Judith Haustein’s New Album ‘The Flood’ Delivers A Wave of Heart-Wrenching Artistry

Drawing you in with her soothing guitar and beautiful vocals, Judith Haustein’s new song ‘Freeze’ encapsulates compassion and truth. Belonging to the twelve track album, ‘The Flood’, Haustein explores natural imagery such as the ocean which the mastery of the instruments mimics. She was inspired by artists such as Bjork, James Blake and Joni Mitchell yet ‘The Flood’ was personally inspired by Haustein’s recovery from PTSD: “I take a lot of inspiration from extreme landscapes and being by the sea – also most of the songs are connected to what trauma victims experience emotionally when trying to reconnect with the world. Reconnecting with her authenticity, no matter how painful, bore the creative fruit of the album and perhaps its unique sound.” 

Even if the listener is not suffering from the same condition the emotion that floods through the album is just as effective in affecting the soul. This is poignant in ‘Freeze’ and the listener can almost imagine being by the sea in the way the instruments rise and fall like the swell of the tides. ‘Freeze’ also introduces hip-hop elements which work surprisingly well with the gentle notes of the song and Haustein’s soulful vocals. The song opens with light strums of a guitar before Haustein’s voice joins to create an artistic masterpiece with a strong emotional message. Each song off the album is perfectly unique whilst retaining the overall beautiful delivery. She uses a vast range of styles and instruments with serene string sections and calm guitar solos. The relation to the ocean is evident and creates a vivid image resulting in a hugely cathartic listening experience. 

As Songwriting Spotlight says, “Judith sings directly to you and the incredible production creates a soundscape to envelope you in her sound”

The Flood certainly delivers on this and takes the listener on a journey of authenticity and emotive introspection. Each song creates a new experience that never fails to surprise and titillate, reflecting the eddying voyage of thoughts. 

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Escapism in the Form of Psychedelic Rock in New LP ‘Nocturnal Flight’

Shiny Glide proves to us that his psychedelic indie-rock is a safe space to people everywhere with his new LP ‘Nocturnal Flight’. The talented musician transports the listener away from the troubles the world faces; his songs provide a well-needed escape from the isolation that many of us now know too well. His lead single ‘In Danger of Extinction’ perfectly encapsulates this essence of hopelessness at isolation with his use of serene guitar and synth.

The song begins with the simple synth which is then combined with his emotional vocals that immediately captures the listener. Shiny Glide’s free spirit in a world of conformity shines through and is evident in his artistic talent. 

‘Nocturnal Flight’ is in keeping with Shiny Glide’s eccentric manner and it is clear that the ten track collection highlights his faith to his dream of making inspired music. It is the type of music that appeals to the human condition; to freedom and creativity. The lyrics of ‘In Danger of Extinction’ tell a story of emotional struggle and existentialism yet the psychedelic composition of the instruments creates a vibrant tranquillity. Shiny Glide’s despondency at the isolation the pandemic caused and his own struggles with artistically limited family empowered him to create an LP full of indignation at the troubles the world is faced with.

He explains: “I don’t make music for others or for the masses but to treasure a divine and universal language and to survive the best way I can in a pretty sad and horrible world and society”. This idea is expressed wonderfully in his music and clearly showcases his artistic talent.

‘Nocturnal Flight’ provides a unique escape from the struggles and isolation plaguing the world and is an excellent, introspective LP to utterly lose yourself in.

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Louis Siciliano Told Me: The Mind Behind ‘Folds Of Time’

Taking music beyond a mere sonic experience, Louis Siciliano, the creator of the MUMEX trio, is a wild mind indeed with music that boasts the ability to take listeners through their own personal voyage. With a new LP, Folds of Time, on it’s way, we got chatting to the man behind the moniker to get our heads round such an intriguing concept…

STM: When was the last time you discovered an artist through word of mouth?

In Los Angeles. At THE WORLD STAGE, among the friends who frequent this jazz club we often exchanged advice, impressions and an invitation to listen to new talents.

