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West Coast rapper Kendrick Lamar built up a reputation through the underground scene as one of hip-hop's best lyricists. With the backing of Dr. Dre, Lamar has been compared to the likes of Tupac, Eminem, Nas, and Jay-Z. He is one of those rare MCs who has achieved critical and commercial success while earning the respect and support of those who inspired him.
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Along with Portishead and Tricky, Massive Attack remain one of the most respected acts from the famed "Triphop" scene. Robert Del Naja and Grant Marshall have used an array of guest vocalists and musical collaborations throughout their career, with each album growing to a higher level. Their success story is somewhat surprisingly for an act who are genuinely quite publicity shy and have almost fought against the mainstream. Their seminal million-plus selling debut album Blue Lines spawned the hypnotic and timeless anthem 'Unfinished Sympathy' featuring the powerful vocals of Shara Nelson, while further success came from second album Protection featuring the unmistakable voice of Everything But The Girl's Tracey Thorn. Their third release Mezzanine sold over 4 million copies, making it their biggest selling release to date, perhaps in part to the haunting single 'Teardrop' which featured the breathy voice of Liz Fraser from the Cocteau Twins. Further albums 100th Window and Heligoland have continued to break musical barriers and push their sound ever forward.
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Rock meets hip hop as Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo (both of The Neptunes' fame) and Shae Haley join forces to make punked up funk influenced by metal, soul, r'n'b and more.
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Born in London and with her dad as a musician, Dua grew up right from an early age listening to an eclectic mix of great music spanning generations and more, from Tupac to Action Bronson, to Dylan & Bowie and on to Alt J and Chance The Rapper. This early education gave Dua her passion and drive to become an artist herself and she has since immersed herself into her singing, songwriting and performance.
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This young BRIT Award winning singer/songwriter built up a hardcore fanbase simply by word-of-mouth, selling out shows both at home and across Europe. Raised by music-loving parents, Ben was introduced to the singer/songwriters of the '60s and '70s, with influences such as Nick Drake and John Martyn shining through his music.
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Heralded as "the first truly 21st century guitar hero" by Guitar World magazine, St. Vincent is the stage name of singer and multi-instrumentalist, Annie Clark. Blurring the lines between experimental art and pure pop, she pushes musical boundaries whenever possible while still maintaining accessible pop hooks. Her live shows contain an element of theatrics and quirky dance moves. Whether collaborating with legends like David Byrne or producing her own electro-pop-rock material, her ever-changing image and evolving sound make St. Vincent a true original.
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King Krule is a dreamer. And, fittingly, he makes the kind of music that sounds as though it could soundtrack your most languid dreams. With a Cockney twang that recalls Joe Strummer, Archy Marshall’s lyrics are pure poetry, his guitar playing complex and sophisticated.
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Young singer/songwriter folk-blues balladeer George Ezra first came to attention when BBC Introducing in his adopted home of Bristol picked up on a handful of tracks posted online. That led to a live session at the legendary Maida Vale studios and an oversubscribed performance on their stage at the 2013 Glastonbury Festival. The singer/songwriter possesses a deep, resonant, and emotionally weathered voice that belies his considerable youth. Influenced by similarly precocious troubadours like Dylan and Hank Williams, Ezra was just 19 when he issued his debut single 'Budapest', a warm, amiable, and soulful slice of classy folk-pop that invoked names like Willy Mason, Ben Howard, Ray Lamontagne and Tom Odell.
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Infectious, energetic and full of whatever it takes to craft a good pop song, this Brighton four-piece have continually wowed crowds. Their first two albums reached no.2 and no.1 respectively and the boys have achieved ten UK top 40 singles including the Brit Awards nominated 'She Moves In Her Own Way'.
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CHVRCHES are Iain Cook, Martin Doherty and Lauren Mayberry - three distinct individuals bearing three distinct personalities on a consummate whole. Combining indie sensibilities and aesthetics with barbed pop hooks and and an unhealthy obsession with Prince, CHVRCHES take elements of classic electronica, hip hop and post-punk, and yet sound like none of the above. Their blend of classic and modern analogue synthesisers, bruised beats and crude vocal sampling, has earned them critical praise and commercial success with three UK top 10 albums.
