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Born into an artistic family – her mother a Japanese poet, her father the legendary vocalist Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company, Queen) – Jasmine Rodgers knew her way around both keyboard and fretboard before she even enrolled at a secondary school. But given her love for art and zoology (in which she has a degree), music was initially a passionate pastime rather than a full-time pursuit. This changed when her older brother Steve, on hearing the ethereal beauty of Jasmine’s voice, asked her to sing with him and they formed the group Boa. Boa went on to record two albums, achieving renown in the Americas, France, and Japan, after their single ‘Duvet’ featured in the anime series Serial Experiments Lain. The group disbanded in 2005, but Jasmine continued her association with the anime/manga genre, writing songs for the soundtrack of Armitage: Dual Matrix, which starred Juliette Lewis.
Jasmine continued rehearsing, writing and recording, releasing an EP of self-penned alt-folk nuggets and collaborating with artists including Indian classical musicians Mendi Mohinder Singh and Waqas Choudhary. She found inspiration for new material in the exploits of her travels (live performances led her from the Royal Albert Hall to the Venice Biennale and the Edinburgh Fringe). It was one such journey to the Joshua Tree desert in California that inspired Jasmine to capture the best of her material on a full-length album. She enlisted producer Sean Genockey (Tom McRae, Futureheads), whose experience working at Joshua Tree’s Rancho de la Luna studio made him ideal for bringing forth the material’s widescreen yet rootsy vibe. Blood Red Sun, to be released later in 2016, was recorded at Black Dog Studios in London and is the sound of an exceptional artist drawing deep from global musical experiences to craft a set of inventive, euphonious 21st-century folk.Post Views: 30
This week’s episode includes the latest from Electro London, Roger Shah, Moya Brennan, Ren Stedman, STFU, Naomi Scott, and the Blue Soap Music Blue Soap Box Top 10 in independent tracks.Post Views: 83
Schoolkids Records have released The Veldt’s wonderfully titled ‘The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur’ Mixtape EP worldwide. The band is also presenting a new video for ‘One Day Out of Life’ (Andrew Prinz/ Mahogany Remix) to accompany this release.
This EP comes on the tail of their successful Record Store Day 7” single ‘Symmetry / Slow Grind’.
The album is a solid, fully loaded weapon in the shoegaze arsenal. I say this knowing how much of an oxymoronic phrase that is, given the very nature of shoegaze itself, but this is true. ‘The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur’ is a pure sonic adventure that grabs you by the ears and penetrates your mind for days afterwards. Each track is layered in multitudes of well-placed instrumentation over soothing and crooning vocals in such a way that some artists may want to rethink the way they are doing things. To make such a varied album without compromising what makes the group what it is is a sign of true musicianship.
“The Veldt could never be pigeonholed, no matter how hard the world tried to put the African-American brothers and their bandmates into a box… with songs that should have been massive hits… anthems that demand to be heard.”
“Their passion is infectious, their commitment to the unique sounds and rhythms in their perfectly calibrated guitar tones do the awesome work of elevating beyond stereotypes. In so doing, they are crafting both a loud and a quiet revolution. It is really hard to not fall in love with this band.”
– Huffington Post
“With Danny’s enveloping hooks, Daniel’s swooning falsetto… the new songs invite paradoxical praise: serenely assaultive, vertiginously soothing.”
– The Guardian
“Atmospheric sounds… their presence in and of itself is historic.”
– Noisey / VICE
“The Veldt are a unique and singular, musical proposition – authentic American soul music, without post-modern irony, without cliché. They are Kane’s kissing kousins.”
– Rudy Tambala (A.R. Kane)
“Awesome wobbly psychy guitar music and from-the-heart soulful vocals…myself and Robin Guthrie are just 2 screaming fans.”
– Creation Records’ Founder Joe Foster
“For black artists, doing anything outside of the bubble, beyond what’s derivative of what white kids are doing, being able to express yourself honestly, is not celebrated at all.” So when I heard these guys, it gave me confidence.”
– Doc McKinney (The Weeknd, Drake, Estherio)Post Views: 57