27 Dec 2012

Best tracks of 2012 part 3...


The Horn The Hunt
Hello and Merry Christmas!

It’s the most difficult show of the year! Show number 3 of our Best Tracks of 2012 here on The Other Woman on Amazing Radio and honestly it’s been so tough to squeeze all the best tracks into three hours of music as it’s been an exceptional year for women in the industry. The Horn The Hunt kick off this show with their fierce single Gold, then we hear the angelic voiced Brighton artist Donna Fullman and the same can be said for Hilary who sings with Orlando. We’ll also have some psych rock courtesy of Trogons, plus there’s some ear-melting fabulousness from Divorce to end the show. On top of this we’ll have all sorts of treats in between; Hall of Mirrors, Sophie Jamieson, Mensch, Vuvuvultures and more..

23 Dec 2012

Sylver Tongue - Charlotte Hatherley interview

Me 'n Charlotte Hatherley aka Sylver Tongue

An interview with Charlotte Hatherley aka Sylver Tongue! Her track Something Big was our track of the week a while back on Amazing Radio Breakfast and - well - to put it bluntly, she rocks! Have a listen to her inspirations behind the new project and finally finding her sound in 2012...

Jo Mango live session and interview

Me and Jo Mango
Jo Mango is a Scottish musician who is based in Glasgow and is a well known player in the city's burgeoning and ever-vibrant folk scene. Being picked by cult folk artist Vashti Bunyan to perform with her on her revival tour (Carnegie Hall, sharing a stage with David Byrne etc) saw Jo thrown onto the international stage for a whirlwind period. Now she's focusing on her new album Murmuration which is out now and she performed two tracks for us in studio for Amazing Radio Breakfast, beautiful, beautiful music!

Best track of 2012 part 2...


Gaggle
Week two of our best tracks of 2012 on The Other Woman on Amazing Radio, which appear in no particular order, and boy are we glad we’re doing another week of this next week. It’s been such a strong year for music from female artists and female fronted bands and this looks set to tip over into 2013 with the BBC’s Sound of 2013 list and our very own Tips for 2013 being dominated by women.

14 Dec 2012

Lady Lykez live video - Not Your Hair

Lady Lykez
North London MC Lady Lykez is a super hot young talent and one to watch for 2013... from battling with Chipmunk in community halls around Crouch End to this... Not Your Hair began it’s life as a half joke in the studio with Lykez’s producer, quickly becoming catchy enough to be put down as a chorus and not long afterward, a crowd favourite.

Best tracks of 2012 part 1...

Sharon van Etten
It's been so hard to pin down the best tracks of the year, it's been an amazing year for women in music. I'll post the 'listen again' players as we go, there are two more shows to come - here's last Sunday's:

A stormer of a playlist featuring Sharon Van Etten (who’s easily my artist of the year), the show will also feature Mary Epworth, Smoke Fairies, Piney Gir, Nadine Shah, Emily Barker and more… have a listen for the full whammy and keep listening all month to make sure you’ve crossed off all the big hitters of 2012.

6 Dec 2012

Lyla Foy - Wall - live session and interview

Wall - Lyla Foy
Highlight number 3 from November on Amazing Radio Breakfast was having the astonishing Wall in for a live session. Young Lyla Foy is a multi-instrumentalist and producer who also a gorgeous voice - excellent package! Here she is performing with her band:

4 Dec 2012

The Murder Barn in session and interview

The Murder Barn
Another highlight from November's live sessions on Amazing Radio Breakfast (see yesterday's highlight The Hall of Mirrors here - there will be more everyday this week)... was The Murder Barn. This band of gypsy's and ne'er do well's make dramatic 'epic' tunes that combine the dust and spurs of Cowboy country with the grey marshy flatland of Walthamstow in east London. It can be done! Hear them do it here, session tracks and find out more in their interview:

Sophie Jamieson - live session and interview

Sophie Jamieson
Another highlight from Amazing Radio in November came for a session for The Other Woman which goes out on Sunday evenings. Sophie Jamieson is a young folk singer songwriter who has a lyrical and musical sensibility that is well beyond her years. She's also keen to get back to playing her electric guitar which should be something to look out for if these two live tracks are anything to go by, can't wait till she plugs in!

