There is a distinct electricity that flashes within the music of London outfit Whistlejacket. Hitting you like a tidal wave with no warning, hazy shoegaze mixed with at times, raging psychedelic rock have made the five-piece collective utterly exciting and dynamic. It’s no wonder that the band has been supported by the likes of BBC 6 Music presenter Steve Lamacq and more.
To say that Conrad Kira represents the musical diversity that continues to bubble throughout England wouldn’t quite do the emcee full justice. In fact, the South Londoner operates more from a global perspective incorporating styles ranging from grime to electro, all the way to Japanese pop. It can be safe to say that Kira is far from a follower, but rather an artist who chooses to paint on a bigger palette than many.
Comprised of Swedish-Canadian couple Simon and Erika Angell, Montreal-based Thus Owls are one of the most exciting bands in music today. Skillfully crafting rhythms that blend alt-rock, post-classical, punk, noise, folk, jazz and pop, all meshed into their distinct and cinematic sound, Thus Owls’ recordings are like pieces of art that jump straight off of the canvas, landing directly into your psyche.
Eliza Shaddad is the face of a bold, now Britain. With a voice that travels like the alarm of awakening, Shaddad possesses a fearless approach to music, using a varied yet appropriated style and sound to deliver content that is gripping and unquestionably unforgettable. Like the legendary artists that exist in her Sudanese/Scottish heritage, it was destined for Eliza Shaddad to help contribute to and mold the direction of music as we know it.
Soul lives and breathes in the body of Essex singer Beverley Ely. With a voice that has been compared to heavyweights such as Emeli Sande, Ely has a slew of industry mainstays talking about her including super producer Rodney Jerkins. Her vocals can be heard on house records such as DJ Anna’s ‘Secret’, as well as Long & Harris’ ‘Vicious Games’. Ely released her debut EP ‘War’ in 2013 to raving reviews, capturing the feeling of what many considered a core sound of R&B that has been sorely missing. With her sophomore EP entitled ‘Second Chance At A First Impression’ out November 12, Beverley Ely has created a wave with her songs ‘So Dumb’ featuring grime emcee Mercston, ‘Back To The Start’ and the fiery ‘Me First’.
Consisting of Sanna Kalla and Rebecka Digervall, The Pajala-raised singers have captured the ears of audiences globally, becoming faves at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton as well as SXSW in Austin, Texas. Known for their powerful vocal ability, The Magnettes released a batch of polished recordings such as ‘Who We Are’ and ‘Sore Feet & Heartbeats’.
LeVant is the musical project of Bucharest-based producer, composer, sound-designer and scholar George D. Stanciulescu. A musical alchemist, Stanciulescu’s work defines the very meaning of foward-thinking, having built a body of music that emits sounds of post-classical, downtempo, jazz, pop, experimental electronica and even post-punk. Having released his debut album Beyond the Masque of Eden in 2011, as well as the Knock, Knock, Ginger LP in 2014, Stanciulescu’s music has been featured in various theatre performances and films. With contributions from various artists such as Cristina Padurariu, Mihnea Vilceanu, Anca Belciu of Dutevino and more, LeVant’s overall sound can be described as sheer artistry.
Known for her gorgeous signature smile, London-based Emma Cordell is the co-founder and editor of the online music magazine Thrust At The Beat. Aside from covering various styles of electronica, she is normally busy representing clients such as Seamless Recordings, Tramlines Festival in Sheffield, Island Dance, Perfect Havoc, Pukka Up, UDG and more, for the PR Firm Sliding Doors. Emma is also the manager of London producer Dephlex, making her one of the hardest working people in the scene. Oh, and in terms of drinks, in her words, “my favourite drink is vodka and coke all the way!”
Sexy, lush and grooving are some of the words to describe the music of Barcelona’s Lasers. Consisting of Iván Lorenzo, Charlie Newton and Alex Ferré, the band have perfectly blended an array of genres including disco, classic house, downtempo and indie.
Mousey McGlynn is so continental. In 2011 she released the “Mousey EP”, a record chopped with vivid storytelling and a musical serving of electronica, pop, jazz and experimental, all rolled up into one tasty treat. McGlynn proved that she was well-crafted as a vocalist with her 2012 jazz fueled “Peep” EP. Her 2013 remix of Die Antwoord’s “Diz Iz Why I’m Hot” displayed not only her credibility as a producer but also depicted the fun element that she is consistently known for.