Andrea Seki & Youth – Cosmic Bard

Andrea Seki & Youth – Cosmic Bard

Intricate soaring strings fuse with electronica stepping, as Youth and Andrea Seki master musical worlds. Violetta Vicci’s accompanying violin versifies, giving voice to the music, while scattered like gold dust, Stepan Honc’s guitar supplies textures that interweave as sounds swirl. First track, The White Horse sprinkles harp as if it were effluent sunshine, with a compulsive tempo allowing  beauty’s flags to unfurl. Nebulla Mella taps its tune like a complex conversation. There is insistence and sustenance too in the sound. The harp plays bright shells and dazzling clusters, as strings and beat become beaches for oceans in which soft stars drown. Serpents Egg pours and foams as sun dappled water, as Seki sculpts atmosphere and energy with life affirming sounds and themes that are sugar over the slow, sour day.  There are pinpoints of light and hidden songs to this music which Youth produces to move from your ear through love’s way. Iona has force and resolve to its patterns, while Mas Ushal is a song brew of sound in the mouth and then movement as the rhythms restore energy.  Repitition reveals as it always does the deep message, that these are calls and commands that set the heart and soul free. Temple of the Sun is like Popul Vuh as a ghost chorus commences, while Hollow of the Stone is the living, dancing before Music’s God. This collaboration astounds by soundtracking beauty. Its film is the future of the soul, without bounds.

 

Released on digital 25/11/2022

 

Love Mood Swing

Love Mood Swing

 

With echoes of the great Nusrat Fateh, Rizwan & Muazzam Ali Khan take
the Qawwali song further. Produced by Youth; his electronics enhance
their ethnic urgency, as music from Pakistan is informed by the
western, and the Love Mood Swing EP introduces four new ways to feel
free. Zafir Ali’s Tablas power forth, pushing the new wave stamp
of this music. While Rahat Ali and Zubair Ali Khan’s Harmoniums
weave rich texture, colouring space that the production collects in
a vibrant galaxy of invention, as emotion’s far orbits circle and
stun ceaselessly. Composer Rizwan Aii Khan shares vocals on
these far from earth journey songs with Muazzam, as this band of
brothers in every sense of the word chart new paths. For there is
drama and drive, and a punkish new Wave thrust to Love Mood Swings,
while Burning Flowers’ staccato synth and spider like tabla pattern
create a riot before electronica’s dark explosion inspires frenzy,
as music ruptures the dark. Here, There, Everywhere celebrates the
universe of shared feeling. One can hear the communion as electronic
swathes seal the deal. Youth’s remix of track one, Moody Love
Swings Dubbed trips star paths as intricate sounds elevate us. It is
there love is captured. In these bright, sacred quarters, hear the
Qawwali soul spark the real.

 

Released on digital 29/07/2022

 

 

 

 

Out in digital 29/07/22

https://suriyarecordings.bandcamp.com/album/love-mood-swing

Marcia Mello – Queen of Portobello

Marcia Mello – Queen of Portobello

 

Marcia Mello’s Queen of Portobello enshrines rock music’s true royalty, which is of course the blues
and the colours that are sourced from six strings. Her guitar and voice rule the air of the song
streaked streets she rules over, with Youth accompanying on bass and harmonium and producing,
she speaks of realms past and future that are courted and caught as she sings.
From In the Company of a Lizard’s effects, cymbal wash and soulful plucking to a cover of Guy
Canon’s Poor Gir,l the delta blues paints your doorway. Mello’s slurring voice mixes Baez with Dylan,
and immediately you’re transported away from your room to a place that speaks of the south and
the dustbowl in sunlight, which is both familiar and authentic as another world soothes your own.
Blind Boy Fuller’s Walking my Troubles Away has a feel of slow Django Rheinhart at first, before
giving away to the soundworld of Bob Dylan’s Love and Theft, which also lifted the blues into a fresh
form or context as does the pluck and plodding of guitar, desk, bass and drums. This gives way to
Mello’s Dance of the Pixie as it sparkles in with Youth’s sweetened harmonium drone and a wave of
dextrous guitar playing, as this enchanting instrumental colours in the lost land. A sense of
communion has been set between Youth and Mello; two people united on a semi sainted quest for
the past. A second instrumental follows on, the aptly named Guitar Waltz, in which Mello’s hands
have a sound, or vocal entirely their own; refined, detailed, subtle and clear as the crystal, or
perhaps like the pieces of gold she’s prospecting as she takes the guitar to the water or the older
earth to seek source. Elfin Rondo completes and is bells, harmonium, and string water; as the
elegant phrases bubble like springs through the sand. This trio of original sound paintings stir all
sorts of responses and broaden both range and palette, as if Portobello itself were a portal back to
the better times of the past.
In My Dreams Tonight is part lullaby and part elegy as she searches for King Arthur with white
Angels by her bed. The guitar lines are her knights scouring land and sensation as the vulnerable
vocal speaks of French Painters whose pictures allow her to unify the night’s schemes. Barcelona
Sparrow is stomp that is both strong and dainty as the colours swirl fast about her and tiny synth
trumpets play. Marcia creates worlds that come from her spirit background. Her Great Grandfather
was a Pokanoket Chief and his father was the King of Massachussetts, so while here in London, there
is a whirlwind of lives riding air. Her instrumental pieces show this; as they are the rainbow from
which her Blues songs find fresh purpose and so musical artist creates album as canvas to hold and
behold in your hall.
Tampa Red’s Love with a Feeling is a solo showcase in which song becomes manifesto for the
greatest glue known to man and womankind. It is a call for connection in which the things that are
simple prove to be the most elusive of all. Venice Song is a strident near anthem in which Mello’s
voice softens to seem young and girl like. There is a joyousness to the music that sweetens the air
and your room. It is an irresistible little song that enchants and embraces; the kind of pop that has
purpose and which in a good world should surely charm the charts soon.

