Following their redux version of ‘F For You’ from Disclosure’s debut album Settle, the Lawrence brothers teamed up once again on some tracks on her upcoming The London Sessions release, which will also feature Sam Smith, Naughty Boy and Emili snoorefest Sandé. You have have already heard ‘Right Now’, their first collab for the album…. Read more »

Posted on November 20th, 2014

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LA duo Made In Heights, producer Sabzi and vocalist Kelsey Bulkin have had a couple of fine tracks this year. Their latest ‘Panther’ is a confident step up into a more defined R&B soul mood with Bulkin sharing her desire for a partner while cello provides some mournful tones. The song is on Spotify . Made In Heights… Read more »

Posted on November 19th, 2014

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The Australian George Maple has guested on records from Slime and Flume (sounds like a crap comedy duo?) but the London-based singer has returned to her solo output, after some CMJ shows in New York last month. ‘Vacant Space’, is the title track from her debut EP for Future Classic, and it does the zeitgeist… Read more »

Posted on November 12th, 2014

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When one of your parents is an Italian classical pianist, you bunk off school to play  play Debussy and Rachmaninoff in the school church and you have Chopin’s ‘E Minor Nocturne’ tattooed on her forearm, there is a certain path being forged. It was piano-lead ballads that lead me to the singer Niia (pronounced “Nye-a” ) and it’s a… Read more »

Posted on November 11th, 2014

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The fledgling label Aesop has this year given us a fine EP from Iranian/English electronic producer TĀLĀ, and for their second release, with the London/Frankfurt-based musician(s) Sylas, not only is the music intricate, deeply-detailed and advanced in writing, their debut EP also features the genius that is Brian Eno on it, after chance encounters lead… Read more »

Posted on November 5th, 2014

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Billie Black is a name who is on a lot of UK industry lips at the moment. The story goes that the West London student of Guildhall School of Music gained experienc at singing jazz in pubs for college money. That followed her teenage years where she sang with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and went to the Brit… Read more »

Posted on November 4th, 2014

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London via Birmingham duo Ekkah, made an impression online with their debut single ‘Figure It Out’, a slinky R&B pop track. The duo’s name comes from the fact that the old friends both have similar names: Rebekah Pennington and Rebecca Wilson. The duo’s new single ‘Last Chance To Dance’ is even more slinkier and smooth,… Read more »

Posted on October 20th, 2014

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Brooklyn electronic R&B trio Wet have returned with a music video for the song from their debut EP. The clip, featuring singer Kelly Zutrau has an intimate feel to it with smoke-shrouding obscured nudity and a home video / natural vista juxtaposition. It was directed by Beauty Today, an erotic magazine that “perverts conventions of… Read more »

Posted on October 8th, 2014

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Made In Heights are an American duo who impressed with their stonking wobbling tune ‘Murakami’ about nine months ago leading to over a million Soundcloud plays. It was a song that intentionally or not, replicated the deep bass of Haim’s ‘My Song 5’. Their new song seemingly takes percussive inspiration from my song of 2013… Read more »

Posted on September 17th, 2014

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Stuart Howard aka Lapalux is responsible for some oozy and woozy electronic music. Releasing on the Brainfeeder label, his liquid music is a good fit for a roster that includes Daedelus, Samiyam and Thundercat. ‘Movement I, II & III’ is a three-part track which moves from hazed synths accompanied by blunted beats through jazzy soul… Read more »

Posted on September 17th, 2014

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Shookrah are a Cork-based soul/pop eight-person band who count Senita (as heard on Daithí’s tracks and Stevie G’s Deep Down South Soundsystem) in their ranks. For their debut single ‘W O M A N’, a declaration of feminine fun, the band (who also include Imelda Cormica,  Lasserina Rath, Áine Delaney, Diarmait MacCarthaigh, Daniel Coughlan, Edan… Read more »

Posted on September 12th, 2014

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Ahmed Gallab has, until now been a musician who was never really in the spotlight. As a working one in other bands (Caribou, Yeasayer, Of Montreal) he quietly served the songs of others. On his second Sinkane album in 2012, Mars (the first in 2009 was psychedelically experimental), he stepped out on his on own… Read more »

Posted on September 11th, 2014

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In the game of writing about new music, artist come and go. In the near-eight years I’ve been doing this though, there’s been a few artists who never quite broke out but remained. One of which is Theophilus London, who I first wrote about back in 2009. Somewhat surprisingly, Theophilus is pitching at a bigger… Read more »

Posted on September 10th, 2014

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After two collaborations with Snakehips, Sinead Harnett has just released her N.O.W. EP and it contains this swinging R&B gem. Production is by DEVolution.

Posted on August 14th, 2014

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Tahliah Barnett wanted to be a dancer. After begging her mother, she finally went to dance college, where she felt nothing substantial. She danced in big pop videos for Jessie J and Ed Sheeran but she realised it was music was the source of her desire so she became the musician, twigs and later, FKA… Read more »

Posted on August 13th, 2014

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