20 Apr 2010

TOW on 6 Music Introducing - Lady Chann and Lady Leshurr

Every week TOW is lucky enough to pick two songs for Tom Robinson's brilliant BBC 6 Music show, the spot goes out every Monday morning at around 2:30am. Here are our picks for the this week: 

Lady Chann - Sticky Situation

This week it's all about the fantastic female talent that's coming through in UK dancehall. TOW is not an authority on the genre at all, but we sure know a good tune when we hear one. It's all about Lady Chann - real name Channelle Williams, from North London. She raps like nothing we've ever wrapped our ears around before, short sharp staccatto bursts of energy and vitality. At the same time we're not sure what she's on about half the time too, but we trust it's all good. Sticky Situation is out on Girls Music, Toddla T's label and he's remixed it too, which you can download at RCRDLBL.com for free. If the upcoming album sounds anything like this speeding bullet of a tune then we predict massive things for this Lady - already being called the UK's Queen of Dancehall. Lady Chann also features in the Youtube video below, for more on that keep reading.

Lady Leshurr - Forever Female

Why do we love Tim Westwood so much? The man is a total dude, and we love this video of his 'Ladies Night' featuring the brilliant Lady Chann in session and Lady Leshurr. She's a young MC from Birmingham whose baby-ish rapping style is underpinned by some clever lyrics and rhymes. Leshurr's mixtape is available to download for free at her MySpace and we love Forever Female, anyone who raps about Peri chicken from Nandos can't go wrong in our books. She cites Eminem as her biggest influence, but also listens to classical and jazz - she dances and is super cute. Follow her on Twitter too if you like, she Tweets ALL the time, and it's usually pretty entertaining. Look out world, here comes Lady Leshurr, a small but VERY impressive lady with some serious attitude.

10 Apr 2010

TOW on 6 Music Introducing: Emily Arin, Fanshaw, Maika Makovski, Mursego

Every week TOW is lucky enough to pick two songs for Tom Robinson's brilliant BBC 6 Music show, the spot goes out every Monday morning at around 2:30am. Here are our picks for the past two weeks:
Pick 1 - Emily Arin - Hidden Flame

When I contacted Emily Arin online, she fired a quick email back to me straight away with some MP3's attached and said, 'I'm off to tend bar now, will be in touch soon!'. Considering that she lives in the small village of Montour Falls in Schuyler County, New York (she's originally from LA) I so badly wanted to be in that little bar in that little village. Imagining it's dark wood panelling and red chequered table cloths, the hockey on the TV, like something out of one of my favourite 90's tv series Northern Exposure. 

Emily is currently recording her debut album with Espers’ Greg Weeks and she is giving away her Slipstream EP free now. Infact sign up to her mailing list at emilyarin.com and you get a free download. It's all about the giveaways! She says her influences range from Hank Williams and Memphis Minnie to Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, Caetano Veloso, Tom Waits, Sybille Baier and Gillian Welch. 

Pick 2 - Fanshaw - Diana

Fanshaw is the musical persona of Olivia Fetherstonhaugh *you say it 'Fanshaw' I didn't know this, you'll hear Tom breaking the news to me as I tried to get my mouth around her surname.* Olivia resides in British Columbia and her album Dark Eyes is out now on Mint Records, a fine independent record label based in Vancouver.

This, her debut, has *only* taken 5 years to complete and is really quite breath-taking. Apparently she can take up to a year to write one song, easily done agrees Tom R - wadda I know?!

'Diana' is captivating - we especially love the *ha ha ha* Laurie Anderson-esque breathiness.

Pick 3 - Maika Makovski - Game of Doses


Andalucian/ Macedonian Maika Makovski played live for TOW a few week's ago - and we had a ball. Such a lovely, warm and funny person - with a blues rockers voice on her that'll send shivers up your spine. Her third album Maika Makovski caught the attention of super-producer John Parish (PJ Harvey) is set to launch her into the stratosphere (she's HUGE in her homeland, Spain). After playing for us she headed out to SXSW, where according to her Facebook updates she had a fine time. Scroll down this blog and listen again to her playing live - FAB.

Pick 4 - Mursego - Subir Arriba Baixar Abaixo

Mursego is Maite Arroitajauregi and this track will blow you away. Have you heard anyone attack a cello like this? Really very awesome. Mursego means 'bat' in Portuguese and she's told me she makes music with "a hoop, pedal loop station, chiflo, Chinese subjects of gossip, flute of piston, pandereta, ukelele, keyboard with lights of colors, autoharpa, rhymes, palms, improvisation and voice." Thanks Google translator!

She says she is preparing her new album which will include subjects of "speech of Finland, red blood cells, the beach in summer, a war of vampires in old Europe and of a stroll by the snow." Lovely! We can't wait.

1 Apr 2010

Listen again to Mishaped Pearls in session!

This week The Other Woman was joined by Mishaped Pearls - the brainchild of rocker Ged Flood and his classically trained soprano partner Manuela Schuette. The 7-piece band play a rolling folk soundscape complete with piano, cello, violin, double bass and acoustic guitars aplenty, all providing the back drop for Manuela's jaw-droppingly awesome voice.

Also new music from the likes of Summer Camp, Lady Leshurr, Essie Jain and Akiko Kiyama.

  TOW Mishaped Pearls 310310 MP3 by ruthbarnes

Ged Flood directs Marty, Sean and Helen in rehearsal

 Vocalist Manuella Schuette in action, with Carolina, Marty and Sean in the background


*Summer Camp - Ghost Train (Moshi Moshi)

*Akiko Kiyama - Treppen (Lick My Deck)

*Allysen Callery - Vincenzo Part II (Allysen Callery)

*Black Tambourine - For Ex-lovers only (Slumberland)

*Essie Jain - Falling Asleep (n/a)

*Lucky Soul - White Russian Doll (Ruffa Lane)

*Lady Leshurr - Successful (n/a)

*Sarah Blasko - All I Want (Dew Process)

*Mishaped Pearls LIVE - Benedizione

*Mishaped Pearls LIVE - Bel Aubepin

*Chrome Hoof - Crystalline (Southern)