synth-pop . alt-R&B . cold wave . industrial

WEEK STARTING 23 Feb

Genre pick of the week Cover of Still by Erika De Casier.

Erika De Casier

Still

Erika de Casier isn’t searching for perfection – she’s just trying to show you where she’s at right now. As ever, 'Still' proves that de Casier is a master of writing songs that speak to universal experiences of modern life, even for all their specificities and quirks. If 'Essentials' (2019) was filled with perfect songs about flirtation and new love, and 'Sensational' (2021) added wrinkles in the form of partners who were rude and plainly annoying, 'Still' sees de Casier writing about genuine heartbreak with a new clarity. For all the new heaviness that arises on 'Still' - and the subtle political valence that comes alongside - de Casier’s music remains as fun and sensual as it’s always been. 'Still' confirms that there are few artists making music that so freely slips between sensitivity and irreverence, sex and sadness. Among all the success, the accolades, the acclaim, her greatest achievement may be, simply: she’s still Erika de Casier.

All of this is to say the album is classic de Casier, her idiosyncratic mix of luxuriant electronica and moonlit R&B drilled further into that one-of-a-kind sound here. Her songwriting is as masterful and universal as ever, and her proficiency as a producer heightened as she produces other voices (They Hate Change, Shygirl, Blood Orange) for the first time. She also invites new collaborators, working with live musicians in addition to samples. N, co-producer of 'Essentials' and 'Sensational', returns here, but added to the fold are Jonathan Jull Ludvigsen, Carl Emil Johansen, Niels Kirk, Christian Rhode Lindinger, Nick León, Kirsten Nyhus Janssen and Tobias Sachse, adding live drums, synths, guitar, bass and more. These musicians, as well as de Casier’s chorus of friends who sing and rap on the record, add a jolt and crackle to her world; where those first two records felt like dispatches straight from the recesses of de Casier’s brain – intimate thoughts slinking through the ether at 2am – 'Still' feels like a conversation between friends in the backroom of a crowded bar. Those friends embolden de Casier to deliver some of her most emphatic songs ever,.

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Really nice catch-all of modern influences - alt-RnB, jungle, synth-pop - executed with a sophisticated and unique style of song writing prowess which stands Erika De Casier out as high performing and individual artist.

TRACK LISTING

1. Right This Way
2. Home Alone
3. Lucky
4. The Princess
5. Ice (ft. They Hate Change)
6. Test It
7. Ooh
8. Believe It
9. Anxious
10. Ex-Girlfriend (ft. Shygirl)
11. Toxic
12. My Day Off
13. Twice (ft. Blood Orange)
14. Someone

Wewantsounds continue its extensive Meiko Kaji reissue program in partnership with Teichiku Records and Meiko Kaji herself, with the release of "Gincho Wataridori," her debut album from 1972. This is the first time the album is reissued since release and it comes with its original Japanese artwork and newly remastered audio. Famous for her 70s exploitation movies ('Lady Snowblood', the 'Female Prisoner Scorpion' and 'Stray Cat Rock' series) and revered by Quentin Tarantino, Meiko Kaji also released a string of great albums on Teichiku mixing Japanese Pop and cinematic grooves. This reissue comes with deluxe Gatefold sleeve LP, OBI strip and a 2-p insert featuring new liner notes by Hashim Kotaro Bharoocha.

TRACK LISTING

1. Ginchou Wataridori
2. Jingi Komoriuta
3. Koini Inochio
4. Ginchou Buruusu
5. Hakodate Monogatari
6. Inochino Namida
7. Hamabeno Meruhen
8. Yogirino Sukina Anata
9. Kanashii Egao
10. Kokoro Nokori
11. Shitto
12. Aieno Kitai

Nadine Shah

Filthy Underneath

    Nadine Shah announce her fifth album Filthy Underneath, the follow up to 2020's critically acclaimed Kitchen Sink and 2017's Mercury Prize nominated Holiday Destination.

