The Music Floss

The best music, today.

Flashback: Nina Simone

This vintage Nina recording is full of feels❤

Nina Simone – ‘I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free’ (extended ending)

If you want to know more about Nina Simone and her life, the ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’ documentary film is definitely worth checking out. Listen out for the song above towards the end.

29: Esperanza Spalding

From Esperanza Spalding’s beautifully self-penned album, Emily’s D+Evolution (released in 2016 by Concord Records), ‘Unconditional Love’ soothes and uplifts with Spalding’s whimsical vocal, dreamy guitar and elegant theatrical deliverance.

A multifaceted musician (double bass, guitar, cello – there’s more), singer (think Joni Mitchell with a prescription of funk) and songwriter, it’s easy to see how at only 31 she already has four Grammys under her belt.

Esperanza Spalding – ‘Unconditional Love’

Flashback: Joni Mitchell

Something to get you through the day: the ever iconic Joni Mitchell, during her 1970 BBC concert.

Joni Mitchell – Live at the BBC (1970)

28: Bat For Lashes

On July 1st of this year, the highly anticipated fourth album from Natasha Khan aka Bat For Lashes graced our ears.

Noticeably more stripped back than her previous work, The Bride (released by Parlophone) follows the tale of a distraught lover who’s fiance died in a car crash on the way to the alter. Dramatic and cinematic; the tragic story weaves its way hauntingly through each track with an effortlessness that Khan naturally possesses.

From the somewhat lively tempo of ‘Sunday Love‘ to the mournful lull of both ‘In God’s House’ and ‘Close Encounters’, The Bride is a fine example of emotive storytelling told through music.

Bat For Lashes – ‘In God’s House’

27: Aphex Twin

The 8th of July is a date to circle on the calendar as Aphex Twin is set to release his highly anticipated new EP, ‘Cheetah’.

Due to be released through iconic left field label, Warp Records the seven track EP will additionally be available on limited edition cassette tape – taking it back to the old school.

To celebrate its release (not long now!) here is an old favourite: ‘Analogue Bubblebath’ from Aphex Twin’s 1991 EP of the same name, enjoy!

26: Tycho

Wind down from a hectic summer of festivals and frolics with the honeyed tones of Tycho’s “See”, remixed by Beacon, released through Ghostly International.

http://www.ghostly.com/

Like this? Why not also try: KILN, Sun Glitters and MMOTHS

25: Movement – ‘Like Lust’

A beautiful and haunting song from Australian trio, Movement.

Movement – ‘Like Lust’

Like this? Why not also try: Stubborn Heart, Holy Other and Future Islands

24: Nao and A.K. Paul

A.K Paul is brother to the amazingly talented Jai Paul (whose debut album it still yet to see an official release), and even worked along side him in the past. ‘So Good’ is a symphony of soulful vibes, catchy guitar licks and even catchier vocals from rising London female singer, Nao (Pronounced Na-Yo’), and Paul himself.

Just in time for the summer, ‘So Good’ has been positively received from all corners of the music industry, and could act as a career catapult for Nao and A.K Paul both – now where’s that barbecue at?

Like this? Why not also try: Jai Paul, Blood Orange, Ben Khan, Chet Faker

23: Riton – ‘Bad Guy RiRi’ EP

The name, the jocular record cover; you’d be forgiven for thinking Riton’s ‘Bad Guy RiRi’ EP, released through Ed Banger was a comedic mockery, but happily the British producer returns to his best with an EP which is both eclectic and energetic.

Perhaps the stand-out track, ‘The Same’ (Feat. Irfane) kicks things off on an upbeat, funky vibe but still retains that animated electronic sound which features so prominently on most Ed Banger releases. ‘Aloha Surfers!’ is mildly reminiscent of Smithson’s Carte Blanche days with the late DJ Mehdi; slowed down and noticeably darker. The remaining two songs from this four-track EP could be more closely filed under techno, particularly ‘Lost in Sound’ (Feat. Spank Rock), which wouldn’t sound out-of-place filling a sweaty, fog-distorted dancefloor somewhere into the wee hours.

– FYI ‘Riton’ means ‘Henry’ in French just for the record.

‘Bad Guy RiRi’ is available on iTunes now: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bad-guy-ri-ri-ep/id869341734?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Like this? Why not also try: Erol Alkan, Kavinsky, Djedjotronic and Bambounou

Flashback: Tears For Fears

– ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’ (1985)

Sorry for the shortage of posts, it has been a busy month. I will post more soon!