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New Music Friday: Mio Flux

Mio Flux (aka Jacob Bartoli) is a Northampton electronic producer, who is working alongside Patchy, The Rockstar on many of his collaborations. ‘SNL’ is the latest single to drop, and…

Mio Flux (aka Jacob Bartoli) is a Northampton electronic producer, who is working alongside Patchy, The Rockstar on many of his collaborations. ‘SNL’ is the latest single to drop, and it’s such a great tune [and Northampton love-in] that New Boots had to have a few moments with him.

How/why did you start the Mio Flux project?
I started the Mio Flux project when I was about 17. Before then I was a frontman for indie bands and indie solo projects. My laptop and software changed everything for me musically, I started to appreciate the electronic side of music and ended up totally indulged and obsessed with it. The reasoning behind Mio Flux was to be able to collaborate with as many artists as possible from all genres and mix my two musical loves together. I always wanted to do something different and original.

How would you describe your sound?
Atmospheric. I like to add multiple layers and create my own sounds that are unexpected. I think the intro for ‘Catch My Hook’ describes my sound the best; catchy melodies with bells and airy synths as an under layer. Hopefully interesting for the listener.

Who are your main influences in music? It seems to be everything from Diplo to David Bowie…
I have a wide range. I am very influenced by producers like Murda Beatz, Mike Will Made it, Diplo, Pharrel, Mark Ronson and George Martin. They are all game changing producers in their own right. However one of my strongest influences is definitely Scritti Politti from the 70/80’s. In my eyes they have a perfect combination of outstanding songwriting, production, catchy guitar/synth/bass riffs, and memorable choruses.

What was it about Patchy that attracted you to working with him?
We met working at Toys’R’Us, and he was my manager. He first did a verse on a track I was cooking up with Marcus and George from Sarpa Salpa, and from then we just clicked and began working on ‘Balmain’, and others. Our collaboration has been going on for well over a year now, and I feel we get stronger and better with every track. His hooks are unreal; every single one of them is as catchy as the last.

What was the reaction like to [previous single] ‘Sabo’?
Fantastic, every show without fail people know the chorus [it’s not too complex], so it seems to be a really uplifting song in our set that injects energy into the crowd. It’s a song I always compare our new tracks too, to see if they have the same energy on stage.

Tell us about this new release, ‘SNL’.
The single started by Patchy and I wanting to sample guitars and really demonstrate there’s more to rap than just the beats and repetitive melodies. So we went through a few bands we know in Northampton and ‘She Never Lies’ by Sarpa Salpa stood out. SNL consists of Sarpa’s guitar recordings over the top of a trap beat. Even Marcus’ vocals make an appearance at the end of the streaming versions of the song. We wanted to really break through new ground and collaborate with an interesting mix of genres. The video is also directed by ourselves, and edited by our regular collaborator in the States, Lil Adlib. The video carries on our theme of retro gaming. There are even scenes of me and Patchy fighting in Street Fighter 2.

What are your live shows like?
Energetic and fast paced. We like to keep a continuous flow of music so Patchy and I will talk in intros or filtered outs. This ensures the crowd are kept on their toes. It’s made for every music lover.

What has been your favourite Mio Flux moment of 2018?
Without a doubt it was mine and Patchy’s headline show at the Garibaldi. The atmosphere was unreal, everyone chanting our lyrics, I won’t forget that night for a long time. The line up was so strong too; Leo Robinson, Charlie Borthwick and Kiao opening the show and Ginger Snaps providing the after party. I can’t thank everyone enough for that night, a night I really wasn’t expecting.

What was the last thing you bought/streamed?
Anderson .Paak ‘Tints’ [featuring Kendrick Lemar]. The single has got me really excited for his new album to drop. He’s definitely someone I would love to work with.

What is your burning desire to do in the future? What plans do you have?
Patchy and I are building up enough quality music to be able to release a joint mixtape, and hopefully go on tour with it. I want to keep our momentum flowing with singles and videos beforehand. Also I have nearly finished a collaboration with The Barratts: if you love ‘The Garrison’, I hope you love the remix too.

