London solo act Khushi has plenty of buzz going on right now. Never Never is only a B-side (to Magpie) but it’s the song of his I’ve liked most so far. The chatty lyrics, chantiness and lazy, Sunday-evening vibe truly pull my pork.
The single itself sure ain’t bad, though…
… and nor is this:
Rosie Lowe‘s debut EP has arrived via 37 Adventures, and here’s the lead track. A scratchy, skewed number occupying the no-man’s-land between pop and r’n'b, it’s quietly arresting and happy in the background. Rosie provided vocals for Lil Silva’s summer anthem No Doubt, and the LP has been produced by Kwes and The Invisible’s Dave Okumu. [Previous]
Monday Music’s the one post where Some Of It Was True! drops its London-only rule.
September Girls - Ships
Garage rock is normally scuzzy and chaotic, the preserve of the untidy, the roughshod. But Dublin all-female fivepiece September Girls’ impressive take instead has a elegant, epic quality to it, all while still maintaining the genre’s frenetic traditions. A debut record is due in January.
Sleep Thieves – Sparks
More bounty from Dublin, and this time a soothing song ideal for these cold of winter. Sleep Thieves are a trio who’ve been neatly coined as ‘disco noir’ by the Irish Times. I’m quite jealous of that. A first album’s again promised soon.
Mr. Carmack – Noodling, With Papi
Straight outta Honolulu – beautiful electronic music for a quiet day, for a reflective day, for a sad day, for a day when you put things right.
Sohn – Lessons
A new dose of the woebegone, electro-edged minimal pop for which Berlin’s Sohn (a former Londoner) is increasingly getting a good reputation. This latest fix comes backed up by a compelling video, too.
Arc Light – Waiste
I sit in the dark watching silent TV, the images flashing rapidly, and wonder if this is what normal people do.
Today, I’m going to have a good day. I get up early, no hangover. Tidy my room. Do some admin, do the washing. Drink tea, drink coffee, read the papers. Bacon. Eggs. A phone call. Read some of my book. And it’s not yet midday. I feel happy.
Darkest Place, supported by the sumptuous, and dreamier-still, B-side Thunder, is Woman’s Hour‘s latest single. Slowly gaining momentum, the terrific fourpiece, long-term favourites of this blog, may well be due a huge 2014. Here’s hoping.
Woman’s Hour have also made an unusual film about Darkest Place with the music site The Line Of Best Fit – check it out here.