Música en mi primer idioma: Juan Gabriel – In Memoriam

Música en mi primer idioma: Juan Gabriel – In Memoriam

On August 28th, 2016 Latin America´s heart broke. “Il Divo de Juarez”, “JuanGa”, Juan Gabriel, died of a heart attack while on Tour in the United States. I rang my mom at 10:30 p.m. when I heard the news, and I am still coming to terms with it. Hasta Que Te Conocí – Juan Gabriel  Juan Gabriel was the singer my mom and her friends listened to. A good singer, a great entertainer and a BRILLIANT songwriter, he taught my generation about love and heartbreak to through his songs and his voice and also unforgettable musical partnership with Rocio Durcal. This Read more »

New Reels: ‘Drowning’ by Mick Jenkins feat. BADBADNOTGOOD

New Reels: ‘Drowning’ by Mick Jenkins feat. BADBADNOTGOOD

The upcoming Chicago rapper collaborates with Canada’s BBNG on his latest single which comes with this thought-provoking video. Mick Jenkins has been building an underground reputation for the last couple of years as an intelligent, creative and socially-conscious rapper via a series of mixtapes and one EP Wave[s] which was released in August of last year. This month sees the release of his debut LP The Healing Component from which this new single is taken. As for BADBADNOTGOOD, they’re a Canadian three piece specialising in intrumental music that covers an experimental area in and between free jazz, hip-hop, electronica, and Read more »

One Hit Wonders: ‘Uptown Top Ranking’ by Althea & Donna

One Hit Wonders: ‘Uptown Top Ranking’ by Althea & Donna

The story of Uptown Top Ranking is actually a story about 3, actually 4 (or possibly even 5!) records and a roll call of some of the greats of Jamaican music. A 1978 hit in the UK, Jamaica, and even the US, this story actually starts 11 years earlier with a man called Alton Ellis, a man known as ‘The King Of Rocksteady’, and his 1967 hit “I’m Still In Love” (see below) which was produced at the legendary Studio One by it’s legendary owner Clement “Sir Coxsone” Dodd… Now whilst this was a reasonable sized hit in Jamaica at Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.62: Early Rock Gems

The Tuesday Playlist No.62: Early Rock Gems

This week’s playlist is a journey through obscure(ish) rock from the early 70’s, or thereabouts… …a time when rock music had a particular flavour, caught between it’s blues-boogie and rock n’ roll roots and it’s more muscular uber-masculine high-voltage future. It was the age that spawned the power trio (for whom Cream were the model) amply represented here by Budgie, Grand Funk Railroad, Speed, Glue & Shinki, ZZ Top, Atomic Rooster, and the supergroup Beck, Bogert, and Appice, all featured alongside killer cuts from the likes of Humble Pie, Steppenwolf, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, and Ipissimus. Enjoy!  

New Reels: ‘Love Invaders’ by Fatima Yamaha

New Reels: ‘Love Invaders’ by Fatima Yamaha

This week’s hot thang is a rather delicious slice of electro-funk from the rather Oriental-sounding Fatima Yamaha… According to her Facebook bio she is “the girl between two worlds” borne of Turkish and Japanese parents. She is in fact the latest alter-ego of Dutch producer Bas Bron, who has released stuff under various guises including Bastian, Comtron (with drummer Rimer Veenan), Seymour Bits, and Gifted. As Fatima Yamaha he’s released a couple of EP’s, a cult-hit single ‘What’s A Girl To Do’, and a 2015 album called Imaginary Lines from which ‘Love Invaders’ is taken. Not a new song then, Read more »

In the Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra

In the Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra

Released in 1955, Sinatra´s 9th studio album takes us on a journey of love lost and loneliness with his magnificent voice and perfect intonation which is as relevant today as it was back then. With impeccable track listing, this is one of the greatest albums of all time. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning – Frank Sinatra The doomed relationship between Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner would give birth to this heartbreaking album, which Sinatra took only a few days to record. He had wanted to do an LP for a while, in a time where record companies Read more »

New Reels: “Souvenir Shop Rock” by Savoy Motel

New Reels: “Souvenir Shop Rock” by Savoy Motel

This week´s new reels is just what we needed: GOOD! Souvenir Shop Rock – Savoy Motel I feel like telling you about the band (which I have to confess is new to us) would spoil it, since we LOVE their official bio, so you absolutely must check it out. Its like the sidekicks of  different 70´s TV shows  decided to get together and boogie. Hurray for revival bands and glittery hot pants. Their press release states “Burning brighter than a building on fire and 10 times groovier than most white acts on the scene today, Savoy Motel have all the potential to completely Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.61: Soul Power

The Tuesday Playlist No.61: Soul Power

This week we bring you 15 super soul performances from some of the greats! We’re big soul music lovers here at MVD and when it came to compiling this week’s playlist we realised that we were in a soulful mood. So dig The Spinners, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Bill Withers, Sugar Pie Desanto, Sam & Dave and more besides…

New Reels: ‘Lenny Kravitz’ by Alexandre Chatelard

New Reels: ‘Lenny Kravitz’ by Alexandre Chatelard

Presenting the Parisienne artist’s brand new and slightly NSFW video. Alexandre Chatelad has been releasing music since 2009 but only got round to releasing his debut album this year. Entitled Elle était une fois it is an exuberant, adventurous and wholly charming leftfield electro-pop album that gets the big thumbs up from us here at MVD. Taken from the album is latest single ‘Lenny Kravitz’ the second single we’ve reviewed in recent times which is named after a famous musician. The video, directed by Allen & Smithee, can be seen as an old man’s fantasy which ultimately doesn’t turn out Read more »