Rather like both The Waterboys and Dexy’s Midnight Runners, both of whom Fergus McKay and Nothing Concrete most closely resemble (as the crow flies, ba-dum-tish!), the minute you start to describe them and folk; soul; blues, the quicker you begin to question your haste in defining them. Fergus and his group of disparate followers are folk and blues in the sense they play ‘real’ instruments and sing whilst telling stories but also cabaret in presentation and country in parts…not to mention the dreaded “world” phrase. I could go on.
Though the novelty of tap-dancing female horn players will only paper over cracks in the songwriting for so long but Nothing Concrete do have a unique code for life which sets them aside from many other bands. Having rejected the capitalist roar of the metropolis, they (men, women and children) have relocated from their respective countries across Europe to gather in the foothills of the Pyrenees, surviving (how!?) without television and internet and enjoying a particularly continental Good Life of self-sufficiency. The songs are themselves orphans of sorts, gathered from folk tales and conversations as they travel to their rip-roaring live shows. Old Black Crow is your a-typical blues-folk romp with equal measure of humour and disaster, all viewed from the feathered bystander’s view.
Without question one of the most bizarre things you’ll hear this year, “Hey Ooo I A O” is the brainchild, if that’s the right word, of Patrice Pouzet aka Pat and the Pro’s (his apostrophe, not ours!), resident of one of the most stunning places in the world, Reunion Island. Whilst the white beaches of the Indian Ocean isle might more readily be associated with the indigenous Séga or Maloya styles of music, no-one appears to have told Pat, whose louche bass vocals are the basis for that now rare beast, the novelty song.
A little bit like the sound of The Doors going on holiday to Ibiza, it’s utterly preposterous stuff but not without its entertaining qualities, the main chorus needed corrective surgery to have it removed from your head. Bizarre.
Olisha Naiker has debuted her new single ‘Strangers’ and wants the whole world to listen to it.
Olisha debuts her new single after creating original classic pop songs for a generation.
Passionate about her music, Olisha has been influenced from artists such as Michael Jackson and Jay Sean.
‘Strangers’ has a cool and atmospheric video to accompany it, Olisha wants the video to be a big influence on her audience as it teaches a lesson on how to let someone go who is now a stranger.
You can listen to ‘Strangers’ below:
‘Strangers’ has definitely made Olisha’s comeback with a BANG.
Make sure you listen and watch the video.
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Kalibe, who have released their second album, “Mãe da Lua” , are an ever-evolving collective comprised of musicians from across the world, playing instruments native to their country alongside those from countries many thousands of miles away. This may sound doomed to failure but there is something strangely affecting about traditional African pipes combining with tribal South American drumming and even Mongolian throat singing.
This is very much music from the heart – instruments which will seem alien to many, possessing earthy, gnarled tones which evoke the surrounding of their creation – the pipes are a reflection of the tropical birds in the trees; the percussion, the streams and breeze in the trees. The fact that many of the sounds are routed in backgrounds completely unknown to each other historically do not prevent a perfect synergy – this is music to be shared and to provide positivity to the listeners.
Although the main language featured on the tracks is Portuguese, there are dialects from around the world, with no boundaries placed on how the messages are conveyed. The effect is quite startling and not a little emotional – there is something quite moving about such ancient sounds coming together with not just one album but on individual tracks.
With the recent release of their brand new album ‘OUT’, these flamboyant musicians are taking the electro wave-cabaret scene in a whole different direction.
With a vast mix of exciting and new ideas, brought by head masterminds Feline Lang and Christoph Klemke, Feline and Strange is an eclectic and unique concept.
Spawning from the idea that aliens have come down to earth, and are trying to make a living through performing and recording, fitting the music into their strange but wonderful show.
‘OUT’, which is the most recent addition to their previous 4 albums, was inspired by the world events, and their views on the Syrian refugee crisis. “I was reading all the good news from home, and still couldn`t help harbouring dark feelings that this was too good to be true. And even before I came home, I was proven right when the first refugee homes burned, assaulted by fascists”. explained Feline.
