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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

The chorus is a little weak, but otherwise another excellent track!

daavid, Monday, 27 June 2016 02:34 (three years ago) link

great, but there basically won't be anything new on the album at this point right?

anza808, Monday, 27 June 2016 15:06 (three years ago) link

Right. Just a couple of tracks at this point... plus the highly anticipated ~3 extra minutes of "White Light".

daavid, Monday, 27 June 2016 16:36 (three years ago) link

The video for "What's It Gonna Be" is my favourite film of the year so far.

rhymes with "blondie blast" (cryptosicko), Friday, 1 July 2016 14:38 (three years ago) link

album is great, love the new version of indecision. the space tapes is a weird way to end it though

ufo, Friday, 8 July 2016 00:48 (three years ago) link

is the space tapes a bonus track or the proper closer?

art baengels (monotony), Friday, 8 July 2016 05:40 (three years ago) link

I thought it was the proper closer but seems like it's a digital only bonus track actually. The new hidden track at the end of White Light is definitely a much better way to end it.

ufo, Friday, 8 July 2016 05:47 (three years ago) link

"Tongue Tied"!!!!

ejemplo (crüt), Friday, 8 July 2016 11:29 (three years ago) link

this album rules

ejemplo (crüt), Friday, 8 July 2016 12:05 (three years ago) link

^ What he said.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 8 July 2016 13:24 (three years ago) link

"kidz n stuff" is ruining my life

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 8 July 2016 14:41 (three years ago) link

lol 'Relationshit' is a great title!

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 10 July 2016 16:49 (three years ago) link


who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Sunday, 10 July 2016 17:02 (three years ago) link

Endless fun to be had with the vinyl edition - colouring book, front cover sticker quote, working title etched into the run out groove...

Jeff W, Sunday, 10 July 2016 18:35 (three years ago) link

I've done a complete 180 since ILM EOY 2015 on Shura btw. Title track is my favourite discovery of the new material.

Jeff W, Sunday, 10 July 2016 18:39 (three years ago) link

On first listen this album is amazing and fullfills all expectations. Upgrade in production and confidence too---the audacious title track almost sounds like a different artist than the one who did "Touch."

Michael F Gill, Monday, 11 July 2016 03:25 (three years ago) link

i think my favourite moment of the album is the way she sings "no i'm no child but i don't feel grown up" like she's thrashing her hair around from side to side

art baengels (monotony), Monday, 11 July 2016 07:01 (three years ago) link

"tongue tied" is also great. "make it up" might've been more interesting in HAIM's hands. i'm mildly disappointed that the extra 3 minutes of "white light" aren't an extension of the guitar coda but whatever she's tacked on at the end there is perfectly pleasant.

art baengels (monotony), Monday, 11 July 2016 07:12 (three years ago) link

I was starting to think nothing was going to challenge We Are King for album of the year but Nothing's Real is just as perfect. I only knew Touch and 2Shy so most of the album is new to me. I'm blown away by these songs. It's going to help with this long wait for the second Haim album too.

Kitchen Person, Monday, 11 July 2016 13:50 (three years ago) link

"What's It Gonna Be" is one of the year's best singles but this hews too closely to that Greg Kurstin '80s revanchism. Gonna keep listening though.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 11 July 2016 14:13 (three years ago) link

i love this record. some of it blends together (i know it's been out for a while but i find it hard to remember anything about "indecision") but i think the second half is particularly strong in setting up subtle contrasts. the two kurstin songs are incredible but i still feel like the best part of this record is "2shy" -> "white light" even though i've heard them a million times

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Monday, 11 July 2016 14:17 (three years ago) link

This album is so good! Even the previously released songs seem better somehow.

ǂbait (seandalai), Monday, 11 July 2016 16:49 (three years ago) link

"Touch" is blowing me away and I never cared for it before.

ǂbait (seandalai), Monday, 11 July 2016 16:51 (three years ago) link

yeah the previously released singles are v much enhanced by the environment

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Monday, 11 July 2016 16:53 (three years ago) link

the title track reminds me of Metro Area

boxedjoy, Monday, 11 July 2016 18:21 (three years ago) link

aaaa this is better than I expected/hoped

ciderpress, Tuesday, 12 July 2016 21:02 (three years ago) link

one venue in mpls (a bar) used to have a decent model...which was a bit different because they were set up with 2 separate rooms - one for a band and one that was an old dive bar part, but anyway it was free to get in but all the money from the back bar in the band room went to the band...i think everyone won because people would be more willing to check out new local bands, the bar payout usually was more than you'd get with less people showing up and paying a $5 cover of which you probably didn't get all of it, and the bar won because if it filled up and lots of people would end up going to the main bar anyway if the band room bar was too busy

Steve Gunn Mann-Dude (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 12 July 2016 21:06 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

Just saw her live in Boston, she played the entire album (including interludes) but sans Space Tapes, and she was great. No merch, but crowd was singing along to pretty much every song, which she was a bit blow away by.

She stayed afterwards and gave hugs/took selfies with fans. I asked her if the line in "What happened to us" was actually "I was never ready / f**k your love," because that's how I kept hearing it. She said she does sing it that way live, but "officially" the line is "I was never ready / for your love" in order to be more airplay/streaming friendly.

Michael F Gill, Wednesday, 7 September 2016 04:21 (two years ago) link

that's interesting. the explicit version would convey a very different sentiment to the clean imo

art baengels (monotony), Wednesday, 7 September 2016 04:34 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

this album is really good.

Wozniak on Kimye's Baby (jaymc), Tuesday, 1 November 2016 06:19 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Not sure how the last Tegan & Sara album and the Haim debut got so much AOTY love while this has flown almost completely under the radar. Wonderful, breezy listen. Hard to pick a favorite track.

Indexed, Friday, 9 December 2016 16:44 (two 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 (four months ago) link

Gorgeous new single

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

that was great. the pivot!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

two months pass...

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

monotony, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 13:31 (one month ago) link

album out august 16

monotony, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 13:31 (one month 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 (one month ago) link

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

ufo, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 14:07 (one month ago) link

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

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 14:12 (one month 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 (one month ago) link

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