Mantra is released

We are pleased to announce the release of Night Operations first album “Mantra”.

Mike Powell has produced a stunning album of modern electronic rock music which demands repeated listening and has already received extensive local radio play in the Greater Manchester area..

The album is available on digital download from our Bandcamp site and a limited edition run of CDs with high quality artwork will be available soon.

The digital download version includes full colour artwork in digital form complete with lyrics.



Introducing bozchestra

German Shepherd Records and Bert Weill Productions are pleased to announce a new partnership to promote the music of Boz Hayward.

Boz Hayward is a Manchester based musician who, with his unique bozchestra, creates stunning cinematic music and, as a singer-songwriter, catchy, quirky, acoustic pop.  

 German Shepherd Records will promote Boz’s work and he will release the music himself.  


 Soon after punk happened, Boz formed his first band in November 1978. As with all musicians his music developed in the intervening years to a body of work which translates his observations on life and people gathered from his travels around the country and the world.  The music contains many soundtracks to accompany that journey.  It is a visual music that maps his life.

 His first instrumental release ‘Shortscores’ (2013) gained fulsome praise for its cinematic, narrative writing style, coupled with the quaint and idiosyncratic delivery of bozchestra – with Boz often on acoustic guitar, and, depending on the song, backed by slide guitar, guitaron, violin, trumpet, keyboards/piano and percussion. Boz’s musical style is perfect for film scores. ‘Shortscores’ came about through Boz’s work with an experimental film and sound event called Video Jam in 2012. Boz was sent a short film to score. bozchestra perfomed the score live to the screening at the inaugural event and such was its success that Boz was invited back repeatedly. That body of accumulated work became Shortscores. For this, Boz was keen for his music to reflect the particular mood and emotional charge that each film evokes, as opposed to providing a detached musical commentary. 

 The latest collection of bozchestra music is to be released on September 9th and is entitled ‘Films in Music’. 

 This time, a collection of soundtracks to films which exist only in the imagination of the listener, ‘Films in Music’ is a set of stand-alone pieces. In other words, listeners are invited to make up their own imagined films or dreamscapes to the music. The collection facilitates this by delivering a selection of atmospheric, cinematic, instrumental pieces replete with ideas and emotions. There’s a brooding intensity to a lot of the music. It evokes images of a post-war Berlin or Vienna with Harry Lime skulking in some back alleyway, or a spaghetti western with grizzled protagonists in a stand-off outside a cantina, but there’s also a pastoral feel to some of the tracks producing a gentler more introspective atmosphere. Reflecting a gentle Tex-Mex vibe, coupled with 70s spy dramas, and tasteful melodies, Hayward combines instruments in unique and pleasurable ways to deliver perfect vignettes. Bill Frisell, Ennio Morricone, John Barry and Anton Karas are all called to mind but Boz also adds a subtle flavour of Manc post-punk melancholia  to the mix. There’s the occasional sonic surprise which keeps the music interesting and vital. This is quality music which is varied and bears repeated listening.

 The album will be released through Bert Weill Productions and distributed worldwide by AWAL.


PREVIOUS RELEASES ARE AVAILABLE FROM: iTunes, Amazon and other popular download sites.

These include the albums ‘Featuring Ruby and Eric Next Door’ (2010), ‘ReCaffeinated’ (2011), ‘Edward Edwardly and the Marquis of Flixton’ (2012), ‘Shortscores’ (2013) and ‘Light and Dark’ (2014). 

 A visual five minute tour of the album please look away if you want to imagine your own scenes, places, wherever the music takes you!

Press enquiries, requests for interview direct to Boz at :


 A tour to promote the album is being planned for the autumn.

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Stereopod deliver “Cinematopoeia” via German Shepherd


Stereopod  are a Scottish instrumental studio based duo who grew up together,
loathing mediocrity. They are inspired by a love of guitars and synths,
and the focus of melody in music.Influences primarily include
Mogwai,  John Carpenter,  Boards of Canada,  Alessandro Cortini, James
Holden, and Vessels to name a few.  Ideally thier music is aimed at
perhaps capturing the attention of film makers, its sound tracky and
that was our plan when they began, hence the name of the album “Cinematopoeia”.

The album will be released later in 2016. Here’s a taster


Rose and the Diamond debut on German Shepherd

It is with great pleasure that we announce the release of the debut EP from Rose and the Diamond Hand.

Rose is Rose Niland, whose soulful and memorable vocal style has dominated the Manchester music scene for several years now. We released her debut solo EP “From Now” in 2014 to wide critical acclaim.

Rose is an active singer, songwriter, producer and musician, as well as Rose and The Diamond Hand, she features in Poppycock, vVULVa, and The Little She Girls.


Rose, Bob, Mark and Leonie

Rose is joined by Bob Clowrey on Synthesizer/Samples and Keyboards, Mark Corrin on Bass Guitar, and Leonie Fox on Drums for this release.

This debut EP “Universe Is Woman” delivers four atmospheric songs which have already become live favourites. The glacial and gothic tinged down-tempo sound of the band has evoked comparisons to both Portishead and Siouxsie & The Banshees. Rose’s soulful, melancholic vocals and enigmatic lyrics are delivered over a striking and minimalist musical backdrop. Hypnotic bass and drum rhythms are intertwined with subtle experimental electronic textures to create an evocative mood. The songs on the EP include the yearning, catchy shimmer of “Icicle” and the cyclic, pulsing soul of “Universe Is Woman”. Also included is “Dominate”, a fierce, attitude packed cut, and “Extended”, a haunting, otherworldly number.

The EP is released as download only on August 12th on our Bandcamp portal at £2.75 (exc VAT)

A gig to support the release takes place at our regular venue The Eagle Inn, Collier Street, Salford on 13th August,  Rose and The Diamond Hand is also part of our Salford Music Festival German Shepherd Showcase on October 1st, also at The Eagle, and supports Georgio “The Dove” Valentino at his EP launch on December 3rd, again at The Eagle.