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Nicholas Allbrook of Pond's playlist: Benjamin Clementine, US Girls, John Wizards | Musique Non Stop

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Nicholas Allbrook of Pond's playlist: Benjamin Clementine, US Girls, John Wizards

Two Steps on the Water’s Yo-yo is just one highlight of a list including storming Lagos pop from Davido, the ‘wrong’ vocal gymnastics of Clementine and songs of female struggle by US Girls

Benjamin Clementine has a fantastic story, and although the music should and does speak for itself, it’s pretty amazing to consider while listening. His voice is beautiful and he has the power and passion to crack and rattle and holler and squeal and do all this uncategorisable and totally “wrong” vocal gymnastics at just the right time to make my heart go pop. He expresses his convoluted history in every iota of his music and lyrics – Anglo-Franco-African accent and the kind of desperately loud and immediate piano playing any busker can relate to.

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by Nicholas Allbrook via Electronic music | The Guardian