May 2015 playlist
Joanna Whitehead // 31 May 2015
Gloria Jones’ stomping northern soul floor-filler ‘Tainted Love’ is fantastic but, much to the disdain of many northern soul purists out there, I must confess to preferring Soft Cell’s cover version – one of few tracks where the cover beats the original, in my opinion. I suspect that this is because I’m (just!) a child of the 1980s and can’t resist a synth.
19 year-old singer-songwriter Soak is responsible for the beautiful, dream-folk that is ‘Blud’. She’s touring the UK this month, beginning in London on 4 June. Check out the dates here and read more about this remarkable young talent and her love of skating here.
For those of you who’ve never heard Kenickie, ‘Come out tonight’ is a great introduction to this pop-punk band from the 1990s, fronted by none other than BBC Radio 6’s Lauren Laverne, fact fans. If you enjoy this, In the club, their first album, is well worth seeking out. It seemed remiss of me not to include DIY-Glaswegians Bis in my 90s nostalgia trip. Manda Rin’s shrill vocal style divided many music fans, but I always thought she – and her pipes – were awesome.
I always appreciate hearing a regional accent in a singer and The Lovely Eggs Lancastrian tones put a big smile on my face. The band released their fourth album This is our nowhere at the beginning of May and ‘Magic Onion’ is their first single from this. Read more about them and check out their forthcoming live dates here.
The image is an uppper-body shot of Soak, performing at Rough Trade East in March this year. Soak wears a black t-shirt and wears her guitar over her body. Her eyes are downcast, studying her fingers, which are placed to creat chords. Image by Aurelien Guichard, shared under a Creative Commons licence.