The Mouldy Lovers are unlike a majority of young bands. Nowadays it seems you’ve got either your classic indie-pop/rock band or the more synth heavy, electronically-minded alternative. This octuplet (that’s eight members FYI) comes nowhere close to fitting into either of those genres. I tried to describe in my own words what kind of music Mouldy Lovers make and after a good half an hour of no results I gave into the easy option, Facebook. They describe themselves as ‘subtropical gypsy funk junk’ and let’s be honest, that couldn’t be more accurate. Even describing them as a band doesn’t cut it because really they are a cultural entity, a collective channelling West End’s charm through music. It certainly caught the ear of my editor, so I got in contact with Matt (trumpet/trombone) and we had a chat in anticipation of their single launch (click me!) at The Box on Friday night.
When I first spoke with Laneous from Laneous and The Family Yah I knew I was not interviewing an average, run of the mill performer. Anyone who lists Ol’ Dirty Bastard as a major influence has got to be a character. Laneous explained “I admired his voice, the way he lived his life and…
"In the year of the Celestial Raccoon, The Great Lord Tanuki commissioned a magical flying pirate ship of the airwaves - The Tiki Voyager - crewed by none other than Cap’n Rudi Quinzalez and his 1st Mate Sunny Dread. In the quest for the smoothest Reggae, Soul, Rocksteady, World Beat and Rare Versions and Instrumentals, The Tiki Voyager has pillaged villages from the Seychelles to the rugged coast of California."
This Rare Gem - a rocksteady mash up of Amy Winehouse's 'Back To Black' with Portishead's 'Wandering Star' by The Senors and Featuring Laneous on vocals, was recorded live at The Tanuki Lounge on 11th August 2011 and features on this years Island Vibe compilation. Visit Rudekatrecords.com for this years full compilation album.
i am literally obsessed with this song and with this band and especially with nai palm. she is incredible and has the kind of talent i could only imagine having and makes the kind of music i’d die to make. its times like this i wish i didn’t focus on my voice so much when i was younger and focused on learning other instruments.