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thought i'd start a thread on shura who seems poised to become a noteworthy name in 2015. she's a UK artist who's done guest vocal work for a producer named hiatus and has stepped out with her own solo work. earlier in the year she came out with a song called "touch" which has managed to gather a few million views on youtube. it's a slow, soft 80s synth-pop track about heartache and yearning (aka everything i want in music) and it's one of my favorite songs of the year:

she also has 2 other singles: "just once"

and "indecision"

j. winters (josh), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 09:27 (four years ago) link

I've been following her as well. "Touch" is great. Not in love with the other two, but I'll be interested to hear more from her.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 14:28 (four years ago) link

shura just got longlisted for the sound of 2015 poll whoop!

j. winters (josh), Monday, 1 December 2014 08:34 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

i don't know if this is crass of me to mention here, but i wrote about "touch" over on the jukebox:

j. winters (josh), Friday, 19 December 2014 18:17 (four years ago) link

Very nice!

Johnny Fever, Friday, 19 December 2014 18:27 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

There's a new track premiering on Annie Mac tonight.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 9 March 2015 13:58 (four years ago) link


j. winters (josh), Monday, 9 March 2015 15:36 (four years ago) link

Ooh, it popped up on soundcloud beforehand.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 9 March 2015 21:21 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Saw her at SXSW. "Touch" sounded immense. I was a little disappointed when I listened to the studio version for the first time afterward, but it's growing on me.

daavid, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 19:19 (four years ago) link

When I first heard "Touch," it reminded me of some other song just a little bit. Now that I've heard it as much as I have, though, I don't remember what the other song could be. Score one for worsening memory!

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 22:11 (four years ago) link

three weeks pass...

xp- It wasn't "Touch", it was this one:

Audio quality is terrible on this clip, but it sounded incredible live. I can't find any other version on the internets. But I hope she releases it soon.

daavid, Friday, 17 April 2015 23:54 (four years ago) link

I like that.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 18 April 2015 00:01 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

Been listening to Touch consistently this entire year, and "2shy" is pretty good too. Relistened to her other two tracks and they are definite growers. Very excited for the upcoming album.

Can't believe that one Jukebox reviewer thought that the line in "Touch" was "I only want you to be French with me."

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 30 May 2015 02:11 (four years ago) link

"White Light"

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 June 2015 18:41 (four years ago) link

Still don't know what to make of it. I think I like it, but it's quite different and not as powerful as the live version, IMO. But then that may just be that I've listened to the live clip so many times that I was expecting the studio version to be an exact copy in HQ.

daavid, Wednesday, 3 June 2015 19:01 (four years ago) link

I only streamed the youtube once the day you posted it, so I'm basically hearing it fresh today (and I love it!).

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 June 2015 19:17 (four years ago) link

I gotta stop obsessively listening to live clips before official studio versions. I invariably end up disappointed to some degree.

daavid, Wednesday, 3 June 2015 19:27 (four years ago) link

okay earlier songs were kind of boring to me but this is AMAZING

bae sremmurd (monotony), Thursday, 4 June 2015 13:10 (four years ago) link

one month passes...
two months pass...

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 10 October 2015 05:23 (three years ago) link

"Touch" and "2 Shy" did little for me, but "White Light" is storming up my personal charts. The video for the extended version is quite good, too.

gate gate paragate parasamgate (Sanpaku), Saturday, 17 October 2015 19:11 (three years ago) link

an ep of all her released songs would likely be in my top 5 of the year

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 17 October 2015 22:48 (three years ago) link

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 21 October 2015 19:42 (three years ago) link

Collab with mura masa.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 21 October 2015 19:43 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

Shura debut album announced: Nothing’s Real

Nothing’s Real and expected this spring (Wikipedia lists April 30th as a tentative date) through Interscope/Polydor.

djmartian, Thursday, 18 February 2016 22:18 (three years ago) link


Touch remix w/Talib Kweli very unnecessary though.

