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23

May

Aminata presents her new music video “Your Arms”.

Singer Aminata has released new music video for her latest single – “Your Arms”. The song comes from the album “Red Moon” launched in 2016.

After being a “Fighter” who never gives up and follows her goals, in the new music video Aminata wanted to show her sensual,  romantic and feminine side.

The music video is directed by Steve Spencer and Tomas Lukomsky.

“Song “Your Arms” is very sensual, inhibited within a spring-like spirit. We wanted to keep that vibe in the music video as well!” tells Aminata herself. “It is about the feeling you have when secretly fallen in love with someone and cannot stop thinking about him. The feeling when you miss that person so much you feel like a prisoner who desperately longs after freedom. However, you cannot say it out loud because you are afraid and don’t know what the other person thinks of you. Therefore, all the emotional experience portrayed in the song is deeply personal, it burns you from the inside and is not visible to the outer world…”

Music video operator is Reinis Aristovs, gaffer: Uldis Tripans, stylist - Elga Homitska, make up artist - Lara Pudovska, hair stylist - Svetlana Dubatova and set designer - Katrina Virzina. Production was made by AminataMusic. Filming process would not be possible without support of “Nike Latvia” and the Botanical Garden of the University of Latvia, where the music video was filmed!

Lyrics and music are written by Aminata Savadogo, and arrangement - by Kaspars Ansons. Remix of the song is produced by Krišjānis Geidāns and mastered in “Hodila Studio”.

The song is available on Youtube, iTunes and Spotify.

Launch of the new single occurs only this spring, as after participating in the Russian TV show “Golos” (“Voice”), Aminata actively indulged herself into writing new songs. Currently they are being produced in cooperation with several international producers, and soon enough the results will be revealed.

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17

May

Elizabete Balcus will present Latvia at The Great Escapes showcase in U.K.

The eccentric Latvian singer-songwriter Elizabete Balcus will be the only artist from the Baltic States that’s set to perform at The Great Escape showcase and music festival. It will take place from 18th till 20th of May in Brighton, England.

Balcus will do two performances in Brighton. It marks an important part of her ongoing tour in Netherlands, Germany and United Kingdom. 

The Great Escape festival annually gathers the most important new artists from all over the world. Happening in 30 venues, it attracts about 3500 professionals from music industry and more than 15 000 spectators each year. These stats prove the fact that The Great Escape is one of the biggest and most important showcase festivals existing.

Elizabete Balcus has already been spotted in the U.K – last year she released her new album “Conarium” and it was recognized as the third best alternative album by the “Cambridge 105” radio.  Several critics have acclaimed her as well.

At The Great Escape festival Balcus will showcase her unique avantpop style which is made colliding elements from both academic and electronic music. She is recognizable by her virtuoso flute skills and also some untraditional performance elements – Balcus plays vegetables linked with synthesizers, for instance.

The purpose of the event is to discover new talents, encourage collaboration between the professionals of the industry and also – to promote Latvia as a place where creativity and professionalism allows a lot of contemporary music to be born.

Balcus is currently on her tour along with the multidisciplinary artist Sabine Moore. They are performing in London, Cambridge, Amsterdam and other cities, visiting several radio stations as well.

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30

Apr

Aminata presents her new single “Your Arms”

After a longer time off, singer Aminata has released a brand new single – “Your Arms”. The song comes from the album “Red Moon” launched in 2016.

Lyrics and music are written by Aminata Savadogo, arrangement by Kaspars Ansons. Remix of the song is produced by Krišjānis Geidāns and mastered in “Hodila Studio”.

“Song “Your Arms” is very sensual, inhibited within a spring-like spirit,” tells Aminata herself. “It is about the feeling you have when secretly fallen in love with someone and cannot stop thinking about him. The feeling when you miss that person so much you feel like a prisoner who desperately longs after freedom. However, you cannot say it out loud because you are afraid and don’t know what the other person thinks of you. Therefore, all the emotional experience portrayed in the song is deeply personal, it burns you from the inside and is not visible to the outer world…”

The song is available on Youtube, iTunes and Spotify.

