Songs of the Month, Summer Special, 02~09~2017

Hey all!

It has been a mad summer. I moved city, went on holiday to the US and Canada, and accepted to start school again. Time has been at a premium. With that in mind, let me introduce the summer special Songs of the Month covering June, July and August.

It has been hard to keep up with all the new music. Favourites have returned (St Vincent, Benjamin Clementine, Kodie Shane, Daughter). Old masters are back (Flaming Lips, LCD Soundsytem, Mogwai, QOTSA). Along with heaps of new crushes (Diet Cig, Priests, James Heather, Girl Ray).

Enjoy! x

02~09~17

  1. Gone ~ My Bubba (Third Man Records, Detroit)
  2. How?? ~ Flaming Lips (Bella Union, London)
  3. Why Don’t You Come On ~ DJDS ft. Khalid & Empress Of (Loma Vista Recordings, New York)
  4. Barf Day ~ Diet Cig (Frenchkiss Records, New York)
  5. Doomed ~ Moses Sumney (Jagjaguwar, Bloomington)
  6. New York ~ St Vincent (Loma Vista Recordings, New York)
  7. Phantom of Allepoville ~ Benjamin Clementine (Behind, Paris)
  8. Start a Riot ~ Kodie Shane (Greystone Park, Independent)
  9. Wednesday Morning Atonement ~ Curtis Harding (Self-released)
  10. Nothing Feels Natural ~ Priests (Sister Polygon Records, Washington D.C.)
  11. Ghosty ~ Girl Ray (Moshi Moshi Records, London)
  12. Last Minute Change of Heart ~ James Heather (Ahead of Our Time, London)
  13. Czech One ~ King Krule (XL Recordings, London)
  14. Procider ~ Frank Ocean (Blonded, Independent)
  15. Take Me Away ~ Daniel Ceasar Ft. Syd) (Golden Child Recordings, Canada)
  16. Burn It Down ~ Daughter (4AD, London)
  17. Freakshow ~ Ghostpoet (Self-released)
  18. Party in the Dark ~ Mogwai (Rock Action Records, Glasgow)
  19. Villains of Circumstance ~ Queens of the Stone Age (Matador Records, New York)
  20. What Have They Done ~ Max Richter (Milan Music, France)
  21. Mountainside ~ Deradoorian (Anticon., L.A.)
  22. On Another Ocean (January / June) ~ Fleet Foxes (Self-released)
  23. A Season Underground ~ Flotation Toy Warning (Talitres, Bordeaux)
  24. Love & Cigarettes ~ Kedr Livanskiy (2MR, New York City)
  25. Pulse (v.1) ~ LCD Soundsytem (Excelsior Equity Management, New York City)

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Songs of the Month, 22~04~2017

Hello!

It is Spring! Yay!

It is almost May, which means a Songs of the Month for April is surely right around the corner. Until that arrives, enjoy the songs I listened to and adored in March.

King Kendrick, Little Dragon and Gorillaz all returned with new cuts. Check out new grime sensation Ms Banks, and other UK based artists: the infectiously listenable Raleigh Ritchie (aka Grey Worm from Games of Thrones!), Cosmo Pyke and Jealous of the Birds. Special mention to Jidenna the Chief bringing the J.O.Y.

Enjoy!

M. x

22~04~17

  1. HUMBLE. ~ Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg Entertainment, LA)
  2. Get Loose ~ Ms Banks (Self released, London)
  3. Saturn Barz~ Gorillaz ft. Popcaan (WMG, L.A.)
  4. Phone Tap ~ Swet Shop Boys (Customs, New York)
  5. After School Club ~ Cosmo Pyke (70Hz Recordings, London)
  6. High ~ Little Dragon (Because Music, London)
  7. Monsoon ~ Hippo Campus (Transgressive Records, London)
  8. Goji Berry Sunset ~ Jealous of the Birds (Bg Space Records, Northern Ireland)
  9. Cowards ~ Raleigh Ritchie (Sony, London)
  10. Bambi ~ Jidenna (Sony, New York)

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Songs of the Month, 06~03~2017

Hello!

Here are some songs I really liked throughout February.

I actually spent some time ordering the songs like a proper mix tape this week. It was a fun throwback.

Enjoy!

M. x

PS. Seriously though, what is going on with Future’s record deals? Read here: http://djbooth.net/news/entry/2017-02-23-history-of-future-and-rocko

06~03~17

  1. Colour Song ~ Maggie Rogers (Capitol Records/UMG, LA)
  2. How it Left ~ Violents (Partisan Records, New York)
  3. How Far ~ Tei Shi (Downtown Records, New York)
  4. Shut Up Kiss Me ~ Future, Rihanna (Who the hell knows, A1/Freebandz/Epic)
  5. American Teen ~ Khalid (RCA/SME, New York)
  6. Cigarettes & Cush ~ Stormzy ft Kehlani (#Merky Records, London)
  7. Roof Gone ~ Taylor Bennett (Tay Bennett Entertainment, Chicago)
  8. Walk on By ~ Thundercat ft. Kendrick Lamar (Brainfeeder, LA)
  9. Spindrift ~ Colin Stetson (self released)
  10. Fear & Force ~ Vagabon (Father/Daughter Records, San Francisco/Miami)
  11. 1 Billion Dogs ~ Jay Som (Double Denim, London)

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Conversations from Last Night with Kelechi Chinamerem Osunwa

I was invited to sit down with the wonderful Kelechi Chinamerem Osunwa to speak on his Conversations from Last Night series.

