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Podcart by Kirsty Stewart - 6d ago

Welcome to our weekly Spotify playlist. We say hello to our first playlist of 2019. Here are a collection of songs that have stood out for us this week and the reasons why. With love.

 

Katey Brooks: Never Gonna Let Go

The Bristolian singer-songwriter may have notable recording credits with the likes of Bryan May and Paloma Faith, but her talent as an individual artist is undeniable. This is a rewarding repeated listen and Brooks’ alto is faithful in its delivery against a slick production and consummate instrumental groove. There’s a maturity on show here that places her in a league of her own. 

Tamu Massif: Get Some Sleep

With his debut album Little Death Summer due out 29 March, the UK producer emerges with a visceral electronic ballad. With its impeccable production, this acutely personal performance is cosmic and Massif’s vocal percolates through the song leaving the listener in a dream-like state. As a pre-cursor to the album release, this sets expectations high. 

Ruthie: What Kind Of Woman

A sure-fire addition for the 6Music audience, the Leeds singer’s thought-provoking serenade has all the makings of great songwriting. With its spacious arrangement, it allows a certain sense of purity to shine through from Ruthie’s vocal. Swirling harmonies and rich instrumentation make this feel incredibly accomplished in its delivery. 

Inwards: Dart

Bridging the brutal and delicate, multi-instrumentalist Kristian Shelley aka Inwards animates samples and creates a sense of atmosphere that makes this not only relevant but completely beautiful. Layers of emotion come to the fore despite its electronic roots resulting in something tender, breathtaking and entirely consuming. 

Cautious Clay: HONEST ENOUGH

Cautious continues to be one of our most written about artists of all time and his evolution keeps him ahead of the crowd. There’s a complexity here that places it front and centre when it comes to production and his instantly identifiable vocal is butter. Packed with soul as well as notable idiosyncracies, you will be hard pushed to find anyone similar. 

Eyesore & The Jinx: On An Island

The Merseyside trio has managed to create an unashamedly abrasive banger with compelling discordant punches and caustic vocal licks. There’s a bubbling frustration beneath the lyrics that help fuel its dynamic, but beneath its callous haze is a band showing unadulterated talent. 

LUCIA: Blueheart

Remove the soaring instrumental canopy and bold production and you are left with a vocal that is the true heartbeat. LUCIA’s delivery is consistently on point and there’s a richness within it that augments the sum of all parts. The vitriol on show is a complete catharsis and it, therefore, comes as no surprise why the Scot is on a skyward trajectory. 

Leah Noble: Truly Known

A song comes along once in a while that really shakes you to the core emotionally. The Nashville-based singer-songwriter has penned vertiginous melodic lines that leave you feeling not only moved, but inspired. Her compelling vocal chains everything else in unison and this is one of the finest releases of 2019 so far. 

Heavy Heart: Bed Bug

We have missed the dreamy alt-rock sounds of the London-based outfit and it is a delight to have them return. Their latest Gabe Wax-produced single still has the same poignancy and power that the quartet have illustrated previously. This is honest, uncomplicated and packed full of hooks. I sincerely hope they continue their faultless output and reach far bigger audiences. 

Heyrocco: Destroyer

With a string of live UK dates supporting The Lemonheads, the North Carolina trio manage to channel a subdued yet atmospheric rock sound with their latest release. Its introspection is its appeal and once combined with drawling, slacker grunge lines and pristine harmonies, they have you in the palm of their hand. 

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Podcart by Halina Rifai - 1w ago

London trio KIN have revealed latest single, ‘Daisy Chain’. 

Described as “a song about old, long-lasting love. Comfort in vulnerability” by the outfit, it’s soaring falsetto and rich instrumental passages do well in channelling any intended emotion. 

There’s a muscular grace coupled with a crispness in its dynamic and production. This might not be groundbreaking stylistically, but it does well in showcasing a meditative, warming and climactic blend of alternative rock. 

