotland and beyond, and is the perfect showcase for a venue and label that has been renowned for cultivating grass roots art in Scotland. Bloc was recently nominated for an Unsung Hero Award at the Scottish License Trade Awards due to its initiatives to help the wider musical community in Scotland as well as deserving social causes. Indeed, Bloc have helped local bands by subsidising a touring van which is loaned to musicians at cost price (non-profit) enabling bands to tour and perform their art on a financially sustainable basis. As well as this, their label Bloc+Music is run on a non-profit basis to allow Scottish musicians to release their music without having to kowtow to the practices and pressures of major labels. This has seen the likes of So Many Animal Calls, Campfires In Winter and Felix Champion thrive and allowed them to progress their musical career at their own pace and in their own image.
Bloc’s DIY ethic is worn firmly on their chest and has aided not just the music community but the creative sector in Scotland in general with the backing of DIY label StruggleTown as well as Hay Man!, TYCI and Ment1 He1th, all of which carry the work of young Scottish artists and authors who have been instrumental in highlighting political and social issues to the wider Scottish community.
This, the third of five compilation albums, is the most alternative release yet, featuring the likes of Battery Face, Wojtek and The Cosmic Dead, highlighting the Scottish music scene’s eclectic taste in music. The compilation also illustrates the diversity and talent prevalent north of the border of which Bar Bloc and Bloc+Music have been leaders in their field and will continue to spearhead for many years to come.