SNL is out now on the usual digital platforms

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Oct 3rd – Oct 9th

ROCKET SCIENCE + JO ASH + RESTRUNG Wednesday October 3rd Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby Another acoustic session acoustic brought to you by Kontra Roots. Open mic slots available between acts, so…

ROCKET SCIENCE + JO ASH + RESTRUNG
Wednesday October 3rd
Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby
Another acoustic session acoustic brought to you by Kontra Roots. Open mic slots available between acts, so get in touch. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

BONNIE DOBSON
Thursday October 4th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Canadian folk music legend, a star of the Greenwich Village scene and best known for her brooding post-nuclear war story ‘Morning Dew’. Bonnie will be backed by Lords of Thyme. Simply unmissable. Doors 7pm, free entry

LAST HOUNDS + THE YOUNG & RESTLESS + THRIFT STREET
Thursday October 4th
The King Billy, Northampton
Midlands lads Last Hounds produce music that is raw and provocative, fusing elements of punk, hardcore and hip-hop. Double dose of ShoeTown pop-punk in support. Doors 8pm, free entry

MR MORSKI + VHS PIRATES
Friday October 5th
The Lab, Northampton
Mr Morski is the head honcho of Balkan ethno rockers Gipsydelica and a huge force in The Turbans. He brings his eclectic blues, funk and jazz tunes to lift the soul. Locals VHS Pirates have been working on some new songs to move your feet. Doors 7pm, £5 entry [or £3 for members]

RAGING SPEEDHORN + SCURGE + SHARKTEETH GRINDER
Friday October 5th
The White Hart, Corby
Corby metallers play their first hometown show in four years. This is very intimate, and it’s first come first served on the door, so no messing around now. Doors 7pm, £8 entry

TONE LOCKED + SYCAMORE ROW + THE KITES
Friday October 5th
The Dun Cow, Daventry
Three rock bands and a DJ, in aid of local charity A Very Special Journey, who spread awareness of spinal muscular atrophy. Doors 7pm, free entry

MIK ARTISTIC’S EGO TRIP
Saturday October 6th
The Lab, Northampton
Three-piece from Leeds are proving to be one of the most interesting, unpredictable, and exciting acts on the circuit, with their mix of rock’n’roll & dry West Yorkshire wit. Plenty of BBC 6Music support – and Glastonbury regulars! Doors 7.30pm, £10 tickets

BLOOD-VISIONS + NAILBREAKER
Saturday October 6th
The Garibaldi Hotel [basement], Northampton
Hardcore locals bring their unique noise and incredible live show to the Gari, with new Rushden solo punk project in support. Doors 8pm, free entry

JANET ROBIN + STEVIE JONES + REBECCA RYAN
Saturday October 6th
The Old Forge Tea Room, Cranford
Top US guitarist and songwriter returns to the UK to play this special intimate show. Her latest solo CD Take Me As I Am was produced by John Carter Cash (Johnny & Juneʼs son). She continues to tour nationally and internationally and averages 150 dates a year. Support from local singer-songwriters. Doors 7pm, tickets £7

ALEX GARDNER + JAMIE DARNELL + ERIN HARRIET COBAIN + WILL BATES-HARRISON
Saturday 6th October
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
An evening of talented singer songwriters. Doors 7pm £5 entry

OLIVER DAWSON SAXON
Sunday October 7th
The King Billy, Northampton
English heavy metal band formed in 1995 by former members of Saxon, guitarist Graham Oliver and bassist Steve Dawson. Doors 4pm, £7 tickets

SKY ARCHITECTS
Sunday October 7th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Five-piece progressive symphonic rock from Rotterdam. Doors 7.30pm, free entry[?]

WILL ROGERS + IRENE RAE + OAKLEAS RISE
Sunday October 7th
The Drunken Duck, Kislingbury
Another edition of Songwriter Sessions at its new home, with another trio of quality acts. Doors 7.30pm, free entry 

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Record review: Lew Bear ‘Love Light Dark And Death’

LEW BEAR Love Light Dark and Death [self-released] If there’s one thing that’s important to Daventry-based singer-songwriter Lew Bear, it’s returning to nature as often as he can. So much…

LEW BEAR
Love Light Dark and Death [self-released]

If there’s one thing that’s important to Daventry-based singer-songwriter Lew Bear, it’s returning to nature as often as he can. So much so, in fact, that several of his previous albums have been recorded in fields, or by streams. But now, with fifth album Love Light Dark And Death, he has decided that it’s time to return back to the studio.

Opening track ‘Devil You Know’ introduces the mood of the whole album with bouncing, crisp guitar strumming, while Lew Bear’s warm vocals are not too different to the cosy blanket you wrapped yourself in as a kid.

‘Going Home’ captures summer in a song, with lyrics such as “I won’t be there alone/in my mind/when I’m going home” bringing imagery of sunny days spent with your closest friends, whilst ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ hits upon a darker target. With acoustic guitars that sound foreboding and ominous, the song is eerily reminiscent of ’40s blues.

Songs like ‘The Wanderer’ and ‘Follow The River’ showcase Lew Bear’s jazz-styled vocals in a lower key, making him sound gloomy and encompassing. The guitar riffs also follow suit with simplistic strumming that boosts the singer’s voice to an even more powerful level. ‘Oh Death’, on the other hand, is deep and haunting, with echoing gongs punctuating the first hand story, from death’s point of view, of what happens to us when we reach the end.

