Moor Mother is Philadelphia musician and poet Camae Ayewa who has previously collaborated with The Bug and Justin Broadrick (Godflesh etc). This should give you some idea of where she's coming from with this her third album under the Moor Mother moniker. She uses elements of free jazz, noise, rap, reggae and industrial music to create freeform splurges and matches them with explosive subject matter on subjects such as police brutality and enslavement. Another dark missive from the undergrowth from one of today's most thought provoking artists.
What is he up to now? Well, Jeffrey Lewis has been putting on a tribute concert for Tuli Kupferberg (Fugs) every year since the latter's death in 2010. He keeps meaning to get round to recording an album of Kupferberg songs and at last he's done it including some unreleased poems he's set to music.
Screaming Females are still screaming! This is their seventh full-length LP to date, and it certainly is full-length, stretching over two LPs in the vinyl edition. All At Once brings in additional instrumentation in the form of wurlitzer organs(!) and synths, as well as an additional (ex-Fugazi!) drummer on one track, making for a grander version of that Screaming sound. On Don Giovanni.
Two of Philadelphia’s finest producers, Moor Mother and Mental Jewelry, team up for a collaborative EP. The resultant Moor x Jewelery: Crime Waves is dense and heavy with samples, cracked-up beats and all sorts of other special sounds, bound together by powerful lyrics dealing with racist violence and systems. EP on Don Giovanni.
Based in New York City, Aye Nako has released a twelve-track full length entitled ‘Silver Haze’. This is their second full length record and contains a clever mix of rock and indie throughout the spine of the tracks, but with elements of grunge and even punk in some parts. Available on Vinyl LP and CD.
This horribly named quartet feature members of luminaries such as Bratmobile and Warpaint and they seem to exist purely to bring scratty pop punk back from the late '70s or wherever it was last left. They aim to provide thought provoking punk welded to infectious rhythms that you can dance to and they are very wordy and angular.