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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - Eoin But­ler

JANELLE MONAE ft. JI­DENNA

Yoga Won­da­land When Janelle Monae’s Won­da­land imprint inked a dis­tri­bu­tion deal with Epic in Fe­bru­ary, the 29-year-old raved about the op­por­tu­nity she had, as a black fe­male la­bel boss, to give voice to fresh tal­ent. She’d heard Pres­i­dent Obama is a fan of her mu­sic, and talked about the re­spon­si­bil­ity she felt, as an artist, in hav­ing the ear of the most pow­er­ful man on earth. So what’s the new ven­ture’s de­but re­lease? Well, it’s a song about butts. “Baby bend over,” sings Monae, one of the sin­gu­larly tal­ented artists of her gen­er­a­tion. “Let your booty do that yoga.” (If those lyrics are too cryptic, the video fills in the blanks.) Bah. You’re bet­ter than this, Janelle.

LOW LIGHT MIXES

The Am­bi­ent Dish­washer

Self-con­fessed “non mu­si­cian” Dave Michuda cre­ated this track by record­ing one of his house­hold ap­pli­ances, putting that record­ing on a loop and pro­cess­ing it through the Mac pro­gramme Paul’s Ex­treme Sound Stretch. So, ba­si­cally, this is the sound of some guy’s dish­washer run­ning for 20-odd min­utes. It’s not bad. In­deed, if Boards of Canada had put it out, it would prob­a­bly be hailed as a work of ge­nius.

SINEAD HAR­NETT

She Ain’t Me

Vir­gin EMI

Thai-Ir­ish vo­cal­ist Sinead Har­nett pre­vi­ously crossed our radar as guest vo­cal­ist on hits for Rudi­men­tal, Dis­clo­sure and Wi­ley. Now she’s got a solo al­bum on the way. And, with the likes of TMS and James Fauntleroy on board, she may just be one to watch.

JAMIE XX

Gosh Young Turks Direc­tor Erik Wern­quist used high-res images from deep space to cre­ate this video for Gosh, the mon­ster open­ing track from Jamie XX’s de­but solo al­bum In Colour (out June 1st.) The fin­ished prod­uct is spec­tac­u­lar. The majesty of cre­ation, the vast in­fin­ity of the cos­mos, some id­iot shout­ing “Oh my gosh, oh my gosh” ev­ery 10 sec­onds... It’s all there. Jamie XX plays the For­bid­den Fruit fes­ti­val on May 30th.

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