Counterfeit Madison confronted racial issues in America through her original work and the recontextualisation of the music of visionary Nina Simone during a powerful performance at the Englert Theatre on Saturday, November 2nd. Featured image by Kate Sweeny, courtesy of Counterfeit Madison website.
billy woods – Aethiopes On Aethiopes, billy woods reestablishes his strengths as a storyteller, with help from producer Preservation’s experimentally jazzy beats. By now, woods has cemented himself as one of hip hop’s greatest writers, and his brooding yet clever introspection sounds especially powerful over Preservation’s musical backdropping. Samples of pianos will twinkle across some tracks, and pound discordantly on others, while electric guitars ring and horns blow. By the time the harmonica enters the equation, the beats here are unparalleled. It is an enveloping atmosphere completed by excellent percussion, which moves between hand drums, full kits, and shuffling jangles … Continued