Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Music Liberation April Podcast

Here is the April edition of the Music Liberation Podcast. This months we have our usual selection of wicked new tunes from across the world, aswell as a World Exclusive first play of a track by UK Hip Hop artist Marvin. We also have a special feature from Music Liberation's guest contributor Craig Duranti. The usual download options are below aswell as the tracklistings for the show. Remember if you want to be involved in the next podcast then you can reach us at musicliberation@hotmail.co.uk

Hope you enjoy the show!

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TRACKLISTING

1. Justice - Genesis (Webbafied Remix)
2. Teenagersintokyo - Very Vampr
3. Pic Vicious - L.A. Dreamer
4. The Muscle Club - I've Never Read Anything
5. Stars And Sons - Out Of View
6. Outrageous Main - Toxteth L8
7. Red Light Company - With Lights Out
8. Marvin - Fresh Kick Feeling (Feat. Pixel) [WORLD EXCLUSIVE]
9. The Sweet Serenades - I Can Never Die

- Craig Duranti Feature

- a) The Mystery Jets - Hideaway (Switch Remix)
- b) Jme - Boy Better Know
- c) The Count - Bounce That Ass
- d) Plump DJ's -System Addict
- e) Benni Cassette - I Didn't See You Coming

10. The Wet Secrets - Grow Your Own Fucking Moustache Asshole
11. Tripwires - Kings And Queens
12. Laetoli Steps - Rose

Sunday, 27 April 2008

DJ Fresh - Exhale (Inhale Remix)

Check out this lovely slice of Drum and Bass courtesy of DJ Fresh with Inhale on the remix.

Turn it up!


The upcoming Music Liberation Podcast for April (released on Wednesday 30th), will have a World Exclusive first play of a track from the debut album of UK Hip Hop artist, Marvin. So make sure you check that out in a couple of days time. Lates.

Monday, 21 April 2008

Stars And Sons - The Goat Show EP

I recently received an E.P titled "The Goat Show", from the masked up band you see before you, Stars And Sons. There's a generous seven tracks on offer from this E.P, and surprisingly there's not a dud to be found. This is definitely one of the most exciting and polished cd's I have been sent not only this year, but since the existence of this blog.

The band blend infectious pop sensibilities and melodies, with gorgeous sweeping guitars, piano, harmonies, drums, and everything else that's going on. The music sounds really tight with everything seeming to hit the right note. There's a lot of diversity within these seven tracks, with the band experimenting with different styles and ideas. This is something which is really refreshing, particularly with the current stagnant manufactured pop scene that any commercial radio station will subject you to.

Stars And Sons offer another way to think about and listen to pop music.

Check out the bands myspace and also check out a couple of songs below.

Chase The Disco Podcast - Episode 2

The 2nd episode of the Chase The Disco podcast is now available! Music Liberation guest writer Craig Duranti brings you brand new music from MIA, Throttle & Vinnie, and Joe And Will Ask, a guest mix from Redial recorded live in Sydney, aswell as an exclusive interview with Kissy Sell Out.

You should definatley check it out as its awesome!

Download the episode HERE.

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Gig Review - Future Of The Left / Frommars / The Muscle Club

I recently ventured to the legendary venue of Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff, to see Future Of The Left. You can read my review of the gig for Sonic Dice by clicking HERE.

I obviously knew about Future Of The Left, and I knew a little about one of the support acts, Frommars. However the first band on, The Muscle Club, I knew nothing about. It was actually quite a liberating experience, seeing a band without any preconceptions, which in this day in age of the internet and particularly myspace is quite an unusual experience. {For me at least}. Although on this occasion I had just failed to find out anything about them as opposed to purposely not finding out.

So I was particularly happy to discover that The Muscle Club are actually a pretty exciting young indie pop rock band from Cardiff. They are full of energy and already have a small collection of wicked tunes. I'm pretty confident their going to go from strength to strength in the coming months. Checkout a track from their recent "Shoot The Singer" Demo below. I'll also be featuring another of their tracks in the upcoming Music Liberation Podcast which will be out on 30th April.


Thursday, 10 April 2008

Away Days

Hey, I'm going away for a few days so there won't be any updates for a little while. But dont despair, im leaving you with some nice treats!

First up you should check out Podcast number 1 and number 2 from the awesome music blog, The Cold Cut. Will from the blog has been delving into the world of podcasting with excellent results and you should definatley have a listen!

Now for some wicked tracks i've been into lately...


MP3: Evil Nine - Earth {Awesome beat, really chilled Hip Hop}



And finally check out this video that arrived on the 1st of April (Thats no joke) about The Streets making a movie of their album "A Grand Don't Come For Free" (That might be a joke). Whether its true or not, and im probably thinking not, it got me thinking that it would be good to hear some new Streets material soon.

Also if you havent already then why not make friends with us at the Music Liberation Myspace page.

Lates!

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Satellite State Demo Review

Check out a review i've done of a demo CD by Guildford based rockers Satellite State for Sonic Dice.

