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"Faith in Strangers" by Andy Stott

Memories of isolation and loneliness and romance when I didn’t know better, but was open to anything, really. That is what this sounds like. Andy Stott perfects the sound of being alone, of pauses and space and the eerie spaces of the mind. 

Part of a longer essay I’m working on about relationships and performing personal taste. 

"Titan" by Breton

The similarities to old Foals definitely drew me into this track, but that’s not a bad thing. Foals remain one of my favorite bands for their inventive, mind bending use of time signatures and impeccable, epic choruses. Likewise, “Titan” traffics in the same unbeatable formula. 

(Cloud I FB)

"All I See" by Bondax (Pomo remix)

I actually think I like this a little more than the original. Really, it’s for that moment around a minute and a half in when the beat picks up and Pomo utilizes some dirtier synths to make for a most perfect groove. It’s not too showy, highlights the effortless charms of the original, and still manages to sound perfectly like Pomo’s artistic voice. 

"Cool Kids" by Kwaye

This is a compliment: parts of this sound like the most perfectly cheesy 80s make out music. Of course, I’m saying this as someone born in the 80s with no real memory of the decade. But allow me to pretend with those vocals and those synths and that melody that sounds familiar within a few seconds of listening to it. It’s slinky, sleezy-sounding pop at its finest. 

(via ilovehotdogs)

Vamp (1986)

Grace Jones being painted by Keith Haring on the set of Vamp.

"Wait" by Tourist

I think by now I can acknowledge that I’ll follow Tourist most anywhere. Whatever his direction, I know that it will be strong, compelling, enjoyable, powerful. I’ve loved his music and will continue to do so. “Wait” is just another example of a perfectly-crafted build-up of a dance song. Thank you, Tourist. 

Tuesday: An Update

I should tell you that they found him. I should mention that moments before the detective called me and I held my breath and then released it all as if I had been holding it in for months and not seconds, an old friend texted me for the first time in months. He said amazing things and then he sent me a Maya Angelou poem, Still I Rise, as if reminding me I have strength. I should tell you that I paced the hall, that I cried, that I told my boss everything because I could. I should tell you that she said “You and me, we’re tough girls. It’s hard being a tough girl, but it’s better than not,” and that was one of the first times I felt good about my inner self. I no longer wanted the world to see my vulnerability. I knew it was there. I wanted to move on. I should tell you that I went to the police station with my mother and I am lucky for that. I should tell you that it was not perfect, but it was not difficult. I had given voice to my truth and then, I refused to let it overpower me. I could do this because I had already done it to friends and family and here, with you. 

Kesha's lawsuit against Dr Luke and the murky history of pop svengalis

I wrote about pop music’s structural history of dominant, abusive men in positions of power abusing women pop stars. Please read it if you can. Kesha’s case was not the first and probably won’t be the last.

Rosie Perez on Soul Train 1980s

I flew down to Atlanta two weeks ago to interview Run the Jewels for NME. It was an amazing opportunity and we spent a couple of hours in Stankonia Studios, listening to the new, VERY VERY good record and talking about Ferguson, police brutality and censorship. Honestly, one of the best interviews I’ve ever done. I also got a hug from Killer Mike, which is all anyone really wants. If you’ve got the funds, check out the issue on newsstands or purchase a digital edition! Above is a preview (since it won’t be online). 

thisisshebasblog asked: Hi Britt! Im Sheba....i am 10000% sure i went to high school with you :) I was hoping to get your opinion on the chicago music scene. I am a black indie/soul fi musician who is having the hardest time fitting into the chicago music scene aka finding a band etc..I find the scene here to be really clicky and geared towards hip hop tbh .i don't want to give up (before I've even really started ) but moving seems really nice right now :/ Any advice? or am i not giving it a fair chance?

Finding the right scene is definitely difficult. And Chicago is an interesting place in that scenes are less clear and much smaller. As well, because this is a city of neighborhoods and a community-rooted town, people are much more likely to stick to their own and to avoid change.

With that scene, there are folks definitely making the sort of music you’re interested in. Off the top of my head, I’m thinking of The GTW, Dre Green, The-Drum and M&O.

Since I’m not a musician, I don’t personally know how to break into those scenes, but I think the best option is reaching out online, through social media, and by just attending events.

mrsideeye asked: Listened to the Cubicolour tune you posted last week and it brightened the end of a tough day. Never would have heard otherwise so thank you. Big love

Cubicolor’s music is like the break of light after a dark, gloomy day. It is perfect. I’m glad you enjoyed it!