In this new regular feature, we ask one of our members to compile a selection of music from their recent listening playlists. Mark Rowley grasps the nettle this month and gives us a sample of his listening habits from this year.

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Big Thief
Orange
4AD

Big Thief are a Brooklyn-based alternative folk band, who earlier this year released their third album U.F.O.F. to critical acclaim. Any band with a guitarist going by the name of Buck Meek has to have an edge over the rest… and with the angelic tones of singer Adrianne Lenker, we pretty well hit the jackpot here!

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Maribou State (feat. Holly Walker)
Nervous Tics (DJ Tennis Remix)
Counter Records

The original track appeared on MARIBOU STATE’s 2018 album Kingdoms In Colour. It now features on the 2019 remix EP and, by the time Manfredi Romano (DJ Tennis) has worked his magic, it’s even more of a sublime slice of soulful beauty than ever. Really looking forward to seeing these up close later in the summer.

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Skinny Pelembe
No Blacks, No Dogs, No Irish
Brownswood Recordings

South Africa-born, Doncaster-raised SKINNY PELEMBE is causing quite a stir at the minute. Championed by illustrious BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Giles Peterson, among others, his debut album Dreaming Is Dead Now came out last month and oozes quality from start to finish. This track, which came out as a precursor to the long player, is a throwback to the experiences of old Commonwealth immigrants made current by the Windrush scandal of last year, and is a major standout.

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Drahla
React/Revolt
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Leeds-based four-piece DRAHLA also released their highly regarded debut album last month. Sounding very 1980s New York and fronted by singer-guitarist Luciel Brown, Drahla has drawn comparisons to post-punk legends Sonic Youth. They tore up Jacaranda Phase One recently, despite a modest turnout, and this track, featuring an absolute killer extended sax introduction, shows off their versatility as well as the range of their compelling sound.

 

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King Hannah
Crème Brûlée

This first single release by King Hannah has been long overdue. Having seen the band at the Buyers Club in early-2018, it seems like an eternity has passed since then.

Fronted by enigmatic chantress, Hannah Merrick, the band has an exceptionally polished and professional sound on this track; which builds gradually with Hannah’s haunting vocals to the fore, hits a crescendo in the mid-section in the form of a soaring guitar solo, before fading gradually.

 

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