Monkoora - Nuclear - A Review By Thomas Neil

Before I talk about her upcoming EP ‘Nuclear BB’ I want to talk a little about the artist behind it, Julie Fern Crawford or as she’s also know MonKoora. She’s a 22-year-old producer, singer and visual artist based in Glasgow. I’ll endeavour to also get an interview with her in the coming weeks so if anyone’s interested in finding out a little bit more about the woman behind the music then watch this space.

Now I went crazy for this EP, not quite nuclear but near enough, and I can’t wait to hear more from Monkoora.

‘Bocx Wurld’ First off this song had a tremendous music video which you should all check out as well. It goes incredibly well with this track and its overall vibe. I thought this track was amazing, it's not often that I can’t think what to say...honestly ask anyone. But I needed multiple listens to gather my thoughts on this, the song is challenging, and quirky and deals with a complex subject matter than more people should take an interest in. I love the electronic style, it really gives the song something, and continues a distinctive style for the artist.

‘Giant White Hs’ was different from the previous track, but no less welcome. I still had the same esoteric edge to it but no one could claim Monkoora is a one note woman. It had as much of a challenging tone to it as ‘Bocx Wurld’ but it just dealt with it differently. I thoroughly enjoyed this track.

‘Vaping on Trains’ I wasn’t too sure what to expect with this track because of the title, but it was another strong electro song, which flow so well, you just get caught up in the fast paced lyrics, supported by what I’d like to call a wave of synth energy. The track was one of my favourites.

‘Repelling Radio’ The opening swell of the intro for this track was amazing, and then it just gets better, this track was definitely my favourite on the EP. This song had a lot of emotion, you can tell that from the get go. I can’t help but hear this track as the soundtrack to some tv show, never sure if that’s a compliment or not but basically what I mean is that it's engaging, strong, and gives a distinct feel to the listener and would play well in some scene where a character is struggling with a decision or an emotional upheaval. I’ll definitely remember this song in a few weeks, a few months and so for that i say ‘Thanks for the memories’.

‘Alaska 14’ Is a track that I feel would play really well to a live audience, something about the fusion of beats and Monkoora’s vocals would just sound so amazing in a live venue. Not that it not good blaring out of my ipod. I loved the tune to this track, it's strangely playful and i just really liked it. Enough so that it was another of those tracks I just listened to over and over again to get a clearer picture of the track.

‘Straddlin The Fence’ is the final track on the EP and after the previous tracks each did different and amazing things this one had some big shoes to fill but I think it did really well. Instantly captures you with what to me sounds like when someone plays a song on water filled glasses. This was another song that challenges the audience, as well as society at well and I applaud her for it, I like the messages in her song, they don’t preach they just kinda tell it how it is and that’s something that’s very important.

If you want to hear some of her other stuff and maybe buy the new album when it drops April 21st then follow this link to Hotgem to grab it;  http://www.hotgem.co.uk/ and if you want to keep up to date with what she’s doing then follow her on facebook by clicking here; https://www.facebook.com/Monkoora/ don’t forget to like the page as well.

The video is out very soon too, so when it arrives we will most certainly be sharing it around for your veiwing pleasure on the page!