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Former Mercury Prize nominees, West London electro-funk collective Jungle's musical style has been described as "midtempo 1970s-style funk", combining tropical percussion, wildlife noises, falsetto yelps, psychedelic washes and bass. Formed by Tom McFarland and Josh Lloyd-Watson, the pair wished to challenge themselves and resist the temptation to simply reproduce their music from laptops. They soon grew into a mighty seven-piece band to deliver a full live experience.
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North London's Wolf Alice take their name from a book by Angela Carter. Originally a solo project for frontwoman Ellie Roswell, it soon expanded into a full four-piece band with Joff Oddie (guitar, vocals), Theo Ellis (bass) and Joel Amey (drums, vocals). Eloquently described by Clash Magazine as ‘the lovechild of folk and grunge’, Wolf Alice's off-kilter sound has seen folky vocals combine with the alt-rock of 90's bands like Hole and Elastica.
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Nina Kraviz is one of the most significant artists in the global electronic scene. The Siberian born singer, producer, songwriter and DJ is well known as a passionate record digger and for her outstanding taste in idiosyncratic electronic music, which lead her to creating her own label. The Siberian taste maker is well known for her musically uncompromising energetic DJ performances, where she plays music most others wouldn’t dare and for her sincere connection to the audience. This unique feeling together with a badass attitude and charismatic stage persona have earned Nina Kraviz headliner status at the world’s leading festivals including Coachella, Amsterdam Dance Event, Awakenings, Dekmantel, Sonar, DEMF, and many more. Kraviz is equally comfortable rocking big festival crowds as she is to work her magic in a small intimate club.
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Cigarettes After Sex
From El Paso in Texas and fronted by Greg Gonzalez, the ambient pop sounds of Cigarettes After Sex invoke not only the powerful feelings of euphoria inherent in the band’s name itself, but somehow manage to recreate emotions found only in the most romantic of movies. Immersive, achingly nostalgic, thoroughly transporting, and intensely visual. It’s these powerful and unique qualities which have enabled the love songs of Cigarettes After Sex to reverberate across countless countries, and excite the most devoted kind of following. It's a bottled intensity and a perfect cohesion between musical landscape and lyrics which keeps listeners falling in and out of love, thoroughly enraptured, returning to the music again and again. The love songs of Cigarettes After Sex are an indelible soundtrack.
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Formed by a trio of lifelong friends, Friendly Fires began combining the anthemic choruses and swooning melodies of indie rock and shoegaze with the insistent pulse of dance music in the mid-2000s. This mix of styles sounded prescient on 2008's Friendly Fires and 2011's Pala, while the band's later singles and albums reflected how enmeshed the worlds of indie and dance were as the 2010s came to a close. After their second album the band went on a hiatus due to some personal tragedies and illnesses within the band, but returned in 2018 with a new track co-prodcued by Disclosure and their long-awaited third album being released in 2019.
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After a rather lengthy hiatus to pursue acting roles and other musical projects, Shirley Manson and the boys returned in 2012 with their first live shows since 2005's 'Bleed Like Me'. Their irresistible blend of gothic indie-rock with subtle dance undertones saw the band achieve a string of Top 40 singles in both the UK and US in the '90s and early '00s, including 'Only Happy When It Rains', 'Stupid Girl', 'Push It', 'I Think I'm Paranoid', 'Why Do You Love Me' and the Bond theme 'The World Is Not Enough'. They released their 6th studio album 'Strange Little Birds' in 2016, reaching no.1 on the US Billboard Independent, Alternative and Rock album charts.
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Dom Maker and Kai Campos are better known as London duo Mount Kimbie. They have taken the whole post-dubstep and future-bass continuum to a whole new audience. Their music experiments with field recordings and other organic sounds, whilst still having all eyes (and ears) on the dancefloor. Their two EPs and full length debut 'Crooks And Lovers', on Hotflush Recordings, offer a tender collection of songs that blur the lines between ambient, downtempo and dubstep. Fans of Four Tet would be recommended to climb into the world of Mount Kimbie.
