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Cloudbusting

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014


Show notes for the 374th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta. All the songs featured in this podcast are by artists from L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2014:

L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2014
Denise SpiteriPupa

Teddie ZammitImmigrant Regolari

Tmien ĦabbietRutina

Frank O’Neill, Christabelle Curmi & Il-LajksKif Xrobtuli l-Menti

Karen DeBattistaJien Ma Naħdimx

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.

Temple

Saturday, March 15th, 2014


Show notes for the 373rd Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

The RifffsWhole Lot of Nothing
I’m thrilled that they’re back again…even if it is with a whole lot of nothing!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cOzhW2KP9M

Nadine AxisaLight Me Up
I would have liked to hear more tracks in Maltese on Nadine Axisa’s jazz album Velvet, which was released just a few days ago. The production on this album is quite good and she’s an excellent singer. Hopefully her next album will feature more songs in Maltese, whether its jazz or not, at a level of production featuring top level Maltese musicians as this one.

TroffaHamra y los mechonesDonde estás tú
After featuring Ruth Abela in the previous edition of the MMI podcast, it’s now time to preview her band’s second album, which is officially released on 27 March 2014. Todo es más bonito is the title of the album and it’s already available through Bandcamp. The track I’ve selected to play is sung in both Maltese and Spanish, making for a rather unusual offering. It’s quite pleasant.

Lejla MaltijaIl-Pjazzetta Baħħ
After 15 years based in Poland, Maltese-born Mario Cordina has embarked on a project exploring some of the Maltese sounds and traditions of his fore-bearers. The result is utterly delicious and here’s a sample from it. More to come in future editions of the MMI podcast…you can be sure of that!

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.

Arabella

Saturday, March 1st, 2014


Show notes for the 372nd Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Ruth AbelaIl-Festa
One of the classic Maltese pop songs written by Charles Camilleri and Joe Friggieri over 40 years ago gets a bossa nova arrangement in this new version by Ruth Abela, who is also known as TroffaĦamra. Along with her band Spain-based Los Mechones she is about to release an album of original material soon, but I really hope she has more of this stuff up her sleeve too. It’s simply delightful.

Edward AbelaA Waltz in the Shadows
I discovered this guy on Soundcloud a few weeks ago and have been wanting to play one of his tracks on my podcast since then. This waltz is really haunting and I’m rather keen to hear more from this young Maltese musician based in North London.

Andreana DeBattista Now & Forever

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ0Q7TyzyU4

Winter MoodsEverlasting

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQzZPL9mPh0

Mistura Misraħ il-Ħelsien
This podcast’s original release coincides with the 2014 Malta Carnival, so I thought it was most appropriate to play this track in memory of a space synonymous with carnival for all the wrong reasons.

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. An archive of MMI podcast is also available on Mixcloud. If you have no idea what any of this means, just enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.

Bloodsports

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014


Show notes for the 371st Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Red TowerAfterall
Filmmaker and theatre producer Mario Azzopardi alerted me to this UK-based band, which features his niece Natassja Saliba as the lead singer. I like melodic hard rock (who doesn’t?) and I’m quite impressed by the music video that comes with this title track from their EP, which was apparently shot on iPhone. Perhaps this will prompt a live gig in Malta. They’d be a perfect guest at one of those metal annual festivals that take place on the rock.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fQZ2yg0jXs

RelicuiaLord of Chaos
From the ashes of Angelcrypt comes this new band, who released a demo EP last year, which somehow didn’t make it to my list of nominations on the 2013 MMI Listeners’ Picks Poll. Well, that certainly needs to be remedied and this is the first step towards that. Having said that though, I think they may be releasing new material this year anyway.

Spinesplitter Studio feat. Melchior BorgVile Dissonance
Spine Splitter Studio appears to be an experimental project by Maltese metal musician David Depasquale. In this particular track he collaborates with his fellow Abysmal Torment bandmate Melchior Borg.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_t6Koc3Gcbs

Thy LegionBloodspill
Taken from their forthcoming album World Stigmata and featuring some of the heaviest growling you’ll hear on the weekly MMI podcast. I think this band have come a long way since their Aim High debut some years ago. It looks like they are indeed aiming high these days.

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. An archive of MMI podcast is also available on Mixcloud. If you have no idea what any of this means, just enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.

Invisible

Saturday, February 15th, 2014


Show notes for the 370th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Lauren AquilinaLovers or Liars

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFu1OZ_PoLY

Nadine AxisaGħanja

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QH-qEEE7SI

Marco Larski EllulThe Beginning

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhJf4Hsm5n8

Il-Mic feat. Yasmin PulisDemgħat Imsaħħra
The final two tracks on this edition of the MMI podcast are two new offerings from the local hip-hop scene. Michael Cassar is better known as Il-Mic and this is the first time I’ve heard of him. I like this collaboration of his with Digby and Yasmin Pulis. I’m looking forward to hearing more from him.

Gergis feat. Eleanor – Il-Gwerra Vera
Andre Gergis first appeared on a previous edition of the MMI podcast earlier this year. Pop artists like Wayne Micallef (aka Wayne William) and Corazon Mizzi have already appeared more than once on this series of podcasts this year, so I don’t see why Gergis shouldn’t also be featured again, especially since he has released this follow-up to his debut Kollox. Just keep in mind that you (probably) heard this stuff here first.

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. An archive of MMI podcast is also available on Mixcloud. If you have no idea what any of this means, just enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.

Cucurucu

Saturday, February 8th, 2014


Show notes for the 369th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Ira LoscoThe Way It’s Meant to Be

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQdofwG7KO4

Alex AldenJust Like You

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cqpUbGr-oA

Julie PomorskiTabula Rasa
One of the 50 songs that didn’t make it through to the semifinal of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014 by one of my favourite Maltese singers, written with one of my old collaborators, Augusto Cardinali. What do you make of it?

Joe George MicallefDestination Unknown (The world is my concern)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiHQMm-RtPk

Freddie CallsThe Watcher

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9j8-LAN_R0w

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. An archive of MMI podcast is also available on Mixcloud. If you have no idea what any of this means, just enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.


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