You can read the review by clicking HERE.

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Webbafied Does It Justice - Interview

I've recently been in contact with an up and coming Hip Hop artist called Webbafied. This guy is still in his early twenties but has already put out several releases and toured across the US and Europe. His new project see's him taking on a big challenge, putting his own style on the entire Justice "Cross" album.

For anyone taking on such a daunting task as mixing an album of that class, you need certain qualities. Thankfully Webbafied has these in abundance, he's highly confident, has sublime songwriting skills, and has a good voice.

We recently caught up with Webbafied to find out more about his "Webbafied Does It Justice" project, and what else he's got planned in the future.

Firstly thanks for taking the time out to talk to Music Liberation. We’re really impressed with what you’ve done with the Justice album. Let’s get a bit of background first.

Q1. Where did you grow up and how did that affect your music tastes?

"First off...I wanna thank Music Liberation for taking the time to conduct this interview...and also thank you guys for taking interest in my project..I grew up in Brooklyn, NY...Born and raised...in a predominately west Indian/Caribbean neighbourhood...So I my environment had a profound impact on my musical taste...My parents were both music lovers...so everything from calypso, reggae, gospel, and disco would get heavy rotation at our house...Not to mention i grew up in NYC during the Golden Era of Hip Hop...MC's like Big Daddy Kane, LL Cool J, and Rakim we're at the top of the game at the time...Kane was actually the Emcee who influenced me to start rapping when i was 9 years old..."

Q2. Were there any particular artists who specifically influenced you as you got older?

"Artists like Common, 2Pac, Biggie, Busta, Nas and Wu Tang made an impression on me in the 90's...I got serious about my music during this era of Hip Hop..."

Q3. Are you purely a Hip Hop head or do you like other genres too?

"I am a Hip Hop head to the bone...but i listen to all genres of music... a true music lover...I love r&b, soul, funk, rock, hardcore, electro, reggae, alternative, etc... I like getting exposed to new artists and new styles of music...I have a very liberal ear for music...Andrew Bird's "Armchair Apocrypha" is my latest discovery...it's getting a lot of spins in my ipod at the moment....

Now let’s move onto the album,

Q4. What was it about the Justice album that attracted you to it?

"To be honest I wasn't very familiar with their music until recently...My little brother, DJ Vinyl Richie, does a lot of freelance promotion work for some major record labels...he's also an experienced Tour/Party DJ...One night me and him we're just putting on records having a good time...I'm freestyling..he's playing all kinds of shit...Then he says something like "You think you can rock on this?"..and he plays Justice's Cross album...i was so impressed by the music that I just started mumbling hooks and lyrics under my breath for an hour...He told me a couple guys rapped over Justice's DANCE...but that was about it...So the idea of doing the entire album was what really inspired me to do this project..and now that it's done...it's some of my best work to date..."

Q5. Did you ever feel under pressure working on such a well received album?Pressure?

"Just a little...I knew Justice was nominated for quite a few Grammy awards..so i knew i had to "DO IT JUSTICE" i didn't want to just go blabbing bullshit all over this masterpiece...i wanted to contribute to it..and bring it to life with my words...i know what I'm capable of when it comes to writing lyrics...so there wasn't much pressure..i knew what i had to do..it was just about executing..."

Q6. You seem to take each song, recognize the theme, and build upon it. Was there a lot of research that went into the project?

"I didn't have to do any research...most of the material was inspired by my own life experiences...It was very organic...in writing this project I actually discovered a new creative technique...get a beat CD with the all the song titles already confirmed...and just write the lyrics that are appropriate for that particular title... It was shear genius...not to mention it was creatively invigorating for me...I come from a unit of Emcees who believe in writing songs that actually have direction, concepts and meaning...not just random bullshit and a chorus...I'm very proud of this project..."

Q7. Who else worked with you on the album?

"This project was DJ Vinyl Richie's idea...He was the visionary who layed down the foundation for the structure of this entire album...My man Iron Solomon engineered the whole thing...recording..mixing..the whole nine yards...we worked some long ass hours getting a lot done in a short period of time...While mixing down the album he used my voice like an instrument, adding to to Justice's work, as opposed to just putting my vocals on top of their beats...he chopped and screwed on a few songs...pitching the vocals high and low...he also helped with arranging the verses..choruses..and bridges...it was just as much fun recording this album as it was writing it...I also bounced ideas with Iron Solomon and his partner Vanguard during the writing process...My homegirl Janelle documented the project and directed the Behind the Scenes Video we have on youtube...she also helped out a lot with promoting the project..."

Q8. What other artists are you digging at the moment?

"I'm into a lot of different acts at the moment...I like what Kanye West did with his last album...I like what Li'l Wayne is doing...I'm taking time to explore the whole Ed Banger records movement...There's an up and coming cat out of NYC I really like his name is Prezzure...I'm listening to a lot of Feist...I'm feeling Kano out of the UK..real talented dude..."

Q9. Any plans to come over here to the UK?

