Episode 60 – Adam ‘Shuffle T’ Woollard

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This week Jay and Tony are joined by rap battler, actor and comedy writer Shuffle T.

He and partner in rhyme Marlow are the reigning Don’t Flop Doubles Rap Battle Champions. Check out their battles and comedy sketches on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/user/woollardandmarlow

https://www.youtube.com/user/DontFlop

Catch @Shuffle_T on twitter

Enjoy the show

American Smile, British Teeth Album Review Chas Palmer-Williams

Chas Palmer-Williams, the former singer of successful seven-piece ska punk band, Lightyear has released his debut solo album American Smile, British Teeth.

So what can we expect? Lets cast our minds back to the turn of the 21st century, Lightyear were touring their 2001 album Call of the Weasel Clan, playing around 300 gigs a year, hitting Reading Festival, joining Steve-O from Jackass on a sell out tour of the UK.

Releasing their second album Chris Gentleman’s Hairdresser and a Railway Book Shop in 2003, it felt like the band was really hitting its stride, the influences that so clearly shaped their debut album, be it Less Than Jake or Reel Big Fish, were left by the wayside, and the band developed their own unique sound, taking their music into darker, more introspective territory, while still maintaining their rawkus energy.

Stepping out from the seven-man creative process that produced Lightyear’s albums, Chas was faced with the daunting task of filling the silence of an empty page all by himself.

On Track 5, ‘Recite It, you Scum,’ Chas sings “Someone once asked me, what I really do for a living,” “I was in a mildly successful 90s ska punk band, where ya been man, where ya been?” This snippet of conversation puts Chas’s reckless time with Lightyear way in the past placing it as an almost unrecognisable far away memory. The glamour, fame and rock and roll lifestyle is replaced by a more realistic and relatable image of the life of a musician: “An open mics done, pay for flights out, look to be queueing in an EasyJet queue” and “I’ve heard the word pension, I’ve heard the word retire.”

Chas’s outlook isn’t the only thing that has changed, American Smile, British Teeth, gives the impression of a live performance throughout. Stripped down and personal, Chas dons an acoustic guitar for the majority of the tracks, taking on the singer-songwriter persona. “You’d Worry a Nest of Rats,” shows that Chas isn’t afraid to punctuate his music with pauses and empty space as he sings “She sits on a bench with a thirst to quench, whisky’s what she cries”.

Chas’s influences seem to be taken more from the likes of My Morning Jacket over any ska punk act. ‘Jager for you, for me for maldehyde,” among others, sees Chas joined by his band while WWGTDWDAD places Chas at the piano, where a pedal note is held underneath Chas’s vocals, “My short term memory is left in tatters, I’m starting to pay attention to mortgage matters.” and “Nights out, more earplugs than drugs.”

Stripping down his sound has allowed Chas’s lyrical prowess to shine through, stringing together images and situations from touring, sometimes addressing himself deprecatingly under his own breathe “You’re still OK, I’m a musician, in the loosest sense of the word,” and taking on the persona of a payphone in ‘Absolutely some regrets.’

Chas’s debut solo album is an unexpected gem. Maturity, responsibilities, paying rent, slowing down metabolisms, American Smile, British Teeth refuses to hide behind a glossy and half-assed facade.

Written by Josh Budd

http://www.banquetrecords.com/KT1-049

http://www.chaspalmerwilliams.com/

Obsession Transgression EP Review Millie Manders

Bringing a powerhouse of sass to British music, London-born Millie Manders releases her EP Obsession Transgression on the 20th November 2015 after having toured nationwide and gathering up a terrific volley of fans.

Following a successful pledge campaign in which Millie parted gifts with fans such as t-shirts, mugs and even her precious signed ukulele; the band set forth to record the album with gusto, energy and a whole lot of attitude.

Obsession Transgression bursts open with a determined punchy brass hook, giving an insight into the energy and pace of what is to come. With an offload of tension, the meter changes and the horns extend a rich chord progression out for the chorus. Millie invites us to meet her powerful vocals with a catchy melody, decorated with smart lyrics – a suggestion that she’s not just a big voice. The middle eight drops into an unmistakable soup of ska, four tight bars of syncopated brass groove before they drop you back in time for the chorus.

After a pacey and vibrant first song, the EP races on to its second title with a punky guitar intro – Teddy makes its way onto the stage. Toying with the motif of multiple crescendos and riot-girl lyrics, Millie Manders explores a contrast of theatrical vocal styles, ranging from the seductive to the psychotic, demonstrating her versatility in her music. With choppy rhythms and electric charisma, is it by no question that this would be the most popular track amongst fans when played live.

Kicking off with a grungy guitar riff, the next title brings a hint of wit and theatre to the EP. Bacchus is an ode to the all-too regrettable memories of a night out in town. Like the relentlessness of a nightclub, Millie slurs the hook “so you have another drink” throughout the song, which not only indicates her adaptability as a writer but also the strong influence of societal woes on her lyrics.  With cleverly placed drum parts, to pair in with a sleepy bass line – the instrumental parts are well put together creating a fantastic ensemble, further instigating the feeling of a frenzied night out.

After a whirlwind three tracks, the EP finishes with Long Gone. A chilled out, groovy hit which has all the strut and power of the rest of the album. With a riptide of funky guitar in the introduction and an epic chorus, the EP is brought to a triumphant close.

Throughout the EP, Manders demonstrates the control and power of her vocals without fully unveiling their potential. It seems as though Millie is aware of her singing capabilities, but to write “pretty” tunes simply wouldn’t be the point of her music and the strength is behind her lyrics and character.

Millie Manders brings life and soul into the ska pop punk scene. With such a fragrant and brave array of tracks, Obsession Transgression delves into a variety of style, breaking the mould and refreshing what can be an all-too-samey genre. The EP is well rounded, with dynamic explorative tracks sandwiched between two great hits. The musicians worked well together, combining well written parts that not only sounded resolute, but also creative and original.

Millie Manders will be heading to stages across the UK following the release of her EP Obsession Transgression. While adding the EP to my playlist of “up and coming London”, I look forward to a bright and colourful future for Miss Manders.

Written By Molly Hills

For more information visit :

Buy it here : https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/obsession-transgression-ep/id1053893146

http://www.milliemanders.co.uk/