Hollie Cook combines her unique vocal talent with charming charisma to craft her own dynamic strand of lovers rock with enduring tropical vibes, weaving a path from her West London roots to an arena of diverse collaborations, critically acclaimed records, and iconic live appearances around the world. Cook’s ability to continually surprise, delight, and progress solidifies her position as one of the most exciting voices in reggae, and this is crystal clear on her third full-length and Merge debut, Vessel of Love.
Cook’s music career commenced early when family friend and punk trailblazer Ari Up asked Cook, age 19 at the time, to join the raucous ’70s feminist UK post-punk outfit The Slits for their reformation in 2006. She thrived on being thrown into the deep end and quickly cut her teeth with four years of back-to-back shows around the globe. Her talents recognized and nurtured, she then released her first solo album Hollie Cook in 2011, with a revered 2012 dub album follow-up, while singles such as “Milk & Honey” and “That Very Night” gained support from
influential radio stations across Europe. After performing at The Stone Roses concert at Manchester’s Heaton Park at the personal request of Ian Brown, and her hypnotic performance on the prestigious Later…With Jools Holland, the way was paved for Hollie’s solo career to take off.
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This week, James is joined by Geoff Payson to discuss the loss of Col. Bruce Hampton.
MATTHEW RYAN – (I JUST DIED) LIKE AN AVIATOR from Hustle Up Starlings
FOXTROT & THE GET DOWN – ROLL DOWN THE ROAD from Roots Too Deep
DARLING – BRIGHT LIGHT SWITCH from Darling (IRE import)
SLOWDIVE – SUGAR FOR THE PILL from Slowdive
THE MASTERSONS – PERFECT from Transient Lullaby
ALLISON PIERCE – EVIDENCE from Year Of The Rabbit
ANGELICA GARCIA – ORANGE FLOWER from Medicine For Birds
KOLARS – ONE MORE THRILL from Kolars
HA HA TONKA – EVERYTHING from Heart Shaped Mountain
MAGIC GIANT – SET ON FIRE from In The Wind
GEOFF ACHISON – HIGH WIRE from Another Mile, Another Minute
VAL EMMICH – LEAVE THE PAST BEHIND from The Reminders (Inspired By The Novel)
RENN – THE OTHER SIDE OF RAIN from Heartache And A Song
THE WEEKS – TALK LIKE THAT from Easy
JIMMER – YOU CAN COUNT ON ME from God Like The Sun
DARDEN SMITH – FIREFLY from Everything