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Nirvana UK Live at The Watersplash Jersey

Nirvana UK is a touring Nirvana tribute band based in the West Midlands, formed by die-hard Nirvana fans who love nothing more than recreating Nirvana’s live music and look for other fans. The band strives to be as close to the real deal as possible, including the same clothes, instruments, effect boxes, drums and preamps that the band used, to ensure they recreate the distinctive Nirvana sound.

Jez – Kurt Cobain
Dan – Krist Novoselic
Jon – Dave Grohl

On December 1, 2018, Nirvana UK played the Channel Island of Jersey for the first time at the enduring landmark venue known by islanders simply as the Splash. To say Nirvana UK made a strong impression is to put it mildly. Requests from music fans for Bubblebrain Records to invite them back to Jersey haven’t let up since. It was electrifying to witness such a deep, faithful interpretation of Nirvana’s music, and evident that the trio had a blast performing at this show.

Such an amazing night guys! Just recovered now! Do you have some dates when Nirvana UK will be back again? Maybe I’ll have to book a few days off to recover! So good! Best night at Splash since the old school nights! 🤙 🕺🏽 👽 — Mish Matthews

Playlist of four songs from Nirvana UK at Watersplash Jersey

Massive thanks to everyone who came out to our SOLD OUT show last night at Watersplash Jersey. That felt like a proper old school Nirvana club gig, moshing and casualties start to finish. AMAZING!!! — Nirvana UK

Thanks to Watersplash Jersey for the venue, Raw Audio for the stage and sound, Flavio Martins for the lights, DJ Pip for hip tunes, David Bailey for stills photography, Gary Law for audio recording, Chris Almond for video, and James Dolan the event manager. Supporting acts on the night were Howl and Vagus. Ticket sales powered by Book It.


Howl played a set of their brand of heavy rock, loaded with creamy distortion and high-powered rhythms. In this video they perform From the Ashes to the eager Splash audience.

Vagus, known for proggy, krautrock-influenced epics, presents a mutated sound further towards incisive, fiery pop rock. We Salute You is one of two new songs the band delivered in their set.

Big thanks to David Bailey for these photos of the show. David has brilliantly captured the atmosphere and action of the night. Thanks to the bands who made it a night to remember!


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Hot Plastic – Keep Up (Video)

Nic Dinnie, singer/guitarist/producer, Elisa Da Silva, bassist, and Jon Caws, drummer, collectively as Hot Plastic harness the energy of kinetic momentum. Offsetting behind-the-scenes insights in a frame of thoughtful design, presenting authentic experience of studio and gigging life, they work hard at their craft and know how to have a good time doing it. On Jersey, Hot Plastic is a success story already, not because of out-of-the-park social media metrics – yet! – but because Nic and crew are the epitome of DIY industriousness and their shows are tremendous good times.

The band asked us to make a video for their song Keep Up. Nic gave The Blue Note Bar an atmosphere of a theatrical stage set with furrowed drapes lit from the sides to deepen shadows. A micro-stage for the dancing feet sequences was set up on a patch of floor with a single spotlight that guests were invited to use to show off their fancy moves or cool footwear, or both. As this brilliant indie-pop group performed on stage, Gary, James, and Chris (just about) avoided getting in each other’s way filming the proceedings. The resulting video, complete with bouncing ball on the lyrics just like in karaoke, is a fast-paced treat. The song is a dazzling pop gem replete with hooks, mixed and mastered with skilful economy, featuring a toothsome guitar riff that jangles in the ears long after the final chord rings out. The no-nonsense groove at its heart is serious business – just listen to the outro section’s articulated funk and marvel at its balanced application of fierce chops with deft lightness of touch.

Thanks to the band for allowing us to be a part of their story. Follow them for non-stop news as they plot their success.

KEEP UP

A song all about having some fun!

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Vagus – Black Plant EP

Songs from the band’s 2016 summer festivals set featuring material inspired by the street poetry of Damo Suzuki, the nonconformity of Sonic Youth, and the liquid nature of Neu!

Recorded at Gary Law’s home studio on Jersey.

Alice Gee organ and backing vocals
Jonny Hill edrums
Gary Law bass and production
James Dolan guitar and lead vocals

The paintings used for the cover design were specially commissioned from Jersey/London artist Danny Romeril.

Cover layouts and CD label design by Chris Almond and Gary Law.
CD duplication and packaging by Band CDs
 

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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.
 

 

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Hot Plastic – Live!

Hot Plastic – Live! Part 1/3 Early Reflections

 

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.

 

The Troubadour 21/4/17

00:00 Catching Bullets
03:00 Good and Guilty
06:31 Give Me Your Love
11:31 Time Bombs
15:38 Head to the Side
20:27 Run Away

 

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Photos by Chris Almond

 

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

 

The Green Rooster 27/10/17

00:00 Catching Bullets
02:59 Run Away
07:04 Give Me Your Love
14:19 Searchlights
17:36 Time Bombs
22:33 Apple
27:28 Candice

 

So 2018 …

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

 

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Bubblebrain’s Hot Picks #3 Benny the Moth

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

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Stream and download the audio from Logamp using the link below

Benny the Moth at the Watersplash

 

00:00 World’s Too Big
04:37 Midnight
10:07 Superstar
15.40 Emigrante
22:07 Downtown
28:37 501
32:45 We All Need Love

 

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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

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Stream and download the audio from Logamp using the link below

Kilig & Fernweh – Live at the Troubadour

 

00:16 The Wrong Road
04:51 It’s What They Say
09:01 Oh Well
12:37 This Is How Much You Like It
18:09 Untitled (improvisation)
24:29 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 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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B-Eazy – Live at the Troubadour (Video)

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

 

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