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On my stereo this week: Alison Wonderland, Ed Sheeran & Jamila Woods.

Alison Wonderland – Peace.

Where do you begin when talking about Alexandra Scholler aka Alison Wonderland. Well, if you’re an electronic dance enthusiasts, you would have likely heard her massive global smash Church last year. Moreover, Elton John is apparently a fan and she scored the highest billing ever for a female DJ at Coachella. And don’t get me started about her sophomore album Awake, a deeply personal and wildly experimental album made up of amazing sonic beats and arrangements. But just when you think she might have reached her peak, Alison Wonderland is back once more with an emotive new song called Peace. Never shy about talking about her inner demons, Alison Wonderland’s Peace strikes a balance between talking about pain and hope.

Ed Sheeran -Shape Of You.

It’s difficult not to escape the infectious sound and personable lyrics of Ed Sheeran, especially given that at one point during the release of Divide, he set the record of most concurrent songs on Billboard and other charts around the world. That said, I have to admit I am an unashamed Ed Sheeran fan, not a huge one, but a fan nonetheless. While, his song Perfect might have been his last massive hit single to have grabbed our attention, it was Shape Of You that made me buy my first Ed Sheeran album. I’ve got to say it’s such a cool song because, unlike Perfect, which is heartwarming and thoughtful, Shape Of You is arguably far from what we would come to expect from Ed Sheehan. Well, at least I think so.

Jamila Woods – Eartha.

I have quietly admired the exploits of R&B singer, songwriter, poet, educator and community activist, Jamila Woods for some time now. She is truly an extraordinary woman. When I heard she was releasing a new album, set for release next month on May 10, a concept album celebrating the people who have inspired and made a lasting impression on her, I just had to check out what more I could find out about it. As luck would have it, Jamila has released two singles from the forthcoming album called Zora and Eartha. The latter is her latest single that celebrates the late icon Eartha Kitt. I am familiar with Eartha from my geeky fascination with all things Batman. (Eartha starred in the third and final season of the original Batman series in the late 1960s as Catwoman.)

Interestingly, the accompanying new music video for Eartha highlights the late icon’s legacy directed by Jamila’s best friend Fatimah Asghar. In a press release for the new music video Asghar explains the inspiration behind it:

“Jamila’s song ‘EARTHA’ pays homage to Eartha Kitt’s defiant spirit, and her refusal to compromise in a world that is always trying to constrict women and femmes. In the production, we wanted to reference iconic images of Eartha Kitt and embody her energy to create a celebration of unapologetic femininity and sisterhood, as well as play on and challenge the ways that women have been historically portrayed in cinema by going for an old-school film vibe. As Eartha taught us, being feminine isn’t just one thing– it’s an incredible range. That energy permeates the video.”

Eartha just might be my song of the week. I hope you too find inspiration in its lyrics and hypnotic beat. Enjoy!

1 comment on “On my stereo this week: Alison Wonderland, Ed Sheeran & Jamila Woods.

  1. Three terrific tracks Robert, and I especially like “Peace”. I saw Eartha Kitt in a stage production of the musical “Timbuktu” in 1980. She was wonderful.

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