Plato once said “music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul”, so if that’s the case then open up space for this is The Mixtape Mouthoff, where every week I take my pickaxe and plunge the deepest caves of music to find great small artists to wax lyrical about and to bring to your attention.
The first singer is Maverick Sabre (www.mavericksabre.com), who has risen to to the cusp of fame by blending folk and RnB in an incredible fashion. The 20 year old Irishman is perhaps better known for his work with Professor Green and Chase and Status but he turned a lot of heads when he performed live on St Patrick’s Day for the Chris Moyles’ record breaking longest Radio 1 show.
Being born in South London and raised in Ireland has given Sabre this unique texture to his voice which really works well with the sombre lyrics of the following track. If you’re a fan of Plan B then Maverick Sabre will be right up your alley
This is “Look What I’ve Done” which is off his awesome EP “The Lost Words”, which is available for download now via iTunes and Amazon.
I was tipped off about this band (albeit not personally) by Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 fame, and if that doesn’t give you an indication of how awesome they are then I don’t know what will! Wavves (www.wavves.net) are a 3 piece band from San Diego, California who were best known for producing lo-fi punk, but after the addition of Billy Hayes and Stephen Pope (former bandmates of Jay Reatard) the band’s third album “King of The Beach” provided a much cleaner sound and has managed to create some kickass summer anthems. If you like your pop-punk then Wavves will certainly satisfy your craving after the new Blink 182 album release was postponed to next year. This is the title track “King of The Beach” which is available for download now, as always via iTunes and all other major outlets.
Our last singer this week is Josh Ritter (www.joshritter.com). The multi-talented singer, songwriter and author has been dubbed the “next Bob Dylan” and is certainly talented enough for that title. The 39 year old from Moscow, Idaho has received modest success in Ireland, gaining the backing of Glen Hansard (singer of The Frames and star of the hit independent film, Once) in the process. With some stunning lyrics and masterful guitar playing Ritter will slip into your iPod rotation quickly. If, like me you use music for relaxation then you’ll find Ritter’s guitar play and melodic tones really make for great listening. Particularly notable is Ritter’s ability to make even the most harsh of topics beautiful, such as the following track about the atomic bomb! This is off his 2006 album “The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter” and is an absolute masterpiece, “The Temptation of Adam”.
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