Daisy Chain - SoundCloud
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Podcart by Halina Rifai - 1w ago

With the likes of the NME just getting round to discovering Cautious Clay and naming him “one to watch” as well as him being the stunning cover image for Spotify For Artists, it seems that all eyes are on him. 

‘Reasons‘ is one of the boldest releases from Clay so far and there’s a strong will within this to push as much of his inner spirit out sonically. Packed with ideas, his token vocal candour shines through seamlessly. 

His own unique style continues to be carved out and this is yet another string to his bow of bangers. 

REASONS - SoundCloud
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Fronted by Janine Cathrein, this wistful and at times quite hushed indie-folk ballad is a surprisingly gorgeous earworm.

Its swirling melodies, deeply rich vocals and compelling instrumental delivery combine to create an evocative, lingering and dreamy sonic companion. 

Hailing from Zurich,‘Take Stock Of What You Have’, follows the release of their debut full-length album White Creatures. Expect to be left stunned. 

Black Sea Dahu - Take Stock Of What I Have (Official Video) - YouTube

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Podcart by Halina Rifai - 2w ago

Welcome to our weekly Spotify playlist. We say hello to our first playlist of 2019. Here are a collection of songs that have stood out for us this week and the reasons why. With love.

 

Monica Martin: Thoughtless

The Chicago-born singer-songwriter grew up in rural Wisconsin and immersed herself in Billie Holliday. Now based in Los Angeles, she has released latest single, ‘Thoughtless’. A supple singer, her melodious delivery and rich arrangements are hook-laden. This is indelible songwriting with added confidence. 

Edwin Organ: Are You Tired Too?

There is an abundance of quirkiness that streams from the Glasgow-based producer, but as previously mentioned, it’s Organ’s voice that notes his presence. There’s an allure and creative vision that makes him both fascinating and memorable. For those new to Organ, this is the perfect introduction to an artist with longevity. 

Little Simz: Selish (feat. Cleo Sol)

She has recently announced the release of forthcoming album GREY. Her third studio album and her evolution continues to propel her into the top tier of her field and beyond. A brooding tenacity establishes itself throughout and this is an artist in full command of her craft. 

Bossy Love: Up All Over Me

Shall we just announce the BL fan club now? I am full of admiration for the duo. It doesn’t feel like they follow any guidelines in terms of their release schedule and output. This is, without doubt, their finest song to date. Scotland is crying out for a stellar pop outfit to represent it and we have it in Bossy Love. They are a cultural force and fully embrace their musical strengths. 

Someone: Pull It Together

Amsterdam artist Someone, AKA Tessa Rose Jackson, releases her latest single from upcoming new EP Orbit, the follow up to last year’s Chain Reaction EP. Executed beautifully, this explodes with sonic colour. It’s surprising layers of detail burrow beneath the psyche and leaves you feeling fifty shades more joyful. 

George Moir: Blame

Based in Plymouth, you would be hard pushed to believe that Moir is fairly new to the music industry carousel. With a gorgeous choral backdrop that melds with Moir’s vocal perfectly, its soulful electronic underbelly carries everything else effortlessly in its arms. 

Charlotte Cornfield: Andrew

Taken from her new album, The Shape of Your Name, our introduction to Cornfield does everything to make you want to instantly immerse yourself in as much of her music as humanly possible. The Toronto singer-songwriter also teams up with a notable list of collaborators including Broken Social Scene members Brendan Canning, Kevin Drew and Charles Spearin. Its lush instrumental arrangement does nothing but amplifies Cornfield’s perfect vocal. 

SANDSCAPE: Shores (Turtle Rework)

It’s no secret I have been a huge fan of Turtle over the years so it is fantastic to see his name with another collaborator. This reworking shows stylistic flourish and its trip-hop heartbeat is exquisite. Flushed with an angelic vocal canopy, it will come as no surprise to some that SANDSCAPE was formed by Eliza Shaddad and Daniel Sonabend. This will win over a lot of new fans. 

