As soon as you hear a track by LA Priest (aka Sam Dust) you know it’s him. “It’s You” is from the upcoming album ‘Fase Luna’ out 5th May 2023
He says, “It’s about a guy who falls in love with a sea mermaid or water spirit and has to choose between life on the land or the ocean”
We say, it’s a great song!
Jagged Baptist Club have a song called “Temptation Death House,” which they had several people remix. The one we’ve played on WHOOOSH is by Jeff Schroeder (Smashing Pumpkins). A Los Angeles based band, this track of theirs has a very early 80s/dark wave feel and we’re here for it!
Miss Tiny is the product of a friendship between producer/guitarist/Speedy Underground Guru Dan Carey and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Benjamin Romans-Hopcraft. Dan and Ben have played together for a while but never released anything until now. Initially the two were known as What It’s Like To Be A Bat – taking the name of an essay written by American philosopher Thomas Nagel – they settled on Miss Tiny, a family name for Benjamin’s late grandmother.
Of the song “The Sound” , Romans-Hopcraft says, “The song is based around feelings of inner-city claustrophobia. Whether that’s at home, on your way to work, constantly socialising. There’s a certain tone to it all that feels like noise, which I feel like you can either hate or decide to enjoy as a means of running away from your own thoughts.”
always centered at night is a label started by Moby; He established it to sign “emerging and fascinating variety of singers to join with me in making music they might not have been able to make elsewhere.” If you didn’t know, Richard Melville Hall is Moby’s real name (and yes, a descendent of). He’s not only a musician (and seller of 20 million records) but an ardent animal rights activist.
The incredible Gaidaa is Sudanese, Netherlands born and raised musician, singer-songwriter. She sings the heck out of the song she created with Moby.
Their beautiful, beautiful song “transit” in in this week’s HOT SPOT
“Bill Murray” is a very clever track from the Leeds band Adult DVD who formed to fight the boredom of lockdown. They said “Our last single was about Bill Murray and Tom Hanks being the same person, we haven’t got the best track record of serious songs.” Good thing because this one is a lot of fun.
“Cute-Grove remix” comes from Moonchild Sanelly feat Trillary Banks off of Moonchild Sanelly‘s new “Phases Remixes” EP
Info: Sanelisiwe Twisha, known professionally as Moonchild Sanelly, is a South African musician and dancer. Grove says of the remix, “Moonchild’s music is catchy, sexy and bold. Much like myself, she’s unafraid of mixing, matching and fucking around with genres. The remix I’ve done is a bashment influenced twist on an already great tune between her & Trillary.”
DISQ is in the HOT SPOT with “Cujo Kiddies,” which came out in July, 2022.
DISQ stand for “Desperately Imagining Some Quiet” – so we wonder if they have children. The band is from Wisconsin, and about this song they say, “Wewanted to make a song that sounded like a freight train full of clowns and silly toys, barreling through the dark, observing and taking note of the various gloomy landscapes of my brain (without dwelling too long or taking any of it too seriously)”
Listen to this one! “Diamond Light” by New York’s Breanna Barbara is a gorgeous track if we ever heard one. Breanna was Tricky’s main touring vocalist since 2017, she last released an album – 6 years ago.
Breanna says ‘Diamond Light’ is a song about memory and how it can change through your perception of time.” We love it, and you will too!
Berlin’s LOBSTERBOMB have two tracks on the playlist “Oh Boi” and “Lifeline” Simon hears Poly Styrene in their vocal – and he loves their entire sound. Now if we could just figure out why they’re called Lobsterbomb….
Are we playing a band twice in one episode? We sure are! The Paranoyds have two songs on the playlist – “Freak Out” and “BWR.” For the first track, they said their sound is ‘sort of like if Devo and The Breeders had a baby, and that baby’s aunt and uncle were Sonic Youth and the B-52’s’ but we hear early Blondie. On “BWR,” they explain the fuzzy jam is inspired by feeling stuck in an endless routine for so long, daydreams no longer feel special or significant–they’ve just become the norm.
Listen to their songs on WHOOOSH!
Ego Apartment are from Japan but there wasn’t a lot of information out there for us to find. All the band members (2 guys, one girl) were born in 1998 and they’re a very cool, alternative leaning outfit. Of “REACH!” and all the songs off their debut album they say, “We began writing these songs before deciding on a particular theme for the album, so in that sense, you could say that this is a sound that we could only express at this point in time.”
