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Bubblebrain’s Hot Picks #2 Kilig & Fernweh

Continuing our series of explorations of the musical landscape of Jersey, in particular the pubs and clubs of St Helier hosting live bands events. On Friday June 30th we had a great time at the Troubadour in the company of Kilig & Fernweh, a rootsy, funky 5-piece band and their appreciative fans. The band mixes exuberant improvisation with a solid cache of craftily woven originals, pop-hooky but not conventionally so, drawing from an eclectic set of influences from rhythm and blues, jazz funk and blue-eyed soul.

Since forming in 2015, Kilig & Fernweh have made their mark with crowd-pleasing shows at the Troubadour, Havana, and Channel Islands surfers mecca the Watersplash in association with Trunk o’ Funk. They have delighted audiences at summer festivals including Folklore, Peas & Glove, Vale Earth Fair, Groove de Lecq and Jersey Live.
 

 

Rory Drinnan – bass
Isaac Evans – vocals
Joe Evans – percussion
David Miles – drums
James Painter – guitar

Filmed and edited by Chris Almond
Audio produced by Gary Law and Chris Almond

👍 Kilig & Fernweh on Facebook

 

Stream and download the audio from Logamp using the link below

Kilig & Fernweh – Live at the Troubadour


 

00:00 The Wrong Road
04:35 It’s What They Say
07:53 Oh Well
11:29 This Is How Much You Like It
16:46 Untitled (improvisation)
22:27 You Say Run

 

 

 

 

 

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Los Vipers (B-Eazy + SQKY) – Arena Mexico

How’s it going? Please find the audio file and track info for Arena Mexico. Turns out Soundcloud is here to stay and safe to release music on thank god so it can be released on there as a free download! ― United Elementz communiqué

 


 

Los Vipers is a collaboration between hip hop artist B-Eazy and decay/grime artist SQKY
Produced by Blazin’
Additional production by DJ Tape Deck King
Mixed and mastered by J-Fab for FabSound Productions

Dedicated to the memory of Prodigy of Mobb Deep

B-Eazy’s Sienthe EP is released in 2018 with Bubblebrain Records
SQKY’s Clubz EP is released September 3 2017 with United Elementz Media/DECAY ERROR

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Vagus – Live at the Green Rooster EP

Vagus on form with new songs and a few faves. Alice Gee, Gary Law, James Dolan and Jonny Hill are a new wave krautrock quartet with pop tones and avant-garde sensibility. The music on this live EP comes from the full-length concert film we published in March 2017, with a heavy sound wrung from the tapes by producer Gary Law.

 

 

In my opinion this is the best sounding recording of Vagus out there to date. The show itself had a good atmosphere. The first act of the evening, Semu Cà, delivered a meticulously detailed set and was greatly enjoyed. Vagus’ set was focused and febrile. The band was introducing three new songs to their set. The small venue was full of friends. With this audio recording, the band’s bassist Gary has fashioned a slab of heavy rock out of their angular post-punk pop – a fascinating genre mutation.
― Chris Almond

 

Let’s recap some major moments in the recording history of Vagus. Gutsty was a prototype punkoid classic, and then the first commercial release Electro Looks a pop song with electronic rhythms made while technically still a duo. AK-47 was next, with Gary Law overseeing construction of a techno armature for prog-inspired darkness. Jersey Live 2015 with Par 4 stage, mixed by Sam Falle, was rock ‘n’ roll spectacle and an explosive live debut. A recording done at the Mechanics venue captures a ferocious version of Tokyo, often a set climax.

Soon the band will record and a classic album will be born. We will wait and listen for the droning, for that will be the beginning, and figure and ground will coalesce as eyes and ears find their perspective in a musical framework that expands the potential for European art-jazz approach to improvised sections within quintessentially British pop compositions.

Follow Vagus on Facebook for the latest news and dates.

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B-Eazy – Live at the Troubadour EP and music video

We proudly present B-Eazy – Live at the Troubadour. Enjoy the free download and video. Bonus material below: A potted guide to United Elementz releases.

