Things may have been a bit quiet on here lately (let’s just say I’ve been very busy at work) but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been exploring music or books.
This week I’m listening to the gloriously uplifting house album by Honey Dijon; Black Girl Magic.
Boasting a packed list of collaborators including Channel Tres, Pabllo Vittar and Sadie Walker, the record’s standout feature comes from Eve on the soulful deep house gem ‘In The Club’. Here, Dijon proves that she is a master at blending a sultry vocal delivery (Eve’s sensual harmonies include the nightclub-ready lyrics: “Searching through the darkness / It’s you that I find”) with staple house tropes: sharp and energetic violins, unapologetic organs and unruly percussion. It’s a truly liberating moment.
The Guardian says:
In the past decade the Chicago-born, New York-sculpted DJ has ascended from fashion party favourite to Ibiza resident to Lady Gaga remixer; in recent years, she’s collaborated with Comme des Garcons on a high-end fashion line and produced songs on Beyoncé’s Renaissance. Where her debut album, 2017’s The Best of Both Worlds, played it deep and groovy, its follow-up is an anthemic and vocal-heavy celebration of Black queer identity, with twice the style and oodles more personality.
The Line of Best Fit says:
Black Girl Magic is a love letter to the dancefloor, the coming together and the joyful abandon that ensues, but it’s also about the fight against oppression, against racism, transphobia, sexism, homophobia, and it’s drenched in the history of dance music.
This is one of the best dance records I’ve heard in a long time. Give it a listen via Spotify below!