Reviews: Mangoseed – Alternative Facts

Every now and again there will be that one song that shouts higher and louder than the thousands that rush through the promo doors. Something that genuinely hooks, that strives to innovate, that is actively seeking to destroy all trace of complacency and repetition; enter ‘Alternative Facts’ from the wizards at Mangoseed.

In just three and a half minutes the band not only serves up a fantastic first tease to ‘Dreamers’, the record from which it originates, but also makes a great case for the novelty of combining elements of ska, rock, punk and jungle into an eclectic smorgasbord worthy of lauding. This comes packed with reggae style hooks to keep the heads bobbing but also serves up a bitter political undertone when the lines are read between which is well complimented by the generous helping of bass lines and electronic glitching and screeches.

But for some it will be the poignancy that accompanies the sharp political undertones that do the track’s heavy lifting. Frontman Nicholai La Barrie has no issue with blending his hypnotically smooth deliveries with piercing blows against the social zeitgeist; he does not mince words and nor should he do so.

This is a concept that stretches out beyond the three and a half minute boundaries that the song finds itself between and into the greater picture of Dreamers’ 11 tracks. Nicholai explains: “Most of our lives are governed by some kind of political decision that we had nothing to do with. It’s really important to say that out loud and ask questions so we feel with and for people and bring them together. There is healing power in music. You can find bliss in everybody jumping, singing, and dancing together.”

An indelible message from an unequally unforgettable band. ‘Alternative Facts’ deserves to be played loud and proud by all; so grab your speakers and turn the to 11.

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Angie A returns with her reggae rendition of Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’

London based soul artist Angie A returns with reggae style version of Vera Lynn’s classic ‘We’ll Meet Again‘.

A historically emotive track that aims to raise funds for two charities plus encourage people to heal, reflect and think more rationally, this stylish cover is coated in dub-trap style production.

On the track, Angie A mentioned, “I was also curious to see how the original song lyrics would fit on a completely different style of music that was produced by Alann Ulises.”

Hoping to raise funds for technology in local schools and for care homes to invest in, Angie added:

“We’re already aware that ‘many pupils don’t have the necessary hardware to access their remote learning’ as pointed out by Streatham MP Bell Ribeiro Addy and I would like to help. Also, as someone who has entertained in many care homes before the pandemic, I would like to help raise funds so more care homes can adapt their entertainment to some kind of one room cinematic large screen zoom type entertainment. Please support where ever you can, this really is about community, thank you.”

A track that’s bound to leave you feeling sentimental yet motivated, Angie A’s rendition of ‘We’ll Meet Again’ is armed with an infectious groove that could easily jive into tomorrow.

Destined to leave you tapping your feet and bobbing your head, the track’s rhythm is like a drug you can’t get enough of. A daily dosage of optimism, which is definitely something you need in a worldwide pandemic, this track is a necessity to bring reassurance to the nation.


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