I've heard of people living paycheck to paycheck but new studies have shown that since SESHWYN debuted back in late 2016, the nation is now living Podcast to Podcast. It's a worrying trend but the more we give, the more you want.
We're out here turning over rocks and digging through computer recycle bins to find the rarest recordings for your audio consumption but you guys have developed cravings for the most obscure .wavs that money literally can't buy. You're all on some new age FLAC seed diet that's putting avocado farmers out of business by the minute. It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it.
The wait is over, Episode 19 of the SESHWYN PODCAST is here for your mind, body and soul.
The EVERYTING SESHWYN playlist has of course been updated with the latest tracks from Episode 19, but I also recently combed through our extensive back catalogue and tracked down a number of songs that we have played that have since been added to Spotify because I am a sucker for accuracy. Check it out and give it a follow whilst you're at it.
The first track to elude the playlist this month comes from NAKEL (AKA Na'kel Smith) and he's imploring you to 'Go To Work'. Yet another Odd Future affiliate, Na'kel is probably best known for his skateboarding (he has three pro trainers with Adidas too) but he's now also turned his hand to music and gone down the Soundcloud Rap route. I don't think he's going to win any awards for lyricism for this one, but it probably will get stuck in your head.
Hanra came through with some UK Garage, an area which we had been severely lacking in up until now. Taken from the latest Dr Banana white label release, Island Routes hits us with a wavy little number to ensure the 'Mood Is Right' and proves that UKG isn't going anywhere.
Moonface AKA Spencer Krug has long since been a favourite of mine and it's about time he became a favourite of yours too. Perhaps most famed for his work with Wolf Parade, the prolific Canadian musician has also played in bands such as Sunset Rubdown, Frog Eyes, Swan Lake and Fifths Of Seven so it's safe to say he keeps himself busy.
'Still A Criminal' is a perfect introduction to Moonface's piano-focused songwriting and trademark lyricism and yet was somehow left off his debut LP Julia With Blue Jeans On. If Krug's off-cuts are this good, just imagine how good the rest of the album is...
Christy had a tricky Random Country Pick this time around and had to delve deep to find a Greenlandic banger. Rapping in a mix of Kalaallisut, English, and Danish, I believe Nuuk Posse are the first Inuits that we've played on the SESHWYN Podcast.
'Qitik' is almost a 90s as Paul Gascoigne's rap, and features the waviest Adidas jackets I've seen in some time, so it's easy to see why the United Nations nominated them for the 'Messengers Of Truth' award in 2004...
My next pick was a track I discovered under the saddest of circumstances. Ô Paon is one of the monikers under which the Québécoise artist Geneviève Castrée released music, however she sadly passed away in July 2016 after a fierce battle with cancer.
I delved into Ô Paon's music after repeat listens of Mount Eerie's recently twin albums A Crow Looked At Me and Now Only, which chronicle her widower Phil Elverum's grieving process and his continued life raising their infant daughter. Those albums are as sad as they sound, but listening to Geneviève's music now is bittersweet. On one hand her talent is clear and should not be forgotten, however it's hard not to have a heavy heart listening to the distant echoes of a voice that is gone too soon.
My own random country pick this month came from the mighty Bolivia, and to be fair, I had quiet a lot to choose from. My elected champion was Caja Negra who I found through Bandcamp.
The 3 piece Stoner Rock band hail from La Paz and started making music in 2012. With a couple of releases under their belt, they clearly channel some 60s and 70s rock and metal influences but in their own words they 'invite the perceiver to an immersive experience, of psychedelic swings, powerful distortions and atmospheric passages.' That's some heavy shit, man.
Hanra rounds us out with his own random country pick from Madagascar and he's picked a real legend - D'Gary.
Real name Ernest Randrianasolo, this Malagasy artist began playing the guitar at the age of 13 and his unique playing style was shaped by death and love, namely the funeral of his father and a wedding where he first played on stage which led to him being signed. Whilst perhaps not well known everywhere, he's one of the Island's most beloved artists and his entire story is worth reading so get to know, and listen to 'Atahora Fabiby' whilst you do.
We're always open to suggestions for songs, segments, or future fighters so get in touch or if you're feeling generous, please spread the word. That's it for another month, look after yourself people and be excellent to each other.
Peace and love,