Monthly Archives: July 2014

Somehow Brika’s track Mumbai only had 2.7k streams on Spotify?!?!

Yep, you heard right. Someone you haven’t heard of hasn’t got very many plays yet on Spotify. Woop-de-doo Basil, right? Well, wrong. To date, Brika has two tracks available on the aforementioned streaming site. ‘Mumbai’ was released all the way back in 2013 for Pete’s sake, and it’s yet to set the actual Internet on fire? Well shame on you internet.

This is a supernova of a star in the making. Judging by her bio, she’s not going to be your average popstar… “Her music can best be likened to a Pollock painting or a Rauschenberg collage…” Uh-huh. But let’s get away from PR guff and focus on what’s important.

On ‘Mumbai’, she sings of having “a limerance of my own.” I first heard that word from the beastly Gnarwolves, so there’s a fun counterpoint to start with. Thanks to the internet, I now know that limerance means either “an involuntary state of mind which results from a romantic attraction to another person combined with an overwhelming, obsessive need to have one’s feelings reciprocated”…..OR more recently has been associated with OCD. So is Brika just looking for love, or wanting to turn light switches on and off a certain number of times after leaving rooms? Well, I don’t know, but let’s go with the first one.

The reason that I want to pay such attention to her lyrics is down to the minimalism of the construction of ‘Mumbai’. It feels a lazy path to wander down, but hell, here goes. I listen to Brika and think of Lorde. It’s just dark, brooding, captivating, bringing together just a few small aspects to create this amazing track, just like our old pal Lorde.

So let’s promise to check in again in 6 months time and see how many 0’s have been added to that stream number. This can be a limerance of my own.

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Danica Hunter – When Will The Love Begin

Sundays. Invented by a Deity for lying around and doing nothing, nursing hangovers, and watching bad movies. I’ve done most of these already today, but I’m now attempting to be productive for a change. This means tearing through a whole raft of PR emails laying dormant in my poor inbox, and I stumbled across this. Danica Hunter hails from Henley-On-Thames, and has a debut EP out called Lies & Butterflies.

It took about 20 seconds of opening track ‘When Will The Love Begin’ for me to be sold. First up, the production is slick – we’ve got a vocal being looped and trumpets jumping on board, creating a soulful and laid-back hip-hop atmosphere. Then Danica starts to sing, with a voice that fits so well into what’s happening around her. It’s soulful, full of emotion, and completely captivating. It seems no coincidence that she shares a manager with Maverick Sabre, another artist ploughing a similar furrow of retro-soul updated with modern flourishes.

Danica describes the EP as being about “the journey from pain to reward – from teenager to young adult,” and she seems more restless than most in what she writes about. But then again we all have that restlessness inside us, it’s just that my 5-track EP would be about much I miss that pizza I just finished eating.

While I pass out from the aforementioned pizza-induced coma, have a listen to the rest of Danica’s EP through the Bandcamp widget below, and try to catch her before she explodes.

July 14 Spotify Playlist

Hey! You! You know there’s a new How To Dress Well album out, right? Of course you do, because you’re au fait with all the latest happenings. Right? Right? Well, it’s pretty darn excellent. Whereas in previous records, Tom Krell has worked hard to fuzz up his lyrics and music with a cloud of production, this record has such clarity and openess. It’s a doozy, and one of a whole truckload (well, if 9 constitutes a truckload) of excellent newy-newness in July’s Spotify playlist. Leading the way is the excellently heavy Shrine track, ‘Say You Will’. So dive in.