Mixtape #95

We shimmy our way into May with a mixtape put together by Vula Viel's beating heart, Bex Burch. Now a trio, they blend Ghanaian musical traditions with electronica, jazz and myriad other elements to make intoxicatingly joyous and entrancingly rhythmic tracks. Here's what she had to say about her mix:

"Most of the music which has inspired me is unrecorded, it was played and seeped into me through my skin in real life, physical, tactile contact, along with the smells and feels and peoples and life. My recorded influences are pretty limited and still very much from many years ago, although I'm listening to music again now as I'm back to 'school' in writing. I definitely don't know what's "cool" but here's some songs which move me. Currently on my record player is Oté Maloya - The Birth of electric Maloya on Réunion Island."

  1. Caméléon – La Rosée Si Feuilles Songes [Diffusion Royale]
  2. Oren Marshall & The Charming Transport Band – Just Get Over It [F-IRE]
  3.  Led Zeppelin – Good Times Bad Times [Atlantic]
  4.  Nirvana – Where Did You Sleep Last Night [Matl CRash / Octopus]
  5.  Joni Mitchell – A Case Of You [Reprise]
  6.  Brian Finnegan – Marga’s [Singing Tree Music ]
  7. Steve Reich – Reich: Sextet – Mvt. #3 [Nonesuch]
  8. Steve Reich – Reich: Sextet – Mvt. #4 [Nonesuch]
  9. Barak Schmool – Stolen Train [Argo]
  10. Mulatu Astatke – Yèkèrmo Sèw [Amha Records]
  11. The Meters – Cissy Strut [Josie Records]
  12. Michael Jackson – Man In the Mirror [Epic]
  13. Odetta – Hit or Miss (Live) [Four Leaf Clover Records]

Vula Viel announce new London date in May, second album incoming

Vula Viel have been hinting at a new album for a while now, after turning heads with their 2015 outstanding debut album Good is Good and explosive live shows. Entitled Do Not Be Afraid, the upcoming record is due out this year, and it saw bandleader Bex Burch return to western Ghana, to continue studying, making and playing the Gyil, a large xylophone used as a primary instrument by the Dagaare tribe. With the Gyil again taking centre stage, Do Not Be Afraid is influenced by the culture and rhythmic traditions of the Dagaare.

Now a trio, featuring Jim Hart on drums and Ruth Goller on bass, Vula Viel have recently announced a live date at the Vortex Jazz Club in London on May 27th. Known for their exhilarating and entrancing performances, and with the highly anticipated Do Not Be Afraid under their belt, this will be a date not to be missed. Tickets are on sale now,  just head here to snap one up.

While we wait for Vula Viel’s new album, revisit their debut Good Is Good on bandcamp and listen to the opening track ‘Yes Yaa Yaa’ below.

In other related good news, we invited Bex Burch to create a guest mixtape for us to get a glimpse into her influences and inspirations. Her mixtape in on its way in May, so keep your ears peeled.

Vula Viel unleash new video for ‘Zine Dondone Zine Daa’

Vula Viel - Zine Dondone Zine DaaVula Viel are offering their first music video for the exhilarating and entrancing ‘Zine Dondone Zine Daa’, a track which can be found on their Good is Good album, released last year and available on their bandcamp.
The clip has been released ahead of the band’s UK tour this Autumn, which includes a date in London on 2th December at Rich Mix. Watch the video below, made by Louise Boer, and find the full list of dates straight after.

Vula Viel Tour dates:

27th Oct – Midlands Art Centre (MAC), Birmingham
28th Oct – The Ropetackle Art Centre, Shoreham by Sea
10th Nov – Yellow Arch Studios, Sheffield
11th Nov – Silk Mill Museum, Derby
2nd Dec – Rich Mix, London