Hamilton Leithauser, an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist,  has done 4 residencies at the famed Carlyle Hotel in New York City.  From 2000 to 2014, Hamilton was the lead vocalist of The Walkmen, with whom he recorded seven studio albums. He said this song, 2020’s “Here they Come,” was about a roommate who ran from his problems by buying a movie ticket in the morning and staying at the theatre all day. We dig it. 

Allison Ponthier is an American indie folk singer and songwriter. Her single “Cowboy”, was named one of the “25 Best Songs by LGBTQ Artists of 2021 (So Far)” by Billboard. We love everything about this song, “Late Bloomer,” it was one of our faves of the week.

“Ponthier invokes Chris Isaak invoking Roy OrbisonCat Power invoking Peggy LeeLana Del Rey invoking every singer David Lynch ever ushered onto the stage of Twin Peakss Bang Bang Bar.”

 

 

“Shock Horror you’re stuck, do you feel like you suck?”

Shelf Lives is singer Sabrina and guitarist/producer Jonny, based in South London but hailing from Toronto and Northampton. “The song ‘Shock Horror’ is a homage to our worst nightmare of a human. An amalgamation of specific traits that are so transparent yet irresistible, in a way. Everyone has met one or has even been one at some point in their lives.”

Rose Tinted” is the fourth single from indie band Garden Party. They recorded the song at the Motor Museum in Liverpool, and it was mastered at Abbey Road Studios.  Garden Party are a quartet that met at university in Manchester. There’s something about this track that grabs you right away – that melody!

 

Artist Ada covers CHICAGO’s “24 or 5 to 6.”   Michaela Dippel, a/k/a Ada,  dropped an ultra-limited EP that has already sold out and this track is on it.

Ada is a pop producer, a techno/electropop artist and producer. She has been making music since 1994. As for the origin of her ‘stage name,’  she explains, “I once had an audio-book containing a horror story about a house full of blind zombies. I found the audio-book’s dark, organ-based music really inspiring and it eventually led to the “Blindhouse” 12-inch. In the story, the warden of the blindhouse who had to feed and take care of the zombies was named Ada.”

 

You’ll find “Invincible” from Omar Apollo and Daniel Caesar in the HOT SPOT this week…

 Omar Apolonio Velasco is a Mexican-American singer-songwriter who records under the name Omar Apollo. He sings in both English and Spanish, and his 16 track debut album, IVORY, is coming out in April on WBR.  If Daniel’s name sounds familiar it’s because he was on the Justin Bieber track PEACHES.

 

Aby Coulibaly‘s “Chamomile Tea” is in the HOT SPOT!

“All I do is chase sleep.” This was my song of the week 

Aby is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Dublin. By performing on online music platforms such as frosted.ie and Boiler Room she crafted followers not on a festival stage but through social media. Smart! She was recently named to the NME 100: essential emerging artists for 2022. She’s definitely one to watch…

 

Aby Coulibaly in the hotspot

“Plastic 100°C” finds Sampha expressing the dread of managing his relationships and his own health, all while balancing the pressures of his growing popularity as a musician.

He may not have felt he accomplished that successfully since he hasn’t released an album since 2017; that album, PROCESS, won the Mercury prize.

This beauty is a journey! Citing inspiration from Detroit-style techno, “Shadows” pairs Jordan Rakei’s voice with Bonobo’s hypnotic production. Bonobo, born Simon Green, is a British musician, producer, and DJ based in Los Angeles. His DJ name is a reference to the Bonobo chimpanzee species AND is nominated this year for a GRAMMY in “Best dance and electronic recording.”

Vocalist Jordan Rakei is a New Zealand-Australian musician, singer, songwriter and record producer currently based in London.

 

This may be the first time we’ve repeated someone in the Hot Spot! Pa is a Gambian-British rapper. He was born in Slough but his mother sent him back to live in Gambia with his elders until he was 10. Slowthai is Tyron Kaymone Frampton, better known by his stage name Slowthai, is a British rapper. Raised in Northampton, he rose to popularity in 2019 for his gritty and rough instrumentals and raw, politically charged lyrics

We love the African influences in this beat, it kind of felt like being in a club at 3am…

 

 

“Style & Fashion” from Pa Salieu featuring Obongjayer is in this week’s HOT SPOT!

