I was pleasantly surprised to see Kate on the cover of Uncut, which celebrates the 25 year anniversary of her masterpiece 1984 album the Hounds of Love. It blew my mind when I first heard it years ago and it permanently lodged itself in my top 10 (or 5 or 1, depending on my mood). It is an artist at the peak of her abilities, writing, playing, singing and producing her ass off. Its a crazy mash of piano, drum machines, choirs, samples, cellos, guitars, celtic instruments and on and on. She was 19 when her first album came out in 77 and she was pressured into doing a kind of exploitive photo shoot. From then on she took total control of her career: she built her own music studio, her brother took all her pictures, she stopped touring, rarely does interviews, and puts out albums with glacier speed. Her name gets dropped by people like Bjork, OutKast, Bloc Party, Prince etc etc. So she's basically a genius and kind of a weirdo, and a hero of mine for sure. Here are a few songs of hers for you to peep. Go buy Hounds of Love.