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MetaQuorum’s new single Simple Minds is out on streaming today all over the world!
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We’re getting some thumbs ups for our new track Simple Minds, released 9 October on Bandcamp & YouTube and going global on all major streaming platforms 4 November. Many of you guys are telling us you get the message it’s putting out, so we thought we’d let you into a little secret: it was written back in 2003! In Moscow. But sad to say humanity is still sleepwalking around today, 20 years on.
But back to the music. The first draft was recorded in Bath, UK, in 2005 and then when drummer Koos joined Dmitry in 2016, they discussed the track. Koos even laid down some impromptu drums. But then the song got put on a back burner to make way for the instrumental album Witchcraft Jazz (2018).
So here’s a little video from that early session, 2016. History in the making!
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It’s been a while, but here it is, a new Single from MetaQuorum!
Bit of a new venture for us as Simple Minds is a song rather than our usual instrumental Meld. The album in the works – Blue Cosmic Pie – is mainly songs, too.
Here’s one early review:
“Love it! I really like the wide panning with the bass and other keys. The jam at the end with the slap bass is super funky. All of these cool musical happenings, while having a much-needed conversation about current events, it’s a really great thing you’ve done.” Chris Longwood, SugarHill Recording Studios, TX, USA.
YouTube lyrics video @ https://youtu.be/fkuMtq5aKp0
Simple Minds is a hard-hitting alt-rock protest song calling out complacent apathy in a society flooded with fake news, as the planet slips into chaos.
Genres (iTunes): Main Genre: Rock: Alternative Rock/Post-rock; Alternate Genre: Rock: Funk Rock
Additional genres: Protest rock/Protest song; Jam band; Prog; Heavy Rock
Dmitry Ermakov: composition, lyrics, recording, keyboards, vocals, synth bass & synth guitars, drum programming, anthropophony, producing, mixing, cover art.
Koos van der Velde: recording, drums, percussion.
Recorded in North Pennines, UK & Friesland, Netherlands.
Mixed in UK.
Mastered by Chris Longwood @ SugarHill Recording Studios, Houston, TX, USA.
© Dmitry Ermakov, 2022.
℗ Dmitry Ermakov, 2022.
CAT N.: MQN014
Our second album – WITCHCRAFT JAZZ – is now available for PRE-ORDER @ https://goo.gl/KdmgC6 Check it out!
LIMITED EDITION DOUBLE LP VINYL+FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
Offer ends 22 Feb 2018 so be quick 😉
Format : 2 x LP 12″ (140g) 33 RPM
Outer Sleeve & Label: Colour
Print finish: Gloss varnish
Genres : Prog Rock, Fusion, Jazz-Funk
Country : United Kingdom
Includes: Digital Download on DIGITAL RELEASE Date: 22/02/2018
WITCHCRAFT JAZZ – a 12 track double LP from ground-breaking international music project MetaQuorum, an upbeat ride through prog, rock, funk, fusion, electronica, acid jazz and more.
Creatively composed, with original scores, grooves and riffs infused with spontaneous improvisation and funk jams, fused into a seamless meld polished with state-of-the-art production techniques, and skilfully mastered at SugarHill Studios, Houston, to bring you an album full of cool swing, hot funk and spicy rhythm.
Witchcraft Jazz – a breath of fresh air for 2018!
“Their debut album [Midnight Sun, 2015] is a splendid amalgamation of styles, featuring cosmic jazz rushes, cocktail hour riffs and psyched synths. It’s not afraid to get its funk on either and if you can imagine Herbie Hancock getting ready for a big night out – browsing through his wardrobe, wanting to look sharp – then this is what he’s playing to put him in the mood.”
The Crack, April 2015 issue: goo.gl/Z5MNbo
Digital Release Date: 22/02/2018
А1. Crimson Dreams 5:13
Genre: Prog/Electronic Rock
А2. Jonathan vingston 3:46
Genre: Prog/Reggae Fusion/Experimental
А3. Socket Swing 3:22
Genre: Swing/Funk Jazz/Acid Jazz
А4. The Bartender 5:06
Genre: Cool / Funk-Jazz / Prog
B1. Swagger 6:19
Genre: Funk-Jazz / Prog
B2. Seven Dwarfs Rock 4:25
Genre: Prog / Funk-Jazz
B3. Witchcraft Jazz 6:11
Genre: Prog / Funk-Jazz /Modal Jazz
C1. Limping Mathematician 4:27
Genre: Prog / Funk-Jazz /Acid Jazz
C2. Parallax 9:52
Genre: Prog / Jazz-Fusion / Electronic Rock
D1. Chicken & Egg 3:45
Genre: Prog-Rock / Jazz Fusion
D2. Autumn Groove 4:04
Genre: Prog / Funk-Jazz / Electronic
D3. Goldfinch Charm 3:59
Genre: Prog / Soul-Jazz / Electronic
Album CAT. № MQN013
Album UPC: 5056052738496
Lots of good news, where shall we start?