Michael F Gill, Friday, 19 February 2016 04:57 (three years ago) link

Still my favorite Shura track. Also, I still love Talib Kweli, but not here. Why???

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 19 February 2016 05:05 (three years ago) link

four weeks pass...

So, "The Space Tapes"… didn't see that coming.

Jeff W, Friday, 18 March 2016 20:20 (three years ago) link

yeah "the space tapes" is wacky

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Friday, 18 March 2016 22:12 (three years ago) link

the space tapes is fantastic!

There was a hole bunch of problems whit his campaigns (crüt), Friday, 18 March 2016 22:20 (three years ago) link

Fourtet remix of "Touch" seems a little tossed off, like he just threw a sped up version of the vocal over a housier version of the music. It's alright though.

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 19 March 2016 00:30 (three years ago) link

looking forward to the 10 minute version of White Light on the album

ufo, Saturday, 19 March 2016 00:31 (three years ago) link

Grades remix is better, four tet remix is a bit dissapointing.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 19 March 2016 21:30 (three years ago) link

Space Tapes might be an extra track? Is there an error here or is the album version of white light really 10+ mins long?

Seems overkill to have two 9 mins+ songs at the end there in a pop album and I'm not sure if White Light could benefit from tripling its length.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 19 March 2016 21:37 (three years ago) link

here for a

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Saturday, 19 March 2016 21:40 (three years ago) link

er, here for a 10 minute white light, sounds sick as fuck

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Saturday, 19 March 2016 21:40 (three years ago) link

Original White Light is 7 minutes. If you've only heard the 3 min version you've been listening to the radio edit.

art baengels (monotony), Saturday, 19 March 2016 23:08 (three years ago) link

i believe "the space tapes" is a bonus track, which makes the idea of a 10-minute "white light" closing the album fuckin awesome

j. winters (josh), Sunday, 20 March 2016 06:40 (three years ago) link

youtube for the space tapes in case anyone wants/needs it:

Michael F Gill, Sunday, 20 March 2016 17:57 (three years ago) link

yea i was already p sure i liked this girl then she makes a 9+ min song & samples bob durst? luv her

johnny crunch, Sunday, 20 March 2016 20:40 (three years ago) link

this is very pretty

dc, Monday, 21 March 2016 01:21 (three years ago) link

Just read that Greg Kurstin's involved in two of the tracks. This is officially my most anticipated album of 2016, now.

daavid, Monday, 21 March 2016 01:56 (three years ago) link

its still weird to me that her co-writer/producer on the initial singles was the guy from Athlete of all things

ufo, Monday, 21 March 2016 02:37 (three years ago) link

Glad "Indecision" made the album, it was a bit of a sleeper for me. I went from dismissing it to playing it as much as the other singles.

Michael F Gill, Monday, 21 March 2016 03:28 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

New track! The most (musically) upbeat thing she's done. I like it.

daavid, Wednesday, 25 May 2016 03:29 (three years ago) link

For some reason it reminded me of Jane Wiedlin's "Rush Hour".

daavid, Wednesday, 25 May 2016 03:33 (three years ago) link

That's a pretty clever comparison, and a right one.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Wednesday, 25 May 2016 04:00 (three years ago) link

i like this too

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 25 May 2016 21:55 (three years ago) link

Just read that Greg Kurstin produced this one, which totally makes sense given how much it also sounds like recent Tegan and Sara.

daavid, Thursday, 26 May 2016 18:14 (three years ago) link

this is way better than the tegan and sara record

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 9 December 2016 16:46 (two years ago) link

Yep. It's by far the strongest of the eighties-indebted quasi-pop records. There hasn't been a week since July when I haven't hummed the synth hook from "Tongue Tied." It took almost that long to realize it reminded me of Toto's "Africa."

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 9 December 2016 16:48 (two years ago) link

Pretty sure this album will not fly under the radar come ILX poll time. It's excellent.

