David Lee Astley recommends some of the best new offerings from the music world
Rhosyn – Birds
Earlier this year Rhosyn released her great ‘Elbow of Capture’ EP on local imprint Blessing Force and this is her first video from that. Rose Dagul’s art centres on her, her cello and her sampler, creating a powerful and layered sound. The accompanying video was crafted by Oxford production company SON with the use of the Vine app for iPhone.
Rejjie Snow – Lost in Empathy
Ritualistic albino murder in central Africa isn’t a topic most mainstream rappers consider when they come to penning a track. Maybe that is why Rejjie Snow stands out from the current crop of touted rappers?
Kult Country – Slowburn
There has been strange things happening in Salford recently – well, more strange. The source of all this activity is a warehouse in the shadows of Strangeways prison, the home of Sways Records. Kult Country ‘signed’ to the label after a gig within their cage and joined ranks with the likes of GREATWAVES and Ghost Outfit. This is their first outing for Sways and is released next week on 7”.
Edgar the Beatmaker – Feotus
Different moniker and a different sound for Archie Marshall, aka King Krule / DJ JD Sports / Zoo Kid / whatever it will be next week. ‘Feotus’, from the ‘Darkest Shades of Blue’ mixtape, uses a chiming piano line as the base for Marshall’s almost spoken vocals. Away from his foray into more hip-hop inspired music, King Krule will be releasing his debut record in the Summer.
Plastic Crown – Eulogy
Samples of Elliot’s ‘The Waste Land’, sombre chords and vocals that sound as if they have been recorded in an abandoned factory come together to form the hymn-like debut from the solo artist Plastic Crown. Sam also plays in the band BLOOM, they are also well worth a listen.
SOHN – Bloodflows
Having just signed to 4AD, SOHN has released a simple yet great video. Using a medley of 80s sounding synths he is able to create a rich, but not over complicated (how like the video…), backdrop for his fragile, R&B tinged vocals.