Mailing List

No More Goodbyes

November 9th, 2015

We have a new track out today! You can have a listen on Jazzwise if you want,its available on our bandcamp tomorrow and from all other digital places this week

also,please come to our gig on sunday at the electric! its going to be our last in london for a while

Polar Bear Mobo Nomination

October 1st, 2015

so happy to say weve been nominated for a MOBO!!!
feel so humbled and grateful

please vote for us here if youd like!

also excited for our double headline show with james holden at the electric in brixton on 15th november
if you havent heard james’s music i can wholeheartedly recommend it as something unusual,inspiring and moving
always remember how my ears pricked up the first time i heard him

please come!

polar bear new poster

European Tour

September 17th, 2015


we’re playing in france,belgium and holland in the next two weeks
hope you can come and see us!

Fri 25 Sep 2015 La Dynamo de Banlieues Bleues, Paris, FRANCE
Sat 26 Sep 2015 La Grange a Musique, Creil, FRANCE
Wed 30 Sep 2015 **CANCELLED** Recyclart, Brussels, BELGIUM
Thu 1 Oct 2015 Vooruit, Gent, BELGIUM
Fri 2 Oct 2015 De Werf, Bruges, BELGIUM
Sat 3 Oct 2015 Rataplan, Antwerp, BELGIUM
Sun 4 Oct 2015 De Kelder, Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS
Wed 11 Nov 2015 Festiwal Jazz Jantar, Gdansk, POLAND

Latitude set

July 24th, 2015

hello! you can hear part of our set at latitude on BBC Radio 3′s late junction if you missed it and would like to here.

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London show with James Holden

July 8th, 2015

hello,hope youre enjoying the beginning of summer

am really excited that we’re going to be playing a double headline show with the very inspiring electronic musician James Holden at The Electric in Brixton in november

tickets here

brixton is also where polar bear started so am also happy to be playing there again in my old neighbourhood

hope you can come!

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also we have a new video made by jacek zmarz if you would like to see it – youtube / vimeo

its for our song dont let the feeling go

this is a song about finding a place or state of mind that gives you clarity and perspective and taking that with you wherever you may be

lastly,wanted to say that John has won the prestigious qwartz innovation award for his musical light interface!


Dont Let The Feeling Go video

June 23rd, 2015

UK Tour, mixtapes and Jazz FM awards

April 20th, 2015


enjoyed playing london, brighton, manchester, leeds and liverpool so much. looking forward to the rest of the tour this week!

we have taken the typewriter i used on the album artwork on tour with us. please come and write a message on it. i am posting the pages on our facebook, so you can tag your message if you like. i love reading what people write and hearing their experience of using a typrewriter,when i was typing the new album text it felt so alien, being so used to touchscreens and spellcheck, thought it would be fun to take it with us and share

leafcutter john is playing solo sets of his new material as support on our tour. he has put together a mixtape for the quietus. listen here

also i made a mix for solid steel of music i am enjoying at the moment. you can hear it below.

we have been nominated for two jazz fm awards. we feel very honoured. you can vote if you would like here.

we have a new show to announce in norwich on may 10th. all shows are here. hope to see you soon.

Record Store Day performance at Jumbo

April 17th, 2015

we’re playing a little live set in leeds for record store day if youd like to come

Jumbo Records 1pm tomorrow

we also play the Brudenell in the evening

Same As You album stream

March 24th, 2015

you can hear our new album today if you want!

is a live stream from here
and also is available for preorder too and in the shops on monday
and there is an interview with Bandcamp here

hope you enjoy it

also..i made a podcast for soundcrash you can listen to here
a few tunes i like from other people
its also got an unreleased polar bear recording at the end -a different version of one of our new tunes and some other things i made

and…i had such a good time going on to tom robinsons show on saturday to share some more music i like,you can still listen here if you would like

hope you can come and see us on tour!!!



Dont Let The Feeling Go new album new single

February 25th, 2015

PB-JZ-11 very happy to say that we have a new song to share with you

its from our new album called same as you which comes out on 30th march and is called ‘dont let the feeling go’

also very happy that the amazing musician and human being shabaka hutchings plays on this track with us, as do two other beautiful people and musicians i met in the desert,hannah darling and gar robertson

our new album,as well as being influenced by positivity,love and community is also inspired by the high desert in california where ive spent time in the last year or two

i love being in the awe inspiring nature there because it also helps me understand my little place in this universe,giving me perspective, which is something not always easy living in london,this is what our new track means to me,having that clear perspective with you no matter where you are,responding to the people and events in your life with openness and compassion

hope you can enjoy to listen to it

you can pre order the album from bandcamp and download ‘dont let the feeling go’ now. it comes with various bundle options including t-shirts and dogtags. the ltd edition dogtags are handmade by hannah darling who sings on our album. the silver ones contain part of a beautiful poem written by my dad on our new album artwork. the copper and brass ones say “choose love” on them, the profits from these will be going to support these amazing and positive people –

also…we’re on tour!! so come see us if you would like