Track Of The Day: AGAAMA – ‘Sarehole Mill’

A captivating blend of hypnotic vocals, experimental instrumentation and altruistic beats, Birmingham-based artist, composer, vocalist and producer AGAAMA has shared her latest single ‘Sarehole Mill’. Taken from her upcoming EP Wandering Worlds, which is set for release on 15th September via The state51 Conspiracy, the track is a warm musing on the importance of spaces that nurture creativity and humility.

“‘Sarehole Mill’ is about places and people that ground us,” AGAAMA explains about the context of her new single. “We all have these spaces and these people. I hope that when people listen to the track (even though they may not know what or where Sarehole Mill is), that it makes them feel nostalgia, safety, fondness and love and makes them think about being in their own city savannah with their mates.”

Exploring this notion through her atmospheric electronics and cinematic orchestral horn arrangements, AGAAMA creates a palpable atmosphere of contentedness, soothing listeners with her jazz-inspired vocals. Her eclectic sounds stem from a childhood rich with varied musical experiences. Growing up in a British-Jamaican household, AGAAMA was influenced by the contemporary classical tastes of her Father and her Mother’s love for Sarah Vaughan and Quincy Jones. She sang in Church on Sundays and studied classical trombone as a teenager, but she also spent her weekends raving to UK bass music and writhing in the mosh pit at metal gigs. This glorious array of musical experiences have all informed her work as AGAAMA, making her sounds as vast and altruistic as her collective memories.

Her upcoming EP, Wandering Worlds, reflects this kaleidoscopic musical vision perfectly, whilst also tapping into something darker. “I grew up listening to a lot of angsty, heavy music – metal, dubstep, prog rock and bass music. I wanted to make something where you could explore angst and frustration,” AGAAMA explains. “I found that having a space to release angst within music was healthy and helpful on my path toward healing. I really wanted to incorporate this brooding, meditative, almost primal thing that hooked me into music. At the time of making the record, I lost complete interest in beautiful sounds and music. I was craving something darker.”

Listen to ‘Sarehole Mill’ below.

 

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AGAAMA UK Tour Dates 2022
19th August – London, Shacklewell Arms (with Muna Ileiwa)
22nd September – London, Hootenanny (with Jack Tyson Charles)
29th September – (EP Launch) London, state51 Factory
3rd October – Birmingham, The Night Owl

Photo Credit: Lucy Feng

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Bad Sidekick – ‘Lemon Eyes’

Inspired by the cute nickname that vocalist Cooper gave to her cat, Bad Sidekick‘s latest single ‘Lemon Eyes’ is a buoyant ode to genuine, selfless love. Taken from the band’s upcoming debut album Daily Lottery, which is set for release on 19th August, the track is full of upbeat riffs, tender lyrics and Cooper’s charming Bristolian intonation, warmly reflecting on the joy that comes with nurturing someone you love, and watching that relationship blossom into something truly comfortable and secure.

Formed of Cooper Rose (vocals), Robbie Jenner (bass), Joe Blount (guitar) and John Blount (drums), Bad Sidekick create alt-rock anthems inspired by the nuances of everyday life. Based between London and Bristol, the band released their debut self-titled EP back in 2018, and since Robbie Jenner joined the ranks earlier this year, they’ve been busy writing and recording their debut album, Daily Lottery. They released the gritty, eponymous track from the album as a single earlier this month, but with their new single ‘Lemon Eyes’ the band showcase their softer side, courtesy of a catchy chorus and playful riffs.

To celebrate the release of their upcoming record, Bad Sidekick will be playing an album launch gig on the 19th August in Bristol at The Crofters Rights, supported by Annabel Allum, Sit Down and Holy Reptile. They will also be playing a London show on 3rd September at The Finsbury Pub supported by The Baby Seals, Brie and Holy Reptile.

Listen to ‘Lemon Eyes’ below.

 

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LISTEN: GIHE on Soho Radio with Ailbhe Reddy 27.07.22

Tash and Kate were back on Soho Radio’s airwaves playing loads of new music from some of their favourite female, non-binary and LGBTQIA+ artists, and Mari offered some of her “musical musings” too. They discussed some of the artists nominated for this year’s Mercury Prize (Nova Twins, Wet Leg and Self Esteem) and laughed their way through Kate’s traumatic Ethel Cain-based nightmare.

Irish songwriter Ailbhe Reddy joined them to talk about her latest single ‘A Mess’, her debut album Personal History and her recent appearances at The Great Escape, Latitude and Visions festival. They also spoke about the Avril Lavigne tribute night Ailbhe hosted in Dublin to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Let Go. Listen out for her excellent rendition of the ‘rap’ part in ‘Nobody’s Fool’. #ImNotTheMilkAndCheeriosInYourSpoon

Listen back below:

 

Tracklist
Phoebe Bridgers – Motion Sickness
Yves Tumor – Gospel For a New Century
Miya Folick – Nothing to See
Big Joanie – Happier Still
Ethel Cain – Family Tree (Intro)
Nova Twins – Cleopatra
Brutus – Dust
Real Big Sky – Another Day
The Mars Volta – Blacklight Shine
Lynks – Hey Joe (Relax)
Ailbhe Reddy – A Mess
**Interview with Ailbhe Reddy**
SOAK – Guts
M(h)aol – Bored Of Men
Bad Sidekick – Daily Lottery
Hanya – Amateur Professional
Minerva – Dead
Bonnie Banane – CDA
Muna Ileiwat – Pity Party
Hannah Schneider – It’s The Season
Maria Uzor ft. Emily Winng – Winner
Currls – Honey
Self Esteem – I Do This All The Time
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Spitting off the edge of the world
ARXX – Deep
Fraulein – And I Go (La La La)
Lady Gaga – Stupid Love

WATCH: Brutus – ‘Liar’

Gritty vocals, powerhouse percussion and charged riffs punctuate ‘Liar’, the latest single from Belgian trio Brutus. Taken from their upcoming third album Unison Life, which is set for release on 21st October via Hassle Records/Sargent House, the track is a heavy lament that criticises the lies we tell ourselves in order to keep a false and temporary sense of calm.

“When things get a bit more difficult or when relationships demand too much energy, I choose to avoid confronting things, or just lie about it for the sake of keeping the peace,” vocalist and drummer Stefanie Mannaerts explains about the context of the new single. “At that point, it just seems like the easy thing to do so that nobody gets hurt. But in the long run, those well-intentioned lies will catch up with you, and the peace you thought you’d found turns out to be an illusion.” Through her instinctive, thudding beats and primal vocals, Mannaerts shatters these illusions amidst a cacophony of riffs from guitarist Stijn Vanhoegaerden and bassist Peter Mulders.

The single is accompanied by a video, directed by Maximiliaan Dierickx and shot in the desert near Marrakech and Essaouira in Morocco. The visuals reflect the duality expressed in Mannaerts’ lyrics, and how masking your true feelings ultimately only leads to further disappointment. Dissecting the darker, more desperate parts of the emotional spectrum fuelled the creation of Brutus’ new album Unison Life. “I wanted every song to feel like the last song we’ll ever write,” Mannaerts comments about its conception. “It killed me inside because it’s almost an impossibly high standard, but that was my personal goal for this album. It was a two-year quest of trying to do better.”

Pre-order your copy of Brutus’ new album Unison Life here.

Watch the video for ‘Liar’ below.

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Photo Credit: Eva Vlonk

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut