After catching Ady Suleiman this evening at London’s Jazz Cafe, all I can say is it seems this kid has managed to garner a cult-like following of happy fans right now… One of the best shows of the year!
Matt Maltese played a sell-out gig at London’s Moth Club this evening. Stunning vocals and a simple set… Was pretty special.
The force of Dua Lipa seems to be never ending right now. A packed Brixton Academy in London played host to one epic gig!
Back from seeing a secret little show from Tom Walker at The Scotch of St James. It was a short and sweet set – the vocal is still immense!
Back from watching a short set list from one of the most anticipated Canadian exports over the last year, Jessie Reyez.
Intensely beautiful blends of hip hop and RnB mixed with the most innocent sounding voice you could imagine!
Rhys Lewis played London’s Borderline last night where he showed off a pretty likeable pop-rock vibe. Fun night.
I saw Sailor & I last evening at London’s intimate Pickle Factory. The sound coming out of this Swedish talent through a good sound system is one thing, but hearing the synths and beats live was on another level! Debut album ‘The Invention of Loneliness’ is out now via Skint.
What a year, eh. I was almost tempted to not write up a random list for 2016 on the count of me wanting it to end as soon as possible. But alas, in a year of many disasters, there were a few nice things to come up which made everything OK for a little while. It’s a condensed list this year, so here’s looking to an awesome 2017. Anyway…
The guy who made a song two years ahead of it’s time
This song by UK talent Ragz Originale is basically a view of the future for me. It bounces between dark samples while keeping a gritty rawness. All the while still sounding slick. I see this sound taking off majorly in 2018.
The song most likely to turn you into an emotional wreck
I am not a huge fan of covers, however, when I stumbled across this Kanye West rework by Daniel Caesar I was an emotional mess. Stunning, beautiful, flawless… Everything that reminds you that the world can still be a beautiful place.
The boyband that got it right
Most epic Scandi pop
Smith & Thell have been on my radar for a really long time. This Swedish duo haven’t been afraid to change musical directions, and with the release of ‘Row’ this year I can’t think of any other Scandi act that has managed to come up with a song as intense and catchy as this one.
Most listened to song on my iTunes
I’ve surprised myself with this one. And I’ll be honest, I did consider leaving this category out for 2016, but f*ck it. For the second year, Dua Lipa is behind my most listened to song on my iTunes. This time it’s with ‘Hotter Than Hell’ – a pop banger through and through. It’s not edgy, nor does it push any boundaries. But it’s everything you want from a big pop sound, and that’s all I need to hear a song on loop.
Most likely to be huge in 2017
It’s been a while coming but I am finally excited to see that Rag’n’Bone Man is certain to be the biggest new act to hit the mainstream in 2017. Well deserved too.
Saw SG Lewis this evening at Koko. I’m a sucker for electro soul vibes so I was in bliss throughout.
Probably the most anticipated gig of the year for me. I’ve made no secret of how much I love HONNE so seeing them at London’s Roundhouse last night was just… Epic.