Al Robinson’s Foggy Old London is a duet with Laine Haines who also provides banjo, while the
seminal soprano sax of Nik Turner dances on inbetween. On listening one is almost at the dancehall,
where an English night becomes southern, and where instead of chips, chicken’s frying, as the
evening arrives to score dreams.
Lucille Bogan’s Tricks Ain’t Walkin’ is real walking blues. Youth’s drums power in, granting gravitas as
they do so, as Mello capers, skipping the song along to sound true. Memphis Minne’s classic When
The Levee Breaks opens now, not with a Zeppelin’s portent, but with the kind of delight that only a
swaying tempo and jew’s harp can provide. This is far less a warning than it is rumination and the
trickle and spring in the playing is as persuasive as Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones conjured forth.
Washington Philip’s song What are They Doing in Heaven Today? is soon sanctified by Mello’s
treatment. She often dances with songs as she’s singing, catching them as a child might, when
playing perhaps, with a kite. She parades these songs past, as she gently carouses, filling the spaces
with flavour sauced by her style and sound on her strings.
Rolling Log is pure blues as Mello retunes Lottie Kimborough’s classic. Her voice here is as youthful
as the young boys and girls in the yard who would have danced at the time that such songs were
written. The drum shuffle siblings this sister of sound as she plays.
Mello’s own Ship of Songs shows how well she mastered or mistressed such stylings to make old
Bluesongs new. She fuses the American West with the West of London to make the 21st Century
setting as appealing as these time scented streets ever were. It is as if she’s been there, as long as
that particular Grove gained first glory; and yet she has also arrived fresh from corners in Idaho,
Mississippi and naturally New Orleans. Sun and Star shows this too, as she sparkles once more with
her playing, to grant the Grove glory and command her special quest to quash harm.
The legendary Big Bill Broonzy’s Saturday Rub reveals a slow if somewhat stumbling dance round the
lampposts, as notes howl and holler and Mello’s dextrous guitar interweaves. This is sound as song
and adds once more to the portrait of this unique Queen who questions the places we’re part of as
well as anything else we believe.
Your Baby Ain’t Sweet Like Mine is final old call from the past’ a Papa Charlie Jackson jaunt which she
captures, but it is in her final original song, Merlin’s Cave, that Mello sums up this venture, as guitar
and harmonium marry with all of the grace you’d expect. There is refinement, regard and an
overview to the playing that concludes the tales she’s been telling in the styles she adopts and her
songs. The Queen of Portobello rules well. As will you in attendance. This is the kind of court where
old froggy and all of the colours to come still belong.
Produced by Youth and arranged by Youth and Marcia Mello, the Goya fronted and delightfully
designed (by Katy Hearne) album was mastered by sound maestro Michael Rendall and engineered
by Luke Fitzpatrick, James Grashion, Tom Grashion, Stan Manning, Edward Bonda and David Nock
and is released by Suriya Recordings on March 25th 2022

 

Released on digital 25/03/2022

 

Merry McCloud – The False Bride

Merry McCloud – The False Bride release

Our journey started almost two decades ago. When I heard Bruce’s voice for the first time on the phone, I knew I was talking to a very old friend. Since then, our lives have intertwined and our roots have grown deeper and deeper. This album is a creation of our love and devotion to one another. Thank you Beauty.

