La Doña – “Algo Nuevo” – [Self Release]

puplaif   3/15/2022   12-inch, Hip Hop

La Doña is Cecilia Peña-Govea and she does exactly what she wants. La Doña operates across multiple spheres of influence, as a daughter, an educator, as an artist in a constant state of change.  Growing up in San Francisco, she started playing in her family’s mariachi band at the age of 7 where she learned to play trumpet.  La Doña is very proud to have self-released Algo Nuevo in 2020. 

La Doña boldly presents her feminist perspective through poetic, lyrical messages that cover topics from gentrification to the push and pull of love. Spanish is the dominant language throughout the album, with sprinkles of English on a few bilingual tracks. Set to genre-blending rhythms, La Doña incorporates elements of Bay Area hip hop, reggaeton, son jarocho, and more. The overall sound is catchy and highly dance-able. 100% hyphey maravilla. ¡Que la disfruten!

Bad Waitress – “No Taste” – [Royal Mountain Records]

puplaif   3/8/2022   A Library

What is a ma? What is a ma? What is a mother to do? Bad Waitress, Toronto based punk band, has more than few thoughts on that. 

What began as a duo known as Nude Dogs, the band has evolved to its current manifestation as a quartet, with Kali-Ann Butala (she/her) and Katelyn Molgard (they/them) on vocals & guitar, Eva Moon (they/them) on drums, and Nicole Cain (she/her) on Bass. No Taste is their debut full-length album, released in 2021. 

It sounds like…

Layers of drums, guitars and vocals coming together in energetic collaboration. The sound is rich, bold, loud, and pulsating. It’s in your face both musically and lyrically. The collection of tracks swings across a spectrum of moods, vacillating between rage and allure. As bassist Nicole describes, it’s basically a self-defense album. Let No taste be your shield; the fuel to empower your own protection. 

For the ultimate cathartic experience, Pup recommends singing along. 

Epps, Stacy – “Awakening, The” – [Japanubia Musik]

puplaif   2/15/2022   CD, Hip Hop

all aboard the mothership. it’s 2008 and our captain is the multifaceted femcee, vocalist, artist, and human extraordinaire Stacy Epps. “The Awakening” is Epp’s debut solo album, a humble offering from her heart. 

it sounds like…

a boom bap dream. vocal clouds traverse sampled looped landscapes. the lyrical healer brings love and light. conscious messages of oneness and lived experience expressed through multiple voices.  tracks melt from one to the next, unfolding with surprising distinction. give it a listen to find out which ones you like. 

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