Saturday, April 4, 2020

SHREM'S LIST OBSESSION: Top 10 Greatest Empress Of Tracks


Lorely Rodriguez aka Empress Of has just released her most anticipated 3rd LP "I'm Your Empress" via Terrible Records. You can order it in CD, Vinyl or Digital format on Bandcamp. I am using this special occasion to revisit this truly talented and unique musician's entire catalogue to date, cherry-picking my favourite singles, collaborations and deep-cuts of hers. In a truly eclectic manner, Empress Of's musical palettes float harmoniously between multiple genres, styles and moods. From dream pop to alternative R&B, synth-pop to experimental electronica, Empress Of remains one of the most captivating artists of the younger generation, never dropping the ball and notoriously pushing herself beyond any creative boundaries and artistic conventions while successfully marrying what's underground and what's pure POP perfection. And then there's THAT distinctive voice! Happy Empress Of week everyone!

10 "Woman Is a Word"





9 "When I'm With Him"




8 "Tristeza"




7 "Reformer" [with Darkstar]



"Maybe This Time"




5 "How Do You Do It"




4 "Wild Girl" [with Kito]



3 "Hat Trick"




2 "Just the Same"




1 "Give Me Another Chance"




Saturday, March 28, 2020

SHREM'S INSTITUTE OF LOST CLASSICS: "THROUGH" - Victoria Wilson James + "A DREAM'S A DREAM" - Soul II Soul


The year was 1991 and one of Jazzie B's muses Miss Victoria Wilson James has just dropped this delectable slice of swingbeat-infused neo soul. "Through", which was additionally remixed by another legend of the house scene - Frankie Knuckles, was a follow-up single to Wilson James' collaboration with Soul II Soul - the tremendous "A Dream's A Dream". Both tracks have been trending high on my playlists these past early-90's-nostalgia-themed weeks... I found it to be a good excuse to revive my "Lost Classics" thread.







Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Crème de la Shrem: TOP 25 BEST OF FEBRUARY 2020


Exclusive artwork: Les Cullinan Designs

25 (N) "Elevation" - Makèz (Let's Play House)



24 (N) "Zala Mayele" - KOKOKO! (Transgressive Records)



23 (N) "Disco Pregnancy (Tonal + Rhythmical)" - Laima (DEEWEE)



22 (N) "No Time To Die" - Billie Eilish (Darkroom/Interscope Records)



21 (N) "Bizarre Love Triangle" - Desire (Italians Do It Better)



20 (N) "entertnmnt" - Oklou (TaP Records)



19 (N) "Comme Des Garçons (Like The Boys)" - Rina Sawayama (Dirty Hit)



18 (N) "Moment" - Victoria Monét (Tribe Records)



17 (17) "10%" - KAYTRANADA feat. Kali Uchis (RCA)



16 (N) "UWA" - Pongo (Capitaine Plouf/Jardin Rouge)



15 (5) "Make It Happen" - Forever feat. Just John (Cascine)



14 (N) "Jigoo" - Maurice Fulton & Peggy Gou (Gudu Records)



13 (N) "I Want You So Bad" - Orion (Italians Do It Better)



12 (N) "Lesson #1" - Josh Caffe (self-released)



11 (7) "Breaking Down" - Elín Ey (self-released)



10 (13) "Never Come Back" - Caribou (City Slang)



9 (11) "Juro Que" - ROSALÍA (Columbia Records)



8 (2) "Stop & Go" - The Galleria (Environ LLC)



7 (N) "Do U Miss Me?" - Becky and the Birds (4AD)



6 (N) "Lick In Heaven" - Jessy Lanza (Hyperdub)



5 (1) "Oh My God" - Sevdaliza (Twisted Elegance)



4 (N) "Freak Like U" - Masarima (Clone Records)



3 (N) "Somewhere Else" - Sink Ya Teeth (Buffalo Records)



2 (N) "Attitude" - Lewis OfMan (Profil de Face)



1 (N) "Spotlight" - Jessie Ware (PMR)



Saturday, March 7, 2020

SHREM'S DOUBLE TROUBLE: "MURPHY'S LAW" - Róisín Murphy /// "SPOTLIGHT" - Jessie Ware


2 of my beloved divas are back this week with brand new disco-flavoured gems. Miss Jessie Ware and Miss Róisín Murphy. Inspired by the hilarious edition of "Table Manners" where both artists met up to talk all things cuisine coupled with the disco-revival theme of their respective new singles, it only seemed right to blog about them together. Aside from "Spotlight" and "Murphy's Law" I've decided to use this opportunity to re-visit both artists' single discographies to date, cherry-picking their finest releases. Enjoy!


Jessie Ware announces the release of her 4th LP "What's Your Pleasure?", celebrating a decade of music-making, with the deliciously crafted "Spotlight". The richly produced single follows the fantastic "Mirage (Don't Stop)" - one of the 25 greatest tracks of 2019 as compiled for my annual countdown. It's an instant Pop classic, a multi-layered, string-laden, exquisitely arranged song with a good old-fashioned breakdown and all. The video for "Spotlight" is a fittingly stylish piece shot in Belgrade and directed by Jovan Todorovic. You can pre-order your copy of Ware's new album in your format of choice HERE.

Check out also Top 15 Jessie Ware Club Diva Moments HERE.




Róisín Murphy teams up again with the indestructible Sheffield club scene legend Dj Parrot aka Crooked Man for an 8-min-long, early 1980's synth-infused disco jewel. We are all invited for an exhilarating, pure fun moment of dance-floor nostalgia. In Róisín's own words: "Murphy’s Law is our crack at a straight up, straightforward, no-frills, disco standard". I once before celebrated Murphy/Parrot collaborations around the release of the unparalleled "Incapable" and I am thrilled to see this creative partnership continuing to thrive. And long may it last!



Top 10 Greatest Róisín Murphy Singles

10 "Narcissus" (2019)



"Momma's Place" (2010)



8 "Murphy's Law" (2020)



7 "The Rumble" (2018)



6 "Sow Into You" (2005)



5 "Plaything" (2018)



4 "You Know Me Better" (2007)



3 "Incapable" (2019)



2 "Exploitation" (2015)



1 "Simulation" (2012)



Top 10 Greatest Jessie Ware Singles

10 "Midnight" (2017)



9 "Running" (2017)



8 "Selfish Love" (2017)



7 "Sweet Talk" (2013)



6 "Overtime" (2018)



5 "110%"/"If You're Never Gonna Move" (2012)



4 "Wildest Moments" (2012)



3 "Imagine It Was Us" (2013)



2 "Mirage (Don’t Stop)" (2019)



1 "Spotlight" (2020)