Classical yet modern, grounded yet otherworldly, both Kelsey Lu and the music she creates defy easy categorisation. She is a classically trained cellist and her output today is a unique fusion of everything from jazz to contemporary pop, blues to 1970s folk: her friends call her singular style “Lu-thereal”. She has collaborated with Skrillex, Dev Hynes, Sampha and Solange Knowles, all while forging a career as a determined and uncompromising solo artist.
Kelsey Lu has dropped her stunning new track, ‘Morning Dew’. Her first release since last year’s debut album ‘Blood’, it features saxophone from Isaiah Barr from Onyx Collective and was penned while Lu was living in an old leather factory in Hoboken New Jersey.
The wildly popular Primavera Sound festival has announced the artists who will take to the stages in its 2019 edition, which will be held at the Parc del Fòrum in Barcelona from Friday, May 30 to Saturday, June 1. This year, half of the artists on the line-up are women, bringing more equality and just as much brilliance to the festival.
Rosalía, Solange, Janelle Monáe, Erykah Badu, Robyn and Miley Cyrus are tops among the list of women performing that also includes highlights like FKA Twigs, Carly Rae Jepsen and Courtney Barnet, plus stellar male artists such as Tame Impala, J Balvin, Future, James Blake and Kurt Vile & The Violators.
Key players who hit it big in the ’90s feature as usual, including Jarvis Cocker, Suede, Stereolab, Nas, Neneh Cherry, Róisín Murphy, Primal Scream, Guided by Voices, Built to Spill, Stephen Malkmus and Liz Phair, who also make room for new sensations of urban music and contemporary pop like Kate Tempest, Princess Nokia, Yung Beef, Empress Of, Charli XCX and Kali Uchis.
The eclectic line-up spans EBM from veterans Nitzer Ebb to alternative rock from Dirty Projectors, plus avant-garde pop from Julia Holter, club pop from Jungle, urban soul from Nathy Peluso, a load of reggaeton artists (Ivy Queen, DJ Playero, Japanese, Don Chezina, Hurricane G, Tony Touch) and much more.
As for electronic music, look out for Richie Hawtin, Nina Kraviz, Modeselektor, Helena Hauff, Objekt, Veronica Vasicka, Yves Tumor, Apparat, Suzanne Ciani, SOPHIE and Mykki Blanco, as well as artists in Primavera Bits, a festival within the festival on the other side of the Por Fòrum bridge.
Described as “an astral afro-futurist masterpiece of deep soul, cosmic dust and startling originality”, Flying Lotus is back with the 27-track LP ‘Flamagra’ which will arrive tomorrow. The album features a squadron of superstars which includes George Clinton, Little Dragon, Anderson .Paak, David Lynch, Tierra Whack, Denzel Curry, Shabazz Palaces, Thundercat, Toro y Moi, Solange and more.
Ahead of the release, Flying Lotus has directed a new music video alongside David Firth for the album cut ‘Fire Is Coming’ which features the famous American filmmaker and musician, David Lynch.
Cellist and singer Kelsey Lu‘s experimental, labyrinthian music has spellbound listeners and earned her admiration and collaborations with some of biggest names in pop and R&B — Solange, Sampha, Florence And The Machine, Dev Hynes, and more. Lu’s latest track, released today, is technically a cover, but her version makes you forget all about the original. Lu’s version of 10cc’s yacht-rock classic “I’m Not In Love” is gorgeous and sprawling. It’s a showcase for Lu’s voice, which is excellent, and sometimes under-appreciated amid the praise for her cello wizardry. Lu co-directed the dreamy, DIY-aesthetic video for the song with artist Alima Lee.
Liverpool-based All We Are return with their second album Sunny Hills. Produced by Kwes (Solange, Kano, Loyle Carner), it follows the three-piece’s self-titled debut in 2015. Coming together while students in 2011, the trio is made up of Guro Gikling (Norway), Luis Santos from Brazil (guitars) and Richard O’Flynn from Ireland (drums). After spending much of 2015 touring and honing their sound the band started to write new material with a renewed sense of urgency and power, songs that documented the emotional rollercoaster the trio have been on in the past two years. Sunny Hills has a wobble to it, a human heartbeat and a grit that reflects the energy of the band’s thrilling live shows.
La primera jornada a ple rendiment del Primavera Sound 2017 al Fórum inclou un cartell plagat de grans noms, on destaquen l’esperat retorn de Justin Vernon i el seu principal projecte, Bon Iver, que presentarà les cançons de pop deconstruït del seu tercer disc, ’22, A Million’ (2016); la magia electrònica de Aphex Twin, que presentarà nou material; la nord-americana i nova reina del R&B Solange, que ha superat en moltes llistes al millor disc de l’any a la seva germana gran Beyoncé amb els magnífics ritmes urbans de ‘A Seat at the table’ (2016); els mestres del metal extrem Slayer; la banda liderada per Greg Dulli The Afghan Whigs, un dels grups més sòlids i versàtils sorgits en la dècada dels 90 als Estats Units; l’elegant soul del cantant i compositor de Los Angeles Miguel; la banda clau dels 60 The Zombies, que repassaran el seu mític disc ‘Odessey & Oracle’ en el seu 50è aniversari; els intensos Death Grips, que portaran al Fòrum el seu últim disc, ‘Bottomless Pit’ (2016); la reunió dels no menys intensos canadencs Broken Social Scene; els pioners del punk i pares del rock gòtic The Damned; la veterana i venerada Elza Soares, primera dama de la samba brasilera; els catalans Mishima, presentant nou disc o el shoegaze expansiu dels gallecs Triángulo de Amor Bizarro.
Only three years after debuting at the festival, Solange is coming back to Primavera Sound having become one of the most brilliant R&B artists of the moment. Her career started when she was only 16 in Destiny’s Child, later she made her first record “Solo Star” but it was “True”, released in 2012 that shot the Texan artist to fame making any introduction of her as Beyonce’s sister otiose. Her status has been underlined with the release of “A Seat At The Table”, a committed and intense album that has reached the top of all charts, best of the year lists and with which she has become the undisputed queen of neo soul.
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