Ludwik Zamenhof – Maicho ne znaesh video

Maicho ne znaesh is the third single from Ludwik Zamenhof’s debut album Balkan Error.

The video uses footage from the short film Migration of the Hearts by Magdalena Wyszynska, a documentary about the phenomenon of big love migration of Polish women to Yugoslavia in around 1960-1985. Watch the film here.

Ludwik Zamenhof’s new solo album Balkan Error is inspired by Bulgarian, Polish, Balkan, Indian and Syrian music. Folk and Ethno samples are mixed with new electronic music such as Dubstep, Drum and Bass, IDM, Breakcore and Glitch Music to create an intoxicating and exotic brew guaranteed to get your feet moving.

Jono Heyes’ Fisherboy album – “an exotic magic carpet ride”

The musical tapestry of Jono Heyes’s debut album Le Fisherboy is real eye opener for world music lovers. A unique blend that embodies the raw duende of flamenco, the rhythmic syncopation of West Africa, the modal depth of arabian North Africa and the subtle and playful grooves of South America. Heyes’s lyrics are direct, poetic and political aiming at the global, environmental and social issues we currently face. Above all it is imbued with a sense of urgency and a voice of many cultures. Hold on tight, sit back and enjoy a magic carpet ride across the world.

Jono Heyes grew up in an old goldmining village called Livingstone, situated in the foothills of North Otago in the South Island of Aotearoa (New Zealand). When he was seventeen Jono began teaching himself on an old guitar that was gathering dust behind a couch and had only two strings left. Little by little he found his voice and has since added hundreds of sets of strings to his guitar. Over the last 17 years he has crafted his own language drawing from an array of world music cultures, defying any attempts to be placed in one genre. The result is his own unique blend of world music that is an urgent call for ecological, social and cross cultural understanding.

In 2007, Jono Bono formed his world music group Mama Yeva in the South Island city of Dunedin and the first of hundreds of gigs was part of the international appeal by Amnesty International for the release of Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi. This in many ways set the tone for the group’s focus. For the last 7 years he has performed in Mama Yeva with over 50 different musicians from a dozen or more countries. They have performed at venues and festivals that promote ecological and social justice in New Zealand, Ireland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Heyes’s debut album The Fisherboy features the special contribution of Mama Yeva members including: triple Emmy nominee Trevor Coleman, gracing the album with soulful trumpet, melodicas and basslines; Beata Bocek from the Czech Republic singing backing vocals on The Fisherboy; AJ Hickling mastering and backing vocals on No tengo Pais, and Frenchman Edouard Heillbronn playing bass on Hungry Little Dog.

Ludwik Zamenhof – Balkan Glitch Step music video

Ludwik Zamenhof is a one-man musical project and the alter ego of Polish-based producer Andrzej. The music on his new album, Balkan Error, is created using a mandolin and a computer. All recordings and samples are destroyed and deconstructed. Ludwik Zamenhof is inspired by Bulgarian, Polish, Balkan, Indian and Syrian music. Folk and Ethno samples are mixed with new electronic music such as Dubstep, Drum and Bass, IDM, Breakcore and Glitch Music to create an intoxicating genre-defying sound.

Ludwik Zamenhof makes no mistakes with his debut album, Balkan Error

Ludwik Zamenhof’s new solo album Balkan Error is inspired by Bulgarian, Polish, Balkan, Indian and Syrian music. Folk and Ethno samples are mixed with new electronic music such as Dubstep, Drum and Bass, IDM, Breakcore and Glitch Music to create an intoxicating and exotic brew guaranteed to get your feet moving.

Ludwik Zamenhof aka Andrzej Zagajewski is a producer, musician, dj and vocalist living in Cracow, Poland where he is a member of many bands. His primary instrument is tenor mandolin but he also plays banjo and saz. He sings in the folk-punk band Hańba! (translation: Shame!) whose lyrics refer to the political and social problems in Poland before Second World War. Other folk bands he is involved with are Bumtralala, Iglika and Kapela Hanki Wójciak. He also plays with UnitraProdiż, an experimental, noise, hip hop duo. Andrzej recently produced a fusion dance and Polish traditional music album for Południca!

