Welcome to Indie Andaluz, taking you on a journey across Andalucia’s rich and varied musical landscape.
Presented by Andalucia Music’s Gary Beaumont this weekly two hour radio show is broadcast on Castle Radio FM 89.2 every Wednesday from 10 pm till midnight (CET) or you can listen to it online here from the day after.
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Parts 1 – 3
Parts 4 – 6
1 – Guadalupe Plata – Lorena
We opened the show with Lorena by Guadalupe Plata a blues rock trio from Jaen up there in the north of the region, taken from their 2011 album imaginatively named Guadalupe Plata 2011.
Guadalupe Plata have gone from strength to strength since I first saw them back in 2010 and are one of the bands from the region who have begun to break internationally with their third album Guadalupe Plata 2015, yep still putting a lot of thought into those album titles! being their first to go on general release in the UK.
Another band that’s building a fanbase outside of Spain is Seville’s Pony Bravo who blend a whole range of styles to create their own unique sound. Here’s Rave de Dios from their 2010 album El Gramo de Fe
2 – Pony Bravo – Rave de Dios
And now closer to home with Sabinillas three piece hip hop crew Kinientoskilos – KNK and their track Vienen Los Warros from the album of the same name
3 – KNK – Vienen Los Warros
A great example of how bands in Andalucia can fuse together multiple musical styles into their sound without it sounding cobbled together is Futu Matano, weaving rock, funk, rap, reggae and hip hop along with a liberal splash of flamenco. This is a track from the self titled album by these former winners of the El Intercambio Battle of the Bands down at Louie Louie’s, Estepona Port, back in 2014.
4 – Futu Matano – Tu Me das Alas
At this point in the show we should take a little trip across the border into Gibraltar, where a thriving music scene exists, in part thanks to the hard work and enthusiasm of the Rock on the Rock Club’s Alan Allman, whose support for young, up and coming talent, was recognised in the recent New Year’s honours list with a British Empire Medal for services to music in Gibraltar, well done Alan. A veteran musician and songwriter himself here is a track from his band Come in Leon’s album Sugan in the Ashtray – this is Bitterman.
5 – Come in Leon – Bitterman
Staying in Gibraltar, another pillar of the music scene there is Sister D, whose upbeat reggae tunes are tempered with uncompromising social comment. For this show I’ve chosen something nice and light so here’s Sista Dee and Wise Up Crew and Zung Zeng
6 – Sista Dee and The Wise Up Crew – Zung Zeng
Another band doing great things over on the Rock and beyond is Jetstream a four piece band whose original tracks cover a variety of genres from pop to rock and everything in between. Currently working on their new album due for release in the summer of this year here is a sneak preview of one of the tracks in contention for inclusion.
7 – Jetstream – You and Me (acoustic)
Back to a bit of Indie Rock, this is the latest track from Dead City Radio fronted by musician, songwriter and sometime music journalist James Culatto, this is High on Scars.
8 – Dead City Radio – High on Scars
Back into Spain and a particular favourite of mine Airbag. A band from Estepona who’ve made it big on the National scene alternating between power pop and punk this track is from their latest album Gotham te Necesita this is –
9 – Airbag – Ladrones de Cuerpos
Every year there are dozens of music contests, from Battles of the bands to singer songwriter competitions. one such being the Espileta Sound band contest held each summer in Casares. Last year saw a great line up with amongst the finalists the all girl rock band Flaming Dolls. Based in Madrid but originally from Malaga the girls return most summers to perform gigs in their home region. This is Te Iras from Flaming Dolls
10 – Flaming Dolls – Te Iras
Sticking with Espileta Sound here is last year’s winners a trio from Seville this is
11 – Jambalayaband – Blurco
And just before the break here is the force of nature that is Trashtucada an ensemble from Seville that fuse together ska, reggae, rock, funk and a touch of mariachi trumpet!
12 – Trashtucada – Penelope
Another band mixing up the genre’s is Malaga’s Jammin’ Dose, equally comfortable with rock or funk, their cover of Beyonce’s Crazy in Love just shows they can turn their hand to anything. For this show we’re going to play their latest single taken from the 2015 album ‘Deadline’
13 – Jammin’ Dose – The Hater
Now for a bit of a change in tempo, Dry Martina from Malaga describe their sound as Retropop, blending swing, calypso, jazz, rock and roll, and rocksteady to create a unique sound, don’t take my word for it judge for yourself-
14 – Dry Martina – Tan Solo Quiero Yo Tu Amor
Ahead of this year’s Ojeando music festival the annual Ojeando New Talent contest has thrown up a great winner in Hungry Butterfly an electronic duo who will be performing at the Ojen festival at the beginning of June.
15 – Hungry Butterfly – Are You Ready for the Bears
Trekking off to the East of the region takes us to Almeria, the hometown of indie rock band Parlement, fronted by Miles Kane sound alike Stefan Robert this band really impressed me at a recent performance at Louie Louie’s in Estepona. Taken from their debut album Be Machinery/You Oughta be in Pictures this is Blood
16 – Parlement – Blood
One of the many characters in the local music Denyse Sanchez is always a busy man, whilst not providing lead vocals for the rock band El Alma, he can be seen strutting his stuff as Freddie Mercury in the Queen tribute band Queen of Magic, but he’s never more in his element than when fronting his glam rock band Denyse y los Histericos. Here’s a track from their latest album Retrorock
17 – Denyse y los Histericos – Bourbon Sobre Tu Piel
Let’s mellow it down a little, this track from Granada fourpiece Trepat, Miles de Estrellas is guaranteed to raise the hairs on your arms, well it does mine.
18 – Trepat – Miles de Estrellas
And now for something completely different. Pepe L’amour et la Chicolini Orquesta from Malaga draw heavily on French traditional music with a nod to Charles Aznavour and Jacque Brel, with French lyrics to boot.
19 – Pepe L’amour et la Chicolini Orquesta – Comme un Chien
It’s that time of the show when all the headbangers let down their hair, whilst those of a nervous disposition pop off and make a cup of tea, give it up for :
20 – Hora Zulu – Gabinas de Cochero
This summer will see another new music festival in the region with the first edition of the Trafalgar Music Festival in Barbate, Cadiz. With bands such as the Crystal Fighters, Buzzcocks and the Sleaford Mods headlining, there are a few local bands in the line-up including Seville’s Andrés Herrera, alias Pájaro. Here are a couple of back to back tracks from the Santa Leone album
21 – Pajaro – Santa Leone
22 – Pajaro – TLP
Another favourite of mine is Jarrilo Lata. A band from Malaga that typifies that unique Andalucian mix and mash of genres incorporating Rumba, reggae, swing, ska, funk, rock, flamenco and more into their sound. This is their track De la Campana a La Casa del Guardia from their 2012 album Folkloricos Anonimos.
23 – Jarrilo Lata – De la Campana a La Casa del Guardia
Thank you for accompanying me on this journey across Andalucia’s rich musical landscape. You can listen to this again at www.andaluciamusic.com where you will also find the notes for this show. Thanks also to Castle Radio FM on 89.2 for broadcasting this show and it just leaves me finish off the show with a great track ‘Words’ from the new album ‘If we don’t, who will’ from Los News.
24 – Los News – Words