While ‘This Girl‘, undoubtedly one of the hits of the summer, has been riding high in the UK singles chart, Kungs has released the follow-up, ‘Don’t You Know’ feat Jamie N Commons. The video couldn’t be more summery – Kungs on the beach! – and the song proves once again the young producer’s mastery of dance-pop hooks.
Bosco Rogers’ debut album Post Exotic is a kaleidoscopic collection of flower punk and joyous psychedelia. Citing influences including The Monks, Suicide, The Gories and The B-52s, the Bosco bros are the antidote to the bleachedout banalities of earnest introspection and tawdry try-hards. Dividing their time between Hastings, UK and Rouen, France, where Barth and Del both run recording studios, Bosco Rogers have crafted a debut album that is the very antithesis of these uncertain and shadowed times in which we live. You can stream the whole thing thanks to the NME, and The Arts Desk has described it as a “psychedelic pop masterpiece.” Sounds about right.
15 July Rough Trade East in-store, London FREE
Calypso Rose was born Linda McCartha Monica Sandy-Lewis in 1940 in Bethel, a small village on the island of Tobago which, with Trinidad, is the birthplace of one of the most popular music styles in the world: calypso. A tireless worker, she has composed almost 800 songs, starting at age13, and spent 17 years singing on cruise ships for the New York-based company Celebration at Sea, before playing on the legendary stages of the Apollo and Madison Square Garden with two of the greatest calypsonians, Lord Kitchener and Mighty Sparrow. In 1972, Calypso Rose was the first artist to be awarded the title of Calypso Queen and, six years later, the gender-neutral title of Calypso Monarch.
Far From Home is (approximately) her 20th album in an eventful career started in 1964. From classic calypsos such as ‘Woman Smarter’ or ‘No Madam’ to mento with ‘Trouble’, from a ska-like ‘Far From Home’ to the soca of ‘Zoom Zoom Zoom’, nothing is too energetic, too breathless, too feverish for the legendary singer. She’s joined on the album by Manu Chao, who got involved in the project by chance following a holiday in Port of Spain, and who left his unmistakable mark by singing on three tracks (‘Leave Me Alone’, ‘Far From Home’ and ‘Human Race’). The album is out now on Because.
Taken from the album Ya Balad, with additional verses by Egyptian poet Samir Saadi, ‘Lemon’ (out now on InFiné) takes an affectionate and nostalgic look at popular Middle Eastern music for inspiration and establishes the harpsichord as the metronome for late-night dancing.
In this video, Bachar Mar-Khalifé appears to have been transformed into a lemon, mesmerised and led by comedian/director Charif Ghattas. The video was directed by the Scale collective (who also directed his videos for ‘Layla’ and ‘Le Paradis de Helki’).