However, this is an album that will satisfy all of you electro, classic, Depeche mode inspired needs, so be sure not to miss out.
For a girl who spent her time trying to bring Japan to the UK, she’s done a pretty good job of bringing the UK to Japan.
Julia Mascetti’s always had a large interest in the cultural and colourful aspects of Japanese culture.
After studying at the University of Leeds, in which she graduated, as well as assumed position of Principal Harpist in the University orchestra. Which helped Julia gain skill and detail to her playing and overall abilities.
In 2015, Julia re-located to Japan with her Japanese/British Boyfriend. She taught English to for 6 months, before becoming a Music teacher, which then led into her freelancing. She has spent time in Japan Travelling, busking and playing live gigs and promoting the music of her homeland and heritage, which consists of Welsh Folk music and other styles and genres.
With the release of her brand new EP in set to be released on 10th November , with single ‘In Bloom’ being a beautiful and gentle introduction to Julia’s recent opus.
If you’re looking to experience something new in September and October, Feline & Strange and friends have exactly what it is you’re looking for. Featuring live music and spectacular light shows, the Steam Punk Records Roadshow Tour is hitting venues around the UK and it really is something that can’t be missed. A spectacle of the weird, the wonderful and everything in between, there’s something new for everyone here.
The love child of Mad Max style visions of the future and Victorian fashion and culture, the steam punk movement has been gaining traction over the last few years and is one of the most interesting social movements to appear in the last few years. Let your curiosity get the better of you and indulge in the wonder that is steam punk, even if for just one night!
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Hailing from Romania, Modiwo are no ordinary pop group. In fact, this isn’t just pop- it’s world-pop, taking inspiration from across the globe, from all kinds of people.
The band have written their own success story in Romania whilst contributing their time to supporting a number of charity initiatives too. For example, , they are currently involved with a charity called Fruit Fusion, where audiences attending their gigs will pay with fruit rather than money, the proceeds then being donated to local orphanages, in conjunction with The Bureau of Children’s’ Rights Protection. An average show can deliver up to 700kg of fruit to those most deserving. Modiwo carry this healthy living ethos through to their own lifestyles and into their music, promoting yoga and meditation as well as using their music as a form of relaxation therapy.
Joining together musical forces from Romania, Ukraine, Moldova and Hungary, their unique anthemic dream-pop sound is embellished in their live shows with a wide range of unusual influences including alpine horns, didgeridoos, and shakuhachi solos. Their latest track, “Never Give Up”, is an achingly blissful pillow of sunshine which brings to mind all the dreamiest elements of The Beloved.
Watch the video for ‘Never Give Up’ here:
‘Storytellers’, originally written in 1977, but never released, is now out as a build up single to the reissue of Gaodhal’s Vision, by Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla, which is available from 28th April 2017.
The fusion album may be celebrating its 40th anniversary, but the sounds that lie within it are timeless. This song acts as a crucial example of the band’s indo-celtic flair, with the soft sounds of the violin caressing the notes; the melody feeling almost like a precursor to smooth soul classics such as George Michael’s ‘Careless Whisper’.
What is wonderful about this piece of music is that it takes you on a journey of feeling, allowing the listener to be swept along, with the highs and low of its varying paces and tones, into different realms of emotion.
There are so many musical elements to ‘Storytellers’ that it feels ahead of its time, for example the electric guitars that slide in midway through the track are still being echoed today through funk numbers like Daft Punk’s 2013 hit ‘Lose Yourself To Dance’.
Limerick-born Joe has said he plans to use his tools as a musician to combat the commercialism that currently surrounds St Patrick’s Day, and with skillful music such as his, I believe he’s going the right way about it.
Listen to ‘Storytellers’ here on itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/storytellers-feat-rory-gallagher-single/id1212148858
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Plus, don’t miss out on their 40th anniversary concert either: http://www.belgrade.co.uk/event/from-egypt-to-eire-40th-anniversary-of-gaodhals-vision