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ikonika and goldielocks for charity fundraiser

On Tuesday, December 22, London venue Cargo will host See You Next Tuesday, a beat-centric night with an all-female lineup including DJs, MCs and vocalists, every one unique and pushing boundaries in their respective fields. As if the female-centric vibe wasn’t enticing enough, it’s also a fundraiser in aid of VDay, a global charity that challenges violence against women and girls and provides safe houses and support for victims, a crucial organisation when one considers that one in three UK women are on the receiving end of domestic violence. The lineup for this rather fabulous shindig includes headliner Ikonika, a woman who’s spearheading a new direction of bass-driven discovery on revered and evolutionary label Hyperdub Records, and South London production queen Goldielocks, who’ll be bringing some urban eclecticism to the proceedings.

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sail away ladies
November 30, 2009, 12:52 pm
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An animated video by Anika Mottershaw of top blog Anika In London and Wears The Trousers editor Alan Pedder, made in 9 hours in Alan’s kitchen last Friday. Who needs a budget when you have coloured paper, White-Tak and a bit of imagination?

stream our odetta tribute album in full
November 30, 2009, 12:20 pm
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erin mckeown: hundreds of lions (2009)
November 30, 2009, 12:01 pm
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Erin McKeown
Hundreds Of Lions ••••
Righteous Babe

Things have hardly been quiet on the new album front for Erin McKeown lately, with a standards set (2006’s Sing You Sinners) and a live album (2007’s Lafayette) keeping the acclaimed Virginian singer-songwriter on the road, but there’s extra reason to celebrate the arrival of Hundreds Of Lions, her first collection of original material since 2005’s We Will Become Like Birds. Newly signed to Righteous Babe Records, McKeown has a witty, imaginative writing style in common with her new label boss Ani DiFranco, and long-time fans will rejoice at the return of her clear and natural alto, a no-frills instrument that brings a wonderfully effective sophistication to her songs. Newcomers, too, will find much to discover in this richly diverse collection that casts McKeown in a range of different guises.

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scary mansion: make me cry (2009)
November 30, 2009, 8:45 am
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Scary Mansion
Make Me Cry ••½
Zum / Talitres

Scary Mansion is the pseudonym of Brooklyn-based Leah Hayes, a woman whose music has thus far dwelt rather aptly in places just as dark and uncanny. Her 2008 debut Every Joke Is Half The Truth was a brooding, antifolk trip to some decidedly gloomy vicinities, very much reminiscent of Cat Power’s Moonpix-era output. Though the album was perfectly competent and enjoyable, Hayes was unable to extricate herself from Cat Power’s trademark style, creating songs that felt far too familiar to be truly exciting. For an artist with Hayes’s creative flare (she is also an author and illustrator), it was a disappointing first effort.

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out now! wears the trousers tribute to odetta
November 30, 2009, 8:32 am
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Beautiful Star: The Songs Of Odetta now available on iTunes worldwide!
Also available through Amazon; more digital retailers to be added soon.
Limited edition digipak CDs on sale here.