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for girls who want to stay in tune
love…
… LEONI CASANOVA.
g3 speaks to the gifted
What a month it’s been! Thirty years on from its original release, singer-songwriter.
Mz Bratt
We scored some points at The Undertones’ Hypnotised (Salvo)
Eurovision! And we collectively sound as urgent and relevant as
watched a middle-aged anything around today. This great new
woman have a slow meltdown package features the original album, with
on live TV. Poor old Susan;
don’t worry, Simon will be
coming round to make sure
you’re okay… oh, what’s that?
He doesn’t give a shit? Oh.
Back to the music! How did you start out?
Heading back to the Western World, we I started as a child in school
Mz Bratt is only 17, and already making fi nd William Fitzsimmons, with his with a few lead roles in plays
waves on the UK Urban scene, having second album Goodnight (Naim). He
The Undertones
and singing in church. Performing
been discovered by award-winning says the record is: “an emotional felt natural. The biggest push
producer Terror Danjah (lovely name). added treats like B-sides, Peel Sessions, came when two filmmakers
Her debut release Who Do You Think You and the original video to My Perfect heard me sing one humid night
Are?(All Around the World) is catchy as Cousin, plus a 20-page booklet! Superb! and asked me to write a song
all hell, and I think you’ll be hearing her for The World Unseen. I didn’t
everywhere this summer, whether you Moving on into the cheery, (occasionally quite believe they were being
like it or not! vacuous even), world of dance music, serious, but heavens, have they
Steve Bug releases Collaboratory proved me wrong!
There are some amazing ‘world music’ (Poker Flat Recordings) and the clue is in
releases around. The following give a the title. He has combined some great What do you sound like?
little taster: Legends of Benin (Analog producers and vocalists in the studio to Like a traveller with a suitcase
Africa) is a highly danceable collection further cement his reputation as one of of voices.
recorded between 1969-1981, and I chronicle of my parents’ (both blind)
challenge you to stay seated once you relationship dissolution and subsequent
Steve Bug
Who/what are your infl uences?
hear it. Comfusoes 1-From Angola to divorce.” These songs were recorded Songwriters and poets like
Brasil (Out Here) took Angolan pop in a small boarded-up room, over fi ve Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell.
music from the ’60s and ’70s, and months, during which time he became Nina Simone and Nick Drake.
handed it over to Brazil’s hottest current separated from his wife. Understandably, The walks of Rousseau, stories,
producers to remix. The results are funky the album isn’t full of the joys of spring, silence, white sheets and hot
and vibrant and would get any summer and reminds me of Elliot Smith, who towels, fire, water, perception,
party started with a bang. Los Angeles- committed suicide in 2003. Lets hope duality, hermeticism, corners,
based band Dengue Fever are quite good breakfast and olive oil,
fascinating – a Cambodian-American rhythm, cracks, dislocation,
rock band. In the ’60s and ’70s, touch, Bill Viola, loss, blue,
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Cambodian musicians re-invented rock the best loved underground dance baptism, contradictions,
music, putting their own distinct slant music afi cionados. question marks, ripe mangoes
on it, and Sleepwalking Through The and wet sand.
Mekong (Real World) is the compelling Finally, I can’t leave you this month
result. Find out much more at www. without mentioning Bonkers -The Where/when can we see you play?
myspace.com/denguefevermusic. Original Hardcore… The Next Chapter My next live appearance is on

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(Universal) which is quite possibly the 5 May, at a BAFTA screening
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most awful thing I have ever heard. BUT, of The World Unseen for the
this beautiful album is cathartic rather if you like hardcore, which millions of Nelson Mandela Children’s
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than instrumental in Williams’s demise. people do, you will LOVE this. It could Fund. It’s a great opportunity
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also serve as a fabulous way to torture to watch a wonderful film,
Cass McCombs Catacombs (Domino) any annoying neighbours this summer. I support a special charity… S
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is a beautiful melodic album that challenge you to get through all three discs and then, of course, there’s me! E
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reminds me of Neil Young, although it is without throwing yourself under a train.
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perhaps more dreamlike in many ways. See you next month! For tickets, write to info@
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Born in California, he is a true songwriter, enlightenment-productions.com LE
and sounds not really of this age. In fact, and for more info visit
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from the early seventies. leoniecasanovamusic
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