UK singer ESKA finally releases her self-titled debut album on April 27th. ESKA weaves together diverse musical elements – hints of folk, soul, psychedelia and electronica and pairs them with stirring lyrics, born from burning passion. She created something pure and timeless which echoes past traditions while at the same time managing to surprise with its stunning originality. In the UK, ESKA’s music has already created a buzz; receiving strong radio support from tastemakers such as Gilles Peterson, Lauren Laverne and John Kennedy. The self-titled debut album ‘ESKA’ hosts production credits from British electronic artist Matthew Herbert, Louis ‘slipperz’ Hackett and Dave Okumu of The Invisible.
Silk Rhodes is producer Michael Collins and vocalist Sasha Desree. The duo nurtured by NYC, are about to release their debut album on Stones Throw Records.
“Their voyage began in a 1997 Honda CRV turned DIY recording studio built to capture and share light-bulb moments as they happened. The approach was simple: run a microphone into loop pedal, connect the looper to the car stereo via cassette-tape adaptor, and start spitting out ideas. Then Collins and Desree, alongside a host of roving lunatics and pranksters, would broadcast their experiments to the streets, commenting on their observations in rhyme, soliciting ideas from strangers, and inviting people into the car to contribute vocals, or loop beats. These experiments spawned sound collages, and stream-of-consciousness hymns, as well an an electric boogie tune with nods to Joe Jackson and George Benson (“Face 2 Face”), and a lonesome ballad that sounds like a still-lost Donnie and Joe Emerson song produced by Gamble & Huff (“Pains”). Under the banner of Silk Rhodes, Collins and Desree challenge preconceived notions of what Soul Music is, can, and should be. Steeped in the human experience, Silk Rhodes debut is a collection of songs that exemplifies their free spirited vision for future soul music. A touchstone for exploring inner visions.”
Kindness, a one-man indie disco-funk-R&B band led by Adam Bainbridge recently released ‘Otherness’. His second full lenght-album features Kelela and Ade. ‘Otherness’ is out October 13 via Female Energy, available on iTunes or Amazon or direct.
»Splitting his time between London and Berlin, he cites influences that include American disco icons Arthur Russell, Larry Levan, and Leroy Burgess. The commercial recording debut of Kindness, “Swingin’ Party,” a disco-punk cover version of the Replacements song, was an MP3 blog favorite in 2009, as was its B-side, “Gee Up.” The first full-length, which was co-produced by Philip Zdar (of Cassius), followed soon after in the first quarter of 2012. World, You Need a Change of Mind was issued by Female Energy/Polydor and featured all the previously released singles as well as an unexpectedly lovely and dubbed-out cover of Anita Dobson’s “Anyone Can Fall in Love,” a song best known as the theme to the popular U.K. television show Eastenders. During the tour that followed, Bainbridge began to warm to the idea of collaboration and the exciting uncertainty that can come with it.«