Faodail: Northbound

The Scottish producer continues his output of intoxicating neo-classical electronica. This is a textured suite of piano, synths and beats that is captivating. He explores soundscapes in a way which places him on the same level as far more established peers. He has a strong sense of identity and someone not to be underestimated. 

Okay Champ: Ticket

It’s almost a relief to have a band like Okay Champ in my listening stream. Hailing from Newcastle Upon Tyne, ‘Ticket’ is taken from the newly released, Dead About Thinking. Its discordant, raw, frantic energy is a blessing and its bands like this that provide a vital sound in an often boring pool of generic rock. 

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Podcart by Halina Rifai - 2w ago

Dutch-Zimbabwean pop revelation, Rina Mushonga is back and we couldn’t be more delighted. 

Ahead of her new album, In A Galaxy out February 15 via [PIAS], she reveals latest single ‘For A Fool’. Equal measures of melodrama, ethereal grace and passion make this a stand out song to open the year. 

Transcending symphonic synths, tenacious percussive walls and a vocal that achieves complete versatility make this a magnificent surprise. There is an exquisite craft displayed here with real musical soul at the centre of everything. 

 

For A Fool - SoundCloud
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Podcart by Halina Rifai - 2w ago

Halina Rifai and Phoebe Inglis-Holmes return for the first time in 2019 with Podcart’s New Music Podcast. 

Looking at what music they are looking forward to over the forthcoming year as well as an interview with the inspiring LD of Glasgow Zine Library

Please listen and enjoy and remember to check out the artists in more depth. You can listen/stream on Acast (below) or subscribe to iTunes.

Tracklisting: 

Ashnikko: Nice Girl 

Fontaines D.C.: Too Real 

Josin: Oh Boy 

D R I F T: Babymaker

Sara Diamond: Know My Name 

Press Club: Suburbia

KWAYE: Straight Lines 

Nana Adjoa: DOOA

For more information on Glasgow Zine Library, please visit: glasgowzinelibrary.com

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Podcart by Halina Rifai - 1M ago

In February, Podcart turns 10 years old. To celebrate we have decided to run free monthly podcasting workshops for young women. 

Why free and why women? Well, Halina was a young woman when she started. She had no formal training and taught herself. It’s a male-dominated industry whether you like it or not and we just felt we wanted to give back and encourage more young women into the field. We also felt it would be great to make them free so that those facing financial difficulty or limited access to funds would be able to have this hands-on opportunity. 

We are delighted that the fantastic Glasgow Zine Library has agreed to host our workshops! They are a wonderful space and have a wealth of weird, wonderful and inspiring zines. We will also be producing a zine on “How To Podcast…” for our workshop attendees. It will also be stocked in the Glasgow Zine Library shop for purchase and all funds will go back into continue running the workshops. 

The workshop will be held on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6pm – 8pm and there will be 10 spaces available. It is first come first served and also if people would like to come to multiple workshops they are more than welcome. 

We will be looking at equipment, recording, agendas, planning, production, licences, marketing, and much more. 

The first workshop takes place: 21 FEBRUARY 2019 6PM – 8PM

If you would a place, please email: music@podcart.co with your name, age, email address and contact number. We will notify if people have been successful or placed on a waiting list. If there is a waiting list, we will issue places if people drop out. 

Glasgow Zine Library is located at:

16 Nicholson St
Glasgow
G5 9ER

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Podcart by Halina Rifai - 2M ago

Halina Rifai speaks to Kapil Seshasayee about his latest album A Sacred Bore and he selects music.

They discuss his influences and the inspirations behind his new album and more. He also picks a selection of songs that have soundtracked his life so far.

Please listen and enjoy and remember to check out the artists in more depth. You can listen/stream on Acast (below) or subscribe to iTunes.

