Charlotte Day Wilson is an analogue girl living in a digital world. You may have come across her name if you’re familiar with ‘In Your Eyes’ by BadBadNotGood. This unsigned, 23-year-old Toronto singer projects a classical kind of wisdom with her voice, and yet has a deft talent for producing contemporary soul and R&B. Such an alignment is rare nowadays, and her debut EP, CDW, solidifies her as one of 2016’s most arresting new talents.
Hip hop is a young man’s game. Or at least that’s the impression you get when the Rolling Stones are selling out worldwide arena tours, and the likes of Blackalicious, People Under the Stairs, the Pharcyde and Slum Village – celebrated purveyors of hip hop during its teenage years – are still playing small and mid-sized venues.
Serial session player and jazz collaborator, Thundercat, has returned with another sparky single of his own.
Danny Todd and James Smith are Exmagician, two members of the band formerly known as Cashier No 9, who released the stupendous – though mostly overlooked – To the Death of Fun in 2011. Scan the Blue sees the Belfast duo stirring up more of the ethereal vocals and psych rock patterns that made their previous effect such a buoyant record.
De Le Soul have teased us with a couple cuts from their long, long awaited ninth album – And the Anonymous Nobody – earlier this year. We’ve had the wavy ‘TrainWreck’ and the funky new classic, ‘Pain’, featuring Snoop Dogg.
Now Pos, Dave and Maseo have let loose this quasi-orchestral, hip-hop masterpiece, which features Swedish electro-soul group, Little Dragon.
Nao’s For All We Know is a delight and, initially, a struggle. The struggle comes from everything around it: the hype, the hit-and-miss descriptors and the unwieldy presumption that singer Nao – real name Neo Joshua – may as well be a FKA Twigs double. The delight comes from pushing past that to hear her gorgeous vocals and the weird musical formation that back her on this nostalgic future.
Dorset-born pianist and singer, Douglas Dare, has become fixated with the idea of the double life. Discovering his boyfriend had been living a “double life” led him to re-read George Orwell’s frightfully bleak classic, Nineteen Eighty-Four.