Michael F Gill, Friday, 9 December 2016 18:10 (two years ago) link

Although to be honest over the half of the album is made up of singles and tracks previously released over the past 2 years.

Michael F Gill, Friday, 9 December 2016 18:14 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

— shura (@weareshura) March 6, 2019

seems like she's starting to tease album 2

ufo, Thursday, 7 March 2019 07:25 (six months ago) link

Gorgeous new single

kitchen person, Sunday, 10 March 2019 19:45 (six months ago) link

that was great. the pivot!

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Sunday, 10 March 2019 19:52 (six months ago) link

Yeah, that moment is really special. So nice to have her back!

kitchen person, Sunday, 10 March 2019 19:53 (six months ago) link

This reminds me of Rhye's album from last year.

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Sunday, 10 March 2019 23:44 (six months ago) link

wasn't at all expecting something so neo-soul from her but it's lovely, especially the coda

album is called forevher apparently

ufo, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 08:27 (six months ago) link

"We could take the subway to the beach where there's a breeze/Cause we're in America" is my favourite lyric of the year so far. Reminds me of the first couple of times I visited friends in NYC and everything was exciting.

seandalai, Saturday, 16 March 2019 01:31 (five months ago) link

wow new single is a knockout.
she's v underrated imo

ripersnifle, Sunday, 17 March 2019 02:06 (five months ago) link

this is her best ever song. feels like bathing in heaven

monotony, Sunday, 17 March 2019 03:06 (five months ago) link

two months pass...

new song! new video! shura as the Hot Priest!

monotony, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 13:31 (three months ago) link

album out august 16

monotony, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 13:31 (three months ago) link

Love the new single and the video is great too. She's such a star!

kitchen person, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 14:02 (three months ago) link

not as transcendent as BKLYNLDN but still very nice, super excited for the album

ufo, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 14:07 (three months ago) link

this could've been on the natalie prass record. i love it

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 14:12 (three months ago) link

I didn't care for BKLYNLDN but this single gives me hope!

I think I still prefer the old (synthier) Shura, though.

daavid, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 18:51 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

This absolutely kills, thought it would be getting more love around here. Giving me Jenny Lewis/ Natalie Prass Vibes.

aguzman1990, Wednesday, 17 July 2019 13:19 (one month ago) link

It is like Jenny Lewis in that the drums are mixed so dry and loud that it fucks up the whole mood.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 17 July 2019 16:39 (one month ago) link

oh i love this

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 17 July 2019 16:48 (one month ago) link

the drums are wonderful

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 17 July 2019 16:50 (one month ago) link

yeah very similar vibes to the last Natalie Prass album, which is great

ufo, Wednesday, 17 July 2019 22:34 (one month ago) link

That is fantastic

Jeff W, Wednesday, 17 July 2019 23:01 (one month ago) link

four weeks pass...

Anyone heard the new record?

josh az (2011nostalgia), Thursday, 15 August 2019 06:03 (one month ago) link

Yeah, I've had it a while and really like it. The second half is very ballad heavy but I think she pulls it off well. She seems to have stripped away a lot of the big 80s pop from Nothing's Real and gone more in a 70s singer songwriter direction. Some of the ballads remind me of Todd Rundgren or Hall & Oates for some reason (maybe the production?) Definitely not as immediate as the debut. I think it's probably going to divide people on here, Charly Bliss style.

kitchen person, Friday, 16 August 2019 01:31 (four weeks ago) link

i only made it through to "the stage" on my commute this morning but "side effects" had me swooning

monotony, Friday, 16 August 2019 01:45 (four weeks ago) link

it's very good! it's a change in sound, sure, but she's still great working in a somewhat different style. i'm not sure if it reaches quite the same highs as the debut but i'm not disappointed at all.