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A young singer-songwriter, producer and DJ from London. From his initial teenage tastes of the Chilli Peppers and Nirvana, John said “I got heavily into jazz and hip hop and it opened up this whole new world of soulful electronic music to me.” Tom now finds himself at the centre of a cluster of new London artists who share his sensitive, soulful, deeply melodic and emotive approach to music. Major tastemakers like Annie Mac, Zane Lowe and Beats 1’s Julie Adenuga have all been queuing up to proclaim him.
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Dermot Kennedy is a singer and songwriter from Dublin who set out on his solo journey in September 2014. He crafts songs which are at once stripped-back yet explosive, his emotive vocals being both soaring and intimate with R&B influenced percussion. His tracks have amassed over 50 million plays across streaming platforms. "His voice is fusion of Gary Lightbody and Foy Vance, but it’s intensified by his addition of production and a slightly hip-hop leaning beat. But one thing was consistent - each song is a cataclysm of emotion" - Spindle Magazine.
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Young soulful singer/song writer, originally from Walsall, but now residing in London. Her influences range from Mos Def to Lauryn Hill and The Streets, while her soulful and jazzy vocal style has been compared to Amy Winehouse, Rihanna, Lauryn Hill and FKA Twigs. Jorja was working at Starbucks when she posted her first single, Blue Lights, onto SoundCloud in January 2016. It was a stirring listen, backed by her angelic, gripping vocals and a knack for poignant story telling. Within a week, it had racked up 100,000 plays, earning shout outs from Drake, Stormzy and Skrillex. She brewed her last coffee soon afterwards. Then in 2018, she won the Brit Critics' Choice Award.
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Benjamin Sainte-Clementine is a young charismatic poet, pianist and affecting songwriter who hails from Edmonton Green, but was discovered while singing in Paris.
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Sigrid’s defiant pop was catapulted into the public consciousness with the zeitgeist defining ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’; the certified-Gold ‘Strangers’, A-List record ‘High Five’, critically lauded RAW EP and ‘Sucker Punch’. From the tiny town of Ålesund in Norway, which sits at the entrance of a UNESCO-protected fjord surrounded by sea and mountains, Sigrid has been creating a world which emboldens her followers, displaying outstanding song writing ability with hard-hitting and empowering words, laced over unexpected and daring melodies.
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Famed for her work with artists such as SBTRKT, Sampha and Joker, Jessie's own sensuous, sinuous soul broke through to the mainstream thanks to the one-two punch of her singles 'Running' and '110%'. A heady, intoxicating brew of R&B, hip hop, dance and pop. With a handful of BRIT-nominations, a Mercury Prize nomination and three top-ten albums under her belt (as of 2020), Jessie has proven her status as one of the UK’s most influential artists.
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Stephanie Allen aka Stefflon Don is an MC with inventive rhymes and wordplay. The east Londoner first started making waves in 2015 with her versions of Wretch 32’s Six Words and Section Boyz’s Lock Arff. Since then she’s been in high demand, appearing on tracks by the likes of Lethal Bizzle, Sneakbo and Angel.
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Upcoming British rapper from East London, Yxng Bane gained fame for his smooth and passionate flow mixed with harmonious and hearty singing that he credits Chris Brown and Future for serving as an inspiration since they have consistently remaining at the top despite the things they’ve been through. Gaining attention from the release of Lone Wolf, Yxng Bane has been quite consistent and dropped his first EP/mixtape Full Moon quite quickly which included soon to be hits like Doubted Me and Villain. Before rap, he wasn’t known as Yxng Bane, it was just G Mula. When he started doing the rap thing, he didn’t want to show his face, and just wanted to do it for the music, as he quotes, 'because I got love for music and I got stories to tell and things that are happening in my life.” So he decided to let just “put Yxng Bane out there, with the Bane mask.'