Pa is a Gambian-British rapper who was born in the UK but sent back to live in Gambia by his mother so he could learn with his elders until he was 10. This stretch of his life was vital, as he learned his tribe’s history from his older family members, through song and other mediums. In January 2020 he released his debut single “Frontline”, which was the most played track of 2020 on BBC Radio 1XTRA. His new album is Afrikan Rebel.

 

 

 

 Sinead O’Brien is back in the HOT SPOT once more. Sinead’s an Irish poet, originally from Limerick, now living in London, her work captures mundane everyday observations.  If you read the lyrics, you will see it’s really a poem set to music.

Sinead posted a poem in way of talking about this track:

These verses are glimpses into experience. Girlkind and Humanhood
Persevering eternity.
Balancing, evaluating.
Going back and forth.
Keep forging a way through.

 

Sinead O'Brien

 “Life’s Been Good to Me” is from Ric Wilson and Yellow Days.

Ric is from Chicago, and makes ‘party-ready hip-hop with an intelligent twist,’ Yellow Days is the performance alias of George van den Broek from Surrey and he makes ‘indie-soul-pop tunes.’ Together, they’ve collaborated on collaborative a new EP, Disco Ric In London Town

Additional vocals from Lynda Dawn.

 

The band Dry Cleaning features the vocals of the amazing Flo Shaw. This song, ‘Tony Speaks!,’ was previously only available as a bonus track. Flo says: “The lyrics were written days after the Conservative party won the December 2019 UK election.”  We expect lots more great music from Dry Cleaning, so that’s why they’re in this week’s HOT SPOT!

 

Dry Cleaning

Chartreuse are a young, four-piece band. Their sound can be described as ambient dark-pop, at the same time keeping the classic sounds of folk, soul and jazz genres that influence them. Also, they’re from Birmingham, which is enough of a reason to put “Things are Changing too Quickly” in the HOT SPOT!

Chartreuse

 

In the HOT SPOT we have “Geometry of You” by Joan as Police Woman x Tony Allen x Dave Okumu  (the name “Joan as Police Woman” is a homage to Angie Dickinson’s “Police Woman”).

Tony Allen was a Nigerian drummer, composer, and songwriter who Fela Kuti’s drummer and musical director David Jairus Ochieng Okumu is a singer, songwriter, producer and guitarist, best known for fronting the band The Invisible. 

According to Joan, the song about the intersection of math and sensuality. 

 

Joan as Police Woman

LA Priest

LA Priest aka Sam Dust, late of Late of the Pier. In June of 2020 he released a record called GENE but our pick, “Learning to Love,” isn’t on it because it was on his 2015’s INJI. We’re confounding at times.

Fun fact: “Gene” was produced by Erol Alkan, who also produced Late of the Pier’s first album & worked on FUTURE PAST with, you guessed it, Duran Duran!

 

LA Priest

WHOOOSH! is playing “Shark Eyes,” for the first time, anywhere!!! Chalcedony (the artist) emailed us a copy of this song, pre -release, and we both sort of fell in love with it. 

Recorded with producer and lead guitarist Felix Fung at Little Red Sounds in Vancouver, BC, “Shark Eyes” is the lead single off of Chalcedony’s forthcoming EP “Do You Really Wanna Know What the Fuck Goes On Inside My Head” which is set for a Spring 2022 release.

 

Graham Coxon

Superstate: Graham Coxon, Valentina Pappalardo with “YogaTown”

Graham wrote a graphic novel called SUPERSTATE, and “YogaTown” is one of the tracks from the accompanying ‘soundtrack,’ The high concept world of Superstate encompasses the pairing of 15 songs with a graphic novel of 15 stories, featuring the work of 15 artists.

The novel says – The Superstate is everywhere, and its authority is absolute. Yoga Town is a city divided. While they wait to leave the earth, the 1% can bend reality to their will and live in a consequence free world where anything goes

We played “Hit em Where it Hurts” on WHOOOSH! 16 and clearly, Rodney has got what it takes!