Check out the post-apocalyptic music video for the first single, Balkan Glitch Step.

Charity Children – Fare Thee Well music video

Fare Thee Well is the third single and video from the debut album The Autumn Came by Berlin-based indie folk band Charity Children. The heart-breaking lyrics for the song are adapted from a 17th Century anonymous poem in The Penguin Book of English Folk Songs whereby somebody mourns the loss of their dearest friend by drowning.

The music video, in a thoroughly modern take on the theme of loss directed by Sander Houtkruijer, is a love story gone wrong between an online stalker and a night-life personality looking for a friend. It focuses on two outsiders, and the unlikely events that unfold in a dark Berlin night.

Charity Children have come a long way since founding members Chloë Lewer and Elliott McKee arrived in Germany’s capital from New Zealand three years ago and started busking. Since then they have recorded their debut album, signed a publishing deal, been picked up by Melt Booking, toured in Germany playing to soldout venues and have featured at some of Europe’s most prestigious summer festivals. Singing folk songs of joy and melancholy, Charity Children’s raw energy and enchanting melodies have captured the hearts of many and despite recent success they can still often be found on street corners in Berlin enchanting passersby with their heartfelt and infectious music.

Director Sander Houtkruijer is an acclaimed visual artist and filmmaker living in Berlin. He is best known for his video for Asif Avidan’s hit One Day/Reckoning Song (Wankelnut remix) which has garnered over 130 million views on YouTube. One of the main characters from that video features as the love interest in the clip for Fare Thee Well.

Graveyard Love Dissociate remixes

Remix EP of Graveyard Love’s Dissociate EP featuring TDeL2, Bright Child and Death and the Maiden.

You can hear the originals here.

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Luke Hurley

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Luke Hurley is a living legend in New Zealand music. He has been writing, recording and playing in Aotearoa since 1970.

Currently based in Auckland, Luke has travelled widely in the past throughout New Zealand and Europe playing festivals, pubs, cafes and private parties. In the past he has toured with iconic singer/songwriters Michelle Shocked and Marianne Faithful.

Luke stands out from the crowd both for his incisive, insightful lyrics – on topics ranging from the meaning of life to the search for a good cup of tea – and his unique and powerful guitar technique.

Luke’s live performances and 8 studio albums have won him fans around New Zealand and the world. Several of his songs such as “Mona Lisa”, “2 Degrees Out” and “Reha” have achieved Kiwi anthem status.

Luke Hurley has developed as a highly accomplished singer songwriter over the last 25 years. Thousands of New Zealanders and many fans from abroad have followed Luke’s original technique. Luke never ceases to continue playing, his guitars and studies reflect a meaningful journey; uncovering and challenging the most oppressive barriers consumer culture places into today’s pop culture.

Mamaku’s seductive third album Twigs of Gold

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The Mamaku Project was born of the meeting of two French-Kiwi’s, with a passion for song, groove and travel. With one hand firmly in their roots and the other reaching into trans-cultural imaginings, the Mamaku Project have managed to create a reputation for compelling musical performances, embracing elements of Chanson, Dub, Bohemian Groove and Poetry. Their engaging, evocative show has taken them to numerous arts and music festivals around the globe, including Aotearoa / New Zealand, where they are based, Australia, Korea, Canada and Europe. The pool of talented musicians working with them, shifts and morphs over the years, revealing different incarnations of the music but always true to their antipodean roots. Collaboration with contemporary dancers and video artists furthers their theatrical exuberance.

