Samer makes his debut with an homage to Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany. It might sound strange, until you realise he was a Syrian refugee who was given another chance to fulfil his dreams in Germany. The new single pulls no punches from the very start – entitled ‘I Love Angela Merkel’, the witty, energetic track is out on 30 July, and is destined to become a club anthem.
It could be said that Riches Of The Poor, espouse a certain joy in misery; they’re named after a Morrissey lyric after all. Likewise, their sound is steeped in the pleasure to be got from throwing all your despair into music – the beats are aggressive (as are at times, the guitars) and the songs are cathartic letters to the lovelorn.
November, 16th, a windowless dressing room in the catacombs of the Bremen concert hall ÖVB Arena, where everything seems to be coloured in beige, the faux leather couches and even the bizarre table-arrangement of a plastic agave. Next door Morten Harket is practising scales; A-ha will appear on stage in this sold out arena in one and a half hours. Keyboarder and co-songwriter Magne Furuholmen (57) is using the occasion to promote his current solo record “White X-Mas Lies”. It’s near the end of the first part of A-ha’s ongoing world tour and he seems a bit tired, but answers all questions with a friendly attentiveness.
Rob Georg looks and sounds every bit the cowboy, from his Stetson hat right down to his singing drawl, and to his love of Cutting, a discipline of western riding, which is ridden on horses working cattle. His song, ‘Time For Some Ink’, was produced by Kristin K. Smith, in Nashville, and is a southern rock track as can possibly be.
Thomas Passon is a German techno artist who sings in his native language. This shouldn’t however pose a problem to non-German speakers, as his techno rhythms and production are as much a reason to love his music as being able to understand the lyrics. Passon’s latest single, ‘Los’, is the first from his debut album, ‘Illusion’.
With his take on the 1943 Nat King Cole standard, ‘Straighten Up And Fly Right’, Jeff Goldblum And The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra have today released the latest track from their upcoming album, ‘The Capitol Studios Sessions’. The new single features vocals by Irish singer songwriter Imelda May, as well as German Jazz musician, Till Brönner on trumpet.