Kendra Morris, 79.5
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Kendra Morris, 79.5
Kendra Morris recalls singers who straddled soul and rock during the early ’70s, such as Ruth Copeland and Chaka Khan. After touring with Dennis Coffey and releasing singles that she did with collaborator Jeremy Page including “Concrete Waves,” with b-side remixed by DJ Premier, Morris released the album Banshee (2012) on Wax Poetics Records. In 2013, Morris returned with the covers album Mockingbird. Both Banshee and Mockingbird garnered a following as well as several film/tv placements. The title track “Banshee” was used in the Showtime series, Ray Donovan, and ended up as one of popular music seek app Shazaam’s most searched songs, while her cover of Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” was in the trailer for major motion picture Dead Man Down. Morris also worked on a project band with friends Scarlett Johansson, Julia Haltigan and Holly Miranda. With Este Haim joining on drums, they released one single, “Candy” and a cover of “Bizarre Love Triangle” for AMFARs The Time Is Now record. Returning with her EP titled Babble in 2016 to positive reviews and more placements with Black & Mild, the OWN Networks TV show Queen Sugar, Morris continued working on tracks with Page. Having been collaging and stop motion animation for many years for her own album art and videos she wound up in the director’s chair and animated “Bomb Thrown”, cited as one of the best music videos of 2018, for the hip hop supergroup Czarface and MF DOOM record Czarface Meets Metal Face.
The New York City band 79.5 was started in 2010 by singer-songwriter Kate Mattison, and sounds like someone spinning a radio dial with such passionate intensity that all the stations blend together into a single, transcendent, almost spiritual force. It’s an experience—one so effecting that with only a self-released 12” single in circulation, 79.5 had been written up twice in The New Yorker on the merit of their live sets alone.
79.5 released their now classic Terrorize My Heart 45 in 2016 and it solidified all the hype surrounding them. The 7″ became a staple in DJ sets around the world getting spins from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Q Tip, Natasha Diggs and Just Blaze to name a few. In February 2021, Terrorize My Heart (Disco Dub) was added to Questlove’s “100 Essential Songs You Should Know” playlist.
Early 2019 saw the addition of singer-songwriter and rapper Aisha J aka Lola Adanna (Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens) to the lineup, and began a bright new chapter for founding member Mattison and longtime 79.5 saxophonist and flautist, Izaak Mills.
Their sophomore album, produced by Aaron Frazer (Durand Jones + The Indications) and bandleader Kate Mattison will be out in 2022. 79.5 is currently on tour in the United States.