Caught in the Net: Solange stays true to her own calling

Solange is unlikely to reach the stratospheric heights of her sister Beyoncé, but she seems content to carve out her own niche of finely crafted, indie-leaning pop. "Losing You" (youtu.be/Hy9W_mrY_Vk) displayed as much, as did the delicate "Lovers in the Parking Lot" (snd.sc/QvT0tn). This week we got the full EP from which they were taken. Released digitally on Grizzly Bear man Chris Taylor's Terrible Records, and made by Solange in collaboration with Dev Hynes, True is an impressive seven tracks of

skewedpop (smarturl.it/SolangeTrue).

Ice work if you can get it

The London promoters Eat Your Own Ears are offering up an unusual way for budding DJs/producers to get their music heard. Teaming up with the people running the ice rink at Somerset House, they're offering the chance to soundtrack a skating session: upload your mix to SoundCloud and send it to info@eatyourownears.com by Monday (details at ind.pn/V1Zyv8). One tip they offer is to not be too niche: skaters may not be ready for an hour of breakcore.

A little method in the mashup

We've had more mashups than needed lately, but one understated effort came across my radar after it was linked to various websites. Alessandro Grespan has combined the video for LCD Soundsystem's "New York I Love You, But You're Bringing Me Down" with one of Miles Davis recording the score to Louis Malle's Lift to the Scaffold. The result is effective: Davis's melancholy trumpet underscores the sad piano motif of the LCD song (youtube/huEtJw7pfLk).

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