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!