Category Archives: check this out

Kate Tempest: poet, performer, spoken-word artist, many more…

I am not good in words, I am not a music connoisseur..  and I am not a lot of other things..  I will stick to what I know: sharing (my biased) music appreciation.

Kate Tempest! She is dragging me out of my silence. Few doors down from me, few years younger than me, she talks about me, she talks about you.
“We are still mythical; we are still permanently trapped somewhere between the heroic and the pitiful” she told me at her gig- I am sure she did.
If you are reading this, then check her out.. and fuck first World problems!

London girls do and sing it better…

Zara McFarlane


I found here earlier this year and I am a bit pissed off that this introduction didn’t happen sooner. She is everything I want to listen to on a Monday winter night, pre Christmas time. She sings about her (or me), love and general life wonders.  Her voice is comforting and familiar and keeps you great company, with a glass of wine.


Zara McFarlane comes from a Jamaican family in Dagenham, in the border of London and Essex. She grew up listening to reggae at all family gatherings and R&B of Michael Jackson and Luther Vandross. She studied musical theatre and Jazz vocals and to this day she teaches workshops in vocals and improvisation around Britain. Her debut album, Until Tomorrow, received great reviews and at the age of 27 she was the newest representative of British Jazz to the world. In February 2014 Zara released her second album for Peterson’s1743619_706979812720750_3907486694935236813_n Brownswood label called If You Knew Her, which included a cover of the famous Reggae song from the seventies, Police And Thieves. The album received critical acclaim and she was awarded the title of “Best Jazz Act” at the MOBO awards last October.

All I have to say is that she will definitely worm up the atmosphere of your room, your evening or your dinner party.



9 months later… (Tune Yards)

right… so where were we?

Influences:...New York, Connecticut, Montreal, Oakland.   Then….Eleanor Roosevelt, Charlie Chaplin, Ruth Garbus, Bert Brecht, Bjork, Todd Rundgren, Fela Kuti, you.


Merrill Garbus is definitely my new crush. To date, she has three full-length studio albums and her project, Tune Yards, is currently signed to the British independent record label 4AD.

Tune Yards is Merrill Garbus (drums, vocals, keys, ukulele) and Nate Brenner (bass, synths, vocals). Merrill samples and loops herself, tuneyards_jpg_627x325_crop_upscale_q85creating sounds that she plays and loops again almost in a self-absorbed kind of way. Some might argue that her lyrics are flirting with the ” small talk ” category, but to me the way she chooses to present herself through her last album Nikki Nack is invigorating and real.

She is the real thing, she sounds like the real thing, Joke’s on you, all askew, heard her name in Timbuktu.

Tune Yards are touring Europe now, so catch them if you can (preferably in intimate venues rather than open spaces, I hear they failed to impress at Glastonbury)


HB Ghostpoet!

Image I’ll repeat…I’m not a rapper, MC or lyricist…hiphop or any other genre for that matter doesn’t mean shit to me.’

Ghostpoet, born Obaro Ejimiwe, is turning 31 today. He is a Mercury Music Prize Nominee (with his first album Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam in 2011) from Coventry, UK, raised somewhere between London, Coventry, Nigeria and Dominica. His second album Some Say I So I Say Light was released in May 2013 and was co-produced with Richard Formby (Wild BeastsDarkstar). He was also included in the album Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes, which was recorded in Bamako, Mali over 7 days in October, when Ghostpoet joined by the percussive beats of  talking drum band Doucoura on the Damon Albarn and Two Inch Punch produced track ‘Season Change’.

They say it is in your 30’s when you get to really know yourself. If that’s the case, I am excited by what this decade has in store from Ghostpoet!


The complexity of the ideas that can be brought by two drummers while inhaling the fresh air of Brighton is a reason to like this project. Rachel & Ed, aka Gaps were experimenting with electronic and folk sounds during the past year and the outcome can only promise great things. Very fresh and interesting sound with atmospheric vocals that reminded me why browsing through soundcloud is always rewarding.