I remained largely immune to the music of Shura, the BBC Sound of 2015 shortlisted artist. I had sort of dismissed her music as lacking and more about industry hype – her songs thus far fit into the trend for gossamer beautifully-sounding R&B but didn’t catch. ‘White Light’ shatters that perception for me. It’s a… Read more »

Posted on June 11th, 2015

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Odd Future affiliated group The Internet, Syd Bennett, Mat Martians and band are back with a new album called Ego Death on June 30th and it sounds like the start of something clean, focused and real from them. Ego Death will feature guests like Janelle Monae, Vic Mensa, Kaytranada, Tyler, The Creator and more. ‘Special… Read more »

Posted on June 3rd, 2015

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Niwel Tsumbu is a Congolese guitarist who is frequently heard and seen beside and behind others. For his new project, RiZA, the artist draws on his strong musical family for a debut album due in October with songs written in a Congolese tongue Lingala based on his personal revelation that his 14 year-old son isn’t… Read more »

Posted on May 19th, 2015

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‘Unstoppable’ might be a career best for Lianne. Time spent hanging out with Prince seems to have rubbed off on La Havas who is making infinitely more interesting music right now with a new confidence – see her dancing in the video for further example. It’ll be interesting to see if she follows through on… Read more »

Posted on May 13th, 2015

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The New York trio Wet (http://kanyewet.biz/) are one of the most promising acts who make music in the atmospheric electronic R&B vein in the last couple of years. The band, Kelly Zutrau, Joe Valle and Marty Sulkow, have a debut album coming this year on National Anthem and Columbia Records called Don’t You in the… Read more »

Posted on April 22nd, 2015

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LA duo Made In Heights dropped two fine singles in ‘Panther’ and ‘Ghosts’ last year, Sabzi and Kelsey Bulkin have a new album coming next month called Forgiveness and they’ve given us a listen to the title track – a synth-gilded electronic pop song with beats that bang and vocals that pop. HUH. Made In… Read more »

Posted on April 15th, 2015

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International man of new music, Brighton-based producer and songwriter Noah Sacré came to my attention last November. Speelburg’s new song, You Got Another Thing Coming (If The Only Thing That’s On Your Mind Is Me)’ continues the run of once-off singles worthy of your ears with a string and bright note-assisted nodding beat and the… Read more »

Posted on April 15th, 2015

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  DJ and producer iZem knows how to make Latin-flavoured electronic music that beats and bumps with a brightness and sunny disposition. In December, the sometime Dublin/Lisbon-based DJ ‘Sadeo’ featuring local talent Feather. iZem has an album on the way called Hafa and he’s been picked up for plays on KCRW and Giles Peterson (naturally, this… Read more »

Posted on April 10th, 2015

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The Cork soulful pop eight-piece band Shookrah kick off a short series of live videos with a rendition of ‘I’ve Had A Nice Time, Thanks’ as performed at Mother Jones Flea Market in Cork. The band support Booka Brass Band on Saturday in the city at Oliver Plunketts.

Posted on March 24th, 2015

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Kelela is releasing a deluxe vinyl version of her Cut 4 Me mixtape on Fade To Mind next month but the LA singer also has a new EP called Hallucinogen on the way too. The EP was entirely produced by Arca who Kelela met “on a boat” in 2012. “We sought one another out across… Read more »

Posted on March 5th, 2015

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Andreya Triana is a name you’ll recognise from her vocal collaborations with Flying Lotus Bonobo and Lapalux. The Londoner is a former RBMA attendee and has been biding her time over the last few years since releasing her debut album Lost Where I Belong on Ninja Tune. Now she’s ready for her second album, Giants,… Read more »

Posted on February 3rd, 2015

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From the very first time I heard Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ ‘Uptown Funk’ back in November, I couldn’t help but admire the influences the pair were mining for the track. Particularly, I’m thinking 80s funk: whether it’s the Minneapolis funk pioneered by Prince along with Morris Day and The Time or the vocoder electro-funk… Read more »

Posted on January 21st, 2015

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Thanks to the popularity of acts like London Grammar, there’s been a succession of suavepop R&B acts that have deliberately or otherwise, followed a similar imprint: yearning, rich vocal tones; warm minimal electronic R&B backing and on-point production techniques. Think of The Hics, Mansionair, Aquilo, Klo, George Maple, Wet and Halos to name but a… Read more »

Posted on January 13th, 2015

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Chance The Rapper isn’t going a regular route in his musical journey. He’s been playing with his live band The Social Experiment ( Chance with Donnie Trumpet, Peter Cottontale, and Nate Fox) and the has a free record with them on the way called Surf before the end of the year. It’s the trumpet player,… Read more »

Posted on November 26th, 2014

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Soul singer Mayer Hawthorne started at Stones Throw before the major label whisked him away to the mainstream. So if the guy wanted to go and do something a bit less commercial, the only way he could do it would be to do it under a new name. Which is what Tuxedo, his project with… Read more »

Posted on November 25th, 2014

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