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In collaboration with Jagged House, Ira Losco has recently joined the escflashmalta.com family as part of the editorial board albeit in a guest position, one which she has engaged on a monthly basis. Hot on heels following the release of her seventh studio album, The Fire, which has been hailed as a model for the music which should follow by other local musicians, Ira Losco is currently engaging her fans through a promotional campaign supported by escflashmalta.com, Coca Cola and 89.7 Bay in order to select her fourth single release, but more about that here.

Christmas is a time for giving, and indeed, Ira Losco who once represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest to massive success, finishing in second place with 7th Wonder composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg, is giving away a digital copy of her latest studio album, for FREE. Due to the fact that Ira had not released any original music in years, many had been expecting her to be mellow, a tad safe but she came out firing in a positive manner and released what has been coined to be an edgy and risky album, one which managed to top the iTunes Charts for more than two months at one point. Ira Losco will return with a brand new blog for the month of December in a couple of days, so we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com, listen to The Fire and await more interesting news.

Source: Official Facebook Page

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YL6FUsh-lI

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Thursday, 12 December 2013 15:01

Malta: Airport Impressions Prepping New Release

Airport Impressions, one of the most formidable groups in the local music industry, which comprises of Errol Sammut, Johann Schembri, Chris Curmi and Steve Farrugia, have been extremely busy in the studio working on their upcoming studio album release, their sophomore and the follow-up to their successful debut entitled Minutes of a Lifetime. As guest performers at the upcoming edition of the Bay Music Awards, set to take place on the 21st December at the Bay Arena, Airport Impressions will surely be playing their new single Hymns of June.

Hymns of June is the first single release off the yet untitled album, which is proving to be a mixture of genres yet predominantly based on the sound that has made Of Monsters and Men and Mumford and Sons, two groups to be reckoned with. Recorded and Jagged House Studios, run by Howard Keith Debono, Airport Impressions are seeking gold with their new material and hoping to succeed in the same manner that fellow friend and artist, Ira Losco has in recent months with her record The Fire topping both the radio and the digital charts for several weeks. You could listen to the acoustic version of the song featuring Johann and Errol just below, having been recorded especially for 89.7 Bay and await the full release in due course. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Airport Impressions (Facebook Page), 89.7 Bay

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It is somewhat difficult to spot the best possible talent in Malta without having a clue to what is out there due to the fact that busy lives are being led but nevertheless, escflashmalta.com received a tip not too long ago to look out for Bettina and Philippa, a sister duo whose combined efforts are being released as The New Victorians. Howard Keith of Jagged House is producing their debut album and therefore, it seems that the two ladies have a rock behind them as they receive the best possible guidance.

Back in 2011, they competed in the International Alchemy Songwriting Competition held in the United States of America, where they were announced as Youth Division Winners. The track which had garnered attention bears the name Tom, Dick and Harry and was performed during their set at the Beland Music Festival earlier this summer. In the meantime, around two (2) months ago, they recorded a cover of the track Someboday to Love, originally by the group Queen. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news from the local music industry but to keep an eye on The New Victorians, make sure to visit their pages on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Soundlcoud.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA8AiC9tIDE

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escflashmalta.com is proud to denote that guest contributor, Ira Losco is still heading the digital charts on iTunes with her sixth studio album The Fire. This means that the record has managed to stay on top for eleven (11) consecutive weeks with the latest single, Me Luv U Long Time also managing number #2 on Malta's Top Ten, having led for three (3) weeks in a row and also number #1 on Bay's Top Thirty which also includes tracks from the foreign music industry. One has to denote that the female vocalists' humble beginnings came from the Eurovision Song Contest where her entry 7th Wonder composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg finished as the first runner-up.

One of the main elements behind her nationwide success is the fact that she has always been grounded and appreciates her fans, the people who have given life to her music. The latest music video supporting the release of Me Luv U Long Time is a masterpiece and has already garnered the attention of leading individuals in the industry who are somewhat signalling future award success for both the vocalist and production company, The Bigger Picture. With almost a quarter of a million views on the music video, it goes to show that apart from achieving local recognition, Ira is on her way to international success once more. The release of the single and the video has been promoted through several fan sites of the Eurovision Song Contest including; escXtra and Wiwiblogs amongst others. In the meantime, we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for her latest blog for the month of September in the next couple of days.

Source: Jagged House, Emil Calleja Bayliss (image)

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Me Luv You Long Time, the third single off Ira Losco's sixth studio album entitled The Fire is clearly causing a storm considering that it is scaling up the charts at a relatively fast pace. As a matter of fact, this week, on Malta's Top Ten With Nathan D, the track has managed to peak at number #2, with the only song to achieve more airplay during the past week being Endless Flame by Joseph Armani and featuring Cazi Opea. Last night, Ira Losco was headlining at the Għaxaq Music Festival and performed a string of hits including Waking Up to the LightDriving One of Your Cars and L-Aħħar Bidwi F'Wied il-Għasel which has also been covered by Italian sensation, Claudio Baglioni.

