An effervescent new gem

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Following on from the release of their highly-praised offerings ‘Foreign’ and ‘Payday’ throughout last year, fast-rising outfit Minas are back to deliver their impactful new single ‘Fight One’.

Continuing to explore the raw and pulsing direction they have cultivated for themselves these last few years, ‘Fight One’ makes for an incredibly broad and textured listen. Conjuring a smooth yet atmospheric production throughout, this effervescent new gem sees them follow in the footsteps of King Krule and Sleaford Mods with its pulsing energy.

Speaking about the new offering, band leader James Minas said,

“Even though I was on the right path, I had relapses. This was a conversation I was having with myself, not to fix it, just to start noticing what was happening more. I guess this track serves as the first real moment of fear I had, fear of where the hell I was going, where I would end up if I carried on. I didn’t like myself at all, I felt my life was a bit of a joke and I wasn’t of much use to anyone. It’s the first song on the album where I’m being completely straight up with myself. I used to walk around the area where I was then living in Cardiff like I was on a mission of self-destruction, including walking down Clifton Street on whatever concoction of substances I was on as if looking for a problem. I started realising this wasn’t cool and really wasn’t who I wanted to be.”

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Minas is the project from Greek/Welsh producer & musician James Minas, alongside the rhythm section of the Davies Brothers.

Minas grew up in the circus with parents who were heavily involved in the 1980s punk scene and then moved to secondary school in the Welsh Valleys. His music draws from the boredom and shenanigans that took place. The songs reveal stories of a checkered past over a mix of deep melodic soundscapes and loud, aggressive impacts. Covering subjects from his personal struggles with mental health (“My heart was giving my ribs a kicking”) to disillusionment (“Three-pound meal deals feeding my mates”).

Minas holds a mirror up to society, trying to understand it. As a respected producer, James is working to build a new sound for the South Wales scene with a number of artists and genres. However, as an artist, Minas presents his own brutal honesty and lays open a vulnerability for all to hear.


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