There must be something in the air down Brighton way.
The coastal town has a habit of coughing up mavericks, oddballs and one offs, with its music scene boasting a hive-like intensity. Late last year, Ruby Taylor decided to stick her head above the parapet, posting a single track online under the pseudonym Yumi And The Weather.
A fusion of wispy, other worldly textures and glistening production, Yumi And The Weather made a huge impression. Keeping quiet, Taylor has been able to push past the hype, silently focussing on her music with a rare intensity.
Yumi And The Weather - All We Can
Emerging from West London, Instrumentalist and producer Books has been turning heads with his brand of dancefloor orientated soul. Crafting golden era soul and disco influenced tracks with the just the right amount of contemporary touches.
Books - Stoned Love
Henry Wu is a musician and beatmaker from South London. Specialising in making quirky, midnight soul he has been causing a stir in UK music, catching the ear of tastemaker DJ's the world over.
Henry Wu - Natural Complexion (Feat. Tenderlonious)
Munro (A.K.A London based beatsmith Alex Raybould) started turning heads last year with his "SIBWIR / BYOG (Crown Heights release). His undeniably addictive basslines, driving, crisp drum patterns, completed with rich golden analogue textures gained praise from he likes of Osunlade, Moxie, Tensnake & Groove Armada.
London-born singer, producer and visual artist Frankie Knight has had an exciting few months since releasing her debut EP “Wade" with XVI Records late 2014. Frankie’s captivating trip hop/hip hop infused beats have made their way onto the playlists of Envolvent Ràdio, Hugo Boss, Long List: Glastonbury Festival’s ETC 2015 and has caught the attention of established producers such as the Manchester-based Munro who released a remix of her track ’Try Again'. Miss Knight can now be seen performing her new live show across the South, with plans to tour further afield later in the year.
Frankie Knight - Wade
Decyfer is a northern upstart with a reputation for creating deep, quirky, undeniably groovy tracks. Certain to bring straight murderation inside the dance.
Decyfer - Miyu (XVI Records)
My Panda Shall Fly
Having no musical background or formal teaching, Sri-Lankan born Londoner Suren Seneviratne aka My Panda Shall Fly had gone through many an incarnation until he found where he was comfortable - from shoe-gaze, post-rock in his early teens to sound manipulation and experimentation in his later years.
My Panda Shall Fly & Will Ward - British Princess
“Say my Name” is the debut EP from Tidelines, a new soulful electronic pop duo from South East London.
Their first release is a bright debut that exists in it’s own universe of pastel tones, sensual r’n’b and spaced out electronic pop. The title track carefully melds a rainbow palette of soft synths alongside dark rhythms and wispy r’n’b vocals that builds into something majestic. “Receive Me” sees a twinkling melody gliding over shuffling, twitchy beats. Whilst “Metalic” immerses the listener into a world of syrupy spirituality and mysterious, haunting textures.
“Say my Name” is an intricate and luscious first listen that weaves a rich aural journey and is sure to position Tidelines as London’s future alt-pop stars.
An undeniable talent yet to be fully unleashed upon the world, Will Ward is bound to shake up the scene with his individual take on electronic music. The London based producer and DJ is one third of Circle Traps who have released across labels such as Opit Records and Five Easy Pieces, with support from Nemone, Lauren Lavern and Giles Peterson, yet he is now ready to release music under his own name.
His debut solo release on Deadplate Records has gathered extensive support from Pedestrian, Throwing Snow andMy Panda Shall Fly. Receiving appreciation from such artists has resulted in Will joining forces with My Panda Shall Fly to create a sleek and understated three-track EP (XVI Records) taking listeners through a journey of dark techno-laced sounds intertwined into a deep, melodic ambience. The EP’s flawless production has grabbed the attention from Rob Da Bank, Thristian (Boiler Room) and Tom Ravenscroft easing Will Ward to be the one to watch in the future.
Hailing from Yorkshire, the Leeds based Bambooman constantly has his fingers dipped in a lot of concurrent projects. The Sonic Router signed producer keeps his creative-self fed, producing tracks for vocalists and collaborating under various guises whilst writing his own material.