Tamikrest – Chatma (2013)

tamFLAC | 260 MB | UL | TB

It isn’t easy following in the steps of Tinariwen, but Tamikrest are the brightest young contenders among the new Tamashek-speaking desert blues bands mixing traditional styles with elements of indie rock. Driven from northern Mali by the fighting and imposition of sharia law, they are currently exiled in Algeria, and their new set is a concept work, dealing with the courage of Tuareg women and the suffering of the past year. But the music is anything but bleak, driven on by sturdy bass, insistent percussion, and gently driving and inventive guitar work from lead singer Ousmane Ag Mossa, who also duets with the band’s fine female singer Wonou Walet Sidati, formerly with Tinariwen. It’s a refreshingly varied set, from the slinky and optimistic Tomorrow, Another Day to the atmospheric mix of wailing guitar and voices on the gently drifting The Journey, influenced by Pink Floyd.

The Dead Daises – The Dead Daisies (2013)

demp3 320 kbps | 99 MB | UL  |KF

What do you get when you combine Jon Stevens (Noiseworks/INXS), Brian Tichy (Whitesnake), Richard Fortus (Guns N Roses), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy), David Lowy (Mink/The Angels), and Dizzy Reed (Guns N Roses)? The answer….you get The Dead Daisies.  The Dead Daisies sound is created around the tracks written by Stevens & Lowy which is based on the music they both love – classic late ‘70s early ‘80s hard rock, in that soulful Bad Company meets Foreigner via The Faces kind of vibe – big choruses, powerful melodies, and strong hooks.

Kate Maki – Moonshine (2011)

Moonshine is the fifth record from Kate Maki, substitute teacher and Canadian singer-songwriter. With a long-running desire to record an album in her basement, Maki invited a cast of friends from Cuff The Duke, The Pinecones, Fembots and The Minotaurs to her home to record around one microphone.  Over two snow-filled days during one of the coldest weeks in history, Maki and company recorded Moonshine with a raw, organic sound that can only be made by a group of friends playing around a fireplace. The album’s friendly feel creates a carefree playfulness that causes it to flow freely while remaining focused and maintaining interest. Shaped by drums, upright bass, guitars, pedal steel, piano, organ, accordion and harmonized vocals, it’s Maki’s soft, rustic Gillian Welch-like vocals that stand out. And, like squares on a cozy winter quilt, each instrument, harmony and note on Moonshine are sewn together to produce a delightful piece of homespun art.

mp3 256 kbps | 56 MB | UL