Heavy Rotation: Angeline Morrison, Beck, Eryn Allen Kane, Michael Giacchino

It’s time for something new. Or, rather, old. In starting this new, ad hoc series, titled Heavy Rotation, I plan to throw a little light on the artists, albums and songs that I have been listening to frequently, ones I missed, and generally music which I feel deserves attention.

Consider this my Time Out-style hot picks: no more than five minutes to read, and guaranteed to lead you to people or things that will give you hours of pleasure.

If I find myself having time to do these posts more frequently, I may try to put together a Spotify playlist to accompany it.

We start off this new series with an enchanting jazz singer, who is new to me, Angeline Morrison, the rising gospel goddess Eryn Allen Kane, and film composer Michael Giacchino. Continue reading

Jam of the Week: SZA – Drew Barrymore

Missouri singer SZA has been a firm favourite of mine since discovering her in the early half of 2014. She makes wavy, psychedelic R&B and neo-soul, similar to Kelela and Jhené Aiko, and she has a voice that will say with you for days. Continue reading

Laura Mvula – The Dreaming Room review

Laura Mvula’s powerful and nuanced Sing to the Moon was a remarkable album made even more remarkable by the fact that it was her debut. Her second album doesn’t manage the all-out excellence of her first time, but it still a superb album in its own right that shouldn’t be missed. Continue reading

Various Artists – Hidden Figures: The Album review

Soul meets space travel on the soundtrack for forthcoming film, Hidden Figures. It comes courtesy of Pharrell Williams – who also worked on the film’s score with Hans Zimmer – and features guest spots by Lalah Hathaway, Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys, Janelle Monáe and Kim Burrell. Continue reading

Choice Cuts: Mariah Carey – Merry Christmas

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It’s December. The lights are up. The holiday festivities have begun. And most us are probably thinking about what colourfully-wrapped confectionary we’ll be chomping down come the Christmas holidays. So what better time to look back at Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas*, a catalyst for selection box-guilt, cheeky high school kisses, bruised backsides and general Christmas party embarrassment. Continue reading

Choice Cuts: Gorillaz – Demon Days

Parlophone Records, 2005Gorillaz - Demon Days artwork, wallpaper edit (1024x576)A gimmick. That’s what they put Gorillaz’ success down to. Despite everything that had been achieved by this unusual musical concoction in the 18 months since the launch of their 2001 debut album, detractors still labelled them a here today, gone tomorrow band. But little did they know that the virtual band, created by musician, Damon Albarn, and cartoonist, Jamie Hewlett, would front what would later be acknowledged as one of the most influential and progressive records of the noughties: Demon Days. Continue reading