Brownout – “Louder Than A Bomb”
The new album from Austin’s Brownout, Fear Of A Brown Planet, features instrumental covers of songs by Public Enemy. “Louder Than A Bomb,” which is one of my favorite Public Enemy tunes, has a 35 second intro before Brownout drops into a devastatingly funky groove that sets the tone for the whole album.
Sudan Archives – “Nont For Sale”
Sudan Archives is a violinist and singer who, when studying classical music, was turned on to East African violinists. On “Nont For Sale,” she mixes sultry R&B and some hip-hop with electronic beats, but it’s that subtle addition of her strings that gives this song a special something.
Frankie Simone – “War Paint”
Finally, music from Frankie Simone, a pop singer based in Portland, Oregon. “War Paint” is all about empowerment; it’s a response to the disrespect she and members of the LGBTQ community have experienced, primarily online. It’s also got an infectious, tribal beat that I find irresistible.
– Jay Trachtenberg, KUTX Host