Difference and similarity are playing apart with two albums currently on high rotation here. Both Cat Power and Macy Gray made names for themselves in the 1990s, and both have recently released new albums that mark return to forms and moving through and rising above past challenges with grace.
Ocean Blue is Cut Copy's new track. It's a cool groove to beat the summer heat, at least that's we think. We're putting it through its paces in the studio.06.11.18
The original Inna City Mamma is back! Neneh Cherry has just dropped her fifth album, her second with Four Tet on production. As the name suggests, this collection of tracks tackles the issues of the day, packing a punch or two here and there with subdued beats that are big on beauty. #girlpower . 02.11.18
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The late Nigerian musician William Onyeabor may have shied away from the limelight but his star is still burning bright and inspiring a whole new generation. Luaka Bop released What?! in 2014 with a cool compilation of covers (we’re particularly partial to the Hot Chip rendition) and under the same label Atomic Bomb! is blowing us away with their 2017 tribute album. This supergroup has a mission to keep the funk legend’s legacy alive and led by Sudanese-American Sinkane delivers an impressive line-up including David Byrne, Money Mark and Dev Hynes to name a ...
As big fans of Freetown Sound, our ears have been longing for the release of Blood Orange's fourth album, Negro Swan. Gracefully melding an array of styles and themes, it's not surprisingly an expressive album that doesn't shy away from politics and keeps you on your feet. Glide over to Pitchfork for an in-depth and informative review.
Norvicians Maria Uzor and Gemma Cullingford aka Sink Ya Teeth recently released their self-titled debut album that has our toes a tapping. While the tracks may channel the feel and sound of classic 1980s dance music, the sound is completely contemporary and original. No wonder it's garnering praise from near on everyone: The Guardian and Pitchfork for starters. Press play!#girlpower . 12.07.18
We've been tuning into Africa Seven lately and on the way have uncovered a few gems including Mother's Garden, a funky compilation of tracks featuring some of Africa's finest female artists in the mid 1970s and early 1980s. The collection acknowledges the musical contributions that these women have made crafting these sweet-sounding African melodies. Get those toes tapping. #africacalling #girlpower . 01.06.18
The second in our Girl Power series is Bettye Lavette's new album Things Have Changed. It takes the cover version up a notch, and we've been spinning it over and over. For her tenth album Bettye has reinterpreted the songs of Bob Dylan stamping them with her own distinct style. Think bluesy grit and grooves teamed with her unmistakable voice. Another strong outing from a remarkable woman. #girlpower . 18.05.18
Jenny Wilson is back with her critically acclaimed new album Exorcism, a cathartic exploration of her experience with sexual assault. It's a brave move that rewards with repeat plays thanks to its bold lyrics coupled with unwavering beats. Head to The Guardian or Drowned Sound and for reviews and interviews. And tune in here for more in our new series Girl Power. #girlpower . 01.05.18
Wonderfully familiar is how we'd describe LCD Soundsystem's new album American Dream, which is garnering rave reviews across the globe. It's just what we want to listen to with its oddly uplifting grooves and sharper, darker mood proving there is life in the album format. Welcome back. 08.09.17
Pitchfork featured Kelly Lee Owen in their Rising series at the beginning of the year and since then she's released her self-titled debut album charming the socks off critics across the globe. Her trance-like tunes with their techno traces and dreamy ambient sounds have us hypnotised and completely chilled. 16.06.17