There's no denying that Palestinian-born Merna has pipes of gold. The dynamic singer-songwriter, who first made a name for herself collaborating with Jazzy Jeff, recently shed her long-time stage moniker Ayah. Her first album under her given name, The Calling, just came out in November.
This mixtape highlights some of the music reviewed and discussed in our latest print issue: (Re)Vision. We’ve got a track from Icelandic hip-hop girl troop Reykjavikurdaetur, a new track from the legendary Vashti Bunyan, and some good old fashion girl band magic with tracks inspired by Hannah Steinkopf-Frank’s article "They’ve Got The Beat: Surveying Girl Groups Through the Ages." Happy listening!
For this mix I wanted to shed light on the versatility of hip-hop. From Baths' warped vocals to Flying Lotus' soulful drum breaks, the music in this mix embodies the middle ground, where all cultures and eclectic music lovers can vibe. It stretches from jazz to R&B to hip-hop to alternative and back.
Under the pseudonym of Grouper, musician Liz Harris creates mysterious, multi-layered sonic landscapes. On her 10th studio album, Ruins (which debuted on Kranky Records at the end of October), Harris’ voice floats delicately above a mass of sounds: twinkling piano notes and low-octave synth drone and swarm like a hive of busy bees
This year's Siren Nation festival wrapped up in Portland on Wednesday, with a great show from Mirah and Luz Mendoza. Siren Nation is a Portland-based organization that showcases women in the arts all year long—check them out! We put together a mix of our favorite music from this year's festival, featuring songs from Mirah, Lemolo, Natasha Kmeto, Fault Lines, and Edna Vazquez.
I've been reading a lot of feminist sci-fi recently. On my bedstand are Octavia Butler and Nalo Hopkinson and I spent last night watching the behind-the-scenes making of Alien. Since I've got dystopia on the brain, here are 16 tracks of brassy electro-tinged songs we'll be dancing to long after robots overlords conquer the earth.
This week's mixtape comes to us from Tel Aviv radio broadcaster Nitzan Pincu, who hosts a radio show dedicated to feminist and queer artists. Nitzan put together this mix of queer artists from around the Middle East.
Sadie Dupuis is at the center of up-and-coming band Speedy Ortiz. Band photo via Car Park Records.
At first, Speedy Ortiz may appear to be just another band in the current ‘90s rock comeback. But what sets the Northampton, Massachusetts-based band apart from the pack is their sincere, intriguing songwriting. Speedy Ortiz does a lot of things right as far as making the past decade’s sound still relevant.