Launch of the new single occurs only this spring, as after participating in the Russian TV show “Golos” (“Voice”), Aminata actively indulged herself into writing new songs. Currently they are being produced in cooperation with several international producers, and soon enough the results will be revealed.

Song on iTunes

Song on Spotify

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30

Apr

New album "Heya Some Kind of Fish!" by Latvian jazzfunk band "Very Cool People"

Very Cool People, one of the best Latvian jazzfunk bands, releases their new album Heya Some Kind of Fish! We Don’t Know The Name Of This Fish In English, But In Latvian It Is Vimbas on the 30th of April.

Heya Some Kind Of Fish... represents pieces of a symbiosis between the different allied music styles - funk, soul, jazz, klezmer, Balkan & Latvian folk music. The album includes eight new tracks and a re-arranged version of the already well-known tune Hugo which had remained outside the group's albums until now. “This to ourselves is a very interesting album where we mixed a wide range of musical influences. Just as Latvian geographic location is between Eastern and Western Europe, this album's music is located in the middle of the different impacts”, say the members of the band. Heya Some Kind Of Fish… was recorded from the 25th to the 27th of July and from the 23rd to the 25th of October 2016 by Ivars Ozols at Sound Division Studio, Riga, Latvia. Mixed by Jon Evans at Brick Hill Studio, Orleans, MA, USA, and mastered by Don Grossinger at Don Grossinger Mastering, New York, NY, USA

This is VCP's fourth album so far. In June 2009 the band released their self-titled debut album. In 2012 the group released their second instrumental album Cruising In The Trolley and in September 2015 they released their third album Funkology which also features guest artists - fantastic soul & jazz singers from Latvia.

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27

Apr

Latvian indie rockers “Boys Will Be Boys” release their debut EP “Love Life”.

Latvian indie rockers “Boys Will Be Boys” release their debut EP “Love Life”.
The album was recorded at “Frida Records” studio and mixed by Peteris Ozols.
Band members describe the theme of the album as “songs about simple things and hard times”.
Listeners can stream “Love Life” for free on Spotify, Deezer, iTunes, or download the digital copy on Bandcamp.
The band will embark on small Baltic tour:
28.04. Valmiera-Daliņi
02.05. Vilnius-Loftas
06.05. Valmiera-THC
12.05. Rēzekne-Ausmeņa Kebabs
19.05. Tallinn-Kultuuriklubi Kelm
“Boys Will Be Boys” are four guys with some experience: 
Oskars Tupuriņš (Kasetes), Matīss Kļaviņš (Carnival Youth, Kasetes, Momend), Pēteris Ozols (Pyro Trees, Polifauna), Jānis Liepiņš.

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31

Mar

DJ [Ex] da Bass has created a remix for the TRIANA PARK Eurovision song LINE!

The international song competition Eurovision will take place in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, in 9–13 May. Following the “Supernova” song competition, Latvia will be represented at Eurovision by the band “Triana Park” with their piece “Line”.

The official remix of the song was produced by DJ [Ex] da Bass: “It has turned into a tradition for me to create a remix of the Eurovision national selection winner. This is the third year running. Both previous remixes for the hit songs of Aminata and Justs earned critical acclaim at radio stations in Europe and across the globe, as they were played by countless deejays in clubs the world over, and remixes of Aminata’s songs, including mine, were issued in the USA.”

This Sunday, 2nd of April, the band will be playing at the special Eurovision fan event in London. Possibly, the new remix will be played at the party before and after the concert.

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14

Mar

"Triana Park" published a video for the song "Line".

On Monday, March 13th, "Triana Park" published a video for the song "Line". With this song they will soon go to Kiev to represent Latvia in the "Eurovision Song Contest".

