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Ability II, aka A2 is back in business…and making waves!

The return of Ability II and his classic track “Pressure” recently re-released on Dublin based Major Problem Records (MPR) as been making big noises around the world and the dance community, notably in Berlin where it’s been getting huge playback in the clubs.

It sold out even before it hit the record stores earlier this year in February and the label then decided to press even more copies as a result of the demand for the record! For Ability II the re-release came as a surprise, an email out of the blue last year from MPR asking if they could sign the track and release it again as a 12” re-press (actually this is now the third time its been released, it was also released on a CD compilation Richard Sen Presents “This Aint Chicago The Underground Sound Of UK House & Acid 1987​-​1991” in 2012)

You see, a lot of people didn’t realise that I was the guy behind this trk because it was over 25 years since it was originally released and there was no internet back then! So the track became big without a face behind it as such, of course I did plenty of gigs and shows around the UK and Europe, but still it was different back then publicity wise…but in a way that also kinda help the trk grow into this cult kinda thing”

Over the past 5 years A2 has locked himself away in his studio, writing and creating new material which was long overdue, all of which will now start flowing out in various release/collaborations/videos…“im really focusing on exploring and creating music audio videos right now, my music as always been very visual orientated so this is a natural progression for me, also with my dancing background etc…”

So its pretty exciting times ahead, Europe beckons and A2 is more than ready for the challenge, what being the workaholic that he is! It goes to show that hard work and belief in yourself does pay off, after all A2 as been creating music for well over 30 years now, so the motto is…never give up, where there’s a will there’s a way!

one thing I must say, the support I have received from people all around the world is truly amazing and humbling, I never imagined this would happen like this, you dream of it but reality is different…I’m so thankful to everyone for all the love and support, never under estimate the power people bring man!”

Now back in stock and available now to order from online Stores

Label: Major Problems records

For more info/links check out:

Official artist webpage – here…

Pressure Dub video check it out here…

Check out the facebook site here… 

N1M – https://www.numberonemusic.com/dashboard

Elephant Revival – Remembering a beginning (music)

Elephant Revival is a folk music group from Nederland, Colorado, formed in 2006. The band consists of Bonnie Paine (vocals, stomp box, washboard, djembe, musical saw), Charlie Rose (vocals, pedal steel, banjo, cello, trumpet, trombone), Dango Rose (double-bass, mandolin, banjo, vocals), Daniel Rodriguez (acoustic guitar, electric banjo/guitar, vocals) and Bridget Law (fiddle and vocals).[1]

Their style of music is often referred to as “transcendental folk,” which incorporates elements of Scottish/Celtic fiddle tunes, original folk pieces, traditional ballads, bluegrass,[2] and indie rock. All members of the band are multi-instrumentalists and contribute vocals and to songwriting.

Individually and collectively the band members have performed with or opened for Dispatch, Bela Fleck, John Paul Jones, Devotchka, Michael Franti, Little Feat, Yonder Mountain String Band, Nickel Creek, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Leftover Salmon, Railroad Earth, State Radio, String Cheese Incident, Shanti Groove, Trampled by Turtles, and others.[1]

History

The band members originate from many parts of the country but have roots in both Colorado and Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Paine’s hometown. Several members of the band began playing together in the summer of 2006 in various group combinations in Oklahoma and Colorado. The first show where all five members played together was in Colorado in October 2006 at the Gold Hill Inn, performing as Elephant Revival Concept. After solidifying the group, “Concept” was soon dropped from the name. Elephant Revival’s debut, self-titled recording was released in 2008 and produced by David Tiller of Taarka. In summer 2010 Elephant Revival was signed to Ruff Shod Records, an independent label started by Chad Stokes of State Radio and Dispatch. Elephant Revival’s second CD Break In the Clouds, also produced by Tiller, was released on November 22, 2010.[3]

