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Show notes for the 401st Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Infinite LoopLonging For You

Dean MuscatTwentysomething

Now that he’s seems to have left last year’s Eurovision Song Contest madness completely behind, Dean Muscat returns with a new track of for himself, just in time to be nominated for the MMI 2014 Listeners’ Picks Poll. He was voted Top Online Release (as Dean Saviour) back in 2007. Will this track manage to see him return to the top of that category again?

Maryse BriffaEmbers of Courage
I don’t think I’ve every played anything from Maryse Briffa before. There’s always a first time for everything. I used to play more of this sort of stuff on earlier editions of the MMI podcast, so I’m quite pleased that I’m able to include this track now that we’re beyond podcast number 400 in the series.

Viper Soup ComplexTaxidermy Hotel
This band came to my attention out of the blue. They are a fairly progressive female fronted band. Here you can hear the second half of a rather long track they released recently called Taxidermy Hotel. As you would expect, this song and band have made it into this year’s nominations for the MMI Listeners’ Picks Poll, so you’ll be able to vote for them (and/or whoever else you like) throughout the month of December.

The RSS feed for the Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast is available here or you can simply click here to subscribe directly with iTunes. You can also follow each new episode through the MMI Podcast: Facebook Fan Page. An archive of MMI podcast is also available on Mixcloud. If you have no idea what any of this means, just enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.


Warrior


Show notes for the 400th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Jes PsailaStoob
I first heard Jes Psaila play guitar about 30 years ago with the Maltese band Avatar. Later I had the distinct pleasure of playing in a couple of bands with him. It was a joy to have the freedom to experiment on my guitar, while he played some solid chords and melodies. I’m sure that his new album is delight not just to me and his long-term followers but also to new listeners. I’m very much looking forward to his next live gig.

8 UglyHead in the Clouds
I was shocked to hear about the sudden death of drummer Joe Zammit this morning. Just like Jes Psaila, he was someone I first heard play about 30 years. Eventually he was also the drummer in one of the bands where Jes and I played together. It was good to meet him again (and see him perform live) one more time a couple of weeks ago. This was the only recording of his (at least I think so) that I could find. Rest in peace old friend.

SkambomamboSmile

This.CoIsabelle

MarmaljaAnti-Eroj
Following their No Bling Show adventure, il-Lapes and Drinu return to their Marmalja roots. It seems that they are keen to return to their streetwise spirit, which they seemed to leave behind in their more recent foray into more palatable Maltese hip hop. I personally prefer them raw and real.

The RSS feed for the Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast is available here or you can simply click here to subscribe directly with iTunes. You can also follow each new episode through the MMI Podcast: Facebook Fan Page. An archive of MMI podcast is also available on Mixcloud. If you have no idea what any of this means, just enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.


Diamonds

Show notes for the 399th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Cinnamon WarShadows
This is their follow-up to the The Brightest Light, which I also featured on an edition of the podcast not too long ago. At this rate this band should be making quite a splash on the local music scene within the coming months. Perhaps 2015 is the year when enough people will know about them to start mentioning them along with other popular bands from and in Malta.

Maria LewisAn Angel

KristenI Must Go
I like much of what Muxu creates and this song for Kristen Camilleri is no exception. It’s produced by Carlo Gerada and has Kristen singing in a style that’s new to her, as far as I’m concerned. Still a pleasant pop song, showcasing the good qualities each of the three collaborators possesses. I’m sure something else that’s even better is around the corner for each of them, possibly even separately.

TroffaĦamra y Dos Mechones

Robert FarrugiaLetarġija
Another track from the haunting album Pawża – Stennija, which to my mind is one of the most under-rated Maltese releases of 2014. It may be true to say that this type of music is an acquired taste, but I think that it grows on you very quickly and quite easily if you let it. I like it. Did I already say that?

The RSS feed for the Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast is available here or you can simply click here to subscribe directly with iTunes. You can also follow each new episode through the MMI Podcast: Facebook Fan Page. An archive of MMI podcast is also available on Mixcloud. If you have no idea what any of this means, just enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.


Surfacing


Show notes for the 398th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

BroduIċ-Ċimiterju

Mistura Issa Tard Wisq
It’s been a long time coming: Mistura have finally released their debut album featuring their unique brand of Maltese-language songs. It’s called U d-Dinja Tkompli Ddur, which roughly translates to And the World Keeps On Turning. I think that’s a rather charming and fitting name for this album. The 16-track CD was officially launched a couple of week’s ago during Michael Bugeja’s radio show Rockna. I’ve featured a number of these songs on my podcast Here’s an album sampler:

nosnow/noalpsSomethin’ Like That

Vinny Vella Jr.Everything Will Pass
A few days ago I attended the launch party for the CD album Another Way by Vinny Vella Jr. It was quite a gathering of musicians, and most of the tracks on the album were played live, for the most part by the same musicians featured on the recordings. The album is a blend of some of Vinny’s favourite songs (including two by his long-time idol Stevie Wonder) and several original compositions. I’ve picked one of the originals, which particularly struck me for a number of reasons. This song features singer Andreana DeBattista, who is one of guest four singers on the album, along with Nadine Axisa, Glen Vella and Francesca Galea.

