Shay Lia – ‘Good Together’.
There is a lot to cover this week, so lets get into it!! Taking a leap from her musical inspirations – Janet Jackson, Sade and even Stevie Wonder – the French-East African born songstress Shay Lia dropped today her stunning new EP Dangerous. What I love about it and can definitely hear is the inspired sounds for instance of Janet Jackson’s That’s The Way Love Goes especially on the album’s title track Dangerous, Voodoo and Good Together. Dangerous is definitely a nice homage to some of the greats of R&B and soul, yet still refreshing enough as a contemporary R&B record in its own right too. I look forward to the rise of this young Montreal-based artist.
Faye Webster – ‘Room Temperature’.
If you are a fan of indie-folk and retro R&B you will love Atlanta-based Faye Webster’s sophomore release Atlanta Millionaires Club which showcases her knack for intimate storytelling. At its centre is heartbreak and sadness, something that permeates through almost every single fibre of Webster’s being. On the subject of songwriting Webster says,“Everything is way personal. I’ve never been that kind of person who can read a book and then write a song about the book. I have to write about very personal things for me to even want to write.”
Flying Lotus – ‘More’.
Hip-hop, funk, electronica and jazz infused landscapes make Steven ‘Flying Lotus’ Elison’s Flamagra feel like a slick futuristic soundtrack. Incredibly it spans across 27 songs, but don’t be put off, most of the tracks are somewhere near two mintues in length. The single More featuring Anderson.PAAK is a standout. Equally mesmerised is the dystopian animated music video featuring a rapping robot!!