Women Of Trip Hop – xskarma w/ Frannie B, IRYS, Mythie, Blue Work, Softmax

Bristol based artist and producer xskarma teamed with emerging singer Frannie B for their new collaboration Sacrifice You Make.  An intoxicating tempo design begs you to the dance floor, as Frannie B soothes you with effortless precision.  xskarma dresses the sonic atmosphere with warped melodies, all retaining their musicality while embracing an otherworldly ethos.  Frannie B grows increasingly soulful as the song progresses, pushing the energy forward and adding timely harmonies to stretch the melodic spectrum.  

Having amassed a following of 22k plus on Tik Tok, Frannie B is giving back as much as she’s putting in.  Giving her fans an inside view of her process has karmatic significance.  Her Spotify growth is even more impressive, and with collabs like Sacrifice You Make, she makes a bid for your next party club mix.  Rooted in the urban trip hop feel of the 90s, Sacrifice You Make recalls classics by Sneaker Pimps and Thievery Corporation.  That first movement in trip hop that inspired the indie pop of today.  xskarma remembers it well. A pioneer of its founding, their production is rooted in Hip Hops obsession with sampling. Trip Hop is widely celebrated in British electro pop culture, and Sacrifice You Make embraces the tradition.  

Hear Sacrifice You Make now on our Women Of Trip Hop Playlist


IRYS pens her best work yet on the captivating new single Borderline.  Dark melodic intention serves this bass brooding design well, as the beat hits hard with epic appeal.  Turn this one up.  IRYS is inspired as her solo vocal is all thats needed on this convincing performance.  Impromptu passion and a raw appeal stings with valid reverence.  IRYS keeps it real, with a minimalistic design that hits like a Polica track produced by Jamie XX.  Every sonic contribution illuminates the ethereal atmosphere of the dark electro mood.  

IRYS has an exotic voice that is intriguing and seductive on its own.  But Borderline is also a strong composition, with refreshing compositional movements that bring unfamiliar surprise and variation as the song progresses.  She’s able to stay in the moment while still keeping it fresh.  Her vocal writing prowess is equally impressive, with melodic movement to accentuate her diverse vocal abilities.  As a singer she has two modes, tempered and impassioned, all boosted by the signature rasp that brings thematic mystery to her collective aura.  An emerging dark pop breakout artist, she has star power to match her buzz worthy singles. 

Hear Borderline now on our Women Of Trip Hop Playlist


Mythie is chilling on her recent Waves.  Opening with a whispery spoken word vocal, Waves gets under your skin.  As the first verse evolves, tickling textures crawl beneath her creeping hush vocal, as the slow burn electro horror builds to a pulsating beat.  Paired with the mysterious secretly seductive video, Mythie is sexy in the spirit of gothic romantic art.  Updated in this modern electro package, it’s the odd sexual appeal known to the horror scene.  Its the dark devilish buried inclinations that we try to deny.  

Mythie knows how to play to our indulgences, as the vocals unravel she inflects statements in the vein of profanities while altering the words to mess with our heads.  Altogether it creates an illusion to draw us in like a vengeful siren, like the implied sex appeal of her hush vocal as it turns dark and condemning.  She doesn’t demand to be wanted, but we desire her anyway, unable to control our sexual inhibitions. That’s how she wants us, in her control, so that she can steal retribution from our overzealous nature. In the spirit of trip hop Waves connects with dark offerings from Bjork, FKA Twigs, and Grimes.  

Hear Waves now on our Women of Trip Hop Playlist

Blue Work

Active between Paris and London, Blue Work is the artistic union between interdisciplinary artists Hortensia and Vee.  Their new single The End Of The Road is groovy boutique electro pop, recalling Trip Hop’s influence on 90s pop songwriters like Suzanne Vega. 

The vocal appeal is hypnotic.  Full of swagger and confidence, her strength is attractive.  With conviction she cements her exclusivity with lyrical jest, as her spirited denial only makes her more appealing. 

She demands to be respected, conceptually jirating between this enticing tempo design that begs you to sway in tandem with her self appreciating lullaby.  Its an odd irony known to 90s pop, integrated into the revolutions known to that culture, an iteration of the women empowerment movement.  Women embracing their authenticity, their natural inherited beauty, without having to be objectified in turn.  Self love, after all, is the best love.  Control yourself, men, you already have enough favor in this world.  Let us have our bodies, or in this case, its her voice that you can’t deny.  After all, Blue Work doesn’t do thirst traps, this is an art piece.  

Embrace The End Of The Road now on our Women Of Trip Hop Playlist


Softmax is a vibe on their recent Crow.  Downtempo swagger collides with recent trends known to alternative R&B on this stylistic gem.  The Chicago based artist draws inspiration from unlikely mediums, like post modern author Don DeLillo.  She also embraces OutKast and Timbaland as heroes.  Like those recent icons, Crow grabs you with an energetic beat that features a sonic presence known to hip hop.  You can hear it in the hi hats and standard 808. 

The artists impressive vocal brings heavy R&B influence, recalling recent mainstream works by Rihanna with an underground flair known to SZA.  The downtempo swagger brings an exciting dark twist.  That culmination of styles brings mainstream potential, and Crow delivers with a sizzling melody meant for a late night drive. 

Hear Crow now on our Women of Trip Hop Playlist

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