Show notes for the 257th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:
Funk Initiative – Paris
I’m always amazed when a new Maltese band introduces itself to the world with a music video. When it’s a video like the one Funk Initiative produced for Paris I also realize what a long way digital video production has come in the last 20 years. You really no longer need a record company behind you to get a decent recording and accompanying music video out. This particular band and track are no different from most other out on the market right now and they certainly deserve to be noticed by a larger audience than they’ve reached so far.
Muxu – Love You Right
The Maltese master of slick pop is back with what to my ears sounds like a relatively mature departure from his humble beginnings just a couple of years ago. Here’s someone who is clearly head and shoulders above the fray and all the wanna be pop stars that grace the Maltese islands believing that the Eurovision Song Contest is the ultimate in show business. Muxu continues to earn my respect as he has since the very first time I heard him telling us to beat his drum. Now, where’s that album? Or is that sort of thing too old fashioned now?
Jean Claude Vancell – Music Box
I’ve always liked the songs created by this young Maltese singer-songwriter. They hold a great promise that he sometimes manage to achieve all on his own. He returns after what seemed like a two or three year long hiatus with a song that’s so well-crafted that you can’t but feel you’ve already heard it plenty of other times after the very first listen. I hope he’s back to stay this time.
Crowns – Memories
I’m never sure whether bands use a definite article as part of their name when they produce a logo without one. In any case, this new Maltese pop rock band seems to be attracting lots of airplay right now. I’ve been wanting to play their debut song for about two weeks but for some reason it remained in my pending folder along with a bunch of other tracks I plan to include in upcoming editions of the MMI podcast. I don’t know much about this band but their instant popularity with certain types of Maltese radio stations makes me believe that we’ll be hearing much more from them in the coming months and years.
Pupi tal-Logħob – Hagi SAK
They’ve gone through a number of line-up changes over the past 10 years but Malta’s best loved old-school punk pranksters are thankfully still around thanks to Kuzza. I saw them live at Rookie’s a couple of months ago and now I’m extremely pleased to include them as the opening act for M3P’s You Rarely Hear This On The Radio 2: La Maltija, which will also include Duo Kukkanja (that’s Steve id-Delli from Brikkuni and Justin Galea from Plato’s Dream Machine) as well as Ċikku l-Poplu in what should turn out to be a memorable evening at V-Gen in Paceville. This is just one of four live music events associated with the inaugural M3P conference, which will be taking place at St James Cavalier in Valletta on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th June 2011.
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