Shrem’s Hunted and Gathered August Songs
“KOI” – LE1F FEAT. SOPHIE(Terrible Records)
2015’s most bonkers single has just arrived. One of the pioneers of the ever so expanding Queer Hip-Hop movement – the sensational Le1f teases us with the first single taken from his first full length and as he calls it himself “proper” album “Riot Boi”.”Koi” was produced by PC Music’s prime ambassador, the enigmatic Sophie who was previously responsible for the blogosphere’s favourite “Bipp” and arguably Madonna’s best single since “Get Together” – “Bitch I’m Madonna”. On top of it all, Simon Ward directed this kitsch infused feast of a video which will leave you gasping for more of Le1f’s vogueing. I am yet again in awe with this boy.
“SLUMLORD” –NEON INDIAN (Static Tongues/Transgressive Records)
Once a chillwave wonder, now synth pop revivalists, Neon Indian might be delivering one of the strongest contenders for the album of the year if judged only by the quality of its first two singles. Following the rapturous “Annie”, Alan Palomo’s band delivers the energetic “Slumlord” as a further tease before their 3rd studio album “VEGA INTL. NIGHT SCHOOL” drops 16th October. In the year where Hot Chip and Toro Y Moi’s albums hugely disappointed, it might be Neon Indian saving indietronica’s good name. In pop music categories “Slumlord” is as stellar as it gets.
“NATURAL HIGH” – SUGARZ(Gulf Point Records)
Are you ready for some more of those sweet 80’s Boogie and Modern Funk grooves? Sugarz is a collaborative project launched by Sydney-based multi-instrumentalist and soul and jazz singer/songwriter Kimberly Aviso who pairs up with Benny Badge aka FREEKWENCY for her debut “Natural High” EP. Think analog, think vintage synthesisers, mid-80’s Soul Train shows, post-disco, electronic R&B, freestyle. Think D’Train, Joyce Sims, Loose Ends, Mtume, early Janet Jackson… With the latest releases by Jamie Lidell, Dornik, GL and The Galleria feat. JessyLanza, another ravishing revival of the 1980’s sounds is clearly on the horizon. Sugarz’ debut EP is hedonistic escapism to the sweetest sounds of the pre-house and electro era and this title track is simply delicious.
“AFTERPARTY” – TINK (self released)
One of the catchiest songs in weeks if not months! Echoing some of the most irresistible 80’s and 90’s R&B moments,Tink’s song is a breathe of fresh air on the ever so dull and generic current pop scene. Welcome to the after party!
5.“KENDRICK” – ANUSHKA (Brownswood Recordings)
A healthy dose of saucy house beats, some elegant nu jazz arrangements, velvet vocal harmonies with a pinch of oldskool jungle and we have one of Anushka’s most alluring compositions to date. London based funk duo were Gilles Peterson’s protégés from the beginning and released their debut album last year for his soul mine of a label Brownswood Recordings. “Kendrick” was best described by Max Wheeler and Victoria Port themselves as “house inflected summer heater with plenty of vibes”. Indeed!