Last month Popsicle TV turned one year old. It’s been an incredible ride so far, and if the last few months are anything to go by, it’s going to keep getting better.
The team at Popsicle Studios has been treated to some incredible performances over the last year, so as we sit, poised to start releasing our next season of Popsicle Studio Sessions (there’s some killer stuff coming your way), we thought it would be appropriate to recap some of the amazing performances that we’ve been lucky enough to capture in our humble studio.
Compiling this list was by no means an easy task. There are some incredible performances that we just couldn’t feature (because 10 is a round number and we’d be scorned if we were to release a “Top 11, or 12″). However, we’re taking the sneaky way out and including some honourable mentions. Sorrynotsorry.
Tweak – House Party:
Hatchetman & Arrogant Sandy – 7 Bridges Road
Card On Spokes – Sunwalker (ft. Bonj Mpanza)
And now, without further delay, here are our Top 10 Popsicle Studio Sessions (so far…)
Our Top 10 Popsicle Studio Sessions:
10. TheCity – A Place To Belong (Little Dragon Cover)
TheCity must be one of the most talented and underrated South African bands around. Their musicianship is on another level, and their urban sound is very strong. Coming in at number 10 is their performance of Little Dragon’s “A Place To Belong.”
9. Sannie Fox – Wuthering Heights.
Sannie has been holding it down for the fairer sex for for a long time, and her experience comes through in her live performance. We were incredibly excited to have her come in for her session, knowing full-well what she could do, and she did not disappoint. Have a look at her performing her track “Wuthering Heights,” which comes in at number 9.
8. Stelth Ulvang – Clocktower
This was one of the more interesting sessions that we’ve ever done. We were approached by the ever-awesome City Soirée to work together on Stelth’s tour. They had organised maybe one of the most potent backing bands that one could imagine to perform alongside The Lumineers man, including Albert Frost, Lee Thomson, Ryan McArthur, Werner Von Waltsleben, and Bonj Mpanza. The results speak for themselves. To boot, we had an an audience in our control room, and we had a very large and very talented band to film. We ended up calling in favours with all of the cameramen that we know, and shot it from every angle. Have a look at our number 8, Stelth Ulvang performing “Clocktower.”
7. Joshua Grierson – Red Boots
This session holds quite a bit os sentimental value. Watching Joshua perform this song at The Waiting Room was, in part, an inspiration for Popsicle TV. But after watching him pour his soul into this song, it’s not hard to see why.
6. Al Bairre – Let’s Fall In Love Some More
Everything this band touches turns to fun (not gold, but also sometimes gold). What can we say? The band rocked up and put on a show, and in doing so, showed us why they’re one of the most popular bands in the country right now. It was a pleasure to record. At number 6, Al Bairre.
5. Francois Van Coke – Hulle Sê
It’s not often that you get to work with a legend, especially when you’re still relatively new to the scene. But Francois was keen and so were we (duh). He brought his band and performed some of his unreleased solo material, which was a total treat.
4. Fantasma – Basbizile
Spoek Mathambo’s supergroup released one of our favourite albums of last year. They also played at our Popsicle TV launch party. They don’t play often, so the opportunity to capture a live performance was too good to pass up. At number 4, watch Fantasma perform “Basbizile” live in our studio.
3. Grassy Spark Cover The Kooks, Milky Chance & The Cat Empire
The boys from Grassy Spark know how to put on a live show, even when all 7 of them are squashed into a room full of plants and mics. In an attempt to win an opening slot at Vodacom In The City (which they did win), they put together a mash up of the The Kooks, Milky Chance and The Cat Empire, with their own signature style mixed in.
2. Southern Wild – Time Eraser
One of the bands making big waves at the moment is Southern Wild. Dave Van Vuuren’s vocals have to be regarded as some of the best in the country, and with the collection of musicians that he has behind him, this band seems pretty unstoppable right now. When they came in for their session, this song absolutely melted us, and based on the response it got, it melted a lot of our viewers too.
1. Alice Phoebe Lou – Rebel Rose
Coming in at number 1 is the absolutely incredible Alice Phoebe Lou. She’s currently riding a wave of massive support and excitement, and with a new album on the brink of release, you’d imagine that things are about to get hectic. It’s still hard to believe that this is actually the first Popsicle Studio Session that we ever released. We knew it was good, but it’s hard to imagine that we fully grasped what we were busy recording. For many reasons, this video will always hold a very special place in our hearts. Our number 1 Popsicle Studio Session (So Far) is Alice Phoebe Lou, performing her delicate and beautiful track, “Rebel Rose.”
Bonus: Watch David Brits Create his Pointillism Mural At Popsicle Studios:
Seeing as this is technically a list for Popsicle Studio Sessions, this gem couldn’t really be included, but we’re throwing it in as a bonus. David Brits is a Cape Town based artist who has been experimenting with Pointillism. He came and painted a mural at Popsicle Studios and we filmed it. Have a look: