11/30/2016

Iris Gold announces ‘The Marsha Hunt Mixtape’

Iris Gold
Announces ‘The Marsha Hunt Mixtape’ out 2nd December
"A melting pot of alt-pop, elastic funk and freakadelic sounds" - The Beat Magazine
"A force to be reckoned" - Afropunk
"Listen to the addictive new single below, and get prepared to take on the world!" - RWD Mag
"Funky force of nature" - Monkeyboxing
Tracklist: 1. Revolution Riders 2. Goodvibes 3. Lil’ Suzie 4. People Up On It 5. Good man (Poetry For Dinner Interlude) 6. Mind Juice 7. Ten 8. Harlem (feat. Ali Tennant) 9. Human Heatwave
Rising alternative pop star, Iris Gold, returns with a stunning 70’s homage mixtape ‘The Marsha Hunt Mixtape’ featuring nine original songs designed to bring storytelling and fun back into music. Inspired by the life and imagery of American actress Marsha Hunt, it is her voice and spirit that permeates the mix.
Borrowing influences from early blues, Howlin’ Wolf to Blaxploitation movies, Outkast’s cult 2006 musical film ‘Idlewild’, J Dilla and Dolly Parton; Iris Gold taps into a mythical fantasy world – “I imagined I was in a movie based in 70s Harlem during the hot summer chillin’ with with Lalo Schifrin,” she says.
She goes on to add: “When I started writing I wanted to write pop songs over loops and break beats, so the songs for the mixtape were mainly written in my friend’s Tomasso’s room in Hackney Wick in this way”
Iris roped in a few producer friends like The Confect (Nick Brewer, Tiggs Da Author), Dimitri Tikovoi (Placebo, Charlie XCX) and Ben Joice (Jorja Smith) to add the finishing touches to the end product.
The first track ‘Revolution Riders’ will be included in a brand new 4 track EP to be released in Jan 2017. Iris Gold’s previous releases ‘Freakaholic (produced by MNEK)’, ‘Steve McQueen’, ‘Colour Trip’ and ‘Goldmine’ garnered the singer critical acclaim and endorsements by leading tastemakers including Zane Lowe on Beats1, Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1 and 1xtra’s Mistajam.
She will also appear on Russ Chimes new single ‘Drift’ out this November.
Editor’s notes: 
Born in the UK, Iris was whisked across the North Sea and grew up living a nomadic existence in Copenhagen, squatting for intervals above the Folkteatret (‘People’s theatre’) and the autonomous fristaden (‘free town’) commune of Christiania. Often the only child at gatherings of space cadets, nudists and freethinkers, she developed the charisma and storytelling prowess necessary to command attention. Musically she was surrounded by the hallmarks of 60’s and 70’s psych and hippy counter-culture: Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, Mommas and the Poppas and The Grateful Dead, instilling her with an ingrained love of West Coast melody. 
After being given some records by her Mum’s friends in her late teens, she discovered hip-hop, dosing up on Pete Rock, Beastie Boys and De La Soul, becoming enamoured with what to her was an entirely new musical dictionary. 
Moving from Copenhagen to London, she started writing songs in which she fused the minimal, generative quality of instrumental loops with her background in poetry and storytelling and those glistening California influences. 
With an unconventional back-story and a killer arsenal of tunes, this wide afro’d wordsmith is on to something special.

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