Gigs Of The Week
Grrrl is an electronic music collaboration, bringing together female musicians from around the world to tell collective stories about their experiences. Led by Brazilian Laima Leyton, who has worked with Soulwax, the project is a who’s who of world music. Speech Debelle, Zimbabwe rapper AWA, dancehall queen Lei Di Dai, Bangladeshi singer Sohini Alam and South African nu-jazz and folk singer Nono Nkoane are just some of those signed up to deliver what’s set to be a remarkable project. It launches with an invite-only show at Ronnie Scott’s, before heading off on tour, including a show at Folklore, on Thursday 24 August.
Newcastle’s Warm Digits are the sort of band who are constantly exploring and tinkering with sounds to create sounds that are at times unsettling and chaotic, at others upbeat and soaring. A bit krautrock, a bit melodic pop – you never know where they’re going to take you. It’s a sign of the esteem they’re held in that their recent album, Wireless World, featured guest appearances from the likes of Sarah Cracknell, Peter Brewis (Field Music), Devon Sproule and Mia La Metta (Beards). See them at the Lexington on Friday 25 August.
Legendary garage/blues rockers Pere Ubu call into the Lexington on Thursday 24 August. Expect to hear tracks from their upcoming record, the intriguingly titled 20 Years In A Montana Missile Silo, due for release on 29 September.
Songhoy Blues are booking us up early, by announcing a show for next year. It follows the release of recent album Resistance, which sees the band focusing on the manipulation of religion as a means for war and violence – something the band know all too much about, having fled their homes in northern Mali after jihadists took it over. Now recording in London, they’re set to embark on a European tour, culminating in a date at the Forum on 25 January 2018.