Lyza Jane: Interview

Lyza Jane is a London-based vocalist who has been blessing us with her own distinct style and sound for the past few years. She first came to my attention thanks to her affiliation with Blah Records, including a triumphant collaborative EP with Sniff last year. Lyza has also just released her debut solo album and so I thought now would be a good time to have a chat with her about the new project, her musical heritage and her plans for the future (spoiler: they might involve a lot of wine). Continue reading “Lyza Jane: Interview”

An Ode to Dummy

On this day in 1994, an album was released that encapsulated what was known back then as “the Bristol Sound”. Trip hop was in its infancy and I don’t know if the term had even been coined at that stage – even though the main players all hated it when it was – but it existed and it drew on elements from multiple genres, including hip hop, funk, dub and sprinkle of psychedelia.
When Dummy was released I honestly didn’t know what to think of it. I was 14 and already well into hip hop, so there was plenty of stuff within the record that intrigued me, like the scratching on Mysterons or the beats on Strangers and Glory Box. But for the most part I was unsure. I think it probably took another year or so for me to fully appreciate its importance; then as with most things like that, I got obsessed with it. This was pre-internet so all my knowledge came from the liner notes and Geoff Barrow’s interviews.

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Fiona Jane X LRD: The Exit

Beautiful sounds on the new EP from vocalist Fiona Jane, as she teams up with producer LRD, for The Exit. The two met on Brapp, where LRD has been making a lot of noise for the past couple of years.
As with a lot of other artists on the network, they decided to collaborate beyond the app itself and the result is five perfectly crafted songs, all drenched in emotion. Continue reading “Fiona Jane X LRD: The Exit”

Massive Attack ft. Ghostpoet: Come Near Me

Excellent new video from Bristol pioneers, Massive Attack. Featuring double Mercury Music Prize nominee, Ghostpoet, Come Near Me is a dissection of a troubled relationship between two lovers and the juxtaposition of their apparent madness, against the painfully normal world around them. There is also an unexpected return of a Massive Attack classic midway through, so keep an ear out for that. The video was made by Ed Morris.

Portishead: SOS

Something a bit different today, but something that needs to be shared. My fellow Bristolians, Portishead, yesterday released a video in tribute to Jo Cox. If you’re outside the UK, Jo was an MP who was shot and killed last week, triggered an outpouring of grief from the public, in part because of her liberal stance on matters such as the refugee crisis and immigration. Continue reading “Portishead: SOS”