Archive for February, 2013

Clocks


Show notes for the 331st Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Sensitive SkinSweet Sister
Don’t really know much about this duo because their Facebook page and Reverbnation profile have very little information on them other than some photos of the band and details about some gigs and this debut release. The video for it looks rather good so they don’t seem to be a flash in the pan. Let’s hope they release a follow-up soon, along with some details about the band.

MojoShut Within
Another new band I’ve been wanting to feature on my podcast for a while. They’ve released this song for the 2013 Hard Rock Rising contest, hoping to be the entry from Malta for the Global Battle of the Bands this summer. I think they stand a good fighting chance, and even if they don’t this song is well worth listening to, as will be anything else they’ll release in the coming months and years.

Emanuel AnthonyChange
Emanuel Anthony Camilleri released this song several weeks ago. I actually think it was late in 2012 when this release came to my attention. By any rate, it’s been a while that I’ve wanted to include it on one of my podcasts and finally here it is. It’s quite a good song, and is especially delicious for any one who like this style of soft rock.

The Counterbalance ProjectInception
This is another new band that contacted me to tell me about their debut release. I really appreciate performers who do this, as it give me access to things I may otherwise not notice on YouTube, Facebook or some other online channel among all the clutter and junk that’s out there. This is a self-proclaimed experimental project from Aaron Dimech & Conrad Dimech, who are not related, even though they share a family name.  As you can see from the video, they’ve enlisted Danielle Ciantar as a singer on this track and Jean-Luc Camilleri from the band Sugar Rush plays drums. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from them this year.

AscendorIn the Hand of the Enemy
I’ve pick one more band from the 2013 Hard Rock Rising Contest to close this week’s podcast. This is a new metal band from Gozo who contacted me about this debut release before I knew they were taking part in the local contest for the Global Battle of the Bands. For a first outing they have some really interesting things going on in this song. The recording could do with better production values but I’m sure that this will come around sooner or later, if they stay together long enough.

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Daylight


Show notes for the 330th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Sophie DebattistaUp the Wall
Sophie Debattista has grown up. Seriously. This is not a song by a juvenile performer. The Junior Eurovision Song Contest jars in the context of this song. She still looks like a cute child but her voice her shows its grown up potential fully. It’s a pity that her promoter/s are still pushing saccharine-covered cover of such great classics as Sunny. Seriously, only Boney M could top the original. Instead I sincerely hope that this song, which was actually released without much fanfare about a year ago, is the shape (or should that be sound) of things to come for Sophie.

Funk InitiativeArchitects
Now that singer Gianluca Bezzina is a household name across the Maltese islands, his band have done what they were planning to do anyway, or what any savvy act would do: they’ve released a new single with an accompanying video. This one, written by keyboardist Paul Torpiano, has clearly been a long time in the making. The video features the annual Architecture vs Law Student waterfight that takes place at the University of Malta. The song was officially release last Tuesday.

Caravana SunThe Bottle
Luke Caruana was one the musicians I didn’t manage to meet during my recent visit to Australia. This song was released just before Christmas and now there’s also a video for it so I thought I’d include it. Truth be told I still need to process all the encounters and interesting experiences I had during my visit down under, and this is a good way to get me in a moos for that. If none of this means anything to you, I have a feeling you’ll still like the video.

Bletchley ParkPlanets Move Faster
Released as a second single from last year’s album My Body Fighting, this is another typical song from Bletchley Park. I’d have thought there would be a video for it, and I wouldn’t be surprised if one appeared on YouTube in the coming weeks. If it does you can be sure that I’ll add it here. Meanwhile you can expect that this new release, so to speak, will secure some much coveted radio airplay for the band. If you like English-language contemporary rock by Maltese bands, it doesn’t get much better than this.

