PREMIERE: The Silk Collective – ‘Wanderer’

Fronted by vocalist and songwriter Aimee Warren, London based The Silk Collective have now shared a dreamy debut offering.

Propelled by Warren’s rich, soulful vocals and a twinkling musicality, ‘Wanderer’ oozes a captivating ethereal splendour. As majestic, swirling layers of sound create a soothing groove, it’s reminiscent of the R’n’B tinged alt-pop of Lianne La Havas, with an added lilting folk-strewn musicality. Of the track, Warren explains that it’s a “a tender yet bold commentary on the cyclical nature of self-discovery, loss and healing…”

Listen to ‘Wanderer’ for the first time, along with B-side ‘Solo/Magnificent’ here:

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Five Favourites (Drummers): Eilis Frawley

We’ve been big fans of Berlin-based classically trained percussionist Eilis Frawley for some time now, especially since she took our breath away playing live for us at Notting Hill Arts Club last year. With recent single ‘Stats’, she offered arresting beats set against bold, Krautrock-infused spoken word, as the lyrics addressed hard-hitting stats, highlighting the everyday injustices facing women today. Tackling issues such as period poverty, FGM, domestic violence and other vital issues, it’s a beautifully striking and necessary listen. As is the entirety of her just released EP Adult Life

We think one of the best ways to get to know an artist is by asking what music inspires them or influences their writing. So, we caught up with Eilis to discuss the five (well, six, actually!) drummers that inspire her the most.

Here are 6 of my favourite drummers/percussionists, all from different scenes with totally different playing styles but all 100% owning what they do.

Fleur Green
Fleur Green was my first percussion teacher, when I was 16. She was tough, in the best way. I spent just one year learning from her before she moved abroad, but I’ll never forget her discipline, especially to her own artistic practice. She led by example and was highly committed with a no bullshit attitude. From the very beginning she instilled in me a diligence towards music I’ve carried through the years. She’s such an inspiration. She’s back in Adelaide now and performs under Fleur Green.

Chi Fukami Taylor
Chi Fukami Taylor was the first female drummer I saw perform on a big stage – and she completely nailed it. It was 2007 and she played with The Go! Team at Falls festival in Victoria. She had so much groove, and it was the first time I witnessed someone playing drums and singing. I’m still shocked people can sing in tune and play drums, that’s alot of brain power.

Seol Kim
Seol Kim – Known as Snow is one half of Oh Chill (57) from Seoul. I had the pleasure of sharing the bill with her multiple times in Seoul and also in Berlin. Snow does not mess around. Another singing drummer, she’s a hard hitter, her timing is impeccable and her grooves always leaving you wanting more. She’ll keep you on your toes.

Sara Neidorf
Sara is a Berlin drummer. We share the same practice space, and no-one sounds like her. You always know when she’s in the building. Her fills are outta control. She’s fast, dynamic and playful. She’s involved in scenes I’m not too familiar with but hearing her play alone is already a treat! Aptera is one of her projects I’ve seen live, and wow the skill! Highly recommend looking into what she’s doing, especially if you’re into heavier music.

Valentina Magaletti
Valentina Magaletti is the only person on this list who I haven’t met, or seen play live, BUT I’m so impressed by her playing, she crosses over so perfectly from pop drummer to experimental percussion wizard. She’s behind so many great projects but I recently discovered Tomaga and it’s a total stand out! Go listen to them.

Mindy Abovitz
Mindy Abovitz has to be on this list as well, for not only pursuing drums as a self taught drummer, but for creating TomTom Mag, connecting female* drummers all over the world and changing the media representation of drummers. She’s outstanding.

Massive thanks to Eilis for sharing her choices with us!

Adult Life, the new EP from Eilis Frawley, is out now via Reckless Yes. Listen now. And watch the recent video for the poignant ‘Stats’ here:

Photo Credit: Janina Gallert

EP: Alice MC – ‘Storyteller’

London-based songwriter Alice MC’s jazz-infused soundscapes make for joyful listening on her debut EP, Storyteller, set for release on 15th May. While the atmospheric instrumentals set a relaxing lull, her soft yet bold voice anchors the EP, grounding listeners in place.

Opening with ‘Colours’, Alice’s jazz-soul vibe shines through easy and bright. The symphony of groovy instrumentals and her sensual vocal delivery sets the smooth tone for the four track record. In contrast to the laid-back setting of the opener, ‘Creatures Of The Night’ begins with foreboding twinges of a violin, evolving into an eerie piano soundscape. Alice’s vocals add another haunting layer to the track, which builds to a soaring crescendo before fading into quiet whispers.

The EP boasts a far-reaching sonic range despite its short runtime. The best example of Alice’s experimental touch is the rock-tinged, anthemic offering ‘Far From Heaven’, which makes for an interesting listen. Final track ‘My Love’ is a stripped back offering that makes full use of Alice’s incredible vocal talent. She’s rooted right in the centre of the song, as she sails through four minutes of going low, then reaching high verses with seamless ease, supported only by a subtle acoustic soundscape.

An beautiful singer and charismatic performer, Alice MC’s main talent lies in her ability to merge simplistic, yet poetic lyrics with her soothing jazzy soundscapes. Storyteller is a wonderful collection of songs that sink into your mind with a sense of ease and contentment.

Follow Alice MC on Facebook and Spotify for more updates.

Malvika Padin
@malvika_padin26

LISTEN: Jealous Tina – ‘Interim’

A hazy, lo-fi musing on the energy we pour into those who are sometimes not worthy of our love; Jealous Tina have shared their debut single, ‘Interim’. Taken from the band’s debut EP which is currently in the works; the track is a smooth, jazzy offering from the neo-soul outfit.

Based in Bath, Jealous Tina formed in 2018 and began creating music together. The five piece are influenced by the sounds of Mahalia, Puma Blue and Erykah Badu, giving their tracks a soulful, jazz-inspired sound. Vocalist and saxophonist Rosie Patton fronts the band, and her voice takes centre stage on ‘Interim’.

“You’ve got me wrapped around your finger, is that where I’m supposed to be?” questions Patton, over grooving bass lines and steady beats. “I’ve tried to be anything but yours” she muses further, laying bare her thoughts about what it takes to be an “interim lover”. The track is accompanied by a sweet, nostalgic looking video, shot and directed by Patton herself. Watch the footage below and follow Jealous Tina on Facebook & Spotify for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut