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Ample Play Records present: The Soap Opera and their new album ‘Ready to Hatch’

AMPLE PLAY RECORDS present hailing from France THE SOAP OPERA and their album ‘Ready to Hatch’ out 10th Nov 2017.



CAT no: AMP119DD / AMP119V – a co-release with Howlin Banana, Paris, available digitally and on vinyl.

Ample Play would like to introduce The Soap Opera. Always the different kids of Western France, comprising of members of Sudden Death of Stars and the Spadassins, they consist of a cape crusading poet, a secondhand bookseller, a bespectacled engineer and a level-headed drummer.

The result is great indie pop reminiscent of Arthur Lee‘s Love of the 1960s and the C86 sound of the 80s, with touches of the Brazilian Tropical in places.

The band have known each other as friends for years, hanging out at the same gigs for years and dealing with each other’s eccentricities. This album is like listening to a young Orange Juice, quaint, poetic, slightly sad, yet moving forward and uplifting. Here is a group who aren’t afraid to make hip shaking pop songs either.

Debut UK gigs : The Windmill Brixton 2/11/2017 I The Palace Hastings 3/11/2017

Video directed & filmed by Phil Miller.


Masaki Hanakata releases a new mini album ‘Bremen Soundtrack’ on Ample Play.

Masaki Hanakata Bremen Soundtrack sleeve art.

Masaki Hanakata

The best Cumbrian folk music ever made.

Masaki returns to the ample play records village with an instrumental album in hand, inspired by the animal characters of the Grimms tale ‘The Musicians of Bremen’. Bremen Soundtrack is playing in a village hall near you from 14th of July.

Handcrafted, each short track is like a miniature painting, taking you between dale and down stream with a bird’s eye view of what agricultural implements can be turned into instruments. These earth tones result in the best Cumbrian folk music ever made, and it happens to be by a shy multi-instrumentalist from South Japan.

Raise your jugs please, in the mode of the olde tradition, for tomorrow we work the fields.


Side A  1. Donkey’s Fanfare 2. Quiet Dog 3. Cat Command

Side B  4. Niwatori   5. Thief’s Thema 6. Strategy   7. Bansan

Please check his first album on Ample Play Lentment here. More info about Masaki here.



Summer’s Up – Ample Play Summer Playlist Summertime

Summertime Spotify Playlist. Music Playlist.

Ample PlayList: Autumn & Ween

An Ample PlayList – Halloween Playlist

Koolkeith Pumpkin Head
Mudhoney – Halloween
The Kinks – Autumn Almanach
The Young Sinclairs – Between the Summer and the Fall
Brigitte Bardot – La Madrague
Marc Bolan – Cat Black
Black Sabbath – Children of the Grave
The Sonics – The Witch
Bewitched TV Theme
Jack Lewis – Library Ghosts
New York Dolls – Frankenstein
Link Wray – Jack The Ripper
Matsuki Ayumu – Ether Rocket No9
Yokan System – Sea Moon
Ramones – Pet Semetary
Warren Zevon – Werewolves of London
Rodeo Massacre & Cornershop – Zombies The Year of Infection
Witch – Like a Chicken
Suicide – Ghost Riders
R. Dean Taylor – There’s a Ghost in My House
Prince Buster – Ghost Dance
Paula Frazer – Like a Ghost We Met by the Love-Lies Bleeding
Jeffrey Lewis – Williamsburg Will Oldham Horror
Masaki Hanakata – Owl
Cornershop & Izzy Lindqwister – Who’s Gonna Lite It Up
Cornershop – Candyman

Cornershop & Masaki Hanakata: two festive releases

Let The Good Time Roll Orch

Cornershop cover Shirley & Lee:
An upbeat song to celebrate the festive end of year.
‘Let The Good Time Roll’
Release date: 4/12/2015  – CAT No: AMPLA114DD – BUY VIA OUR ONLINE SHOP

Three is the festive number. 3 tracks from Masaki Hanakata, which if you did not get his album earlier in the year, go some way to showing his way out genius.

Masaki is a multi-instrumentalist from Kōchi, Japan. He released his brilliant debut LP ‘Lentment’ on Ample Play in July. Here he is in a festive mood with an instrumental version of ‘Hark The Herald Angels Sing’ with the simple school recorders and some Scottish pipes – indie has never sounded so indie. ‘Tum Tum’ is taken from ‘Lentment’ a song which sounds almost like a nursery rhyme & showcases his sound beautifully. Band the big bass drum. ‘Draw’ is an under a minute instrumental jewel.

