Your Weekly Women to Listen To: Midnight Magic, Tracy Chapman, Brown Eyed Girls and more

Welcome back my darlings! I hope your week has been a good one so far – I’ve been busy at work over here and now I need someone to help me get the gigantic knots out of my neck area. Please send a masseuse ASAP!

This week we’ve got a brand new crop of ladies to check out and I think I can safely say they are all over the freaking map. Some of you may think I’ve lost my mind. You’d probably be right! Here we go.

Midnight Magic

File Under: Electro disco funk

From: New York

For Fans Of: Donna Summer, Hercules & Love Affair, shaking your booty, vodka slushies, hot pants, go-go boots

Bonus: This free download of their song, “Beam Me Up (Jaques Renault Remix)” is sure to get your party started this Wednesday.


File Under: Experimental electric soul and jazz, funk

From: Sweden/Canada

For Fans Of: Eryka Badu mixed with Prefuse 73, stepping (the dance step), driving with the top down and the wind in your hair, Mary J. Blige in outer space.

Bonus: She just put out a killer collaborative album with Tokyo Dawn called Art Slave. Talk about being innovative — this is the future kids.


File Under: Multi-textured indie electro garage rock (whoa)

From: Berlin

For Fans Of: Nico, Chicks on Speed’s “Kaltes Klares Wasser,” peacoats, London rain, Banksy, Portishead, record players, The Doors

Bonus: Well I guess if her sound seems a bit Portishead-ish, it could be in part because she’s being backed instrumentally by the band’s producer/percussionist Geoff Barrow, who, I just found out was also the music supervisor for Exit Through the Gift Shop.

Taylor Dayne

File Under: Early ‘90s R&B club hero and gay icon.

From: New York

For Fans Of: Jody Watley, Anastacia, Elton John (with a lower voice), CeCe Peniston, big hair, fringe, gay festivals

Bonus: Taylor’s song “Facing A Miracle” was the official theme song for the 2010 Gay Games held in Germany.

Tracy Chapman

File Under: Soft-spoken acoustic folk and roots

From: Cleveland, Ohio

For Fans Of: Shawn Colvin, Indigo Girls’ softer songs, coffee shops, reading, activism, Kashi cereal

Bonus: Chapman gave us an amazing karaoke song in “Give Me One Reason,” which also won the Grammy for Best Rock Song in 1997.