Every month the AUPEO! content team decides which artists are especially worth lending your ears to. Please enjoy our selection for September 2015!
She is the one of the most interesting Singer/Songwriters of present. With her mixture of pop and electronic Holter is blowing up the usual context of trivial songs. On her new record Have you in my wilderness the American multi-instrumentalist again defines her own sound-spectrum of catchy complexity.
These guys do not need an introduction. They wrote music history with Joy Division and continued on their way with New Order. Music Complete is the first record in ten years and it’s just great to hear when pioneers like these are not ceasing to make good music.
This British singer/songwriter is part of a generation of new voices that transports great harmonies and emotions. File him next to Ben Howard, Sam Smith, Birdy or Adele. His debut Whishes is coming out September 18th.
No, these guys did not use a time machine to bring the early ’70s to the here and now. You can call it Retro-Rock but at the same time Kadavar sounds fresh and are simply too cool to just copy some old dried-up riffs. They are from Berlin and that’s also the name of their new record. Stop cutting your hair and catch them live if you get the chance!
Veteran disco DJ had a great summer playing gigs all round europe. Check him out on AUPEO!
One of the last living truly great innovators of the 1960s, Wayne Shorter turned the ripe old age of 82 on August 25th. He’s still going strong, gigging all over the world with his long-standing quartet, and his playing is as expressive as ever. His achievements during his life so far are impossible to overstate, and here’s hoping we get to enjoy his music for many more years to come.
Sons of Kemet
The double-drummer quartet led by UK saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings released their debut album ‘Burn’ in 2013 to much critical acclaim. Their visceral, driving, earthy percussion-led grooves are equal parts hypnotic and energising, coupled with the gutsy tuba bass, make for a powerful and assertive sound. They return in September with more of the same, a new album entitled ‘Lest We Forget What We Came Her To Do’, and if it’s anything like the last offering (spoiler: it is) then it’s going to be a wild ride.
Maddie & Tae
A young duo, two 20-year-old blondes calling for a revolution – singing “Shut Up and Fish” to the ever-feckless patriarchal fan-boyhood of country media – intentionally posing themselves as the antidote to the “Bro Country” virus corrupting the current stream. If you feel like it’s time to learn more about Maddie & Tae, their debut album “Start Here” is the obvious place to start.
The Sons of the Pioneers
If “The Sons of the Pioneers” sounds familiar, like a bearded 2015 Americana fiddle-pop band, don’t be foolish – it’s actually one of the longest-surviving country vocal groups, preaching the “wonder-working power in the blood of the lamb” since 1933. This is apparently when fire and brimstone started to sound cozy. Accepted into mainstream radio as “Living Room Doom” – It’s overtly white, it’s God-fearing, so it’s really pretty dark, and yet somehow it’s extremely conservative. “Read the Bible Every Day” is a banger.
In September AUPEO! pays tribute to harpsichordist and director Alan Curtis, who passed away this summer. Curtis was instrumental in revolutionizing the performance practice of baroque music and has a formidable body of recorded work ranging from pieces for solo harpsichord to operas with his ensemble Il Complesso Barocco.
If you order a Schnipo Schranke in a German takeaway you would get a schnitzel and pommes with ketchup and mayonnaise. If you use this technical term at a record store you would get the debut record Satt of this german duo including minimal indie pop songs with a delicious taste.
Bulgarian producer Kink has been on fire for some time now and this summer he took his live set all around Europe and touched down recently in Berlin for a great live set at Atonal festival.