Archive for November, 2011

Our Day Will Come

Show notes for the 278th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Freddie PortelliĠej il-Maltemp
Malta’s own king of rock ‘n roll has written his final will and testicle (as John Lennon would have called it) and this is what it sounds like. Reminiscent of one or two Leonard Cohen classics, but quite remarkable for the vocal arrangements that Freddie has perfected over many decades. Here we can also see that he is also a poet, which is something that those of us who have followed him closely for a long time have known all along.

DanjeliDiska taż-Żibel
Taken from what is undoubtedly my favourite 2011 album, Danjeli’s KontroNatura, this has to be the next most outstanding song in this new collection, after Ġurnata Famuża, of course. In some ways, I think of this as the theme song for the many Parties taż-Żibel that Danjeli has organized in recent months. I’m sure this sort of stuff is not to everyone’s taste, but you’ll be hard pressed to find more sincere music/songs from Malta.

Semplicment tat-Triq & MarmaljaRadju Valium
Well, here’s some more sincere singing from Malta. This is yet another gem from the local hip hop scene. I’m sure that no radio station in Malta would dare play this, for obvious reasons. Well, obvious if you understand Maltese…if not, then perhaps you’ll think it’s because of the gratuitous use of samples from unlicensed pop songs. In any case, it seems like a very fitting song to play just before we open up the 2011 MMI Listeners’ Picks poll in the coming days.

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Now That We’ve Found Love

Show notes for the 277th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Red Electrick feat. Ray Mercieca & Rayvin Portelli – It’s A Shame
2010’s break through band have teamed up with the stalwarts from the Rifffs to record this song, which will undoubtedly be receiving considerable radio airtime in Malta between now and the end of the year. The veterans lend the young band considerable credibility through their experience, while the young ones pump some fresh blood into the old geezers. Still, it sounds like a match made in heaven.

Andre feat. IM – Can’t Be Friends
Andre Darmanin has never really featured on my radar until I heard this song. It is actually slicker than I thought it was on first listen. It’s really grown on me and I can certainly feel that he is maturing into this style of music. Pleasant enough to hear over and over but still not the sort of thing I would go out of my way to look for. Good thing it’s been front and centre enough for me to notice it.

FellowFishOrdinary Madness
Fresh from years of experience with the formidable duo Chasing Pandora, Gozitan musician Keith Anthony is now fronting this new trio who are about to launch their debut album. The title track is featured on today’s MMI’s podcast but I had the opportunity of hearing an early pre-mix of the whole album over the past few weeks and it struck me as the sort of thing that will go down well with the people who like progressive acoustic music that’s not too pretentious.

Nicholas HaberHurry On
From time to time I come across young singers and/or musician from Malta who I would certainly never have heard of before the rise of the sort of exposure afforded to anyone by Internet. This one has some really good qualities and with time and some luck we may be hearing from him again in the coming months and years.

Crash VoltageCrash Voltage
I don’t know much about this band. In fact, I’m not even sure what the name of this tune really is. All I know is that they recorded it on the 20th of February 2011 and that they are guitarist Evan Vassallo, bassist Neil Xuereb, and drummer Luke Micallef. The rest you can make out for yourself in this recording…or perhaps they (or someone who knows them) will care to elaborate on their M3P page sometime soon.

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 or on MySpace. If you have no idea what any of this means, just enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.


Better Than That


Show notes for the 276th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Funk InitiativeThe Liberators
To my mind, this band is a great contender for the best newcomers of 2011 on any of the upcoming award ceremonies. This follow up to their debut works is worthy of any established act and not someone who hasn’t even been on the local scene for a whole year. Gianluca Bezzina’s voice has truly standout qualities in its clarity and simplicity, particularly in the quieter passages of this song. The video directed and edited by Ed Dingli to accompany this song doesn’t detract from its beauty and it rather makes up for any weakness anyone can find in any part of the song itself.

DanjeliKaxxa
The release of Danjeli’s long-awaited solo album KontroNatura has brightened not only my week/month, but it is undoubtedly a cut above any other long-form release from Malta this year. We’ve already had many months to cherishthe outstanding Ġurnata Famuża, which to many will be the highlight on this album. However, like 2007’s Kakofonija, this album is packed with one gem after another. I will most certainly be playing most, if not all, of these tracks on my podcast in the coming weeks and months. Meanwhile, you can either hear the whole album streamed on the Complex Sound SagaCity website or download it for free to play over and over on your favourite mp3 player, as I’ve done on a loop most of the time since the day it came out.

EthnamorteBelt is-Seħer
I rarely repeat tracks on the MMI podcast. Here’s an exception. This is a superb song from a very unusual band currently appearing live in Malta at V-Gen in Paceville on Sunday 6 November 2011 during the Calling All Tribes festival. If Malcolm Callus doesn’t strike a chord with this band for the Maltese crowd gathered at V-Gen tomorrow, perhaps he’ll manage to do it with his other new project Unus Quod Insane.

G-ForceMemorji Sbieħ
It’s no secret that I like hip hop in Maltese. I’ve been wanting to include something by G-Force ever since I heard him accompany Żdongraap on Qumu Minn Hemm, which I included on the MMI podcast no too many weeks ago. This particular track is a potted history of the local hip hop scene according to G-Force, and will certainly go down well with those who have only discovered that Malta has quite a thriving hip hop community more recently.

Franco TartagliaUne Vie, La Vie, Sa Vie
I’ve included music by this guitarist/composer on the MMI podcast several times over the past few years. It was quite good to receive several recordings from him by email a few days ago. So it’s only natural that I picked one of them to close this week’s podcast with.  The groove was just right after the varied but relatively mellow assault from the rest of this week’s eclectic mix. Something approximating a normal service will resume next week as we prepare to launch the MMI 2011 Listeners’ Picks poll. Meanwhile feel free to take a look at the nominees as listed on the respective M3P page.

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 or on MySpace. If you have no idea what any of this means, just enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.