She Don't Really CareAlicia Keys
Super smooth and super cool. ‘She Don’t Really Care’, produced by Keys’ husband Swizz Beats, sounds like real, old school hip hop. Taken from her latest album Here, the track features everything that made the genre great back in its heyday: the drums are unrushed and emphatic, New York is heavily and complacently referenced. There’s even a short throwback sample at the end of the tune. Most importantly for a hip hop song though, it confronts a side of life that people won’t always face willingly. In this case it’s a lament for women who let life pass them by too easily.
On Our WayLindsay Webster
American singer Lindsey Webster’s musical genre can be described as either soulful jazz or jazzy soul. ‘On Our Way’ is beautifully constructed and expertly delivered. Webster’s vocals are rich and full of emotion. It’s for these simple reasons that Shanachie Entertainment snapped her up after the release and success of 2015’s You Change. Her 2016 follow-up album Back to Your Heart – which features ‘On Our Way’ – came out in November last year and it cemented Webster’s place in the genre. She makes passionate music free from the cynicism of our modern world.
American in Chelsea, Sir Piers & Monique Bingham
Vibes. Vibes. Vibes. This track has the good ones in abundance and it’s still on the playlist because we absolutely love it. There is no doubt that Sir Piers and Monique Bingham are a class union. This track’s anchor comes courtesy of a slightly distorted guitar, pulsing along steadily in the background and the subtle keyboard adds the undeniable “cool”, a quality which has always been impossible to pin down. None of us can say why coolness exists in this particular song, despite it’s laid back, classy lyrics and well, just knowing that it definitely is. As ever it’s all about the Vibes, Vibes, Vibes.