Playlist: New music and a new beginning

I don’t usually ‘inflict’ my music tastes on anyone, but… Inspired in part by last months Black History Month UK & the persistent uncertain times we find ourselves in, New Beginning is my latest specially curated collection of music by a diverse array of artists. The playlist is available in 3 separate volumes, or as 1 bumper collection. The playlist is available on Apple Music here along with many other special collections. Enjoy!

Listen to the brand new, unreleased but sublime single from Kathryn Williams called ‘Heart Shaped Stone’ from the forthcoming album ‘Crown Electric.’ The single is due out early next month. More to follow. But in the meantime…


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New Music, New UK Tour! Kathryn Williams launches new project, ‘The Pond’

The Pond is a ‘democratic mud pit’ in which Kathryn Williams – ‘Without doubt one of the most authentic folk voices in the country’ (Q) – has teamed up with fellow musicians, Simon Edwards and Ginny Clee for an album project – more Gorillaz than Guthrie – that will take many by surprise. Their self-titled debut is released by One Little Indian on 28th May, for now you can catch a sneak preview of new song ‘The River’ at The Pond is an explosion of ideas augmenting vintage beats, 60’s pop, Eastern flavoured loops – and even a rapper. The music developed – alongside friendships – over a two year period of on/ off recording at Simon & Ginny’s home studio in North London and by exchanging files over email with Newcastle-based Kathryn. Pooling their talents into The Pond’s eponymous debut, the album’s 11 tunes are infused with the warmth and playfulness of its makers – with Adrian Utley’s mix leavening the ultra-vivid melodies with depth and a surprisingly louché sophistication.
A quick heads up on Kathryn’s co-conspirators. Simon – a much in demand session player – cut his teeth in Fairground Attraction scoring a worldwide hit with Perfect in 1988, the song winning the Best Single award at the following year’s BRITS (the parent album, The First of a Million Kisses also picking up the Best Album gong). Ginny meanwhile started out in her pop life as one half of The Dear Janes, subsequently contributing vocals to records by everyone from Robert Plant to Robyn Hitchcock.
The band are also excited to announce live dates for late May and early June.
Mon 28 May – Brighton Komedia
Tue 29 May – London Union Chapel
Wed 30 May – Manchester Ruby Lounge
Fri 01 Jun – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Sat 02 Jun – Glasgow King Tuts
Sun 03 Jun – Gateshead Sage 2

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