domenica 23 febbraio 2020

Shiraz Lane first headlining European tour

After a successful Brazilian tour last fall and a Finnish tour over the Christmas break, the new EP and another Finnish tour announce Shiraz Lane are ready to kick off their first headlining European tour. In only four nights these amazing Finnish boys will be playing shows in some of the major European cities along side Block Buster and Temple Balls. 

Vibration I is Shiraz Lane’s latest release an EP, containing 5 tracks including last fall radio hits “Do you” (for which also an official music video was made => here) followed by “Revolution”. The EP is available now on Spotify (link here)

“We are thrilled to announce that we shall return to Central Europe in February/March of 2020. It’s time to step up the game since yours truly will be headlining the entertainment of the evening. The tour consists mostly of German dates, but we have managed to sneak in one show in the beautiful city of Vienna, Austria, one in Ghent, Belgium and one in Tilburg, Netherlands, to compete on which country takes the prize for the loudest audience and best beers. Just kidding… We hope to see all of you Rock N’ Rollers out there to show your support, because together we will make this tour an unforgettable musical tornado! New songs, new show and a million volts of aural energy will be delivered. This tour will also feature our exceptional friends with anti-gravitational skills – Block Buster & Temple Balls will be taking a leap of faith by joining us on this caravan blessed by the Gods of Rock N’ Roll. Secure your tickets and join The Shiraz Lane Revolution!” 


Rock Vibrations European tour (support: Block Buster, Temple Balls)

         27.2.2020 Backstage - Munich (DE)
                           28.2.2020  Eventhall Airport - Regensburg (DE)
            29.2.2020 Rockpalast - Bochum (DE)
     1.3.2020 Little Devil -  Tilburg (NL)
2.3.2020 JH Asgaard - Ghent (BE)
           3.3.2020 Hafenklang -  Hamburg (DE)
       4.3.2020 Blue Shell - Cologne (DE)
    5.3.2020 Maze Club -  Berlin (DE)
6.3.2020 Escape - Vienna (AT)
7.3.2020 Paunchy Cats -  Lichtenfeld (DE)

Vibration I Finnish tour (support DIRT)

13.03 Helsinki - Tavastia
                            14.3.2020 Radio Rock Cruise XXIX (FIN)
   21.03 Tampere -  Olympia 
   26.03 Jyväskylä - Lutakko
27.03 Joensuu -  Kerubi
28.03 Kuopio - Henry’s pub 

lunedì 17 febbraio 2020

International Dub Gathering 2020

45 days divide us from the 5th edition of the International Dub Gathering (IDG), the most important dub festival of Southern Europe, organised by Rototom Sunsplash and Dub Academy.

The novelty for this year is the change of location which is held again in Catalonia, this time in the Mas del Pladels Catalans (Tarragona). The festival dates wil be from the 2nd of April until the 4th and you can get your tickets here for only 95 euros (full 3 days pass).

This year for the first time the IDG will have in its line up 10 sounds systems some of them in Spain for the first time such as the French Young Veteran Sound
System, Indy Boca Sound System and from the Sasha Steppa Sound System from the UK. 
The most anticipated returns will undoubtedly be that of OBF Sound System, which this
time, in addition to offering a session with the inseparable Charlie P, Mr. Wilson and Junior Roy continuing with the infallible Blackboard Jungle Sound System, Wandem Sound System accompanied by The Hornsmen Section.
For the Spanish scene, South Vibes Sound System from Malaga debuts in the IDG,
together with the Catalans Arise Sound System and the event’s host Greenlight Sound
System with Awa Fall and Brother Culture. The tenth sound will be the launch of the Rototom Sound System, another of the surprises at the fifth edition of IDG.
As we have become accustomed with the IDG, its line-up combines living legends in dub and the sound system history, together with current stars and new protagonists that arise every year internationally. In the front line, the return of Jah Shaka, an essential figure of the global sound system scene, together with veteran singer Pablo Gad, who both share the commitment. Also present are two icons of Notting Hill Carnival, Aba Shanti-I and Channel One; what’s more the singer Queen Omega, from Trinidad and Tobago. 
Far from being the only incentives in the line-up, the IDG presents a new edition of the
exclusive "Game of Dubs", where 3 prolific producers measure up one by one. This time the protagonists will be Iration Steppas with Dennis Rootikal, Dub Judah with Keety Roots and Roberto Sanchez with Benjammin. 
Another of the exclusive shows that IDG has accustomed
its festival goers to is the so-called "Omega Frequency", which unites up to 7 women in a unique performance. Captained by the Italian producer Sista Habesha, the singers Saralène, Sista Livity, Poetikah, Sista Marlou and Amelia Harmony, in addition to Sanga Mama Africa, will stake their claim to the their rightful space in a scene where an ever growing female presence exists.

martedì 28 gennaio 2020

A grammy for Koffee!

The 19 years old Mikayla Simpson better known as Koffee the Jamaican singer and songwriter 
made history for being the first female and youngest (19 years old) artist winning the Grammy award for “Best Reggae Album” for her EP “Rapture” at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. 

"Rapture" is Koffee's first Ep, which was released in march 2019, which spent 33 weeks on the billboard's reggae album chart 

In April Koffee will be playing for the first time at Coachella in the US an during the fall will be joining the British singer Harry Styles in his South American tour.

