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.
American R&B singer/songwriter Anthony David has brought true R&B back to Georgia with his fourth studio album As Above So Below, released earlier last month. The composition throughout really does take you back to that 90’s vibe of thick strings and soul beats, whilst David’s vocals swim effortlessly round your ears from start to finish. The music video for 4Evermore stages a wedding, where Anthony and R&B princess Algebra take a verse each to express their vows in rich melodies that glide over the groove of DJ Kemit’s solid production. Putting the icing on the wedding cake comes Phonte from Little Brother rapping his two cents about love. This musical matrimony works so well, we can only hope it continues in the future.
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.
Since entering the music scene, Ghostpoet has been showing Hip-hop how to calm down. His debut LP Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam is so refreshing in its approach you would have to go back as far as Original Pirate Material for an album of similarimpact on UK Hip-hop. Survive It is Ejimiwe’s latest release and acts as a reminder that the 24-year-old is refusing to conform to the blueprint of brash and boastful lyrics. With a lisped voice and storytelling stlyle, Ejimiwe adopts the persona of a modest 44-year old and transforms a tale of a mundane existence into a hopeful tune, aided by Fabiana Palladino’s uplifting chorus. This is a track that will certainly fit various moods, and if you’re interested in hearing a style less conventional, then don’t let Ghostpoet go unnoticed.
Despite self-releasing debut EP All For Your Smile in March, there is barely anything known about Bristol producer Stumbleine…
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.
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