Everyone’s favourite, yet suspiciously contrived, auburn-hair songstress is back. No, not Florence Welch; we’re talking about Paloma Faith and the release of her new album Fall To Grace.
The follow-up album to Faith’s critically acclaimed debut album Do You Want the Truth is out on 28 May. But if you can’t wait until then to take delivery of the new instalment of her helium-infused vocals, you’re in luck! This weekend, Faith joins BBC1’s The Voice as a ‘Battle Advisor.’ Cue scenes of Tom Jones reaching for the little blue pill as Faith, a former burlesque dancer, twirls her way around set, offering performance-related advice to the show’s oblivious contestants (and judges).
To whet your appetite ahead of her inevitably chaotic appearance on The Voice (mentoring our NEW NOISE February interviewee, Vince Kidd), Faith has contributed to Wonderland’s Summer Playlist Series, featuring songs she cannot hear without wanting to get those gorgeous lips around something cool and ice-creamy:
Tina Turner – Nutbush City Limits
This always fills a dance floor. Tina’s voice makes you wanna shake your thing because she is always on the edge of breaking it!
3rd Degree – Mercy
When I first heard this I thought Duffy had covered it, but then I found out Duffy did write it and they covered it. I just think this dude’s voice kills it and shows the song for what it is – a bloody good tune!
Sisters Love – The Bigger You Love The Harder You Fall
I’m all about voices and I just can’t get over the emotion in this performance. It’s just unbelievable.
Lindstrom feat. Christabelle
The production on this is mega cool. I love all the weird synths and it’s just so simple. Simple is good, sometimes.
Whitney Houston – Million Dollar Bill
I LOVE DANCING TO THIS! It was such a sad loss when she died and I think this last big single of hers was amazing. I always play it when I DJ. It’s pure early 80s cool.
Chase & Status – Blind Faith feat. Liam Bailey
I think the production on this is beyond brilliant. Such euphoria! I also think Liam Bailey is one of the most under rated UK vocalists around.
Woodkid – Iron
Wow is there nothing this guy can’t do? Not only is this dude an amazing producer/band, but he also directed Lana Del Rey’s last two music videos. I’m gob smacked and love this song and video!
Azealia Banks – 212 feat. Lazy Jay
I am a little bit obsessed with this girl. I think she’s super clever and super cool (say that in a French accent). She can sing and rap…I am hanging my hat! Everything she touches turns to gold and I bow down!
Jade – Everyday of the Week
I used to LOVE this when I was younger and I am a massive New Jack Swing fanatic. The beats and melodies make you feel happy!
Tony Matterhorn – Dutty Wine
This is such a brilliant song to dance to (or try and learn the moves for). I have some great memories with friends of this song. We all get very excited if it comes on – a lot of high fives get dished out.
Words: Gavin Jewkes