We spoke about political apathy, Donald Trump, language in politics, masculinity and the best scenes from The Wire.

Thanks to Kelechi for the opportunity. Listen below!

Political Apathy and Donald Trump

Language in Politics and Masculinity (Ft. La La Land and Frank Ocean)

The Best Scenes from the Wire

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Songs of the [Period to be determined], 10~02~17

YES, IT HAS BEEN A YEAR SINCE I LAST POSTED. WHAT OF IT.

I have given up naming this songs of the week/month/year/decade. Whatever period of time I use I will spectacularly miss, so it feels better for all of us if I take the pressure off and post at a period to be determined.

The song this week are a combination of favourites from the end of 2016 as well as what has caught my attention so far this year.

Enjoy!

M. x

10~02~17

  1. Biggest Joke of All ~ Fatima (Decca Records, France)
  2. Drip In My Walk ~ Kodie Shane (Epic Records, New York)
  3. City of Stars ~ Ryan Gosling, Justin Hurwitz (Summit Entertainment, Los Angeles)
  4. Shut Up Kiss Me ~ Angel Olsen (Jagjaguwar, Indiana)
  5. California ~ Childish Gambino (Glassnote Entertainment, New York)
  6. Violets ~ Robert Glasper, Miles Davis (Sony Music Entertainment, USA)
  7. Strings of Light ~ Yussef Kamaal (Brownswood Recordings, London)
  8. One in Rotation + Wide Awake ~ Little Simz (Age 101, London)
  9. Chapter 7 ~ Ezra Collective feat. Ty (independent, London)
  10. La Vie Est Belle / Life is Beautiful ~ Petite Noir feat. Baloji (Domino Recording, London)

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Songs of the Week, 14~02~16

Welcome back to Songs of the Week!

First up, an apology. The date of this post compared against my stated intent for Songs of the Week given in the first post illustrates an incredible tardiness that I give my sincere apologies for. We all knew there would be challenges along the road, and tweaks needed to get us to a place of week-to-week playlists of what has caught my eye (ear). If you will give me just one more shot, I am confident we are moving on to bigger and better and more perfect things…

Quite an instrumental feel to the songs this week. Enjoy!

M. x

14~02~16

  1. I Am Chemistry ~ Yeasayer (Mute Artists, London)
  2. How to Save a Life (Vector of Eternity) ~ Mikael Seifu (Rvng Intl, Brooklyn)
  3. Woman to Woman ~ Moomin (Smallville, Hamburg)
  4. All Res ~ GoGo Penguin (Decca Records, Paris)
  5. Ruins ~ Portico Quartet (Real World Records, UK)
  6. Le port du masque est de rigeur ~ Essaie Pas (DFA, New York)
  7. Overcome ~ Laura Mvula and Nile Rodgers (Sony, London)
  8. Groundwork ~ Saul Williams (FADER Label, New York)
  9. The Greatest ~ KING (self-released, Los Angeles)
  10. Fuego Que Te Llama ~ Sidestepper (Real World Records, UK)

Soundcloud only:

  1. Ride of Your Life ~ TINASHE (RCA, New York)
  2. 24×33 ~ Betonkust & Palmbomen II (1080p, Vancouver)
  3. Spawn – Horsepowar and Keerat Kaur (self-released, Vancouver)
  4. MOVE ~ Ruby Francis (self-released, London)

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Songs of the Week, 29~01~16

This is the first of a new series called “Songs of the Week”. It will be a weekly round-up of all of the songs that caught my attention this week. Nice and simple, huh?!

There will be mostly newly released records, and as independently sourced as possible—although I shan’t rule out throwing in some older stuff that I have stumbled across recently.

Enjoy,

M. x

29~01~16

  1. l’esprit de l’escalier ~ Domenique Dumont (Anti Note, France)
  2. Gimmie Gimme ~ IGBO (self-released, New York)
  3. Flapping Wings – Cicada (flau, Taiwan)
  4. Gardenia ~ Iggy Pop & Josh Homme (Loma Vista, California)
  5. Sitting By The Radio ~ Adrian Younge (Linear Labs, Los Angeles)
  6. Psy – Jaisu (Astral Black, Glasgow)
  7. It Means I Love You ~ Jessy Lanza (Hyperdub, Ontario)
  8. Voodoo In My Blood ~ Massive Attack and Young Fathers (Virgin Records, Bristol)
  9. Not Above That ~ Dawn Richards (Local Action Records, New Orleans)

