A talented keyboard player with a soft spot for Casio sounds, Stephanie Brown a.k.a Lips isn’t your run-of-the-mill singer-songwriter. The mingling of dulcet tones with idiosyncratic beats places her comfortably alongside Little Dragon and Zero 7, in a realm of Electronic-Pop that seems to be dominated by female artists. Lips performed extensively in her native New Zealand before moving to New York and releasing contagious anthem, Everything to me, in 2010. The track personifies that fervidly desperate plea to vanish from the daily grind, under the surreptitious guise of a lucid pop song. It draws an almost inverted semblance with Bill Withers’ Lovely Day, replacing the celebration of Bill’s sunny morning verve with an anesthetised lament of Monday morning melancholy that has the ability to, in the same way as Lovely Day or Zero 7’s Home, lull you into a coma of comfort.
A few months back, we introduced you to @Peace who made one of our favourite Hip-hop albums of 2011. It turns out some of them have their fingers dipped other pies, giving us more to wrap our ears around.
With the recent release of Jacques Greene’s new track with Koreless, we thought we’d bring you a new producer who likes to dabble in RnB samples. Despite still being a Music Tech student at Birmingham City, Guy Furious has already achieved a fair bit. It’s his exploration into Future-Garage on EP Pillow Talk that caught our attention the most.
2morrows Victory are a London-based Hip-hop group, united by a love of track cycling, who fuse Soul and Electronic sounds to create some really interesting music. Search their name in Google Images and you’ll find more photos of bikes than them, but aside from the fly mode of transport (who knew Hip-hop and cycling go so effortlessly together?!), they have a lot more going for them.
We’re fairly picky when it comes to our Indie music and don’t tend to be too enamoured by thrashing guitars and screaming vocals. East-Country 6-piece Solko, however, offer a different approach. They have a set-up of your typical rock band but two extra saxophones add a real swing and funk to their music.
…including tracks by Jehst, Klashnekoff, M.U.D. Family, Wiley, Giggs, The Illersapians and many more!
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With so many Stamp The Wax favourites under one roof, this was just too good not to tell you about. Church Presents: Boddika, Synkro, Disclosure, Ifan Dafydd, Juk Juk and Damu
Low-slung electro-funk from the PPU and Leaving Records mainstay.
One of Detroit’s most underrated house custodians decompresses with a serene cool down.
An extended version of a track that now defines Bristol house in the early 2010s.
A jazz-inspired version from the Music From Memory producer on our charity Advent Calendar.
A plaintive lament from D.C singer and producer on our charity Advent Calendar.
A laidback house jam on our charity Advent Calendar.
Lovers rock, Belgian funk and a new jack swing take on psychedelic soul.
Sunday afternoon selections from the Paradise resident and Gottwood regular.
1983 dubbed-out Jamaican reggae, 1996 smooth Philly hip-hop and 1971 country film scores.
The Optimo co-pilot approaches 80s British heavy metal as if playing a club set.
50’s American jazz, 2013 indie & present-day London hip-hop and soul.
Philly soul, sample-heavy German instrumental hip-hop and French jazz-funk.
Hong Kong mix, plus interactive map and favourite spots around town.
Showcasing Bulgaria’s rich heritage and vibrant present from a DJ who counts Zip as a fan.
Funk, soul, rhythm n blues, biscuits and coffee make up this gorgeous mix and delightful city guide.