MaJiKer's new single/video Tongues
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There aren’t many pop acts that could compel legendary film director Ken Russell to bang out an essay of praise for them in The Times, but MaJiKer is one such act.
Born in Birmingham but based in Paris, MaJiKer - or Matthew Ker as his mother calls him - is already the French equivalent of Mark Ronson. That doesn’t mean he goes around befriending beehived drunkards (although he may very well do that as well) - rather, he’s produced the last two albums by French diva Camille, both of which topped the charts and won her a ton of awards.
When he’s not busy producing for other people, MaJiKer makes his own genre-bending music, and his debut album Body-Piano-Machine was released through Gaymonkey Records earlier this year. Like many great albums, it slipped through the net, attracting critical acclaim but little commercial success. That could all change with the release of new single Tongue, and a series of live shows that look set to challenge the idea of what a live show should be like.
Clever-clogs MaJiKer creates “layers of body percussion” by quite literally bashing his hands, face and chest as well as using the more conventional human beatboxing tool - the mouth. These somewhat unique sounds are teamed with striking synth loops and some movement and drama by Matthew’s good friend Benedicte Le Lay, who also appears on the album. So whatever you make of the genre-bending music, there’s no chance of being bored during his forthcoming trio of UK shows.
MaJiker plays Birmingham Hare and Hounds on 3rd November, Brighton Unitarian Church on the 6th, and London’s ICA on the 9th. The single Tongue is released as a free dowload on 26th October, with two remix EP’s, TasteDubs and AfterTastes available from 2nd November.
Words: David Swinburn