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The muses of La Musa: Ama Lou

The things you don’t see and the ones you don’t talk about. What we hide. All those personal and social taboos. The dark side of the moon is where The things you don’t see and the ones you don’t talk about. What we hide. All those personal and social taboos. The dark side of the moon is where Ama Lou’s lyrics orbit, but only in order to make it visible: police brutality, Black Lives Matter, gender issues and socially admitted aesthetic rules are unfold and denounced in a songbook which may still be thin, but full of promises. Because the allies of the London singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer are not exactly feeble: she has toured with her friend Jorja Smith (to whom she has been compared for her R&B which is as powerful as it is subtle), and Drake himself released an Instagram story quoting a line from one of her songs. “Pretty girls seem to get their way / Even if they don’t have much to say”.  Maybe pretty girls get their own way sometimes, but Ama Lou is here to prove that the ones who end up ruling are girls like her. Who runs the world?s lyrics orbit, but only in order to make it visible: police brutality, Black Lives Matter, gender issues and socially admitted aesthetic rules are unfold and denounced in a songbook which may still be thin, but full of promises. Because the allies of the London singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer are not exactly feeble: she has toured with her friend Jorja Smith (to whom she has been compared for her R&B which is as powerful as it is subtle), and Drake himself released an Instagram story quoting a line from one of her songs. “Pretty girls seem to get their way / Even if they don’t have much to say”.  Maybe pretty girls get their own way sometimes, but Ama Lou is here to prove that the ones who end up ruling are girls like her.

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Music by Bergman: Gabriel Garzón-Montano

With a Colombian father and French mother, the New Yorker Gabriel Garzón-Montano genuinely exemplifies the black and tropical movement currently shaping pop. Before releasing his debut album,Jardín (2017), he had already received support from pillars of the music community such as Mayer Hawthorne, who was the go-between between him and his label; Drake, who sampled his voice; and Lenny Kravitz, who called upon the artist to open for him on tour. In his music one can hear neo soul sophistication combined with hints of electronic and an exquisite sense of groove funk served on his own organic lattice. This saturday at Sala Apolo within the festival Primavera Club.

Music by Bergman: River Tiber

As River Tiber, singer/beatmaker Tommy Paxton-Beesley is unafraid to push his love for R&B and hip hop production into unusual places: pitching his vocals to sound like Mariah Carey, multitracking his voice into a dozen ghost choruses, and narrowing the gap in the soul spectrum between Jodeci and Flying Lotus. His early years have already put him into close working contact with Toronto peers like jazz-funk iconoclasts BadBadNotGood (he did overdubs on their 2014 album III and 2015’s Ghostface collaboration Sour Soul), while previous releases like 2013’s The Star Falls EP have shown just how starkly his blend of R&B and bass music stands on its own. River Tiber took his chops to the next level through collaborations with Pusha T and Kaytranada as well as appearing on Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, all ahead of his debut album release, Indigo, in June 2016. This next friday at Sónar.

C. Tangana, el futur del rap en espanyol

L’MC madrileny, conegut en els seus primers passos com a Crema i sorgit del col·lectiu i segell Agorazein, va començar a cridar l’atenció amb el seu debut homònim, però va ser amb ‘LO▼E’S’ (2012) que va consolidar-se en un terreny propi a base de lluminositat jazz-funk i connexions amb gèneres paral·lels com el pop alternatiu i l’electrònica. El seu últim llançament és ’10/15′ (2015), mixtape de cinc temes tots ells construïts sobre bases del popular artista nord-americà Drake. Avui a la sala Razmatazz i demà a La2 amb les entrades esgotades.