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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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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