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What were you doing with your spare time as a teenager? 19-year-old West Londoner Finn Foxell has been making lo-fi hip-hop since the tender age of 16, independently releasing music with his tight crew of up and coming London producers and MCs, which includes the likes of Lord Apex and South London’s DC Scribbla. Foxell’s thick, deadpan British vocals layer over slow-moving, melancholic beats à la Yung Lean for a cloudy listen that never relents its razor-sharp London wit – you only have to look as far as 2018 single Cool. Bless. Safe. to see it for yourself.
Yung Lean / Loyle Carner
Pearl De Luna
Pearl De Luna’s single London Lullaby bares it all. It’s a soulful, lulling hymn to the bustling, often-hostile city she spent her youth in, with one sparkling piano loop repeating over and over throughout the entire song – like a lullaby. The 22-year-old singer-songwriter, daughter of legendary rock photographer Dennis Morris, is a fresh face on the UK R&B scene, but she’s already demanding attention with her intimate sound. If you need a moment to step away from the madness, find comfort in this year’s debut EP Synesthesia.
Erykah Badu / Banks
Peluché are infectious. And joyful, and unpredictable, and straight-up weird. The London trio – made up of friends Rhapsody Gonzalez, Amy Maskell and Sophie Lowe – are mixing funk, dub, psychedelia and erratic pop to create a sound that is entirely distinctive to them. Spidery guitars, jazz-tinged drums and hushed, Cocteau Twin-esque vocals characterise their repertoire, evoking sensations of bewilderment and attunement in equal measure.
ESG / Neneh Cherry
Contributing to the much welcomed laidback, soul-jazz renaissance of South London is 17-year-old Poppy Billingham, aka Sunken. A new face on the scene, Billingham explores tentative romance and self-love in track Over the Days, all through the filter of toasty, embracing synths, minimal guitar work, mellow saxophones and soothing falsetto melodies. An ode to wistful longing and lazy evenings, Sunken is providing the perfect soundtrack to keep you warm this winter
Charlotte Day Wilson / Yazmin Lacey
Belfast-born DJ and producer Sally C is a shining light in underground dance music. Planting her DJ roots in Dundee, Scotland where she lived for five years, Sally C submerged herself in the local scene, running and playing parties at widely-loved club haunts The Reading Rooms and Sub Club. After relocating to Berlin in 2015, she’s continued to bring her timeless house cuts to capital stalwarts Griessmuehle, Chalet and ://about blank, infusing her sets with 80s and 90s tribal-influenced house and oddball breakbeat groovers. A promising rising selector.
Denis Sulta / Brame & Hamo