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Millenium Cowboy – “Unthinking”

By Will Oliver, August 9th 2020

Millenium Cowboy is the project of Australian musician Harriet Fraser-Barbour. She makes introspective synth-pop with a focus on mood and texture, such as her latest single, “Unthinking.”

The track is taken from her upcoming new EP Mc-Mood, which was written in a period of just five days, with each song written and recorded in a single, 24-hour session. The result is moody and atmospheric revelations such as the dynamic “Unthinking.”

You can find the track available to stream below and the whole EP is available to pre-order here.

Camp Blood – “21 Shots”

By Will Oliver, August 4th 2020

Boston-based hip-hop duo Camp Blood have returned with their fired-up new track “21 Shots,” their new single and first release since their debut EP released last summer.

“21 Shots” goes in hard with a relentless energy that feels urgent and is very much just that as it see’s the group deliver a scathing rebuke of local systems of oppression in Boston, MA. The track also features additional drums from Norlan Olivo of Downtown Boys.

Find the track available to listen to below.
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Francis Lung – “Brooklyn Gurls”

By Will Oliver, July 25th 2020

Francis Lung is the solo project of Manchester artist and ex-Wu Lyf member Tom McClung. He’s returned with his new single “Brooklyn Gurls,” which is his first bit of new material since his 2019 debut album A Dream Is U.

It’s a lush piano-led ballad of sorts that has a touching and personal emotional resonance to it that stands tall. The track was originally written when Wu Luf came to an end and remained dormant until McClung revisited it during his lockdown live stream series “Songs From A Living Room.”

He elaborates more of the origins of “Brooklyn Gurls” below:
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Björk has announced plans for 3 special matinee performances in association with Iceland Airwaves which will all be live-streamed online to help raise money for domestic women’s charities worldwide.

Iceland has been able to reopen safely and the shows will actually take place with a live audience at Reykjavík’s Harpa Hall on August 9, 15 and 23. The performances will see Björk celebrate of the Icelandic musicians that she’s worked with over the years, with each concert finding the artist collaborating with over 100 Icelandic musicians, across three groups that have played a part within the creation of her discography.

Each concert will feature different songs, with Björk´s instrumental arrangements played by members of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, Flute Septet Viibra and Hamrahlíð Choir without electronics or beats.

Find some more information about the performances below, along with a note from Björk about the performances:

Live from Reykjavík
Eldborg – Harpa

Sunday August 9 – 17:00 GMT
björk with
Hamrahlið Choir,
conductor Þorgerður Ingólfsdóttir,
Bergur Þórisson, organ

Saturday August 15 – 17:00 GMT
björk with
strings from Icelandic Symphony Orchestra,
conductor Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason

Sunday August 23 – 17:00 GMT
björk with
brass from the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra,
flute septet Viibra,
harpist Katie Buckley,
pianist Jónas Sen

    A note from Björk:

dear friends

i would like to invite you to some concerts

to honour
folks who got hit hardest in the coronavirus
and the black lives matter movement

and to honour how many icelandic musicians i have worked with through the years

i recorded almost all of my albums with local musicians :

homogenic with an icelandic string octet
medulla with schola cantorum ( an icelandic mixed choir )
volta with 10 brass girls i found all over the island and then later they formed wonderbrass
biophilia with langholt´s church girl choir graduale nobili
vulnicura with a 15 piece string ensemble
utopia with 12 female fluteplayers who later formed the flute septet viibra
cornucopia with hamrahlíð´s choir conducted by þorgerður ingólfsdóttir
all these albums where then performed all around the planet with these musicians
together they are over hundred people !!

and we are going to celebrate that we are all healthily exiting quarantine together by playing concerts in harpa music hall for 3 weekends of august

my input into the feminist fight is to brag about that almost all of those arrangements are by me
unfortunately this is something that is almost always ignored when women are arrangers

the concerts will be in the afternoons and will also be streamed live online, where there will be an option to donate to the icelandic women’s shelter – which supports women of all origin in iceland

for those attending in person, after the concert we will be offering food to raise money in support of this charity

the concerts will be “unplugged” or acoustic and performed without beats and electronics
the concerts will be performed with the icelandic symphony orchestra and guests

i feel we are going through extraordinary times
horrifying but also an opportunity to truly change
it is demanded of us that we finally confront all racism
that we learn that lives are more important that profit
and look inside us and finecomb out all our hidden prejudices and privileges

let´s all humbly learn together

transform

humongous love

björk

Tickets for the performances are currently on sale.

Sam Florian – “Avocado Daydream”

By Will Oliver, June 26th 2020

Swedish musician Sam Florian is someone whose been sharing a handful of new songs of late, who recently released his sophomore album Avocado Daydream via Hybris.

The title track and album closer “Avocado Daydream” is one of the highlights of the album, a track that emulates a cheerful summer spirit, with a melancholic feeling about a love lost or never found. It’s a good balance, one that isn’t always easy to craft, but Florian makes it seem so natural and effortless.

Enjoy a stream of “Avocado Daydream” below.
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The Saplings – “Control Ya”

By Will Oliver, May 3rd 2020

The Saplings’ is a collective of musicians who moved to Brooklyn from Rochester, New York. Together the band “mashes up oddball indie songwriting with soul, jazz, funk, and pop.

They’ve just released their brand new single “Control Ya,” their first self-produced, fully co-written track that they churned out after their transition moving to Brooklyn.
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Mandrake Handshake are a 10 piece psych band based out of Oxford, United Kingdom. We’ve only just discovered them thanks to their epic new single “Hypersonic Super-Asterid.”

The nearly nine-minute long track snugly warms its way into the psych-rock arena, with a vintage glow that sits somewhere between the vibe of Temples with the more experimental nature of a band like King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard.
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