0171 – 1000 Words
London’s 0171 understand that communication can be tricky. Who among us has not, at some point, not replied to a text or an email? Exactly. “1000 Words” gets at the deeper meanings behind this through the medium of a Glass Candy-esque piece of seductive electronic pop, complete with a stream of conscious vocal delivery.
The track lays out its thesis early on, opening with the heavily Auto-tuned line: “I’m sorry I didn’t reply I was doing things. I didn’t think to reply. I’m sorry. It was nice. I was laying on grass.” If you need a stock reply for temporarily ghosting someone, save that now.
Speaking to The FADER via email, Georgie and Joe of 0171 said: “We like to sing about nostalgia, looking back at your life, memory, and how that shifts and changes.We’re building memories upon memories, storing them, and then forgetting about them. Like the pile of old phones you have in your parents house. Or all the stuff you’ve made, which you record on hard drives but leave in a room. There are all these forgotten fragments that were once part of who you were. We try to put those things at the centre of our music.”
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Be Forest – BENGALA
Italian post-punk/shoegaze collective Be Forest return to the airwaves with ‘Bengala,’ the first offering from their upcoming third album Knocturne.
And what a tour de force it is; After nearly five years since their last album, Be Forest are definitely back with a bang. ‘Bengala’ is perhaps their most hypnotic effort to date, blending the dreamy aesthetic of guitar-led shoegaze with rising cinematic soundscapes of celestial synth and swirling stadium drums.
It truly evokes a feeling of the epic, crafting a musical landscape that sounds akin to a soaring sonic skyline of a distant planet.
“‘Bengala’ is the spotlight that lights up the stage after the curtains open,” explain the band. “A celestial body which at the moment of its impact allows us to glimpse our surroundings – it’s the brightest point, the north of the compass. This is, though, only ONE of the coordinates of Knocturne. Perhaps the most reassuring.”
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Jamila Woods – ZORA
Zora Neale Hurston was an acclaimed novelist who studied the vast complexity of black culture. She was a curious soul who wrote about everything—from marriage and Caribbean voodoo to the American South—by fully immersing herself in it. Yet for whatever reason, Hurston never got the credit she deserved when she was alive; even her masterwork—1937’s Their Eyes Were Watching God—was excoriated by fellow authors in the Harlem Renaissance. Undeterred, Hurston lived abundantly, sailing through criticism with the utmost grace.
Jamila Woods celebrates the icon on “ZORA,” the first single of her forthcoming album LEGACY! LEGACY!, by singing from Hurston’s imagined perspective. Woods—in the spirit of Hurston—hears all the scrutiny from the likes of Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison, but it doesn’t affect her in the slightest. “Your words don’t leave scars/Believe me I’ve heard it all,” Woods declares with a shrug. Hurston was different: Born in 1891 in Alabama, she grew up around black excellence and could readily engage with pastors and lawmakers who enforced her creativity. She was never taught to feel inferior because of her skin color. Woods honors that independence and does a masterful job of connecting past and present, using contemporary R&B to laud Hurston’s character. It’s not only a vibrant cut, it’s a proper kiss-off to those who think they know you, though they haven’t taken time to engage. Hurston never stopped growing; she filled her enemies with white light.
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Afro B – Melanin (Remix) ft. Yemi Alade
Daniel Avery – Under The Tallest Arch
London-based photographer and filmmaker Tom Andrew returns to present his third music video for Daniel Avery, further exploring found moments of dance from archive footage of clubs.
“Under The Tallest Arch” follows up its predecessor “Glass”, which we ranked #4 in our Best Music Videos of 2018, but this time shifts focus from the club to the closer confines of a motion capture studio. Live interactive projections are beamed onto the walls and bodies of the dancers in a strobe light fashion – giving it an ethereal sense of motion.
“Three characters together with three styles of choreographed movement evolve through the video, representing a state of mind progression from these archived moments. This fresh cut introduces a collection that affords time dwelling outside of the margins of where club and home listening music intersect, perhaps further blurring the boundaries. Waves of spectral noise roll with energy, while pristine breakbeats intersect with introspective, subtle acid lines. Once more, close your eyes, press repeat.”
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