‘Return To The Sea’ and ‘The End Is Never Near’ are album’s highlights, with their slow, calming melodies and soft vocals. ‘Return To The Sea’ is, musically, the perfect mixture of acoustic guitar and poetic lyrics, whilst ‘The End Is Never Near’ documents a love story to last for the ages.

Overall, Love Light Dark And Death is an album that couples folk music with a modern twist, resulting in a clear-cut sound that is neither dated nor out of place within the genre. Lew Bear has talent by the bucket load and he isn’t afraid to use it. This record is unique and warm, with a folk-blues sound that fits perfectly for those sunny Sunday afternoons spent in the countryside with the people you love.

Lucy Wenham

Love Light Dark and Death is out now for streaming, download or on CD

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide May 16th – May 22nd 2018

THE STANLEYS + MYSTERY SUPPORT Wednesday May 16th The Lab, Northampton New wave Australian power-pop funsters are on their ‘Everybody Dance Tour’ and return to Northampton. Mystery support who cannot…

THE STANLEYS + MYSTERY SUPPORT
Wednesday May 16th
The Lab, Northampton
New wave Australian power-pop funsters are on their ‘Everybody Dance Tour’ and return to Northampton. Mystery support who cannot be named, apparently. An intriguing and fun night – guaranteed. Doors 6pm, free entry

THE UNDERGROUND YOUTH + THEE TELEPATHS + DEEP SEA MOUNTAINS + BETH MUNROE
Friday May 18th
The Lab, Northampton
Berlin’s The Underground Youth make moody, often raw, ’80s-style post-punk infused with a darkly psychedelic vibe. Since 2009 they have released a handful of well-received independent albums, including 2017’s eighth full-length album, What Kind of Dystopian Hellhole Is This?. An in-demand live act, this might actually take the breath away. Kettering psychonauts are the main support, plus two ShoeTown fiercely distinctive independent acts open. Doors 7.30pm, £7.50 tickets

THE BARRATTS + SKIRT + INLIMBO
Friday May 18th
The Yards, Kettering
Northampton’s popular skinny indie types are back in the foreground in 2018, and play a headline Kettering show to preview upcoming single ‘Satellites’, with Corby’s Skirt in support and new local indie rockers opening proceedings. 9pm start, free entry

BILLY LOCKETT + COUSIN AVI
Saturday May 19th
The Royal, Northampton
Relocated-to-London Northampton singer-songwriter Billy Lockett makes music that is deeply poignant, personal and wise beyond its years. And the public can’t get enough it seems. His homecoming show at the Royal will be a special night indeed, especially with Cousin Avi on first. Doors 7pm, £17 tickets

THE BIG DIRTY + SKYFLOOD + MANAKING
Saturday May 19th
The Red Lion, Raunds
Rock’n’roll gentlemen from Northampton continue the comeback with a trip eastwards in the county, joined by Corby post-rockers Skyflood and performance artist Manaking. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

CONSTRUCT + FROM ONCE WE CAME + SLEEPWALKER + STEREO SKULL
Saturday May 19th
The Lab, Northampton
Metalcore night. Construct are a five-piece bundle of riffs from Stoke, From Once We Came are from London,  Sleepwalker combine speed, groove and ambience, whilst Stereo Skull are simply absolute local legends. Doors 7pm, £5 on entry (£3 members)

PHANTOM + FRASS + FLEISCH + DUCHESS
Saturday May 19th
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
Metal 2 The Masses 2018 Heat Three: five-piece metal from Kettering, three-piece rock from the South East, industrial metal from Oxfordshire, and an opening set from rockers from San Diego(!) Doors 7pm, £5 on door

GRACE + THE TOUCH + UNDER THE RADAR + GOGO LOCO + ACOUSTIC ACTS
Saturday May 19th
Hart Family Brewers, Wellingborough
Celebrating the 6th Birthday of Wellingborough’s own brewery. Doors 11am, music finishes around 7pm, free entry

WE ARE GIANTS + ENDERCAST + FALSE IDOL
Saturday May 19th
The Dun Cow, Daventry
It is rare we get to plug an event in Daventry! ShoeTown’s heavy hitting trio headline, with Leamington Spa alt-rock quartet and MK rockers the finely chosen support. Doors 7pm, free entry

REMINISCENCE + CHRIS STANLEY + GEORGE BARNES + EARBONES
Saturday May 19th
Kino Lounge, Kettering
Raising funds in awareness of Johnny’s Happy Place. Doors 6.45pm, bucket donations

YOUNG AFFAIRS + TOM WALLINGTON
Tuesday May 22nd
Kino Lounge, Kettering
Acoustic event, raising money for Leeds College of Music who are partnering with the charity ‘Mind’ to support musical education for mental health recovery. Doors 7pm, cost TBA

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