I would like to thank everyone in the South London Arts Lab for their support, in particular Dave Whybrow, Limor Tevet, Scott Ford, Amita Nijjar, Maryann Morris, Lisa Azarmi, and of course Youth, for believing in me and producing this album.

Also, a huge thank you to my dear and loving friends Kate Hawthorne, Celine Stephens, Karen Moss, Craig, Will Hughes and Toffey. And finally, my warmest appreciation to Stephanie Whitaker, Robert Richards from Glastonbury, Wolfie Smith and the Partival crew, Ben Ray and the Mandala crew and to the one and only Nik Turner from Hawkwind, who have all given me so much inspiration and encouragement over the years


1. She moved through the Fair – traditional arr. Merry McCloud & Bruce Welch

2. Adieu – traditional arr. Merry McCloud & Bruce Welch

3. At my Window – by Merry McCloud arr. Bruce Welch

4. The False Bride – traditional arr. Merry McCloud & Bruce Welch

5. Red Balloon – by Merry McCloud arr. Bruce Welch

6. Seal Skin – by Merry McCloud arr. Bruce Welch

7. Mister Fox – by Merry McCloud arr. Bruce Welch

8. Hey Sandy – by Merry McCloud arr. Bruce Welch

9. Old Maui – traditional arr. Merry McCloud & Bruce Welch

10. Maid on the Shore – traditional arr. Merry McCloud & Bruce Welch

11. Rose Warrior – by Merry McCloud arr. Bruce Welch

12. Still Growing – traditional arr. Merry McCloud & Bruce Welch


Lead vocals – Merry McCloud

Backing vocals Bruce Welch & Merry McCloud

Guitars, bass – Bruce Welch

Keyboards – Bruce Welch & Merry McCloud

Percussion – Bruce Welch & Merry McCloud


Produced by Youth

Engineered by Michael Rendall


Photography by Maryann Morris

Design by Katy Hearne

 

Released on digital 29/10/2021

 

David Erdos – Between Bright Worlds

David Erdos – Between Bright Worlds

Between Bright Worlds features five unique collaborations between the poet, playwright and actor David Erdos and a collective of virtuoso global musicians. Aimed at developing the conjunction of poetry and music, each visionary inspired track on this new digital EP ‘lifts the lyric’ by experimenting in sound, style and texture. From the glazed electronica of Gil De Ray (In the Shadow of the Drones/Voodootron/Vagrant Lovers), to the sainted Santoor stylings of Indian Maestro Kiranpal Singh (The Good Disciples/100 Strings), the new age classicism of Perkelt and Indotranceltic’s Stepan Honc, (Stone Horse/Air & Fire), the heavenly compositions of Marc Appleton (Blueburn), to The Sips, featuring The Gulp’s Francesco Antonio Buffone, and Raoul Khayat with Killian Aubertin), this collection is a tour de force of perspective and interpretation. Poetry finds a new frequency and resonance in what Cold Lips’ Kirsty Allison describes as ‘the Blakean mystic trip of Erdos’ language’ to pay tribute not only to three seminal influences, but to the rising spirits of resistance and reformation important to us all. The search for new forms and methods of expression required to unlock the doors to even a limited sense of freedom, create possibility. It is hoped that these poem/songscapes create fresh territory between the worlds we have lost and those we are soon set to prize.

 

PERSONNEL:

 

Overseer: David Erdos, Vocal. Gil De Ray, Synths and programming. Stepan Honc, Guitar, flute, fx

The Flower Folds: David Erdos, Vocal. Marc Appleton, Piano, Synths

Think Floyd: David Erdos, Vocal. Stepan Honc, Guitar

Songbird Soured: David Erdos, Vocal. Kiranpal Singh,Santoor

Between Bright Worlds: David Erdos,Vocal. Francesco Buffone, Guitar. Raoul Khayat, Drums, keys. Killian Aubertin, all other instruments.

