It’s been hard to get away from the original, and I’m not complaining one bit. Shura is currently tucked away working on new material, with an expected first single released this spring. So expected to hear more from her soon. In the meantime, get it on the speakers to correctly kick off your weekend.
Irish singer / songwriter Róisín Murphy, most well know from her early years as one part of Moloko followed by a bunch of solo work has been in an Italian state of mind recently. A couple of months back, Róisín hinted at the fact that she had been spending time discovering classic italian pop songs and working on a series of covers of tracks well known from the 70s and 80s.
I kind of freaked when I first read about this, I’ve been a long time admirer of Róisín across her various musical outputs (and she’s a damn good performer), I’m also part italian and have a soft spot for the music from the era which she has been exploring.
The six track EP titled Mi Senti is set to be released on May 28th 2014 via The Vinyl Factory. It features covers of songs by the likes of Lucio Battisti and Patty Pravo. along with one original composition. ‘Ancora Tu’ is the first track to be released from the ep, the Lucio Battisti track will firmly lodge itself in your brain. It’s subtle disco vibe is something I hope carries through to the rest of the EP. Take a listen below and the original is there too for the more curious.
Speaking of the release:
“quite apart from the language, in some of the songs I was on the edge of what my voice can do. For the Mina ones in particular [‘Ancora Ancora Ancora’ and ‘Non Credere’] there were tears and I almost walked away and gave up.”
Ancora Ancora Ancora
This is one of the best music videos that I’ve seen in a long time. London based artist Sofia Mattioli has crafted the music video for Jamie XX’s ‘Sleep Sound’, based off of a unique concept – the video sees her moving to the music with deaf dancers who are moving in silence. The intense connection she has with each of the dancers through the movement together comes across beautifully on screen.
Sofia goes into more detail about the inspiration for the video with her artists statement:
“I was on a train listening to music, getting deep into it, and this girl started staring at me,” says London-based artist and poet Sofia Mattioli of the genesis of her video for Jamie xx’s “Sleep Sound.” “After a while I took my headphones off and she came up to me, started signing and then wrote me a note to say that she was deaf but could almost feel the music by my movement.” With the germ of an idea from this chance encounter, Mattioli was asked to create a video for the member of The xx and Grammy-winning producer of Alicia Keys, Gil Scott-Heron and Drake. During the course of one day, she danced with 13 members of the Manchester Deaf Centre with ages ranging from five to 27 years old, who responded to the movement of the artist and the vibrations in the air given off by the song. “The relationship between silence and music is a big part of what I am trying to express with my work,” says Mattioli. “The first kid in the video, Archie, was bliss—all of them were amazing. I hope this is a project I can develop further.”
Check out the video above and get moving to the music.
With posting not always being as regular as it used to be (#busyearnin’), we’ve started to keep track of our favorite tracks to put together in a monthly playlist, so even if a track doesn’t get a full feature on the site, it still makes it on here for you to share & listen. We’ve been quietly collecting over the past few weeks and below is a collection of some of our most played songs from the past month.
The playlist features tracks from: Reputante, Marian Hill, Canopies, Squarehead, Future Islands, teleman, Lyla Foy, RAC, Jungle, Badbadnotgood, Hundred Waters, Shivum Sharma, Flo Morriesy, Concorde, Death Vessel, Lykke Li, Ships, Jamie XX, Breton and Shura.
Have a listen, you might hear an old favorite or find something new.
Festival time! My always favorite go-to summer festival Electric Picnic have made their first line up announcement for the 2014 edition of the music festival today. As usual there will be a healthy amount of debate about the line up – on first glance it is looking good with a nice combination of old and new. Great to see Jungle on the line up for the first irish show – they are perfect festival material, I caught them live two weeks ago for their debut US show and it did not disappoint.
Line up so far includes:
Portishead, Outkast, Beck, Foals, Pet Shop Boys, Paolo Nutini, Chic Featuring Nile Rodgers, Lily Allen, St. Vincent, Simple Minds, London Grammar, Metronomy, Slowdive, Laura Mvula, Annie Mac,Flume, The Stranglers, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Blades, The Wailers, Omar Souleyman, White Denim, Temples, Sohn, Jungle, Fka Twigs, Bicep, Kaytranada, and John Wizards.
Tickets are on sale now.