‘Philosophize’ by Parekh and Singh

‘Philosophize’ by Parekh and Singh

The Indian duo’s new single comes with a wonderful animated video… Hailing from Kolkota and now signed to UK label Peace Frog Records, multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Nischay Parekh and percussionist/producer Jivraj Singh first achieved some kind of prominence in 2014 when the won a VH1 award for Best Newcomer, as well as a Jack Daniels Rock Award. two years later and they’ve just released their debut album Ocean and have followed that with this, taken from that album. The song itself is dreamy pop music with an experimental edge that doesn’t for one moment sound like it would come from the two rather bookish looking guys that Read more »

‘Make America Great Again’ by Pussy Riot

‘Make America Great Again’ by Pussy Riot

With everyone nervously awaiting the imminent U.S. elections we take a look at this topical new offering from Russia’s most-famous political-activist intellectual art-punk group. The last time we reviewed Pussy Riot on this site it was with a song protesting the killing of Eric Garner and, more broadly, racism, and police brutality and state-sanctioned violence. And now they’ve released three new videos in a week, each dealing with a different topic, and in ‘Make America Great Again’ both eyes are firmly fixed on the U.S. elections and in particular Donald Trump, the man who has defined, for better or for Read more »

Unsung Figures No.9: Fred Neil

Unsung Figures No.9: Fred Neil

The latest post in this series looks at the life and career of an enigmatic and influential figure who shunned fame and instead devoted much of his life to the conservation of his favourite animal. Some musicians seek fame but never find it, others have fame thrust reluctantly upon them; others sail within touching distance of lasting recognition only to have it snatched away by fate or circumstance. And then you have musicians who neither seek nor find it, and for whom the only thing that matters is the music, and who see fame for the fickle and empty mistress Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.63: Beatles Covers vol.1

The Tuesday Playlist No.63: Beatles Covers vol.1

We present 15 of the fabbest covers from the songbook of the greatest band of all time. We are huge Beatles fans here at MVD, and greatly enjoyed seeing the brand new Ron Howard film about their touring years a couple of weeks ago. The reason their music endures, or one of them at least, is because ultimately Lennon & McCartney, and later Harrison were truly great songwriters. Evidence of that can be found in the truly enormous amount of covers of their songs that exist. Pretty much every single one of them has been given an alternative treatment at Read more »

New Reels: ‘Tough Luck’ by Sneaks

New Reels: ‘Tough Luck’ by Sneaks

As her 2015 debut album gets a re-release on her new label Sneaks also presents this fabulously surreal new video for the opening track. Sneaks is essentially the one-woman project of Eva Moolchan, who hails from Washington, D.C. and who apparently wrote much of Gymnastics whilst still at school, suggesting she’s also sickeningly young to be turning out such a confident debut. MVD is in no way jealous though. Not at all. The album consists of 10 tracks, all but one of which are less than 2 minutes long and most of which feature little more than drums and bass Read more »

New Reels: ‘Wow’ by Beck

New Reels: ‘Wow’ by Beck

Everyone’s favourite multi-award winning, genre hopping, geek outsider singer/songwriter is back… …something which is, as you may well agree, a cause for some small kind of celebration. His 13th as-yet-untitled studio album drops around about sometime fairly soon and there is a justifiable sense of expectation, coming after 2014’s Grammy winner Morning Phase. ‘Wow’ is the second single (after last years ‘Dreams’) to be taken from that album and sees Beck in full b-boy mode. It’s funky, a little grime-y even, and comes with a video that at first appears to be a bunch of random stuff – Beck on Read more »

New Reels: ‘Drowning’ by Mick Jenkins feat. BADBADNOTGOOD

New Reels: ‘Drowning’ by Mick Jenkins feat. BADBADNOTGOOD

The upcoming Chicago rapper collaborates with Canada’s BBNG on his latest single which comes with this thought-provoking video. Mick Jenkins has been building an underground reputation for the last couple of years as an intelligent, creative and socially-conscious rapper via a series of mixtapes and one EP Wave[s] which was released in August of last year. This month sees the release of his debut LP The Healing Component from which this new single is taken. As for BADBADNOTGOOD, they’re a Canadian three piece specialising in intrumental music that covers an experimental area in and between free jazz, hip-hop, electronica, and Read more »

