Archive for March, 2013

Heaven


Show notes for the 334th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Ħolma Qattusa feat. KukkanjaL-Għabex u l-Għaliex
Ħolma Qattusa feat. YewsRaqda Twila
It’s not usual that I play two tracks in a row by the same act. This is one exception when I certainly don’t mind doing just that. I’m equally intrigued by Martha Vassallo and Yews, and I’m really glad Kukkanja has collaborated with Antoine Vella. If this is really generation hope I want to get as much of it as possible. Thank you.

Jon Lukas WoodenmanBad News
The legend is back. Not that he ever really went away, at least not in the last twenty odd years or so. A few days ago, my friend Lito did a radio special featuring this veteran Maltese performer and invited me, Mike Bugeja and Noel D’Anastas to write little notes of appreciation. And we did. How can you not appreciate a man who writes and sings a song like this after all he’s been through. It’s rare that bad news is good news, but this is one of those exceptions.

Ira Losco feat. David LeguesseThe Person I Am
Ira Losco’s new album is called Fire. What I’d Give was the first single off it. The video for that was quite good. This second song is better than the video for it, even if this video has some good moments too. The best thing about this song is undoubtedly Dizzy David Leguesse, who gives it the edge that makes it stand out as the sort of thing that could be played on any radio station around the world featuring all the latest chart hits.

Charles Babyface CurmiIl-Bajja tal-Mellieħa
During my visit to Australia earlier this year, one person I failed to meet with was Charles Babyface Curmi. He was quite unwell, and although it would have been good to meet him, his work is exceptionally well documented as he was one of the prime organizers of shows by popular Maltese artists in Australia over the past three or four decades. He was also a well-loved entertainer in his own right among the die hard Maltese communities down under and will undoubtedly be greatly missed now that he has passed away. An MMI salute to this giant of Maltese pop culture in Australia comes in the form of his version of the classic New Courey song, along with his brother George il-Puse on violin and Yuri on accordion, about five years ago.

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Hey Joe


Show notes for the 333rd Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

For Strings InnRevolution
They’re back with a new song. Here’s the video.

Cable 35Rental Sunshine
New EP coming out soon, followed by an impressive international tour. Here’s the video for this song:

Lauren AquilinaWanderlust
Comic Relief 2013 release. Pay what you will download (donations for Comic Relief, actually) available. Here’s the video for this song:

Ġenio l-MajċaIt-Tmiem Wasal
One of two tracks in Maltese on this week’s podcast. Did you really think I’d pass up an opportunity to play some decent hip hop in Maltese. Il-Majċa is getting better all the time.

Divine SinnersJekk Tfakkarni Ismek
They’ve finally released a new song in Maltese. I like it and hope they give up more songs in Maltese over the coming months and years.

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The Next Day


Show notes for the 332th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Melbourne Ska OrchestraLygone Street Meldown
During my recent visit to Australia I met Nicky Bomba’s family but not the man himself as he was away while I was there. Keeping himself busy as ever he has now released an album with the Melbourne Ska Orchestra featuring several classic-style ska numbers, both old and new. This is one of the new ones while the video below shows one of the standard reworkings.

Thomas HedleyAlmost a Miricle
Yet another catchy single from Thomas Hedley who continues to delight pop fans everywhere, even though he has never really thrown himself into any serious limelight. This should receive some decent airplay in Malta and judging by the local PRS charts it looks like it’s already doing a fair bit of that.

FellowFishHappiness
The long awaited debut album from FellowFish (wait, I could have sworn they’ve already released another one!) is available to download from the Bandcamp site for a modest price. This track is being billed as the third single from the album and will possibly even have a video in the coming days. If it appears you can rest assured that I’ll include it here.

SkimmedIsobel
Ronnie (see video below) is the official single from Skimmed’s album Summer Lovers, which was released just a few days ago in Valletta. As I’ve already played that track on a previous edition of the MMI podcast, I thought it would be appropriate to include another track from the album. So I’ve picked this one. As alternative rock from Malta sung in English goes these days, it really doesn’t get much better than this.

The CreepersWoman
One more track and one more band from the 2013 Hard Rock Rising offerings hoping to be the local offering for the Global Battle of the Bands. This band has a very crisp classic blues revival sound reminiscent of some early Clapton work or even Fleetwood Mac from the Peter Green era. By nature, new blues songs are not very original but this one still sounds quite good.

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