Jam of the Week: Elbow – Lost Worker Bee

Elbow - Lost Worker Bee EP (1024x576)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. Continue reading

Jam of the Week: Sharee Lewis – Thirsty

Sharee Lewis - Thirsty (500x281)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. Continue reading

Jam of the Week: Public Enemy – Earthizen

Public Enemy, bg 2015 (1366x768)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. Continue reading

BBC Proms: Nils Frahm and AWVFTS review – an evening of alternative orchestral candour

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. Continue reading

Jam of the Week: Gwenno – Chwyldro

Gwenno Saunders, press photo (672x372)It feels as if cultural preservation has been central to Welsh music for probably as long as Welsh speakers realised their language is in danger of disappearing. Super Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys has said in the past that the band’s early albums were a way of keeping the Welsh language alive. Continue reading

Jam of the Week: Rye Rye – Keep Up

Rye Rye album 2012, crop (620x349)Calypso-flavoured swagger for the summer. That’s Rye Rye’s ‘Keep Up’ through and through. This Baltimore hip hop artist, whose colourful outfits often outdo many tropical birds, has the acid-tongued appeal of Azealia Banks or Nicki Minaj. And as well as working with MIA and Robyn, she’s also appeared in frat boy action flick, 21 Jump Street. Continue reading

Reasoning with Self EP launch: Shareefa Energy and friends

D’Gaf, LondonGolden Blue and Shareefa Energy, D'Gaf, Jul 21, 2015, by Aaron Lee (1920x1080)To see spoken word poet, Shareefa Energy, and her performing friends is to witness a bountiful celebration of generosity and positivity. A celebration that smacks in the face of the continued tokenisation of women with agency in our society.

Shareefa launched her debut EP, called Reasoning with Self, at D’Gaf in Leyton, Tuesday evening, July 21, and to mark the occasion she organised her own spoken word poetry night with a guest line-up of all-female acts. What follows is simply a taste of what these eloquent sisters had to show. Continue reading