Retrograde - Reviews

Johnny Voltik And Amy Tru @ Hootanany Brixton

July 9, 2016


“What’s on at the Hootananny?” Is a familiar question I’m asking myself as I reminisce a few days back at the performance of Amy Tru And Johnny Voltik. The Hootanannay never disappoints, and his performance alongside Amy Tru for the refugees in Calais (hosted by Mic Righteous) was one that deserved a few notes in their back pockets as I felt a sudden pinged of regret for witnessing something so powerful and dynamic for free.

Amy Tru is a tru hip hop climber with a slight cockiness and confidence that pans through with her simple swagger and tongue in cheek charm. She has recently come out with a new EP; and has been a pioneer for collaborating with the likes of - Benjamin Zephaniah, supported Mos Def, Slum Village, and even Public Enemy. Her efforts with supporting charitable acts is far-reached- so it doesn’t surprise me to see her doing a show like this, and giving it her all. I’ve been in contact with Amy via twitter, and she even agreed to do an interview with me that I thoroughly enjoyed a couple of months ago, I will re-submit the link to that article for those who want to find out more on this artist.

 Amy’s performance was rare and genuine. She pondered and pounded the stage with her hefty voice and for a slightly short woman made herself seem tall. The drummer, who I literally believe can play anything, kept up with the energy of what was upon that stage as Amy leapt through tracks with a determination to be listened to. Amy was lost in her own self – but was still able to sit down upon a chair and sing/mc her heart out with content, it was something I will not forget  -and wish you could have been there, because the room was truly alive! She mentioned the EU, and her sense of humor would not go amiss, she was a 9/10 that night.

 Johnny is a US artist who has taken to London to be seen and heard. And for some dry humor, “I heard somebody who most definitely has no brexit from the country.” Like an outsider he fitted right in, as I recall what I remember – he, ‘had a way of engaging and pumping up the atmosphere,” as the sometimes psychedelic feel of his music had a trippy account of wandering into the tribal world of a new found hip hop regime, - almost like his chants and music spoke another tongue. There was a lot of microphone ambiance that gave an echo style vibration that lingered as he repeated and sang some words. It added a completely different feel to both his and Amy’s performance 

 Johnny was less organized when performing but still leapt and leaped with precision as he sang what he had to. He even offered a bottle of wine to the crowd to share amongst each other, and brought on two acts that complimented his style effectively. The female brought that sexier edge with her voice when she came on, as the male that he brought on nearing the end; brought back the grime of the UK. He was all over the place. Peering out off the stage, staring into a few eyeballs and making sure they were connecting with him –Also  nearing the end jumping off stage with his male supportive act and singing among us, as he hyped us up - and then brought us to the end.

 It was a great night and although other acts would perform these two truly stood put for me as contenders for a decent future in their craft. I do hope to see both of them perform again as I haven’t written a live review so short and sweet for time, very nice (borat style)

 

 

 

Happy Meal LTD

June 24, 2016

HappyMeal Ltd

 

Put aside the association with the fast food chain and picture a band lathered in all the modifications of a punky la mode vision that had the lead singer - blonde and shirtless, seductively seducing the mic like a Marilyn Manson in his prime; with the ramifications of the industrial/alternative rock band called ‘Orgy,’ whose pop but not fashion style sort of reminded me of the Happy Meals who each spread out onto the stage like an iguana or chameleon of difference.

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Deep Shade Music

June 20, 2016

Deep Shade Music is a three piece band from the North West of Englands who’s complex and fearful sound spans genres by the track.  The three band members, David Rybka, Paul Barlow and Tom Doherty have seemingly popped up out of nowhere with a torrent of intelligent music made for adults.  Their latest album – Everything Popular is Wrong speaks volumes about the bands musical influences and talents.

Everything Popular is Wrong is an album that not only takes a little bit of getting used ...


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Fire At Dawn- Parasite

June 13, 2016

Fire are a five piece  female fronted metal band from Southend who’s fresh take on female fronted metal  is probably going to give Battlelore and Epica a run for their European money.

 Fire at Dawns ‘Parasite’ starts off with some of the cleanest ethereal vocals I’ve heard since Battelores ’Evernight’ album. Just as you’re getting used to it the rest of the band turn up and change the game. With a very groovy guitar lick moving its way around the crowd with you and vocals muc...


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Ko Plune- Auditory Atlas

June 12, 2016


Ko Plune is a four piece experimental band from Southampton who’s musical knowledge and understanding is not only surprising but uplifting. Auditory Atlas, their latest EP merges a number of musical influences and genres whist reminding us that all the concept of writing music is based on flirting with different styles and emotions whilst remaining vulnerable to the outcome. This EP sounds well researched and makes for easily listening whilst simultaneously taking part.

Rare Error has a n...


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BB Biscuit - The Black T Shirts

June 12, 2016



BB Biscuit is a French artist settling in London who’s genre spanning body of work can take you back decades or propel you into the future track by track. With an interesting song writing style and an ear for the unusual BB Biscuits new EP seems to take us through a musical diary, allowing us to feel her deepest secrets.  Her new EP ‘The Black T Shirts’ is out now.

The first track on the EP, Fiction has a deep intro, softer vocals than I’m used to for this artist, taking a new direct...


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Fifi Rong- Forbidden Desire EP

May 25, 2016


‘The Clash’ is calling this a bold return from miss Fifi Rong but I see this EP as another claim to the intrinsic aura of miss Fifi Rong. If you see the line-up of previous albums that have curtained her walls from; ‘Violently Silently, Wrong, Next Pursuit, and now Forbidden Desire’ you’ll see the artists desire to dip in and out of genres technically - plugging into her songs electronica elements, as well as harnessing a new sound that she once quoted in an interview with me as, ...


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Useless Cities

May 25, 2016


Useless Cities are a four piece band from London who are influenced by Arcade Fire and Mogwai amongst others.  The almost ethereal tones of the music this band produces, coupled with swathes of grubby guitar work creates more of an emotional sound than an audial one.  Surprising tones and soothing melodies are regularly broken by moments of lyrical silence in order to give the listener a moment to process. However limited the songs available are it does not limit the musical experience for th...


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