New Artists

New Artist: Grey Reverend

Fans of The Cinematic Orchestra will be familiar with singer-songwriter Grey Reverend, who remixed the band’s To Build A Home in 2007 and has supported them live numerous times. For everyone else… Grey Reverend is made up of the modest voice and guitar-playing of L.D. Brown, but represents a much bigger talent. He was discovered by The Cinematic Orchestra front man Jason Swinscoe at the coffee shop run by Brown’s sister. He has since joined Swinscoe’s Motion Audio label and this month released his first single, One By One, under their banner. Similar to Fink and Jose Gonzalez, this is stripped down acoustic singer-songwriting at its finest and Motion Audio have latched onto a talent. We look forward to hearing more in his upcoming album Of The Days, released in July.

New Artist: Throwing Snow

Throwing Snow is a London/Bristol based producer making some very interesting electronic music. In his own words, he writes ‘anything from Folk to Dubstep’, though we haven’t been so lucky as to find the former. Aside from his production skills, TS is also a music consultant at Hear No Evil and CEO of the label A Future Without, featuring loads of artists we love (Baba Yaga and Augustus Ghost in particular). He’s already done remixes for Gold Panda and Kidkanevil, and his most recent release Un Vingt/Cronos has been remixed by the likes of George Fitzgerald and d’Eon. Throwing Snow’s production style is driven by minimal layers; mostly analog synths and splintered 2-step beats. Though each element is often simplistic in its raw terms, he does have a tendency to heavily automate his tracks with gleaming pitch-bends and chop/screw samples. All in all, our kind of music. Below is a track off his most recent release and an older tune called Naked Dance for you to enjoy.

New Artist: Ifan Dafydd

There is little known about Welsh named Ifan Dafydd. With only two songs to his/her name and no official website or label backing, Dafydd is certainly under the radar. Applying an extremely similar style to that of James Blake’s pre-album material, speculation is fast spreading as to whether Ifan Dafydd, likeHarmonimix, is just another alias that Blake hides behind. Amidst all this uncertainty the only thing we can really be sure of is how great the music is. Dafydd’s No Good organically corrupts Amy Winehouse’s You Know I’m no Good with pitched-down samples, warm synth-lines and sparse wooden claps to create a rich and intimate sound. It’s accompanied by a chopped and screwed video of the original Winehouse song that you can watch below. We’ve also treated you to a new release by the mysterious producer that popped up a few weeks ago called Tree House. Whoever it is that’s making these sounds, Ifan Dafydd is without a doubt a talent to to watch and admire over the coming months.

Live Review: Monument Valley & Daughter @ Old St Pancras Church, London

Part-founded by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons, it’s no surprise that Communionare gaining quite a reputation for unearthing excellent folk and soul artists. Stamp The Wax has already featured Communion’s Michael Kiwanuka and Matt Corby, but two more are also deserving of our praise. In tune with the family feel of their label, Communion put on monthly music nights in unique venues around London. Given the success of the evening and the quality of music, it was therefore surprising to learn this was independently organised. Communion or no Communion, Monument Valley and Daughter are certainly worth taking note about.

New Artist: Jacques Greene

Since Joy Orbison’s iconic Hyph Mngo emerged onto the Electronic scene in late 2009, producers worldwide have been attempting to replicate such an effective sound, steeped in raw personality and sheer vibrance. Jacques Greene is one artist that successfully delivers on both fronts. Mary Anne Hobbs featured the Montreal-based producer’s first release The Look EP on her last ever BBC show, a sign of the great things for Greene that has now progressed into the dazzling new song Another Girl. Injected with a contagious R&B hook, floating pads and a climbing rhythms, it is sure to be the Future Garage summer anthem of 2011.

New Artist: Sunclef

Toronto-based producer Sunclef released his debut mini-album a few weeks back and it’s slowly but surely taking over the world. The Tesseract is Instrumental Hip-hop at its finest, with throbbing pads, warm fuzzy basslines and MPC groove. This guy really has come out of nowhere and is now fast establishing himself as THE producer to watch. Go and support Sunclef by buying The Tesseract here, so he can make more music (it’s ‘name your price’, so name it high). Below you’ll find the opening track off the record, dripping with swag.

Jai Paul – BTSTU

Jai Paul has to be one of the most enigmatic artists in new music. Since the incomparable BTSTU blew up on the blogosphere last year, Jai has signed to XL Recordings and was long-listed in the BBC Sound of 2011. Yet no more than this is known about him: he’s 22, from north-west London and he’s displayed three disapprovals of his music on his Myspace. How wrong those critics are. Like nothing you’ve ever heard, there really is no easy way to pigeonhole BTSTU; The Guardian’s Paul Lester perhaps does the best job, describing it as J Dilla remixing Hot Chip. Made through a combination of manipulated samples, beats and harmonies, BTSTU shouldn’t work, but it just does. We would recommend you monitor Jai closely for more information or music in the future, but there really is no second-guessing him.

New Artist: Melodica, Melody and Me

Following recent successful tours with Johnny Flynn and Bombay Bicylce Club, the future looks bright for Melodica, Melody and Me. To typecast their sound with their tour-hosts would be a mistake. One only has to look at the variety of instruments used (including the…