This week’s Listenin’ Booth includes music from Philadelphia’s Seraiah Nicole. Plus four other essential tunes you should be listening to right now.
Natural – Seraiah Nicole (R&B/Spoken Word)
This is the debut full length from Philadelphia’s Seraiah Nicole. Effortlessly straddling a mix of Rap, Poetry, Hip Hop and R&B, “The Truth Is” provides a perfect vehicle for Seraiah to share her experiences as a black woman. And believer of Christ.
Spare Ribs – Sleaford Mods (Hip Hop/Post Punk)
Recorded in lockdown in a furious three-week studio blitz at JT Soar in July, the polemical Jason Williamson and dexterous producer Andrew Fearn kick against the pricks with unrivalled bite. Railing against hypocrisy, inequality and apathy with their inimitable, scabrous sense of humour. ‘Spare Ribs’ finds the duo charged with ire at the UK Government’s sense of entitlement. Epitomized by its devil-may-care approach to the coronavirus crisis.
Imposter – Pearl Charles (Pop/Rock/Psyche)
Influenced heavily by the sun-drenched sounds of Sixties and Seventies California, Magic Mirror incorporates bright, cosmic synths and classic rock motifs. Along with brilliant, subtle flexes of country slide guitar. While Charles frequently plays with themes of self-doubt and setbacks, the buoyant instrumentation provides a freewheeling sense of optimism.
Bad News – Aaron Frazer (Pop/Soul)
Soft-spoken with the look of a slightly disaffected 1950s matinee idol, Aaron Frazer possesses a unique voice that’s both contemporary and timeless. His higher register conveys a wide emotional palate and a progressive worldview in the tradition of musical masterminds like Curtis Mayfield. While Aaron’s stirring falsetto and thoughtful songwriting have made him established in the world of revival soul music, he refuses to be pigeonholed.
Same Damn Luck – Nilüfer Yanya (Pop/Indie)
“Same Damn Luck” is a slow-paced, glitzy track with an ethereal aura. A lo-fi metronomic beat ticks across the bottom of the song while Nilüfer Yanya’s voice bounces above. Using minimal instrumentations, this track is vast with a bass that oozes into the background of the track. Filling the space in your head.