ufo, Friday, 16 August 2019 04:29 (four weeks ago) link

I wish this was more like the debut, but she's such a beguiling performer that I want to spend more time with it than I normally would with this sort of thing

boxedjoy, Friday, 16 August 2019 08:24 (four weeks ago) link

This is precious @weareshura just popped into our @hmvWestfield store to buy her new album #forevher with her mum.
Little birdie tells us that she signed a couple of copies too.#Shura

— hmv (@hmvtweets) August 16, 2019

Jeff W, Friday, 16 August 2019 18:26 (four weeks ago) link

this girl is insanely talented

johnny crunch, Saturday, 17 August 2019 01:30 (four weeks ago) link

the title track is just perfect

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 17 August 2019 11:32 (four weeks ago) link

i need to spend more time with the “tommy” -> “princess leia” section but otherwise everything about this record sounded perfect to me

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 17 August 2019 11:37 (four weeks ago) link

it feels v neo-soul to me in spirit and atmosphere

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 17 August 2019 11:50 (four weeks ago) link

ok yeah after two listens: way better than the debut, so beautiful

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 17 August 2019 12:26 (four weeks ago) link

yeah it's all very neo-soul which isn't what i expected after the debut but she's pulled it off very well. really like the garbled vocals and background chaos on "skyline, be mine"

ufo, Sunday, 18 August 2019 14:55 (four weeks ago) link

not to second guess anyone's taste but i could see this being alfred's album of the year

american bradass (BradNelson), Sunday, 18 August 2019 15:05 (four weeks ago) link

This album really hit me hard yesterday. The second half in particular. It's definitely on the same level as Nothing's Real for me now.

kitchen person, Sunday, 18 August 2019 15:19 (four weeks ago) link

Press play on #forevher now and I'll tell you some stories about it as we go. Any questions just throw them my way and I'll try to answer some of those too. Big Love. 💙

— shura (@weareshura) August 18, 2019

Epic thread

Jeff W, Sunday, 18 August 2019 17:52 (four weeks ago) link

That's a great thread. Learning that it's Peter Gordon playing sax on BKLYNLDN makes me love it even more.

I haven't quite yet bonded with the album the way you lot have, but I'm getting there. "skyline, be mine" reminds me of a different kind of 90s style, the big spacey album closer like "Galaxy of Emptiness".

Today he dances jazz, but tomorrow he will sell his homeland (seandalai), Sunday, 18 August 2019 21:14 (four weeks ago) link

enjoying the way "the stage" basically turns into a tame impala song in its second half

monotony, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 00:00 (three weeks ago) link

i cant stop listening to tommy its just beautiful

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 00:29 (three weeks ago) link

What a surprise that this album feels like part of a broader pattern embracing albums from Meerna and Emily King: sonically engrossing soft rock / r&b hybridism.

“Tommy” and the closer in particular are fantastic.

Tim F, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 03:17 (three weeks ago) link

Yeah, Skyline, Be Mine is great and works so well at the end of the album. With that and White Light closing Nothing's Real, she really knows how to nail those last songs.

kitchen person, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 03:36 (three weeks ago) link

shu fly

maffew12, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 13:50 (three weeks ago) link

I really got into the first album about a year ago. Didn't think I'd like this one so much from the singles. But damn what a gorgeous album, all of it.

Funny what kp said about the last songs. "White Light" ended the first album proper, but then "the Space Tapes" is tacked on. I kept thinking she was going to drop the "(game) over" sample (from "Nothing's Real") into "skyline be mine" like in the space tape that ends the first album...'s streaming version. It's got that same vibe, which is about the only time the two records sound anything alike.

maffew12, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 15:16 (three weeks ago) link

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johnny crunch, Friday, 30 August 2019 22:51 (two weeks ago) link

prob what jeff w posted upthread

johnny crunch, Friday, 30 August 2019 22:52 (two weeks ago) link

Wasn’t sure how I would feel about the neo-soul turn, but this album is great!The allmusic review called it “triumphantly romantic” and I fully agree.

Michael F Gill, Friday, 6 September 2019 16:22 (one week ago) link

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