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 Camden
This lively, contemporary bar-diner on the main Camden drag celebrates American musical heritage in song (live shows, DJs, free harmonica lessons), spirits and sustenance. The food is all-American in spirit and substance, with barbecue and burgers featuring prominently. Though you can, if you insist, order a 'superfood salad.' There are around 50 bourbons in a variety of categories, some used as bases for cocktails. Rarer types (Blanton’s Gold, Sazerac 18-Year-Old Rye, Woodford Reserve 1838 Sweet Mash) go for a tenner or more, but otherwise you’ll be paying £3.50 to £6. ‘America’s native spirit’ is how Kentucky bourbon is described, with Ancient Age and Evan Williams typical examples; Tennessee, ‘the first cousin of Kentucky’, is honoured with a full suit of Jack Daniel’s labels.
Venue says: “Free birthday bubbly for parties booking in for drinks at Blues Kitchen Camden on Friday nights. Get in touch for more details.”