As a child, Mike Beech learned how to play classical guitar. It was a great choice of instrument, however everything changed when an older version of himself saw School Of Rock. After becoming a huge fan of the film and the music in it, Mike Beech swapped his classical direction for something a little more modern. While studying, he was selected to be the singer of the University of Warwick Big Band which came as a big surprise for him. The scholarly accolade however gave Mike Beech the impetus to go on and take his talent seriously. Now with a love for groove as well as a fantastic fretboard mobility, originally adapted to the tenser and more resistant traditional instrument, Mike Beech sings his own material.
We get a fresh guitar riff with classical strings that bounces up and down in a rock rhythm. Behind, sunny chords elevate the melody of a vocal line. The words are about upgrading a relationship from simple get-togethers to being involved in each other's lives. Integrating self into another self is risky business and we have to be able to see the best in a person to do it. The song drifts along with happy and life-affirming lines and a catchy chorus that we can learn in no time.
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Freaky DJs Feat. Jimmy Hennessy and Kaktuz
This all-star combination of talent brings us an eclectic mix of musical influences. As mentioned on Alternative Fruit previously, Jimmy Hennessy grew up in Ireland where he found a love for folk and dance music. He's had loads of radio play already with his earlier works, and now by teaming up with fellow musician Kaktuz, this new material puts things into yet more perspective. Giving us a flavour of their diversity and willingness to work alongside other bright lights on the stage shows us that both Hennessy and Kaktuz are forces to be counted in.
The music begins with a glistening melody. Vocals emerge from the abstraction with dynamic effects which lend a distinctive quality. The vocals describe someone who makes him happy, someone who improves life and he doesn't want to let go. A new vocal enters with a soulful style of delivery while beats pound in like rain on the roof of a car. A guitar solo washes over the rocks, dashing notes with lucid quality as the steel string acoustic tells the story. Then a clean vocal raps more verses before the main choral effects merge with another surge of tuneful guitar.
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