Vagus performed on the main stage at Groove de Lecq 2016. Black Plant, the latest EP from Vagus has studio versions of songs from that festival season when Gary, Alice, James, and Jonny were writing under musical influences of Stereolab, Can, and Neu! amongst others.
In 2017 we hosted some ‘Bubblebrain Presents …’ shows, introducing musical talents that we feel particularly pleased to know and excited to work with. In April we filmed Hot Plastic, having recently got to know the duo of Nic Dinnie (vox, guitar, beats) and J (bass) who were super kind to help us put the night together. They played this set of intense, rocking out, weird, loveable, dissociative electropop. We’re not sure where it all began, but this is where we came in.
Hot Plastic – Live! Part 2/3 Interview hosted by The Official Gary Law
Interviewer Gary tackles the issues that matter with Nic and J of Hot Plastic. As they prepare for destinations abroad – Nic to London and J to the Czech Republic – Gary has the questions other interviewers lacking the necessary minerals refrain from asking. We learn Nic and J will share a pair of trousers on the reunion tour, why J must follow her heart, and which band is the best on Jersey according to Nic.
Hot Plastic – Live! Part 3/3 All Hallows’ Eve
Hot Plastic appeared as if out of nowhere and triumphed at every venue, festival and party they could find. We’re happy to have been at the right time and place to make this document of one of the best bands of the Channel Islands.
Nic Dinnie – vocals, guitar
J – bass
George Gallichan – drums
Ondrej Malina – lead guitar on Give Me Your Love
We have said goodbye to our wonderful Jay who has moved on to the Czech Republic with Ondrej. So that leaves us with an epic year full of memories and great times. The show must go on and this year will see some changes made.
2017 was hard and fun like moving to a new high school and finding your way around. Luckily we walked straight into the Bubblebrain boys. Needless to say a lot of fun was had and more to come. ― Hot Plastic
Benny the Moth’s signature alt-rock/reggae plays around a line of critical balance with melodic flourishes complementing the rhythmic foundations, aiming to satisfy mind and body. Particularly impressive is the way that Dozy and James swap roles on drums and bass while keeping the band’s groovy objective locked-on. Tom’s David Torn-soundalike guitar textures add unexpected colours to the palette. Lionel is a front man with genuine charisma. Emphatically, we love these guys and thank them for their continuing contributions to the Jersey scene. Benny the Moth represents the island’s musical heart and soul, being a band of socially conscious, spiritually informed deliverers of good times.
Alex – trombone
Dozy – bass, drums
James – bass, drums
Lionel – vocals, percussion
Tom – electric guitar
Live sound mixed by Flavio Martins
Filmed and edited by Chris Almond
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
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
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 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.
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We proudly present B-Eazy – Live at the Troubadour. Enjoy the video. Bonus material below: A potted guide to United Elementz releases.
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.
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
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.
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)
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)
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.
Riq’s instrumentals are brimming with extraordinary inventions and much warmth and wit amongst the dense sonic foliage in this 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. 😀
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
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
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.
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