Tuesday, 22 November 2016

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: TANYA TAGAQ - RETRIBUTION

ARTIST: TANYA TAGAQ
ALBUM: RETRIBUTION
https://open.spotify.com/album/1DjnaTWrUENp7OUhCvaeOd

'Retribution' is the latest album from Tanya Tagaq, a 41 year old Canadian Inuit throat singer and songwriter. The new record is available through Six Shooter Records and was produced by Jesse Zubot, who also contributes violin. It contains 10 tracks which offer much in terms of dynamics and variation, with a host of guests appearing on the album from Radik Tyülyüs, Ruben Komangapik, rapper Shad, and Taqag's own daughter Inuuja.

There's a multitude of vocal aspects, from whispers, to shrieks, whilst the music itself is bold, ranging from electronica and folk. Retribution is challenging, thought provoking and compelling, difficult at times to listen to but ultimately rewarding for artist and listener.

Catch Tanya on her European tour in January 2017.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: JUNK SON - BEGINNING, ENDING, PRETENDING

ARTIST: JUNK SON
ALBUM: BEGINNING, ENDING, PRETENDING
LABEL: 37 ADVENTURES
https://open.spotify.com/album/35e4nCrLX8aXxw1AVNGbex
We tipped London's Junk Son at the start of the year in our Future Sounds Of 2016, and at the end of the year he's delivered his debut album 'Beginning, Ending, Pretending'.

The 11-track record is available through 37 Adventures and was recorded at Junk Son's own studios in South London. It is a sprawling journey through electronica, dropping into trip-hop, darkwave, and dream pop along the way. There's a multitude of beats, synths, and bleeps, held together by the distant and softly delivered vocals from Amy Spencer. Beginning, Ending, Pretending is a strong debut record, deftly produced and delivered to the highest standard.