Sunday 26 February 2017

The Sunday Surf #3

Late last year I put up a post explaining that there was likely to be a slow down in the frequency of posts whilst my partner underwent surgery and chemotherapy for cancer. Whilst things have dwindled a tiny bit, I’m pleased that I’ve managed to keep Breaking More Waves running with more efficiency than I thought possible. There were 30 posts in January and this is the 18th and final one in February. However, there has been a lot of music that I didn’t find the time to write about, so here’s a catch up with some of those missed tracks that surfaced this week.

Sunken – Recompose

Perfect for lazy Sunday afternoons, Recompose by brother sister duo Finn Billingham and sister Poppy Billingham aka Sunken perfectly captures the sound of South East London; all jazzy grooves, a hint of drum and bass and a mix of soft organic sounds together with something a little more urban. Add to that a vocal that has some similarity to Lily Allen, by way of its pleasing effortless quality and you’ve got a song that’s perfect to just kick back and enjoy.

Elaskia – Mine

Australian band Elaskia have been biding their time. Having uploaded two covers and an original about a year ago, there hasn’t been anything since, but now on the back of a recent Jagwar Ma support there’s a new song called Mine. Don’t be fooled by its mellow shadowy sound that falls somewhere between the likes of a darker London Grammar and Broods, for this is a passionate song and not for the faint hearted: “You’re a cannibal you eat my heart out,” sings vocalist Kelly Griffith at one point. Tasty.

Caroline Lazar – Nevermine

In the opening line of her debut song Caroline Lazar sings of being shown how to start a fire. It’s a good metaphor for this track, which starts from sparse musical kindling before it rages into a powerful inferno in under 3 minutes. Currently studying in Miami, Caroline will be releasing her debut EP on March 24th via My Little Empire.

Stormzy – Blinded By Your Grace, Part 2 (feat. MNEK)

The release of Stormzy’s album is a bit of a revelation. Those expecting an assault of non-stop foot to the floor grime bangers might be a little surprised, because Gang Signs & Prayer is much more than that. Rather like Breaking More Waves One to Watch for 2017 Dave, Stormzy’s debut is as much an introspective and reflective work as it is punchy outward hitting grime. It’s my personal stand-out record of the year so far. Take a listen to the gospel sounds of Blinded By Your Grace, Part 2, to see how there’s much more to Stormzy than just Shut Up.

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