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Music Monday: Kendra Morris, Rina Sawayama, Gavin Turek, The Seshen and Tree

Music Monday, 8/22: Kendra Morris, Rina Sawayama, Gavin Turek, and Tree.

Music Monday 8/22: Kendra Morris, Rina Sawayama, Gavin Turek and Tree.

This summer has been a great summer for new music. Because of that, this Music Monday’s Spotify playlist is an amazingly eclectic smooth groove. Old-school psychedelic soul jams intermingle with modern bad-asses, chanteuses and emcees, as well as political inspiration from Assata Shakur.

New releases include the live Toro y Moi album, Kendra Morris, Wallace, The Seshen, Phantogram, V. Bozeman and the beautiful closing collaboration between Little Dragon and De La Soul.

Kimmortal is Kim Villagante, a Filipinx-Canadian queer emcee based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Mixing soul, spoken word and hip hop, the femmecee tackles tricky topics like mental illness, race, immigrant experience and other feminist issues. Villagante is also a visual artist and animator, as well as an arts-based community organizer. Sincerity is her aptly named debut album and it is available through her website.

Bay area-based sound collective The Seshen is back and does not disappoint. “Flames & Figures” is the latest single from the seven-piece musical hivemind of singer/lyricist Lalin St. Juste and bassist/producer Akiyoshi Ehara. The Seshen is a beautiful collage of synthesizers, drum machines, live percussion led by an incredible songstress to create a hybrid of new soul, electronica, synth pop, and R&B. The full album will be available October 14, but you can pre-order via Bandcamp

Related: The Seshen’s Playlist

The beautiful, multi-talented V. Bozeman’s new release, “Go,” evokes a dysfunctional, emotionally abusive relationship. She tells her partner to simply “go, just leave,” rather than endure any further disrespect or pain. The video shows the spectacular beauty’s incredible dance talent. We can’t wait for a full-length album!

Don’t forget to follow Wear Your Voice on Spotify in order to receive alerts for our new playlists. If you prefer to keep it casual, just come back every Monday for a new Music Monday playlist. 


Laurel Dickman is an intersectional feminist, plus size model, stylist, and fat activist that can also be found via her blogs, Exile In Dietville and 2 Broke Bitches. She grew up in the south between Florida and North Carolina, migrating to the Portland, OR in 2005. All three places inform her perspective of the world around her a great deal. While in Portland, she worked with the Alley 33 Annual Fashion Show, PudgePDX, PDX Fatshion, Plumplandia, and numerous other projects over the near decade that she was there. In August of 2014, she moved to the Bay area with her partner, David and trusty kitty, Dorian Gray. She continues her body positive and intersectional feminism through various forms of activism, fashion, photography projects, and writing from her home in the East Bay. She can be reached at laurel@wyvmag.com and encourages readers to reach out to her to collaborate!

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