Well, Koos and Dmitry have managed to snatch time in their busy schedules to finish mixing two tracks for the new album: Socket Swing, and Swagger. We’ve just got the masters back from Chris Longwood of SugarHill Recording Studios – he’s worked his magic – great results!
So that means we’re one step nearer to our NEW ALBUM – WITCHCRAFT JAZZ. It’s going to be another great album, and we’re especially pleased that Victor Mikheyev is joining us again on bass, for three tracks.
And last but not least, to give you a taster of the album, new single CHICKEN & EGG will be released on October 27.
This video footage is from the first Low Bishopley Sessions, February 2015, when Dmitry and Koos were selecting tracks for recording and production. Here, Dmitry improvises around the main theme from Chicken & Egg and discusses how it could be developed. Actually, it took quite a different turn in the end…
Above is some early archive VIDEO material for CHICKEN & EGG, new single from MetaQuorum’s forthcoming album WITCHCRAFT JAZZ.
Cover art by Dmitry’s old and dear friend Petrovich, known in the West as Alexander Voitsekhovsky.
You can join us for an on-line event @ https://www.facebook.com/events/336231016728740/
Cheers, folks! Have a great weekend everyone!
Midnight Sun (Remastered) was released on 18 June through all our usual digital distribution channels. And we are waiting for a bunch of limited edition CDs to arrive later next week. Why the need for Remaster? , you may ask. Well, the original master wasn’t really loud enough and it didn’t have this ‘big sound’ we developed for the 2016 releases. So Dmitry decided to remaster the album so that it comes closer to this new sound. We think it was a success. The tracks sound bigger and more 3D with many nuances coming to the fore. Give it a listen and see for yourself 🙂
OUR THIRD TRACK IS OUT NOW!
An electrifying track with a hip hop beat, some snazzy effects and a funky vibe, The Piper and The Frog takes us from Celtic pipes through tropical frogs to a soaring crescendo as guest artist Markus ‘Bluesharp’ Bossert from Basel,Switzerland, carries us away with his bluesy solo on the harmonica. The Piper and The Frog – an IDM/Hip-Hop/Funk/Prog crossover with a sense humour.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Koos and Dmitry worked on producing the track in the Low Bishopley Home Studio last spring. The biggest challenge was trying to fit the original recording – an MP3 recorded on a stereo mike from the speakers, made back in 2000 – to the new grid to even out the rhythm.
We’d not worked with a guest musician before – Markus sent several versions of his solo over from Switzerland so we had to pick the best and join them together to make a smooth, seamless track.
The Piper and The Frog is an electrifying track with a hip hop beat, some snazzy effects and a funky vibe. It takes us from Celtic pipes through tropical frogs to a soaring crescendo as guest artist Markus Bluesharp carries us away with his bluesy solo on the harmonica.
Microsfot Groove: https://goo.gl/GnCgPh
Google Play: https://goo.gl/07cosG
MQ Shop: https://goo.gl/2LkUvL
Digital Tunes: https://www.digital-tunes.net/releases/the_piper_the_frog
Genres (iTunes): Main Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Hip-Hop; Alternate Genre: Electronic: IDM/Experimental
Genres (MQ definition): Meld: Funk/Prog-Rock/Jazz/Electronica/Hip-Hop – Fusion
Release Date: 12/06/2016
Written and arranged by Dmitry Ermakov.
Keyboards, synth and key bass – Dmitry Ermakov.
Drums, audio-engineering – Koos van der Velde.
Featuring Markus ‘Bluesharp’ Bossert – harmonica.
Recorded, produced and mixed by Dmitry Ermakov & Koos van der Velde @ Low Bishopley Studio & Market Place Studio, Weardale, UK.
Mastered by Chris Longwood @ SugarHill Recording Studios, Houston, TX, USA.
Cover art by Dmitry Ermakov.
© Dmitry Ermakov, 2016.
℗ Dmitry Ermakov & Koos van der Velde, 2016.
CAT N.: MQN005