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Shilpa Ray is a wailing, fire breathing Cyclops. She tornadoes everything in her path: small towns, big cities, and children’s dreams.

Shilpa Ray plays Middle East Upstairs tonight (with Dyr Faser and Awaaz Do opening) – you can also see the rest of tour dates here. We recently asked her to submit a guest mix and here’s what she had to say about the idea behind it:

I’m going on the road again which means a lot of wear n tear on my vocal chords. I made this high pitched vocal mix as an aspirational tool since my top range as a singer pretty much shits the beds after a couple weeks of smoking and boozing. There are some obvious choices here like the Bee Gees and Frankie Valli, but my personal favorites are Dagmar Krause of Slapp Happy who gets two songs cause she’s that damn good, Trish Keenan of Broadcast, The Specials as in the Doo Wop act, not the ska band, Junior Murvin and of course Jeannie Piersol’s The Nest which inspired this mix in the first place. Warning: there are some other worldly frequencies on this mix so you may need earplugs but only if you are that kind of square. 

Shilpa Ray’s most recent album is Girl Door that came out last year on Northern Spy Records. More recently she released Nihilism EP which includes an original (Shoot This Dying Horse) and a cover of Alice Cooper “Is It My Body”.

Jeannie Piersol – The Nest
Canned Heat – On The Road Again
Sparks – This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both of Us
Bee Gees – More Than A Woman
Kate Bush – Wow
Slapp Happy – The Secret
Slapp Happy – Blue Flower
Blondie – In the Flesh
The Specials – You Stood Me Up
Aaron Neville – Tell It Like It Is
Darling Dears – I Don’t Think I’ll Love Another
Frankie Valli And The Four Season – Sherry
Asha Bhonsle (Jewel Thief) – Raat Akeli Hai
Junior Murvin – Solomon
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Sometime Alone, Alone
Broadcast – I Found the F
Blonde Redhead – Misery Is A Butterfly
Donna Summer’s – I Feel Love
Further Reading on Shilpa Ray: Knitting Factory Records | Post-Trash | KALX | Pancakes and Whiskey | The House List | New Sounds | The Seventh Hex | Sarnia First Friday

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