 

The idea of ​​the video for "Line" was ready even before the band desided to participate in the national competition "Supernova" and the victory only speeded up the process of making it happen. As they had to react pretty quickly, the video was made in a very short period of time.

 

"This was the first time that we worked with the director Karlis Stigis and we are very happy and satisfied about the result . With this video we tried to go in a new direction for us. This was as an experiment and we are grateful for the outcome and the work that the group Hypnozis have done" coments the band "Triana Park".

 

In the video we can see that the idea is about different lines that we draw in our lifes, both real and  fictional. "Triana Park" wanted to make a video that would be visually interesting with different details, as well as pay attention to the ethnic diversity and unity.

 

This video has been made with the support of ''Adidas Latvia'' and ''Latvian National Television''

Video directed by Karlis Stigis.

 

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13

Mar

“Carnival Youth” releases new single “Youth Is Gold” and sets off to SXSW.

One of the most successful bands from Latvia – Carnival Youth –have unveiled 4th and final single from their latest album “Propeller” called “Youth Is Gold”. It comes with a freshly recorded b-side “Lots Of Nobodies”.

 

The director of the video is Steve Spencer, camera – Kritaps Dzenis, producer – Ieva Karpoviča. The main character of the video is played by Eva Bērziņa.

In February the second album of Carnival Youth – “Propeller” – was awarded both as the best alternative/indie-pop album and album of the year at the annual Latvian Music awards ceremony.

The release of this single marks one of the most important steps of their career so far – partition in the world’s biggest music conference South by Southwest a.k.a. SXSW. Latvian four-piece will play the official showcase, Hotel Second Play and also the Balcony TV sessions in Austin, TX.

Later this March the bend will play several shows in Germany (Munich, Hanover, Berlin) and there are a few festival appearances planned for this year as well.

 

Last year their latest album “Propeller” was presented with more than 50 concerts in Europe and USA.  It also made the TOP 80 at the USA and Canada CMJ Music Chart.

 

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8

Mar

"Židrūns" - "Židrūns un tas, ko nevar nest" (I Love You Records) is nominated for best independent album of the year in Europe

 IMPALA has now revealed its shortlist of nominees for the seventh edition of the IMPALA Album of the Year Award. Once again the selection underlines the diversity and quality of independent labels from all over Europe. 25 albums are nominated and nineteen countries are represented this year.

 

Artists from every genre and generation are featured, from legendary UK act Radiohead to Swiss krautpop band One Sentence. Supervisor, Swedish progressive metal pioneers Meshuggah, Dutch rapper Boef and the new face of Italian disco Jolly Mare.

 

The voting is currently taking place to decide who will succeed to Jose Gonzalez’s acclaimed album Vestiges & Claws. The winner will be announced at the end of February.

 

The nominated albums are listed in alphabetical order by artist/name of the album/record label:

 

Agnes Obel - Citizen of Glass (PIAS)

Bisse – Højlandet (Gateway Music)

Blood Orange - Freetown Sound (Domino Records)

Boef - Gewoon Boef (Zonamo Entertainment)

Claudio Capéo - Claudio Capéo (Jo and Co)

Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition (Warp)

Dubioza Kolektiv - Happy Machine (PIAS)

First Breath After Coma – Drifter (Omnichord Records)

Hangutazók - Indulj El (RNC Music / Egység Média)

Highasakite – Camp Echo (Propeller Recordings)

Jolly Mare – Mechanics (42 Records/Don't Panic)

Kase.O - El Círculo (BOA)

Klaus Johann Grobe - Spagat der Liebe (Cargo Records)

Lost Frequencies - Less Is More (Lost & Cie)

LUH - Spiritual Songs for Lovers to Sing (Mute Records)

Mark Ernestus' NDAGGA RHYTHM FORCE – Yermande (Ndagga)

Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep Of Reason (Nuclear Blast)

