Hindi Zahra is a Franco-Moroccan singer and actress. When coming up with a stage name, she simply inverted her birth name. Her songs are mostly in English but some lyrics as in the song “Imik Si Mik” are in the Berber language.
Influenced by singers like Cheikha Rimitti, Hindi Zahra has drawn comparisons with Beth Gibbons of Portishead, Manu Chao, Billie Holiday, Patti Smith, and Norah Jones. In April 2015 her second studio album Homeland was released.
Split between Cambridge and London, the enigmatic electro-indie quintet Lunacre has been recording together since late 2014. They blend a number of influences and call to mind the post-rock, melodic glitch of Alt-J and Radiohead.
Despite the band’s diverse range of influences and experimental soundscapes, Lunacre achieve concise and accessible songwriting, overlaid with melody and harmonies.
Compared to Vondelpark and Mount Kimbie, there’s also a sense of the Bristol sound in here; the intensity of those early Portishead records. They’ve just released their second Ep ‘Schtum’.
Southgate boys Lou Hill, Gareth Jones and James Parish grew up together and formed an early incarnation of the band, Lou then met Darrell Hawkins whilst studying at Brighton University and completed the line-up. Academic duties fulfilled they all moved back to north London en masse and set about recording their acclaimed, post-punk leaning debut Until Spring.
After its release the band experimented with additional members, contributors and different set ups. After spending a good year developing a sound in this manner, the songs and music that were produced over this period of time were deemed not up to scratch and scrapped. What they had created just wasn’t right. The four men decided that they would record the record themselves to have as little outside influence as possible in order to create as true a reflection of their ideas as possible. They locked themselves away again and fused inspiration from the psych sounds of Silver Apples, the industrial shimmer of Portishead, the leftfield soul-infused hip hop of Madlib and Doom’s Madvillain project, DJ Shadow.
Five years later, Wild Palms return with the first taste of what’s to come with two new singles – Temper Gold and Ennio – both produced by Liam Howe (Lana Del Rey, FKA Twigs). Temper Gold will be released through One Little Indian Records on March 4th 2016.
Wild Palms are: Lou Hill (vocals), Darrell Hawkins (guitar), Gareth Jones (bass) and James Parish (drums).
Jo Cox, the Batley and Spen MP who was tragically killed last week, would have been 42 today. In honour of her tireless campaigning in support of refugees, iconic Bristol trip-hop band Portishead have released a video to go alongside their cover of Abba’s SOS.
It features singer Beth Gibbons, shot alone in monochrome, reaching out towards the camera before ending with Cox’s quote from her maiden speech in parliament: “We have far more in common than which divides us.” This is our cover of this week.
Pura vida! entrevistarem a la gent del Vida Festival que arrenca aquest proper cap de setmana. També us informarem del Canet Rock. Preguntarem al mestre Bergman quin efecte tindrà el Brexit amb la poderosa indústria musical britànica. Divus Julius Bonasera punxarà el més nou de Magnolia Shoals, Sigur Rós, Júníus Meyvant, Alexandra Savior, Metronomy, Teenage Fanclub, Róisín Murphy i The Divine Comedy. I, a més a més, us parlaem de la possibilitat del retorn del Doctor Music Festival i de la imminent reobertura de l’emblamàtica sala barcelonina La Paloma.
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Ville à Dômat: Pura Vida.
Mestre Bergman goes back to london to discover a brand new amazing band HÆLOS.: After working individually for a number of years, Arthur Delaney, Dom Goldsmith, and Lotti Benardout teamed up to form new act HÆLOS. The electro-pop trio — who cite Massive Attack and Portishead as major influences — has now announced plans to release its debut EP: Earth Not Above is due out on June 1st through renowned indie label Matador Records.
According to a press release, the four-track collection “seems to map the long journey from desperation to relief, stress to sanctuary – the basic dynamic of all urban life.” “I guess at the heart of it we are always trying to capture that feeling you get at 5AM,” says Delaney. “Jamming with your friends after a night out, treading that fine line between darkness and euphoria, fear and love.” The EP features the previously released title track.
To mark the EP’s announcement, the band has unveiled its new cover of The Beloved’s late ’80s hit “The Sun Rising”. Much like HÆLOS’ own original material, the rendition plays out like a soundtrack fit for late-night debauchery and secret rendezvous, laced with dusty percussion and tempting harmonies.