The city of Manchester has always been on fire when it comes to music. Whether Brit pop, house music or even Hip-Hop and grime, there remains a particular energy that can’t be denied.
DJ Georgie K is one of the big DJs in Manchester who rapidly made a name for herself blazing the Hip-Hop, R&B and Grime circuit. Aside from burning up the clubs with the hottest sounds in the scene, she is also one the top Presenters on Manchester’s Unity Radio, with her show on air every Wednesday 7-9 pm.
Whilst Ann Arbor and Detroit acts such as The Stooges and the MC5 were precursors to what would inspire bands to create a sound known as punk rock, the proper formation of the movement took place in New York City in the early 70s. Groups like The New York Dolls and The Velvet Underground went on to further lay a foundation for the scene with bands like Television, The Ramones and Patti Smith elevating the culture to new heights, eventually creating an international buzz. This legacy of the grit and grind, the hustle and the New York DIY ethic is one that Brooklyn band The So So Glos know oh so well. They are the now generation of rockers proudly flying the flag for NYC with a spirit and sound that is energetic and resonant.
Margaux Avril is a renaissance woman with the arts radiating from every inch of her being. Whilst making her mark in music with pop singles like ‘L’air de rien’, the Parisian singer, songwriter, musician, photographer and model is a multi-disciplinary powerhouse whose passion for simultaneously creating something meaningful and beautiful is as apparent as the day sky is blue.
Stockholm’s FELIN represent all that one would imagine to coincide with the idea of Scandinavian beauty and the life that comes with being a musician and a rock star photographer. Comprised of singer/songwriter/pianist Elin Blom and photographer, filmmaker, as well as creative director Fredrik Etoall, the duo are presenting audible and visual mediums to the audience in the most chic and sleek way possible.
Bern, Switzerland-based Dani Sarda and Rico Baumann make up the dynamic group TRUE. Both seasoned jazz musicians, the team have brought their sleek craftsmanship to the sound of electronica, resulting in a stylistic melting pot of various moods, tones and genre, cooked into their own seasoned dish.
Change is inevitable, but it’s how one surfs the waves of transformation which determines the ride of destiny. Siblings Sarah and Hamish McIntosh are one of the few music groups who make change look inspiring. Whilst establishing themselves in music years ago as members of The Good Natured along with friend George Hinton, a bout with record label politics was instrumental in the pair restructuring, re-branding and dictating their own path, frankly creating some of the most infectious pop tunes to at the moment.
Nova Twins play by their own rules – no musical restrictions, no visual restrictions, just pure freedom of expression. The South London-based pair comprised of Amy Love and Georgia South are the now generation of rebel rockers carrying on an organic punk ethos and a sound that is shaking up the industry.
Whilst Nova Twins set the tone of their sound performing a track titled ‘Bad Bitches’ back in 2014, the duo kicked open the door with no apologies last year with their raging single ‘Bassline Bitch’. Punchy with aggression, the track’s impact hit with full force, propelling a wave of excitement around the group. Nova Twins quickly began making rounds on platforms such as BBC Introducing, London News and more. They were championed at BBC 6 Music and established support by iconic brands such as Underground shoes.
In the 90s emcees such as Roots Manuva and Blak Twang helped to establish worldwide credibility of Hip-Hop coming out of the UK. Whilst delivering clever lyricism and stories coming from an English perspective, the next generation of British rappers completely and unapologetically kicked open the door, playing by their own rules. This lot of lyricists included acts such as Ms. Dynamite, Sway DaSafo, J2K and of course Incisive. Hailing from West London, Incisive has been on a steady mission of bringing forth the best Hip-Hop music possible, proving more than equal to his respective counterparts across the Atlantic.
New York City band Manic Pixi reflects the very example of what it means to take varied musical influences, place them in a blender and stir them together, with the outcome being a true collage of styles married in perfect union. This is also a testament to their family-like environment that has been instrumental in the group’s groundwork rising and progression. Comprised of vocalist Kat Hamilton, Marshall Biever, Emmett Ceglia and Drew Bastian, Manic Pixi is everything great and hopeful about the new sound of alternative and pop punk.
Stockholm’s Ängie may boast a physical beauty synonymous with her country, but as a music artist she is far from the typical lighthearted pop songstress. Equipped with a bad girl swagger, the tattooed, marijuana-loving vocalist has already begun to shake things up with her debut single ‘Smoke Weed Eat Pussy’. The rumbling drum & bass meets trap bit is practically an anthem for stoners and cunnilingus connoisseurs, and at the very least, those who simply love a party-starter of a track. Already tipped to be a fire-starter this year, Ängie currently has us lifted in her hazy, smoke-filled aura.