Songs of the Month

Culturedarm’s Songs of the Month (August 2017)

Kelela – ‘LMK’ Kelela announced Take Me Apart last month, her upcoming album and a relaunch of sorts as her full-length debut, even though Cut 4 Me, her breakthrough mixtape, and the Hallucinogen EP already firmly established her reputation for cutting edge, sleek and sinewy, menacing through its emotional honesty, beat-driven, minimalist, alternative R&B. The turn of August brought a…

Culturedarm’s Songs of the Month (July 2017)

Olga Bell – ‘Special Leave’ Service members in the United States military can accrue special leave for serving in hostile environments for extended periods. If they spend a continuous period of at least 120 days in situations which expose them to the threat of imminent danger, they can accumulate and retain up to 120 days of leave by adding their ordinary…

Culturedarm’s Songs of the Month (June 2017)

All new music for June’s iteration of ‘Songs of the Month’, featuring standout tracks from SZA, Kedr Livanskiy, DJDS, Zola Jesus, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Bomba Estéreo, Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton, plus many more. * * * SZA – ‘The Weekend’ SZA’s debut album has been a long time in the coming. She made headlines back in August 2013 as the…

Culturedarm’s Songs of the Month (April 2017)

The Smashing Pumpkins – ‘In the Arms of Sleep’ * * * Arca – ‘Desafío’ * * * Shabazz Palaces – ‘Shine a Light’ * * * Kamasi Washington – ‘Truth’ * * * Laurel Halo – ‘Jelly’ * * * Dean Blunt – ‘as long as ropes unravel fake rolex will travel’ * * * Mac DeMarco – ‘On…

Culturedarm’s Songs of the Month (November 2016)

Kate Bush – ‘And Dream of Sheep’ (Live) * * * A Tribe Called Quest – ‘We The People….’ * * * Lotic – ‘Formation (Election Anxiety/America is Over Edit)’ * * * JFDR – ‘White Sun’ * * * Georgia – ‘Ama Yes Uzume’ * * * Japandroids – ‘Near To The Wild Heart Of Life’ * * *…

Culturedarm’s Songs of the Month (February 2016)

Kedr Livanskiy – ‘Razrushitelniy Krug (Destructive Cycle)’ Prefacing her debut EP January Sun – which arrived 19 February on 2MR, the label founded little over a year ago by Mike Simonetti, formerly of the Portland and Los Angeles-based synthpop and Italo-disco label Italians Do It Better – the middle of January saw Kedr Livanskiy release ‘Razrushitelniy Krug (Destructive Cycle)’. The name of the project is Russian…

Culturedarm’s Songs of the Month (January 2016)

Laura Gibson – ‘The Cause’ After a string of critically acclaimed albums, If You Come to Greet Me and Beasts of Seasons followed by La Grande, which was released on Barsuk and City Slang back in 2012, the Oregon-born singer-songwriter Laura Gibson packed up and moved to New York City, planning to complete an MFA in Creative Writing at Hunter College. But in…

Culturedarm’s Songs of the Month (December 2015)

ANOHNI – ‘4 DEGREES’ Last February the artist hitherto known as Antony Hegarty announced HOPELESSNESS, described as ‘an electronic record with some sharp teeth’, with co-production from Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never, and to be released under the name ANOHNI this spring. In a fan interview published in October, ANOHNI further characterised the album as a significant departure from the chamber music…

Culturedarm’s Songs of the Month (November 2015)

Oneohtrix Point Never – ‘Sticky Drama’ On 13 November Oneohtrix Point Never released Garden of Delete, his seventh studio album and the second to come out on Warp, having set the scene over preceding months courtesy of an interview with a humanoid alien named Ezra, backdated blog posts narrating a musical coming-of-age through the apocryphal ‘hypergrunge’ band Kaos Edge, and teasers posted –…