Four New Acts You Need To Know
Looking for new music? Look no further.
Each month we scour the furthest corners of the internet to bring you our picks of the best new artists around. This month we’ve rounded up rising Manchester DJ and producer Willow, punk that actually feels dangerous from boisterous London mob Murder, the eclectic sounds of Galcher Lustwerk protege Quavius and Birmingham RnB newcomer Tayla.
If you’re looking to hear something brand new – and thoroughly decent – we’ve got you covered.
Every now and then, amidst the suffocating flood of club tracks released, there emerges a producer who cuts through the noise. Sophie Wilson arrived on the Workshop label last year with the sultry Feel Me. Home to the dreamy, playful and left of centre house and techno of Lowtec and Kassem Mosse, debuting on the esteemed German imprint was an impressive hustle that stirred up plenty of curiosity in electronic music circles. Having recently released an EP for the label that maps out soft, dimly lit house, slinking basslines and bluesy vocals (while flirting with dubstep), the Manchester-based producer – who also holds down a residency at Nottingham club night 808 – continues to intrigue.
Edwin / DJ Sprinkles
When punk emerged in the late 1970s it carried with it an overtly anti-establishment sentiment. It was music designed to shock and confuse the politicians and parents who so desperately needed a wake up call. These days, perhaps more than at any other time in the forty years since, it feels like we need that more than ever. At least in spirit. Murder’s debut six-track demo, a snarling, shredding, peaking punk record with a distinctive London accent is fast, loud and comes complete with a political urgency that doesn’t let up. Over six tracks the band explore white collar crime, the taboos surrounding male suicide and the hopelessness of being young and socially immobile in modern society. Along with bands like Frame of Mind and The Flex, they are part of a new wave of UK hardcore bands with societal rebellion at their heart. We can expect Murder to become a vital part of this rapidly expanding scene.
Crisis / The Flex
Last year, Galcher Lustwerk told us that part of the motivation for starting his label was to open upcoming musicians’ minds to house and techno. “I want to show young producers, especially young black producers in America, that you can put your own thing out regardless of the genre,” the NYC producer said. “Because a lot of young black producers around here, they just stick with the strategy of leasing out beats to rappers, and seeing whatever sticks.” True to his word, Lustwerk Music’s latest release is the debut EP from Quavius, a twentysomething Florida-based producer who operates without genre constraints, fluctuating between laidback dance-orientated material and hip hop, the latter for which he raps himself. Billed as an exploration of “energetic deep house, two-stepping astral funk, crispy cloud raps and cascading rollerskate riffs”, the EP shows that, just like his mentor, Quavius thrives when he’s roaming freely.
Sporting Life / Young Male
I don’t know if you’ve ever been out in Birmingham, but if you have, the sounds of newcomer Tayla will be familiar. By her own admission, her explosive debut single Call Me Danger centres around a night out in Brum. It’s the kind of immense pop single which caters to the before, during and after of any worthwhile session. Tayla appears to have scope to dominate the mainstream while still showcasing a mode of pop songwriting which belongs solely to her, outside the world of roundtable writing sessions and overly-meddling A&Rs. However much her star rises, we get the feeling she’ll remain rooted in the Midlands. Thus far, the single is all we have to go on but it’s a promising start – a fierce, gloves-off anthem- in-waiting from a raw, authentic talent.
Kehlani / Sia