3 Dec 2012

Hall of Mirrors - live session and interview

The Hall of Mirrors
Yikes no posts in over a month! It's that time of year when frankly, shit gets crazy. On the Amazing Radio Breakfast Show however we've been packed full of live sessions and interviews with some fantastic women artists. In fact, our Tips for 2013 list features more Dames than Dudes. Check us out redressing the balance!

I'll be posting everyday this week with highlights from November, starting with The Hall of Mirrors - Jess Winter and her band are set for greatness and here Jess and her guitarist Simon play two tracks utterly stripped down.

30 Oct 2012

Saint Saviour stunning live tracks and interview

Saint Saviour
It’s been fantastic to watch Becky Jones go from strength to strength as Saint Saviour. The Groove Armada co-writer and collaborator (on the Grammy nominated Black Light) has been slowly and carefully constructing her career as a solo artist. Now with stunning album Union out there and a deal with concert promoting giants AEG Live she’s off on tour with Wall, it’s going to be awesome. Songwriter, producer, musician, singer... fiercely independent and set for greatness.

25 Oct 2012

Kal Lavelle and Fiona Bevan session videos

Just showin' the girls a thing or two... Kal Lavelle (right) and Fiona Bevan (left)

Irish singer-songwriter Kal Lavelle and Suffolk folstress Fiona Bevan came and joined me in studio as joint Artist of the Week on Amazing Radio Breakfast. They both run excellent live music nights in London and have been firm friends for years, lovely session, lovely chat...  

Kal Lavelle - Gypsy Blood


10 Oct 2012

Kimberly Anne session video - Never Be Yours


South London lass Kimberly Anne was my artist of the week on Amazing Breakfast last week and she popped in for a chat and a session. She's a Brit School Alumni but all that hoo-ha kind of freaked her out, she kept a low profile and is now finding her voice:

Listen again with Laura from Ultraista in conversation

Laura Bettinson/ Ultraista
On The Other Woman this week we kicked off with a new single from Bristol bass and drums two piece Hysterical Injury, from their album Dead Wolf Situation.

There’s also a new single from Dublin born, Botswana raised, Berlin dweller Candice Gordon, Cannibal of Love is just what she promised – she said it would be ‘trashy’ and we love it.

Throwing Up provide some dirty garage rock for your ears and we hear from Laura Bettinson formerly of one woman music making machine Dimbleby & Capper who’s now working with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich as Ultraista

28 Sep 2012

Tiny Ruins and Correatown session videos

Every week on Amazing Breakfast we invite artists into our teeny tiny studio in London or Newcastle to record live for us. It's all very DIY and the result is often startling. New Zealand singer songwriter Tiny Ruins is just so so good. Check out the video and prepare for your jaw to drop. Angela Corea, or Correatown, has one of those voices that live really knocks your socks off. Thanks to both of them for these:

Tiny Ruins - Me At The Museum, You At The Winter Garden



Correatown - Meridians

6 Sep 2012

Emily Barker live session videos

Emily Barker pops in to Amazing Breakfast
Last week on Amazing Radio Breakfast our Artist of the Week was Australian singer-songwriter Emily Barker. Here she is performing two stunning (and effortless) live tracks from her 2011 album Almanac, Little Deaths and the song that won her a BAFTA for Best TV theme tune for BBC drama Wallander, Nostalgia:

Emily Barker - Nostalgia


Emily Barker - Little Deaths


18 Jul 2012

Latest listening: Seaming and Natureboy

Seaming

Seaming has a massive voice. In fact the British-Chinese singer is operatically trained and boy can she play piano. This track Sodaslow (sipped) is soaring, otherworldly and frankly fantastic, she’s playing some shows live soon with her Mum, that’s how she rolls. At 1'22" it's goosebump central.