Mikko Joensuu - Amen 1 (Svart Record)

One Sentence. Supervisor - Temporär Musik 1-13 (Oh, Sister Records)

Oscar - Cut And Paste (Wichita Recordings)

The Radio Dept. - Running Out of Love (Labrador)

Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool (XL Recordings)

Sara Renar – Tišina (Aquarius Records)

Škrtice - Škrtice (Lampshade Media)

Židrūns - Židrūns un tas, ko nevar nest (I Love You Records)

 

Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool and Blood Orange’s Freetown Sound have been cited two times and Agnes Obel’s Citizen of Glass three times. Brussels-based label [PIAS] has two nominees: Dubioza Kolektiv and Agnes Obel. 

 

Helen Smith, Executive Chair, IMPALA commented: “The essence of this prize is to put the spotlight on the most exceptional album of the year. It’s a great shortlist again with both new faces and well-established independent artists. The jury will now decide which album they believe was the best in 2016”.

 

A full album playlist – IMPALA Album of the Year Award nominees 2016 (albums) – as well as a short playlist – IMPALA Album of the Year Award nominees 2016 (singles) – are available on Spotify to allow you to judge for yourself in advance of the winner's announcement.

 

About the Independent Album of the Year Award

 

The “European Independent Album of The Year” award was launched in 2011, together with the annual “Outstanding Contribution to European Music” award, to mark the 10th anniversary of IMPALA. This award showcases the breadth and diversity of independent talent across Europe. The winner is selected on the basis of completely open criteria from a shortlist compiling national and non-national album nominations from territories across Europe put forward for their musical, artistic or other exceptional quality. Nominated albums were required to have been released on a European independent label between January and December 2014. Previous winners of the Award are Efterklang, Adele, The xx and Guadalupe Plata.

 

 

 

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8

Mar

Band “Very Cool People” is releasing new single & announces new album

On the 8th of March the most popular Latvian jazz-funk band Very Cool People is releasing a new single & video named “Spiediens”. This amusing & magnificent video is created in collaboration with actors from Latvian improvisation show named “Spiediens” & “Kaņepes Films”.

Very Cool People is a jazz-funk band originated in Riga, Latvia, by guitarist Elvijs Grafcovs. With a backbone in jazz and funk, incorporating influences from rock and hip-hop, Very Cool People is creating modern, complicated and listenable music for a wide audience. The band, using contemporary tools, is trying to put jazz & funk back to dance floor and make it more accessible to ordinary, nowadays persons.

VCP is an active-giging band in which all the members love & enjoy performing live shows more than anything. When they are on the stage they “blow the roof off” of the place & charge audience’s batteries with energy that is coming out from the guys when they are in act.

The video’s filming took place in the Eduarda Smilga museum of Theater in a thirties bohemian style – a love story with tension, drama and passion for musical instruments. It seems that the dancer Oscar is crazy in love with the trombone player, but the show must go on – one magnificent performance replaces the next one, the audience is excited, everything is fine until after the show begins alert and flurry. A desperate search takes place until Oscar is found...

Very Cool People have cooperated with improvisation theater “Spiediens” before the creation of the video; they have performed in shows, and the tune “Spiediens“ was written as an opening song for theater’s performances. The composition will be included in the band’s new album "Heya Some Kind of Fish!" which will be released at this year's International Jazz Day, April 30. The tune “Spiediens” outlines the group's new album's sound which mixes funk, surf, jazz, klezmer and rock music styles, not being shy from Eastern European charm and mix of various cultures characteristically found in Latvia.

Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygXlF-PsRwA

Link to the Song: https://soundcloud.com/verycoolpeople/spiediens

Link to free download: 

https://verycoolpeople.bandcamp.com/track/spiediens

So far VCP has released three albums which had a great feedback from music critics, both jazz & mainstream audiences, the last of them, Funkology was nominated as the Best Jazz & Blues album from 2015.

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