Harvey Sutherland

Harvey Sutherland: Neurotic Funk, Melbourne, Australia

Self-described “neurotic funk.” Others might call it Britpop. At least this sounds like funk. Watch out for those sharks behind you. “Harvey Sutherland works and lives on Kulin Nation land. Respect is paid to the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people and their elders past, present and emerging. Sovereignty never ceded.” Bandcamp. –HN

doin’ fine

doin’ fine: Electronic, Sydney, Australia

Anytime I miss early Beck, I then hear someone like doin’ fine and realize weird and good music is alive and well. Sample funk. “TEEN MILF PRIDE FLAG is my second album, and my most personal work to date. I spent over a year creating all these songs, and I hope u like what i made!! :3” Bandcamp. SoundCloud. Other Streaming Services. –HN

Mariam Sawires

Mariam Sawires: Arabic-Infused Jazz & Neo-Soul

Mariam Sawires

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“Sick of being tied to you / and I don’t even talk to you” is such a killer line. This and the rest of Mariam Sawires‘ beautiful singing elevates to something special when she switches from jazz lounge to Roots-like R&B that gradually crescendos into a climax colorful like the album cover. And this is just on one song – the rest of the album travels through different peaks and valleys of moods, all done well and all making me very excited for what Sawires has in store for us in the future.

From Bandcamp:

“Egyptian, born in Australia into a worldly, nomadic family of musicians artists originating in desert sands to urban landscapes worldwide. Mariam’s youth was inspired by the sweet lyrical high-pitched melodies of traditional Arabic songs, the rhythms created from the clay Darbuka of her father. Bringing her flavor of Arabic/Northern African infused Jazz/ NuSoul to Europe, Africa, USA, and Asia.”