26 Jun 2012

Latest listening: The Systematics and Rebecca Jade

Rebecca Jade

Rebecca Jade - Well

Rebecca Jade is a Welsh guitarist and songwriter living in London and, lucky for you, she's just released her debut album The Distaff Muse. This video was made by shouting out to followers on Twitter who were each featured alongside one line of the song. It's charming, DIY and completely suits the slightly shambolic off-kilter vibe of the track. This ain't no straight forward indie rock record neither, Rebecca has teamed up with saxophone, organ, piano, flute... it's all a bit psychedelic and we love it.



The Systematics - It Hurts



A mutual love of rock 'n roll and the films of Russ Meyer bonded Roxie and George when they met at University and The Systematics were born. It Hurts is a joyful blend of moody guitar riffs and a rocking shalala chorus, and another fantastic DIY video. Both this track and the B side Beat Up My Brow are available to download for free here.

20 Jun 2012

Latest listening: Mevrouw Tamara and Icons of Andria

Mevrouw Tamara
Mevrouw Tamara - Leiden



Musician Adam 'Finglebone' Varney often sends tips our way and when he does they're always a winner. Take Mevrouw Tamara for example, guitar picking Amsterdam native who makes beautiful simple folk music singing her in home tongue. The Guardian got in touch after she was featured on The Other Woman and made this fantastic video about her as part of their Sounds of Europe series. It tells you all you need to know really...

Icons of Andria - Icons of Andria



Enter the weird and wonderful sci-fi world of Los Angeles band Icons of Andria. They are a recording project from Rodney Sellars of The Year Zero and Ken Negrete & Fabiola Sanchez of Familiar Trees. Each track is uploaded the Soundcloud, with corresponding original artwork which gets 'coloured' when the track receives over 1000 plays. Read the story here. It's wonderful dreamy, futuristic psych-pop - a very happy discovery!

6 Jun 2012

Amazing Radio listen again with Smoke Fairies

Smoke Fairies
 We kicked off this week’s show with a brand new track from one of our favourite’s The Horn The Hunt from Leeds are an electronic rock duo whose album Depressur Jolie didn’t leave our ipod for many a month. They’re back with a new single Gold and it’s GREAT.



We feature Smoke Fairies in conversation - Kaff and Jess meet me on a hot, sticky day in west London to talk about Blood Speaks their new album and what will happen when they eventually ‘go metal’...

We’ve also got a new single from New Orleans street buskers Hurray for the Riff Raff, frontwoman Alynda Lee Segara has dedicated their new album to her father, a Vietnam vet and he’s pictured on the cover of the album - goosebumps aplenty!

29 May 2012

Latest listening Pisces and Forgetful Florence

Pisces - Voodoo


Sarah Negahdari is the guitar-toting frontwoman of LA psych-rockers Happy Hollows who themselves have a new album on the horizon but more on that later. This is her side project, more whimsical folk and psychedelic than what she does with HH, Pisces is what you'd get if you stripped back the noise and chaos of HH with Sarah's voice fore-fronted. Beautiful stuff.

22 May 2012

Amazing Radio listen again: Mary Epworth and Me and My Drummer


Kicking off the show this week we have the new single from all female alt-choir Gaggle, Army of Birds, which sets the tone of the show brilliantly::

17 May 2012

Latest listening: Emorie and Rossi


Emorie - Change

This Toronto band have just released this single and video, they're first, and an extremely promising sign of things to come. The debut album Never Goes Away will be coming soon from Adm and Hunter, Hunter is who you hear on vocals and she's who messaged TOW on Facebook asking for us to share the love. Happily. There's a quality to Hunter's voice that's timeless, miles apart from the reverb drenched lo-fi vocals currently en vogue. Change is confident, cool and cut through with beautiful, glitchy instrumentation. 

