On The Stereo #72
Here’s our recent playlist, featuring Kelvyn Boy, A Certain Ratio, Melissa Erin, Tony Njoku, Falcon Jane, Summer Heart and more
By collaborating with highlife icon Gyedu-Blay Ambolley on Watch Nobody, Kelvyn Boy is paying homage to Ghana’s musical heritage while taking afrobeat in a modern direction. Cultural significance aside, it’s also a song that will get everyone up and dancing the night away.
A CERTAIN RATIO
A collaboration with producer and mixer Jacknife Lee which marries together two tracks from A Certain Ratio’s recent album ACR Loco, YoyoGrip is a fusion of the very best kind that creates a funky dance wig-out from its source material.
Black Jeans by Summer Heart was recorded in a small room with minimal equipment and that intimacy oozes out of the speakers when listening. Dream-pop it might be, but it’s the kind of dream that has a warmth and veracity that makes you question whether you were awake all along.
BANDITS ON THE RUN
Now Is The Time
NYC-based trio Bandits On The Run are renowned for their harmonies and unique instrumentation and both of those attributes are displayed on new single Now Is The Time. A cello cleverly weaves its way through the blended vocals, keeping things constantly compelling.
Lost With You
Delicate yet purposeful, Patrick Watson’s Lost With You is driven forward by a recurring piano pattern. Other haunting sounds fail to knock it off track, instead only adding to this cathartic ride.
Timeless doesn’t have to mean staid, as Melissa Erin proves with her new single Golden. As with Laura Marling and Joni Mitchell, Erin is able to take strands of classic folk music and spin them into something with a much broader appeal.
With her voice gliding across the floor, there’s a waltzy vibe to Falcon Jane’s Feelings which you can’t help but get swept along with. Branson Giles’ reflective guitar provides a more than able partner.
Death By Dimitri
On Death By Dimitri, Tony Njoku takes his trap and hip hop influences and builds an atmospheric soundscape around them. The result is an immersive and interesting clash of styles which glistens with adventure.
BUZZARD BUZZARD BUZZARD
Having already established their rock ‘n’ roll credentials, 30,000 Megabucks finds Cardiff’s Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard at their very best. Big riffs, singalong vocals and a healthy sense of humour; all the ingredients are there for one helluva good time.
SAM COFFEY & THE IRON LUNGS
Back With The Gang
With a sound heavily indebted to 70s rock, Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs return with their new single Back With The Gang. Whether it’s the influence of producer Kevin Ratterman or a growing confidence in their own skin, they’ve never sounded bolder.
Words: Duncan Haskell