Songs of the Month

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 –…

Culturedarm’s Songs of the Month (October 2015)

Kelela – ‘Rewind’ Kelela first came to attention in 2012 as the featured vocalist on Teengirl Fantasy’s ‘EFX’, a lilting shanty with scuttering percussion from the duo’s second album Tracer. The following year she released her debut mixtape Cut 4 Me, which showcased the breadth of her R&B stylings over clanging percussion courtesy of the LA-based label Fade To Mind and their London counterparts Night Slugs. Kingdom and Nguzunguzu were…

Culturedarm’s Songs of the Month (September 2015)

A belated ‘Songs of the Month’ for September means that a slew of new music stakes its claim out of place: October has already seen excellent new records by Janet Jackson, Kelela, Autre Ne Veut, and Taeyeon, but I’ll save these for a few weeks. September’s songs include selections from Towkio, Kyle and Chance The Rapper, Nicole Dollanganger, Peaches, Sun Araw,…

Culturedarm’s Songs of the Month (August 2015)

With so much excellent music released over the short course of the past few weeks, Culturedarm’s songs of the month for August features largely new works and related compositions. July’s list and a couple of Cultureteca pieces discussed in turn Dr. Dre’s Compton and Robyn’s latest project as part of La Bagatelle Magique: both albums, appearing in full on 7 August, have continued to receive much listening time. In…

Culturedarm’s Songs of the Month (July 2015)

These few days, taken upon the passage of one month into the next, really serve to consolidate and enhance Culturedarm’s Songs of the Month. What I listened to and thought about most musically in July incorporates the Georgia Sea Island Singers, MC Brinquedo, Tink, Future, Dolly Parton, Jackie Wilson, Aristophanes, Robyn, Dr. Dre, Schubert, and Fritz Wunderlich. * * * Bessie Jones…

Culturedarm’s Songs of the Month (June 2015)

Zhala – ‘Aerobic Lambada’ Connecting with the label soon after the release of her debut single, ‘Slippin’ Around’, in early 2012 – opening for Robyn on several occasions across 2013 – in February 2014 Robyn confirmed Zhala as the first signing to Konichiwa Records. Robyn stated: ‘Zhala makes the most interesting music that takes you on a ride with each…