16 May 2012

Amazing Radio listen again with Vuvuvultures


On this week’s show we have our most riotous interview yet. Vuvuvultures are four musicians who make the kind of hip swaggeringly fine music that you wish you were them, just a little bit. Turns out I went to school with Paul’s (the producer and techie brains behind the band) girlfriend. He’s South African and so are Matt and Nicole, they’re joined by the achingly cool Harmony Boucher on vocals, she’s Australian but now firmly ensconced in London as are they all. Their recent EP is achingly cool, but not in that overdone east London type hipster way - these are four really strong tracks with great melodies and a soccer-punch of a beat. 

8 May 2012

Latest listening: Supertalented/ Jane Joyd


Supertalented is Noa Kurzweil and friends: they make short, weird, lo-fi pop tunes about, well, cheesecake and potatoes and things... Weight Watchers and Plus Size are the two albums she's released on netlabel Birdsong and every song is shorter and sweeter than the next. The tag line is: "Supertalented are super Lo-Fi for Superpeople." High five! Thanks to Greg Healey for the tip.

7 May 2012

Amazing Radio listen again with She Makes War and Zara McFarlane


This week on the show jazz-soul singer Zara McFarlane drops in for a chat about her debut album released last year on Brownswood Recordings. Turns out sorta-stalking label boss and DJ Gilles Peterson on Twitter paid off!

There's new music from Brighton band Us Baby Bear Bones, Cardiff via the west country Laurence Made Me Cry who has just announced her album fundraiser (sponsume link), a track from Ellen and the Escapades brilliant Amazing Session, some doom-folk from 23 year old Ethiopian born Finland bred songstree Mirel Wagner and Dimbleby & Capper’s Laura Bettinson’s latest project Eckoclick. Also a remix from London electro-threesome Nedry’s new remix album out soon. 

1 May 2012

Latest listening: Janine and the Mixtape/ Colour Me Wednesday




WARNING: THIS WILL GET STUCK IN YOUR HEAD FOR DAYS. It's the voice (take note The Voice tv show fans - this is how it's done) and one hell of a hook. Janine Foster fronts Janine and the Mixtape: she sings, writes the songs, produces, plays synths, sorts out the beats - the works. A New Zealander who has spent time in New York and evidently immersed herself in the global electro hip-hop scene, there's a buzz building... watch this space!

30 Apr 2012

Amazing Radio listen again with Cate Le Bon and Pins

Cate Le Bon
We kicked off the show this week with a stunning session track courtesy of Simon Raymonde’s excellent show, which soundtracked a night in on Monday making the world’s biggest shepherd’s pie. Dark Dark Dark are a Minneapolis band fronted by Nona Marie Invie who has one of the best voices I’ve heard in years.  

24 Apr 2012

Latest listening: Sophie Jamieson/ Mensch

 
Sophie Jamieson - The Harbour Wall


The best thing about being part of a network of new music fanatics, is getting tips from your mates. Skopje puts on acoustic nights in Watford, north London, and always nabs himself the best of line ups. Sophie Jamieson is one such tip he sent over to me, and this song The Harbour Wall is just beautiful. And we're not biased that she's singing about Dublin at all - but being married to a Dubliner, I like to think I've stood at that very spot on Dublin harbour wall, tasted the salt and felt that breeze...

Amazing Radio listen again with Saint Saviour


This week TOW speaks to Saint Saviour, the angel-voiced singer who made her name writing and fronting Groove Armada’s latest album Black Light. Now she’s about to unleash her debut solo album on the world, Union. Becky Jones has a voice in a million and is a fantastic song-writer. She reckons she’s managed to please all her fans on this record, those who like her in die-hard electroclash mode and those who prefer her voice soaring over a piano ballad. It’s been a long road and now with a fresh signing to AEG Live, Saint Saviour cannot wait to get her music into the public domain.

18 Apr 2012

Latest listening: Divorce/ Debbie Miller

Divorce - Wet Bandit


These Glaswegian punk rockers play it ear-splittingly loud. When seeing them live at a tiny venue in north London, we left with ears ringing and silly grins on our faces. This video was made by guitarist Vickie and will bend your brain, Horseheads the 7" is available from Milk Records or from the band live... and trust us you NEED to see this band play! Divorce have also announced that they'll be recording their first album next month and are putting on a fundraiser because they're broke - 11 May at The Old Hairdressers in Glasgow if you're in the neighbourhood.

