Post-punk, synth-wave, industrial, techno – Barcelona’s SDH (Semiotics Department of Heteronym) are some of the best to craft the sound bursting from Spain. Comprised of Andrea P. Latorre and Sergi Algiz, label owners of Cønjuntø Vacíø and members of the cutting edge band Wind Atlas, their SDH project is the ultimate rush of haunting, heavy electronica layered with a synth-pop spreading, creating the ultimate balance between light and dark. Questioning the idea of fiction, SDH’s sound is a continuing ride through illusory and realism. With their new EP ‘Tell Them’ out March 9th on Avant! Records, Semiotics Department of Heteronym are true heroes of electronic and post-punk alchemy.
There is a reason why Josephine Lloyd-Wilson aka Sephine Llo has been heavily praised and supported by magazines around the globe and entities such as BBC Radio 3 – she is just that good. Classically trained on the piano and violin, not to mention singing itself, her music is rich with arrangements, bursting with a vivid beauty like a musical painting. Hard to place in one category regarding genre, that is the magic in itself, it’s not simply pop or post-classical, it’s just well… Sephine Llo.
BDY_PRTS are the Glasgow-based duo comprised of Jill O’Sullivan and Jenny Reeve. Whilst their music is dubbed electro future-pop, the visual and performance aspects of the group are also what complete the overall experience. Releasing a batch of fire hot pop records including their latest cut ‘Warrior’, their sound is experimental yet accessible, producing a picture perfect balance, with the artistry always at the forefront. BDY_PRTS will release their debut album ‘Fly Invisible Hero’ on November 24th via Aggrocat Records.
London-based singer Bella McKendree makes music that is touching and heartfelt, delivered from the depths of her soul. Also a pianist, her graceful flair for bringing forth songs that blossom with beauty spearheaded by her angelic voice, has critics throughout the press captured in the palm of her hands.
Aside from having recorded amazing music with the Welsh band Yr Ods, Griff Lynch has continued to create cultural bridges, performing songs in his native language, reeling listeners into the utterly magnificent offerings from the beautiful Wales land. Musically gliding between everything ranging from indie to electronica, it would do injustice to try to pin Griff Lynch down to any one specific box. However, his flawless tying between sometimes not so happy themes with contrasting, vibrant rhythms is a part of the listening wonder.
An intense energy is what Stockholm’s Rein brings to the table. Using the sounds of electro, punk and digital hardcore to deliver messages containing political and social overtones, the fiery artist released her debut self-titled EP last year, shaking the music industry whilst gaining multiple praises internationally. Nominated for a 2017 P3 Guld Award, Rein’s latest EP entitled ‘FREEDOOM’ is a harder hit to the matrix, tackling subjects such as sexism, racism, capitalism and more. One of the most potent recordings currently on the market, Rein is here to do more than just make you dance, but rather spark the fire for change.
If there is one group here to shake things up in music it’s London’s Girls In Synthesis. With a sound raging with punk fury, the group released their double A-side record ‘The Mound/Disappear’ in early March of this year. The band’s energy hit like the impact of a bullet train at full speed with much of it properly translated at their live shows. After all, it isn’t uncommon to see some of the members jumping into the crowd whilst playing. With the current political climate of the world seeming to spiral into a frenzy, the sound of Girls In Synthesis couldn’t be needed more to cut through the current fluff floating about.
Desperate Journalist represent all of the hearty goodness about the DIY scene of London. Blending the sounds of alternative, post-punk, gothic and more, the foursome comprised of singer Jo Bevan, guitarist Rob Hardy, bassist Simon Drowner and drummer Caz Hellbent, kicked in the door with their 2013 EP ‘Christina’. Following up with the singles ‘Organ’ and 2014’s ‘Happening’, Desperate Journalist brought forth their incredible self-titled debut album in 2015.
With an entrancing voice as golden as honey, there is an uncanny power to every square inch of Rudie Edwards’ being. Drop dead gorgeous with a sultry yet playful flair, the London-based artist has already ignited a flame in the music business writing for the likes of CeeLo Green and Erik Hassle, just to name a few. Whilst one would assume that penning songs alongside mainstream giants would entice her to follow a particular pop formula for her own music, Edwards has proven out the gate that not only has she crafted her own sexy sound that can compete with anything on the charts, but as an artist, well…she isn’t like anyone else.
Red Rosamond immediately commands attention – visually striking red hair, a stark beauty and a distinct, classic elegance possessed by past starlets. With all of her positive physical attributes, when she opens her mouth to sing, you began to understand that she is more than just good looks, but rather a vocal powerhouse whose voice blasts with soul and emotion. The Los Angeles-based artist first gave the world a grandeur introduction with her song ‘Looks Can Kill’, an epic pop meets shimmering soul tune that was technically fitting for a major motion picture. Her latest single ‘Damn’ continues her streak of mountainous production and lifting vocals, all containing a timeless flair. It would be an understatement to say that Red Rosamond will completely dominate music, but to watch the process will be a part of the joy.