A couple of side notes on the live front, Hiatus Kaiyote will be in London on 18th Nov and Brighton on the 6th, while John Wizards will be supporting Owiny Sigoma Band at Jazz Cafe on 7th November and playing at the Southbank Centre the following night.
Now we’ve reached double figures for the MMM, we thought it about time to start finding out some Monday selections from artists we’re into. First up is a Brighton singer-songwriter who we’re really excited about. She makes a very modern kind of pop music, built around playful, reverberating vocals and a guitar-driven, electronically-arranged soulful sound. Her debut EP, All We Can, came out last week on XVI Records and is one of our favourite releases of 2013, away from the realms of dance music. Check our Brighton Spotlight with YATW and listen below, alongside some words from Ruby Taylor about her Monday selection:
“Some of these songs have been favourites for years, and have been great inspiration, not just musically and arrangement wise, but down the vibe of the songs, and how they make you feel. The bass line groove and the vocal hook in Even After All are so beautiful, it makes you fall in love if you weren’t already.
Slick Rick featuring Big Boi is one of my favourites, I like the beat and cheeky bass line and the pitch that the snare is at. I’m a sucker for a snare – puts me in a really good mood. And when Big Boi comes in to rap it’s like WOAH.
Frank Ocean’s album ChannelOrange, I can’t stop listening to. I think he’s such an amazing songwriter. He’s been a big influence.
Sharon Jones & The Dapkings and Menahan Street Band (both on Daptone Records) have also been a great influence with horn harmonies & melodies, which inspired horn lines like in All We Can.
I love Nick Drake, his voice is like warm milk chocolate with bits of honeycomb in. The sound and flow of the vocal melody and dynamics in this song is amazing, and one of my favourites. He’s not really influenced my music, but a real pleasure to listen to.
Hiatus Kaiyote, John Wizards and Vondelpark are quite new compared to the rest, but I’m soaking them up now so they are going to be influencing my new material for sure!”