The days are gradually getting shorter and summer is relinquishing its grasp. A fitting time for the title track to Elbow’s latest EP, Lost Worker Bee, then. This song feels as though it was birthed at the height of summer, and brings with it the energy of a job well done under the hot sun.
Madlib is a producer who never fails to excite. His collaboration with Freddie Gibbs, Piñata, was one of 2014’s best hip hop records.
There’s a strong air of the tormented soul to Sharee Lewis’ music. A torment which comes from a very real place for this Bournemouth-born singer. Music has become a saviour for Lewis, who was put into foster care during her childhood, and faced her own personal demons as a result of being taken away from her mother.
Whatever you think of Public Enemy, you can’t deny that Chuck D’s work ethic is rock-solid. Now back for their 13th album, Man Plans God Laughs, Public Enemy is still making cuts to nail inequality to the floor. Fronting a big band beat, ‘Earthizen’ is an alert call to action, motivating and revitalising.
Royal Albert Hall, London
It was as strange as it was humorous. Nils Frahm, the German composer and tonight’s second headline act for Prom 27, Late Night with BBC 6 Music, had retrieved a pair of toilet brushes and had begun using them to beat the strings of his open-topped grand piano. Yet, as is this virtuoso’s way, with each twang and tremble, an inquisitive rhythm took shape.