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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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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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