By John Murray
I first met Mike Delaitre at an impromptu show in Pancake Place in Kirk Wynd some years ago and what an experience.
Armed with just a percussion thump box and an acoustic guitar he performed No No No Geordie Munro to a unique Reggae beat.
Swinging his glorious dreadlocks he embraced this song of Kirkcaldy, where he is now based to blend his roots from Mauritius to merge both cultures.
His new album Life Is A Long Road (Birnam), tells of his journey in a mixture of styles.
The particular blend of Reggae and the Sega of the Indian Ocean is pleasant on the ear to those raised on the Jamaican commercial variety and wonderfully demonstrated on the title track.
The multilingual nation has its own story on Our History (complete with a rap from Benoit Troylukho) and Mauritian Descendant African and by using up to 15 native musicians the authentic sound has been captured with brass, guitars but more importantly percussion.
Songs like Abolition Of Slavery, The Power Of Jah and Maurice is sung in Creole with the former also in English with tasteful slide guitar.
Mike is a good storyteller and is compelling on a live stage while his album shows how a full band would interpret his vision.
The highly anticipated second album from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds is released this week called Chasing Yesterday (Sour Mash).
The opening Riverman is an expansive ambitious anthem with various influences and two sax solos – the first is mellow and expected while the second comes dirty and overpowering.
Much like the attitude on this new set really where the writing and production comes into his own and all managed by Noel for the first time.
Ballad Of The Mighty I sounds like a good single and it is with a hint of 60’s (Hollies?) and helped by a great input from old Smiths’ buddy Johnny Marr on guitar.
Noel brings his band to Glasgow Hydro (Saturday) and T in the Park on July 12.