Estimated reading time: 3 minutes
5 songs, 22 min listening time.
Table of contents
1) “Can’t See Your Face Anymore” – Swan Lingo
A corker: a good beat, and it sounds like he just made it in his bedroom which is cool.
Album: “Wonder What” (2018)
Label: WeDidIt Records
2) “Don’t Go – Original Mix” – Awesome 3
Finally got round to watching Catch Me Daddy from 2014. An intense cat and mouse film based in Yorkshire. It features an eclectic soundtrack including this track when the protagonists are being chased through a club and it worked well.
Single: “Don’t Go” (2005)
Label: XL Recordings
3) “Rain (edit)” – Falle Nioke, sir Was
Falle Nioke and sir Was met at PRAH Studios in Margate, and begun making music together. The pair’s collaborative EP “Marasi” will be released on April 30th. A multi-lingual experience, “Rain” is sung in Malenki and Fulani – in all, Falle Nioke speaks a total of seven languages.
He comments: “In Africa even if you are very poor you can go to the village chief and ask him for a bit of land to farm so you can feed yourself or even start a business. But the rain is so important. In Africa there are still places that, without the rain, people and animals will starve. People pray to the higher power for the rain as it’s so important for survival. This song is about that life.”
Single: “Rain” (2021)
Label: PRAH Recordings
4) “Stay High again..” – Brittany Howard, Fred again.., Joy Anonymous
“When I was approached about doing my first dance remix of a song, I was excited to give it a shot as it was something completely different than anything else that had been done for the “Jaime” Remix project. What Fred Again.. and Joy Anonymous created from “Stay High” is not only fun to dance to, it is really creative, inspired and most importantly emotional. They even figured out a way to sneak samples from two other songs off the album!” – Brittany Howard
A great track to get you in the mood. Check out the music video for this if you want a bit of a laugh.
Single: “Stay High again..” (2021)
Label: Sony Music Entertainment
5) “Birthday / The Pain” – For Those I Love
“I was six when I first encountered the fallout of a violent death. It’s such a haunting burden at that age, and still is,” Balfe explained about the wider themes behind the lyrics heard in the track.
“‘Birthday / The Pain’ recalls that moment, the desperation of trying to make sense of it as a child, and what it’d mean for me growing up against that backdrop.”
Raised in the working-class suburb of Donaghmede, just north of Dublin, producer and songwriter David Balfe’s project For Those I Love is a time capsule to his younger years. It is intense but exciting and For Those I Love seems to be onto something.
The lyrics in this track are provocative but reflect his feelings while making you want to dance. An interesting juxtaposition. Great use of samples to top it off as well.
Their recent album is well worth a listen.
Single: “Birthday / The Pain” (2021)
Label: September Recordings