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APF Records COVID-19 Statement

March 24, 2020

Had a few people ask about the status of orders in the light of the UK government's shutdown announcement. I usually send orders out on the day they are received. But we are no longer in usual times.

The Government guidance published late last night (read here: bit.ly/2UdfCU2) states "online retail is still open and encouraged and postal and delivery service will run as normal". 

This morning all BEGGAR pre-orders received so far are being posted out. The album's official release date is 3rd April, but you can have the physical version a bit early. 

After this morning's visit I will be going out as infrequently as possible, in line with the Government's instruction. Our Post Office is next to a local supermarket. When I go shopping for basic necessities I will post out any orders at the adjacent Post Office at that time. 

Finally, best thing you can do with APF releases is buy them from Bandcamp. That way you get a digital download code and can listen to released albums whilst you wait for the physical version to arrive. 

Hope that clears things up a bit.

Stay safe.

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Adam from Barbarian Hermit shares his secret gravy recipe

March 19, 2020

 

 

A few years ago Barbarian Hermit were lovingly described in a review as “purveyors of that thick, northern gravy”. I’m not even sure who it was that wrote it now as we never thought to bookmark it at the time, but that phrase stuck with us ever since. We ran with it ever since and there’s barely a post on our social media channels that doesn’t reference the viscous, brown nectar of the gods.

Northern boys, as they say, love gravy. It runs in our veins. Those that know me will know that as well as writing riffs for Barbarian Hermit, I also love to cook up a storm in the kitchen. Here’s my recipe for a thick, meaty, rich gravy. Ideal for your Sunday roast, but just as delicious on chips, with a pie, on your cereal or drunk straight from a pint glass.

Although I do like a veggie/vegan friendly onion gravy from time to time, for me, the best gravy relies heavily on the roasting juices from a nice big hunk of meat (no, I’m not talking about Big Daddy Reegs).

Ingredients

      Aforementioned hunk of meat (roasting joint of pork, beef or lamb)

     1 onion

     1 carrot

     1 stick celery

     1 bay leaf

     A few sprigs thyme and rosemary

     2 tablespoons plain flour

     Butter

     1 pint Stock (ideally the same as the meat you’re roasting)

     Red wine

     1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

     Worcester sauce

     Salt & pepper

     Generous helping of loud riffs

 

Method

Start with your meat. Chop the onion, celery, carrot and half the herbs and spread them across the bottom of your roasting tin. Lay the meat on top, pour in a good glug of water and roast according to the type and weight of meat.

About half an hour before your meat is ready, take a saucepan and melt the butter. Add the flour and stir until it forms a reaux, like a thick buttery paste. Add a splash of red wine and let it bubble for a bit so the alcohol burns off. Add the stock and stir with a whisk to ensure any lumps of flour break down and the sauce thickens.

For extra flavour, infuse your gravy with some chunky riffs. I suggest playing the new Video Nasties album, Dominion on full volume in the kitchen to give your sauce an extra vicious kick.

Add the herbs, Worcester sauce and mustard and stir. Season with salt and pepper.

Now the best bit. Once your meat is ready, take it out to rest. Remove it from the roasting tin and set aside. In the bottom of the tin you should now have a thick sauce of meat juices and the onions, carrots and celery should be nicely caramelised. Pour all this into your gravy pot. If there’s any gubbins stuck to the side of the roasting tin pour in some red wine and scrape them off with a spoon, ideally while the tinis still hot. Add this to the gravy too. Also, if you’ve been cooking any of your accompanying veggies in water, add a splash of the cooking liquor from those too.

Depending on the size of your meat joint, you’ll probably have about 20 minutes while it rests. Turn the heat on your gravy to as high as it will go and let that shit bubble violently, making sure you stir regularly to stop it burning at the bottom. You want it to reduce by at least a couple of inches. The more it reduces, the more intense the flavours will get.

As it’s cooking you might find that a kind of scummy foam forms on the top. Scrape this off with a spoon and discard it.

Once the gravy has reduced to your liking, take it off the heat. Take a fine sieve and strain it to get rid of the bits of onion, herb twigs, bay leaf etc. Press with the back of a wooden spoon to make sure you squeeze every last drop of flavour from the detritus. You should now have a thick, smooth, gravy. But you’re not done yet. While the gravy is still hot (but not bubbling) add a knob of butter and stir it through until it melts, giving it a beautifully rich sheen.

Serve from your finest gravy boat.

 

Read more of Adam's work on his Electric Flavourland blog:

https://electricflavourland.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

Beggar premiere new track Blood Moon

March 06, 2020

Beggar is a band that knows how to make an entrance. Their debut record Compelled to Repeat begins with a two-chord haymaker combo that, just as you’re beginning to regain your footing, goes all-in with a thorough bludgeoning of the mind and spirit. Hold your own against Beggar’s uncompromising battery, if you can, with the exclusive premiere of the album opener Blood Moon over at Invisible Oranges (click below).

http://www.invisibleoranges.com/beggar-blood-moon-premiere/

Head over to the APF shop to pre-order Compelled To Repeat on LP, CD, Tee or Tape. It’s out on 3rd April.

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