Electronic artist Obaro Ejimiwe aka Ghostpoet played The Great Escape back in 2011 when he was first marked for success following the release of his debut album “Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam”. His music is unmistakably unique to his character and voice, a sound so distinct and abstract that his second album “Some Say I So I Say Light”saw him push his talent to its height as he explores mixed, concept sounds. Backed by electronic ethnic beats overlaid with spoken word he barely sings lyrics which are playful, clever and skilled.- It is fair to say that Ghostpoet lives up to his name!
Ghostpoet will be playing Saturday 20th July at Lovebox
Bipolar Sunshine aka Adio Marchant is gaining interest, fast. His debut single “Fire” grabbed the attention of Zane Lowe, John Kennedy, John Hillcock, Eddy Temple-Morris and the BBC Introducing to name a few. The Manchurian has got us hooked for more of his beautiful, touching, ethereal songs about bittersweet love. There is a real dreamy quality to his music as he incorporates layers of piano, synths and ethnic backing vocals which build up to create a completely new sound, perfect for modern-day post-modern pop enthusiasts! His music really speaks for itself…
Self-described “dance punk alternative” band Blek is a three person power pop band from Mumbai. They are are one of the most buzzing acts on the Indian indie circuit and featured in the January 2013 issue of Rolling Stone India as one of its Top 5 Artists to Watch Out For this year. With quick beats, heavy guitar riffs and rock’n’roll vocals that hit you over and over again forcing you to band your head and tap your heels to, for these guys it’s clear that they are all about the music!
Fast-paced indie post-modern punk band Washington Irving are driven by traditional Scottish folk roots as they blend beautiful melodies with hard, raw vocals; atop heavy layers of interesting, tight musical instruments. Not only do they bring the traditional Celtic storytelling but they also experiment, successfully channeling country guitar riffs that juxtapose with the Scottish voice that shapes the songs, bringing music to your ears. Any fans of Biffy Clyro and The Pogues are sure to be impressed by Washington Irving’s energy and talent!
London’s K H U S H I are a breath of fresh air to the music scene as they bring a new wave of chilled indie pop with strong elements of folksy vocals and guitars. The melodies interweave with harmonic backing vocals throughout their epic songs which can’t help but make you feel like you are riding a wave of euphoria. The quality of their live show speaks for itself and we thoroughly recommend getting along to a gig when they play near your town.
K H U S H I have already had a massive year having only performed their debut live show in January to a packed out crowd at The Old Queen’s Head and we think this year will only get bigger for them.
At this year’s Great Escape (#TGE13) Jake Isaac drew in a huge crowd, not only at his performance on The Jazz Cafe stage at Audio, but he wowed the crowd when he filled in for Deap Vally at The Festival Hub too. And it’s no wonder why. Isaac will tug at your heartstrings as his deeply sensitive songs are sung simply with his smooth voice and acoustic guitar. He is a strong singer/songwriter and performer who is definitely worth a listen and a look if he is playing live in your town. His motto is simply “Live | Love | Listen” which sums up his music and his message in a nutshell.
The 1975 are the hottest new band fresh out of Manchester and are dominating the UK as we speak. The four piece (Matthew Healy, Ross MacDonald, Adam Hann and George Daniel) play sexy, sleazy songs, full of swirling hooks and beautiful melodies. They blend 1980s white pop-funk with indie rock to create a sound that is both unique and crazily catchy. For lovers of Foals and Vampire Weekend and all things Manchester.
Watch out for The 1975’s current tour. They will be playing The Institute, Birmingham on the 16th September so don’t miss out, these boys are destined to be gigantic chartbreakers.
Fast, furious and full of melodic guitar riffs, Sharks are a British punk band from Leamington Spa consisting of James Mattock (lead vocals and guitar), Andrew Bayliss (guitar), Sam Lister (drums), and Carl Murrihy (bass). Their music echoes back to early 2000’s pop punk from the likes of Arcade Fire and Lost Prophets but approaches the subject of their songs with the fun and light-heartedness of OKGO. Sharks are addictive punk with light pop vocals which make them accessible to everyone! Give them a try, you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
Sharks will be playing The Institute, Birmingham
2nd August. You can also catch them at the Lock Up Stage at Reading/Leeds 2013 for the second year running.
Drift away with the soothing songs of Lauren Aquilina. Her melancholic, beautiful pop entrances and engages as she takes you on an ethereal and emotional journey. Having appeared on the BBC Introducing stage at The Great Escape 2013, it’s no wonder that she has sold out half of her Autumn tour, including her show at The Borderline (12th September). She really is one to watch so get in there quick if you want tickets!
- It’s simply impossible not to dance, head shake or toe tap to these boys!
These three British brothers began in their Bath basement and are currently wrapping up their UK/EU tour of their recently released EP ‘Pushing It’. They draw you in with high-octane, dirty blues-infused rock’n’roll, comparable to the likes of The Kings of Leon and Cold War Kids. With raw vocals and indie guitars The Family Rain are a perfect marriage of country and blues – perfect for lovers of The White Stripes!
Hailing from Barcelona, duo Za! is comprised of a seemingly never-ending list of instruments. They are self-described “Post World Music” as Za! combine a circus of sounds including “african beats, noise, thick distortions, vocal loops, free jazz, sounds from the shepherds of Tuva, balinese polyryhtms, math rock, dadaism, drones and a high percentage of the result left to complete on stage, every night.”
They share their stage with willing musicians just as they share their music with old and new fans, as they travel the world playing improvised, free-style world jazz at various festivals. Za! are beyond a doubt unique!
Their sound is summed up simply in this short but sweet post – Think early Plan B rap vocals and pop lyrics guiding the songs through eerie melodies. The Scottish rap trio Young Fathers are an amalgamation of classic ethereal eighties pop and naughties rap, the missing link between Plan B’s first and last albums.
Having played two successful shows at this year’s festival (#TGE13) keep a look out for more to come from Young Fathers!