 

 

Had this on repeat last night I fucking love it ✌️ B-eazy that’s what’s up bubblebrain that’s what’s up ― James Dolan

 

 

B-Eazy has been an effective, positive force on the Jersey music scene for a decade. His stock-in-trade is old skool-infused hip hop with sophisticated lyrics and dazzling metrical dexterity. B-Eazy will be releasing his new EP, Sienthe, in early 2017, the title of which is a combination of his two daughters’ names, Sienna and Zanthe. Sienthe is being produced by Kenyan-born and Jersey-based producer J-Fab.

Since 2015, B-Eazy, also known as Bean Lebouc, has achieved a steady output of digital releases via Bandcamp in association with United Elementz the hip hop brand that he established with graffiti artist SAO 2971.

BeanDOOM (2015) with FabSound Productions is an ambitious pairing of MF Doom instrumentals with Bean’s philosophical musings and poetry jam pyrotechnics.

United Elementz Present Suicide Rock: An Introduction to Hip​-​Hop in Jersey was the next release, also in 2015. With this compilation, executive producers B-Eazy and SAO 2971 recruit an impressive who’s-who of Jersey hip hop past and present. Classic tracks by Eddy West, BJ Myles, Just Muz, J-Fab, Verse 1, U.G, Kinz, MOLE and others make for a substantial collection. United Elementz are shining light on one of the most outlying communities of hip hop, an island mostly known for its cultivation of corporate finance and corresponding economic inequalities. The group release presents a fresh-feeling, small, well-connected hip hop community doing its thing with pride and passion.

Eddy West’s album Hurt (2015), produced by Eddy and DF1, is a joint Revolution Records and United Elementz presentation. Supple vocals with an inventive, luxurious club production deliver Eddy West’s contrasting attitudes of arch belligerency and attraction to the lusty side of life. Real, gritty and powerful sums it up.

The 10​-​Year Plan: 2006​-​2016, an anthology that is far-ranging in its collaborative breadth and stylistic palette, a concept album that achieves in the time-honoured way a biography as origin story with the rapper as faithful hero in adversity, celebrating the rewards of working and loving well, respecting life and others and the gifts of talent. B-Eazy is innately sharing in his work ethic with personality and determining vision that comes through clearly.

Cobwebs (2017): an exotically constructed album threaded with tales of both confusion and clarity, huge hooks and ironic pop sensibility. The single Oh No! was aired on Radio Wigwam’s BANDWagon show, and the album got to No. 1 on Bandcamp’s Alternative Rap album chart. Eirenicon and B-Eazy share vocals throughout, Mad Max guests on the excellent noirish thriller Blurred.

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Bubblebrain’s Hot Picks #1 Carl and the Converted

Announcing a series of Bubblebrain’s Hot Picks, our serendipitous discoveries of musical talent across the stylistic spectrum in and around St Helier.

First up we have Carl and the Converted, a trio with a full songbook of vintage rock ‘n’ roll and the easy swinging feel of a 1950s house band at Sun Studio.
 

 

Carl Ibbet – guitar/vox
Chris De La Cloche – drums
Chris Talbot – bass

Audio recorded and mastered by Gary Law
Filmed and edited by Chris Almond

👍 Carl and the Converted on Facebook

Good sounding trio! Very tight and energetic.Lance Eads

 

Twelve songs from the band were recorded that evening, the six songs featured in the video and another six from later in the set, capturing a relaxed atmosphere in warm, grainy detail with the musicians hitting their stride. All are available to stream and download from Logamp.

 

Stream and download audio using the link below

Carl and the Converted – Live at The Troubadour March 25, 2017


 

00:00 All I Can Do Is Cry (Wayne Walker cover)
03:43 La Bamba (Ritchie Valens cover)
07:38 Flyin’ Saucers Rock ‘n’ Roll (Billy Lee Riley cover)
09:53 Lonesome Train (On A Lonesome Track) (Johnny Burnette cover)
11:55 Trouble Bound (Billy Lee Riley cover)
15:34 Angel of Harlem (U2 cover)

 

 

 

 

 

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6 more songs from Carl and the Converted at The Troubadour


 

00:00 Stray Cat Strut (Stray Cats cover)
03:39 If I Only Could (Carl Ibbet original)
05:55 I Love You Only (King Louie Combo cover)
08:49 Twenty Flight Rock (Eddie Cochran cover)
10:58 That’s Alright Mama (Elvis Presley cover)
13:29 You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover (Bo Diddley cover)

 

 

 

 

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Dogrubber Pickle Weasels and other Astounding Stories

Riq Chiznik makes improvised jazz and blues with electronics and a lot of fantastic inspiration. Riq’s sounds inhabit ambient spaces, dissolve into disordered noise, and expand into flamboyant neoclassical mutations. We selected twenty of his pieces and made this long-form mix.
 

