ft. London Grammar, Future Islands, Day Wave, Sampha

jamesBetween keen returns and newbies another week has provided us lovers of sound another platter of tasty sonic morsels. Who are we to not share these talents?

 

 

Artist: London Grammar

Prime Cut: Big Picture

Cut From: Nottingham, UK

Flavours Of: Daughter / Lykke Li / Banks

In 2013, London Grammar released one of the most compelling debut albums of the last 10 years. Just 3 young British kids with the ability to pull at the heart strings. The pressure was massive for this trio’s 2nd album and the jury may still be out. Whether a fan or not, there is no denying their ability to showcase the power of rhythmic repetition.

 

bal-future-islands-ran-the-far-field-2017Artist: Future Islands

Prime Cut: Run

Cut From: Greenville, North Carolina

Flavours Of: The War On Drugs / Destroyer / Twin Shadow

Future Islands themselves were surprised by the success of their 2014 global success ‘Seasons (Waiting on You)’. ‘Run’ is a safe return for the Baltimore-based band who know how to pen a methodical pop tune. Their trade mark rolling bass lines and Samuel T Herring’s gritty soulful vocals highlights their songwriting prowess. It’s great to have Future Islands back

 

avey-waveArtist: Day Wave

Prime Cut: Something Here

Cut From: Oakland, California

Flavours Of: DIIV / Stars / The Pains of Being Pure At Heart

Day Wave AKA Jackson Phillips is relatively new to the musical sphere, Philips released his excellent debut ‘Headcase’ in 2015. Although his previous works were as equally polished and creative pop songs, ‘Something Here’ takes great a great leap for Philips both in production and confidence. Commencing with the refurb of gritty guitars, then the release of a New Order inspired bass line sets you up for a glorious euphoric ride. Day wave has offered another star track

 

semphaArtist: Sampha

Prime Cut: Kora Sings

Cut From: South London, UK

Flavours Of: Soul II Soul / Massive Attack / SBTRKT

What a whirlwind trip its been for Sampha in the lead up to his impressive and diverse debut ‘Process’. He never made it easy for himself, choosing to collaborate with Beyonce, Kayne West and Frank Ocean while simultaneously working on his own project. ‘Kora Sings’ is just one fine example of an artist  who has only just got started showing us their full potential.

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