13
Oct

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This fantastic steel drum player was busking outside Ealing Broadway station, this evening. In the couple of minutes I spent listening to him he covered some pop song I couldn’t place and Bach’s Toccata & Fugue in D-minor. He let flow a gentle, swaying lyricism to both pieces: a hint of jazz, a nod to the relaxing heat of the Carribean, the odd blue note and lots of swing. Glorious!

I’m a fan of buskers who pick music or styles that exaggerate or totally shift the ambience of a space. I think if you simply busk famous songs in a style similar to how they’re most known, you’re missing a trick. Busking has so much potential to subvert the familliar patterns of an average day. Not that I have musical skill enou to pull this off, you understand!

This guy nailed it. Totally out of place amongst commuters scrambling to get home, and really beautiful; reminding us to take it easier and smile more often.

05
Aug

I’ve remixed the Knob Jockey’s “Troupee”, with the help of the Ela Southgate Dub Brass Players. What once was a breakbeat beast, is now an electro-ska crusader. Download and enjoy!

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You can find the original here, on the Knob Jockey’s website. I’ve heard them play out loads, their fidget house, dubstep and mashup sets are flawless and really fun. They’ve got a couple of festival shows lined up through the end of the summer so go see them if you can.

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13
Jan
I mention it both because I’m friends with most of the band and also because I’m intrigued that the home recording revolution has spread into the jazz world. There may be countless other CDs of this type, but I don’t know because I run in different circles. This effort shows how great a recording one can make with good musicians & songs, some relatively cheap equipment and a passion for the music.This is a post to recommend “Moon And Sand” album by the Remember April Quintet: A mixture of latin jazz standards (“One Note Samba”, “How Insensitive” & more) and one or two original pieces. The band perform & sing simply & beautifully together and the recording is a pleasure to listen to: calming, laid back, but deeply soulful in places.

This is a post to recommend “Moon And Sand” album by the Remember April Quintet: A mixture of latin jazz standards (”One Note Samba”, “How Insensitive” & more) and one or two original pieces. The band perform & sing simply & beautifully together and the recording is a pleasure to listen to: calming, laid back, but deeply soulful in places.

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10
Nov

We’re playing a show for the FixedFear night at City Arts & Music Project, 70-74 City Road, London. The temporary venue’s pretty new and we’re playing the opening night of a regular monthly shindig. The visuals are coming out to play along with a couple of new songs. Also playing on the night are Jem Cooke & FixedFear’s resident soundsmiths. And, by luck and favour, it’s FR££ to get in! See you down there!

11
Jul

I caught a late train recently, sharing a carriage with a guy who couldn’t help himself gently pluck the strange looking musical instrument he carried. The soft, etherial but welcoming sound caught my ear with a familiar ring: it reminded me of an album I’d copied (stolen) from the office music server at a company I worked at years ago. I’d never learned the name of the instrument or even the album because the MP3s weren’t correctly tagged, but it had captured my imagination and I loved listening to it.

Emilio playing the kora

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