Ibibio Sound Machine released their debut release through Soundway Records five years ago. Fronted by British / Nigerian vocalist Eno Williams, they combine elements of West African highlife, disco, post-punk & psychedelic electro soul. From the banging sub-bass of ‘Lets Dance’ to the spiritual, gospel-tinged notes of the album’s opening track ‘Voice of the Bird’, the band have turned in a dynamic and, at times, beautiful take on modern afro-soul music. Folk stories, recounted to Eno by her family as a child in her mother’s South-Eastern Nigerian Ibibio language form the creative lyrical fabric of the album. A large dose of electronic elements and an approach as influenced by their hometown of London as much as by West Africa, give the vocals and guitar lines space to breath without being overwhelmed.
D’Angelo’s latest single “Unshaken” has been officially released. The song first appeared on the Red Dead Redemption 2 video game soundtrack.
D’Angelo’s last new music was the 2014 release of his album Black Messiah. Additional contributors to the Red Dead Redemption 2 soundtrack include Willie Nelson, Rhiannon Giddens, Josh Homme, Nas and Daniel Lanois.
Alfie Templeman’s bedroom is painted orange, plastered with posters and cluttered with several instruments. The 15-year-old Templeman is studying for his GCSEs, and he has perhaps the ultimate distraction. Full of soft, slow indie-pop and chunky choruses, his debut EP, Like An Animal, has just come out on Chess Club Records, and music takes up his every moment.
He sounds like he wants to whoop with joy, and you can’t blame him. Music has filled Templeman’s head since he can remember, and he’s been making songs alone in his bedroom for the past few years, in the same intimate fashion as his favourite songwriters, from Neil Young to Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker.
Cigarettes After Sex have shared “Neon Moon” a cover of the Brooks & Dunn track to end a highly successful 2018. The track is out now via Spanish Prayers. In this past year, the band played sold-out shows at Brooklyn Steel/NYC, Ace + Fonda Theatre in LA. They released “Crush” 7” with “Sesame Syrup” B-Side which collectively has 20M+ streams. Self-titled debut has sold 350K+ copies worldwide and is out now via Partisan Records.
The first thing that hits you in Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes’s live shows is seeing their frontman coming out on stage in a flashy, impeccable suit, which he takes off as the voltage reaches boiling point, and ends up displaying all the tattoos that cover his body. In some ways, the striptease is a metaphor for the band itself, with which Carter intends to stylise the rage that he displayed with Gallows, his former band, pushing the seductive potential of his voice to the forefront, which with every new inflection announces a coreable anthem. But the energy that the vocalist and his rattlesnakes project can only be contained to a certain point, and inevitably the shirt is ripped off revealing a vein which, with its beat, sends a message to which the audience immediately responds: pogo!
Maybe things have changed so much that subversion lies in sweetness. In these times of trap, explicit lyrics and other evidence, where does silly pop stand? Well, it stands exactly where Cariño, the trio from Madrid, has left it: the right dose of naivety, lightness and optimism with a wide awake consciousness, sharpened claws and genius moments like when they bring to their own terrain the urban music new anthem Llorando en la limo by C. Tangana. “God bless silly pop, God bless Family (the Spanish band)”, they sing in this viral version that has put Cariño in the limelight with their album Movidas: a debut compilation of freshest, sweet and poisoned songs that bring back hope to the nonbelievers.