My Musical Profile: Shura

Doing lots of these at the moment which is really nice! This ones with the remarkable Shura who I have more than fallen a little bit in love with since seeing her play at Soundwave Festival in Croatia. She describes her sound as ‘Night Folk’ and the result sounds like it comes from a number of different influences so I thought it would be really interesting to see what her musical taste was like. Enjoy!

My Favorite band/artist: Way too tough a call… I suppose Portishead had the biggest effect on me. I don’t think I’ll ever react on first listen to an album the way I did to Dummy. Vocally Beth Gibbons is second to none. At the moment I have some mad love for Submotion Orchestra. I have been lucky enough to share a bill with them twice, which both times, involved me geeking out to those bass lines, which absolutely come alive in their live set. They are an incredible bunch of musicians and lovely people – it’s always nice when bands are lovely too, right?

My Favorite album: Donuts – J Dilla. I was pretty late on the J Dilla bandwagon and I’m not ashamed to admit him. I discovered him this year and that album is my default choice when I feel spoilt for choice with my ipod. If I’m whipping up something in the kitchen with my twin brother or waiting at a bus stop in the rain, I know it’ll make me feel good. Having said that, if I’m waiting at a bus stop in the rain, I’ll probably be listening to Burial’s Untrue. That album belongs in the rain.
My Favorite song: Flip. So hard to pick. I’m going to pretend you said ‘song[s]’. ‘Why Don’t You Do Right?’ made famous by Jessica Rabbit has to be up there. ‘Fever’ by Peggy Lee – the drums in that track should be a lesson to every percussionist – that less is most definitely more. But, If I had to pick one track that I’d be happy to have on repeat for the rest of my life, it’d have to be… ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’. Christmas wouldn’t be the same without Frank.

My Favorite gig: Camille [the French one] – KOKO. Hands down. No questions asked. What that woman does with her voice is insane. She is completely unashamed and that makes for an incredible performer. She made everyone in that audience laugh and cry. Pâle Septembre has to be one of my favourite tracks and I was reduced to tears. A woman behind me who had been dragged their unwillingly by her boyfriend who was clearly a fan, turned round and thanked him for forcing her to come on the strength of that one performance. She also came on for the encore in a dress with the bum cut out. BIG Respect.

My Favorite lyric: I think Laura Marling is one of the finest lyricists going. I think that’s why I’ll keep going back to listen. I haven’t managed to get round to her latest effort. But to be honest a part of me is holding back because once I’ve listened to it I know I’ll have to wait another big chunk for the next batch. So I’m saving A Creature I Don’t Know for a rainy day. Laura Marling aside no matter how many time’s I listen to Morrissey’s Alsation Cousin these lyrics never fail to uproot me:

‘Were you and he Lovers ?
And if you were, then say that you were!’My Favorite new band/artist: I’m getting lost in Soundcloud at the moment. Listening to a lot of really excellent Producers. Sorrow, Ghostek, Inofaith, Eleven8 – some of which are releasing on a new Label called Solace, which looks as if it’ll be bringing some pretty excellent (semi)undiscovered talent to the table. Labelmates SOLARSTATE are also ones to watch.

My Dream festival line-up:
Me. Headlining. With Tina Turner.
I’m kidding. In all seriousness I think Soundwave Croatia have pretty much ticked all the boxes for my Dream Festival Line Up. I’d love to see Fat Freddy’s Drop on the bill. Flying Lotus. I’d defs want to hire a time machine to magic up an authentic 80s Madge. Sorted.Right now I love: Aubergines. I’m not kidding. I think I’ve eaten them every day this week.

Check out this new track from Shura, which you can grab as a free download on Soundcloud. And get down to her single launch, this Saturday the 24th at Cargo in Shoreditch.
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