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In December, the Bay Music Awards as voted by the general public, mostly listeners of 89.7 Bay, the most popular radio station in Malta decided that My World produced by Carlo Gerada with vocals by Jan Cortez deserves recognition as the Best Song. Since then, the renowned producer has been busy in the studio working on a number of tracks, one of them being Beautiful Mistake with vocals provided by a newcomer, Frank. Whilst the track could have been a major summer hit, the release was a tad late in my opinion yet listeners of the station are backing it up considering that it is currently at number #5 on the Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D.

Frank, known amongst his friends as Franklin Cachia is a talented and well educated individual who is still breaking in the local music scene but nevertheless recruited one of the most sought after producers in the scene to aid his debut. Beautiful Mistake is musically and lyrically written by Frank with Carlo Gerada responsible for the production and the mesmerizing backing track. For those who feel like they need to relax and listen to something whilst doing so, this is surely the track which I would personally recommend as it also gives out a positive vibe. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news with regards to the local music scene.

Source: 89.7 Bay

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8a6KAr4rsM

Published in Local Music News

My World by Carlo Gerada featuring Jan Cortez was one of the most notable tracks in the local music industry in 2012 as seen by virtue of winning the Best Song accolade at the Bay Music Awards held towards the end of the year. Jan Cortez though is seemingly working on a couple of new tracks this time round with the release of a brand new single entitled On The Dancefloor written by Matt Mercieca (Muxu). As expected, it has a thumping sound, one which will get everyone in a party mood. 

The cover used for the promotion of the single was shot by Kris Micallef, the same individual who shot the promotional photos used by Gianluca during his campaign in the lead up towards the Eurovision Song Contest. It comes as no surprise to denote that On The Dancefloor is being released at the beginning of the summer months in Malta with the hope that apart from gaining radio airplay, it would also be played in private and public parties. Apart from the possibility of listening to the song through the video found on viral website, YouTube, it is also possible to purchase the track through iTunes for a mere €0.99. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news with regards to the Maltese music scene in the next couple of days, weeks and months.

Source: iTunes, Kris Micallef (Image)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Q6b2TxzKlY

Published in Local Music News
Thursday, 06 December 2012 00:53

BMA 2012: The Songs Which Stand Out

The features with regards to the upcoming edition of the Bay Music Awards officially come to an end with the revelation of the tracks which the radio station has selected to represent the best elements of the industry for the past couple of months. Separate categories have already been well represented by solo artists or bands, those of which have already earned the right to be called established as well as those who are ready for their big break. In recent years, tracks released by local artists have been earning several positive criticism from foreign members of the press and this is due to the fact that there is more thought put in behind every piece of lyric and every note within the composition in itself. Record studios have become much more professionalism and production is sometimes even conducted abroad in order to have that perfect enhancement. 89.7 Bay has always been on the front line to promote the best possible tracks, ones which the people would enjoy listening to and are easy on the ear. Therefore, it is not surprising to note that for the ninth edition of the Bay Music Awards, the Best Song of the past couple of months will be given an award during a ceremony which is taking place at the Bay Arena on the 12th December 2012 hosted by Ben Glover, Dorian Cassar and Nathan D, the latter of which is pictured below.

It is important to note that this is the only category which only comprises of four entries and kicking off things is none other than Ira Losco who earns a second nomination, this time for her track What I’d Give which is a different tune to what the people have come to expect from the former Eurovision Song Contest representative whose hiatus from music was somewhat well adapted for a major comeback. In fact, it is important to note that the genre of the new track, the lead single off her yet unnamed album is a mixture of soul, funk and a little bit of reggae making it extremely distinguishable from anything else on the market. Ira Losco has been around for quite some time noting that she first emerged in the local music scene by virtue of winning the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza before finishing second in the Eurovision Song Contest. Upon her return to Malta from the latter event, she joined forces with Howard Keith of Jagged House and together have created magic for many to enjoy. As previous stated, she is set to drop a brand new album in the beginning of next year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZGM8IEg2qc

Two nominations during the evening are quite intriguing because one would definitely hope to end up finishing in the top position within both or at least one. The second act to garner a nomination is the group Red Electrick who have invented themselves in the past couple of months, coming up with brand new material which shows versatility in composition and vocals. As a matter of fact, one of such results is surely Paul which was a major hit earlier this year. Creative control has been the major element in their success having left on good terms with their management Jagged House with the idea to change their genre and ultimately be more mature in their decisions. Their debut single entitled Who The Heck Is Rek was and remains a crowd pleasure and is included in several of their playlists but then again, their recent album The Unplugged Sessions shows why the group have decided to take up issues in their own hands. The acoustic feel has saw them gain an edge over several other bands in the country.  Matthew and Peter have co-written the track Never Walk Away for Chris Grech in the next Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEPU2v8aIGw

My World has been described by critics and one of the most notable tracks to have been released within the summer months and this is surely the case according to the thoughts put forward by the people. Gaining a nomination in this category was no mean feat especially when one considers that a number of tracks were omitted from the list despite having the airplay and the credibility. Carlo Gerada is no newcomer to the music scene and has worked on several tracks in the past whilst Jan Cortez is slightly more fresh having come off a talent show a couple of years back where he did his best to prove his talent. This is a duo which has worked well and could be described as a combination of pleasure and hard work. As a matter of fact, despite being nominated for the best song category, it seems that they are heavily favoured to come out on top in another category featured earlier on, that being the one of Dance Music. They have definitely worked hard to show that they indeed could be successful and a possible double is not out of the equation especially with a large fan-base. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jHAb_dZ0S8

One would say that leaving the act for last means that they are the best and Scar have truly well represented the local music industry for several years with the band name stretching back a couple of decades and still proving successful. This band has always managed to remain at the top of the peoples’ acclaim due to the fact that they are current and promote music which the people enjoy. In their careers, they have been noted to participate in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest back in 2007 with the track As Long As You Know which managed to finish in sixth place whilst they prepare for a second participation next year as they participate with Superstar which is written by Konrad Pule who just happens to be the lead vocalist in the band. There is a certain aura and a chemistry which also makes them extremely likable and if they continue this acoustic feel to their songs, it also shows maturity, but one which is very different to that being presented by Red Electrick. The song which has garnered the nomination is a gem entitled White Lie and had also lead the charts a couple of weeks back.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PPFtJ3ioyE

The was the fifth and last in a series of features that escflashmalta.com has planned for the 2012 edition of the Bay Music Awards and that is because people have to party as if it's the end of the world. Voting officially came to a close at midnight on Wednesday and therefore, votes cannot be cast but if so, they will not count and may still be charged. We hope that you have already cast your vote though. Nevertheless, you can also be part of the Bay Music Awards as a spectator by virtue of entering in our competition which could see you attending this years’ showcase. The question we’re asking is; Which female artist nominated for the Bay Music Awards has been to the Eurovision Song Contest? Send your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by not later than Saturday 8th December 2013 at 23:59 CET. In the meantime, stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: 89.7 Bay, escflashmalta.com

Published in Local Music News