For Róisín Murphy, unpredictability is a necessity. Amid the stultifying homogeneity of most contemporary pop and disco, the Irish-born artist’s catalog is a rich amalgam of musical styles and cultures, inspired as much by Iggy Pop and Grace Jones as by Laurie Anderson and J.G. Ballard.1 Her genre-melding predilections echo the diversity of revelers at Manchester and Sheffield clubs in the late 1980s and early ’90s, where she immersed herself at just 15 years old by staying put in Manchester, alone, This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Nine Buy Now Related Stories Music Issue 50 Caroline Polachek “The thing that eats at me a little bit is how subjective my music is.... You can’t get away from ‘Caroline Polachek.’” Music Issue 50 Odd Jobs Molly Lewis, professional whistler. Music Issue 50 Behind the Scenes Film composer Emile Mosseri on the art of setting music to film. Music Issue 49 Tove Lo The pop star reflects on the big feelings behind her biggest hits. Music Issue 46 Hun Choi DJ Hunee outlines his dance floor philosophy. Music Issue 46 Lil Silva A superstar collaborator steps into the spotlight.