Friday, June 13, 2014

What's in Your Bag - Ronika

Song: What's in Your Bag
Artist: Ronika
Album: Selectadisc

I discovered Ronika a bit late, just last year after the Nottingham DJ/Singer-Songwriter/Producer had been releasing singles and EPs on her own RecordShop label since 2010.  I loved her EP that contained the amazing "Automatic," which has a bassline from the Gods, and looked forward to her full-length debut.  It's been two years since that single was officially released, but what I didn't realize is that she was diagnosed with a life-threatening autoimmune disease, delaying the record.  This after one time being shot in the back of a taxi.  Dang girl.

Regardless, Ronika has released her debut Selectadisc, named after the record store of her refuge in her hometown and it's the 80s Electro/Nu-Disco bomb I was hoping for.  Get out your roller skates.

Past EP tracks like "Only Only" and "In the City" shine, as well as new tracks "What's in Your Bag" with it's infectious shouty chorus and "Shell Shocked" with it's soulful vocals and straight-up retro production that recalls early Madonna.

Selectadisc basically collects all of her previously released tracks yet I am dumbfounded why "Automatic" isn't included.  I'd argue it's her best track and certainly fits the sound of the album, kind of a head-scratcher.  That said, it's a great little retro album that's worth your time.  Check it out.


Only Only
In the City

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