Tricia Dawn WilliamsThe Forbidden

The RSS feed for the Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast is available here or you can simply click here to subscribe directly with iTunes. You can also follow each new episode through the MMI Podcast: Facebook Fan Page. An archive of MMI podcast is also available on Mixcloud. If you have no idea what any of this means, just enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.


Louder Than Words


Show notes for the 397th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Kurt Aquilina feat. Gino MicallefStep Closer
It’s refreshing to hear this sort of thing from time to time. I’m also glad it’s coming from Maltese musicians spanning two generations. I wonder whether it’s actually just a one-off or the beginning of a more elaborate collaboration. Only time will tell, of course.

Jim HickeyJust to Find

FootprintsEchoes of Praise
Ever since Salt stopped performing, this Christian rock band from Malta became the de facto leading act in the genre within its many followers in the country. The band is now working on its second album, which is due out in early 2015. This is the first track from it.

Rachel FabriA Little More Time
I’m really pleased to be able to include the voice of this singer on the MMI podcast. I have fond memories of her work with Sixth Simfoni during early editions of the series, just as hip-hop was becoming a dominant genre in the local scene. Then she left for the UK where she did some interesting work, after which I somehow lost track of her. Clearly, I should pay more attention. I’m sure you will too once you hear this song, if it’s the sort of thing you like.

IzzyliciousHeart Back
The first time I featured Isabelle Luca Borg’s voice on the MMI podcast I mistakenly declared that it was the first time I had play something by a blood relative during the series. I was wrong. That distinction goes to another second cousin of mine, who presently performs on the international music circuits as half of South Central. In any case, I’m glad to include Izzylicious again, now that she’s in a new phase, exploring new sounds as a song-writer. I’m sure that this is not the last time will hear from her.

The RSS feed for the Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast is available here or you can simply click here to subscribe directly with iTunes. You can also follow each new episode through the MMI Podcast: Facebook Fan Page. An archive of MMI podcast is also available on Mixcloud. If you have no idea what any of this means, just enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.


Dream

Show notes for the 396th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Rachel VerzinThe Joke Is On You

FirelightTalk Dirty

WaterwingsSteal the Crown

Enzo GusmanDreamer Next To Ben’s Grave
Anton Grech, Joey Chircop, and David Agius wrote the first original rock opera to be staged in Malta. It first appeared at the Manoel Theatre in Valletta exactly 40 years ago. To mark this anniversary I thought it would be good to play the opening song from a rather rare recording on this week’s podcast. You can find out more about this production on the M3P wiki.

Fran6HP feat. Sempliċiment tat-TriqLiberte
They’re back with a couple of new recordings they did recently in France. They’re now getting ready to go on tour across Eastern Europe. Put your hands together for the most formidable underground hip-hop act to ever emerge from Malta and remember where you heard them first.

The RSS feed for the Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast is available here or you can simply click here to subscribe directly with iTunes. You can also follow each new episode through the MMI Podcast: Facebook Fan Page. An archive of MMI podcast is also available on Mixcloud. If you have no idea what any of this means, just enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.


Slow


Show notes for the 395th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Massacre House PartyUh Oh!

FuzzhoneysSoul

BerneIn the Woods

Lejla Maltija – Is-Sirena

Anna AzzopardiMy Hero

Odessa GreenPretend

The RSS feed for the Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast is available here or you can simply click here to subscribe directly with iTunes. You can also follow each new episode through the MMI Podcast: Facebook Fan Page. An archive of MMI podcast is also available on Mixcloud. If you have no idea what any of this means, just enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.


Clouds


Show notes for the 394th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Melbourne Ska OrchestraThird Time Lucky

NorbertFind a Way

Thea SalibaFight the Fall
Thea Saliba is a very rare type of Maltese pop artist. She is well known but not too popular. Very accomplished but not really appreciated enough for her talent. Attractive in many ways yet not charming enough to be a household name. Perhaps this is what makes her so special in Malta’s local music scene. Luckily for her, she has spread her wings beyond Maltese shores and this new song sees her soaring high, at least in terms of quality within her genre of music.

AcidulantDance to My Funk

Cable 35Coconut Supply

The RSS feed for the Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast is available here or you can simply click here to subscribe directly with iTunes. You can also follow each new episode through the MMI Podcast: Facebook Fan Page. An archive of MMI podcast is also available on Mixcloud. If you have no idea what any of this means, just enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.


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