Paw Paw Rod, aka Rodney Hulsey, is a rapper and singer from the Great Plains tornado belt of Oklahoma. A review called this track, “Glass House,” alternative R&B, and that’s right on. He says, “My new song ‘Glass House’ is about accepting what you can and can’t change about your situation, and finding peace in that. Hopefully things are starting to get back to some version of normal soon. I want ‘Glass House’ to be our anthem”

 

In this week’s HOT SPOT we find Adora with “Here We Go,” a very cool track that may have a little Jim Steinman meets Supertramp in it. The vocalists are Fran Sylver and Romi Alter, who seem to be from the Canary Islands (tho they met in London!) 

 

In this week’s HOT SPOT is The Cool Greenhouse with their very unique song, “Alexa!”

We’ve never had a song about an amazon device before… There was something super-DEVO about the song and so funny – “Alexa, order a copy of Cool Green House’s new record” “Hey Google, play the song ‘Alexa’ by the cool greenhouse.” Kudo’s to Tom Greenhouse on his band and great track!

 

 

 

What harmonies on the track “In the Country” by La Luz. Their self-titled fourth album, La Luz, out on October 22 (same day as FUTURE PAST, natch!), show of the incredible talent of the female four piece. A review of their music called it ” “surf noir” style, with layered vocal harmonies.” We agree and that’s why it’s in the Hot Spot!

La Luz in the Hot Spot WHOOOSH!

CHAI are a Japanese rock band from Nagoya. The group consists of four women—Mana, Kana, Yuuki and Yuna. Formed in 2012, the band released their debut studio album Pink in 2017. “PING PONG!” is off of their latest album, WINK. About this new album Mana says, they worked on cultivating an album she described as “more than a human friend — someone you can go to when you’re upset, someone you go to when you’re happy, when you wake up first thing in the morning, when you want to cry.” And that’s why they’re in this week’s HOT SPOT!

CHAI

Isle of Wight duo Wet Leg – that’s Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers to you – are in this week’s Hot Spot with the incredible track, “Chaise Longue.”. From their bio: ‘Arming themselves with guitars, a penchant for French disco, effervescent imaginations and a shared love of the The Ronettes and Jane Birkin, through to Ty Segall and Bjork, they set about making some recordings of their own.’  Whatever it is, it’s good!

Wet Leg

 

Nashville’s Terry Presume is unapologetically himself in every song he releases. Blending indie, alternative, hip hop, and rock, he has been making music that is unique to him. He grew up surrounded by Haitian Kompa music from his mom, and the sounds of 50 Cent, Eminem and classic R&B that was heard throughout his community. His song, “ZaZa and Some Runtz (Smoke Break)” is in this week’s HOT SPOT.

 

Terry Presume

 

Jungle are a British electro soul musical project founded by Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland. They’ve released two albums thus far, one of which was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize; Their forming album, LOVING IN STEREO, is out in Mid-August. Their song “Talk About It” is in this week’s HOTSPOT.

 

Yellow Lines” by Tommy Newport is in the HotSpot!

Born in Manchester, England, Tommy Newport (Oliver Milmine) relocated to the United States with his family at six years old where he bounced around from Dallas to Seattle before settling down in Wichita, Kansas. Produced by Newport alongside his frequent collaborator 4th Pyramid (Black Eyed Peas, Wu-Tang Clan), the track has a brit rock essence in the way he sings.

Tommy Newport

Sneaks is Eva Moolchan, an American spoken word and post-punk musician from Washington, D. C. She used to be in a band called the Sh*tstains, which piqued our interest if we’re being honest. She has been releasing music as Sneaks since 2014. Simon is a  Scorpio, and this track seems very complimentary to having a relationship with a Scorpio….listen to “Scorpio on Your Side.”

Sneaks WHOOOSH!

 

Dope Lemon is an Australian artist, which kind of makes a lot of sense to us. Singer Angus Stone was one half of the musical sibling duo Angus & Julia Stone, with whom he has released four studio albums with but now he records under the name Dope Lemon and this is his song, “Rose Pink Cadillac.”