Friday, March 16, 2018

LEILA ABDUL-RAUF - "Dimunition"

Somehow I missed the boat on Bay-area multi-instrumentalist LEILA ABDUL-RAUF. Dimunition is her third solo record and the follow-up to the acclaimed Insomnia. This is some atmospheric work that immerses the listener in a soundscape that vacillates between haunting and relaxing. It's quite the feat and I can't wait to hear the rest of the LP when it comes out on Cloister Recordings and Malignant Records.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Yazmin Lacey - "90 Degrees"

I posted about UK soul-singer Lacey last summer around the time of her Black Moon EP and I've written about many a release from First Word Records over the past five years. So I was beyond stoked to get a message from both Lacey and the label in my inbox today announcing the forthcoming - THIS FRIDAY - release of a new single and the fact that Lacey is now on the roster.

"90 Degrees" begins with a snapping snare drum and a walking bass line after which Lacey glides in and just OWNS the microphone. I WISH she blew up big when the Black Moon EP dropped, but maybe on the heels of playing Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards and with this single more people are going to feel her heat.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Black Pumas - "Black Moon Rising"

 As if keeping tabs on the quality output Colemine Records releases wasn't enough, the Ohio soul label have created a new offshoot - Karma Chief Records - and come out the gate swinging with Austin, TX group Black Pumas. The first digital single, "Black Moon Rising" drops today.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Tracey Thorn - "Face"

Released March 2nd, the first new album in 7 years from Tracey Thorn (formerly of Everything But The Girl) is a highly danceable collection of tunes that is part defiant, part heartbreaking, staggeringly personal and a gem. Thorn herself described the album Record as "nine feminist bangers," and I'll leave it with the economy of the girl.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Les Louanges - "Pitou"

What's the French word for 'yacht rock?' Is it Pitou? Because listening to Les Louanges, the latest signing to the always interesting Bonsound. It's the solo project of Vincent Roberge who debuted under Les Louanges on Bandcamp in 2016.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Thievery Corporation - "Le Force de Melodie"

Just in time for V-Day, DC duo Thievery Corporation return with a new slice of downtempo dub and breathy French vocals. "Le Force de Melodie" is available as a free download. Share the love.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Renata Zeiguer - Old Ghost

Renata Zeiguer is the artist playing on the corner at the intersection of Julee Cruise Avenue and Lucy Dacus Street.

Old Ghost is a front-to-back delight.  There are three preview tracks below, but mark your calendar for February 23rd because you're going to want to hear the entire album.