The incredible British jazz singer, Zara McFarlane, totally smashed it on Later… with Jools on BBC Two in the UK this week – as you can see for yourself in this YouTube video.
Performing You’ll Get Me In Trouble – taken from her new album If You Knew Her on Brownswood Recordings – Zara’s beautifully haunting voice is accompanied by only an acoustic guitar.
Spooky Black is apparently a 15 year old kid from St. Paul, Minnesota in the US. Regardless of what he looks like and what this music video looks like, I really, really like this track, Without You.
It’s a strange situation; this has gone practically viral – but on some sort of Susan Boyle type tip. He looks odd in his 90s get-up of roll-necks, chinos and do-rags, but has the voice of an angel. Now, I’m glad Susan Boyle never wore a do-rag, … [read more]
For Record Store Day 2014 – which arrives Saturday 20 April – First Word Records have put together a very special 7-inch record. As documented in the above video, Tall Black Guy, Eric Lau and kidkanevil were invited to Mr Thing‘s house to raid his record collection in order to create some beats, with the caveat that; Nothing Leaves The House.
The resulting four track 7-inch is something that all beat-heads should seek to add to their own collection, and it’s … [read more]
Fresh off the press, Red Bull Studios presents the official video for Om Unit‘s track, Dark Sunrise, featuring Tamara Blessa. The track is from Om Unit’s third EP, Aeolian, which is out via the ever incredible Civil Music label later this month.
The vocals were part recorded at Red Bull Studios in London and the video was directed by Dan Hankinson. You can find out more about the video, and read an interview with Om Unit and Tamara Blessa, on … [read more]
The Shaolin Afronauts are a criminally underrated/recognised afrobeat group. Their debut album dropped last year on Freestyle Records and was nominated for an ARIA award in the world music category. The ARIAs are like the Australian GRAMMYs, for those who don’t know!
Anyway, The Shaolin Afronauts have a new album, Quest Under Capricorn, coming out in July, and the above video is live footage of them performing the track Winds Across Gayanamede, which is taken from said album. It’s absolutely stunning. A wonderful … [read more]
This is the official video for Treehouse by Ifan Dafydd, lifted from the EP of the same name which is out right now on Push & Run.
I’m sure Mr Ifan Dafydd is sick of hearing the comparisons, but it really does feel like he’s picked up where James Blake stopped to go and have a more drawn out moody sing-song in the charts. Either way, Ifan Dafydd has snatched that baton from James Blake and is so far doing a fantastic job. … [read more]
Submotion Orchestra are back in London to dazzle audiences with their unique blend of organic, orchestral sounds and dubbed out, electronic stylings. They will be playing at the illustrious Scala at London’s King’s Cross on 15 March, and thanks to our lovely friends at Soundcrash, we have an exclusive 2-for-1 offer on tickets for this event!
UKHH99-07 is a mix by Jeej for Jus Like Music on Mixcloud, featuring UK hip-hop tracks which came out between 1999 and 2007.
I recently put together a sort of retrospective of UK hip-hop, spanning 1999 to 2007. It was a cathartic experience in a way, as I’ve not really followed UK hip-hop very closely for a while now. In fact, the clue is in the title; 2007 – that’s when I reckon I actively stopped following UK hip-hop. It’s hard to pin-point the … [read more]
This is the brand new video for the track, Only Human, by Sarah Linhares. The track is taken from Sarah Linhares‘ recent debut album, Messages From The Future, which came out on the Public Transit Recordings label earlier this year.
Only Human was produced by the fantastic Canadian producer, Moonstarr, and is pretty much one of the most soulful bangers you’re likely to have heard lately. The video, directed and produced by Brian Armstrong, is simplistic in as much as … [read more]