You've Really Got A Hold On Me
The new year is no longer so new. By now almost everyone will be back (or on the verge of being back) to life beyond the seasonal festivities. If, like me, you worked all of last week, it's understandable if you feel that the holidays seem like that happened a long time ago. Then again, for those who worked while everybody else took a break, I'm pretty sure they're glad it's all over.
My reality check comes once a week when I sit down at my desk to produce the weekly Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast. The 146th MMI podcast is already the third one I've produced this year but it's actually only the first one to feature new music. The opening song is the new single by The Myth. It's called Animal and although it's nothing like a seasonal song, it was (pre)released during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day.
The next two tracks on this week's podcast should be most welcome by anyone seeking to soothe their ears after clearing out all the fluff that had accumulated there over the past few weeks. Kurt Chircop records as l urk; no, that's not a typo, that's how he spells it. From his repertoire I've selected a tune called The Cloud Had A Sky Blue Colour. This leads almost naturally to Fine by Karl Baldacchino, who makes music under the name Synthact.
One of the things that Mużika Mod Ieħor is known for is the space it gives to relatively unknown new performers to air their very first recordings. The Great Escape is the band that gets this space this week. Their performed their song Run Away on national television in Malta last year to some public acclaim, but I'm almost sure that it had never been played on the radio since. You can hear it as the closing track on this week's Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast.
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