On their third album ‘Chatma’, Tamikrest are at their strongest when they take their foot off the (distortion) pedal a little. Not because they don’t know how to rock, but because the rock influences don’t need to be so blatant: they’re already there in the chord changes and the direct, aggressive playing. It’s when they wig out the hardest that it all starts to feel like the moment at WOMAD when your aunty Sue kicks off the Birkenstocks and lets loose with some serious freedom dancing.
But that shouldn’t detract from how great some of this record is, not just in terms of being a psychedelic, hypnotic head-trip – as on stand-out track ‘Itous’ – but because it’s actually powerful. It’s an album about something other than girls and depression, it’s about struggle, pain and the power of music: something we could all do with being reminded of every once in a while. Buy this album here
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The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch
This Curtain Road venue is close in style and sentiment to its big sister, The Blues Kitchen over in Camden. Expect, then, a restaurant, bar and music venue with a hefty Stateside influence - from its bourbon and its barbecues all the way to its blues. Music does have a big part to play here. There's live artists pretty much every night of the week, with everything from rock 'n' roll to swing, motown, roots and even gospel complementing all that smokey blues. Keep an eye out for nights where food and music combine in happy harmony - think bargain ribs gnawed to a soundtrack of soul. An in-house barbecue, with meats smoked over fruit woods in their own fire pit, is kept busy - orders of beef brisket, smoked chicken, short beef ribs and burnt ends glazed with a beer and hickory barbecue sauce prove popular. Burgers, chilli, lobster, gumbo and a catfish jambalaya also feature.
Venue says: “'Free wing Fridays' between 5-7pm at the Blues Kitchen Shoreditch. Come down and get your wing on!”