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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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