Mike’s Monday #Playlist – 28.04.14

XWHY’s Mike Thomas soundtracks your week with the best in recent and new music…

If you’re of a Zero 7 sort of disposition, listen to Fabienne’s ‘City of Shadows’. It’s got that soulful, wistful, mellow fluidity about it, but the vocals have a motown, gospel richness that Sophie Barker couldn’t claim.

Neneh Cherry‘s first solo work in 18 years. That’s got to be worth a listen, right? She’s been everywhere and worked with everyone in that time – she even started a band with her husband and daughter – so it’s hardly like she’s been away from music, but the opportunity to listen to her relatively unfiltered for the first time in a while still presents itself as rather inviting. The beats and attitude in this new track pack a punch. It’s almost like percussive, spoken word and it has an urgency that’s quite compelling.

‘Velo’ is a bit of a departure for Friendly Fires. Recorded with The Asphodells, the track is free of their usual catchy vocals. FF’s Ed Macfarlane said of the new music: “I think we’re learning to write music in a different way. We want to write something long and expansive and drawn out and, I suppose, a bit more psychedelic.”

And so they have….

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TRACK LIST

City of Shadows – Fabienne

Blank Project – Neneh Cherry

Pray For Love – Kwabs

Velo – Friendly Fires, The Asphodells

Fever – The Black Keys

My Love – Route 94, Jess Glynne

Hideaway – Keisza

Hit em Up – Afrikan Boy

Not The Only One – William Arcane

St. Sinclair – Lyon Vynehall

The music – the way we’re writing and the style of it – is very different to anything we’ve done before; I think we’re still learning to write music in a different way. We want to write something long and expansive and drawn-out and, I suppose, a bit more psychedelic.”
Read more at http://www.nme.com/news/friendly-fires/76414#rtPJB2fZR2xTcZOO.99

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