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Show notes for the 222nd Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers in or from Malta:

Wayne MicallefSlip Away
Returning to prove that he is indeed one of the most prolific pop rock singer-songwriters in Malta, Wayne Micallef has managed to produce a song that is not only radio friendly but really worthy of repeat listens; pay special attention to the acoustic guitar solo and the sublime arrangement on the backing vocals. If only more of his peers would take a leaf from his book. At this rate, I expect he’ll be releasing a greatest hits album in the coming years.

Plato’s Dream MachineThe Aristocrat
It’s getting better all the time for one of Malta’s most endearing bands on the underground scene. They’re about to appear at Madliena Lodge with the Moulettes from the UK on Friday 20 August 2010. Their new DIY CD will be available from that day, featuring new tracks like this delightful waltz, recorded last month by Steve Lombardo at Hell Next Door Studios in Gudja.

BrookeAchilles Heel
An appearance on the main stage at this year’s Farsons Great Beer Festival has brought young Brooke Borg to the attention of a wider audience in Malta after a couple of relatively high profile gigs abroad. If her debut song is anything to go by, it would appear that the future may indeed be very bright for this singer. She seems to have some of the things certain types in the industry look for. Now, will the market go for it? I guess that’s the million dollar question after all.

jon lukas woodenmanCan’t Afford to Lose (Club Mix)
I was saddened to hear that one of Malta’s most venerable musical exports has been taken seriously ill with lung cancer recently. He claims that he brought it on himself from years of heavy smoking, but I’m sure that doesn’t make it any easier for anyone. Jon Lukas has been a fighter throughout his four-decade long career and so it’s charming to see him perceptually reaching out to younger audiences as jon lukas woodenman with a new song that bears the same title as his original hit from 1970, Can’t Afford to Lose. This new club mix was created in collaboration with David A. Nash and Toby.

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