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Happy World Music Day 2021!

21st June: Happy World Music Day!

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Link: The unsung musicians of India

As a day to encourage young musicians and young learners from every community and every city to perform outside, World Music Day has returned today on the 21st June. Celebrated with over 120 countries worldwide, it’s a fantastic sight to see as musicians across the globe pick up their instruments, sharpen their vocals and simply play, perform and just enjoy themselves simply for the love of music.

Despite the pandemic restricting a lot of events to showcase our love of music outside, there’s been plenty of community collaboration and live performances done solely online. Emphatic music works have been going on since the early hours of this morning and despite us being confined to our time zones witnessing live music first-hand, we are undoubtedly drawn together with our love for music.

So, despite the often rare fanatic exploration of World Music annually, take some time out today – no matter how long you have left of the Monday – … and enjoy some music that is culturally, and artistically, inspiring.

You can view some fantastic performances below!

Thanks folks x

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Let’s Talk: Are Music Videos Dead?

Despite the infamous MTV rising gloriously in the ’80s, with the ethos of how “video killed the radio star” from that Buggles hit, music videos were the all the rage.

But, they’ve dwindled ever since, and it seems that music videos are not as prolific as they once were. It’s worth mentioning that they still are still played each week on MTV however, but rather than each waking hour as they once were, they are now merely hidden away during the unsociable hours between 3AM and 9AM.

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Why is that? Is it the lack of funding assortments from the artists? Is it the uncomfortable popularity music videos receive? Or is it merely just our attention spans shortening so much that we can’t bear watch a music video for more than four minutes?

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But, it seems to me that the only reason why music videos are dead, is because the creativity for such a video has gone. The ones we remember have such a powerful story to them, such a creative style, design and approach to them, that it ultimately uplifts the songs’ notoriety to something more than just a melody. And that’s why they were so popular ten to fifteen years ago. We need this resurgence in this type of video again, otherwise they’ll become redundant like everything else that has left the industry in the past quarter.

But hey, this is just my thoughts. For all I know, you could love music videos and I’m merely speaking for the minority who enjoy those GIF-like music video attempts we see on streaming services. Let me know your thoughts behind this one, folks.

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Cleopatrick – “BUMMER” Album Review

Back in April, I implored you to witness the dazzling rock mafia duo madness of Cleopatrick with Artist Spotlight for the month.

Now, two months later, I’m back with an album review as it’s finally here. Since they’ve been young, the Canadian lifelong childhood duo have always wanted to release a debut album they’ve been immensely proud about. Well, in June of 2021, vocalist/guitarist Luke Gruntz and drummer, Ian Fraser managed to do that.

Simply loud and rife in the dirty and gritty, BUMMER has neither a lethargic or dull moment in its 10-song length longevity.

Emphatic, bold, specially written and so well richly produced – considering its the sounds of just two blokes – it is the one album I’d love to get sweaty with a bunch of strangers in one of those intermingling cesspits of tomfoolery, when they head off on their BUMMER tour in August.

With this album, it is also safe to say that Cleopatrick love to get their money’s worth out of stuff. The amount of sheer fuzz and distortion inclusive within the opener, VICTORIA PARK and WHY JULY, is frivolous manic punk and it’s f*cking fantastic.

Not dearly refined in some moments – and rightly so, because it’s well within the discomforts of punk – the debut is simply a fashioning for the love of music that these two boys have, and this comes out in the bucket loads.

GOOD GRIEF and THE DRAKE mark the end of doing anything by halves and release the handbrake with full rock powerhouses. The album tones it down with oozy drones of 2008 and Great Lakes, but still implores a different edge and style that the band incorporates and ultimately, shows their competency in producing music with the “less is more” mentality.

If you were disappointed with Royal Blood‘s recent third album, fear not. Here is a far better alternative than anything we could’ve ever imagined.

If you manage to catch them on their BUMMER tour, good on you.

– — – – https://cleopatrick.com/ — – – —

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Song of the Day: Snarky Puppy’s Shofukan

WELL, this series was meant to be surrounded in lush tropics as we aptly name it the Summer Song of the Day, but as we’ve had our summer for all but three days with our familiar friend, rain returning to our lands, I’ve had to sink back to the elusive name of Song of the Day.

This time, it’s the garnered and adventurous funk-fusion mega-band that simply jam and stick it to the man with their catastrophic flexes of making such diverse and richly compelling music. Led by bassist, Michael League – and one of my favourite drummers to listen too, Larnell Lewis – Snarky Puppy are one of those big-league big-bands that are simply not worthy to miss out any music they’ve made – – future or past.

Snarky Puppy released their twelfth studio album, Immigrance in 2019, a chop-fanatic focused of dark limerick that boils well within their album counterparts of 2012’s GroundUP and 2014’s We Like It Here, an album that showed admiration for the city of London, in where it was aptly recorded in full-length, too.

This is the album that features our apt song of the day, too. Shofukan. Stream it on any service or buy it wherever available. I can ensure you of a pleasurable musical experience, my friends.

Not to mention their 2020 live album at the Royal Albert Hall that earned them an esteemed Grammy Award the following year for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.

The fruity ensemble are set to return to live gigs and shows around America in September 2021 with more dates to follow, I’m sure.

https://snarkypuppy.com/tour

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Charts: Olivia Rodrigo goes head-to-head with Easy Life

Now, I’m not normally an avid watcher of the Official Charts as popularity does not ultimately result in good music all the time. This is clear from the evident trawls of music the Charts has splurged out over the years.

But, my ears perked up when the local Leicester lads of Easy Life’s debut, Life’s a Beach is giving Olivia Rodrigo’s album, SOUR, a run for its money. An album that has taken the world by storm with its glossy but gritty angst to love with consecutive weeks in global sales, could Olivia be toppled from the spot in glorious fashion with one of my avid favourites of Easy Life?

Their debut delivered great expectations and has risen in fantastic pleasure for all fellow musicians who revolve around the East Midlands.

So, I implore you gorgeous lot to buy it, stream it, share it – do whatever we need to do to get their deserved number one spot. It’ll certainly be a hard feat as I imagine Olivia has a greater international pull than the boys from Leicester …

but still … this is the music industry – anything’s possible!

https://www.easylifemusic.com/