Jams of the Week: Lady Leshurr, Raveena Aurora, Hotel Books, and more

New music this week from Lady Leshurr, Raveena Aurora, Abattior Blues, Hotel Books and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings.

And don’t forget to check out our UK Fresh List on Spotify, updated weekly with new music by fledging artists we can’t get enough of, and returning stars.

‘Queen’s Speech 7’ by Lady Leshurr
Vying for the rap throne with more of her side-splitting cheek is Birmingham’s Lady Leshurr, who returned this week with another ‘Queen’s Speech’. Entering on a camel (because, why not?), Leshurr marches down a motorway dressed like a black Lara Croft, mixing mischief with a fair bit of social comment (“Who stood up when Grenfell?”).

‘Sweet Time’ by Raveena Aurora
Indian-American musician Raveena Aurora recently shared the blissful ‘Sweet Time’. Harp strings sing like bluebirds in spring and Raveena completes the picture of this mellow neo-soul groove with her supple tones. A major talent to watch for lovers of Corinne Bailey Rae or Tweet.

‘Blinded’ by Abattoir Blues
Brighton newcomers Abattoir Blues (named after the Nick Cave album) unleashed their gravely punk rock with the raucous ‘Blinded’. It appears on their forthcoming debut EP of the same name, due on November 24 through Telharmonium.

‘Matter of Time’ by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Last year we lost soul legend, Sharon Jones. Earlier this month, her label, Daptone Records, shared this little nugget of spirited soul, taken from her posthumous final album, Soul of a Woman. It’s due to be released on November 17.

‘I’m Almost Happy Here’ by Hotel Books
Californian vocalist Cam Smith – who’s cadence could see him masquerade as a journeyman version of Sage Francis – delivers a haunting, poetic monologue about love lost in Hotel Books’s latest single. The rock group’s new album, Equivalency, is out in February 2018.

Image: courtesy of Lady Leshurr