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



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 ( 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



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



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



  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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