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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



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)


Stream and download audio using the link below

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)



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.


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. 😀


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


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



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.


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


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



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


The Completely Sane World of Riq Chiznik

A new digital album from Riq Chiznik on Bubblebrain Records, 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

Listen to Dogrubber Pickle Weasels (Single Version), a surrealistic lounge jazz song serving as introduction to the bizarre yet friendly sound of Riq Chiznik. This song is also available on an EP with remixes by Lux Flux and likeallstars.

Twelve songs of experimental comedy, avant-garde electronica and subversive songsmithery. The Bandcamp album package exclusively includes a 37-page e-book of original art and lyrics.

This is my album. w4t24y4 0-e3 I hope you enjoy my album. lkj53nnqnet Walnuts hate me. 53hjl8h7 I had a lot of fun messing with the English language. o h4o2g 92 After years of having it shoved down my throat in school, I have the pleasure of using it how I see fit. m 3ijg49w5 Slippery Johnny Taco Elephants have a habit of building ziggurats in unsuccessful attempts for real estate in the ozone layer. I find spelling and grammar rules restricting in life, so why not break them for fun? i350yqpo h The Chicago Cubs won the World Series and the election. I’m “too senior” to work as a Tax Compliance Officer. I like making a bunch of musical sounds to go along with my profound tales of Western Civilization. Someone help me decide between sushi and nachos and 3-t 30g2 g02v 018 y91 g1v – Riq Chiznik
Riq Chiznik synthesizes hitherto unexplored fusions of American abstract expressionism, poetic experimental practice, and cranky cacophonies to celebrate a dynamic threshold between the deliberations of language and the spontaneity of jazz. – Chris Almond


The Gaa Gaas – A Video Trilogy

The Gaa Gaas had a productive year releasing their single Close Your Eyes to critical acclaim, headlining the alternative stage at Jersey Live, and collaborating with Vagus on a split cassette release Condensed Tin. Bubblebrain Records’ video editor Chris Almond created impressionistic music videos for two remixes by Arythmol and a film capturing part of the band’s triumphal Jersey Live festival performance.

A future-nostalgic daydream of a song by The Gaa Gaas – Arrows (Arythmol Remix)



Arythmol deconstructs The Gaa Gaas’ Close Your Eyes acoustic version, with footwork-influenced beats, bit-crunched synth guitar, and a video that mashes Gavin Tate’s original performance with contemporary footage of Russian bombing missions over Syria.



The Gaa Gaas had top billing on the Saturday night of Jersey Live 2016. Their first show on Jersey in a few years drew a curious, enthusiastic crowd. It rained but the evening was pleasantly warm and the misty atmospheric conditions refracted the stage lights dramatically. Who knew what to expect? The Gaa Gaas are known for hardcore performances with plenty of improvisation. They pulled it off with aplomb and left the fans wanting more.



Ronny B

Ronny B photograph by SongwriterRandy
Ronny B photograph by SongwriterRandy

I was born in Manila. My background is American-Mexican-Pacific Islander. The artists who influenced me are Madonna, The Bee Gees, Mariah Carey, and Filipino artists Sharon Cuneta, Martin Nievera and Gary Valenciano. When I came to the US my goal was to write my own songs of sadness, heartbreak and joy.

I like all kinds of music but prefer pop because it makes me dance. At the first club I went to I heard music from Madonna and started dancing out there on the dance floor. Everybody backed up … The DJ played that music and I was just out there enjoying myself. I’m the kind of person who will enjoy dancing ’til my last breath. I put some move on that Madonna music. After I danced the DJ came up to me and said “You really can dance. Did you go to a dancing class?”

I replied “No. It’s natural. I love to dance. I watched some videos on MTV and that’s where I get my influence.”

The DJ said “You’re really good. You’ve got some little bit of Michael Jackson in you, you have Bobby Brown, you got some Madonna, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears … How do you do that?”

“It’s all in my mind, and I just practice daily. That’s what I do.”

I started writing and recording songs in my High School days. At that time I was going through a lot of sorrows and pain, relationship-wise, and I didn’t know what to do. I just wanted to do something with my life. So, for the very first time, I started writing my feelings and then turned it into music by using a tape recorder and started writing bit-by-bit. My first songs were When I’m Close To You and Doesn’t Matter To Me. I have those early recordings put away because in the future I may use them. I kept it all because it has always been my dream to be a recording artist.

My working relationship with Morgan McRae and Chris Holloway is really fantastic. I would never have had my first single recorded if it wasn’t for them. In 2008, I walked into their Magnatron Studios for the first time. The producer that owns the business, Patrick, and Chris were there. They tested my vocal and from then on started recording my songs.

That was also the year when I successfully auditioned for America’s Got Talent. I went to Honolulu, Hawaii, and took my headset out there in the middle of the beach, dancing, and a couple of people, a husband and wife, saw me dancing and said “Hey, you’re really good at dancing. Is it okay if we film you?”

I said “Sure.” The film of me dancing was sent to America’s Got Talent. It was very raw footage.

I got a call. “Are you Ronny B?”

I said “Yes I am.”

“Why don’t you come to Los Angeles. We want you to audition.”

“You’re kidding!”

They said “No we’re not kidding. We’re serious. You sign a contract with us and we will make you famous.”

The judges were Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne, and David Hasselhoff. I did my audition and then went to Vegas for the second round.

I love the audience. Some people think I’m a shy person when they see me but they don’t know that on stage I will go out there and overcome that fear. I love being on stage. On America’s Got Talent, smacking the scenery – that was my idea. At first, yes, I admit, fear got into me when David Hasselhoff buzzed me but I said to myself no no no no no, I would not leave the stage until I get the audience in awe and that was my whole point of view. I remember Jerry Springer telling me before I got on stage, “Do your best out there Ronny B. Show your talent. This is your moment. Give it all you’ve got out there because whatever anyway happens Simon Cowell is watching this and you are talented so go out there, do your best and make it to Vegas.”

For my album I will include various kinds of pop music, dance, r ‘n’ b and slow jams. I also plan to record a P-pop record for my Filipino fans.


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Ronny B at Magnatron Studios
Ronny B at Magnatron Studios