March 2014 playlist

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Greetings, dear readers! I’m Jo and I’m new in town. Along with Holly, I’ll be taking care of your musical needs, with a focus on female and feminist artists, for your consideration and enjoyment. Spring has officially sprung, so to celebrate the birth of all things new and shiny, check out my March playlist here on Spotify. You can also click here to view the track-list. I’ve included tunes old and new, with a few classics thrown in for good measure.

After a hiatus of nearly twenty years, Neneh Cherry has returned with a new solo album, which includes collaborations with Four Tet and Robyn. She talks feminism and the role of women in hip hop here.

If you like the Ellen Allien track, it’s definitely worth checking out ‘Orchestra of Bubbles’, the album this is taken from, which is a joint project with Apparatus. Ellen heads up her own record label BPitch Control, a rare phenomenon within electronic music, a genre that is grossly unrepresentative of female artists. Support your women DJs!

Have you ever seen the Amoeba Records ‘What’s in my bag’ series? Amoeba Records is a huge indie record shop in the US and every week they get different artists to talk them through what records they’ve chosen from the shop. If you’re into music, it’s an awesome series and seriously addictive. Here’s Sharon Van Etten talking through her choices. Other artists shopping include Grimes, Wild Flag, The Donnas, Zola Jesus, Shonen Knife, Vivian Girls and Robyn.

Planningtorock’s new album is possibly the new soundtrack for feminists, activists and LGBT folk the world over. Read her talking about gender discrimination and patriarchy here.

I hope you find something that excites, inspires and moves you, metaphorically and literally. Let me know what you think!

The image is a close-up shot of lines of vinyl, with a persons’ arms flicking through the records. Image by isobelaa, shared under a Creative Commons licence.