Jam of the Week: AOSOON – Something

AOSOON, press 2015 (1000x563)AOSOON stands for “Alot of Something Out of Nothing”. And in the case of this south London duo, the acronym sums up the music neatly.

The group’s stirring “gangsta folk” swept me away when I saw them at a live music showcase earlier this year, and since then I’ve been following them. The duo’s songs ‘Same Difference’ and ‘Under’ have been on my hot list all year. And this week’s jam is equally as strong. Continue reading

Fur – Soon at the Latest review

Fur group, photo, Nov 17, 2012 (1440x810)It took them a while, but they made it in the end. And they’ve done good.

Soon at the Latest is the debut album from Fur, an eight-piece hip hop-jazz collective from east London. Similar to the music of BadBadNotGood or El Michels Affair, this an album cramped with verdant instrumentals for late nights and crosstown journeys. It’s cheeky, it’s charming and it’s wildly refreshing. Continue reading

Jam of the Week: Ray Blk – Chill Out (ft. SG Lewis)

Ray Blk - Chill Out single (1417x797)Bitter truths about love and life are Ray Blk’s shtick. This south Londoner singer disarms with her rich tones only to keep you at arm’s length with her spiny outlook. Her latest single, In ‘Chill Out’, you have new classic when it comes to those bittersweet love games. Continue reading

Izzy Bizu – A Moment of Madness review

Izzy Bizu, press photo 2015 (2880x1620)Izzy Bizu’s debut album is a party. A party with plenty of liquid punch, your favourite selection of synthetic snacks and few real surprises. It’s like a made-for-radio tour through pop albums of the last two decades: a dollop of Jess Glynne, a pinch of Little Mix, a squeeze of Jamelia and just a hint of Little Jackie. But, what it lacks in originality it makes up for in sheer sun-glazed pick-‘n’-mix pop. Continue reading

Nao – For All We Know review

Nao - Fool to Love artwork (1920x1080)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. Continue reading

Jam of the Week: M.O – Who Do You Think Of?

M.O - Who Do You Think Of single (2480x1395)Girl group M.O are nothing new on the well-worn spectrum of pop. On ‘Who Do You Think Of’, entire choruses are encapsulated by song titles, the soundscape is almost indiscernible from other popular chart songs of the last 12 months, and the texture of these Sugababes substitutes voices – at least on this track – is nothing to write home about.

Still, M.O’s line-up includes Francesca ‘Frankee’ Connolly (pictured, centre), one half of one-hit wonders, Mini Viva. So I’ve been compelled to delve a little deeper, and M.O’s debut EP gives patience pop lovers more reason to stick around. Continue reading

Jam of the Week: Speech Debelle – Running

speech_debelle_breathe_ep_1200x675Corynne Elliot is Speech Debelle, a singer and spoken word artist from London. At the time of writing, I have only heard a handful of songs from this innovative wordsmith and winner of the 2009 Mercury Prize.

Since winning the auspicious British music award, Speech Debelle has repeatedly been discussed in a negative manner as an example of a recent artist who has not gone on to huge commercial success. In other words, favourable commentary about her is difficult to find – in the main, at least – unless you seek it out. That’s hardly fair. Especially because Speech Debelle is an artist of serious poise and verve, as this week’s chosen jam demonstrates. Continue reading