Ira Losco, a regular contributor at escflashmalta.com has managed to rekindle the support that spurred her onto becoming the leading female vocalist in the country with The Fire achieving several statistical successes. The first two singles; What I'd Give and The Person I Am, the latter of which featured guest vocals of David Leguesse did well both on the radio and on iTunes. A music video to support her latest single has also been recorded and in her own words, is said to be released within the next couple of weeks. Following an astonishing performance with her band, Ira Losco was joined on stage by Errol Sammut and the rest of Airport Impressions for two cover versions which sent the crowd into a complete frenzy as they witnessed great chemistry between the two leading vocalists. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com, Kurt Paris (Image)

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The Fire, Ira Losco's sixth album is the most successful to date notching up a total of ten weeks at number #1 on the local music charts. Preceding the release of the collection, there were two singles, one entitled What I'd Give and the other being The Person I Am featuring the vocals of David Leguess. Between Ira's fifth and sixth studio albums, there was a three year gap, something which she described as a period where she rediscovered her love towards music. All releases by the singer/songwriter are under the Jagged House imprint and therefore, it comes as no surprise that joining her in Għaxaq on Tuesday, 6th August 2013 will be none other than Airport Impressions, also on the labels' roster.

At the Farsons Beer Festival, Ira Losco performed a string of her own personal hits including a number of well known songs in Maltese such as L-Aħħar Bidwi F'Wied il-Għasel. In the meantime, Airport Impressions will be taking to the stage tomorrow evening with Lauren Aquilina also in tow for a series of performances. Both Ira and Airport Impressions will be singing songs from their personal discography but organisers of the Għaxaq Music Festival have also confirmed that the two will be coming together for a couple of tracks as well. This is something that is happening for the very first time and the public will surely enjoy the outcome considering the strong vocals on both sides. Errol, lead singer of Airport Impressions was also the composer of When It's Time, Claudia Faniello's entry within the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013 at number #2 on Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D on 89.7 Bay. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news!

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSvn_bakoTU
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The Fire, the sixth studio album release from Ira Losco is being seen as the most biographical especially following a rather long interlude in which she took a break from music. Her latest single release entitled Me Luv You Long Time is seen as a stunning track mixing together several genres including funk, pop and rock. When turning on a local radio station, it is one of the tracks which will be played on most of the stations in the country at the moment and that speaks volumes for Ira's career in general.

Ira has been in the industry for over ten years but she garnered major exposure following her first runner-up finish at the 2002 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The international spectacle was a completely different event without the current semi-final system. Ultimately she was beaten by I Wanna, a track that represented Latvia and failed to become a known hit track. On Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D, the track is currently peaking at number #4 and will most likely head to the top in due course.

An official music video will most likely be unveiled within the next couple of weeks in order to aid promotion but nevertheless, if you would like to watch Ira Losco perform live, make sure to attend the Farsons Beer Festival on Sunday 28th July. Following a series of tracks from her latest and former albums, she will hold a meet and greet session with the people present. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available. 

Source: Official Facebook Page

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSvn_bakoTU

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The Earth Garden 3-day festival will this year be returning on Friday 31st May till Sunday 2nd June after last year’s break. The 6th edition of this festival will be taking place at Ta’ Qali national park, as in previous times. This festival , which has been described as ‘the local green finger festival’, uses Arts, Music and Culture as means of holistically showing an interest in the state of the environment. Attracting locals and foreigners alike, the Earth Garden Festival has increased in popularity since the first edition and is now more abundant in terms of attendance, artists’ participation, performers, organisation and production. In fact, the first weekend of June has now been marked permanently on the national cultural calendar as the Earth Garden Festival weekend.

The theme for this year’s festival, in collaboration with the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change, is ‘every breath we take’. This EU slogan relates to air quality and intends to bring awareness to an issue which affects a healthy environment. Earth Garden will consist of 2 main area: The Greek Theatre Main Stage and the Open Village which includes The Roots Stage, The Electronic Sphere, Camping Area, The Remissa Chill-out Corner, the Why Not?Jamming Area, The Arts Area, Ethnic Market and the Kid’s Area. There will be an entrance fee of 5EU for the Open Village, which will be valid for the whole weekend, while the fee for every show held at the Greek Theatre Main Stage will be 15EU (children under 15 FREE).

