– GUERRILLA WARFARE –
Technically-speaking, I’m still angry with Allysha Joy.
Last year, the 30/70 singer played a solo set at Gondwana Records’ 10th anniversary gig at Camden’s Roundhouse and massively over-ran – delaying the emergence of Belgian arch-lunatics STUFF, I might add – while she nattered on about menstrual cycles and the like (note, this is not a sexist comment – she was actually talking about menstrual cycles…
For a long time…
Like, a really long time.)
But that was before I heard Nu-Spring, a track she recorded with her revolving cast of Melbourne musical renegades back in 2017.
Specifically, that vocal performance. I mean, what a performance! I love the way she throws her voice in some shamanistic chant kind of way. I don’t know what she’s saying or what language it’s in (please God, don’t let it be more period-talk!) but it’s entrancing.
And backed by the funky soul licks of Ziggy Zeitgeist, Horatio Luna, Thomas & Chaser, not to mention the knob-twiddling prowess of Hiatus Kaiyote’s Paul Bender and a transient supporting cast of up to four more musicians at any one time, it makes for a track that will always be my flavour of the month… no matter what time of the month it is.
MORE FROM THIS WEEK’S MIX
DUCKWRTH: LOVE IS LIKE A MOSHPIT
JAMILA WOODS: BASQUIAT
SERPENTWITHFEET: MESSY (ACOUSTIC)
P.S. You can find all of the tracks reviewed above in the 45 Revolutions per Minute playlist below or click to access the 45 RPM Playlist on Spotify itself.
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– SV –