From Beyonce’s secret album drops to Jay Z’s new streaming app TIDAL, artists are finding more and more novel ways to release their music. Step in Oh Wonder, the South London duo who are gracing the internet with their album in one month instalments over on Soundcloud. Now nine months into the project, the latest track ‘Landslide’ was uploaded today – and we love its cute boy/girl vocals and laid-back electro sound. We caught up with Anthony and Josephine to ask about the tracks that have influenced them – check out their ultimate playlist below.
Childish Gambino – ‘Sober’
“This is one of our favourite videos of all time. It’s hilarious and beautifully executed – Childish Gambino has got moves! Our favourite part is when he jumps onto the hidden travelator and slides across the screen like an absolute legend.”
Kwabs – ‘Perfect Ruin’
“Perfect Ruin has made us extremely excited for Kwabs’ debut album. We love this chilled and reflective side to his music, and his voice is just ridiculous.”
Majid Jordan – ‘Her’
“Our friend Raye showed us this video on a writing session recently, and we all just sat there with our mouths open in silence watching it. It is sheer beauty in monochrome.”
Ryn Weaver – ‘Octahate’
“Ryn is a goddess. We had the good fortune to see her perform her first London show last week and she blew us away with her dazzling vocals and cute charisma. ‘Octahate’ was her last song of the set, and the energy in the room was so encompassing that loads of people climbed up on the tiny stage and jumped around with her. It was such a unifying moment to watch.”
Bon Iver ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me / Nick Of Time’
“This classic Bonnie Raitt tune (possibly one of the best songs ever written) gets a makeover from musical genius Justin Vernon. There is so much sentiment and nostalgia hearing a man sing it. Shiver-inducing.”
Heading to Field Day festival this weekend? We’ve made a schedule so you don’t have to – read on for our can’t-be-missed acts of the weekend.
3pm TEI SHI
Brooklyn-based singer Tei Shi is one of our favourite new girls at Topshop – thanks to her electro-meets-RnB single ‘Bassically‘ and an ability to rock military uniforms like a boss. We’ll be kicking off Day 1 with her DJ set at the Jungle Bandstand.
7.45pm CHET FAKER
Chet Faker is sexy. And he also makes sexy music. So thanks to Crack Magazine for including him on their Field Day stage this year. Not heard of him? Listen to the super-smooth ‘Built on Glass’ and ’Gold’ and you’ll be hooked.
9.15pm FKA TWIGS VS. CARIBOU
The dilemma! We’ll be running back and forth between FKA Twigs’ ever-mesmerising R&B performance and a blissed-out electro set from Caribou. It’s the worst headliner clash since Beyonce and City and Colour at Glastonbury 2013…
5.00pm MAC DEMARCO
Gap-toothed chiller Mac DeMarco is back with new material and it’s getting better and better. His lazy sun-drenched sound (think Beach House mixed with Kurt Vile) paired with a weather forecast of 20+ degrees is guaranteed to get you in a summer mood.
6.30pm PATTI SMITH
What better way to spend your Sunday evening than seeing Patti perform her iconic album ‘Horses’ in full? Long live the godmother of punk!
Need a little more soul on your summer playlist? Look no further than Barli. The hard-to-pin-down Londoner who’s gorgeous vocals and lush electro beats make for the most seductive and chilled-out tunes. After buzzed about gigs at The Waiting Room and Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen, Barli is launching her second EP, Streeters. Read on to hear about Barli’s eclectic inspo and what festivals she’s planning to out at.
There’s a lot of soul in your music. Where do you get your inspiration?
Gil Scott Heron and Janet Jackson. I’ve been revisiting The Velvet Rope recently, Janet Jackson taught me about the softer, more subtle side to your voice that is just as powerful, if not more so, than the full belting side to your voice. Sometimes less is so much more. I like to use every corner of my voice across the two EPs, Pebbles, and this current one, Streeters.
When did you know you wanted to work in music?
Music is a compulsion, it is something i started doing naturally from a very young age. Singing, writing, playing; every time I had a spare minute. I made it into my everyday life and it’s slowly becoming my full time hobby. It’s a long hard slog with many pit falls but I have learnt to focus on becoming a better singer and writer, and making music that is completely true to me. That way no matter what happens I’ll always have something I am truly proud of to show the grand kids!
Which musician’s career would you like to emulate?
Prince. The total musicianship, pushing boundaries with style and production yet prolifically writing timeless songs for decades. Also, creating incredible live shows, surrounded by the best musicians and reaching real music lovers.
How would you describe your style and on stage look?
Noir and B chic.
What’s been your best gig to date?
Our debut show in January this year was packed with people singing the words. There was a couple in the audience fully getting it on when we were playing Pebbles! I couldn’t believe it, all our hard work locked in the studio for a year had connected and paid off. It was a very special moment for us. I can’t wait for the next one at St. Pancras Old Church on 8th October. It’s an incredible venue we have always wanted to play and we can finally get to play live the way we want in surroundings which bless the music. We have many special touches planned for our new fans. It’s the perfect spot to connect.
What are you most looking forward to over the summer?
Going to loads of festivals! Checking out as much live music as possible. Tei Shi at Field Day and SBTRKT at Outlook especially.
Listen to more BARLI’s gorgeous soul over on her soundcloud.
FKA Twigs, Caribou, Patti Smith – the Field Day line-up just gets better and better and we can’t wait! East London’s favourite festival is taking place on 6th-7th June this summer and we’ve got the ultimate prize up for grabs.
Not only could you win a pair of tickets to the festival in Victoria Park, but the prize also includes a night’s stay at the achingly cool Ace Hotel in Shoreditch for you and a friend. Forget festival camping – you’ll be put up in one of the Ace’s luxe boutique rooms (all vintage furniture and modern art on the walls) and be treated to breakfast from its Bulldog Edition cafe.
Sound good? To enter, simply look out for the daily competition tweet here and retweet to win!