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Meet Music’s Childqueen: Kadhja Bonet

As 2018 seems to race ahead, we continue to be bombarded with amazing music here at 2ser. Here’s what we’ve loving this week.

SERvin’ Up! – w/c June 11, 2018

Gabriella Cohen – Pink Is The Colour Of Unconditional Love (Feature Album)

Emily Wurramara – Milyakburra
Flasher – Constant Image
Laura Carbone – Empty Sea
Lehmann B.Smith – Poplar Music
Kadhja Bonet – Childqueen
Lachlan Denton – Two Months In Ben Woolley’s Room
NOVA ONE – Secret Princess
Sudan Archives – Sink
Various – African Scream Contest Vol​.​2 – Benin 1963​-​1980

First up we have the debut solo album from Australian singer-songwriter Lachlan Denton, who is usually part of 2ser favourites The Ocean Party. After an 8 year relationship fell apart, Denton rented a room in a house in Abbortsford, Victoria and spent 2 months writing and recording the aptly titled Two Months In Ben Woolley’s Room. Denton has made an album of stunning indie pop and folk, filled with timeless sounding melodies and lyricism that will pull at your heartstrings. This is honest and personal songwriting at its finest.

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It’s hard to sound fresh and unique in a time of music where it seems that everything has been done before. But every now and then an artist like Kadhja Bonet pops up. The second album Childqueen from the LA talent is fully immersive and atmospheric neo-soul, backed with out of this world, soaring vocals. Drawing from breakups, motherhood and feminine power, there’s a fierceness throughout and at times it enters more experimental jazzier territories. Bonet wrote, produced, mixed and played everything on this release, and trust us, it’s one you NEED to listen to.

Lastly, we have a new compilation compiling some of the best afro-funk to come out of the small West African nation of Benin (beh-neen). The tracks on African Scream Contest Vol​.​2 – Benin 1963​-​1980 are raw, gritty and downright funky. All the grooves here are irresistible, and we won’t judge if you can’t help dancing along. Released by the Analog Africa label, who have an amazing knack for unearthing rare and hidden African music, this compilation is another fine example of their incredible crate-digging skills.

Also new singles by My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, Anna Calvi, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and Wild Nothing. For all that and more make sure you keep your ears locked into 2SER 107.3.

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