Monkoora aka Scottish artist Julie Fern Crawford just released her awesome new EP ‘Nuclear BB’ last week, and it’s rammed full of brightly imaginative playful off the wall femme-tronica, that’s at times brutal, at times funny, at others skewed attitude is bold, dynamic and artistically exciting. Lyrically exploring sexual politics and identity, existentialist philosophy and desire, standout track ‘Bocx’ is a miniature personal diatribe on a jumbled up, unjust, materialistic, ‘fucked up world’.
Monkoora gleefully mashes together elements of psychedelia, hip-hop, chiptune and rave, she blends rusty saws, autoharps, whistles and detuned ukuleles with crisp, lucid beats and multi-layered vocal harmonies distorted vocoder hooks. It’s the sound of breaking conventions of pop down and rebuilding it with your bare hands, it’s the sound of wanting progress but watching it take ‘fucking ages’, chewing up and spitting out the strictures and expectations of roles and spitting them out. We have the premiere of the video, watch it above.
2016 was a big year – she composed the music for four short ‘Survivor’ films for the charity Rape Crisis, produced a short video for BBC The Social, and was nominated for ‘Best Newcomer’ at the 2016 Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMAs). Her debut show at Glasgow’s Old Hairdressers was accompanied by art from I’ll Be Your Mirror and Kris Kesiak, and since then, she has supported Let’s Eat Grandma, Shield Patterns, DJ Rebecca Vasmant, and played at the Havana Glasgow Film Festival.
3rd June – Hidden Door festival
7th June – Hug and Pint (with Kite Base – Ayse Hassan from Savages’ new side project, tbc)
12th August – Clamjamfry festival