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The festival will kick off on Friday at the Open Village at the Roots Stage, with a party hosted by ‘Juuls’. Together with this reggae vibe, internationally successful local band Mana Tapu will also be performing. Also on the night, Espionage will be hosting the Electronic Sphere. In the meantime, a Pink Floyd tribute show will take place at the Greek Theatre. Malta Music Awards winners Tribali will be performing at the Greek Theatre on Saturday 1st June. The band is expected to carry out a spectacular show which will leave the audience wanting more.  16 other acts, featuring Spanish, Latin rhythmic bands,  will be performing on The Roots Stage while the Electronic Sphere will feature world’s known German  Boom Shankar and some other locally outstanding acts such as Duncan F, Rod Minus and more. 

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On Sunday, the closing day of the festival, YADA will put up a dance show named ‘The Summer of Love Woodstock Edition’ which is directed and produced by Felix Busutil. UK’s  girl band and ‘frontrunners of the new British acoustic scene’ Moulettes will be taking over The Roots Stage in the Open Village that afternoon together Manu Tapu, The Creepers, the Busker, Zalza Kukkanja,  Irie Flo and locally renowned indie band Stalko. Perpendicular has once again been invited to close off the Earth Garden Weekender at the Electronic Sphere.  Perpendicular’s new guest Danjeli will be Opening the afternoon to a more chilled vibe and the Perpendicular boys Carl Lautier, Nicky SLiM & MATO will follow, showcasing different genres throughout the day and night. 

The Remissa Corner: This is the new corner where one can simply chill and relax in a laid-back ambience. This captivating environment will be accompanied by different music selections and live acts such as ‘Bibita’ .

The Why Not? Jamming Area: This is a space where all music and all art forms are explored and enjoyed. It is the area where it ‘all started’ and where artists get to express themselves. 

Ethnic Market: This consists of vendors displaying an abundance of ethnic items such as paintings and sculptures.  The Ethnic Market offers much more to the visitors than the chance to stock up on beautiful ethnic items. The Holistic Section, located within the market itself, will give the visitors a peaceful heaven to sit down and relax. Workshops, NGOs and educational stands will be present in this section.

This festival that voices care for the environment through Arts, Music and Culture in a holistic way should definitely not be missed! In the meantime, it is important to note the main sponsors for this years' event, these being; FCM BANK, the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change, Cisk Export Premium Lager, V18, Vamp and Bay Radio. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news about such local events.

Source: Press Release

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In 2007, four male musicians in the form of Errol Sammut, Johann Schembri, Chris Curmi and Steve Farrugia came together to create the alternative male band known as Airport Impressions. Jagged House Studios, represented by Howard Keith knew that there was something special and thus a professional relationship began, one which culminated in the release of a number of successful singles such as Beside You and Wake Up. Nevertheless, the tracks only got better and in 2008, with the release of Borderline, it seemed that the star was set to shine and not for a short period but for a lengthy stretch. Airport Impressions continues to work hard and in 2010, put out their debut album entitled Minutes of a Lifetime which won rave reviews from critics and practically all possible awards.

In recent months, the group has been relatively quiet in the public eye with their last known appearances coming about at the end of summer of 2012 including concerts in Sweden, the country which just happens to be hosting this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Errol Sammut on the other hand has also been busy co-writing with Claudia Faniello in recent months having been the composer behind the song When It's Time which finished in seventh place during this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest prior to making it on 89.7 Bay, where it peaked at number #2 on the local charts. In the past couple of days, the group have been gearing up for an announcement on their Official Page on Facebook and finally, the wait is over with a sophomore album in the works. with the correct statement saying 'Proud to announce that we are officially back in the studio today to record our second album!' Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Official Facebook Page

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Track Number #9 off the fifth studio album by Ira Losco is entitled Dead or Alive (Save my Soul) and it seems that the public have grown extremely fond of the track, so much that they have bought it several times to make it peak at number #1 on the iTunes singles chart. Jagged House, the company that represents Ira Losco have already released two official singles in the form of What I'd Give, winner of the Best Video Award at the Malta Music Awards, and The Person I Am which features vocals by David Leguesse and has amassed several views through viral website, YouTube. It is yet unknown whether Dead or Alive (Save my Soul) will be officially released as a single but nevertheless, the public have a right to select the tracks which they enjoy listening to the most.

To signify the importance of the first two digital singles, official music videos were created and as a matter of fact, both tracks made it to number #1 on iTunes as well as on leading radio station, 89.7 Bay. The album itself entitled The Fire was at the top position of the chart for five consecutive weeks and despite sales still shifting at the moment, it finds itself at number #2 behind the album 21 by British singer/songwriter Adele. 'I keep re-confirming that The Fire keeps burning! So many positive comments which obviously make me ecstatic!' are the words which echoed from the mouth of Ira Losco this morning as the editorial team of escflashmalta.com got in contact to announce her latest success. We urge you to continue purchasing the record through the iTunes Digital Store and to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for another blog from Ira Losco in a couple of weeks time.

Source: iTunes, Emil Calleja Bayliss (Image)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YL6FUsh-lI

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