Sound cloud only:

  1. Confessions of a Postcarceral Feminist ~ Elysia Crampton and Kelela (self-released, La Paz)
  2. Are You Mad ~ RYAN Playground (Secret Songs, Montreal)
  3. Xscape ~ Darq E Freaker and Liv (Thrift World Order, London)

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The Answer

The Guardian today on David Cameron’s new ‘counter-terrosim’ bill:

“The measures would give the police powers to apply to the high court for an order to limit the “harmful activities” of an extremist individual. The definition of harmful is to include a risk of public disorder, a risk of harassment, alarm or distress or creating a “threat to the functioning of democracy”.The aim is to catch not just those who spread or incite hatred on the grounds of gender, race or religion but also those who undertake harmful activities for the “purpose of overthrowing democracy”.

They would include a ban on broadcasting and a requirement to submit to the police in advance any proposed publication on the web and social media or in print…”

Glenn Greenwald today supplying the prescient answer (while discussing Steven Harper):

“As I’ve argued many times…all applications of hate speech laws are inherently tyrannical, dangerous and wrong, and it’s truly mystifying (and scary) that people convince themselves that their judgment is so unerring and their beliefs so sacrosant that it should be illegal to question or dissent from them. But independent of that, what we see here again is the utter foolishness of endorsing such laws on pragmatic grounds : they will inevitably be used against not just the ideas you hate but the ones you like, and when that happens, if you cheered when such laws were used to suppress the ideas you hate, then you will have no valid ground to object.”

No more needs to be added.

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Girogio Moroder – “Déjà Vu” (feat Sia)

Giorgio Moroder + Sia = POP. SUMMER. HAPPINESS.

That this song has moved me to dust off my neglected blog is surely reason to celebrate.

Déjà Vu is an embrace of sunshine, wrapped in a mid-summers day, and crammed down your throat with delight. Follow the link below. Dare you not to dance.

SIA

http://www.directlyrics.com/new-music-giorgio-moroder-deja-vu-full-audio-news.html

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“Don’t hate the media, become the media” – Scotland’s Independence and New Media Enlightenment

In the cities and towns, highlands and islands, hills and glens of the place that I call home, the cultural, political and social future is being widely mooted. On the 18th of September, all eligible voters will have the opportunity to answer yes/no to the question “Should Scotland be an independent country?“. I hold strong views supporting the independence campaign, predicated on the hope of building a more equal society with a political and economic framework that rejects the severely flawed neoliberal model. My present geographic location here in Canada has led me to rely on an exploding scene of online media that is consistently offering work (news reporting, investigative journalism, art, music, literature, film, poetry) of phenomenal quality and creativity. This digitally powered enlightenment is enabling and inspiring a more participatory democracy, as evidenced by people like Stephen Paton and his new YouTube series #Indyref Weekly Review.

Stephen’s weekly roundup of the news surrounding independence debuted last monday (1/06/14) and has accumulated more than 7,000 views. The second instalment, posted above, went online yesterday (8/6/14) and has already been viewed 3,274 times at the time of writing. Driving this popularity is a potent combination of thorough research, excellent production values, concise and effective writing, and an engaging host. Perhaps the most crucial aspect of Stephen’s work however, is that it is accessible. It is very easy for pro-independence campaigners to communicate the benefits of secession to people who already support the cause. The obvious challenge is to reach past the echo chamber, and interact with those who do not. #Indyref Weekly Review is presented in such a way that it is accessible for both sides. It is also accessible in the sense that its brevity and directness make it digestible for all. Campaigners, politicians and journalists of any creed are failing the democratic purpose of the debate by communicating in such a way that excludes or deters members of our society. A result that is fundamentally grounded in inclusiveness and understanding is vital to securing the goals of independence.

In this week’s instalment of #Indyref Weekly Review, Stephen draws attention to a quote by Jello Biafra: “Don’t hate the media, become the media”. This quote is incredibly apt as a description of the burgeoning new media community in Scotland. Bella Caledonia, Wings Over Scotland, National Collective, Common Weal and the Radical Independence Campaign are just a few of the more influential players contributing to this new media community. From news reporting, to defending the arts, publishing literature and campaigning door-to-door, nearly every angle of the independence debate is being covered using digital media like youtube, Vimeo, blogs and social media.

This new media community is fostering creativity and inspiring debate. On monday Bella Caledonia reported on the number of independence movement projects currently in action. The answer: 16 (Source: Bella Caledonia). Furthermore, at the beginning of the month Wings Over Scotland released their truly startling readership statistics for the month of may 2014:

See a trend?

See a trend?

Evidence such as this, in combination with the appearance of people like Stephen Paton, is illustrative of a movement that is involving and engaging citizens in politics. No longer constricted by the BBC and foreign-owned newspapers, the media community in Scotland has seized the opportunities presented by the digital age and are contributing to a second enlightenment. If this is what has been achieved through discussing the possibilities of independence, I can not help but be excited about what could be achieved once political autonomy is secured.

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