"I've done a few shows in the UK...and I'm interested in getting out there again in the near future..I'll be in Europe for a couple months this summer...so any promoters out there interested in booking me please holla at me...I've done tons of show in London..but I've never hit many other cities out there...i did do one show in Oxford a while back..."

Q10. Do you have anymore projects lined up in the future?

"I'll be dropping another free download called Hits of the Year in a few days...It's basically me rapping over some industry beats..but actually doing the WebbaFied Version of the song...For example...Kanye's "Good Life" is called WebbaFied's "Hood Life"...UGK's "Int'l Players anthem"...is called "Int'l Emcee anthem"...it was another fun project for me...I'm also gonna be in France this summer recording an album with a band called Phonk Addiction...it's always been a dream of mine to do a project with a live band, so I'm real excited about it...I'm also working on a new album entitled "Turbographix"...I've been talking about this project for years but i guarantee it will be worth the wait...and I have a new project available on iTunes entitled "Black n White"..."

Finally,

Q11. If you could be on your dream bill with any 3 artists, who would they be? What would be on your rider? And where would the gig take place?

"hmmmm...great question...i love using my imagination...Let's see...I'd love to do a show with the entire Wu tang clan...the first Concert i ever went to was a Wu tang show back in like 93...we could open with some of the Wu Affiliates and go right into the Clan set...I'd also like to be on the bill with Justice...not only would I get to rock some of these songs form "Webbafied does it Justice" but they would draw a different crowd...They could do their set and i could come on wit them and lead right into my set...last but not least I'd like the Red Hot Chili Peppers to headline...I've never seen them live but I've been a fan of their music for years...and between what I've read and the video footage I've seen...i know it would be a killer performance...I'm not sure what the other acts would want on their tour rider..but I wouldn't need much...some water...a few cold cut sandwiches...green tea...honey...lemons... and a bottle of cognac..for after the show...i'm preety low maintainence...We'd do the show in Tokyo Japan...I can see it now...Kanishiwa!!!!"

As i'm sure you'll agree I think that was a great interview, really insightful, and great to see such energy and passion from an artist not just for his own work, but for others too.

Check out some tracks from the album and see what you think!

MP3: Webbafied - Genesis

MP3: Webbafied - Stress (Link 2)

MP3: Webbafied - Let There Be Light

You can download the entire "Webbafied Does It Justice" album for free by clicking HERE.

Check his Myspace and take a look at the "making of" video of the album HERE.

Monday, 7 April 2008

ML Podcast now in iTunes Store

You can now download and subscribe to the Music Liberation Podcast, by going to our new page in the iTunes music store. Which is all pretty exciting. Its seemingly taken forever to get the podcast accepted but finally it is there. Click HERE to check it out! (And while your there why not click subscribe [For Free!] so you'll automatically receive the new episodes of the podcast as they become available). You can also directly download the Podcast in an MP3 file by right clicking HERE

Sunday, 6 April 2008

The Subways - Girls & Boys

So The Subways are back.

YEAH JUST A BIT!

Their letting people download the track "Girls And Boys", which is the first track from their forthcoming new album titled "All Or Nothing" for free, on their myspace or website. You just need to fill in the usual form) - You lazy bums can just use the link i've put up below...

As far as my ears as concerned its an absolute stormer of a track! Big heavy pounding drums, awesome guitars with some big riff action, and really delicious vocals from Billy and Charlotte.

The album is due to arrive in June on Infectious Records, and if its anything like this track its gonna blow everyone away!

MP3: The Subways - Girls And Boys

Saturday, 5 April 2008

Gig Review - Aiden (at Cardiff University)

My progress into the world of music journalism has improved within the last few days, as I can now officially say that I am writer for the online music reviewing website, Sonic Dice.

My first article for the site was a review of the recent Aiden gig that I attended in Cardiff a few days ago.

Click HERE to check the review out!

In the coming weeks I hope to be writing articles on the Future Of The Left gig that i went to last night, aswell as reviewing a cd that the Sonic Dice team sent me by a band called Satellite State.

Not that this new found platform means i'll be negleting Music Liberation headquarters, i've got lots planned for here too!

So keep tuned!

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Music Liberation Podcast - March

Here is the March episode of the Music Liberation podcast!

All the links and tracklistings are below, remember if you want to be involved in the next podcast then you can email me at musicliberation@hotmail.co.uk.

As always any feedback is always appreciated!

Enjoy!

MP3: Music Liberation Podcast (March) [DIRECT DOWNLOAD LINK]

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TRACKLISTINGS
1. Drive A - Thrown Away
2. The Joy Formidable - Austere
3. CHAINGANG - Cut Here
4. GTA - Wanna Be Myself
5. Bambi Get Over It - Bad Man
6. Lowline - Monitors
7. Penny Broadhurst - Chemist Goods
8. Cheeky Cheeky And The Nosebleeds - Slow Kids
9. Natty - Cold Town
10. Heroes Of Switzerland - Wish It Away