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