Each week Prime Cuts packs together some of the more popular artists and bands of our time and delivers them in a mixed bag of five new musical cuts. Shamir has gone through much change in the last 2 years, not an easy time for the talented singer/songwriter but the implications come in the way of honest new music. Glasgow’s underground electro-dance scene is finally exposed thanks to Golden Teacher and Sufjan Stevens offers more fragility as he pens songs for a romantic Italian soundtrack. Los Angeles Allah-Las pay homage to the music they love and a surprising return from Brookyln’s Sunflower Bean as they sign to Mom + Pop record label and pay homage to great influences.
- Artist: Shamir
- Cut: Straight Boy
- Label: Father/Daughter Records
- Field: Las Vegas, Nevada
- Flocks: Singer/Songwriter, Acoustic Pop
- Flavours Of: Perfume Genius, Prince
In 2015 Shamir delivered his debut album Rachet, an album dipped in electro-funk, pop and RnB, an accomplished bundle of work from an artist barely 20 years of age. Shamir had a tough 2017 and the signs show on the silver lining shows in his latest album Revelations. The singer/songwriter digs deep into his heart with a raw and delicate set of songs, in particular, Straight Boys, a song that shares his struggles with society and their behaviours on sexuality, honesty and truth.
- Artist: Golden Teacher
- Cut: Sauchiehall Withdrawal
- Label: No Luscious Life
- Field: Glasgow, Scotland
- Flocks: Electro-Jazz, Electro-Groove
- Flavours Of: Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem, Soulwax
Glasgow’s “underground” dance and electronic scene is notorious, it is the noted as the worse kept secret in Glasgow but to many of us, it is largely undiscovered. Golden Teacher have delivered a number of EPs over the last few years, Sauchiehall Withdrawal leads their much anticipated debut album. This is a superb mix of mayhem, brought together by glitchy synths, funky 80s inspired dance club bass lines and club-anthem-style vocals. A raucous celebration of music, perhaps enhanced with “Golden Teacher” (a celebrated magic mushroom).
- Artist: Sufjan Stevens
- Cut: Mystery of Love
- Label: unknown
- Field: Michigan, USA
- Flocks: Singer/Songwriter, Folk
- Flavours Of: Andrew Bird, Iron & Wine, Horse Feathers
The soundtrack too an Italian queer romance film directed by Luca Guadagnino Call Me By Your Name, features a collection of original songs penned by Stevens, that wrap perfectly around the narrative of the film. Mystery of Love, is true Sufjan Stevens, delicate, refined and intimate.
- Artist: Allah-Las
- Cut: Fish on the Sand
- Label: Mexican Summer
- Field: Los Angeles, USA
- Flocks: Indie-Folk, 60s infused
- Flavours Of: The Beatles, The Lemon Twigs
LA’s Allah-Las have never shied away from their influential 60s sound, their ability to recreate the sound, done in spades. The band will deliver a collection of EPs that pays homage to the artists and songs they love, first up is Fish on the Sand by George Harrison. Guitarist Miles Michaud told Billboard, that the cut “is an often overlooked gem from the Dark Horse’s Cloud Nine record and one that we felt could sound good produced with a more moody, B-side style.” Allah-Las give it more than justice.
- Artist: Sunflower Bean
- Cut: I Was A Fool
- Label: Mom + Pop
- Field: Brookyln, USA
- Flocks: Indie-Rock, Lo-Fi Rock
- Flavours Of: Fleetwood Mac,
2016 was a year that saw Brooklyn trio Sunflower Bean go from little known, to NME award nominee, built upon their excellent debut Human Ceremony. Not afraid to play within many genre fields, their debut explored a lot of ground, on their new single with their record label, Sunflower Bean have run with a harmonious laid-back feel, resembling the beauty of Fleetwood Mac. A band that are still evolving in sound and maturity, there is a lot to discover and the results may have them sky-rocket in time.