Jes Psaila – Stoob
I first heard Jes Psaila play guitar about 30 years ago with the Maltese band Avatar. Later I had the distinct pleasure of playing in a couple of bands with him. It was a joy to have the freedom to experiment on my guitar, while he played some solid chords and melodies. I’m sure that his new album is delight not just to me and his long-term followers but also to new listeners. I’m very much looking forward to his next live gig.
8 Ugly – Head in the Clouds
I was shocked to hear about the sudden death of drummer Joe Zammit this morning. Just like Jes Psaila, he was someone I first heard play about 30 years. Eventually he was also the drummer in one of the bands where Jes and I played together. It was good to meet him again (and see him perform live) one more time a couple of weeks ago. This was the only recording of his (at least I think so) that I could find. Rest in peace old friend.
Skambomambo – Smile
This.Co – Isabelle
Marmalja – Anti-Eroj
Following their No Bling Show adventure, il-Lapes and Drinu return to their Marmalja roots. It seems that they are keen to return to their streetwise spirit, which they seemed to leave behind in their more recent foray into more palatable Maltese hip hop. I personally prefer them raw and real.
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