It will be the first full album of this French electro blues pioneer and here you can listen to a few samples and get an idea about the music.
After playing for many years in different blues bands, Renaud Villet, a singer / guitarist / producer based in Clermont-Ferrand, France, launched his solo career in 2012 under the name Rivherside. His first album, “Something on My Mind,” was strongly blues / roots orientated. It got great reviews and as a result Rivherside did more than 80 concerts as a one-man-band. In 2014 he decided to broaden his horizon and began to mix Blues with Electro and Hip-Hop sounds, releasing the self-produced, 4-track “Electraw Blues EP.” Rivherside also began performing live in this electro configuration, playing samples and using Ableton Live software. In 2015 he collaborated with rapper TDB and together they released the “Inner Voices” EP in early 2016 . And now, he’s back with a new 12-track album. The release date is set for June 13, 2016 and the album will be available at all download and streaming platforms.
All tracks were selected carefully by Timewarp Music together with The Zuzu Club; a music blog that presents great fresh music from all around the world. The compilation features all styles of modern electronic music. From dub – reggae and dancehall to nu funk, soul – breaks and nu disco and from world and international styles to electro blues and nu swing. The release date is May 30.
It is very hard for me to explain what I do during my live sets. I use my computer as a second instrument and it gives me access to my complete record collection and I can use, mix and manipulate everything that is on the hard disk with my guitar and also add images. As you can clearly see it is a Work-In-Progress; trying to create a new musical language by using all technical possibillities that I can lay my hand on. Here is a short video impression of miXendorp live at Roepaen Blues Festival in April this year. It will help to visualize a little of what I am doing during a live set.
Material is shot and edited by Erik Spikmans of VormEnVast.
review by Frank Muscheid in Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung:
MUSIK WIE AUF FLÜGELN IN BAD IBURG / Grandioser David Philips im Casablanca
Bad Iburg. Großartige Musik hat das Casablanca am Freitagabend präsentiert: Mit David Philips baute ein Ausnahmekünstler seine sieben Sachen vor kleinem Publikum auf. Der gebürtige Engländer, der im siebten Stock gleich unterm Dach im sonnigen Barcelona wohnt, den Ausblick auf die Vögel liebt und aus einer Zigarrenkiste aus der Dominikanischen Republik eine Blues-Gitarre baut, hat der Kneipe einen kultigen Abend beschert. Irgendwo zwischen Jazz, Blues, Rhythm’n’Blues, Folk und Ragtime. Musikalisch festzunageln ist David Philips kaum. Da spielte ein unterschätztes Multitalent, das längst auf großen Bühnen auftreten müsste. Dafür konnte das Bad Iburger Publikum hautnah genießen, was dieser Mensch mit jeder Faser abfeierte. Continue reading review David Philips concert from last weekend in Bad Iburg (D)
B&T 955 – Same Thing On My Mind remix – Byther Smith & miXendorp
a remix of an acoustic Byther Smith track. The original track was released also on Black and Tan Records in 2001. The track will be released digital only and is available on all download and streaming platforms. Here are the links to iTunes and Spotify.
Boo Boo Davis is een Mississippi-bluesman. Hij is de zeventig al gepasseerd, maar zijn oerblues klinkt krachtiger dan ooit, mede dank zij Blu Acid – Jan Mittendorp en Mischa den Haring. Zij deden hier eigenlijk een beetje wat Johnny Winter ooit bij Muddy Waters deed – die bezorgde Waters met Hard Again misschien wel de sterkste plaat uit zijn loopbaan, doordat hij met zijn opzwepende gitaarspel en enthousiaste ondersteuning de geniale bluesman tot grootse hoogten wist op te zwepen. Mittendorp en den Haring hebben allebei hetzelfde gevoel voor de oerblues, en hetzelfde ontembare enthousiasme, en je hoort dat het bij Boo Boo Davis oerkrachten losmaakt. Het levert een fenomenaal album op, waarbij de toevoegingen van de jongens van Blu Acid nooit storend zijn, maar juist een meerwaarde geven aan de rauwe oerblues van Davis. De teksten van Boo Boo Davis hebben niet altijd heel veel om de hakken, maar de sfeer en het doordenderen en het meeslepende gevoel van de oerblues weet hij als geen ander te pakken.
Singer and guitarist DougMacLeod is one of those rare artists, a blues revivalist who also appeals to the purists. If that seems rather unusual, all is explained within the first few seconds of the opening track, as Doug conjures up the spirit of the great John Lee Hooker with both his guitar work and vocals – later on, on ‘Home Cookin’’, he shows off his Lightnin’ Hopkins licks, though there is no sense that Doug is doing this by rote. He has an authentic approach, one that seems true to the spirit of the deep blues. He learned directly from many of the greats – and some of the great unknowns. Wikipedia categorises him as “the storytelling bluesman”, which certainly fits well, as this performance reveals, Doug successfully integrating his stories of his early influences and experiences into his songs. His guitar sound is loud, driving, down-home and rough, his voice strong and expressive, and his songs seemingly personal and always fascinating – Doug does his own songs, though here he also performs a fourteen minutes long, heavily reworked version of Bukka White’s ‘New Panama Limited’. The material on this CD originally saw light of day on a long unavailable limited edition DVD release of a 2006 concert, and this audio only release presents eleven songs from two shows. This one is indeed for all the blues lovers in the house. A real treat!
Long-time St. Louis resident James “Boo Boo” Davis is one of the last of the bluesmen to have emerged from the harsh life of picking cotton in Mississippi (he was born in Drew), and his style is similarly old school – or ‘Old Skool’ as the track of that name reveals – and authentic. Although Black & Tan have tried, more successfully than you might think (take a listen to the closing ‘Who Stole The Booty’), to bring him up to date with electronics and have had him singing soul music, his default position is that of the down-home blues singer. These songs, drawn from his previous releases for the Dutch label Black & Tan between 1999 and 2015, are indeed one chord numbers, with Howling Wolf’s droning style and ferocious vocal stylings an obvious influence on numbers like ‘Blues On My Mind’, ‘Hard Times’, ‘Ice Storm’, and ‘The Snake’. ‘I’m Comin’ Home’ sounds like it should have been on a 78 issued by a small label out of Jackson, Mississippi in the early 50s, and ‘Can Man’ refers to his early musical experiences before he could afford a drum-kit. ‘Keep On Lovin’ Me Baby’ has a full band accompaniment, with some fierce blues-rock guitar over a boogie backing that owes something to Slim Harpo’s well-known ‘Shake Your Hips’, and it also features Boo Boo’s harmonica playing – not heard often enough, though it does feature on several other tracks here. I guess it probably depends on how much of this material you already have, but if you like your blues down(-home) and dirty, do investigate this.
like most previous years I will be attending Midem; the international gathering of the worldwide music business in Cannes (France). This year’s edition will take place on June 3 – 6. For me it is a great place to meet new business partners and discover new developments and technologies. Since the distribution of music is changing very rapidly it is important to stay up-to-date. And of course it is not a punishment to be in southern France in early June. If you are planning to go too, please let me know so we can meet in person.