    Filthy Underneath chronicles a period of unprecedented turbulence in Nadine Shah’s life. And yet, the experience of listening to it is oddly life-affirming – a parade of ghosts spanning the entirety of Nadine’s thirty-seven years, moving with balletic beauty to the music that Nadine and long-time co-writer and producer Ben Hillier have created around them, with renewed emphasis on placing melody and movement front and centre.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: Shah's wonderfully emotive brand of majestic call-to-arms rock takes a perfectly manicured turn into the outer reaches of synth, stadium pop and world music. It's a beguiling and perfectly measured whole, and one that proves that Shah has *plenty* more where 'Holiday Destination' came from. Ace.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Even Light
    2. Topless Mother
    3. Food For Fuel
    4. You Drive, I Shoot
    5. Keeping Score
    6. Sad Lads Anonymous
    7. Greatest Dancer
    8. See My Girl
    9. Twenty Things
    10. Hyperrealism
    11. French Exit

    Nadine Shah

    Filthy Underneath & In Store Performance Ticket

      INSTORE EVENT!

      We are very excited to welcome Nadine Shah to Piccadilly Records on Thursday 29th Feb at 5pm to perform an acoustic set, to celebrate the release of her album.

      Order your copy now to guarantee entry.

      Priority entry with ticket bundle preorder.

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      Nadine Shah announce her fifth album Filthy Underneath, the follow up to 2020's critically acclaimed Kitchen Sink and 2017's Mercury Prize nominated Holiday Destination.

      Filthy Underneath chronicles a period of unprecedented turbulence in Nadine Shah’s life. And yet, the experience of listening to it is oddly life-affirming – a parade of ghosts spanning the entirety of Nadine’s thirty-seven years, moving with balletic beauty to the music that Nadine and long-time co-writer and producer Ben Hillier have created around them, with renewed emphasis on placing melody and movement front and centre.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Even Light
      2. Topless Mother
      3. Food For Fuel
      4. You Drive, I Shoot
      5. Keeping Score
      6. Sad Lads Anonymous
      7. Greatest Dancer
      8. See My Girl
      9. Twenty Things
      10. Hyperrealism
      11. French Exit

      Sunareht

      Youth EP

        Luckyme kick off 2024 with a debut EP from Parisian producer Sunareht.
        Forged from the scene around Teki Latex and his Sound Pellegrino label, Sunareht - alongside contemporaries Le Dom, To Van Kao, De Grandi and Birol - runs Paradoxe Club, a label championing forward thinking French dance music.

        ‘Youth EP’ is exactly that - six fizzing club cuts that take the familiar ‘French Touch’ sound, before dialling it up to eleven and flinging it into the far future. Samples are chopped into fluttering sequences and married with the glistening, bass heavy sound design of post-dubstep and hyper pop.

        Opening track, ‘Promises’, featuring regular collaborator and Aphex Twin favourite Le Dom, is a certified party starter, and a perfect introduction into the technicolour world of Sunareht. The rotating hook ducks and weaves through beautifully crafted drums in an unsettling bit crushed landscape - as if the track can’t handle its own bandwidth.

        Elsewhere, title track ‘Youth’ squeezes every dropout of a stuttering pop sample, rendering it unrecognisable; and ‘Break Bandits’ provides a bright euphoria, mixing Etienne de Crécy synths with Overmono-style vocals.


        TRACK LISTING

        1. Promises Feat Le Dom
        2. Cyber Suit Suna
        3. Break Bandits
        4. Tumblr Famous
        5. Youth
        6. Apollo Opera

        The iconic Is It Balearic heads to the slightly less iconic - in Balearic terms - West Midlands to retrieve this great EP of electric dance effort gems from Wrekin Havoc. 'Camino' is a loose, melody-rich sound with silvery drums and real nostalgia, then 'Moon Dance' it's a more laidback and zoned out sonic daydream for lazy and sunny afternoons by the pool. There is an electro vibe to 'RLTW' which is a reworking of a Christopher Cross Yacht classic then a T Kurt Remix reworks it into a boogie banger. Another varied and vital EP of grown up dance sounds.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Mine says: Ooooff, Wrekin Havoc can do now wrong. Here they join forces with Is It Balearic to serve up 4 ultra smooth yet moody house-y disco and boogie cuts. Insert fire emoji!

        TRACK LISTING

        Camino
        Moon Dance
        RLTW (feat Gemima Gallier)
        RLTW (T Kutt Version Warehouse)

        Joe Yellow is a studio project started in 1983 by Domenico Ricchini and the producers Miki Chieregato and Roberto Turatti.Their big hit Eurobeat / Hi NRG tune "U.S.A."('92) will be 7inch on first time, with Japanese imaginary jacket.The song became famous in Japan when dance-pop group Da pump covered it.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. U.S.A. (Extended Vocal Remix)
        2. U.S.A. (Instrumental)


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