Weekend playlist: Lido Pimienta takes over Björk, Clairo goes folk and more new music you need to hear
Keeping up to date with new music releases can be a difficult task. Your weekend playlist offers a brief introduction to a wide range of new tracks and the most interesting emerging artists.
This weekend’s playlist includes two great covers released for Pride, some new Afrobeats tracks you must listen to and more.
Lido Pimienta: Declare Independence
Pride is a celebration of the LGBTQ community, but it is also a political movement that seeks to affirm equality and dignity for all, while simultaneously fighting against intersecting systems of oppression.
On June 14, Colombian-Canadian artist Lido Pimienta, who in the past has Express mixed feelings about the Toronto pride events, shared a new cover of Björk’s 2007 song “Declare independence”As part of Spotify’s Pride campaign. In a tweet, Pimienta, who identifies as queer, shared an all-caps message with a series of flags, signaling not only its solidarity with transgender LGBTQ communities, but also with Colombian and Palestinian people who fight for freedom and dignity in their homeland.
Pimienta, who won the prestigious Polaris Music Prize in 2017 and was shortlisted again in 2019, has never backed down from her politics. Dedicated to embody anti-racism in its art and its performances, Pimenta describes his latest album, “Miss Colombia”, like a “series of cynical love letters” to her country of birth, in which she boldly tackles the problems of misogyny and anti-darkness in Latin America.
On her cover of “Declare Independence”, she revisits the menacing original version of Björk, replacing her abrasive industrial synths with warm harmonies and a dancing reggaeton beat. The result is a stunning new anthem of pride and an updated version of a classic rallying cry for freedom and justice.
Blaqbonez: Bling (ft. Amaarae & Buju)
Bling Bling Bling Bling ….. Ding !!
It is almost impossible to keep up with the constant stream of music emerging from Nigeria these days.
A star on this month’s playlist comes from Blaqbonez, the self-proclaimed BRIA (“best rapper in africa“), and one of the most versatile and prolific performers on the scene. On” Bling, “a fiery Blaqbonez bounces around the lavish production, while rising star Buju adds a melodic touch to the back half of the song. song.
But it is Amaarae who ends up stealing the show. This should come as no surprise. The Ghanaian-American singer, who released her debut album “The angel you don’t know”Last year is one of the most exciting new voices in all of pop music. Amaarae’s feature film on “Bling” is no longer than 30 seconds, but that’s all the time she needs to showcase her eccentric vocal style and undeniable charisma.
Serpentwithfeet: You don’t own me / Canopy
serpentwithfeet – You don’t own me / Canopy (Audio)
In 2018, Josiah Wise posted a video for an experimental gospel epic titled “Bless your heart”Under the nickname of the snake at the feet. Wise’s voice is immediately distinctive and impossible to ignore. “It’s like Nina Simone and Frank Ocean,” according to the video’s main comment on YouTube. “Packed up.”
In March, Wise released “Deacon,” his second LP under the name serpentwithfeet and one of the first contenders for Best Album of 2021. It’s packed with songs about friendship, love and the joys of growing old. “It’s the blessing of my 30s, I spend less time worrying and more time telling about love,” he sings over.Camaraderie. “
To mark the pride of this year, serpentwithfeet has released an excellent blanket from Lesley Gore’s 1963 hit “You don’t belong to meFor a campaign to encourage LGBTQ people to travel freely “on their own terms.” However, the alternate version, titled “You Don’t Own Me / Canopy,” sounds more faithful to the sound of Wise: a reimagining of the gospel-inspired original that both subverts and modernizes its empowering message.
Producer Jack Antonoff seems both determined and well positioned to reshape the sound of popular music in the 2020s – in fact, he seems to be off to a good start. In the past two years alone, he’s been the go-to producer for a host of top pop acts, including Lana Del Rey, Lorde, Taylor Swift, the Chicks, St. Vincent and Carly Rae Jepsen. Thursday, the big one Diana Ross announced that she too was teaming up with Antonoff.
“Ladies, stop hiring this man to produce your records, I beg you for goodness sake, try something else” wrote a Twitter user. It’s a lot, but it seems to be working.
The latest artist to team up with Antonoff is Claire Cottrill – better known as Clairo – a Gen Z superstar who rose to fame after her song. “Pretty girlHas gone viral on YouTube (74 million views!). Clairo’s excellent debut album in 2019, “Immunity,” shifted to a more conventional indie sound, best exemplified by the breakout track.Bags. “
Clairo’s new single, produced by Antonoff, titled “Blouse”, marks yet another sonic change. With Lorde’s backing vocals and the subtle orchestral flourishes that are Antonoff’s signature, the melancholy song channels the spirit of 1970s soft rock a la Joni Mitchell and Cat Stevens. Lyrically, Clairo expresses a longing for emotional connection, surely a sentiment relevant to an online generation emerging from a yearlong pandemic.
Pi’erre Bourne: HULU
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Reviewer Dylan Green describes well The signature sound of hip-hop producer Pi’erre Bourne as “psychedelic rap”, which pits “cavernous 808s against synth lines that wouldn’t sound out of place in a 16-era Sonic the Hedgehog game. bits “. Since the explosive success of Playboi Carti’s “MagnoliaBourne has become one of hip hop’s most in-demand producers, his glitchy beats providing unique spaces for artists like Kanye, Lil Uzi Vert and Young Nudy to explore.
But Pi’erre wants fans to know he’s more than just a producer, he’s a rapper too. The fifth edition of his solo series “The Life of Pi’erre” offers another hour of laid back bars, rippling vibrations and digital earworms, perfect music to blend into the couch.
Speaking to Complex, Pi’erre says “TLOP5” will be the last of the series: “My initial goal for this whole series was to get Kanye’s attention, and I kind of got it while I was working on ‘TLOP4’. So I’m pretty cool with what I’ve accomplished with it.
Loraine James: Built to last
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IDM, or “intelligent dance music,” is a disgusting sounding genre, which conjures up images of esoteric twiddlers and pretentious set designers. And yet, despite the label, what the genre really represents, from Aphex Twin to Jlin, is at the forefront of progressive electronic music – a stimulating, sometimes abrasive art that transcends typical sonic boundaries.
One of the most exciting new artists to enter IDM’s fray is Loraine James, a London-based producer and one of the few leading queer black women in electronic music. Mixing IDM with R&B, jazz and drill influences, “James’s pieces have a paradoxical and artisanal deconstruction” writes critic Timi Sotire. She mimics the controlled chaos of free jazz, embracing dissonance and eerie time signatures through rhythms and glitchy synths.
“Built to Last” is one of many highlights from James’ new album, “Reflection”, which she recorded during the pandemic. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself on this track, even though it is unlike anything you’ve heard before.
Naira Marley, Busiswa: coming soon
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