Amazing Radio listen again featuring The Voyeurist


The Voyeurist are a duo who make gloomy synth based pop. Yes they might wear skinny jeans, yes, they might live in east London... however, Rusty and Sarah Nag are also talented and make pounding infectious tunes that you just can’t shake - makes a change from the usual! Sarah's voice also puts these two streets ahead of their peers - she can sing, her voice is powerful and interesting and she has a great lyrical sensibility. Backed by Rusty on meddling melody duties and you’ve got a sweet combination... all hail The Voyeurist as they join us on this week’s show!

10 Apr 2012

Amazing Radio listen again featuring Nadine Shah

Nadine Shah
The dark and mysterious singer songwriter Nadine Shah visits us on The Other Woman this week, we met in a park and sat on a bench covered in pigeon poo. This Whitburnian lass is not dark and mysterious at all! We have a right giggle and find out more about the lady behind our new favourite song Aching Bones. 





Also on the show the brand new track from London folk outfit Mishaped Pearls who’ve gone a bit darker on this and we like where they’re headed - Manu Schuette’s voice is one of the best. In fact it’s a show of great voices - we feature Brighton artist Donna Fullman, who’s track By The Fire has been on repeat since we heard it this week. There’s another track from Barcelona duo Orlando, and music and vision artist Jo Whitby otherwise known as Lawrence Made Me Cry - another new discovery.


We get loud too don’t worry, some hardcore thrash from Bitches and there’s hyperactive disco pop from Poppy Perezz too. Plus everyone’s new favourite band three Californian sisters called Haim and a new track from DIY songstress Laura Kidd aka She Makes War ahead of her album launch this week.

Latest listening: Pins/ Donna Fullman




Pins - Eleventh Hour

The blogosphere is having a love affair with this video from Manchester four piece Pins. It hit the net last week and has been posted on many a discerning blog, especially as the video's director Sing J. Lee is being heralded as the frontrunner of a new wave of young, creative and hip Mancunians.

2 Apr 2012

Latest listening: Lulu James & All We Are


Lulu James - Rope Mirage

This young Newcastle lass has already supported Ghostpoet in her hometown and launches her Rope Mirage EP at The Cluny on 30th April. You know when you get the feeling that someone's suddenly going to go stratospheric? That's the overwhelming vibe from this talented 21 year old who calls her music '21st Century Soul'. Listing her influences as Jamie XX, James Blake and Jamie Woon it's definitely a 21st Century sound alright (poststep, apparently?), oh wait, Gil Scott Heron's in there too. She's got a booking agent, press agent and with festival slots already rolling in, what could possibly go wrong? TOW loves this track, it's been on repeat all morning - turn up the bass... and watch this space!




26 Mar 2012

6 Music picks: Nedry & Vuvuvultures

Well, it's the end of an era. 6 Music Introducing airs for the last time next weekend. I played my final set of picks on the show this morning, almost three years to the day since my first spot. Tom Robinson has always been The Other Woman's biggest advocate and fan, he's a joy to broadcast with and is the most generous presenter I've ever had the pleasure to work with. 

Introducing continues on the BBC, on other networks, but it's a crying shame that 6 Music feels it isn't part of its remit anymore. Maybe they think that all the shows play new bands all the time anyway, so what's the point? But I disagree, Introducing is a unique system for bands without any cash, to put it bluntly, to get airplay. 

Well, we're moving on. Fresh on the Net is Tom's website and he's handpicked a team of bloggers to share tips with you, lucky listener, join us there... it feels like the beginning of something very exciting.

