Lady Vendredi

Lady Vendredi

Cult music maker and artist Lady Vendredi is behind our latest playlist and is a wild, eclectic collection - dig into tracks from Brian Eno and The Fall...

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 8 Apr 2016
  • min read
Welcome to this week's playlist curated by cult artist and performer Lady Vendredi.

This Afro-futurist compiled a selection ahead of her debut EP release and run of immersive dance-theatre shows at Soho Theatre in London (12-30 April), titled The Passion of Lady Vendredi.

Championed by Gilles Peterson and Floating Points, the production explores the tension between freedom and control, personal gods and demons, censorship and intimacy.

Here's what her ladyness had to say about her selections...

Brian Eno - 2/2
A beautiful dream of a piece. When I DJed a lot for Nonclassical (contemporary classical club) I used to always drop this in my sets. It was great to mix with and set a really chilled, open atmosphere - great for opening the ears to new potential listening experiences as it crosses the boundaries of new music, ambient and early electronica.

David Bowie - Warsaw
I was recently in Berlin with my experimental theatre company. We were staying in a beautiful eco-penthouse in East Berlin, overlooking train tracks and industrial buildings. We stayed up late every night listening to the Berlin trilogy - this track really takes you on a journey.

Floating Points - Silhouettes I,I & III
Another journey. Its got the lushness and epic-ness of something like Minnie Ripperton's Les Fleur.

Sufjan Stevens - I Want To Be Well
Sufjan Stevens is probably one of my favourite artists. He creates whole worlds with his albums. This song is so full of anguish, pain and euphoria.

Levantis - Yogurt
Brilliant, dark, gives me the feels.

Grimes - Oblivion
She's a wicked performer.

Vodou Le - Azouke Legba
One of my favourite Vodou tracks. This piece is related to a mourning ritual and the lyrics are kinda about the pointlessness of money. And it just makes me want to dance!

The Fall - Kicker Conspiracy
Love the laid back delivery of Mark E Smith in this and the driving drums.

The Pogues - Fairytale of New York
I know, unseasonal, but I can't get enough of Shane McGowan's voice at the moment. Also love the structure of it and the mythologising of love.