Jams of the Week: Songhoy Blues, Nadine Shah, Chainska Brassika, and more

Big tunes from Lon­don, Jamaica, New York and beyond this week.

‘Bamako’ by Song­hoy Blues
The boys from Tim­buk­tu are back with more desert blues to ignite your sens­es. ‘Bamako’ is tak­en from the group’s forth­com­ing sec­ond album, Résis­tance.

‘Out the Way’ by Nadine Shah
The ever-chal­leng­ing Nadine Shah brings us ‘Out the Way’, a strong expres­sion of her mixed her­itage, and iden­ti­ty as a sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion immi­grant to the UK, which she deliv­ers with the feroc­i­ty of Anna Calvi.

‘Don’t You Try (feat. Toots)’ by Chain­s­ka Brassika
Lon­don ska ensem­ble, Chain­s­ka Bras­si­ka, are have been gain­ing atten­tion since the release of 2015 album, Skin­na. This delec­table sin­gle was record­ed in Kingston, Jamaica, at the leg­endary Har­ry J Stu­dios, and fea­tures the equal­ly leg­endary reg­gae artist, Toots.

‘No Time to Lose’ by Madi­son McFerrin
Gor­geous acap­pel­la har­monies and doo-wops from this fresh­ly emerg­ing Brook­lyn soul singer, Madi­son McFer­rin. ‘No Time to Lose’ is tak­en from her Find­ing Foun­da­tions: Vol I EP.

‘The Appren­tice (feat. Rag‘n’Bone Man, Zebra Katz & Ray Blk)’ by Gorillaz
An eleven-hour release from Goril­laz, ahead of their new album Humanz, ‘The Appren­tice’ fea­tures appear­ance by the UK ris­ing stars, Rag‘n’Bone Man and Ray Blk, and US rap­per Zebra Katz. We’ve had this one on repeat since we heard it, and we’ve got a feel­ing it’s going to be spin­ning for a long time to come yet.


On the Lev­el’ by Mac DeMarco

Image: cour­tesy of Song­hoy Blues/PR