Signed to Mura Masa’s Anchor Point Records after a chance meeting in Peckham, Judu Heart is the production and songwriting partnership of Dina and Furo. Taking the natural funky rhythms of Foals laced and combining it with a trip-hop sound, Juda Heart latest EP ‘Ezra’s Garden’ was created over 3 months in the French countryside.
Jadu Heart embark on a European tour supporting Mura Masa in September, but not before they play their second ever headline show on the 22nd Sept at London’s Bermondsly Social Club.
I challenge you not to be charmed by the brazen bubblegum punk sound of LA rockers The Regrettes.
Speaking about “A Living Human Girl” and her ability to convey such a widespread subject of anxiety and vulnerability Lydia Night – frontwoman of The Regrettes, alongside Genessa Gariano on guitar, Sage Nicole on bass and drummer Maxx Morando- explains:
““There are times when you feel really insecure and you really don’t like yourself, so I wrote it for people who feel that and I wrote it for myself. I just felt like there wasn’t a song like that out there. A song that if I was feeling super shitty about myself, that I could listen to. I wanted something that would make girls and boys feel confident.”
Maria Usbeck spent three years travelling the globe writing and recording music in Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Lisbon, Santiago, Easter Island, Costa Rica and her home in Brooklyn, New York to name but a few. The songs, initially recorded and composed electronically, would eventually be transformed into the naturally beautiful and gentle worldy-soundscapes you hear on ‘Jungla Inquieta’ with the help of producer Caroline Polachek and a whole host of acoustic wooden instruments.
Sung in her native tongue of Spanish out of a desire to get back to her Ecuadorian roots (she was born in Quito), Usbeck’s music is not only a product of her South American origins but also of her time spent living in American having moved at the age of 17 – and her eventual decision to reaffirm herself with her cultural heritage by writing in Spanish having spent several years writing songs in English-speaking new wave band Selebrities.
Her solo debut album Amparo will be released May 27.
Something of a first for this site, today’s Track of the Day is a live performance music video straight from Butch Bastard’s (otherwise know as Ian Murray) bedroom.
Ian Murray, intially from Seattle, is a Los Angeles based multi-instrumentalist, producer, director and basically one of the those all round creative freaks of nature. He’s probably better know for his work alongside Fleet Foxes’ Christian Wargo and Casey Wescott in Poor Moon (Bella Union) but based on his budget, lofi and frankly pretty surreal video for ‘Magnolia’, his alter ego Butch Bastard deserves your attention.
Butch Bastard’s as of yet untitled forthcoming album will feature contributions from Josh Tillman of Father John Misty and Jonathan Wilson.
Since forming in 2012 New York based indie label 300 Entertainment – founded by several ex-Def Jam execs – has gone on to release music from some pretty amazing new talent. Whilst it is home to a whole load of new hip-hop with guys like Fetty Wap, Young Thug and T Wayne boosting it’s roster, it’s certainty NOT a case of a bunch of guys trying step on the toes of their previous boss. 300 is host to an impressive array of cross-over talent with artists like Meg Mec who take tradition singer-songwriter styles and add an edge to them which seems perfectly at home at such a hip-hop oriented label.
One such artist is Cobi. Having started off in the Boston-based outfit Gentlemen Hall, in 2014 Cobi went his own way showcasing his vulnerable, melodic and wide-reaching vocals on debut tracks “Walking Through the Fire” and “First Snow”.
Cobi describes ‘Darker Than Dawn’ overall theme as “that feeling of falling to my knees and crying with regret of the mistakes made in the past, and the redemption that comes from grieving all that’s been lost.”
Chuck Inglish is no newbie to the hip-hop scene having lent his production magic to the likes of Mac Miller, Chance the Rapper, Kid Cudi and Asher Roth (basically all the fun dudes). You may also know him as one half of the notable Chicago hip-hop duo The Cool Kids. But now it’s time to focus on his solo exploits (with a little help from British singer/DJ Yasmin) with his latest chilled house-hop (yeah) jam ‘L.E.D’.