This is the dude who wrote the Grammy-winning “Smooth,” which has sold over 30 million copies worldwide and is the 2nd most successful song of all time on the Billboard Charts. “After years of success in servicing the needs of the pop music market, it was time to create a record that expresses the deeper essence of who I am right now.” Check out a couple of tracks below (Darkside is gorgeous) and go to his Myspace!
Ringo Starr’s called TINA (I don’t know why it’s all in capitals…) “THE TablaGirl!”. I think she’s pretty good. I’ve only heard one song from this poppy, urban, dance, bollywood, R&B siren but so far but I’m impressed. Check out her super sexy, polished song featuring Fat Joe below and go to the website!
Fun, witty and current ‘indie-hop’ from two Brighton kids. Check out here.
These are The Boxettes. Breaking from the norm, this is a a group of young ladies who do all sorts of things with their mouths that end up being amazing a’cappella tracks. I don’t see them as breaking the charts with their talent, but seeing just how prolific other young British a’cappella bands are doing out there (The Magnets) are becoming, they could be ones to watch! Check out here.
Pretty electropop by a couple of very pretty Aussies. ‘Combining new wave synths with a unique ’80s feeel and a dash of blatant pop, Garçon Garçon write intelligent songs with catchy hooks. Coming from different musical worlds of classical and punk rock, the duo conjure a sound as complex as it is podium busting.’ Check out here.
When can you every get enough of girl bands? Never! That’s what I think anyway. But you do see a lot of awful acts out there pretending they’re Girls Aloud before they’ve even managed to string a harmony together. But I like The Ultra Girls because they can string a harmony together, and they look like loads of fun. ‘Girls Will Be Girls’ sounds really good. Definitely looking forward to hearing more from these ladies! Check out here.
Three London boys making fresh grime/ hip hop/ rnb. I’ve got a feeling these kids will be one of the big ones to watch for 2011. Check out here.
This is pure, haunting, sexy music. Listening to ‘If I Had A Boat’ made my heart melt. Check out here.
Synth powerpop than grabs you by the balls and rips you to bits. Really excellent. Check out here.
I’m not usually a fan of indie man bands but these guys are pretty interesting. ‘Low’ is a lush bit of music. Check out here.
Having collaborated with the Invisible Men to lend his amazing skills to their productions for I Blame Coco and Gabriella Cilmi, he is now leaving the booth behind to emerge from the shadows of the studio. Taking the films he grew up with as inspiration and armed with a keytar, laptop and an all girl band, having created & self-produced a collection of distinctive songs: a smooth darkness underlying his unique combination of shimmering synths and style.
Max has been making music his whole life. Now he’s ready for the world. Invest in Gold. Check out here.
Danish indie/pop sound, reminiscent of 60’s psychedelic. Check out here.
The first song I’ve heard from Ace Reporter, ‘Untouched and Arrived’ got me hooked within seconds of playing. It’s got a folky, poppy, indie kind of vibe happening, but sounds so good without trying hard. Check out here, or download the free EP, ‘Untouched and Arrived’ here. If there’s one thing you must do right now at the very least though, it’s to give ‘ Caught In The Middle’ a listen. It’s my favourite song right now.
This video was done on a shoestring budget in one take apparently. Very good. And the song is lovely. Go Mr Fogg! Check out here.
I have a feeling this band has been around for a while but I’ve only just stumbled across them and was simply blown away by what they were making. A collaboration by Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver, who I’m not a massive fan of as it goes…) and Collections of Colonies of Bees. ‘Island, IS’ is a surprisingly upbeat yet numb track which makes you feel a little warm inside. The video to said track is also very clever, see is you can spot why here. Check out here.
This band fits into the Washed Out and Active Child scheme of things- stunning lofi melodic sounds coming from Virginia. ‘Palm of Your Hand’ is gorgeously crafted genius. Their remix album, Paradise Falls was released earlier in the autumn and had the touch of Diplo within. Download ‘Glimpse of the Future (Remix)’ here and check out their music here.
Currently featured in the Gorillaz’ lush new single ‘Doncamatic’, I’m a little excited about Daley. I reckon he might be huge this time next year in the UK with his crisp, innocent voice and simple, soulful tunes. He’s like a chilled out Erik Hassle (the hair…) You can check out his BBC Introducing session here, or go to his Myspace here and get a free download.
Stunning dramatic slow dub with a big voice. The undertones on ‘Limit To Your Love’ are mind blowing. Something about James Blake reminds me of Jamie Woon. Check out here.