For our latest monthly show on Radar Radio, hosted by Alice Nicolov and produced by James Craigie, we speak to Merseyside musician and producer Forest Swords ahead of his appearance at this year’s Field Day festival.
In the interview, Forest Swords – real name Matthew Barnes – talks the burnout of touring his debut album, taking time out from the release schedule to score contemporary dance pieces and films, and how he came back from a long hiatus with his excellent second album Compassion. He also discusses going to a party at Björk’s house and being asked to produce a 45-minute remix of Vulnicura track “Stonemilker”.
Elsewhere, we play new music by R&B singers Abra and SZA, and drop tracks from producers Ikonika and Jlin.
Abra – “Play” (feat. Stickz Greenz)
SZA – “Love Galore” (feat. Travis Scott)
Kweku Collins – “Grey” (feat. Allan Kingdom)
Vanessa de Mata – “Boa Sorte”
v1984 – “Too Much” (Vocal Edit)
Björk – “Stonemilker” (Forest Swords remix)
FAKA – “Uyang’khumbula”
Shygirl – “MSRY”
Jlin – “Holy Child” (feat. William Basinski)
Ikonika – “Hazefield” (feat. Sweyn J & Jessy Lanza)
Forest Swords plays Field Day, taking place at London’s Victoria Park on June 3