Artist News One Liners Releases

One Liners: Idris Elba, The Bird And The Bee, Skunk Anansie, more

By | Published on Monday 8 July 2019

Idris Elba


Idris Elba has released a new compilation of music ‘inspired’ by his recent film ‘Yardie’. “Making a film as director allowed me, for the first time, to influence the music, in this case reggae”, he says. “I had the best seat in the house, music and film. So this mixtape is the aftershock of ‘Yardie’, a collection of tunes that extends my love affair with the film. It was a true collaboration and everyone on the tape could relate to ‘Yardie'”.

The Bird And The Bee have teamed up with Beck to record a cover of Van Halen’s ‘Hot For Teacher’. “The Bird And The Bee bring unforeseen angles to the Van Halen song book”, says Beck. “Makes sense because, like Eddie Van Halen, Greg [Kurstin] is a kind of musical wunderkind in his own right and Inara [George’s] vocals bring a cool counterpart to Diamond Dave’s pyrotechnics. Making a cameo on their version of ‘Hot For Teacher’ felt like an extension of the kind of riffing and fooling around we do in the studio on a normal session”.

Skunk Anansie have released new single ‘What You Do For Love’. “The hardest songs to write are political ones, which is why we always try to avoid them”, says frontwoman Skin. “They’re supposed to just instantaneously spill out of you due to pure vexation, or they sound insincere and you fall into tired old clichés. This is one of those moments of rage! Love always seems to be the reason why people do hateful things, which I’ve never been able to understand”.

Producer Martin Terefe – known for his work with the likes of Mary J Blige, KT Tunstall, Jason Mraz and more – has released his first ever solo single, ‘Some Advice For The Kids’.

Empara Mi has released new single ‘Ditch’, built on a sample of Mozart’s ‘Requiem’. “This is about an opportunity I had, which I wanted so badly for so long, so when it came I put my blind trust in it”, she says of the inspiration for the track. “I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I hadn’t educated myself properly and so I lost myself in it and got taken advantage of more than a few times. I had a lot to learn, so I did, and switched up the conversation. I’m not waiting on anyone else anymore”.

J-pop group Niji No Conquistador have released new single ‘Ai Wo Kokoro Ni Summer To Kazoeyo’ to mark their fifth anniversary.

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