James Mathe does Lenny Kravitz

April 1, 2011 - 12:07 | Tags :

The main reason I do this blog is to get people interested in the music I like. When this happens, it’s always good and probably results in a few extra CD sales for the artists concerned. Sometimes though it takes a different, even better direction. Back in 2006, I unwittingly introduced fellow blogger Neil from [...]

A quick word with… James Mathé

December 23, 2010 - 16:52 | Tags :

James Mathé has already been on here recently with a song of the week - a demo of the excellent ‘The Load’ off his latest EP. Given that he’s been a big Daily Growl favourite under his former guide Barbarossa, I was obviously interested in asking him a few questions about the change in name, [...]

Song of the week: James Mathé - The Load

December 7, 2010 - 14:41 | Tags :

Perhaps I shouldn’t be starting a new feature on here, especially since I struggle to keep everything else going, but what the hell, why not? This has been prompted by my Song of the Day piece for The Line of Best Fit last Friday, in which I talked about the excellent demo version of ‘The [...]

New Barbarossa

April 23, 2009 - 13:08 | Tags :

Things are changing in the world of Barbarossa. The red-bearded one, also known as James Mathe has previously released two albums, the last of which, Chemical Campfires in 2006 was a lovely affair, where fireside acoustic pluckings sat comfortably alongside crackling electronics. It was a downbeat affair, but perfectly flavoured and it was one of [...]

Best of November

November 30, 2006 - 23:08 | Tags :

Album of the month
November’s album of the month is a bit of a surprise – not least to me. I had fully expected would be Jarvis, Joanna Newsom or most likely Amy Winehouse. But despite such heavyweight competition, the winner is London-based singer-songwriter James Mathe, who because of the colour of his facial hair, [...]