Lisbon Kid

Now, I am not an expert on electronic music at all but I know what I like. So basically I can only tell you what I really love about Lisbon Kid‘s music other than impressing you with the fine-tuned vocabulary of the genre.

Then again, Lisbon Kid do not really fit into any genre, starting from calling themselves alternative acoustic electronica duo. Lisbon Kid consist of Danny de Matos and Rui da Silva who indeed hail from Portugal. They are both musicians and producers and now live in London.

As Lisbon Kid, Danny and Rui only got together over a year ago but before that both have done immense work in the music scene as producers. Hence perhaps the appeal to me in their music. They are not only at home in different dance music styles but also indiepop, alternative folk, you name it. They even produced Chloe Howl. Citing amongst many others Nick Drake as an artist they like, might give you an impression on how vast their musical range is.

Using the best of both analogue instruments and digital devices, they have created music that is astonishingly warm and soulful and relaxing and yet danceable. It features many famous singers who interpret the fine lyrics which are a notch above the usual lyrics of dance music if you want to really call it that. In Lisbon Kid’s case it would not be enough to call it just dance or chill or electronica. Enough of the trying to outline for you what exactly Lisbon Kid do: Just listen and you’ll know what I am on about.

Apart from doing wonderful remixes (I love my “Night Lights Remix”…helps me through the night), they have a debut single out: “Event Horizon” featuring Hafdis Huld – here it is:

And while we are waiting for the debut album which will be a fine, fine piece of a record, there is a sampler as a wee taster:

Have a good Sunday evening! And watch out for Lisbon Kid’s live shows!

Franka De Mille

Franka de Mille could make me utterly depressed. How can a woman be so gorgeous, possess such a voice, such talent, such a stage persona and yet be so utterly down-to-earth and friendly. It being that and of course her songs lift me up. The only thing that does depress me then, is why is the woman not at a star in the making at once?

Franka De Mille is a London singer, songwriter and composer with THAT voice and very personal lyrics. She has a good knack on melodies which are bordering classical music, americana, folk and indie and yet are truly her own. Add to that orchestral arrangements and you have her debut album “Bridge The Roads”.

I hear the real thing is to see her live, performing like a modern day Edith Piaf or or or (but then again, comparisons to other female singers are often based on the one thing in common, being female, which is my pet hate, so I’ll say no more but let you listen).

Good good news! Franka is building a new studio, so we are all waiting with bated breath!

Meanwhile here are some tunes from her debut “Bridge The Roads”.

Liu Bei

What it is like to work for a non-commercial radio station? Well, it is a lot of, er, work that we do enjoy immensely, however. And it is unpaid which of course we do not enjoy a lot. Then again, we live without playlists which is wonderful. We are right there at the pulse of music and music pulses our blood if I may say so clumsily poetically on the first spring-like Saturday evening of this year.

Thus, I may mutter *beep* if the BIG radio presenters were quicker than me playing a band. In this case of course it was Steve Lamacq of the Beeb and that makes it alright. Steve may….not that he would bother to ask me:-)

Getting there, getting there: The band in question was Liu Bei. Liu Bei is not a Chinese singer but a London band counting five members. They got their name from a radio documentary about a Chinese (kind-hearted, very tall) warlord.

Richard, singer and guitarist, joined the band (who were about to chuck it in) after touring relentlessly with three albums up his sleeve on his ownio and did not want to go along alone. Lucky coincidence, that.

The songs do derive from what Richard finds inspirational and that can be a reading a book or a listening to songs that make him want to be just as good or he walks or indeed he can party to shut down the brain for a bit. He does find that sometimes as much as restrictions pain you, you have to set yourself certain boundaries to find your way, too. Much like All We Are explained it, see the post on them in this blog.

As swimming pool echoes Liu Bei describe their music. I find that very fitting – there is a dreamlike, surreal quality to their songs. Or maybe it is because of the floor of their studio? Anyhow, anyone who quotes Mazzy Star and the Cocteau Twins as influences, is stuck on my record player with gaffer tape already.

The music leaves you to discover always something new in the songs, there’s danceable bits, addictive guitar sounds, wee extras and above all a really good voice. Add to that lyrics that go straight to the heart and there you have Liu Bei. I heard they are not to be missed live as well.

Their new EP “Goodness” is out on Museumgoer Records and is available in all the usual places. This year is starting well!

Visit Liu Bei on their website which will lead you to their Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Twitter etc. homes.

Here is their debut single “Infatuation” and you better get those Sharon van Etten hankie bags out, I swear, touching your heart with hot knives but it feels good.

(I wanted to put up the audio, then saw the video, that’s it, tears streaming down…)

And then we have two songs from the new EP “Goodness”. First up the title track:

And then the gorgeous “Fields” with Rachel Goswell from Slowdive: