Jam of the Week: Kelela – A Message

Kelela - A Message, single (800x450)We’ve not heard much from silky-voiced alternative R&B singer Kelela Mizanekristos since her acclaimed 2013 mixtape, Cut 4 Me. This week, Kelela returned with a brooding new track taken from her forthcoming EP, Hallucinogen. The EP is described as a “six-song cycle that explores the light and darkness of love and sexuality”. Alejandro Ghersi, better known as Arca, produced the EP after the singer struck up a friendship with the Venezuelan producer in 2012. Continue reading

Jam of the Week: Blur – Go Out

Blur - British Summer Time, Hyde Park poster (1416x797)As if news of Gorillaz return in 2016 wasn’t enough already. Yesterday, Blur announced their first new album as four-piece in 16 years. Should the rumoured The Good, the Bad & the Queen follow-up somehow be in the mix, I’ll be doing back flips down the street. Blur’s new album, titled The Magic Whip, started from jam sessions in the “claustrophobic and hot” confides of a Hong Kong studio, following a cancelled show in Japan. Guitarist Graham Coxon and long-time Blur producer Stephen Street developed these sessions until, as drummer Dave Rowntree put it, “we all realised we’d done something quite special there”. Continue reading