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Music of the Week – 12th October, 2022

The Playlist


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Willow - COPINGMECHANISM

Artist: WILLOW

<COPINGMECHANISM> is the fifth album from the pop punk rocker WILLOW and ur a <Stranger> was the song she played to celebrate its launch. 

As with all of the songs that make up this record, it’s short, sweet and to the point and doesn’t outstay its welcome. 

There’s a real level of maturity to this WILLOW album that makes it feel like she’s ready to move up to the next stage of her career. 

Give it a listen here.


2 Infinity Links

Quavo and Takeoff - Only Built For Infinity Links

Artist: Quavo & Takeoff

Only Built for Infinity Links is a bombastic album that absolutely indicates that Quavo & Takeoff have shrugged off the breakup with Migos and are doing just fine, thanks.

2 Infinity Links opens up the proceedings and the two rappers are utterly brutal on it. The conversation is about bonds of blood and it simply won’t let you down (nor will Buddah Bless’s horns accompaniment for that matter). 

This is a belting record which makes us happy to listen to it.

Give it a listen here.


Armoire

NNAMDÏ - Please Have A Seat

Artist: NNAMDÏ

Please Have a Seat is the latest slab of vinyl from the Chicago star NNAMDÏ. 

It is, as you might expect from this artist, an unpredictable riotous hip-hop journey that will delight the listener if they can hold on through all of its twists and turns. 

Armoire is a wonderful example of what’s in store if you do give it a spin. This has that drive of old-school hip-hop with a delicate, vocal line that really delivers. Rap doesn’t get much better than this.

Give it a listen here.


Fame

Collapsing Stars - Chapter

Artist: Collapsing Stars

Chapter is a new release from the Milwaukee quarter Collapsing Stars. It represents what happens when a band is derailed by the coronavirus crisis and shows that they can come back from that. 

“Have you learned anything / And have you earned your celebrity / Memorable circus clown / And are you famous now,” asks Fame and it’s all about how the American celebrity can so easily become a monster. 

If you want a folk-Americana release to chill out to this week, you won’t do better than this.

Give it a listen here.


I Retired Then I Changed My Mind

Open Mike Eagle - Component System With the Auto Reverse

Artist: Open Mike Eagle

Component System With the Auto Reverse is like listening to old-school hip-hop radio with Open Mike Eagle as your witty MC. 

This is like a greatest hits album on which every track is brand new, in that it’s so reminiscent of each stage of his career. 

I retired then I changed my mind is a modern classic and there’s so much more to like on this record. Don’t miss it.

Give it a listen here.


Fortune Teller

Say She She - Prism

Artist: Say She She

Prism is the latest album from the seven piece band Say She She which includes three female leads! 

“I’m not a fortune teller, I can’t read your mind / I’m not a healer, can’t stop you from going blind / I’m not a fortress, but I will try to protect you.” Offers Fortune Teller the stand-out track. 

The whole thing works very well and if you’re looking for a good time on the dance floor, there’s plenty here to inspire you.

Give it a listen here.


Giving Up (feat. Mafro)

TSHA - Capricorn Sun

Artist: TSHA

Capricorn Sun is the British producer TSHA’s most recent release and it’s a hugely danceable record with, perhaps, too many stylistic variations to be fully cohesive. 

Giving Up (feat. Mafro) is as good a place to start as any, though you can’t really go wrong with any number from the album. We like that most of the tracks are short and self-contained too.

Give it a listen here.


Someone to Weep for Me

Bonnie Light Horseman - Rolling Golden Holy

Artist: Bonnie Light Horseman

Rolling Golden Holy is the sophomore effort for this folk threesome and comes on the back of their Grammy-nominated self-titled debut.

The big difference between the two records is that this time around, the tracks are their own and not reworkings of classics. 

Someone to Weep For Me is a pleasant song that asks for something everyone hopes for but overall, this album doesn’t quite hit the highs of the last.

Give it a listen here.


Somebody Else’s Idea

Sun Ra Arkestra - Living Sky

Artist: Sun Ra Arkestra

Living Sky is the continued presence of Marshall Allen, the 98-year-old saxophonist, furthering Sun Ra’s legacy and it’s the first release for the band in 21 years. 

Somebody Else’s Idea was first laid down in 1955 and this takes it back to its instrumental roots and with a genuinely swinging sound. 

It’s hard to pay musical tribute to a lost influence but the 19 artists featured here do genuine justice to Sun Ra’s legacy. Enjoy.

Give it a listen here.


These Are The Good Old Days

Courtney Marie Andrews - Loose Future

Artist: Courtney Marie Andrews

Loose Future is the shortest release from Courtney Marie Andrews to date, clocking in at just 33 minutes. 

“People like me think feelings are facts / Falling in love gives us a heart attack / One foot in the future, one in the past” she sings on These are the Good Old Days while providing commentary on her life so far. 

There’s no filler here though and every track is a joy to play, a second Grammy may be arriving soon.

Give it a listen here.

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