Bloc Party

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Bloc Party are an English indie rock band, currently composed of Kele Okereke (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards, sampler), Russell Lissack (lead guitar, keyboards), Justin Harris (bass guitar, keyboards, saxophones, backing vocals) and Louise Bartle (drums). Former members Matt Tong and Gordon Moakes left the band in 2013 and 2015 respectively. Their brand of music, whilst rooted in rock, retains elements of other genres such as electronica and house music. The band was formed at the 1999 Reading Festival by Okereke and Lissack. They went through a variety of names before settling on Bloc Party in 2003. Moakes joined the band after answering an advert in NME magazine, while Tong was picked via an audition. Bloc Party got their break by giving BBC Radio 1 DJ Steve Lamacq and Franz Ferdinand's lead singer, Alex Kapranos, a copy of their demo "She's Hearing Voices".

In February 2005, the band released their debut album Silent Alarm. It was critically acclaimed and was named Indie Album of the Year at the 2006 PLUG Awards and NME Album of the year which both honour indie music. That year, the record was also certified platinum in Britain. The band built on this success in 2007 with the release of their second studio album, A Weekend in the City, which reached a peak of number two in the UK Albums Chart and number twelve in the Billboard 200. In August 2008, Bloc Party released their third studio record, Intimacy which entered the UK Albums Chart at number eight and number eighteen on the Billboard 200. The band went on a hiatus in October 2009 to focus on side projects. They reunited in September 2011, and shortly thereafter released their fourth album, Four, which entered the UK Albums Chart at number three. In 2013, Bloc Party released their third EP titled The Nextwave Sessions in August; the band then began an indefinite hiatus to continue with their respective side projects. The band's fifth studio album, Hymns, the first to involve Harris and Bartle, was released on 29 January 2016. Bloc Party have sold over 3 million albums worldwide.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Rewired Hyper 1
2008 XFM The Debut Sessions Various Artists 1
2008 Pillowface and His Airplane Chronicles Steve Aoki 1
2009 Berghain 03 Len Faki 4 1
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1997 CMJ New Music Monthly, Volume 145: January/February 2007 Various Artists 2
2003 The New Cross: An Angular Sampler Various Artists 1
2004 De Afrekening, Volume 34 Various Artists 1
2004 The Bands 05 Various Artists 1
2004 Air & Style, Volume 9 Various Artists 1
2005 The Album Various Artists 1
2005 Top of the Pops 2005_1 Various Artists 1
2005 Now That’s What I Call Music! 60 (UK) Various Artists 2 1
2005 Rough Trade Shops: Counter Culture 2004 Various Artists 1
2005 Twisted: Indie Floorfillers for a Twisted Generation Various Artists 1
2005 Humo's Festivalitis Various Artists 1
2005 Rock Open Various Artists 1
2005 The Bands 05 II Various Artists 1
2005 The New Indie: Alive & Amplified for 2005 Various Artists 1
2005 Acoustic 05 Various Artists 1
2005 Festival Various Artists 1
2005 FM4 Soundselection: 12 Various Artists 1
2005 Nationwide Mercury Prize: 2005 Album of the Year Various Artists 1
2005 Future's Burning Various Artists 1
2005 Help: A Day in the Life Various Artists 3
2005 Evil Nine Present: Y4K Evil Nine 1
2005 De Afrekening, Volume 37 Various Artists 1
2005 The Other Side of New York Fischerspooner 1
2005 Trax #04 Various Artists 1
2005 De Afrekening, Volume 38 Various Artists 1
2005 NME Presents: The Essential Bands (2005) Various Artists 1
2005 Go Commando Various Artists 1
2005 Essential Hits Various Artists 1
2005 Express Design Studio - Lab Mix NYC2005 Various Artists 1
2005 Humo's Top 2005 Various Artists 1
2005 Indétendances 21 Various Artists 1
2005 Indie Pop Rock 2005 – Best News Songs Various Artists 1
2005 MELT! Compilation 2005 Various Artists 1
2005 Przekrój Muzyki: nOwy rOck Various Artists 1
2005 Razzmatazz #05 DJ Amable 1
2005 Red Hot Hits Various Artists 1
2005 The Red Room, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
2005 The Smart Club. Various Artists 1
2006 Triple J: Hottest 100 of 2006 Various Artists 1
2006 Cream: Rock the Discotheque Various Artists 1
2006 Can You Hear Me Clearly Various Artists 1
2006 Triple J: Hottest 100, Volume 13 Various Artists 2
2006 Perfecto Chills, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2006 Hörsturz, Volume 6 Various Artists 1
2006 Transgressive Singles Compilation, Volume 1 Various Artists 1

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