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Saturday, December 01, 2007

Keep on Running

I almost forgot to mention that last week's podcast marks two years since I started producing the Mużika Mod Ieħor series. Whenever I stop to think about the fact that this weekly podcast is still around I'm simply amazed. This amazement comes primarily from the amount of new material that Maltese musicians keep churning out week after week. I'm also pleasantly surprised that I've managed to sustain my interest in spending a substantial chunk of my weekend towards putting together what has now undoubtedly become the longest running Maltese podcast.

Last week, my podcast listeners started voting for their top picks from the 2007 releases I've nominated. In this week's podcast I'm including three acts that are not on this years poll, along with one that is but has not received any votes yet.

I'm always thrilled whenever I find new online sources for music. The thrill is doubled when I also discover more music from Malta I've never heard before. A couple of days ago I discovered iCompositions and along with it the music of The Child Syndrom. I know next to nothing about this musician (I'm assuming that this is a solo project) and everything I know can be found on a MySpace page for The Celestial Voyager from Msida. So the focus is almost entirely on the music. The track I've selected is an electronic tune called Solenoid.

Some releases appear after my annual list of nominations for the Listeners' Picks has been compiled. I was quite disappointed when this happened with BNI's On And On last year. To somehow make up for that I chose to include a track from that CD album, and this is how and why Shadows can be heard as the second track on this week's podcast.

As I mentioned above, there are also a number of nominees on the MMI poll who don't receive any votes. There's a whole month left for voting but, as yet, Dean Saviour is one of the ones who have not been voted for yet. I think that this is a shame because his songs are quite pleasant. In the hope that some of my podcast followers take a second look/listen at this young Maltese music I'm playing his song Old Story. From his MySpace page I see that he is now located in the UK, so perhaps next year he'll be on the evergrowing 'overseas-based artists' list.

The obscure has always been one of my passions in music. This is one of the reasons why this week's podcast comes to a close with the Terror, an piece industrial electronica from Dark Squad. Had I discovered them a couple of weeks earlier they would have probably made it on my list of nominations for 2007 Internet releases. Even if this genre of music is not your cup of tea, I still recommend that you have a look at this duo's photos on MySpace.

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