the crimea

Last Night

What an awesome gig!

How awesome were The Women?

Super awesome!

Goodbye Mary! You were great!!

The Crimea ruled too. The Only Living Boy And Girl is a masterpiece!

When we got back at half one or whatever Xandra had already sent through loads of ace photos. You can see them here! Thanks Xandra!

Whoo!

It was also a special night for me 'cos my ole pals P Mo and Kool Kid came through. It was dope to see them. They're both pro journalists now you know. True story!

Mary Plays Last Gig With The Women, Goes To Russian Orphanage

Akira The Don & The Women support The Crimea live at London's Bush Hall on Wednesday, July 9th.

That is tomorrow! Oh gosh!

Trues story though. This is will be Miss Mary Turner's last before she goes off into Pop Superstar World as part of a Brand New Girlband, who are pretty good from what I've heard.

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Women old and new will be joining us for this spectacular.

Do not miss!

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In other news, Mary is flying to Russia to join a 'Love Russia' Summer Camp team at Chapaevskoye Orphanage, about 4hrs south-east of Moscow, on July 26th.

"In Russia today, between eighty thousand and one million children are officially in care, possibly three million are on the streets," writes Mary. "In the last twelve years the number of children being born has fallen by fifty percent but the number in care has doubled. Alcohol, drugs and poverty are all contributory factors in a society which has struggled through the transition years. 'Love Russia' works to improve the lives of approximately 3500 orphans and disadvantaged children by providing practical help and support.

"For the last 5 years 'Love Russia' has run summer camps in orphanages with great success.The children attending the camps range from 3 to 16 years and some camps are for children with learning difficulties. The camps involve a whole range of activities including craft, games, stories, singing etc."

So there! If you would like more information about the charity or would like to help contribute towards Mary's trip or towards the work that 'Love Russia' does please contact Mary at marysusanna@hotmail.com or visit the 'Love Russia' website.

Akira The Don And The Crimea Reunite!

Clever folks will remeber last year I did a remix of The Crimea's brillaint Loop A Loop, and myself and The Women played a show with them at Bush Hall. It was accoustic and it was grayte. ANYWAY! We're doing it again, only this time it won't be accoustic.

This will also likely be Mary Turner's last gig with The Women for a while, as she's joined a girl group and is going to be a mega pop star! So I hope you can all come down and make it a great last night for her. And us.

The gig will be at the at Bush Hall in London on July 9th.

Anyway, that up there is a video of Davey Crimea Man playing a very lush and beautiful song called The Only Living Boy And Girl at London's 12 Bar in March. There's something of the Tom Waits about this song. It is fragile and gorgeous and makes my skin rush. It's possibly going to be on their next album - a demo can be heard on their MySpace.

And if you haven't got their current album, Secrets Of The Wishing Hour yet, you are foolish! It's ace! And it's free! No shit! You can get it right now here. As if you've got anything better to listen to this afternoon!

Loop A Loop (Akira The Don Remix)

I was honoured to be asked to remix this, because it is a truly brilliant song and a modern classic. I have no idea why I decided to rap half of it in Welsh, but I did, and it was, strangely, the first time I'd ever recorded a verse in my ail iaith... I must do more. Anyway, the band liked this remix so much they invited me to perform it with them at Bush Hall. I had an amazing time - rapping with a full band, drums and all, is a rare treat, and The Crimea are pros.

The sample at the beginning is taken from an interview with Susan Joy Rennison on Red Ice Radio. I recommend the hell out of those cats because they're thorough... their archives are incredible, a real treasure trove. Hail them and their Swedish Swagger.