Show notes for the 312th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:
Red Electrick – Make Up Your Mind
Red Electrick have done an excellent job with their Unplugged Sessions film. It’s stylish, moody and quite sophisticated. Just look at the video and make up your own mind, but even if you hear the recording featured on this week’s MMI podcast you’ll see that it sounds quite good. However, I’m always amused by unplugged sessions that featured plugged guitars, like the one featured from the skillful Peter Borg in the extended 70s-style solo at the end of this song. Well, Dorothy Bezzina’s backing vocals more than make up for that.
Yews – Traveller
I’m not sure that Yasmin Kuymizakis is intentionally enigmatic, but she certainly comes across unclearly – but in a good way. The video for this song was made by four students from the MCAST Institute of Art and Design: Nadine Falzon, Jorje Bosios, Giovan Baldacchino, Francesca Mercieca. I’ve featured her on a previous edition of the MMI podcast and have been waiting for another opportunity to do so. Well, here it is.
Hadrian Mansueto – Illusion
One of Malta’s electronica veterans now, has been featured on the MMI podcast since the first 50 editions. I’ve always enjoyed his cool acid jazz infused tracks. Here he even enlists the guitar sounds from another Maltese electronica veteran: Melchior Sultana. The combination is very pleasant to the ear, possibly even for people who are not particularly fond of this type of music. Well, at least I seem to think so.
Midnight Train – Drummer Boy
Alex Cutajar was one of the mainstays in Malta’s 1980s rock scene. He was always an alternative sort and many people have probably sadly forgotten him by now. His Korg MS20 synthesizer was one of the very first to be played with a band on the islands. His first band was one of the Tigne Rokarja creations called Shaktonix. He eventually join his brother Chalky playing for about five years with the Subverts, where he graduated to a Roland Juno 60. His musical days seemed behind him by the early 1990s, but he has now returned with a number of home made track available on his Reverbnation page. Well, I’m sure some people will be as pleased as I am to hear this stuff.
Nicholas Aquilina – Life
From time to time I like to feature oddities on my podcast. This one, along with the video for it, certainly falls in that category. I’m not sure what to make of it, but it reminds me of some of the earlier stuff released by Pink Pube, which reminds me to make sure I get back to that netlabel’s catalog in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, enjoy Nicholas Aquilina’s track, which I think works better if you watch the video rather than just hear it on the podcast. Well, this edition of the podcast has to end and this as good a place as any to end it.
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