DAVID ERDOS: BETWEEN BRIGHT WORLDS

 A Poemusic EP (Suriya Recordings 2021)

Featuring GIL DE RAY, STEPAN HONC, KIRANPAL SINGH, MARC APPLETON, THE SIPS

Track 1: OVERSEER (For Blake) – Poem by David Erdos. Music composed by Gil De Ray, performed Gil De Ray & Stepan Honc (6.29)

 Track 2: THE FLOWER FOLDS (For Harold Budd) – Poem by David Erdos. Music composed and performed by Marc Appleton (5.45)

 Track 3: THINK FLOYD (For George Floyd) – Poem by David Erdos. Music composed and performed by Stepan Honc (5.49)

 Track 4: SONGBIRD SOURED (For all Ortolans) – Poem by David Erdos. Music composed and performed by Kiranpal Singh (6.45)

 Track 5: BETWEEN BRIGHT WORLDS (For Heathcote Williams) – Poem by David Erdos. Music composed and performed by Raoul Khayat, Francesco Buffone, Killian Aubertin (4.49)

 

Track 1 Produced and Mixed by Gil De Ray. Additional Mix and Production by Stepan Honc. Track 2 Produced by Marc Appleton. Additional Mix and Production by Stepan Honc. Tracks 3 & 4 Produced, mixed, engineered and arranged by Stepan Honc. Track 5 Produced by RAWKILL PRODUCTIONS (Killian Aubertin, Raoul Khayat, Renato Roversi).

Additional Mix and Production by Stepan Honc.

Mastered by James Connor

Executive Producer and Project Manager: Renato Roversi

 Recorded in London throughout the second Lockdown.

 Cover Art by Elena Caldera

 

Released on digital 30/07/2021

Listen and download from Suriya World Music Store

 

The Krishnas – This Love

The Krishnas – This Love

A celebration of George Harrison, Hare Krishna and the 50th anniversary of Apple Records releasing the first World Music Album ‘The Radha Krsna Temple’ an album by George Harrison and Radha Krsna Temple and ‘Hare Krishna’ reaching Number 12 in the charts!  Available as download, Vinyl two track single and CD with photo booklet

Today Food For All feeds 5,000 people a day in London and this record’s profits all go to the charity of devotees and monks with food banks and organic hot meals distribution in another 6 UK cities too.

So what has brought Pink Floyd’s producer, the Abbey Road Institute Recording Studio and a group of Hare Krishna monks, devotees and volunteers together in the spirit of George and the beautiful garden dedicated to him at the Hare Krishna Temple near Watford, Bhaktivedanta Manor, gifted by the Beatle, and the friendship and fellowship they had when in 1971 he released an album and two singles with the Hare Krishna monks. They were not just hanging out with John Lennon and George Harrison they recorded with them at Abbey Road and Tittenhurst Park and lived in George’s Friar Park Estate, which was pretty cool in itself but they were also signed to Apple Records and opened for Deep Purple and the Moody Blues and appeared on Top of The Pops twice, so they were pretty cool monks too. The same orange and white robed devotees can still be seen to this day dancing and singing, that same Hare Krishna chant that George recorded and produced, on the streets of the Capital in London’s Soho Theatreland and around Kings Cross.

It’s hoped the single that’s about to be released which is produced by mega producer Youth, aka Martin Glover (Pink Floyd, The Verve, Crowded House Paul McCartney), with The Krishnas and special guest Lora Logic, performing a world music influenced power folk, hooky lament is uplifting and fun in a good cause, with all profits going to the Food For All Charity, as the Suriya Records team and all of the managers, mix and mastering engineers and assistants have given their time and expertise freely to help the charity feed the homeless and those in need of a nutritious hot meal.

 

Released on digital 30/07/2021

Listen and download from Suriya World Music Store

Hollow Skies

Paya – Hollow Skies

If the sky is hollow, Paya Lehane and Youth grant such loss full salvation as ten crucial pieces of ambient ecstasy fill our senses, enabling ascension for the listening heart, mind and ear. Paya turns the digital realm spiritual as she sings in a language that is both invented and abstract, with the sung phrase played like a colour, or, soothing of string, wave, and key. As she exquisitely requiems, from BLUE WIND to closing piece BROKEN WIRES, we hear new connections and the electricity of joy rise, released.

In this album acoustic and electronica fuse to paint stunning visions, as new and unknown worlds enchant and evolve all that’s known. Written in collaboration with Youth and played by Suriya Recordings star artists including Stephan Honk, Andrea Seki, and Paya and Youth, these stunning chorales and song styling work to advance ambience. They are mood with meaning.

Cloud calls. And tears of sung rain on which messages have been written. The songs seem to form within and around you and communicate on all levels.

From FALLING SUN to WOLF MOON here is an album that will give your DEEP MIND the sensations that only a hopeful heart wants to grace.

Credits

Vocals Paya Lehane old Celtic chants/Flutes
additional vocals and Indi chants Jayeeta Gosh
Lyric Never Be Your Fool/Youth.
Guitars Stephan Honk Guitar on Wolf Moon Steve Norris.
Harps Andrea Seki
Bass Youth Synth Youth
Electronics Youth and Luke Fitzpatrick.
Mixing Luke Fitzpatrick
all Lyrics Paya Lehane- but
Never Be Your Fool Lyrics Youth
Mastered by Michael Rendall and Meridian Studio.
Artwork Natalia Rodriguez Milanezi.
Produced by Youth
Executive Producer Renato Roversi.