The tracklisting is: 

Kapil Seshasayee: A Sacred Bore

John Martyn: So Sweet

Joni Mitchell: Car On A Hill 

David Shire: The Taking Of Pelham 123

Joan Of Arc: Love Life

Shilpa Ray: Morning Terrors Nights of Dread

T M Krishna: Thiruppugazh 

Kapil Seshasayee: Ligature Hymnal

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Podcart by Kirsty Stewart - 2M ago

We have put together a list of songs that have stood out for a plethora of reasons. Please take the time to invest and immerse yourself in them:

Charlene Soraia: Tragic Youth

This is the second time Soraia has graced Podcart, but also with this song. A stripped back, liver version of what has been our Song of the Day, she deserves wholeheartedly to be highlighted again. Her vocal may immediately captivate, but upon further listening, it becomes obvious that her musicianship is just as intricate. Soaked to the bone in maturity and melancholy, despite its delicacy, this will have your blood and heart pumping. 

Charlene Soraia - Tragic Youth (Live) - YouTube

VONAVI: Sunburst (feat. Run Rivers)

Producer Andrei Ivanov aka VONAVI emerges with an atmospheric and cinematic masterpiece. His talent comes partly from his restraint and his ability to seamlessly forge stunning atmospherics. Compositionally, there is notable talent here that dazzles, it also feels far more accomplished compared to many of his peers. It takes great skill to inject a level of striking emotion when it comes to electronica and Ivanov pulls this off with ease. 

VONAVI - Sunburst ft. Run Rivers - YouTube

Silverbacks: Just In The Band

The Dublin-based quintet comes hot off the heels of a stunning emergence of several notable Irish rock and indie artists pushing a real focus on the city. With a real feel of classic British post-punk, everything from its musicianship to its caustic delivery and unrelenting dynamic makes this a thrilling debut introduction for us. There’s an addictive intrusion of brutality pulsating in the guitar lines and whilst this is smart songwriting, there is a tantalising promise of exciting things to come.  

Just In The Band - SoundCloud
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Pursohn: Headfirst

The mysterious London producer succeeds on a set of considerable strengths. The subtle melodic hooks and an unyielding kinetics that drive this are sensational. This grips on and doesn’t let go for its duration, it flourishes stylistically and takes you to an ethereal and otherworldly place you don’t want to return from. 

Headfirst - SoundCloud
(174 secs long, 128 plays)Play in SoundCloud

Famous: Surf’s Up!

A frenetic 2 and a half minutes, the London six-piece have created a disjointed yet enslaving indie-punk oddity. Its tumultuous instrumentation, manic vocal and lyrical approach and unsettling compositional values make it one of the most memorable songs of 2018. This offers a perfect representation of a band trying to break the mould and is as breathtaking as it is menacing. 

Surf's Up! - SoundCloud
(152 secs long, 647 plays)Play in SoundCloud

Desert Liminal: Pipedream

An emotive and enthralling offering from the minimalist duo, ‘Pipedream‘ perfectly melds understated electronica with celestial vocals and an ardent percussive underbelly. There’s a real beauty that shines through in its delivery and its graceful sophistication is sublime. 

Pipedream - SoundCloud
(174 secs long, 298 plays)Play in SoundCloud

Kim Anderson: Yarrow

The New York singer-songwriter will no doubt attract fans of Joanne Newsom, Laura Marling and the like. Assembling melodies, textures and intricately weaving everything into a wave of sonic pleasure, there’s a complexity here that isn’t overwhelming, but leaves a haze of contentment in its wake. 

Micra: Child Grows Old

The Sydney-based duo has gained notable critical praise in their native Australia. Our first introduction, its an embracing listen and one that vertiginously builds into a spectral wonder. This is expertly crafted dream-pop that is dimensionally fascinating and packed with rich melodic potency. There’s a level of understanding in their songwriting that puts them firmly as ones to watch in 2019. 

Micra - Child Grows Old (Official Video) - YouTube

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