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The muses of La Musa: Beth Orton

Over the last 30 years, Beth Orton has resisted easy categorization, writing rich, sensitive songs that match her acoustic affinities and world-weary voice with bubbling electronic textures. This resistance has always been a confident feature of her music.

Weather Alive is Orton’s first album in six years, following 2016’s Kidsticks. She issued the latter shortly after returning to England from Los Angeles, where she’d lived for a harried two year. She thought she was through with the music industry for good, until she bought a charming old piano at London’s Camden Market. Its resonant tone beckoned her to write again, chasing nothing but her own satisfaction.

The muses of La Musa: Mabel

Mabel Alabama-Pearl McVey is an English-Swedish r&b singer and songwriter. A citizen of Spain and Sweden. In 2017, she had her breakthrough with “Finders Keepers”, peaking at number eight on the UK Singles Chart. Her debut studio album was High Expectations.

With her new album ‘About Last Night…’ set for release today, Mabel has shared new track ‘Let Love Go’ featuring US rapper Lil Tecca.

Divus Julius presents: Architects

After releasing For Those That Wish to Exist last year, evolutionary U.K. metalcore veterans Architects are back with another new record, The Classic Symptoms of a Broken Spirit and have just released a music video for “tear gas,” the first single. A North American tour is also set to launch in early September.

It’s quite a modern day rarity to see a band release albums in back-to-back years, but Architects quickly got to work on a follow-up to last year’s massively successful release, which saw them take the No. 1 spot on the U.K. Albums Chart for the first time ever.

4Ever Songs: Sniff ‘n The Tears “Driver’s Seat”

During the fall of 1979, the moody, pulsing sound of “Driver’s Seat” by Sniff ‘n The Tears poured out of radios all over America. It eventually reached the number 15 spot on the Billboard Pop Singles chart and was among the earliest songs heralding the advent of New Wave.

Sniff ‘n The Tears formed in England in 1978, a loose partnership between Luigi Salvoni who had helped out singer/guitarist Paul Roberts by playing drums on some of his demos. The song had originally been a demo by Roberts, done in 1973, for his earlier band, Ashes of the Moon. 

Els enigmes del professor Kolja: Era Harold Wilson un agent soviètic?

Es creu que el desertor soviètic Anatoliy Gloitsyn va afirmar que Harold Wilson (Primer Ministre de Gran Bretanya entre els 1964 i 1970 i 1974 i 1976) era un espia del KGB. A més, se suposa que també va assegurar que Hugh Gaitskell, un líder polític del moment, va ser assassinat pel KGB per tal que pogués ser substituït per Harold Winston com a dirigent del Partit Laborista. L’exoficial del MI5 Peter Wright va assegurar en les seves memòries “Caçador d’espies” que li havien informat que Wilson era un agent soviètic.

L’MI5 va investigar repetidament a Harold Wilson durant diversos anys abans de determinar de manera definitva que ell no tenia cap relació amb el KGB. En un programa de la BBC “El complot contra Harold WIlson”, que va ser emès l’any 2006, s’afirmava que l’exèrcit estava considerant portar a terme un cop d’estat contra Wilson l’any 1974. Wilson havia dit a la BBC que havia tingut por de patir un atemptat del servei secret britànic a finals del 1960, després d’una forta devaluació de la lliura esterlina, i també de nou el 1974, quan va guanyar les eleccions contra Edgard Heath.