To celebrate Michael Kiwanuka’s crowning as the BBC Sound of 2012 this Friday (who we wrote about back in May 2011, by the way), we thought we’d bring you another Soul singer who might have slipped under your radar.
Here is the second part of our Paul Thomas Saunders session, with The Trail Remains Unseen…
What better way to mark the beginning of a new year than with some fresh young talent from Chicago that you are bound to hear a lot of in 2012. The 18 year old MC has been cooking up a bit of a storm in the Chi-town area, pairing quick-fire lyrics with breezy flows. His forthcoming project 10day is a concept album based on a 10 day suspension handed down to Chance during his senior year of high school – an idea not too dissimilar to that of other Chicago-born rapper Kanye West and his debut, The College Dropout. Looks like Chance has chosen the right path to greatness…
Knxwledge has to be one of my favourite producers at the moment, always blending copius amounts of high-grade Soul, Hip-Hop and RnB records into his Synth-Hop style production…
Released on January 1st 2012, Patrick Loggins a.k.a. Time Wharp has wasted no time in unleashing pure unadulterated sonic joy to the world in the form of track yrLyf.
The xx need no introduction really and it’s just as well as we should be on a break at Christmas. So here’s the first material since their Mercury Award winning self-titled album of 2009, leaked yesterday on their blog.
Dreamy synths meet warm bass and pacey drums on Needs’ World Mental Health Day compilation.
Warm dismantled groove with haunting vocals from 30/70 collective member.
Driving percussion and synth riff swirls from NY duo formerly part of The Rapture.
The PPU affiliate celebrates the impact of one of soul’s most genuine voices.
Electronics for the next Manchester property boom from the Natural Sciences label boss.
“A slowed form of listening”, from a Nairobi producer with a proclivity for drones and field recordings.
Katia Mullova explores the lessons we might learn from Coronavirus lockdown to create a more environmentally-friendly gig economy and community at large.
Katia Mullova assesses the wider implications of this annual focus on data sharing.
A behind the scenes look at Berlin’s unassuming open air party spot.