Geordie songstress Lulu James is single-handedly leading a Future-Soul revolution in the North-East armed with a powerful voice and the dark, Post-Dubstep productions of Domzilla. We were lucky enough to catch her at the Great Escape Festival earlier this month where she lit up a rather drab afternoon in Brighton with her extravagant wardrobe.
After the release of Private-Beats mixtapes Vol.1 and Vol.2, packed full of Funk, Soul and Hip-Hop beats, Stanley Bloom and Mike Ro Wave are due to release a full album titled Pacific Shore. It’s the product of a California road trip and Road 1 is the excellent first single.
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Japanese beatmaker Mabanua has his fingers dipped into a number of projects (including Green Butter and Ovall) but on his own his work is just as fine. On Mystery, the jazzy piano beat and sweet tones of Nicholas Ryan Grant go really nicely together, prefect for this fine weather (in the UK anyway) on a Sunday afternoon.
In case Bristol doesn’t have have enough top festivals this summer, here’s another one to add to your diaries. Dot To Dot will be hitting Bristol, Nottingham and Manchester for one day each and Bristol is the first stop on 2 June. Listen to our Top five acts not to miss.
We’ve been waiting for some time to find a reason to write about Alt-J and the recent streaming of their quite brilliant debut album has provided such an opportunity. We’d even go so far as to say it’s one of our favourite guitar albums of the year so far.
Nostalgic balmy funk from an illusive Norwegian producer.
Twinkling new age on newly-founded label Quindi Records.
A traditional Kenyan instrument recontextualised for Extra Soul Perception.
A punk approach to dance music from the Optimo Music producer.
The Stones Throw affiliate and NTS Radio DJ unpacks the influence of the American musical maverick.
60s Japanese funk and Cambodian pop to 70s Thai disco and psychedelica.
Katia Mullova explores the lessons we might learn from Coronavirus lockdown to create a more environmentally-friendly gig economy and community at large.
Katia Mullova assesses the wider implications of this annual focus on data sharing.
A behind the scenes look at Berlin’s unassuming open air party spot.