The best new and upcoming artists to look out for this month…
Anna of the North
The sounds of Anna of the North have been slowly filtering to further adrift shores for some time now. Promising a special brand of electro dream pop, it’s hard not to fall head over heels for the Norwegian singer-songwriter and her ethereal vocal stylings. Debut single ‘Sway’ was released earlier this summer and if it’s anything to go by, big things should be expected in the coming months.
For Fans Of: Little Dragon, Grimes
Download: ‘Since You Got On’ feat. Little Dreamer
If you chucked all of the best elements of RnB, surf rock and pop into a blender, the smooth, addictive medley that would come out at the other end would be astronomyy. Or something similar at least. The London-based songsmith returned this summer after a year’s hiatus and my, are we happy to have him back. It took only one song for the bloggersphere to jump on this bandwagon and they probably don’t want to be jumping off any time soon. astronomyy’s debut EP ‘There For U’ is available now.
For Fans Of: The Weeknd
Download: ‘Nothin On My Mind’
Zola Blood started with nothing; a handful of Facebook likes, less Twitter followers than your average 15-year-old girl and next to no reason as to why anyone should give a shit about them. And then, out of nowhere, came ‘Grace,’ the debut track that caught everyone’s attention and sent the press into overdrive. With forthcoming music set as the first to be released on Pond Life Songs in 22 years, Zola Blood have, with good reason, their steadily growing devotees hanging off their every status, tweet and update.
For Fans Of: SOHN
Fold are, in their own words, an experimental trip-hop four piece from Leeds (don’t let that scare you away). Using speech samples Fold are bringing the likes of Bruce Lee and poet Mr. Gee to their music and the result, would you believe it, is a collection of songs that not only sound bloody good but are also witty and politically driven. Having been picked up by the likes of Guardian Music and NME Radar, Fold are not ones to be dismissed quickly.
For Fans Of: Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip
Download: ‘Be Water My Friend’