Ones to Watch

It’s been a while since I last shared my new musical loves, as my University work took priority over my life. But while I was away I delved into the collections of some incredible artists and it took me a long time to be able to compile them into the most promising acts to keep your eyes on!

These guys have stacks of potential and I can really see them making it big, and I just can’t wait to hear what more they have to bring!

Declan McKenna – Paracetamol 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqojQJGt-Vo

Declan McKenna has already started to make waves with his incredible music that can only be described as the lovechild of  Ezra Koenig and Jamie T. Yet it’s his Alex Turner- like lyrical abilities that lead him to be signed to Columbia Records. I’m obsessed with this track, Paracetamol, right now, and I know you will be too!

Black Honey – Corrine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBYdW9XWpxQ

Black Honey have completely taken over my life these past few months. Their lo-fi indie sound has definitely started to make an impression on the scene, and despite Izzy (lead vocalist) stating that “If it was my way we’d still be a secret band”, they’re growing with every waking second, and I can’t wait to see what they do next.

Rukshana Merrise – Money

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YnDuUMu2Rc

I’ve been a fan of Rukshana Merrise for quite some time now, but I can’t say I was fully excited about her when I initially found her earlier tracks, yet, as with most artists, it only takes one song to change my opinion of everything. Money is an incredibly upbeat track that I can’t help but bob my head to and scream along to. After signing to one of my favourite labels, Communion Records, I knew that Rukshana would be going on to great things, and this is proof of that!

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Top Picks This Month – December

If you couldn’t tell by now, I’m a sucker for finding music that matches the weather and atmosphere of a certain place. That’s why this month’s top picks in up and coming music are some of the most perfect songs for giving you that winter feel.

Susie Suh x Robot Koch – Here With Me

This beautifully minimalistic song just screams of early morning condensation on windows. With features on TV programmes such as Blacklist I’m surprised that I hadn’t heard this little gem earlier, yet here I am obsessing over every word she softly whispers. This track radiates atmosphere and emotion and so I can see this having a huge use in film and TV soundtracks in the near future!

Joseph Lofthouse – 31

https://josephlofthouse.bandcamp.com/track/31

Joseph Lofthouse, a singer-songwriter hailing from Lancashire, has supported the likes of Elbow on tour, and is well known for his incredible songwriting skills. His debut EP, Grace, has recently been released and features this relaxing beauty. Grab yourself a blanket and hot drink and let yourself be sucked in by this stunning song, 31.

Jack Watts – Red Shortbread

Jack Watts puts his all into every performance – just search for his recording of Push Blue for the Mahogany Sessions and you’ll know! – and this song isn’t exempt from this. With a catchy chorus and a passion that’s hard to mimic, Jack Watts is beginning to create a stir and I can’t wait to see what he has in store.

 

This Week’s One to Watch!

Starling is one of those musicians that can instantly take your breath away. With gorgeous vocals that could put Hannah Reid of London Grammar to shame, she is definitely one of those singers that make you question whether it’s even possible to be so good. The delicate vocals of the chorus and the soft piano in Take It Down scream of her potential, and you just know you won’t forget about her anytime soon.

Take It Down is the first single from Starling’s EP featuring three other incredible songs: Craving, Wild Heart and Misfit. Each one has it’s own captivating atmosphere, that it’s quickly become one of my favourite EP’s of the year!

Yet I think it will be Craving that is Starling’s golden key, with the kind of beat that is pure perfection for soundtracks and fierce vocals that you immediately fall in love with.

Starling recently signed to Communion Records, and I can only see things going up for her! What do you think? Leave me comments below on your opinion and whether or not you love her as much as I do!

 

Who said Monday was the worst day of the week?

Waking up early one Monday I definitely would have said so, but just one routine morning check of Facebook changed my mind completely. With a slightly unhealthy obsession with Matt Corby’s music, I knew before I’d even heard Monday that it would be stuck on repeat for the week, and I was completely right.

The track has a whole new feeling to his usual blues style, and is almost the polar opposite of his older acoustic tunes, but this maturity suits his tone perfectly. There’s not much to the song other than a kick drum and some clicks, but it’s the layers upon layers upon layers of gorgeous vocals that makes the track irresistible. Of course it wouldn’t be a review of Matt Corby without mentioning his impressive lyrical skills, as towards the end of the week I would catch myself yelling ‘I was never lost I only chose to never go home’ out of the blue, and yes I did receive some very strange looks from people.

There’s something addictive to Matt Corby’s new sound, and with a small UK tour about to take place in November, I’m excited to see what he has to bring next.

