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THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 43

We cover the genre of Hip Hop today with a couple of the below listings. They both showcase wonderfully well just how wide and varied the subject gets either side of the Atlantic. Enjoy…

AZEALIA BANKS

Americans do Hip Hop best. You don’t have to be an expert to know it. They invented it and their smooth accents always roll over the beats far better than their British or French counterparts.  For us here at The Recommender it’s generally only the ones trying something fresh that stand out. Having been in contact with the 18 year old Azealia (aka Miss Banks) a few weeks back we were pleased to see that she had subsequently emailed us the finest of her tunes to date (attached below). It’s with this tune that we can showcase why she caught our attention. It’s packed with Electro-Funk, (the basslines are as smooth as a Grandmaster Flash tune.), jammed with awesome retro samples and is as club ready as an Uffie tune (like Uffie she had backing from Diplo on her tune ‘Supplier‘). Unlike Speech Debelle, (below), this female solo rapper, from Harlem, is pushing for a more aggressive approach, with her talk of fucking and receiving head she’s not shy either. She has what all great rappers hold – rapid, smooth, direct lyrics, with plenty of shock and punch, that don’t take themselves too seriously. Oh and they always seem to have a trick up their sleeves. With Miss Banks it’s her crossover appeal and her sex-fired subject matter. You have been warned. (MB)

Find her here:         Myspace

Hear her here:        MISS BANKS – LIKE NO OTHER (ysi)

SPEECH DEBELLE

Following on from the tinge of Hip Hop on this post, we bring you, the now Mercury nominated, Speech. Her album was emailed to us with instructions to “file under The UK’s Next First Lady”. If high aims is what this female, solo lyricist from London wants to achieve then the Mercury nomination is precisely the way to gain propulsion. As with every album that gets the mercurial seal of approval the inevitable rocket that subsequently sits under their sales figures only goes to help them ride into the wider public consciousness. If you didn’t know her before, you soon will. At first listen we admit she seemed somewhat lacking in the wheel reinvention department. However, the choice of acoustic backing tracks and slowed beats, allow the focus to never wander from her lyrical mastery. She holds a softly-spoken voice that is packed with emotion and heartfelt words that surprise with the occasional punch. Joined on the album by the equally interesting Micachu (& The Shapes), as well as label mates Roots Manoeuvre, she’s clearly getting backed by her Big Dada label for the debut, ‘Speech Therapy’. It’s a classic ‘grower’ that shows it’s class the more attention the listener gives it. (MB)

Find her here:       Myspace

Hear her here:       SPEECH DEBELLE – THE KEY (ysi)

THE MUMMERS

Away from the American influences now and in fact far closer to home, The Mummers of Brighton are like a travelling circus come troubadour act transported from some Eastern European fairytale whose infectious dose of Polka, Russian folk, Bavarian pomposity and Bjork inject some well needed colour to the current music scene. Tracks like ‘March Of The Dawn’ and ‘Wonderland’ sound like Arcade Fire performing lullabies to grown ups; highly sweet but entrancing. This twenty-piece band are assembled round its two key founders, London born singer/multi-instrumentalist Raissa Khan-Panni and Brighton composer/studio-smith Mark Horwood; who lives in a tree house. Both have spent the last 18 months refining their multi-layered brand of Indie which has already been critically acclaimed, got them a spot on Jools Holland’s show, ‘Later with…’, earlier in the year, as well as a place on this years Glastonbury roster. The debut LP ‘Tale To Tell’ is out now and you can see them live at the Bestival in September. As an additional treat we also attach the excellent cover they did of Passion Pit’s ‘Sleepyhead’. (DV)

Find them here:       Myspace

Hear them here:       THE MUMMERS – WONDERLAND (ysi)
Hear them here:       THE MUMMERS – SLEEPYHEAD (Passion Pit cover)       (ysi)

Have any Recommender readers got any thoughts on those recently announced Mercury Music Prize nominees? Any glaringly obvious artists missing from the list? Agree or disagree with those on it? Check it out here and comment or message us…

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