 

Released on digital 18/09/2020

Invocation

Nadav – Invocation

Invocation is the album that happened when Nadav flew in to play at Youth’s Resonance festival in Granada Spain at Space Mountain Studio with a harmonium in one hand and a notebook filled with chants in the other. The vision was simply to record an album of mantras that would stir the heart and awaken the spirit. The tracks all draw on Sanskrit mantras created thousands of years ago by the sages of ancient India with an intention to bring peace and harmony to the world…

Once Resonace festival was over, a band of world class musicians eagerly joined the project, offering their talents and breathing fresh sounds into the well trodden new age music genre. With Youth at the helm and a recording team that included master producer/engineer John Leckie they captured the magic that unfolded over 5 nights at Space mountain Studio.

The album offers 7 invocations that are intended to direct the listener back to themselves, back to the heart. Stylistically there is nothing conventional about INVOCATION, at times introspective and haunting, at times playful, it blends Spanish guitars, synths and African influences as it weaves through traditional Indian soundscape on a delicate devotional journey.

Cover photo by Chris Debney

Cover design Luke Fitzpatrick and Nadav Kahn

Recorded at Space Mountain Studios

Mastered by Luke Fitzpatrick

Musicians

  • Nadav – vocals, harmonium
  • Lawrence Harvey – classical & electric guitars, bass
  • Frederik Stitz – slide guitar
  • Ned Scott – piano
  • Maff Scott – percussion
  • Youth – synths
  • Michael Rendall –  synths, piano
  • Danny Baxter – singing bowls
  • Laurits Hvirvelkar – kora
  • Jackson Scott – vocal and Flamenco guitar
  • Luke Fitzpatrick – percussion, saxophone

Released on digital 25/09/2019

Out on digital 25/10/2019

Available on digital download only

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The Mountain Path

The Good Disciples – The Mountain Path

The Good Disciples new album, The Mountain Path celebrates the 50th anniversary of Shivkumar Sharma, Brijbushan Kabra and Hariprasad Chaurasia’s seminal world music classic Call of the Valley. Contemporary masters of Indian/Eastern music Kiranpal Singh (Santoor), Fabrice De Graef (Bansuri Flutes) and Shahbaz Hussain (Tabla) chart thirteen paths of Harmonic reflection across the valley of transcendence and exultation, following a divine mountain path. Having worked together on numerous far ranging projects for globally renowned artist/producer Youth and music business veteran Renato Roversi’s Suriya Recordings label, this album is a landmark release for a world desperately in need of the spiritual reformation music allows. Produced and mastered by Luke Fitzpatrick, an integral part of Youth Sounds deeply prolific and innovative coterie of music makers at London’s Meridien Studios in 2017/18, the album has been supervised by Frances Shepherd and Anjan Saha of Indian Music educators/promoters PRSSV.

This masterly trio become totems of musical enchantment, as seen in Youth and Fitzpatrick’s beautiful cover image. In establishing a new sound for the sacred, they survey a quite different valley; a destination at the core of all current journeys towards peace and salvation. The Good Disciples direct us. Now open your hearts and receive.

Musicians

  • Kiranpal Singh
  • Fabrice De Graef
  • Shahbaz Hussain

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Indian Ragas Full Circle – Volume 1

100 Strings – “Indian Ragas Full Circle – Volume 1”

The realisation of 100 STRINGS is the masterwork of Santoor Maestro, Ustad Kiranpal Singh. The album was recorded in Abbey Road and forms part of a long tradition of Indian musicians being recorded in this place of rich musical heritage. 100 Strings is thought to be the first complete Indian Classical album recorded in Abbey Road.

Santoor Maestro Ustad Kiranpal Singh is an eminent exponent of the Indian Classical Santoor, an instrument with one hundred strings that is unique to the Himalayan Valley of Kashmir. Its strings when struck percussively with a pair of delicate wooden mallets create ethereally resonating sounds, smooth melodic lines and vibrant tonal effects. When heard together with the rhythmic Tabla accompaniment by Dheeraj Sahai-Mishra, the listener is transported at once into deep nature and a sense of one’s place in the cosmic tapestry.

Musicians

  • Ustad Kiranpal Singh
  • Dheeraj Sahai-Mishra

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Available on Audio CD and digital downloads

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