Each week we recommend the amazing music releases you cannot miss. This week, award-winning Fatou Mata Diawara, Emma Bates who interprets Genesis in her latest single. In addition, new remixes of Ace of Base’s songs Life Is A Flower, Never Gonna Say I’m Sorry, Lucky Love, C’est La Vie (Always 21) / Everytime It Rains.
Fatou MATA Diawara
Fatou Mata Diawara has won the “Newcomer” award in the prestigious Songlines Magazine’s annual poll. The award, voted by Songlines readers and the public, is meant to celebrate and recognise the vast amount of talented musicians around the world. “Newcomer” is one of four award categories. Fatou Mata has also just recorded two new videos, one for “Sowa” and one for “Kele” from the album “Fatou”. “Kele” is a song about war, which was recorded in response to the deep political situation in the Fatou Mata’s home country of Mali. Watch the video here. Fatou Mata will play at festivals in Scandinavia this summer, including the Stockholm Music And Arts Festival.
Emma Bates is undoubtedly one of the best kept secrets in electronic music. Something we hope will change in 2012 when Emma who’s a contracted producer and artist to Playground Music’s new label Uniform Beat is planning for a bunch of single releases. Emma has previously released two albums and various singles under the name of “Misfortune”.Emma started out in the music world where indie-pop and electronica has become more commercialized and is now moving into house, electro and pop, always with a depth and a swing that’s out of the ordinary. Now it’s time to release music under her own name and first out is a cover of the Genesis classic “Tonight Tonight Tonight” and Emma’s version is transformed into a veritable dance floor monster track. Listen to “Tonight Tonight Tonight” here.
“It sounds like Gene Clark, Roger McQuinn and the other The Byrds-members are migratory birds that just landed in a tree in Castle Forest.” So wrote Jan Gradvall in its four-star Di-Review of Popcorn Graffiti, Easys new album. Reunification has also been hailed by the Daily News “This sounds crisp and rekindled, as if they were twenty years younger again.” (4), Smålandsposten “… this is almost the perfect pop album.” (Grade 5) and Andres Lokko in the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. The new single from the album called “Song to remember.” Listen to it here.