Music

Stone Foundation - "Strange People" feat. William Bell (premiere)

British soul band Stone Foundation collaborates with William Bell and Paul Weller on the new feel-good, hopeful single "Strange People".

British blue-eyed soul band Stone Foundation play straight up, feel-good, classic soul that can heal our wounded hearts in this ever more cruel world. The group's new album produced by Modfather Paul Weller is Street Rituals and will be released 31st March via 100% Records. Weller also plays on all of the tracks, which makes sense as Stone Foundation's sound is very much within Weller's wheelhouse.

By way of preview, "Strange People" is a powerful new song about the open-mindedness of children being compromised by adults that teach them stereotypes and, in some cases, hatred. Street Rituals and "Strange People" are potent messages of love, understanding, compassion and the desire for a peaceful multi-cultural world. These are messages we need more and more in this increasingly populist climate.

Band member Neil Jones says, “‘Strange People’ was written from the viewpoint of a child growing up in today's society, surrounded by a changing city and an uncertain future. Children never have any preconceptions of race, religion or creed. That's imprinted on their minds by the strange people surrounding them struggling to survive within a society divided by media driven stories and political lies."

Meanwhile, Neil Sheasby says, “Musically, I love the feel of this song, we captured it quite quickly in the studio, just a couple of takes, which I always view as a positive sign. Everything just fell into place. Having William Bell on the track, a voice that we grew up listening to, gracing those wonderful Stax recordings, was just wonderful. A real compliment that he decided to get involved too."

Stone Foundation's Street Rituals is available for pre-order now.

TOUR DATES

Fri 31 March London, Royal Albert Hall

Thu 27 April Bristol, The Fleece

Fri 28 April Manchester, The Ruby Lounge

Sat 29 April Norwich, Norwich Arts Centre

Fri 05 May Coventry, The Empire

Sat 06 May Brighton, Concorde 2

Fri 12 May Leeds, The Wardrobe

Sat 13 May London, Islington Assembly Hall

Thu 18 May Newcastle, The Cluny

Fri 19 May Edinburgh, Voodoo Rooms

Music


Books


Film


Recent
Music

Archie Shepp, Raw Poetic, and Damu the Fudgemunk Enlighten and Enliven with 'Ocean Bridges'

Ocean Bridges is proof that genre crossovers can sound organic, and that the term "crossover" doesn't have to come loaded with gimmicky connotations. Maybe we're headed for a world in which genres are so fluid that the term is dropped altogether from the cultural lexicon.

Books

Claude McKay's 'Romance in Marseille' Is Ahead of Its Time

Claude McKay's Romance in Marseille -- only recently published -- pushes boundaries on sexuality, disability, identity -- all in gorgeous poetic prose.

Music

Christine Ott Brings the Ondes Martenot to New Heights with the Mesmerizing 'Chimères'

France's Christine Ott, known for her work as an orchestral musician and film composer, has created a unique new solo album, Chimères, that spotlights an obscure instrument.

Music

Man Alive! Is a Continued Display of the Grimy-Yet-Refined Magnetism of King Krule

Following The OOZ and its accolades, King Krule crafts a similarly hazy gem with Man Alive! that digs into his distinct aesthetic rather than forges new ground.

Books

The Kinks and Their Bad-Mannered English Decency

Mark Doyles biography of the Kinks might complement a seminar in British culture. Its tone and research prove its intent to articulate social critique through music for the masses.

Music

ONO Confronts American Racial Oppression with the Incendiary 'Red Summer'

Decades after their initial formation, legendary experimentalists ONO have made an album that's topical, vital, uncomfortable, and cathartic. Red Summer is an essential documentation of the ugliness and oppression of the United States.

Film

Silent Women Filmmakers No Longer So Silent: Alice Guy Blaché and Julia Crawford Ivers

The works of silent filmmakers Alice Guy Blaché and Julia Crawford Ivers were at risk of being forever lost. Kino Lorber offers their works on Blu-Ray. Three cheers for film historians and film restoration.

Music

Rush's 'Permanent Waves' Endures with Faultless Commercial Complexity

Forty years later, Rush's ability to strike a nearly perfect balance between mainstream invitingness and exclusory complexity is even more evident and remarkable. The progressive rock classic, Permanent Waves, is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Music

Drum Machines? Samples? Brendan Benson Gets Contemporary with 'Dear Life'

Powerpop overlord and part-time Raconteur, Brendan Benson, grafts hip-hop beats to guitar pop on his seventh solo album, Dear Life.

Music

'Sell You Everything' Brings to Light Buzzcocks '1991 Demo LP' That Passed Under-the-Radar

Cherry Red Records' new box-set issued in memory of Pete Shelley gathers together the entire post-reunion output of the legendary Buzzcocks. Across the next week, PopMatters explores the set album-by-album. First up is The 1991 Demo LP.

Music

10 Key Tracks From the British Synthpop Boom of 1980

It's 40 years since the first explosion of electronic songs revitalized the UK charts with futuristic subject matter, DIY aesthetics, and occasionally pompous lyrics. To celebrate, here's a chronological list of those Moog-infused tracks of 1980 that had the biggest impact.

Reading Pandemics

Poe, Pandemic, and Underlying Conditions

To read Edgar Allan Poe in the time of pandemic, we need to appreciate a very different aspect of his perspective—not that of a mimetic artist but of the political economist.

Reviews
Collapse Expand Reviews

Features
Collapse Expand Features
PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.