On June 18, 2016 the band narrowly escaped a bus fire the morning before a show at Music at the Mill in Hickory, NC. Several unique instruments and belongings were destroyed in the fire but the band members were unharmed and played the show that night with borrowed instruments and donated clothes.[4]

Band members

Bonnie Paine during performance at The Saint, June 2011

Dango Rose with Elephant Revival at The Saint, Asbury Park, NJ, June 2011

Bridget Law with Elephant Revival in Asbury Park, NJ, June 2011

  • Bonnie Paine (vocals, washboard, stompboard, djembe, musical saw, cello)
  • Charlie Rose (vocals, pedal steel, banjo, cello, trumpet, trombone)
  • Dango Rose (double-bass, mandolin, banjo, vocals)
  • Daniel Rodriguez (acoustic guitar, electric banjo/guitar vocals)
  • Bridget Law (fiddle and vocals).
  • Sage Cook – founding member, not currently playing with the band (electric banjo/guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, viola, vocals)

Discography

  • Elephant Revival (2008)
  • Break In The Clouds (2010)
  • It’s Alive (EP) (2012)
  • These Changing Skies (2013)
  • Sands of Now (Live at the Boulder Theater CD & DVD set) (2015)
  • Petals (2016)

Whats that – Elephant Revival (music)

Elephant Revival is a folk music group from Nederland, Colorado, formed in 2006. The band consists of Bonnie Paine (vocals, stompboard, washboard, djembe, musical saw), Charlie Rose (vocals, pedal steel, banjo, cello, trumpet, trombone), Dango Rose (double-bass, mandolin, banjo, vocals), Daniel Rodriguez (acoustic guitar, electric banjo/guitar, vocals) and Bridget Law (fiddle and vocals).[1]

Their style of music is often referred to as “transcendental folk,” which incorporates elements of Scottish/Celtic fiddle tunes, original folk pieces, traditional ballads, bluegrass, psychedelic country, indie rock, reggae, 40s/50s jazz standards and an occasional hip-hop beat. All members of the band are multi-instrumentalists and contribute vocals and to songwriting. ( wikipedia 2016)

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Mishka – Coastline Journey (music)

Born in Bermuda and raised in the Caribbean, Mishka is a traveler and a sailor at heart. A free spirit, whose lyrics melodies and grooves, are reflections of the roots and culture in which he grew, Mishka’s music is Caribbean at the core, and yet it’s an eclectic sound that contains many elements and genres. From bass heavy roots reggae, to mellow acoustic ballads, songs of love, songs of social
justice and consciousness, you have to hear for yourself and experience the music.

Mishka’s journey has taken him full circle, from an independent singer songwriter, then signed to big record labels like Creation and Sony, through the bright lights of Hollywood working with Matthew McConaughey and his jk livin label and finally right back home, where he is at his best, in the Islands, creating his own brand of music, in total artistic control of his songs and his life. Having just come off a summer long tour of North America, with a stop in Japan he is about to head to St Croix in the Virgin Islands, to finish recording songs for his upcoming album to be released this fall.

Warren Wyatt of WorldSound, the exclusive global representative of Mishka, comments: “He’s a musical force of good and righteousness, a positive power for change in an increasingly negative world. Mishka has a lot to say and it’s worth listening, his songs open eyes and hearts and change people…… for the better .”

Mishka, who recently toured over 40 North American venues with Maui born Female Hawaiian Superstar Anuhea has performed with a wide cross-section of top acts including Dirty Heads, Michael Franti, Matisyahu, John Brown’s Body, Burning Spear, Slightly Stoopid, Pepper, Luciano, Xavier Rudd, Sly and Robbie, The Roots, The Cat Empire, Gregory Isaacs, Donovan Frankenreiter, Jimmy Buffet, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown & many more.

Mishka has released four Albums to date including the eponymous Mishka in 1999, One Tree in 2005, Above the Bones in 2009, and Talk About in 2010 all of which have received critical acclaim around the world. In 2009 Mishka released a special digital only collection of acoustic songs entitled Guy With a Guitar. This led to iTunes naming the release the Best Singer Songwriter Collection of the Year.

