Every month the AUPEO! content team decides which artists are especially worth lending your ears to. Please enjoy our selection for May 2015!
What a voice! The British Singer/Songwriter Nadine Shah combines the darkness and drama of PJ Harvey teaming up with Nick Cave – a bittersweet desire. Please Nadine, take us to your crypt, we won’t fight back… as long as you sing for us.
East India Youth
The second record for William Doyle aka East India Youth. Culture Of Volume is a combination of sound experiment and pop, fascinating with a significant voice. You can win tickets for his Berlin show here.
Nothing horrible about this Australian four-piece – actually their amazing new album All Possible Futures might be the only warming light you’ll need this summer. A collection of sun-soaked dream-disco gems that will definitely be a highlight of our summer soundtrack.
One of the true pioneers of Delta Blues. He influenced the likes of Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson. Starting his recording career in the early 30s, he only reached international recognition during the 60s ‘Blues Revival’ where he enchanted his audiences with passionate stage performances and fierce guitar style.
Having her first hit record “Black Snake Blues” in the 20s, Victoria Spivey inspired many blues artists with her raunchy lyrics. After a 10 year break from show business in the 50s, Victoria Spivey was again high in demand during the sexual revolution of the 60s.
Jamie Cullum has been around for a while now, and it seems a long time ago that he presented his very well-received debut ‘Pointless Nostalgic’ back in 2002, and since then he’s matured musically and released a collection of fine albums that demonstrate a strong development as an artist over the last decade. He was chosen as Guest Director of the world-renowned Cheltenham Jazz Festival which took place at the beginning of this month, overseeing performers as diverse as Gregory Porter to Squarepusher, Martha Reeves to Kurt Elling, and many, many more.
A giant of the Jazz world, Cassandra Wilson returns this month with a new album of radical takes on the music of Billy Holiday. Sounds familiar? That’s probably because José James also presented an album of his interpretations of Holiday’s music earlier this year. Well, who can blame them when Billie Holiday’s music is such a vast ocean of creativity and finesse, it’s hardly surpring that she inspires so many others! ‘Coming Forth by Day’ is available on AUPEO and can be heard in the ‘Sing The Jazz’ station.
If you listen to these guys from Portland it’s never really clear whether you’re awake or dreaming. With their folky indie songs Other Lives swing somewhere between reality and illusion. And after their fabulous Tamer Animals they’re back with their third record Rituals.
It’s been six years since we’ve heard anything new from Singletary, and now he’s back as if he couldn’t keep quiet any longer. “Pack it up, Son” and “Get Out of My Country” advises the Traditionalist singer on his 2015 release There’s Still a Little Country Left. This album is full of commendable choices, especially the inclusion of the great Johnny Paycheck and his outlaw throw-back “I’m the Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised”.
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
These renowned banjoists, married both literally and musically, weave together their combined illustrious talents to make something as old as folk-music shine like new. Their eponymous album is a very calculated Americana blend, taking on an array of bluegrass and folk styles that come together with seamless improvisations.
With everyone and their mother jumping on the atmospheric PBR&B bandwagon, Ciara’s Jackie feels like a refreshing throwback to 90’s pop and R&B. Very commercial, but in a very good way.
Amethyst may ‘only’ be a free mixtape, recorded in Tinashe’s bedroom, but it also happens to be full of hazy songs to chill to on a lazy summer night.
St. Germain releases a new album after 15 years of radio silence.The first single, “Real Blues,” has been released and features the vocals of Lightnin’ Hopkins.