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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Cubitt Sessions; MetalBeatZ; Ridiculous; Carl Blarx

18 July, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Ridiculous play The Dublin Castle on July 24

MORE free entertainment at Granary Square as the Cubitt Sessions return to Lewis Cubitt Square from July 24-August 4. This year’s programme includes a specially curated series of classical music featuring Ayanna Witter-Johnson, world-class flamenco guitarist Paco Peña, and young singers from English National Opera. There are also folk and contemporary acts on the line-up as well as family Sundays of world music and street culture. All live and all free. More details from

• Carl Blarx knows where to come for his news. New single Be Nice features the young musician/rapper reading none other than the Camden New Journal – one way to catch the eye of this page. Still, he wouldn’t be our Record of the Week if it wasn’t merited. See what we make of it here.

• Producer, songwriter and guitarist Colin Leggett – aka MetalBeatZ – has been operating in the music scene for more than 40 years, starting out at Jethro Tull’s Maison Rouge recording studio where his first day of work involved recording ABBA at the Royal Albert Hall. He went on to live-record countless punk bands, and work on studio recordings for Jeff Beck, Rory Gallagher, OMD, Yazz, Vangelis and many more. Later recording tracks on Primal Scream’s Mercury Prize-winning Screamadelica, he went on to write and produce for young bands, many from around Camden and Islington. Now, he has decided to put together his first band, MetalBeatZ, but has struggled to find an exciting new singer/bass player or separate singer and bass player. Potential rock stars should get in touch with Colin at Never let it be said that we don’t support new local musical ventures on these pages.

Eccentric Hampstead foursome Ridiculous, featuring Jon Moss, Erran Baron-Cohen, Pete Noone and Basti Wocker, play The Dublin Castle on July 24.

Baby Shakes

• NYC rock ‘n’ roll punk band Baby Shakes play 100 Club on July 19.

• Ever looking to take things into another Dimension, Barbican will screen Duncan Jones’ sci-fi film Moon tomorrow (Friday) with an introduction from composer and musician Clint Mansell, whose critically acclaimed score will be played live by the London Contemporary Orchestra and Mansell’s collaborator conductor Matt Dunkley.

• Twelve-piece contemporary music group Icebreaker bring their Apollo project – a multi-media reworking of Brian Eno’s Apollo album – to the Barbican on July 20 to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Also performing is pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole and there will be screenings of excerpts of Al Reinert’s film of the Apollo space missions, For All Mankind.

• Nostalgic for some sounds of the 90s and 00s? You may be older than you think. Enjoy unlimited pizza, beer and prosecco at the 90s & 00s Brunch Garden Party at Egg on July 20.

• Venezuelan superstar Nacho “La Criatura” comes to London as a solo artist for the first time for a one-night-only show at The Forum on July 21.

• Grammy-winning R&B vocalist Evelyn “Champagne” King is one of the disco world’s true icons. Her career has included many hits including 1978’s Shame, which was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame, and dance floor favourites Love Come Down and I’m in Love. She plays two nights at the Jazz Cafe on July 22-23.

• Brazilian artist and rapper Emicida literally made his name with his deft improvisation and skill at rap battles – the name Emicida is a portmanteau of the words Emcee and homicide. Because of his frequent victories in the battles of improvisation, his friends dubbed him a “killer”, who slays opponents through rhymes. Consequently, he is now one of the most respected MCs in his home country, and one of the biggest revelations of its underground hip-hop scene. See him in action at the Jazz Cafe on July 24.

• We have received a wordy explanation from Stevenage anarcho punks Bad Breeding about the video for their latest track C.S.A.M. which has been banned from YouTube. We’re putting it out there – make of it what you will … “Indexthumb has created a video that comments on the manufactured angles played out in the media that seek to gain traction for imperialist manoeuvres around the world. It’s a video that echoes the use of shock-and-awe tactics and infantilisation that are employed to bypass or simplify conversations about complex issues,” explains frontman Christopher Dodd. “The pursuit of western imperialism in the last two decades has arguably accounted for the deaths of at least half-a-million people in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have also had untold carnage unfold in other parts of the Middle East. And for what? Oil? Money? National pride? Strategic positioning? Our march of emancipatory progress? C.S.A.M. stands in direct opposition to the rank western moralisation of war and the political misdirection that has led us to this point; all the bloodshed, lives lost and money made.” See the band in the flesh at Electrowerkz on July 25.

• French duo L’Entourloop have become household names in France with their amalgamation of dub and hip-hop. The play the Jazz Cafe on July 25 following the release of new album Le Savoir Faire. London MC Deemas J opens the show.

• Notable gigs this week: Witterquick (above), 229 (July 20); Kelsey Lu, Kings Place (July 23).


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