Their debut album, Karekare (2006), was received by critical acclaim, and their music described in NZ as “a new national treasure”. Their second album, Mal de Terre (2008), took a bi-lingual approach to festive gypsy styles, the colorful sounds belying some of the more somber topics, such as the (bad)News culture. In both these records, the earthy presence of Aotearoa land and sea, meets with exotic inspiration.

The third album, 5 years in the making, marks a turning point. The Mamaku Project, shedding the “project” and standing purely as Mamaku, have fused electro and organic, dark and light, serious and fun, into a collection of original tunes they call Groove-Hop. Groove because the catchy bass and analog synth drives, in syncopation with funky and quirky beats, are the backbone of this music, designed to make you move. Hop because the richly layered, grit and honey aesthetic of Trip Hop (think Portishead) is clearly present, as well the apparition of rousing spoken work, both poetical and political, offering a clin d’oeil to early Hip Hop (think Gil Scott-Heron, Arrested Development).

Check out the video for the first single Mardi Gras here.

Album available here as CD or download.

Introducing Edwina and Deko

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Two travellers leave their homes by the sea and meet in a German class in Berlin. He was searching for a change. She wasn’t searching for anything. They decided to play music together for fun, but soon discovered a shared passion for harmonies and 60s folk. After only a few gigs the pair locked themselves away in a studio for three days to record their joint album “Berlin Seasons”. Nostalgically seeking the sound of an earlier musical era, their album was recorded almost totally live bringing out their pure, acoustic sound and raw emotion.

Deko is a musician, songwriter and producer from the seaport of Trieste in northeastern Italy, where the mountains meet the sea. Edwina grew up on the northern beaches of Sydney, Australia.

Berlin is their debut single from their forthcoming album to be released early March. Download the single for free from our SoundCloud page.

Edwina & Deko’s debut album Berlin Seasons out now

Introducing Edwina & Deko, two travellers who left their homes by the sea and met in a German class in Berlin.

Deko (Enrico Decolle), is a songwriter, musician and producer from Trieste in northeastern Italy, where the mountains meet the sea. Forced to choose between music and his career as a sociologist after university, he chose to be himself: a musician at heart. He became well known as an independent rock musician in Italy through his bands “Alias” and “Breakfast”, but as the band’s enthusiasm dwindled he needed new inspiration, which he found in Berlin. The city’s unique acoustic music scene made him realise he could reinvent himself as a one man band and inspired him to record his first solo album, The Last Goodbye, in 2011.

Meanwhile in the antipodes Edwina Dunn was growing up listening to the Beatles and Don McLean on vinyl. She inherited her brother’s guitar at age 15 and taught herself to play it well enough to be able to sing along with her Beatles songbook. During the years she spent at law school in Sydney and Paris and then working as a lawyer in London, the guitar mostly collected dust, until she moved to Berlin.

Edwina and Deko met in German class, both trying to adapt to their new city and speak its language. Their teacher set the class the task of describing a famous person in German. When Edwina chose Paul McCartney and Deko chose John Lennon it wasn’t long before Edwina had dusted off her guitar and the pair got together to play some Beatles covers. Deko was surprised by what he heard. There was something in Edwina’s voice and the emotion she conveyed when she played which reminded him of an earlier era, something very pure and free from modern singing techniques, something very 60’s. With Deko’s encouragement, Edwina started writing her own songs and not long afterwards the pair recorded an EP in Edwina’s Berlin flat. Soon after Deko invited Edwina to follow him on tour in Germany and Italy. Audiences started to ask whether they had a joint CD and with more new songs on the way Edwina & Deko now had enough new material to record an album together.

One snowy weekend in March 2013 during a short break from touring the duo locked themselves away in a studio in East Berlin, along with their co-producer Jacopo Vannini and sound engineer, Tobias Neugebauer, and recorded “Berlin Seasons” in only three days. It was no mean feat, but recording the ten songs almost totally live, they managed it. The result was an authentic album with a pure, acoustic sound and raw emotion typical of their live performances.