Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Introducing TĀLĀ. This London based female producer is the latest craze in the blogosphere. Born in London from a melting pot of contrasting cultures and influences, TÃLÃ celebrates the eclectic – growing up in the 90's of Iranian descent, the soundtrack to TÃLÃ's key influential years as a youngster was a mixture of classical music, 90s hip-hop and R&B, and computer game soundtracks. While "Serbia" is an appetising and surprisingly catchy powerhouse of a track, the title tune remains intriguingly unassuming yet promising something excitingly fresh & new. What a mighty, spectacular and eclectic indeed way to get introduced to the planet music! Both tracks alongside "On My Own In Hua Hin" are available on TĀLĀ's debut EP "The Duchess" available for pre-order now on 12" at Aesop. One to watch big time!!!
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
There's a cool summery vibe coming from this delicate slice of R&B. Leo Kalyan is from London and his song "Temptation" has been haunting me for days at this stage. Sublime, beautifully melodic and elegant. A true gem in the ocean of the hugely popular electronic soul scene of today!
Here's a bonus track too, free download of Leo Kalyan's glorious rendition of Tina Moore's UK garage classic "Never Gonna Let You Go" which he cleverly mashed-up with Disclosure's anthem "You & Me":
Monday, April 21, 2014
Barcelona edition of Primavera Sound Festival takes place between 28-31 May 2014. Similarly to my post last year, here's a song wishlist for this year's festival. Ooooh the anticipation!
20 "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" - Arcade Fire
19 "Digital Witness" - St Vincent
18 "We Are Explorers" - Cut Copy
17 "Black Belt" - John Grant
16 "The Look" - Metronomy
15 "Tous Les Mêmes" - Stromae
14 "Closer" - Nine Inch Nails
13 "Cu Cu Rru Cu Cu Paloma" - Caetano Veloso
12 "Pharaohs" - SBTRKT feat. Roses Gabor
11 "Hearts On Fire" - Cut Copy
10 "Dinner" - Blood Orange
09 "Lies" - CHVRCHES
08 "Everything Is Embarrassing" - Sky Ferreira
07 "Au Seve" - Julio Bashmore
06 "Que Pena (Ela Já Não Gosta Mais De Mim)" - Caetano Veloso & Gal Costa
05 "Water Me" - FKA Twigs
04 "Fancy Footwork" - Chromeo
03 "F For You" - Disclosure feat. Mary J. Blige
02 "Confess To Me" - Disclosure feat. Jessie Ware
01 "Papi Pacify" - FKA Twigs
The emotive "Beautiful People" is the 1st track taken from Lulu James' upcoming EP. Since the release of "Closer", her phenomenal 2013 single, this London based soulful vocalist has been on my careful radar. "Beautiful People" offers a more dramatic take on the electronic soul Lulu James has been pioneering for months at this stage, calling it aptly "21st Century Soul". Lulu James already comes to my mind when I think of the greatest UK female soul singers of the past 2 decades, the likes of Caron Wheeler, Mica Paris, Carleen Anderson, Shara Nelson or more recently Roses Gabor an Jessie Ware. Here's hoping 2014 will also see the release of her first full length album.
Friday, April 18, 2014
It's hard to believe it's been over two years since the release of the enigmatic Evy Jane's self-titled debut EP which included "Sayso" one of our favourite songs in 2012. Now the duo is back with a brand new single "Closer" an amalgamation of dreamy soundscapes, eerie vocal harmonies and intriguingly distorted synthesisers. It is an ethereal beauty accompanied by a subtly neon (if this ever was possible) flavoured video. My latest song addiction big time. "Closer" is a fascinatingly unsettling journey into some of the more mysterious electronic sounds.
And for those who might have perhaps forgotten about the incredible "Sayso" here it is again:
Thursday, April 17, 2014
It was a stand-out track on Blood Orange's 2nd LP "Cupid Deluxe" from the very beginning but now the track gets to re-live its fabulousness with this fantastic rendition of the track featuring the legendary house vocalist Robert Owens. There's a delectable a/jus/ted Remix in the package too. What a dream team!