Lay Low is the musical alter-ego of Lovísa Elísabet Sigrúnardóttir an Icelandic songstress of Sri-Lankan descent. Her vibe is quite simple; it’s an acoustic blues base with a heap of eclectic and diverse stuff on top such as trip-hop and folk music. The result being a mesmerising and stunning mix of styles and songs that subtley intoxicate, enthrall and bewitch without you even noticing. She’s also one of these artists for whom the internet doesn’t do proper justice. Her live shows are things of breathtaking beauty with a dark turn that stays with you for days after. Debut album is out soon and she’s currently touring the US and Canada before heading back to Europe for Festival season. Well worth taking a yomp to one of the other stages to see.
Oh No, it’s another Brooklyn band I hear you moan… Well yes, they are from Brooklyn and yes they are achingly cool but Navegante (pronounced Na-Ve-Gan-Tey) are doing something a bit different. The two-piece take electro, house and some mad funk shit and throw it through a blender. They then stick some refreshingly shameless hip-hop energy on top and…hey presto…good tunes. The overall result is something that shouldn’t work but actually does, really well.
For what it’s worth, they’re quickly clocking up impressively worthy fans such as David Byrne and Carlos Sanatana and are tearing up Youtube and the live scene in New York. Navegante are the perfect remedy to those who complain that no-one makes original music anymore. It’s bullshit, there’s great stuff out there, like these guys, for example.
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