First up is the album… I’ve mentioned ‘Allo Darlin in previous letters, but with their unfortunate split in 2016, we didn’t get a chance to get one of their records out to you. Luckily, Elizabeth Morris, the voice behind the band, has a new project from her new home in Oslo. Together with her husband Ola Innset (from Making Marks and Sunturns) and a couple others, Elva, combines the lush melodies of ‘Allo Darlin with the cold Scandinavian air for a lush album with Winter Sun. I’m super excited to get this out to you folks and see what you think, because I think it’s already one of my albums of the year, and is in the same vein as some of my previous W&S favourites like Owl & Mouse.
Second up is this month’s EP. London’s Rhythm Section have become stalwarts in what electronica can be over the last ten years. They’re continuing this with Peckham-based Pinty, who’s King Krule produced EP City Limits is a glorious combination of wonky house beats and laid back MC styles. It reminds me a lot of early The Streets at their most chill, or the subtle contemplation of George the Poet, but way more danceable. All the songs ooze of south-east London, with the wonky, lethargic beats perfect for both a summer’s day and a darkened basement in a dingy boozer.