For me, few voices are as magical as Elizabeth Fraser’s. The former Cocteau Twins vocalist has also worked with Massive Attack, Future Sound of London, Craig Armstrong… Read more “Elizabeth Fraser: Voice & Magic”
Michele Moran is an incredibly talented singer, actor and performer. She will be giving a show at the 2016 Telegraph Hill Festival. What’s exciting about Michele’s show… Read more “Tell Michele A secret”
I have hope for the future. The grace with which Kate Tempest congratulated Young Fathers on their Mercury Prize win; the intelligence she displays in her lyrical… Read more “Kate Tempest: Genius & Heart”
Thidius are a South London band who make great music. I’m also lucky to call them friends. Here is their debut EP.
Loving Daniel Wilson’s voice and the way he cleverly strips back indie rock and soul to simple, spare tunes which still have an unerring ability to uplift and transport you.
Phenomenal Handclap Band – a DJ set, a 4 piece band, a synthesized orchestra or something else entirely. Love them – please come back!
J. S. Bach’s Passions provide an evocative sonic representation of the human suffering experienced by Jesus Christ. Here in ‘Erbarme Dich’ (Have Mercy) with Sarband’s accompaniment, Fadia el-Hage reprises Bach’s arias as healing songs which bridge conflicts and differences between worlds, between faiths, between believers and non-believers and between modernists and traditionalists.
It’s incredibly moving.
Brand messages so often perpetuate stereotypes, usually gender based ones. Think of the soft-focus brand imagery where a mother’s lot is to nurture her angelic children while hubby does the ‘real’ stuff or the way that standards of ‘beauty’ consistently serve to undermine women’s perception of themselves and the way they look and behave.
Pantene Philippines have waded into the debate strongly. Their commercial was created to show how society labels women. Very interesting – a great example of how some brands are really connecting with consumers. The use of a female vocalist poignantly covering a well known song gives it an immediate emotional impact, making for a damning commentary on the way our society uses labels to denigrate.
Great dubstep reworking by Phutureprimitive of a superb song from Massive Attack and Elizabeth Fraser.
… and then this by Vaeya which transports the song to Goa.