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1) “High” – John Carroll Kirby, Eddie Chacon, Nailah Hunter
John Carroll Kirby has been on my radar since the start of the year. Nice delicate piano pieces or so I thought until I heard this one. It’s the crashes and crescendos with the piano that cuts through it that makes this track great and slightly different to what’s come before. It features 90s R&B star Eddie Chacon on vocals and Nailah Hunter on harp. John Carroll Kirby had the following to say about the song:
“‘High’ is a song about missed opportunities. It’s a song about being too stoned to talk to someone you like, but also being too high on one’s own ego to lay prostrate to any spirit.”
Single: “High” (2020)
Label: Stones Throw Records
2) “Ordinary Boy – The Cinematic Orchestra Remix” – Ultraísta
This gets going after about three minutes. The more you listen to it the better it gets. Following the release of their acclaimed album “Sister” in March, Ultraísta delivered a remix package featuring Floating Points, FaltyDL, Zero 7, Crate Classics and Leifur James. This one is the standout remix in my opinion, but a strong bunch to choose from.
Album: “Ordinary Boy – The Remixes” (2020)
Label: Partisan Records
3) “Violet Sky – Joe Goddard Remix” – Valentina
Joe Goddard teams up with Valentina again following her Hot Chip vocals last year and the 2011 Joe Goddard track “Gabriel” that started the partnership. Valentina is an English-Italian artist who has also appeared on work by Kindness and Kano. Like the Ultraísta remix above it needs a few listens to get into it, but the lyrics and sounds on this are very good.
Single: “Violet Sky – Joe Goddard Remix” (2020)
Label: Tocca Te
4) “Black Twitter” – Chris Keys, Quelle Chris, Mosel, Nelson Bandela
The collaborators on this album were huge: Earl Sweatshirt, billy woods, Homeboy Sandman, Pink Siifu, Cavalier, and Denmark Vessey. A lot of people are also calling on this album to heal, “a hopeful record in a hopeless moment” Mello Music says. This track in particular has a great sound threaded through it that is then used to guide the rap. One of the best rappers in terms of form and output over the last ten years according to multiple tweets and music blogs.
Album: “Innocent Country 2” (2020)
Label: Mello Music Group
Charlotte Adigéry artist profile
Charlotte Adigéry, also known as WWWater, is a French-born Belgian-Caribbean musician. Adigéry is a highly impressive up and coming artist who can sing (in French, English and Créole) about female empowerment one moment while highlighting ancestry linked to the slave trade in the next.
In 2016, Adigéry contributed vocals to “The Best Thing” a song on the 2016 Belgica film soundtrack that was scored by David and Stephen Dewaele, aka Soulwax or 2ManyDJs. This was an introduction that led to two EPs being released and produced by the brothers insanely cool DEEWEE label: 2017’s self titled one and 2019’s “Zandoli”.
Often Adigéry is joined by collaborator Bolis Pupul, a descendant of the first and only wave of Chinese immigration to Martinique. After matching on Tinder the pair began to explore their shared histories, resulting in confessions that influence their storytelling. Many exciting things to come, I’m sure.
Stand-out tracks: “High Lights – Edit” (2019), “Paténipat” (2018)
EPs: “Zandoli” (2019), “Charlotte Adigéry” (2017)