STM: How useful is the tool of ‘word of mouth’ when an artist is just starting their career?                  

I believe it is very important. It is essential to be able to rely on real relationships.

STM: What were your first ‘tools of promotion’ when you first started in music?

At the time I recorded tapes and gave them around, then years later the CDs.

STM: What made you choose the path of music?

It is a vocation. A call. He saved my life. Many of my friends have been devastated with drugs, many are gone. Music also protected me because I have totally dedicated myself to it with deep devotion and I still dedicate myself to this day as a monk.

STM: What do you think the industry would look like without streaming platforms like Spotify?

I believe that today we cannot do without these technologies but let’s remember that recorded music is like seeing a photograph. It is one thing to see the photo of our girlfriend / boyfriend and another thing to go out for dinner. Live Music is the heart of it all. Without live music and performance, music doesn’t exist for me.

STM: How would you describe the group dynamic between the three of you?

We are very focused on listening. It is a dynamic of listening and cooperation. Then I’m lucky that Bob and Mauro also esteem me as a producer.

STM: Where does MUMEX TRIO, and this new record, fit within the contemporary scene of classical music?

I believe that MUMEX Trio can be loved by the Jazz audience, by the Global Music audience as well as by the contemporary Classical Music audience but also by all the innovations that come from the electronic avant-garde. Our language can reach all people who are curious, who ask to be able to experience new emotions. It is no coincidence that someone has called our music HOLISTIC JAZZ.

STM: How did the initial stages of creating the new album come about?

Working with Roberto Bellatalla on the MUMEX meta language. We spent hours and hours exploring the chapters of the book. From there then we felt the need to expand the duo and we met Mauro Salvatore. We started making music together and naturally our music emerged. It was a natural birth.

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Bandcamp are back saving the day by launching new live-streaming service

Known for music streaming and retail, Bandcamp have now launched a new live-streaming service for artists. Saving the day many times during the first lockdown and now for lockdown 2.0, Bandcamp waived their revenue share of sales for one day each month, and raised $35 million for artists via their ‘Bandcamp Fridays’.

Certainly giving something back to the community and helping artists across the globe, Bandcamp Live allows musicians to create ticketed live streams as well as have their own ‘virtual merch table’ during their show.

Bandcamp have mentioned they will be taking a 10% fee from ticket sales, but are waiving their share until March 31st next year.

Saving the day once again, this is how musicians should be treated in a pandemic, yes, I’m looking at you Spotify!

To read more details on the new announcement, you can read here.

Arctic Monkeys unveil plans for new live album to raise money for War Child

Set to release a new live album this December, the news of Arctic Monkeys‘ return is blowing up social media. Out December 4th, the album was recorded at the band’s show at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Raising money for WarChild, all proceeds from the show went to the charity, and the proceedings from the album release will too.

Arctic Monkeys stated, “On June 7 2018 we played a special show at London’s Royal Albert Hall,” they wrote. “All proceeds from that night were donated to War Child in support of the vital work they do protecting, educating & rehabilitating children who have experienced the trauma of conflict and the horror of war.”

Armed with a trailer to gear fans up even more, Christmas has certainly come early!

Bruce Williamson, former Temptations frontman, has died from coronavirus

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Bruce Williamson, best known as the former frontman of legendary soul group The Temptations, has died aged 49.

The singer died on Sunday (September 6) at his home in Las Vegas after battling the coronavirus, TMZ reports.

Williamson’s death was confirmed by his son, who paid tribute to his father on social media.

“There’s no words in the world that can express how I feel right now,” Bruce Williamson Jr. wrote on Facebook. “I love you Daddy thank you for being awesome thank you for being loving thank you for being who you are I pray to God and we will meet again.”

Born on September 28, 1970, in Compton, California, Williamson joined The Temptations in 2006 and performed with the group until 2015, singing lead on their albums ‘Back To The Front’ and ‘Still Here’.

He was also a part of the group, known for their iconic hits ‘My Girl’, ‘The Way You Do The Things You Do’ and ‘Get Ready’, when President George W. Bush invited them to perform at the White House for a celebration of Black History Month in February 2008.

