Gemma Padley When Nizlopi crashed into the pop arena in they were swept up in the socio-commentary avalanche that has since engulfed the music scene. While Mike Skinner was already a veteran of the documentary style, Don't Mug Yourself was released in , Leamington Spa duo Luke Concannon and double bass sidekick John Parker's soulful approach was markedly different. Best known for the phenomenally successful JCB Song the duo combined easy listening soulfulness with acoustic flare. While adolescents could relate to The JCB Song because it addressed common insecurities, Make it Happen also broaches teenage anxieties and aspirations.
Digital single Start Beginning kicks off in a positive vein with gospel backing vocals tossed in for added vibrancy. England Uprise Feat. Benjamin Zephaniah. Love Is. Flooded Quarry. If You Care About It Lay Down. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.
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The same goes for the pro-gay Part of Me , which devolves into simply listing celebrities and political names who could be partly gay, and the overly political England Uprise , which is essentially a rant against Britain's Labour government of the time. Whilst these are fairly cringe-worthy, Concannon's innocent and boyish delivery allows you to forgive the lyrical missteps. Whilst these busy, upbeat songs are cheerful and easy enough to digest even if they are a little heavy-handed, lyrically , Nizlopi really shine when they strip their songs back to simple double bass and acoustic guitar duets.
Find Me and Love Is are both great examples of the interplay between Parker's sublime and gentle double bass lines, and Concannon's youthful lyrical delivery.
Concannon also excels at providing unobtrusive acoustic guitar lines, perfectly complimenting the double bass and violins present on most tracks.
Make It Happen also manages to not lose steam before the album's conclusion. Whilst Make It Happen is in no way perfect, what with the occasional juvenile lyric and production misstep the inclusion of Ben Zephaniah's poetry in England Uprise is a rather blunt political statement by the band , the innocence of the delivery, and the catchy simplicity of other songs are more than enough compensation.
A summery, bright, catchy album with a few forgivable flaws, Make It Happen is a great swansong for these friendly and down-to-earth musicians. The pair disbanded in January , after a 6 month break. So give this album a chance, and mourn the loss of Nizlopi. Half These Songs Are Abou. Rainier Fog. Luke describes it as "a love letter written on the back of an envelope". For the last number, Luke urges his listeners to stand and dance.
They shyly do the first, but no more. This may have something to do with my being unable to stop myself adding, "Carefully. The comments could have been scripted by the musicians themselves: "Engaging" and "refreshing" are heard a lot, and one guest says, "This is a wonderful alternative to the blandness of the commercial culture.
It's a name like Charlie Chaplin. Nizlopi, Underbelly Edinburgh Festival One double-bass and a vocal beat-box, one guitar and a celestial voice: it's raw music in a clearing of togetherness, a gathering of musical animism in a spirit of freedom and joy. I thought Nizlopi were MY discovery untill they played live in the studio and their fans sent my phone lines into meltdown.
I owe them a fortune in royalties as I play a clip of them as my ident Sales in excess of To listen to and buy any of the above releases - CD or Download - plus other Nizlopi material please visit www. I'd like to call it a curry of folk-hip-hop-anti-folk-double-de-caf-house music, but it's not until you open your heart with your ears that you really dig what they're up to.
Example: there was a moment, mid-gig, when the guys stepped into the crowd and played so pure an acoustic juncture that they were being lead by the people's breathing and finger-clicking. Breaking down the barriers is just one of the many ideas behind this act's government. It was a post-modern-snap-crackle-pop-annunciation-scene, no it wasn't, it was a spark of electricity that brokered a unique connection between act and environmentGet all the lyrics to songs on Make It Happen and join the Genius community of music scholars to learn the meaning behind the lyrics.