Cat # 113DD – Ample Play Records – Release date: 4/12/2015
Tracklist: 1. Hark The Herald Angels Sing 2. Tum Tum 3. Draw


Ample Play presents: Sudden Death of Stars & Bed Rugs live March 2014

An AMPLE PLAY RECORDS double A bill: 2 of the best psych bands from the continent, one of the best double bill you will see all year & the perfect antidote for these anti-European feelings. Music wins. SUDDEN DEATH OF STARS & BED RUGS

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Ample Play Records was set up in 2009 by avid record collectors Tjinder Singh and Ben Ayres from the legendary UK band Cornershop. Over the last three years, they started working with other bands & labels such as Burger Records and Trouble in Mind. Ample Play has been propelled by enthusiastic word of mouth from record buyers & and music lovers of discerning taste.

This series of shows celebrates the label & its roster.

Sudden Death of Stars
28/02/2014 Shipping Forecast Liverpool with Lucid Dream
04/03/2014 Band on the Wall, Manchester with The Hypnotic Eye

Sudden Death of Stars & Bed Rugs double A bill
06/03/2014 Old Blue Last, London with Ben Ayres DJ
07/03/2014 Doghouse, Halifax with Ben Ayres DJ
08/03/2014 The Ferret, Preston
13/03/2014 Beursschouwburg, Brussels with Ben Ayres DJ
14/03/2014 Espace B, Paris
15/03/2014 1988 Live Club, Rennes

From medieval city Rennes, Sudden Death of Stars sound like monks playing The Velvet Underground. Formed in 2010, they were complete as a band when they found the only sitarist west of Paris. Appearing at Liverpool Psych Fest next September.

James Endeacott A&R guru says: “garage, Nuggets, mushroom tea and a head full of dreams – heaven.”

New album ‘All Unrevealed Parts of the Unknown’ out 10th March.

Taking their name from the Big Lebowski, Bed Rugs Antwerp are the children of McCartney and Cobain, with a great epic psych sound, filed in the same catalogue as Tame Impala, Deerhunter, or Jagwar Mar.
debut full length album ‘8th Cloud’ out 31 March. They’ve played with Sebadoh, Jacco Gardner and many others.

Winter Warmer Split Single: Sudden Death of Stars / Beat Mark Christmas single

Christmas comes but once a year which is why we’ve given you two festive tracks in one single, by two bands we’ve been working with this year.  We’re giving you two down to earth independent crown heights songs:

A. The Sudden of StarsWhat is Winter Good For?’ “Brittany has a temperate oceanic climate. The weather in this region makes it too mild for snow to fall, and that is why we often wish for the snowman to come.

AA. Beat Mark Christmas Blossom’ “A Christmas track that follows in the steps of the great tradition of 60s Christmas songs with sleighbells and naïve melodies with voices together on the chorus, like a choir.”

Ample Play Christmas split single
Order your 7″ single via our shop

Sudden Death of Stars ‘Getting Up, Going Down’ vinyl

Beat Mark ‘Howls of Joy’ LP vinyl

Ample Play Records announce a fast forward: 3 album releases by Bed Rugs, The Smoking Trees, and The Sudden Death of Stars

Ample 3 LPs release

>> Fast Forward >> we’re pleased to announce the release of 3 albums in the coming months from new Ample Play collaborators.

The Smoking Trees I AcetatesI 6 May 2013

The LA duo took part in the Singhles Club with ‘Merry Go Maggie’ and we’re now pleased to release ‘Acetates’, a slab of sunshiny psychedelia & garage.

“The 21 tracks here encompass folk, psych, sitars, backwards guitar solos, hip hop…weird and brilliantly so.” NME

Bed Rugs IRapids I 13 May 2013

4 young Belgians filed in the same catalogue as Tame Impala, Deerhunter, The Paperhead and The Sufis. Six tracks mixed by Paul Butler (from The Bees, producer for Devendra Banhart & Michael Kiwanuka), who sums it up: ‘this band are on point, the concept of psychedelia rubbing together with glorious song craft was very appealing for us to work on.’

 The Sudden Death of Stars I Getting Up, Going DownI 10 June 2013

They make us think of Fairport Convention, The Byrds and The Velvet Underground.  A surprise treasure chest of an album from the musicale city of Rennes.