#ThrowbackThursday: GIHE w/ Indian Queens 16.11.17

Due to the current lockdown/coronavirus situation, we’re unable to make it in to the Hoxton Radio studio to broadcast our live new music show from 7-9pm for the foreseeable future.

We have plenty of past shows to share with you though! We’re going to start sharing some #ThrowbackThursday sessions, so you can still enjoy 2 hours of new music, and chats with some of our favourite artists each week.

Today, we’ve picked our November 2017 show with Jennifer O’Neill from Indian Queens. The band are set to release their debut album God Is A Woman tomorrow (3rd April) via Cool Thing Records, so we thought now would be a great time to re-visit our chat with Jen.

Music highlights from Bikini Kill, Average Sex, Gold Baby, MALKAEdits and…Jennifer Paige #crush

Listen back to the show here:

Track Of The Day: MALKA – ‘No No No’

I was lucky enough to catch GIHE fave and past guest on the radio show, the glorious MALKA, live last week at The Lexington. A simply joyous experience, she dazzled in her lion head-dress and sparkling leotard; a shimmering delight to watch. And, despite confiding in us that she was losing her voice, her vocal performance succeeded in flowing perfectly alongside the infectious tribal beats and twinkling musicality of each offering.

A Lauren Laverne favourite, MALKA recently released her latest album Ratatatata rather more politically-inspired collection than her debut Marching To Another Beat; but no less vibrant.

An example of the album’s socially aware subject matter is ‘No No No’. Inspired by the current threat our NHS is under, and our fight to protect it, it’s a colourful offering oozing throbbing beats alongside bubbly hooks, brass melodies and MALKA’s playful chirps. With hints of the likes of MIA, it makes for a totally immersive and utterly uplifting sonic delight.

Of the track, MALKA explains:

“‘No No No’ was one of the first songs I wrote for the new album. It helped me to define the sound I wanted to go for. Lyrically the song is about the NHS. The fight to protect something of great importance to our country, but equally it could be about fighting for something you really believe in.”


Ratatatat is out now.

Mari Lane

Album: MALKA – ‘Ratatatat’

I wasnt afraid, lyrically, of going back to my folk roots. I would write a lot of social commentary then and Im quite politically aware; with 6DR there was a lot about whats going on in the world, and with MALKA I kind of didnt do that. Id popped it up a little bit… but I went back lyrically to my roots and found a balance of who I wanted to be on this album.

The second album from Tamara Schlesinger under her MALKA moniker (and her eighth overall) follows 2015s Marching To A Different Beat. Musically, pop synths and tribal rhythms provide a bright counterpart to the shadow cast lyrically; in a time of societal upheaval and global uncertainty, Ratatatat provides a brief freedom from those fears, and a commitment to life-affirming art.

Opening with ‘Fell For You’ there is a hint of MIA, whilst the bubbling classic pop bass lines are reminiscent of The Cure; but theres also an edge as chirps, chants and whoops play around a snapping beat. Its a great introduction to a fascinating and immersive collection built on intricate details of loops, found sounds and repeating refrains.

‘Wonder Why’ may be the track that listeners are already familiar with – released between albums, it caught the ear of Lauren Laverne and made her best of the year list. Its bright and brilliant pop, catchy in the ubiquitous way but with a depth and a creativity that delights.

Theres a definite theme to the melody throughout the album, but enough variety between tracks that the only sense of repeating is in the deliberate loops of beats and vocal. With lead vocals that are often sing song, and layered with deeper backing there is an Afrobeat element to these pop tunes, lifting them and embedding them in your head.

Intelligent, creative and as hopeful as it is reflective, this is an album to excite in all the right ways; a light in dark times.

Ratatatat by MALKA is out on 20 October 2017 and is available for pre-order here. And you can catch her live throughout November:

1 November – Sneaky Petes, Edinburgh
2 November – Hug and Pint, Glasgow
3 November – We Are Robots, London
13 November – The Walrus, Brighton
14 November – The Lexington, London
15 November – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham.


Sarah Lay