The set of Riq’s instrumentals is brimming with extraordinary inventions and much warmth and wit amongst the dense sonic foliage in its 1 hour 19 minutes of cartoon colour-saturated jazz, ambient bloopscapes and crispy synth manipulations.
 
A little quirky brain candy noise that goes off like pop rocks on one’s tongue.Kellie Rowley
 
In the Mixcloud charts its positions were 44th in the Chillout chart , 45th in the Ambient chart and 48th in the Jazz chart. 😀
 
00:00 A Flurry Of Subtle Strikes On Familiar Spirits
06:14 Victim of a Coup D’état
09:17 A Walk To The Department Store
11:04 Alright Back In This Here Directory
12:47 American Entropy
15:21 Calisthenics On Keys
17:25 Clarinet & Koto – Blended, Marinated, Zapped
21:37 Conkreet Varèse
27:16 Ex Nihilo Exitium
35:25 Greetings from Shakespeare’s Billion Atoms Living in my Body and Probably Yours Too
40:25 Last Saturday Morning in August
44:30 Mygrainertron
49:48 Poser Duck Spot
51:12 Pseudo Science Fiction Lounge Act Warm-up
56:10 Shrew Astronaut Destiny (Instrumental)
61:36 Slavadore Muttrock
70:04 Some Kind of Warning Would Have Been Nice
71:53 Tunnel Of Dark Suede
77:20 Switch Off Biscuit Paint

 

Riq Chiznik summarises his 2016, a year in which his album The Completely Sane World of Riq Chiznik was released. Riq also talks about some of his plans for 2017. Thank you Riq for making collaboration such an enjoyable and artistically rich experience!
 

 

The Completely Sane World of Riq Chiznik is available from the following online stores

7digital · Amazon · Bandcamp · Clone D\G\T\L · eMusic · hmvDigital · iTunes · Juno Download · Napster · OpenLIVE · Qobuz · Spotify

 

A huge THANK YOU to Chris Almond of Bubblebrain Records, who produced the video from the footage I shot a few months ago. I’m very pleased with the final product! I enjoy the color schemes on the scenes where I’m sitting at the table. Very unique. Excellent work. Speaking objectively (well not really) I’ve never seen a video quite like this one! ― Riq Chiznik

 

An extremely emotional and powerful production. ― Simon Kowal
 

Dogrubber Pickle Weasels by Riq Chiznik

 
The 3-song EP contains the single version plus two specially commissioned remixes.
 

likeallstars’ version of the surrealistic pop song matches the oddity of the original, going far out there.
 

A delightful remix by Lux Flux in the seldom-explored weaselwave music genre. The version has quirky atmosphere and synthetic animal calls!
 

The catchiest pop song ever written about nargling in the ears of wizards.

Check out Riq’s Bandcamp page for the latest releases.

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Semu Cà – Live at The Green Rooster (Video)

Semu Cà – The purveyors of sonic wonder

 

The Green Rooster is a music venue in St. Helier that supports live music by fostering relationships and indulging creativity. Stefan Riccio and Dom Pallot are Semu Cà, a duo from Jersey who perform using two loop pedals, bass, guitar, trombone and various other musical gadgets to build voluptuous soundscapes. They exemplify the fascinating underground scene of Jersey with a diversity of forms and influences bubbling up. The musical style is rousing post-rock electronica with jazz and punk influences. This is a very cool band to experience live on stage. Watching this is the next best thing!

Semu Cà mix their own sound live on stage. Bubblebrain Records recorded the audio with a Zoom stereo field recorder and also with an analogue tape deck.

 

 

Semu Cà – Live at The Green Rooster, St Helier – 25 Feb 2017

 

00:00 What’s your favourite pyramid? (edit)
05:10 Memory Panda
09:05 Meteors over Russia
17:10 Chump
22:22 Peter Pan will never land
28:00 Slake
35:14 Diving

Audio recorded and mastered by Gary Law
Video filmed and edited by Chris Almond

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Vagus – Live at The Green Rooster (Video)

Alice Gee and James Dolan of Vagus

 

Vagus on fine form with new songs and a few faves. Alice Gee, Gary Law, James Dolan and Jonny Hill are the new wave krautrock quartet with pop tones and avant-garde sensibility. This is a great set from them, for reasons: They included three songs we hadn’t captured on film before (Leisure, Gravity, and We Were Falling in Love). The audio quality surpasses live recordings we’ve done to date thanks to Gary and his new recording kit. Let’s hear it for #therealvagus and enjoy the show!

 

 

Vagus – Live at The Green Rooster, St Helier – 25 Feb 2017

 

00:00 Autobahn
04:51 Gravity
10:40 Gutsty
16:09 Leisure
21:01 We Were Falling in Love
26:42 Tokyo

Audio recorded and mastered by Gary Law
Video filmed and edited by Chris Almond

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B-Eazy

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B-Eazy award-winning performer and founder of United Elementz

B-Eazy aka Bean Lebouc is a hip hop artist from Jersey, Channel Islands. He has been releasing music and performing live since 2006 having started recording in 2000 making mixtapes to get feedback from his friends at school and college.

He has performed at many established events including Jersey Live 2012 with U.G, BLKOUT 2015, and the BBC Introducing Masterclass in 2013 at Maida Vale Studios where he got to perform with a live band as a part of BBC Radio 1 DJ Charlie Sloth’s Live MC Session alongside Wretch 32 and Devlin. He has also supported artists such as Stig of The Dump, Blizzard, Miss Dynamite, English Frank, Mr. Woodnote, and DJs Grooverider, Kissy Sellout, James Zabiela and Mike Skinner (The Streets).

In 2014 he set up United Elementz alongside graffiti artist Vince Talcone (SAO 2971) to promote local urban talent in Jersey and promote the four elements of hip hop culture. United Elementz has reached people from the UK, US, Africa and Australia as it continues to grow and push the culture as a whole forward. B-Eazy is also a member of DJ Stefunk’s Jersey Funk All-Stars band as an MC for their live sets which range from hip hop, jazz, funk and soul, and a mix show DJ alongside Reggae DJ Dubsoulvibe releasing the monthly Original Flavaz mix on TrunkOfunk Radio.

B-Eazy is looking to continue to push not only himself but other artists through his teaming with Bubblebrain Records to help gain under-the-radar urban artists the recognition they deserve.

 

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The Completely Sane Art of Riq Chiznik

The Completely Sane World of Riq Chiznik, an album of twelve weird and wonderful songs by Illinoisan music producer Riq, comes in its Bandcamp edition with a beautiful e-book of art reproductions, lyrics sheets and other writings. The GIF below shows in miniature the book’s contents with its expressive use of colour and forms.

 

 

Riq Chiznik’s graphic work informs the music-making process and vice versa. There is something about the cartoony abstractions of Riq’s colourful art that hangs together with the music. Discoveries in one medium are translated in the other. When listening to a Riq Chiznik piece, one hears a rich stew of influences – condensed ragtime quotations, dust bowl freak blues, free jazz, the furniture utility of Brian Eno’s ambient music, the hallucinatory yarns of Captain Beefheart, the fragmented storytelling of Bob Dylan at his most stoned, the imagery of 20th Century experimental American film and art, the vivid splatterings of Jackson Pollock, the mystical comic book impressions of Don Van Vliet (again!), the delirious unconscious associations of Dalí, the jumbled, nervy neo-expressionism of Jean-Michel Basquiat, all animate Riq Chiznik’s visual and musical inventions.

Here is a selection of pages from the book. Click on the images for larger size.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The digital album of twelve songs plus 37-page e-book can be purchased at The Completely Sane World of Riq Chiznik

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