Mezzowave – A Christmas Gift – DEC Benefit on The Big Chill Label

MEZZOWAVE releases double A side single (out now) – A CHRISTMAS GIFT (feat. REV Martin Luther King Jnr, Angie Brown & Alison David) in aid of The Philippines Typhoon Appeal www.dec.org.uk on THE BIG CHILL LABEL (all artist & label profits are going to DEC) followed by A SUPERNATURAL SOULSTICE – concert curated by the Rev Peter Owen Jones (Around The World in 80 Faiths) 21/12/13 St Peters Church, Firle, East Sussex, BN8 6NP

The Christmas Gift has evolved somewhat since Max J Mezzowave decided to release this double A side single. It was slated for December 1st release http://www.dec.org.uk/node/3641 and was intended to be about looking at Christmas from a more unifying and less commercial perspective, as a return to a more, for want of a better word ‘spiritual’ and connected perspective for the human family. Then Typhoon Haiyan happened in the Philippines and all those concerned felt the only way forward was to donate all label and artist royalties from the sale of ‘The Christmas Gift’ to the DEC Philippines Typhoon appeal. There are no costs to deduct and even the distributor (Proper Distribution) has slashed their distribution fee. So hopefully this is an opportunity to enjoy some great music while benefitting those who have lost their homes, livelihoods and loved ones in The Philippines.

“Let freedom ring and when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to feed up that day, when all of Gods children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands… ” Rev Martin Luther King Jnr – Extract from the ‘I have a dream’ speech August 1963.

Fifty years on from the moment the Reverend Martin Luther King Jnr made his momentous speech quoted above, his soul advice is still so powerful not just to African Americans, but to all those communities across the World who currently struggle to be acknowledged and who are fighting for even the most basic freedoms, like shelter, food and medical care. His wise words remind us all that we need to reach out even in small ways to change the things, particularly for those whose freedom is deeply compromised. The vocals on this track and the lyrical response to the speech is sung and written by the legendary Brit Soul Diva Angie Brown (Bizarre Inc), who was invited by Mezzowave to sing on a track he had built around the speech (this is her vocal response). At the time it was a personal celebration of the speech and Max had no idea if it would be possible to clear the use of the speech. However after tracing the ownership of the track to EMI Music Publishing, the sample, much to everyone’s delight was cleared and the release was given the official seal of approval. Angie Brown’s heart felt call for a return to truth via the words ‘I am coming home’ reflect the huge importance of this speech to so many people across the world.

At Christmas ideally we all come together, we all ‘go home’ in some way, which is why this track is so perfect for this reflective time of year. The coupling of ‘Home’ with the serene recording of ‘Silent Night’ featuring Red Snapper’s Alison David is a perfect partnership. Alison gives an incredible raw and soulful performance of the traditional hymn, which brings, soul, jazz and gospel together in the contemporary reinterpretation of a classic. The track is a single live take, recorded at Bedingham Church in Sussex and features Max J Mezzowave on Fender Rhodes and Jose Albella on acoustic guitar.

At the request of the maverick and visionary priest the Rev Peter Owen Jones, Mezzowave will be playing a Supernatural Soulstice Christmas Concert at St Peters Church in Firle on December 21st from 8pm. The evening will feature Mezzowave, Alison David and Siggi Mwasote (who leads the Gospel Choir Spring Into Soul). Chris Difford (Squeeze) will open the evening and there will also be a special guest DJ. Tickets are £10.00 from The Union Music Store, 1 Landsdown Place, Lewes, BN7 2JT). There will also be a limited number of guest tickets for the ladies and gentlemen of the press who would like to attend on a first come first served basis.

The Christmas Gift single is about returning to the core values of peace and love that first came to public prominence in the 1960s and are central to Christianity in it’s purest form (Christianity was in its own time a vital and revolutionary movement). The two songs have a thematic relationship, which is why neither track is a B-side. The 1960s was a time of expansion and a time where the masses connected with ideas of personal power through peace. As the Rev Martin Luther King Jnr said ‘I have a dream’ and most importantly that dream is still alive in the hearts and minds of all those who heard and all those who celebrated his words which the track home sets out to do, in celebrating a great leader and Christian visionary.

LISTEN LINK https://soundcloud.com/bigchilllabel-tcf/home-pt2-feat-dr-martin-luther BUY LINK https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/home-feat.-angie-brown-rev/id737462471?i=737462544 LISTEN LINK https://soundcloud.com/bigchilllabel-tcf/silent-night-feat-alison-david BUY LINK https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/silent-night-feat.-alison/id737462471?i=737462541

DEC information and joint statement with Bill Chill Label for press releases and download sites:
The Disasters Emergency Committee will receive 100% of all label and artist income generated from sales of this single to go towards the Philippines Typhoon Appeal (88% after distribution fees)

Notes to editors
• The DEC brings 14 leading UK aid charities together in times of crisis: ActionAid UK, Age International, British Red Cross, CAFOD, Care International, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Merlin, Oxfam, Plan UK, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision; all collectively raising money to reach those in need quickly.

• To make a donation to the DEC Philippines Typhoon Appeal visit http://www.dec.org.uk, text the word SUPPORT to 70000 to donate £5, call the 24 hour hotline on 0370 60 60 900, donate over the counter at any high street bank or post office, or send a cheque.

Stay up to date with developments in the Philippines, the emergency response and the DEC’s fundraising efforts on twitter: http://twitter.com/decappeal or on Facebook via http://www.facebook.com/DisastersEmergencyCommittee

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