This week, Tom asked me to play him one of my early tips, in a Look How Far They've Come stylee... and then a hot pick that is really doing it for me right now. So here they are:


Nedry - Squid, Cat, Battle



Nedry are Londoners Chris Amblin and Matt Parker on knobs, buttons, guitars and twiddly bits and Japanese singer Ayu on vocals. They formed in 2008 and shortly afterwards joined TOW for a live session on Resonance FM, which blew the roof off. Every bit of kit was peaking into the red, the engineer and I just sat back and gave up. Since then they've released two albums, their latest on Monotreme Records, they've received airplay all over the shop, played SXSW and toured America. In short, they rock and are every bit a great example of what Introducing is all about.

20 Mar 2012

6 Music picks: Citi Petts & Hi-Fiction Science

Every week we get to play two tracks for Tom Robinson on his excellent BBC 6 Music Introducing show... you can listen again here




Well this tune just automatically puts a big smile on our dial. Pumping electro pop with a great little vocal riff. This trio from Liverpool are fronted by big mouth Lizzie O'Neill, discovered at a house party dance off (er, can we come next time?) the two boys who produce and provide the stomping backing track knew they were onto something special. Saint Signal release this on the 26th March and no, we can't find much info about this independent label either. Embrace the madness and do a silly hipster head bop to this record... oh, and buy it whydoncha!

12 Mar 2012

Amazing Radio listen again with Natalie McCool



 We kick off this week’s show with two tracks from a great little Scottish indie - Soft Power Recordings. Based in the west side of Edinburgh they’re famous for releasing tapes and 7” vinyl along with their downloads. We here at TOW are proudly in possession of the new Trogons EP on a blue cassette! Now just gotta find something to play it on...

6Music picks: Sue Denim & Young Romance

Every week we get to play two tracks for Tom Robinson on his excellent BBC 6 Music Introducing show... you can listen again here




Sue Denim is one half of electro indie rockers Robot's In Disguise, with Dee Plume they've garnered something of a cult following. Appearances in The Mighty Boosh have helped them along and, of course, a string of excellent albums - culminating in Happiness v Sadness last year. Sue's solo project is quite different, sparse, whimsical, shot through with melancholy that doesn't quite marry with Sue herself! It's a beautiful solo effort and one that's got us mooning over a cuppa on a Sunday afternoon. You'll have to skip through to 1 hr 30 mins on the BBC listen again link to hear it.

5 Mar 2012

6M picks: Vague-à-bonde & Ghost in Saturn?

Every week we get to play two tracks for Tom Robinson on his excellent BBC 6 Music Introducing show... you can listen again here

Vague-à-bonde - MV


   

This little slice of pop loveliness is from V.A.B's debut release Involution/Evolution which is out now. Nicole Brenny is a 23 year old bedroom producer from Minneapolis, she says: “It’s beat-driven bedroom pop. It’s basically Fleetwood Mac meets K-pop.” Whatever it is it's catchy as hell and we're a fan of the layered vocals, which admittedly is achingly hip and getting a bit tired these days, but with beautifully crafted pop beds like on this track she's onto a real winner. Watch this space!

1 Mar 2012

The Other Woman Podcast with Amy Lamé


Photo by Tom Sheehan

Our second podcast of 2012 and we're thrilled to welcome Amy Lamé. Amy is a performer, radio and TV presenter, fellow podcaster (check out Homolab) feminist and former Mayoress of Camden.... amongst about a million other things, including co-founder of one of London's foremost gay club nights Duckie.

We talk: 20 years in London for this New Jersey girl, founding Duckie, gay politics in the media and general misogyny in gay culture PLUS fat politics and how you can support fat people without being fat! It's a state of mind, as Amy says: 'Fat people aren't going anywhere!'

We also chat about Amy's new one woman show, Unhappy Birthday, which you can see more info about here. One woman's obsession with Morrissey and having a birthday on the crappest day of the year: 3 January! Urgh!

We have a Lost Dame from journalist Jude Rogers in the shape of Kim Wilde and Stef Schadenfreude gets her teeth into the Brits and the Oscars... tasty! Ruth Barnes and Piney Gir convene in PG's wee flat in north London to string it all together. Magic! Don't forget to like us on Facebook and subscribe to us in iTunes if you will!  

