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Marimba heroes Amampondo, albums for re-issue

African marimba stars albums to be re-issuedFor some time the MELT label releases by Amampondo have not been available. In terms of a new deal between the group, the former MELT owner, Robert Trunce and Mountain Records, some of the back catalogue albums will soon be available again.
One of the founder members Dizu Plaatjies, has secured the approval of his former band mates to issue the records once again. Dizu fronted the group for ten years before leaving to start his own project, Ibuyambo.The remaining members continued with occasional live performances but did not make any new recordings. We expect that at least three albums are involved in the deal as well as possibly adding some of the side projects that were issued with individual members of the band, becoming available at a later stage.Amampondo toured the world in the 1980s and 90s spearheading an African music wave that drew many imitators. Among their highlight engagements was their appearance at Wembley Stadium, at the Nel…
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McCullagh / MacKay Prog Rock project

Terence (Tully) McCullagh has pulled in keyboard specialist Gordon MacKay to partner with him on his first solo album. Tully and Gordon have performed together in McCully Workshop, but what they are offering this time is very different to the sort of music they do in their band. 
Tully started out recording this new material on his own and then saw that it would be appropriate to have an instrument that is featured in solos and special parts of the songs. Tully is a multi-instrumentalist with bass and guitar being his specialities.  
Adding Gordon, who is classically schooled and a virtuoso electric keyboard player, provided just the right additional elements required for the musical style they are recording.

Gordon is the brother of well known rock musician, Duncan MacKay, who made a name for himself in the UK in the 1980s, notably with the band Cockney Rebel. The two brothers worked together in the Johannesburg jazz/rock scene before Duncan returned to the UK. 
Gordon spent a lot of tim…

Sophistication, Lesley Rae Dowling - Feat. Jethro Butow

Blues licks and Irony
The latest Lesley Rae Dowling track, from the 2020 re-mix project, is the new version of Sophistication, re-named Sophistication, the name of the game. Lesley's vocal, with her tongue in cheek text and the superb electric guitar work of the late Jethrow Butow, make this and outstanding re-release. 
Jethro played on many of the cuts on her first album, but perhaps none of his playing added to the mood of her songs more than on this production. Producer Terence McCullagh remixed the track in the midst of the Corona lockdown of the last couple of months. 
He says: "At the time we recorded the original, I thought Lesley was having a dig at me and my girlfriend, when she came up with the lyrics. Now I see it is more universal in its scorn". 

Jethro was perhaps the go to session guitarist of the Johannesburg studio scene in the 1980's, having played on many hits by local artists. He later turned his hand to production but remained indispensable as a sess…

McCullagh doing a solo project.

One of South Africa's (SA) best known Rock Music artists, Terence McCullagh is working on his first solo album.

McCullagh, better known as Tully McCully, has headed up McCully Workshop, for over thirty years. The band have had multiple hits, including the SA pop music standard, The Buccaneer. Tully is the bass player and lead vocalist for the group. They released their last album, Infinity, one of many, as recently as October last year.

McCullagh is also known for his record production activities, with hits by Lesley Rae Dowling, Crocodile Harris, Zayn Adam and others to his credit.

His Spaced Out Sounds Studios, where he was resident for most of his professional career, turned out dozens, perhaps hundreds, of award winning TV and radio commercials. In all that time he never made a solo record of his own music, as a solo act.

During the last part of the production of the Infinity album, the label Tin Can Discs, considered peeling off one or two tracks submitted by McCullagh becau…

Tiny Magnetic Pets Third EP


Tiny Magnetic Pets : The Politburo Disko EP
Focus Track: Blitzed
Release: The Politburo Disko EP
Release date: 21st July 2020

For fans of: Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp, Blondie, The Killers, Chvrches.

From Dublin, TINY MAGNETIC PETS are now bringing their blend of New Wave-infused Germanic Synthpop to all streaming platforms. Like the rest of the world, TMP’s 2020 plans have been placed on lockdown.

TMP have been busy updating their their back catalogue on streaming services with the release of their first 2 EPs ‘Stalingrad’ & ‘The NATO Alphabet’ both making their streaming debut last month.
July will see the release of ‘The Politburo Disko’ EP on all streaming services with ‘Blitzed’ as the single.

Rather appropriately for the current world climate, the song deals with boredom, loss of control and the downsides of social media where by it’s very nature dupes us into thinking that everyone else is having a better life than us. It is however delivered in the ty…

Blitzed - Tiny Magnetic Pets - Single

Life as an aspirant recording artist can be a tough!
Dublin based New Wave rockers Tiny Magnetic Pets, have a new single. The track is Blitzed
The struggle to survive in the music biz is reflected in lyrics like - 
Everyone you know is better off than you. Makes you want to run and hide.
Nothing happens around here So I take pictures with my phone So much communication still, I'd rather be alone Saw you blitzed at the album launch Face down on the floor Smile for the CCTV camera

The catchy melody and production are set against autobiographical and socially aware lyrics. This makes for a weighty release in the usually lightweight pop music scene.

Release due on all platforms (stream and download) on the 10th of July 2020. 
Link to preview  - iTunes
Link to the band's website -  Web Pages

Zayn Adam - Power Ballad Remixes - A Birthday Reminder

Zayn was not just a good singer, he had a great voice.

He is remembered with this EP, which has been in the pipeline for over a year now. It reminds us of just what a great vocal stylist he was.

Terence (Tully) McCullagh sent me a remix of a Zayn duet with Terri Lynn in February 2019. He had recorded the song with Zayn in the 1980s. We subsequently issued the track, I won't cry, as a single in April 2019.

Zayn used to keep a ear open for local (South Africa based) writers for his releases. This EP includes two such songs, scouted by him. Cape based, Martin Wolf wrote I won't cry for Zayn.

The updates and improvement in sound on the first remix were a real surprise for me.  We agreed to select a handful of ballads that Tully had produced and he would remix these with contemporary sounds and some new instrumentation. The result is a five track EP titled - Power Ballads. This will go live on the late Zayn Adam's birthday, the 7th of July 2020.

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