Australian folk rock band the Waifs are set to release their eighth album Beautiful You this week, and just in time they’ve put together a great little lo-fi video for the song “Black Dirt Track”. Shot by singer/guitarist Vikki Thorn in the Western Australia beach town she and her sister (and bandmate) Donna Simpson spent a lot of time at as kids, both the track and video hold deep personal meaning for the two women.
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Singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik will be releasing his eighth album Legerdemain this fall, and in the wake of the release of the contemplative singles “Photograph” and “Circling” he’s now put out the vibrant track “Birmingham”, which you can hear below. melding folk and blues influences with a sprightly electronic groove, it’s a great little change of pace from the acoustic-based tracks, an injection of modern sounding yet old-fashioned soul into an already soulful record.
A native of southeast London, Kayla Griffiths attended the acclaimed BRIT School, a classmate of Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Jessie J. After a 2013 EP, she’s since teamed up with the production team of Brian Vibberts and Alex Houton, who with partner Adam Wake made her their first signing to their new label Metro 3 Entertainment.
In the wake of a 2014 comeback that saw her album Seven chart across Europe and the UK, British R&B/soul great Lisa Stansfield will be releasing the two-CD live album Live in Manchester next month. Fittingly, there’s no better way to preview this release than with the song that started it all for her, the classic 1989 global smash “All Around the World”. More than a quarter century later the classy yet sneakily gritty song has aged beautifully.
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