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One Liners: Janelle Monáe, Alison Goldfrapp, Riton, more

By | Published on Friday 17 February 2023

Janelle Monáe


Talent management company YMU has appointed NBCUniversal’s Linda Yaccarino to the role of Group Chair. “I knew instantly I had found that person when I met Linda”, says CEO Mary Bekhait. “Her unparalleled influence, acumen and reputation are renowned. I am incredibly excited about the work that we will do together to keep driving YMU forward as the leading, global business partner for premium talent”.

Sony Music UK has promoted Jamie Spinks to Head Of A&R at Columbia Records. “I’m incredibly proud to have been offered the opportunity to be Head Of A&R at such a prestigious label”, he says. “It comes with huge responsibility to maintain its legacy as one of the biggest UK record labels, and to emulate the global success of its current established roster with new artists”.



Janelle Monáe is back with new single ‘Float’, featuring Seun Kuti & Egypt 80. The track is “inspired by Muhammed Ali talking shit in Zaire, 1974, Jane’s evolution, Mary Poppins’ umbrella, Aladdin’s magic carpet, Ja Morant’s flotation to the rim while dunking on his ops, Sara Elise’s ropes, excerpts from Paramahmsa Nithyananda’s talks on levitation, Raul’s toast on 1 Dec, and Bruce Lee’s mighty philosophy on being ‘shapeless, formless’, and becoming one with your surroundings, to be like water”.

Alison Goldfrapp has released a new collaboration with producer Paul Woodford, called ‘Fever’. “I love the simmering and explosive energy Paul has brought to my track ‘Fever’ – I can’t wait to hear it out on a sweaty dance floor”, she says. She has also announced that she will play Here at Outernet in London on 18 May.

Riton is back with new single ‘Sugar’, featuring Soaky Siren.

The Blessed Madonna has released ‘We Still Believe’, a new collaboration with Jamie Principle. “I wrote and recorded a version of this song alone in my attic over a decade ago”, she says. “I distorted my own vocals on the original, but imagined that the song would someday be performed by Jamie Principle, arguably the first real writer in house music and my hero. Eventually years later, Jamie and I met and became beloved friends. Jamie kindly agreed to re-record the song I wrote for him before I knew him and here we are, writing the next chapter together and doing it the way I imagined it all those years ago”.

100 Gecs have released new single ‘Hollywood Baby’. New album ‘10,000 Gecs’ is out on 17 Mar.

Sleep Token have announced that they will release new album ‘Take Me Back To Eden’ on 19 May and have also released new single ‘Vore’.

Benjamin Clementine has released short film ‘Portraits Of Lovelustreman (Part 1)’, directed by Curtis Essel and based on the musician’s latest album ‘And I Have Been’. It “explores survival, marriage, courage, silence, reflections, friendship, self control and love”, say Clementine and Essel. “Filming in 35mm ensured that most of the takes were shot in one. This created special moments of improvisation, giving freedom to the crew, and brought out a visceral level of authenticity in all of the artists’ performances. Allowing us to take in the questions along with the non-conventional responses to them”. Clementine is set to play the Royal Albert Hall in London on 1 Dec.

Tei Shi has released new single ‘¿Quién Te Manda?’, taken from new EP ‘Bad Premonition’, which is out on 17 Mar.

Squid Pisser – aka Deaf Club’s Tommy Meehan and Starcrawler’s Seth Carolina – have released new single ‘Liquified Remains’. Their debut album ‘My Tadpole Legion’ is out on 14 Apr. “I remember eating so many fucking hot dogs while we were writing this album”, says Meehan. “The song kinda feels to me like relish and chewed up hot dog chunks and grape jelly and tadpole eggs all being blasted and splattered against naked flesh. Pelting and grinding into the skin”.

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