Nite Jewel: What Are You Listening To?
Nite Jewel (Ramona Gonzalez) is preparing to release her album, Real High, come May 5 (on her Gloriette Records). To celebrate its release (and her first U.S. tour in five years), Gonzalez put together this playlist of tracks by ladies she loves.
Kedr Livanskiy, “Razrushitelniy Krug (Destructive Cycle)”
Love the airiness and weightlessness of this track even though it’s so heavy at the same time. It has that Aphex Twin vibe, but with these haunting vocals that just suck you in.
These girls! So talented and interesting. Just haven’t quite heard anything like what they are doing. I heard this song on a college radio station a couple of months ago and have been obsessed ever since.
A favorite twisted R&B ballad for me that I consistently reference for vibe and atmosphere.
U.S. Girls, “Window Shades”
There is something really creepy about U.S. Girls, almost to the point that I wanna look away or take off my headphones. But then you can’t stop listening.
Dionne Warwick, “You’re Gonna Need Me”
A classic that I was introduced to via J. Dilla’s flip of it. I’ve recently been getting back into the original; her voice is just unparalleled and I love the arrangement.
Solange “Borderline (An Ode to Self Care)”
Who didn’t love the Solange album? This one in particular I DJ out now and again; it’s got that bomp.
Kadhja Bonet, “This Love”
I normally don’t vibe with contemporary singers who throw back to jazz, but her voice is too good. This song sounds as if plucked off a ’70s soul comp, but with a modern twist.
Japanese Breakfast, “The Woman That Loves You”
How weird is the vocal delivery here? Like right on the edge of losing it completely. I like it. Plus the songcraft here is insane; can’t get enough of that synth bass lead into the chorus. Magic.
Parallel Dance Ensemble, “Shopping Cart”
Wasn’t sure what era this was from at first, which is always a good sign. Love the vocals and the attitude. A sweet little disco track.
Marie Davidson, “Naive to the Bone”
I don’t know a lot about this artist, but love the dark, heavy, poetic vibe of this track. Plus it knocks.
Geneva Jacuzzi “Macho Island “
A multi-talented L.A. homie. The rare occasion of one of her sweeter tracks and I love it.
(Photo credit: Leo Garcia)
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