Saturday, March 9, 2019


Sevdaliza. One of the most unique, uncompromising and exquisite talents in the world right now. With every next release being a thrill, I would like to highlight in particular the magnificence of her latest offering, the mesmerising "Darkest Hour". The initial, ascetically minimal piano-led production gradually builds up to a haunting, multi-layered synth-pop wonder, bolero style. It already sounds as confident and powerful as some of Sevdaliza's most accomplished works to date such as "Shahmaran", "Human" or "That Other Girl". And that recitation in Farsi in the very last seconds of the song, the cherry on top! A new masterpiece. We are not worthy.

And here's a reminder of Sevdaliza's previous songs I consider masterpieces in my muso books... 

Friday, March 8, 2019

Crème de la Shrem: TOP 25 BEST OF FEBRUARY 2019

Exclusive artwork: Les Cullinan Designs

25 (N) "Natikillah" - Nathy Peluso (Taste the Floor)

24 (N) "Ally McBeal" - Morabeza Tobacco (Naive Recordings)

23 (N) "Kiska (киска)" - Kedr Livanskiy (2MR)

22 (N) "Time Rider" - Chromatics (Italians Do It Better)

21 (N) "Noches" - Prince Innocence (self-released)

20 (N) "Nothing Changes" - Biig Piig with Kxrn (self-released)

19 (12) "Casio" - Jungle (XL Recordings)

18 (22) "I'm Not In Love" - Kelsey Lu (Columbia Records)

17 (N) "Romance Noire" - Double Mixte (Italians Do It Better)

16 (N) "Sebi" - Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl (Universal)

15 (N) "T-Shirt" - Pecas (Broken Circles)

14 (N) "Mudbira" - A-WA (La Sis)

13 (N) "The Barrel" - Aldous Harding (4AD)

12 (9) "Birdsong" - Rosie Lowe (Wolfe Tone)

11 (4) "Naked City" - Glass Candy (Italians Do It Better)

10 (N) "Send to Robin Immediately" - Robyn (Konichiwa Records)

9 (N) "Cursed and Cussed" - Charlotte Adigéry (DEEWEE)

8 (N) "Adore You" - Jessie Ware (PMR)

7 (19) "A Day Without You" - Cherushii & Maria Minerva (100% Silk)

6 (RE) "Lifetime" - Gus Gus (Oroom)

5 (N) "Chewing Gum" - Vendredi sur Mer (Profil de Face)

4 (N) "Turkish Delight" - Roses Gabor (AllPoints)

3 (1) "Incapable" - Crooked Man feat. Róisín Murphy (Bitter End)

2 (2) "LA" - Boy Harsher (NUDE CLUB)

1 (N) "Nobody's Fool" - Cherushii & Maria Minerva (100% Silk)

Thursday, February 28, 2019

SHREM'S FUTURE ANTHEMS: "NOBODY'S FOOL" - Cherushii & Maria Minerva + "S/T" EP

The marvellous and instantly captivating "Nobody's Fool" is one of 7 collaborative tracks between the Estonian avant-garde electronic musician Maria Minerva and her partner in "leftfield house" crime San Francisco underground club producer Cherushii who was one of the tragic victims of the 2016 Oakland Ghost Ship warehouse fire...  One can't help but listen to this exquisite EP with a sense of deep sadness and nostalgia in spite of its songs balancing blissfully between dancefloor-friendly territories of synth-pop, deep house and house. It's a legacy of Cherushii's undeniable creativity and a testimony to the beautiful friendship and artistic partnership between the pair. The vocal version of "Nobody's Fool" is a true explosion of beats, samples and vocal hooks, echoing some sweet early 90's Deee-Lite vibes. Quite possibly the greatest track I have heard so far in 2019... 

"After two years of working to finish the project amid a difficult grieving process, Minerva releases her album with Cherushii via 100% Silk on Feb. 15. Titled S/T, it offers a glimpse into the new, exalted house-pop direction Cherushii was reaching for before her passing." we read in the official press release. 

"S/T" is out now on all digital outlets as well as on 12" via Bandcamp

Here are some of my other favourite tracks from Cherushii's vast back catalogue of underground gems:

Monday, February 18, 2019


Photo by Heji Shin

No better moment to revisit Robyn's entire back catalogue when she's releasing her brand new exquisite video for "Send to Robin Immediately" from my 2018 Album of the Year - "Honey". The video for the Lil Louis' "French Kiss"- sampling track was directed by Max Vitali.

20 "Be Mine! (Wasted Youth Mix)" (2008)

19 "Call Your Girlfriend" (2011)

18 "None Of Dem" [with Röyksopp] (2010)

17 "Love Is Free" [with La Bagatelle Magique and Maluca] (2015)

16 "Because It's in the Music" (2018)

15 "Do It Again" [with Röyksopp] (2014)

14 "Who's That Girl" (2008)

13 "Hang With Me" (2010)

12 "Ever Again" (2018)

11 "We Dance To The Beat" (2010)

10 "Love Kills" (2010)

9 "Indestructible" (2010)

8 "Dancing On My Own" (2010)

7 "Between the Lines" (2018)

6 "Don't Fucking Tell Me What To Do" (2010)

5 "Honey" (2018)

4 "The Girl And The Robot" [with Röyksopp] (2009)

3 "Stars 4-Ever" (2010)

2 "With Every Heartbeat" [with Kleerup] (2007)

1 "Monument" [with Röyksopp] (2014)