Mishka’s releases have charted around the globe including his last three releases reaching the #1 spot on Billboard Magazine’s Reggae chart. Mishka continues to tour extensively both solo and with his band playing clubs, theaters, and festivals all over America, Canada, the Caribbean, Hawaii, and Japan. (- dohenydays.com)

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Healing sounds

Kate Bush “This Woman’s Work”

Pray God you can cope.
I stand outside this woman’s work,
This woman’s world.
Ooh, it’s hard on the man,
Now his part is over.
Now starts the craft of the father.

I know you have a little life in you yet.
I know you have a lot of strength left.
I know you have a little life in you yet.
I know you have a lot of strength left.

I should be crying, but I just can’t let it show.
I should be hoping, but I can’t stop thinking

Of all the things I should’ve said,
That I never said.
All the things we should’ve done,
That we never did.
All the things I should’ve given,
But I didn’t.

Oh, darling, make it go,
Make it go away.

Give me these moments back.
Give them back to me.
Give me that little kiss.
Give me your hand.

(I know you have a little life in you yet.
I know you have a lot of strength left.
I know you have a little life in you yet.
I know you have a lot of strength left.)

I should be crying, but I just can’t let it show.
I should be hoping, but I can’t stop thinking

Of all the things we should’ve said,
That were never said.
All the things we should’ve done,
That we never did.
All the things that you needed from me.
All the things that you wanted for me.
All the things that I should’ve given,
But I didn’t.

Oh, darling, make it go away.
Just make it go away now.

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Tina Turner – Peace Mantra (music)

The Shanti Mantras or “Peace Mantras” are Hindu prayers for Peace (Shanti) from the Vedas. Generally they are recited at the beginning and end of religious rituals and discourses.

Shanti Mantras are found in Upanishads, where they are invoked in the beginning of some topics of Upanishads. They are supposed to calm the mind of the reciter and environment around him/her. Reciting them is also believed to be removing any obstacles for the task being started.

Shanti Mantras always end with three utterances of word “Shanti” which means “Peace”. The Reason for uttering three times is for calming and removing obstacles in three realms which are:

“Physical” or Adhi-Bhautika,
“Divine” or Adhi-Daivika and
“Internal” or Adhyaatmika

According to the scriptures of Hinduism sources of obstacles and troubles lie in these three realms.

Physical or Adhi-Bhautika realm can be source of troubles/obstacles coming from external world, such as from wild animals, people, natural calamities etc.
Divine or Adhi-Daivika realm can be source of troubles/obstacles coming from extra-sensory world of spirits, ghosts, deities, demigods/angels etc.
Internal or Adhyaatmika realm is source of troubles/obstacles arising out of one’s own body and mind, such as pain, diseases, laziness, absent-mindedness etc.

These are called “Tapa-Traya” or three classes of troubles. When Shanti mantras are recited, obstacles from these realms are believed to be pacified. (- wikipedia 2015)

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Vincent Moon and Nana Vasconcelos: The world’s hidden music rituals (TEDtalk)

Music is the heart of every culture. The expression of its zeitgeist, its fears and hopes, the love, the tragedy, the joy and the sadness. Music is a creative expression that has many forms and reaches out to the most hidden corners in the world and within us.
Music unites, it brings people together no matter of their belief system, their race, color, gender or occupation. A powerful talk about how music and film can help people to see their own culture in a new way. Really worth watching!

French filmmaker Vincent Moon travels the world with just a backpack, a laptop and a camera. He’s filmed Arcade Fire in an elevator and Bon Iver in an apartment kitchen – and single-shot films of a Sufi ritual in Chechnya and an ayahuasca journey in Peru. In this talk, he explains how film and music can help people see their own cultures in a new way. Followed by a performance by jazz icon Nana Vasconcelos

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