Track Of The Day: Poppy Ajudha – ‘Watermelon Man (Under The Sun)’

A charming, empowering re-work of American pianist Herbie Hancock’s original tune, vocalist Poppy Ajudha has shared her version of ‘Watermelon Man’ as part of the Blue Note Re:imagined project. Bringing together the label’s musical past and future, the project features contributions from internationally acclaimed jazz, soul and R&B acts.

“Herbie’s ‘Watermelon Man’ was my first thought when asked to imagine a track from the Blue Note catalogue,” explains Ajudha. “It’s an iconic song and one that has been with me throughout my life. I based the lyrics on my research of Watermelon Men in America, aiming to capture what it may have been like to be a black man in America at that time – newly emancipated but still heavily oppressed – and the race relations that had brought him to this point.”

Through empathetic lyricism and effortless vocal delivery, Ajudha reminds listeners a “change is gonna come, don’t give up on yourself, don’t give yourself away”. In the accompanying video for the track, she continues to celebrate blackness and the strength of the black community by working with an entirely black and mixed-race team.

“I wanted the video for Watermelon Man to be a celebration of blackness in all its forms, I wanted it to show joy and community,” Ajudha explains. “I cast my sisters, my best friends, and my grandma amongst all of the other beautiful souls. It was a really special video for me, and the team captured this vision incredibly. The feeling was unspoken because they just knew what I wanted and why it was important, they felt it too, I’m so happy with how it turned out.”

Watch the video for ‘Watermelon Man (Under The Sun)’ below.

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Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Get In Her Ears w/ BISHI 22.10.20

Tash was back in the Hoxton Radio studio this week playing the GIHE grrrls favourite new tunes from women & non-binary artists.

Kate & Tash also caught up with multi-talented artist BISHI via Zoom to talk about her recent single ‘Don’t Shoot The Messenger’, striking up a friendship with renowned producer Tony Visconti and how she’s been staying creative during the ongoing covid-19 pandemic.

Listen back:

Tracklist
Ma Rainey – Prove It On Me Blue
Denai Moore – Too Close
Thigh High – Go Slow
Soho Rezanejad – Half The Shore
Spill Tab – Santé
Madame So – Black Is Beautiful
M(h)aol – Laundries
Bell Cobain & Lex Amor – At The Bay
ENNY – For South
Nuala – Cry Fucking Loud
Marine Store Dealer – Frame
Radical Kitten – Wrong
Total Rubbish – What’s Your Damage
KUČKA – Ascension
Boarder – Strangers
Liza Aikin – Enclave
anrimeal – I Am Not
Beckie Margaret – Divine Feminine
HMS Morris – Party Pooper
BISHI – Don’t Shoot The Messenger
**BISHI – INTERVIEW**
All Things Blue – Legend Of Chav
MIRI – Breathe
Lizzie Reid – Seamless
Chloe Rodgers – Faces
EFÉ – Garden
Sans Soucis – Air
Alice Coltrane

Get In Her Ears w/ Girlhood 08.10.20

Tash & Kate were back in the Hoxton Radio studio with loads of fresh new tunes from women & non-binary people in music this week.

They also caught up with the wonderful Tessa from Girlhood to talk about the band’s self-titled debut album (due October 23rd), their latest single ‘It Might Take A Woman’ and their peculiar origin story…

Listen back:

Tracklist
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
Kynsy – Happiness Isn’t A Fixed State
Deep Tan – deepfake
Big Joanie – Fall Asleep
Artemis Orion – Midnight Thoughts
I SEE RIVERS – Grow and Go
Anneka – The Elevator Scene
Gordian Stimm – Miscellaneous Body Parts
Maxine Nightingale – Right Back Where We Started From
Sade – Smooth Operator
Amaroun – Scarlet
Indian Queens – Shoot For Sexy
MOURN – Men
SpaceAcre – Overthrown
Girlhood – It Might Take A Woman
Tracy Chapman – Fast Car
Little Monarch – Wrong Right
Sevdaliza – Oh My God
Premaura – Impermanence
Penelope Trappes – Eel Drip
BEBELUNA – Who Are You
Beefywink – Holocene Heroine
Priya Ragu – Good Love 2.0
Kirsten Knick – Life’s A Placebo
Palberta – Before I Got Here
Nayana Iz – Growing Pains
Gwen Stefani – Cool

Get In Her Ears w/ Problem Patterns 01.10.20

Tash & Kate were back in the Hoxton Radio studio this week with loads of fresh new tunes (and a few throwbacks) from women in music.

Kate caught up with Belfast-based feminist punks Problem Patterns via Zoom to talk about how they first got together, and their latest track ‘TERFs Out’, which features on a new compilation album of Irish artists called A Litany Of Failures: Vol. III.

Tash also treated listeners to a snippet of her recent interview with Skin from Skunk Anansie!

Listen back:

Tracklist
Joan Armatrading – Love and Affection
Babeheaven – Cassette Beat
Couch Prints – Faces
Bitch Falcon – Martyr
REYKO – The Game
Kenichi & The Sun – Splendour
Candy Lane – Summer Heavy Nights
Jelly Cleaver ft. A-Mens – Can’t Stop The Love
Landshapes – The Ring
**Skin from Skunk Anansie – Interview teaser**
Skunk Anansie – Weak
Madame So – Who Are We To Judge?
Burning Pools – Bang Bang
Twist Helix – Vultures
Problem Patterns – TERFs Out
**Problem Patterns Interview**
Rising Damp – Cannibal
Halina Rice – Spheres
Bree Runway – Little Nokia
Blonde Maze – To The Moon
R3HAB and Nina Nesbitt – Family Values
Arlo Parks – Hurt
Ailbhe Reddy – Between Your Teeth
Ms Dynamite – Dy-Na-Mi-Tee