Since becoming a mum I’ve had to make several sacrifices – less sleep, less freedom, a lot less skinny leather trousers and, most certainly, less knowledge of up and coming music. Back in the day, before kids, my husband & I made a hobby out of new music, standing in dingy, sticky nightclubs hoping to unearth a gem (and quite often we did) but the kids took away our freedom to go out when we want, our time to research ‘up and comings’ and our money to throw away on, quite possibly, a crap act. Actually, I say ‘we’ but that’s a lie, my husband still makes music his thing and still goes to the same sweaty venues and stands for hours watching, quite possibly, the next big thing (which only leads me to conclude he is a lot less tired than me, since I choose sleep). Anyway, because of my husband I’m never entirely clue-ness when it comes to music, even if I no longer unearth the gems myself, so here are the acts that are set to dominate the rest of 2016. Don’t worry if you got the information second-hand (like me) here is all you need to know to fob it off like you own it.
Who: Sam Dust
Hometown: Wales, United Kingdom
About: LA Priest is the alter-ego of songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Dust, aka the former Late Of The Pier frontman. His debut solo album, Inji, has cultivated worldwide buzz, earning him some serious artist.
The Look: Eclectic hippy
The Sound: Psych-pop
Essential Track: Learning to Love
Who: Valerie Teicher
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Label: Mermaid Avenue / Double Denim Records
About: Since Te Shi has been incredibly well received by critics and fans alike since launching her debut in 2013. Tei She is an indie singer-songwriter and producer currently based In Brooklyn but from Argentina.
The Look: Casual basics with a pop of interest via printed shirts, pyjama jackets and girly dresses, changing hair colours from black to bleach blonde.
The Sound: Teicher describes her sound as ‘mermaid music’, which comes closest to celestial R&B or dreamy, dazed electro
Essential Track: Bassically
Who: Bridie Monds-Watson
Hometown: Derry, Northern Ireland
Label: Rough Trade Records
About: Soak is the persona of 19 year old Bridie Monds-Watson. She has been hailed a true talent since 2015 where she topped all ‘must watch’ lists.
The Look: Androgonous, skater boy with staples such as leather jackets and skinny
The Sound: Ethereal, emotive folk
Essential Track: Sea Creatures
Who: Jack Garratt
Hometown: Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
Label: Island Records
About: Multi-instrumentalist Jack Garratt was awarded the Brits Critics’ Choice prize for 2016 and has been touring the festival circuit extensively, setting stages alight with his enigmatic performances. He’s been writing songs since the age of 12 and eventually released the single I Couldn’t Want You Anyway in early 2014. His USP is that he does everything himself, yep, all that music you hear is made by him. BBC Radio 1 have backed him as their artist of the year, so expect big(ger) things.
The Look: Easy basics with a touch of outdoorsy ease
The Sound: Bombastic, emotive electro-folk
Essential Track: Weathered
Who: Carlotta Cosials, Ana García Perrote, Ade Martín, Amber Grimbergen
Hometown: Madrid, Spain
Label: Burger Records
About: Hinds is a Spanish rock band from Madrid. They were originally called Deers but were forced to change it in 2014 (due to legal action from another band with the same name). The band originally started as a duo and later became a four piece.
The Look: Summer-ready festival staples.
The Sound: Playful lo-fi garage rock with touch of feisty surf rock
Essential Track: Chili Town
There you go, 5 sounds it’s not too late to fall in love with this year !