Monday is available to download on iTunes now

By The Rivers – If They Don’t Know

The Leicester-based Reggae band By the Rivers have been cooking up a storm over the past few years, and I was lucky enough to jump on their wagon around two years ago. With a welcoming fanbase that just loves to spread awareness of their rhythmic beats, it still surprises me that the band haven’t been picked up by an independent label, yet the band’s name is simmering and I just know that they’re about to blow up in the underground scene!

By the Rivers bring a youthful and mainstream edge to the reggae genre, with a classic pop- melody line that is backed by ska- like keys and brass, and driven with deep reggae guitar and drum beats, that makes this ancient genre seem brand new. After listening to their self-titled debut album on constant repeat for the past year and a half, they have finally gifted us with a much anticipated new track, If They Don’t Know. The catchy melody line of this track is bound to stick in your head for days, as it has with mine, and I just can’t get enough of it!

It’s a known fact that the popularity of genres circles round every few years. It’s about time that reggae has it’s turn, and when it does, everyone is going to be listening to By the Rivers.

2015 Festival Picks

Just like any camping and music lover, I’m a self-proclaimed festival guru. Which is, of course, completely untrue. But I have attended a small handful of festivals over the summer, and I’m here to share with you some of the incredible music I’ve watched, and the underground gems that I’ve found. With Ramsbottom Festival looming ahead I thought I would reflect on the brilliant sounds that I’ve heard over the summer, before I go and forget them all and marvel at the brilliant Joseph Lofthouse, Tales of Two Counties, Delamere and Jela.

One of my favourite all-time festivals is called Barn On The Farm. The festival itself is so small that it fits just into the courtyard of Over Farm, Gloucester; but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in vibe and talent. Festival organiser, Josh, always manages to book incredible artists on the brink of stardom, such as: Gabrielle Aplin, Bastille, James Bay, Ed Sheeran and Ben Howard (and that’s only to name a few!). This year I was lucky enough to hit the right stage at the right time, seeing the likes of Jack Garratt, Sam Henshaw, The Staves, James Bay and Sunset Sons. There is such an intimate feel to the festival that you leave feeling so immersed in music and each musicians’ lives that you can’t help but feel part of their journey to becoming radio and TV regulars.

Ones to watch:

Sunset Sons

These guys have been tearing up playlists on XFM for a few weeks now, but I have to admit, at first I wasn’t completely won over by them. Having listened to them a bit prior to the festival I thought ‘they seem like fun, but not my cup of tea’, but they completely changed my mind! Mixing pop with a little bit of indie-rock influences, these guys have completely nailed the suffer look and sound, so you couldn’t get a band more perfect for the heat of summer! There’s nothing I love more than a band that changes my opinion of them for the better, and I bet they do the same for you!

Seafret 

I’ve been a huge fan of this duet for around a year now, so I was unbelievably excited to finally see them live, and they didn’t disappoint! They have already had small radio airtime, but I can definitely see that extending soon!

Martin Luke Brown

I also managed to catch his set on the BBC Introducing stage at this year’s Leeds Festival, and I just fell in love with him all over again! This singer-songwriter has such a smooth and rich tone that makes his voice so irresistible.

Leeds Festival has got to be named here for obvious reasons. It felt like we were seeing all the success stories from out Barn On The Farm favourites, watching like proud parents as a few hundred people shouted lyrics that were new to us a year ago. Here I saw some of my all-time favourite bands: Bear’s Den, Drenge, Alt-J and Mumford and Sons. But there were also some acts that I’ve never really fancied that I now love, and it’s all thanks to Leeds!

Eliza and the Bear

These anthemic guys have been featured on countless adverts. You’ll probably know at least one of their catchy songs without realising, which is what makes them so perfect and so full of potential that I can almost guarantee that they’re going to keep growing and won’t stop until they play on huge stages!

Jake Isaac

I was a little unsure when I first listened to Jake Isaac a few years ago. Your typical acoustic singer-songwriter strumming a gorgeous Taylor guitar in a forest. Though his incredible talent was as clear as day, he just wasn’t for me. Yet after seeing him on the lineup, I thought: why not? And I’m so glad I did! His fingers are still glued to his acoustic guitar, yet there is a much more upbeat quality to his new sound. Listen to ‘Long Road’ and you can definitely understand why he is now, and will continue to be, a huge crowd pleaser. I’m expecting to hear lots of exciting things from Jake Isaac’s new sound!

Have you been to any festivals or concerts this summer and discovered a new gem that you’ve completely fallen in love with? Let us know in the comment section or on our Chameleon Productions Facebook page- we’d love to hear them!