Gozo Drum TribeSansales
So called World Music has been gaining popularity in the Maltese islands over the past decade or so. It’s therefore not surprising that yet another band sporting a didgeridoo has hit the local music scene; they’ve actually been active for a couple of years. This is a genuine, bone fide percussion ensemble as you can see from this video. It is lead by Eugene Bajada, who is also known as the percussionist from the Divine Sinners, who’s Bipolar Overdrive was voted Top Online Release in last year’s MMI Listeners’ Picks Poll. You can catch the Gozo Drum Tribe live tonight (as I write this!) at the Captain’s Table in Xlendi.

RoderzPeppered Spray
As promised, I’m rounding up this week’s podcast with yet another track competing in the Global Battle of the Bands: Hard Rock Rising 2013. Roderick Micallef records as Roderz and he has released a number of tracks through Reverbnation. Here’s the one he has entered for this contest and it’s quite a good piece of electronica. Sounds great with good bass enabled headphones. Try it!

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Fire It Up

Show notes for the 329th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

No Bling ShowIl-Kotra
The very welcome second album from No Bling Show fills a huge void in the local music scene by offering a palatable engagement with everything that essentially makes us Maltese. Sporting a new line up and a remarkably more mature sounding batch of rhymes, this is bound to be one of 2013’s favourite albums for many looking for top quality new Maltese music. It’s also available as a free download through the Complex Sound Sagacity label, thanks to support from the Malta Arts Fund. I will certainly be playing further tracks from this collection in the coming months.

Purple HazeNo More
Maltese rock guitarist Stephen Borg passed away after a tough battle with cancer last Sunday 3 February 2013. He was 43 and will undoubtedly be missed not only by his family and close friends but also by the many other rock lover on the local scene who have come to know his gentle nature over the last three decades. He had been playing guitar with Purple Haze since he was just 16 years old, so its rather appropriate to say our official goodbye to him from this podcast by playing one of two known recordings released on CD in the 1990s. This one is from a Storm Records compilation called Illusion, which had them at the peak of their popularity, around the time they oped for Deep Purple at Ta’ Qali. Rest in peace, Steve! Condolences to the family.

The Lone Lab RatThe Summers
Scream Daisy guitarist has ventured out with a solo project. His debut release is a duet with Alison Galea, best known from the many years she spent fronting alternative darlings Beangrowers. This is a slight departure from style for both of them, but shows two mature rock musicians collaborating in a way that only people with their experience really can. Hopefully this isn’t just a one-off and that more of this sort of thing is in the pipeline.

Pete MolinariHang My Head in Shame
The Maltese blood he inherited from his mother’s side makes this British singer-songwriter appear on the MMI podcast from time to time. He is a remarkable artist who has also appeared on the local scene. I believe that he is greatly underrated and I’m hoping that his new single and the accompanying video will contribute towards the necessary remedy for this. The song is officially being released on the 24th of February so hopefully you’ll start hearing it on the radio around that time too.

Donimo EffectTicking Away
The Global Battle of the Bands known as Hard Rock Rising returns for a 2013 edition. I’m planning to play a couple more tracks from this year’s entries, particularly since a number of the participants have already been featured in recent editions of the MMI podcast. I know absolutely nothing about the oddly named band I picked for this week. They don’t have a Facebook page (at the time I’m writing this) and their Reverbnation page simply contains a copy of the song you can hear at the end of this edition of the MMI podcast.

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So Far Away

Show notes for the 328th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

This is a special edition focusing on entries from the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013. While not particularly concerned with picking or commenting on this year’s song selection, this podcast features Toni Sant’s picks based on comments made on this week’s show and elsewhere. As such, this podcast was released ahead of the final selection show where Malta picked this year’s entry to the Eurovision Song Contest.

Songs featured on this podcast:

Chris GrechNever Walk Away

Gianluca BezzinaTomorrow

AmberIn Control

Claudia FanielloWhen It’s Time

Janice DebattistaPerfect Day

Kevin BorgNeeding You

If you’re after my commentary on the contest itself, rather than the songs I most enjoyed from this year listen to this podcast from SBS Radio, produced by Marlene Galea during my recent visit to Australia:

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.