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NAO – Fool To Love

Having had her ‘February 15’ EP on repeat for pretty much all the time since it came out, new music from Nao was welcomed with open arms…

To our relief/delight ‘Fool To Love’ continues in the rich neo-soul vein that Nao mines so effectively. As the second teaser (‘Bad Blood’ being another emotional, synth-laden modern ballad) for her debut album, again put out on Little Tokyo Recordings, it also acts as the perfect promo for her current European tour. Several dates are already sold out but there’s still plenty of reachable gigs for those who want to hear those vocals live and unfiltered.

Go on then, here’s ‘Bad Blood’ too:

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Jacques Greene – FACT Mix 467 (Oct ’14)

What a treat of a Monday morning.

Ahead of his performance on Friday at London’s Roundhouse (where HD will be hugging the barriers down the front), all-time HD fave Jacques Greene has pulled together a FACT mix to start your week off on the right foot. Together with some J Greene unreleased stuff, there’s also a cracking Evian ‘Trance Lord’ Christ track to watch out for.

It kicks off with a graduation speech given by Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs at Howard University, that’s all you need to know really.

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SOHN @ Gorilla, Manchester

HD took a trip up North to catch SOHN play live last night at Manc underground venue Gorilla.  Amidst all the Warehouse Project-related chaos in Manchester during the winter months, Gorilla will play host to some of the most exciting talents in electronic music, including Dan Shake and Bondax, and it’s a venue well worth checking out.

Originally born in South London, Christopher Taylor a.k.a SOHN relocated to Vienna in 2012 and his music reflects perfectly the difference between the two cities. He pairs hectic soundscapes with lonely vocal stretches, not afraid to leave seemingly endless silences for the audience to wonder what’s to come. Melancholy is a consistent theme throughout, with his sorrowful vocals at the heart of the music, but it’s soulful too and songs like ‘Lights’ are borderline groovy.

This mix of tranquillity and chaos in his music translated amazingly into a live performance, not least because he shows himself to be an incredible musician. He began with more down-tempo numbers such as ‘Bloodflows’ and ‘Oscillate’ and, after a pause and a warning of what was to come, he ramped things up in the second half, belting out ‘The Wheel’ to the crowd’s delight. Backed by a stunning lights show, SOHN provided a visual and audio delight.

Sadly he’s now embarking on a three month world tour but after last night, could it be worth a trip to Brooklyn next month?

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