Have you seen Thor Rixon‘s Misery Belle video yet? So far I’ve not managed to join the #NewMusicMonday bandwagon but I’m going to make an effort to do so from here on out. Starting with the Misery Belle singer and writer.
I can only tell you 5 things about Thor Rixon:
- He lives in Cape Town.
- He is head of music at Naas Music.
- He is vegetarian.
- He likes to make beats and
- Is very polite via e-mail.
Because of this, I’m sharing his work. A little courtesy goes a long way in my book, plus, his song is cool and weird, which I like. Produced by master Cape Town beat maker, Dank, Thor Rixon’s music falls under ‘alternative’ – I’m talking alternative like MTV’s “Alternative Nation” (Bjork, Beck, Portishead) not Alternative Rock (Bush, The Killers, Smashing Pumpkins).
His first single from his new, second album Tea Time Favourites, is a track called Misery Belle and features Lark singer, Inge Beckman. This is a funny thing to say, but sometimes I think I like Inge Beckman’s acting more than her singing! She features in the new Misery Belle video and is magnetic . I’ve seen other videos of her before and felt the same then.
Tea Time Favourites includes numerous artists which gives it a fun variety. Apart from Inge Beckman, Please Don’t Give Me Any More (track 4) has some sax and a ska touch. Skepsel (Track 5) features Kwaaito fusion artist Umlilo which combines South African sounds. And Chantal T adds some female vocals to Time Away (Track 7).
I like the chillout sounds of Fishermen (Track 2) and Hot Tuna Milk (Track 3) which starts with a few beats reminiscent of Milk Incorporated’s La Viche. Other guest artists include David Thorpe (drums: The Dollfins), James McClure (trumpet: Nomadic Orchestra), Simon Ackerman (sax & keys: Grassy Spark) and Matthew Rightford.
I’ve enjoyed Tea Time Favourites, stick it on while you’re working and give it a listen. Even if you choose not the buy the album, give it a play and stay in touch with what’s coming out of the minds of Cape Town artists.[bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=559312630 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 tracklist=false artwork=small]