Archive | November, 2010

Gem#005: Kitty Kitten Kristmas

16 Nov

Gem#005: Kitty Kitten Kristmas

I never dreamt I would have run a label, it  always seemed like a dream to me. It’s no secret one of my all time favourite was Trattoria Records and I own lots of album from Cornelius, Citrus and Salon Music and I’ve always been fond of their collaborative projects, expecially the Christmas special “The Exotic Cristmas – Trattoria Course”. That’s why – after having launched the label  – it was a priority mission to gather some friends musicians to work on a festive collection of Christmas pop songs.

The name “Kitty Kitten Kristmas” came out after a funny Facebook chat with Paola Dutti (she worked out the art for the album doing a splendid job!) pinging stupid YouTube clips from wall to wall.

The album features the presence of the second Tiny Tide Christmas track about their drummer Mike Leffe unlucky Christmas love affair experiences. You can also listen to yet another marvelous tune from The Brigadier, quite a winter holiday institution since a couple of years and EP (“M.I.S.T.L.E.T.O.E” is a really funny song!).

KKK also sees the debut for Cherry Berry and the equally mysterious and blessed A Nice Person, alongside “Unhappy New Year” from the Indietracks champions Paisley & Charlie.

While I’m sure you don’t need introductions for Stars in Coma and his instant classic “The Frozen Spectacle” maybe not all of you are familiar with “The Clever Square”, the Italian Beat Happenings that never used to take Christmas too seriously. Even Santa.

MOREOVER! Packaging is home made and AWESOME! Make it the perfect Christmas gift for your indie maniac friends!

More information and album shop page here.

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Gem#004: Cue Fanfare “Ghost Ship”

7 Nov

Gem#004: Cue Fanfare “Ghost Ship”

I first met Cue Fanfare from Bristol UK when they were… “Santa Dog”. Me and my circle of friends (just quoting new Bohemians) were really enthusiastic ’bout their album, and “Kittyhawk” became a sort of a cult on our European niche. We somehow managed to play together  in Italy few years ago, sharing stages and some relevant restaurants together.  Just like Santa Dog before, Cue Fanfare is an incarnation of the musical vision of Rowena Dugdale and the very talented guitar player Rob Williams, providing a precise and intense musical dress to Rowena’s compositions.

“Rosa” and “Chemical” were put through so many times on indie radio shows, DJs, festivals… and our cars, finding a good place in our mix-tapes between The Long Blondes, The Smiths, Jeff Buckley and clearly The Prefab Sprout.

This long personal introduction just to make you understand how their presence in our little Kingdom is welcomed and appreciated, making it the second totally unexpected gift from a friend musician right after Stars in Coma releasing his last work with our label.

Cue Fanfare started as a duo, but were soon supported by Holly McIntosh on bass and Alan Strawbridge on drums.

The sound of their KinGem EP – called “Ghost Ship” - is dreamy, sophisticated, clever, but always able to connect with listeners in a very warm way. All you have to do is close your eyes and let yourself go to the sound of  Cue Fanfare elegant and coloured pop.

The rarest gem? Having the chance to share such a rad and brilliant production out of our little indie tribe.

More information and album shop page here.

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