Genius at work: what makes a musical genius and why?

Genius at work: what makes a musical genius and why?

In the wake of the recent passing of David Bowie we heard the word genius being used over and over, but why was he a genius? How is such a thing defined? And is it an over-used word when talking about musicians? “A genius is one who shoots at something no one else can see, and hits it.” – Unknown Talking about music and musicians, or indeed any art, in a descriptive way is not always easy. Saddled with trying to express the inneffable writers quite ofen resort to prosaically throwing noun’s and adjectives around (such-and-such is a rising star/guitar Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.41: She-Rappers

The Tuesday Playlist No.41: She-Rappers

For this week’s 15-song collection we decided to celebrate female rappers old and..well…mainly old… Because to be honest, we here at MVD like our hip-hop old-school. Must be an age thing I guess. That and the fact that we really don’t dig Nicki Minaj and her like. So included here is the mighty Queen Latifah, Lauryn Hill from back when she could be bothered to use her considerable talents, the original Queen of hip-hop Roxanne Shante, Missy Elliott of course, rap-poetry from Sarah Jones and her predecessor Sarah Webster Fabio, Britain’s own pioneer Monie Love, and yes, we’ve also included Read more »

New Reels: “”La tarde me dio” by Centavrvs

New Reels: “”La tarde me dio” by Centavrvs

This weeks new reals comes from Mexico, Centavrvs explores traditional “corrido” music genre and combines it with electronic rhythms making us want to hear their entire debut album “Sombras de Oro” (Gold Shadows). “La tarde me dio” – Centavrvs The band has been gaining momentum and have toured around, played at festivals like ViveLatino,  SXSW, and have had success with their two EPs (Pacífico and Aniv de la Rev). Finally, musicians Demián Gálvez, DJ Rayo, Paco Martínez, Alan Santos and Carmen Ruiz release the album which by the way has GORGEOUS album art by Mexican artist Saner. The album not only mixes and samples traditional Read more »

‘Emperor Tomato Ketchup’ by Stereolab

‘Emperor Tomato Ketchup’ by Stereolab

In 1996 Anglo-French band Stereolab may not have been the most famous band in the world but they were very close to being the coolest, and this album is the proof. Looking back on the mid-90’s music scene in Britain today, our memories selectively filtered through the eyes of a history already written a thousand times, is to imagine that little else was happening on the so-called ‘alternative’ scene but the leery beered-up exuberance of Britpop, which was effectively the moment what had been loosely known as ‘indie’ going overground. Suddenly the charts and pub jukeboxes everywhere were full of Read more »

Tuesday Playlist 39: Back to Work

Tuesday Playlist 39: Back to Work

Warning: Songs regarding work, working hard, the rat race…not soft, chill music to work by. As 2016 properly settles in, many of us are faced with the reality of our lives…we are part of the system and as such we gotta get back to work in order to earn our daily bread. Here are 15 songs, form Jungle, to Dolly Parton to The Clash related to work. Hope you enjoy your Tuesday! *Featured image from http://invisiblebread.com/comics/2013-02-19-back-to-work.png

New Reels: ‘FloriDada’ by Animal Collective

New Reels: ‘FloriDada’ by Animal Collective

This week’s hot new video comes from the ever-adventurous American group whose Tenth album Painting With is to be released next month. I’ll be honest, Animal Collective are a group I know by critical acclaim more than their actual work, a shocking oversight on my part which, based on this, would appear to need remedying. The band, who center around the duo David Portner and Noah Lennox, have been going since 1999 and their 2009 album Merriweather Post Pavilion in particular received much acclaim appearing highly on many best-of-the-year lists. They kick off the new year with the single ‘FloriDada’, Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances – David Bowie

Unforgettable Live Performances – David Bowie

I don´t think we have fully accepted the news of David Bowie´s death and I am certain we will never recover. I know the cool thing to do is celebrate his life and be happy he was here and my rational self knows that but my heart is in pain and I am also a bit mad I was not eased into this (though my rational self accepts that it was a private issue). In any case, I have to process and heal and grieve and all that so I thought a post on his iconic performances might help. Farewell Speech Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.39: RIP David Bowie

The Tuesday Playlist No.39: RIP David Bowie

We continue our tributes to the late David Bowie with our weekly Tuesday Playlist which presents just some of the many highlights of his stellar career. Usually we have 15 tracks in these playlists but when it came to compiling this one that barely seemed adequate. Here’s a man who spanned decades, styles, trends and fashions effortlessly. To pick just 15 would seem like barely scratching the surface, so we upped it to 25 and in truth it still seems like we are barely covering all the bases. Anyway, for the sake of some kind of brevity 25 it is, Read more »

David Bowie: A Tribute

David Bowie: A Tribute

We at MVD are huge David Bowie fans so naturally we were shocked and saddened to hear about his passing from cancer at the age of 69 this morning, coming as it does just days after his birthday and the release of his most acclaimed album in years. We pay tribute to one of pop music’s true innovators, and a legend without peer. Well there you go, even in his death David Bowie has managed to confound expectations, much like he did throughout the course of his utterly unique life. No-one saw that coming. We had heard intermittent rumours of Read more »

Hunky Dory by David Bowie

Hunky Dory by David Bowie

As David Bowie releases a storming new album and celebrates his 69th birthday we look back at an lp many regard as one of his finest. With the benefit of hindsight 1971 can be seen as a make-or-break year for the young Bowie. Still only 24, he was already something of a music business veteran having released his first tentative singles in 1964-65 and his first, now largely forgotten, long-player in 1967. In those years Bowie was an artist struggling to find a voice of his own despite his undeniable talent. Comparisons with the singer and entertainer Anthony Newley are Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.38: Best of 2015

The Tuesday Playlist No.38: Best of 2015

For the first Tuesday Playlist of 2016 we bring you 15 of our favourite tracks from 2015, all taken from our weekly New Reels feature. We spend alot of time on this site talking about old music, old films, and stuff that is, well, old. However, every week we bring you something new that is rocking our world and when we looked back over the last 12 months we realised that we had posted some pretty damn awesome releases from some of the most interesting and exciting artists in the world right now. So, in case you missed them first Read more »

New Reels: “Trap Tears” by Raury

New Reels: “Trap Tears” by Raury

Raury first came to our attention when he went on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert wearing an “I Love Mexico” t-shirt with Donald Trump´s name crossed out on the back and made all of us fall in love with him and his obvious talent. It was a great “silent” protest against Trump, and as he said so himself “Trump embodies separation, solving problems with anger, fear, and personal differences. I’m all about the opposite, about being inclusive and open.” We couldn’t agree with him more. Well, fortunately this 19 year old is here to stay by the looks and sound Read more »