Episode 107: alt-J

“In Cold Blood”

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Alt-J formed in Leeds, England in 2007. Their debut album won a Mercury Prize, and their second was nominated for a Grammy. They released their third album, Relaxer in June 2017. In this episode, singer Joe Newman and keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton break down their song “In Cold Blood.”

You can get “In Cold Blood” on iTunes.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

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This episode is sponsored by Five Four Club, Splice, and Blue Microphones.

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Episode 106: Michael Kiwanuka

“Black Man in a White World”

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Michael Kiwanuka is a singer/songwriter from London. His second album, Love and Hate, came out in 2016, and was named one of the Best Albums of the Year from the BBC, NME, The Guardian, GQ, and more. One of the songs on the album was used as the theme for the hit HBO series Big Little Lies. In this episode, Michael breaks down the song “Black Man in a White World.”

You can get “Black Man in a White World” on iTunes.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Son House – Grinnin’ in Your Face
Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up

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This episode is sponsored by Splice, Lyft, and Blue Microphones.

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Episode 102: Gorillaz

“Andromeda” (feat. D.R.A.M.)

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Gorillaz is a creation of musician Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett. They’re a virtual band made up four animated characters. The songs are written by Damon Albarn and a roster of collaborators. Since the first album was released in 2001, Gorillaz have sold over 16 million records worldwide. In this episode, Damon breaks down the song “Andromeda” from the 2017 Gorillaz album Humanz. The song features guest vocals by D.R.A.M., a rapper and singer whose own hit single, “Broccoli,” went quadruple platinum in 2016. D.R.A.M. tells the story of how he got involved with this track, and Damon shares an exclusive clip of a scrapped version of the song with D.R.A.M. on lead vocals.

You can buy “Andromeda” and order the Gorillaz album “Humanz” on iTunes.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Twilite Tone (producer)
Michael Jackson – Billy Jean
Hall & Oates – I Can’t Go for That
Bobby Womack

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This is episode is sponsored by Cymbal, MailChimp, and Sonos.

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