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New Artist: Staycen

Altanta-based songstress Staycen is a super-talented soul-queen with a platinum egde. Mystifyingly, she’s unsigned, yet pouring out vibes that’ll wash you straight back into the early noughties ‘golden-age’ of RnB. There’s not too much information on Staycen yet, so I have no interesting facts to offer, except that her EP is free to download at http://staycen.bandcamp.com/ and I haven’t been able to get the chorus of Feel ‘Ya out of my head for weeks. So listen below at your own peril, you have been warned!

New Artist: Keaton Henson

It’s hard to believe after listening to his gentle voice and delicate finger plucking, but Keaton Henson didn’t intend to be a musician. The shy and retiring Londoner first got noticed as an artist (he designed t-shirts for Urban Outfitters don’t you know), whilst writing songs on the sly. But once this creative cauldron of the arts was discovered there was no going back, and since releasing his debut album ‘Dear…’ last November, Keaton has been simmering gently under the surface, attracting a dedicated following. With songs this heart-warming you kind of want to keep him to yourself. But that’s not we’re here for, so enjoy.

New Artist: Paul Thomas Saunders

Paul Thomas Saunders is not your regular singer-songwriter. The 20 year-old Leeds College of Music graduate left his previous two bands because their music didn’t represent his style truly enough. Now playing solo, the result is his alarmingly high, reverbing voice fronting an eery sound that falls somewhere between minimal electronic, ambient and good old…

New Artist: Psychologist

It takes a brave man to make music through minimal sound effects and the raw power of his own voice. Before James Blake took such a leap of faith at the end of last year, there was Iain Woods, the man behind Psychologist. And whilst the former basks in his critical acclaim, the latter carries on creating less recognised, yet equally magnificent music. His sound falls somewhere in between two ends of the minimalist spectrum – the bass-driven Blake and the piano-led melodies of Oupa and Perfume Genius.Recorded in a church, Waves Of OK is the first of two EPs released by Psychologist this year and, as a result, each of its five unnerving songs have a real hymnal quality. The standout is Come In Waves, which sees Woods’ voice take centre stage, so distinguishable that the piano and bassy sound effects are just an afterthought. Be sure to explore some other highlights on Psychologist’s Hype Machine page, and watch out for the second EP release later this year, which contains further electronic explorations.