Barbarossa premieres first single “Turbine”

Barborossa releases first single 'Turbine' off "Bloodlines"

Bloodlines sees Londoner Barbarossa (James Mathé’s) emotive missives from young adulthood rewired into elegiac electronic anthems, dusted with huge spectral gasps of reverb and soul-wrenching organ melodies. Unusually for such an electronic album, it was recorded on vintage analogue gear and straight to tape.

Recently signed to London label Memphis Industries (Field Music, POLIÇA, The Go! Team, Dutch Uncles), Mathé is influenced by everything from soul men Stevie Wonder, D’Angelo and Levon Helm to Dirty Projectors and Sufjan Stevens but points to one inspiration in particular for the overall mood of Bloodlines – Vincent Gallo’s cult ’90s film Buffalo 66, a twisted romance about a tap dancer who falls for her convict kidnapper – “the end scene which features Yes’s Heart of the Sunrise and the scene with Cristina Ricci dancing to King Crimson’s Moonshine at a bowling hall especially,” he notes.

Following support slots with Junip and label mates POLIÇA, Barbarossa will be performing live across the summer including festival slots at Glastonbury and Bestival. Full dates below.


05/29 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour *#
05/30 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour *#
05/31 Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theatre *#
06/01 San Francisco, CA – Bimbos 365 Club *#
06/02 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge *#
06/03 Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo *
06/04 Vancouver, BC – The Rio Theatre *#
06/05 Seattle, WA – Neumos *#
06/08 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center *
06/09 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall *
06/10 Toronto, ON – The Great Hall *
06/12 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall *^
06/13 New York, NY – Highline Ballroom *^
06/15 Washington DC – 9:30 Club *^
06/16 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer *^
06/20 New York, NY Mercury Lounge $
* = w/ Junip
# = w/ ON AN ON
^ = w/ Quadron
$ = w/ Pacific Air



(Memphis Industries)

1. Bloodline

2. Turbine

3. Butterfly

4. Plague

5. Pagliaccio

6. S.I.H.F.F.Y.

7. Battles

8. The Load

9. Saviour Self

10. The Endgame

11. Seeds


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