   
   
   
   
   
   

   
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28 Feb 2012

Amazing Radio feat Madam 26 February 2012


 

It’s a joyous thing to come back from holiday to an inbox full of new music. Reflected in tonight’s show of mostly first timers to Amazing Radio... Minnesota native bedroom producer Vague-A-Bonde, French electro duo Ghost in Saturn? and Brighton based one woman troubadour Bunty Looping are just some we are super excited about playing.
It’s about this time of year that bands scrimp together every last penny and try to get to the super-hyped industry showcase SXSW - that’s exactly what London based Italian shoegazers Lilies on Mars are doing... they’ve recorded this track especially for fans to buy with all the money going to their plane tickets, do the right thing and support them!

Sukie Smith aka Madam joins us for a chat about her superb and highly underrated album Gone Before Morning which she self-released last year... going from label to her own boss, how difficult has it been?



And finally we couldn’t not post the video for Nedry’s new single Violaceae - sheer electro pop genius:


27 Feb 2012

6 Music picks: Margaret Glaspy & Imaginaire

Every week we get to play two tracks for Tom Robinson on his excellent BBC 6 Music Introducing show... you can listen again here

Margaret Glaspy - Bitter Wind



A best mate of mine Corrina lives in New York, and it’s thanks to her endless quest for interesting and independent live music nights that TOW brings you California native Margaret Glaspy. Living now in Brooklyn she’s fast making a name for herself with her unique voice and original writing style. Margaret is only 23 to boot, which means many happy years of songwriting lie ahead - and we here at TOW wander once again, what have we done with our lives?!

Imaginaire - Holding Onto Hope



Imaginaire are a South East London band consisting of David, Chris and Nico and a revolving party of vocalists. On this one, young singing upstart Kimberley Anne lends her soft lilting vocals as the band explore their electro side with a bank of analog synths and some New Romantic quiffs. This single is out on New Antique Records, with a dreamy B side equally worthy of a listen, Postdrome Waltz. 

20 Feb 2012

6 Music picks: Ooti Skulf/ EFTBD/ Bunty/ Jasmine Kennedy

Every week we get to play two tracks for Tom Robinson on his excellent BBC 6 Music Introducing show... you can listen again here.  

Here are the picks from the last two weeks: 

13 Feb: 

La Boîte à ooTi " Lili sur le Bord" from YYlabel on Vimeo.
 

The name is slightly odd, true enough, but Breton singer Ooti Skulf has that kind of sultry Francophone vocal that you can only dream of. Marry that with a strong songwriting sensibility courtesy of Ooti and her ‘musician and handyman’ John Trap and you have a sexy, clever and infectious result.

Entertainment For The Brain Dead - Roadkill

 
Julia Kotowski makes music as EFTBD - a bedroom producer who lives at home with Ma and Pa in Cologne, Germany. Studying audio-visual Media-Studies at the Academy of Media Arts there, Julia engages physically with her craft and illustrations - like the linocut for her first compilation of songs ‘Hypersomnia’. It’s Julia’s voice that weaves everything together - ‘everything’ being: her ukelele, found instruments from the kitchen like peppermills, jars and even drawers... Thanks to Aaahh Records for finding her and giving her bedroom musings life.

20 Feb: 


Bunty is a Brighton-based musician and visual artist and TOW LOVES this slice of looped gospel pop with a sharp edge, it’s ticking all our boxes. What a voice! Bunty says: ‘She whispers, bellows, beat boxes, claps, stamps and produces frenzied harmonies to create her music from scratch.’ Talented? Yes. Original? Yes. Like? Absolutely!

Jasmine Kennedy - Dinner For Breakfast


Batley in West Yorkshire seems an unlikely place to produce this young singer-songwriter. Maybe that’s unfair, maybe it’s a hot bed of untapped musical talent! What’s next? Later... with Jools, live from Batley! Who knows... Jasmine has had support from the BBC Local Radio station up there and we can see why. Lovely, deep, rich voice - funny lyrics and a talented guitar player to boot. What’s not to like? And please don’t mention Tracy Chapman...