Big up Koffee! You are an inspiration for us all

lunedì 20 gennaio 2020

Christos DC releases fifth album Self Evident

Soulful-toned roots reggae singer Christos DC unveils his new album Self Evident via his own Honest Music imprint. The ten-song project is signposted by first single I Reserve The Right featuring Brazil's Dada Yute.
Two years in the making, Self Evident is the Greek-American singer-songwriter and producer's most profound and traditionally roots reggae album to date. Across ten tracks, Christos' plaintive, delicate voice mingles with a colourful palette of soft yet crisp horns, blissful, celestial guitars, "question and answer" percussion, and gently insistent drum and bass.
In keeping their writer's Greek heritage, the lyrics ask big philosophical questions, encouraging more understanding of life's intricacies. Silence examines the role of saying nothing in our interactions, echoing the Greek philosopher Aristotle in valuing deeds over than words (and closing with a refrain reminiscent of ska classic Wings Of A Dove). Better To Be Free is a rumination on the concept of liberty, ranking it as more important than familiarity or security.
The free-flowing nature of Christos' music is mirrored by his global choice of guests. Amsterdam's Skankin Monks provide the rhythm for Better To Be Free, while Florence Italy's deDUBros supply the backdrop to Be Wise. The sole vocal combination is socially conscious single I Reserve The Right, enlisting a fellow striking vocalist, Sao Paulo’s rising star Dada Yute.
The title track will already be known to fans of the World A Reggae riddim - produced by Poland’s K-Jah Sound and commissioned by World A Reggae online magazine. Closing plea In Peace was co-produced by Tomasz Wojcik, also from Poland, featuring players from the Maleo Reggae Rockers. The Self Evident project was mixed by St Croix dub-master Laurent Tippy Alfred, celebrated for his work with the late Vaughn Benjamin of Akae Beka.
"I have always had a love for old-school reggae and this is reflected in the sound of this album" says Christos of his project. "Horn sections have become quite an integral part of my sound and they play a strong role. I made no attempt to create a modern sound as an organic feel seemed to really suit the project. The songs are quite philosophical in nature dealing with themes such as the connection between our heart and mind. As well as the meaning of silence in our human engagements."
Unified in sound and steeped in feeling, Self Evident dwells in that increasingly rare enclave of soulful, restorative and replenishing cultural reggae music. It's an album that gently ushers you into a deeper, more introspective world. And, as its name suggests, it only needs to be heard to make its truths clear…
Self Evident is available on iTunes and Amazon and the CD format is on sale on Christos DC Bandcamp page.

venerdì 17 gennaio 2020

Blind Channel announces 3rd album

Blind Channel, the violent pop band from Finland, just announced their long awaited 3rd album "Violent Pop" which will be released on the 6th of march. It is already possible to pre-order the album -> here

We already had the possibility to have a taste of the album since it was preceded by 5 singles;
Over my dead body, Time bomb ft. Alex Mattson, Snake ft GG6 (from Amaranthe),Died enough for you and Fever which was just released a couple of weeks ago.  

Also to add to the incredible album release announcement, Blind Channel will be heading around Europe with a tour with the Swedish metal band Amaranthe and one headlining tour in clubs all over Germany

Here the tour dates with Amaranthe

 20/01 Dornbirn (AT) - Conrad Sohm
 27/01 Linz (AT) - Posthof Zeitkultur am Hafen
03/02 Monthey (CH) - Pont Rouge Monthey 

10/02 Eindhoven (NL) -Effenaar                              
13/02 Kardstad (SWE) -Nöjesfabriken

And here are the dates of the headline gigs in Germany 

31/01 Cologne - Tsunami Club

01/02 Mannheim - 7ER club
07/02 Berlin - Cassiopea 
08/02 Stuttgart - ClubCann
09/02 Hamburg - Marias Ballroom 

Seeing these tour dates around Europe, and the 3rd album coming out makes me think back on the first time I saw Blind Channel it was 2016, I remember thinking "mhh this guys will make great things in the future".  They are a huge inspiration for me and I guess for many young people. Keep it up guys <3 

venerdì 10 gennaio 2020

The Lambsbread presents Pass Me The Fire

Hawaii’s reggae family The Lambsbread present their new single Pass Me The Fire, leading up to the forthcoming album release in 2020.
A blazing roots track, and lyrically a scathing commentary of the system. teaming up once again with veteran bass player Chris Meredith, the bassline is heavy, and moves the track. Composed by Jacob Selassie, and mixed by Samuel Levi, children of singers Kaya and Nadia, the Lambsbread family once again delivers some quality roots reggae music for the massive. 
“From the minute you hear the keyboard skank come to the moment you feel the first bass note drop, the vibes are set for a track of epic proportion. As the singing comes in you are immediately drawn to the lyrics and the melody: Pass me the fire, make me burn dem down to ash” explains Kaya.
Pass Me The Fire, which will soon include a new video clip, is available on all digital platforms, distributed by Zojak Worldwide.

lunedì 4 novembre 2019

Taiwan MC feat. Paloma Pradal: ‘Colombian Gyal’

Following the release of his latest EP Nah Leave Me Corner, the French Taiwan MC returns with a new single Colombian Gyal, taken from his forthcoming album which is scheduled for release at beginning of the 2020. It is a song with a Latin flavour produced together with talented singer Paloma Pradal
Thanks to the huge success of the single Catalina which came out in 2017 on Taiwan MC's first album Cool & Deadly, the link up with Pradal has already brought fire to dancefloors around the world with more than 50 million downloads worldwide but mostly in Latin America.  
Produced by S.O.A.P  (Son Of A Pitch) and published by Chinese Man Records, Colombian Gyal is available now on all digital platforms.