Speaking in a 2013 interview, Williamson credited his background in the church for creating the foundation for him to become a member of The Temptations.

“After seven years as a Temptation I am still in awe,” he said at the time, “and I can remember the first time I performed with the group: at a millionaire’s private birthday party, on a small stage that was erected on his tennis courts.”

Thoughts are with his family, friends and fans at this difficult time.

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Triller joins race to buy rival platform TikTok

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Another big twist in the TikTok sell-off saga.

For months MBW has been writing about the rapid emergence of rival US-based social short-form video service Triller, which recently claimed 250m worldwide downloads of its app – and is in the middle of a lawsuit against TikTok alleging patent infringement.

Meanwhile, under pressure from the administration of US President Donald Trump, Chinese TikTok parent Bytedance appears resigned to selling off its app’s operations in the United States and certain other territories, including Australia.

US-based corporations who have expressed interest in acquiring TikTok’s US operations so far include Microsoft, Oracle and supermarket chain Walmart.

Now, Triller has officially joined this list.

Triller CEO Mike Lu confirmed yesterday (August 28) that his Los-Angeles-based company has made a bid for TikTok with backing from London-based investment firm Centricus Asset Management.

Centricus already oversees a global portfolio with $27bn-worth of assets.

Said Lu: “We believe [Triller and TikTok’s] two teams can work alongside each other and create the best short form video platform. Triller would be the best home for all of TikTok’s users as we have always put product and users first. This is the beginning of a new chapter.”

According to a Bloomberg report, Triller and Centricus’s bid amounts to $20 billion, and would see Triller acquire TikTok’s assets in the US, Australia, New Zealand and India.

An incredibly interesting move from the rival platform, if finalised, could Triller create a monopoly over the short form video sharing app world?

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#LetTheMusicPlay continues its campaign to protect UK Live Music

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Figures from the music industry are adding more volume to the #LetTheMusicPlay campaign to demand that the government share arts funding to protect the future of artists, touring crew, and the individuals working behind the scenes.

Last month, more than 1,500 artists and industry figures came together to call on the government to stop “catastrophic damage” to live music amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the launch of the #LetTheMusicPlay campaign.

After months of campaigning from fans and the world of music, the UK government revealed plans for an unprecedented cash injection of £1.57 billion to help the arts, culture and heritage industries survive the impact of closures brought on by coronavirus – providing music venues, independent cinemas, museums, galleries, theatres and heritage sites with emergency grants and loans.

While the relief for venues was welcome, many warned that without urgent government clarity, support and action, the pipeline of talent that plays within them could be cut short – declaring that musicians and crew were facing their “biggest crisis since the 1920s” without support.

It is essential that this momentum is maintained and the fight to protect UK live music is continued. Independent Music and entertainment venues hold huge historical and sentimental importance to the industry, artists and fans nationwide. We hope support for the #LetTheMusicPlay campaign continues.

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Wiley faces twitter suspension in the aftermath of antisemitic outburst

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Wiley has been permanently banned from Twitter after he launched an extensive thread of anti-Semitic messages on the social media site.

The London rapper faced widespread condemnation after posting the vitriolic messages across Instagram and Twitter last weekend.

Twitter announced on Saturday (July 25) that Wiley had been banned from the site for a week, but his account appears to have been permanently suspended as of this morning (July 29).

When searching for his profile, users are met with a message confirming his suspension and a link to Twitter’s rules and regulations.

It comes a day after Wiley was banned from Facebook after an account reportedly belonging to the rapper began calling out some of his Jewish critics.

An unverified Facebook account under his real name, Richard Kylea Cowie, subsequently mentioned a selection of Jewish celebrities — including Lord Sugar, comedian David Baddiel and BBC presenter Emma Barnett — who have all criticised the rapper.

It’s great to see a zero tolerance response coming from social platforms, hate speech is often all too rife on social media and more action is necessary to combat racist and antisemitic rhetoric. 

Reported By: Jessica Rowe