One Hit Wonders: ‘Uptown Top Ranking’ by Althea & Donna

One Hit Wonders: ‘Uptown Top Ranking’ by Althea & Donna

The story of Uptown Top Ranking is actually a story about 3, actually 4 (or possibly even 5!) records and a roll call of some of the greats of Jamaican music. A 1978 hit in the UK, Jamaica, and even the US, this story actually starts 11 years earlier with a man called Alton Ellis, a man known as ‘The King Of Rocksteady’, and his 1967 hit “I’m Still In Love” (see below) which was produced at the legendary Studio One by it’s legendary owner Clement “Sir Coxsone” Dodd… Now whilst this was a reasonable sized hit in Jamaica at Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.62: Early Rock Gems

The Tuesday Playlist No.62: Early Rock Gems

This week’s playlist is a journey through obscure(ish) rock from the early 70’s, or thereabouts… …a time when rock music had a particular flavour, caught between it’s blues-boogie and rock n’ roll roots and it’s more muscular uber-masculine high-voltage future. It was the age that spawned the power trio (for whom Cream were the model) amply represented here by Budgie, Grand Funk Railroad, Speed, Glue & Shinki, ZZ Top, Atomic Rooster, and the supergroup Beck, Bogert, and Appice, all featured alongside killer cuts from the likes of Humble Pie, Steppenwolf, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, and Ipissimus. Enjoy!  

New Reels: ‘Love Invaders’ by Fatima Yamaha

New Reels: ‘Love Invaders’ by Fatima Yamaha

This week’s hot thang is a rather delicious slice of electro-funk from the rather Oriental-sounding Fatima Yamaha… According to her Facebook bio she is “the girl between two worlds” borne of Turkish and Japanese parents. She is in fact the latest alter-ego of Dutch producer Bas Bron, who has released stuff under various guises including Bastian, Comtron (with drummer Rimer Veenan), Seymour Bits, and Gifted. As Fatima Yamaha he’s released a couple of EP’s, a cult-hit single ‘What’s A Girl To Do’, and a 2015 album called Imaginary Lines from which ‘Love Invaders’ is taken. Not a new song then, Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.61: Soul Power

The Tuesday Playlist No.61: Soul Power

This week we bring you 15 super soul performances from some of the greats! We’re big soul music lovers here at MVD and when it came to compiling this week’s playlist we realised that we were in a soulful mood. So dig The Spinners, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Bill Withers, Sugar Pie Desanto, Sam & Dave and more besides…

New Reels: ‘Lenny Kravitz’ by Alexandre Chatelard

New Reels: ‘Lenny Kravitz’ by Alexandre Chatelard

Presenting the Parisienne artist’s brand new and slightly NSFW video. Alexandre Chatelad has been releasing music since 2009 but only got round to releasing his debut album this year. Entitled Elle était une fois it is an exuberant, adventurous and wholly charming leftfield electro-pop album that gets the big thumbs up from us here at MVD. Taken from the album is latest single ‘Lenny Kravitz’ the second single we’ve reviewed in recent times which is named after a famous musician. The video, directed by Allen & Smithee, can be seen as an old man’s fantasy which ultimately doesn’t turn out Read more »

New Reels: ‘Warts’ by Hinds

New Reels: ‘Warts’ by Hinds

The Spanish indie group’s latest single comes with a super-stylish video. One of MVD’s current albums-of-the-year is Leave Me Alone the debut from this female four-piece who hail from Madrid. Full of melodic hooks and ragged charm, it’s a must-have album for those that don’t already have it (that’s an order), and must-listen-to album for those that already do. Originally a two-piece consisting of singer/guitarists Carlotta Cosials and Ana García Perrote called Deers,  in 2014 after releasing their critically lauded debut single, the 2-track Demo, they recruited Ade Martin (bass) and Dutch-born Amber Grimbergen (drums) and somewhere along the way Read more »

New Reels: ‘Leadlight’ by Julia Jacklin

New Reels: ‘Leadlight’ by Julia Jacklin

The great new single from this Australian singer-songwriter. There’s been a lot of good music coming out of Australia in recent years, some of which has been covered by us in the past. And now we bring you Julia Jacklin, who hails from the Blue Mountains, and has her first album Don’t Let The Kids Win coming out in October. In the meantime, and following on from ‘Pool Party’ released back in March, we have her second single the wonderfully moody ‘Leadlight’ accompanied by a self-directed video shot in her actual old school hall. With the forthcoming album already garnering Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.59: Rain

The Tuesday Playlist No.59: Rain

15 tracks to accompany that bleak rainy day, wherever you are… And if you’re in Britain waiting for what we call ‘summer’ you may appreciate this more than most. With Neil Young, Morphine, Dionne Warwick, Tony Joe White, Allen Toussaint and more!