“I think my Mind has Made up its Mind” is a long title but it’s from a great song, so worth the trade! It comes from The Wombats, an indie rock band formed in Liverpool. Their EP Is This What It Feels Like to Feel Like This?, which came out in November. The three man group got their name because they called each other “wombat” when they made stupid mistakes.
“Breakdown Days” comes from White Lies, an English post-punk revival band from Ealing. They say the song was written in the heart of the first UK lockdown. “We felt trapped in many ways not being able to tour or to work. The lyrics are about yearning to reach out about your problems but because you’re living together, in close quarters, it means you can’t totally lose your shit!”
Lose it or not, this song is ace!
A Bristol-based duo, The Allergies have released “Hypnotise” and it seems extra special to us. The song breaks new ground by sampling vocals from the afrobeat legend Dele Sosimi, and also featuring Bootie Brown from the Pharcyde and Andy Cooper from Ugly Duckling. This track is from their forthcoming album ‘Tear The Place Up,’ out May 23, 2023.
Where have Young Fathers been our whole lives? This track, “I Saw,” is from their 4th album, Heavy Heavy, which comes out in February, 2023.
This trio are a Scottish band, based in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2014, they won the Mercury Prize for their album “Dead.” The name ‘Young Fathers’ references that they are all named after their fathers as well as their mature, serious demeanor. They say the song is “That pamphlet through your door blaming the establishment and immigrants for everything going wrong. The stench of long-dead empire, trudging along, a psychological hammer to your head in every step. The delusion.”
In the year 2000, trombonist, bassist, composer, arranger and producer Adam Theis co-founded Jazz Mafia – an eclectic artist collective of forward-thinking and accomplished players in Electro, Hip-Hop, World, Classical, and Jazz. The band seems ever-evolving, and oh-so-cool, which is why their song, “Set it Free” feat. Aima the Dreamer · Dakini Star · Adam Theis · Larissa Mcintyre is in the Hot Spot!
We loved “UH OH,” but as sometimes happens, we adored the creepy video just as much and recommend you watch it!
23 y.o Daniel Virgil Maisonneuve, known professionally as Sub Urban, is an American singer, producer and songwriter. 22 y.o Stella Rose Bennet is Benee ,a New Zealand singer and songwriter from Auckland. Said Daniel, “BENEE’s presence in UH OH! gives the song a much-needed level of enchantment. Though it’s a shame we never met in person, she nailed her parts in this project, both vocally and in the video.”
“Tennis is a paypig’s personal redemption narrative, set in “the city”, and told in two parts. twisted tale of two lovers’ back and forth, bound by cricket, bodybuilding, and money. A story as old as time. We named the song Tennis as a logical (but unrelated) sequel to our two previously released sports-related songs. To us, this felt like a natural ending to that idea. Dynamically, the second part of the song is supposed to represent a shift in tone for the character in which they realise their own worth and leave the situation that is set within the first part of the song.” – Courting
“Brown Supremacy” is the second single from Immy Owusu and is built on samples of legendary Zamrock band Amanaz’s classic “Easy Street” (1975). Immy and Amanaz exist decades and continents apart but a shared love of Hendrix-esque fuzz guitars and deep connection to West African tradition makes it a natural combination.
Immanuel Kwabena Dreessens-Owusu grew up in two worlds: the sea bleached lifestyle of Torquay and the Surf Coast of Australia. Immy’s father Kojo is one of Australia’s best regarded West African musicians and his grandfather Koo Nimo is foundational figure of Ghanaian Highlife.
Zamrock was a 1970s movement of Zambian artists who took psychedelic rock and reframed it in an African context. Immy says, ‘When I first moved to Torquay (UK), for some kids I was the first ‘black’ person they had ever seen before, and their first experience from any other culture that wasn’t their own. In high school I pushed away from people who looked like me in an attempt to fit into the establishment. How ‘black’ I felt was compounded by how ‘white’ I was treated by my Ghanaian family (in Africa). For me this song is my story about finding a place to belong.’
Kid Kapichi are a punk band from Hastings UK, and we really like them.
How they got their name: “It actually stemmed from a record loop on repeat that sounded like it was saying ‘kid Kapichi kid Kapichi kid Kapichi’ and that was it really.”
About the song “I.N.V.U”: This is about what social media does, everyone looking like you have an over-the-top lifestyle. “What do you want from me? Do you want me to envy you?”
New album: “Here’s What You Could Have Won” is out now.