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Field Music brothers Peter and David Brewis, hail from Sunderland. Drawing on influences as wide-ranging as Stravinsky, Stax R n B, Fleetwood Mac, Serge Gainsbourg, Thelonious Monk and Kate Bush, they've become known for a deconstructionist approach to songwriting, playfully twisting compositions into new and odd shapes, with a refreshing disregard for convention and cliché.
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Ninja Tune signing Jordan Rakei is an alternative artist from Australia but based in London, the multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer is a rare talent whose distinct take on soul captures an emotional awareness. He writes, sings and plays most of the instrumentation on his records himself, and has earnt respect in the worlds of dance, soul and jazz.
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An electronic / trip hop singer from Iran who moved to Holland on a basketball scholarship when she was 16.
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Alexis Taylor is a British musician. He is the lead vocalist and keyboardist/guitarist of the band Hot Chip, keyboardist in About Group, and a solo artist in his own right.
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'Lucy Dacus is a witty songwriter whose solo tunes have evolved into twangy indie rock slow-burners with help from the rest of her talented quintet. She began writing mostly for herself, but met up with like-minded players in Richmond, Virginia who helped flesh out and grow her skeletal demos. Dacus is a soft-spoken, in-the-moment kind of player whose lyrics are open-ended but biographical. She possesses an acute observational focus, one that gifts her with the ability to tell stories that resonate with thoughtful universal truth.'
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French smooth / lead / tropical / surf / cold wave band from Paris.
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Raye is a young electro / RnB artist from London, a student of the Brit School. Charli XCX co-wrote her single 'I, U, Us', and in return, Raye worked on Charli’s hit, 'After The Afterparty'. She also provided guest vocals on Nas single 'War'.
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Gang of Youths
Alt-rock five-piece from Sydney, Australia, Gang of Youths exploded onto the scene with their raucous rock filled with buzzsaw guitars and David Le'aupepe's yelping vocals, full of autobiographical lyricism. Considering their rock credentials, the band surprisingly all met at an evangelical church. But their only religion is worshipping rock 'n' roll. "I still align myself with Jesus. I'm just not a great poster-boy for it – I’m a fornicating drunkard who swears a lot and listens to a lot of black metal," says David.
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George van den Broek, aka Yellow Days, is a teenager hailing from the town of Haslemere, England who sings like a 300 year wizard and sits perfectly next to '70s soul greats. Traditional genre boundaries mean little to van den Broek, making his music a refreshing melting pot of jazz, indie, soul and beyond.
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A soulful indie solo artist from London. At the age of 13 she was inspired to pick up a guitar by her Irish / Bajan / Turkish parents who are both artists, and took her influences from bands including The Stoke and The Libertines.
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Marius Listhrop is a British artist that raps under the moniker Scarlxrd. He is known for his unusual musical style which combines heavy metal and trap music.
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To anyone who’s familiar with Inner Circle’s 20-year-plus history in the reggae field and their immense popularity around the world-there’s much more to Inner Circle than what meets the eye. Indeed, this Jamaican-bred, Grammy winning quintet is one of the world’s most respected reggae groups with a long string of successes stretching back to the mid-70's. Inner Circle’s special brand of pop-oriented Jamaican beats and energy -filled live performances have allowed the band to transcend the traditional reggae niche and enjoy widespread crossover appeal. A testament to this is the fact that Inner Circle plays at many of the world’s largest music festivals-headlining alongside such towering pop and rock music icons as Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Van Morrison, Sinead O’Conner, The Black Crowes, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Carlos Santana, and many others. Along the way, the group has withstood two-and-a-half decades of triumph and tragedy, thanks to a shared belief in music’s power to unite and heal, and to the intensely loyal sense of family that’s kept the band vital through some turbulent times.” In 1978, while playing for the now infamous Reggae Peace Concer, the band achieved a major breakthrough when Chris Blackwell signed the group to Island Records. That same year, they achieved substantial commercial success with the Island album Everything Is Great, which became a Top 20 hit in the U.K and a Top 10 smash in France, and produced the popular singles “Mary, Mary” and “Music Machine.”
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A young electronic producer from London whose 'choice of wonky synth stabs, painstakingly layered drum patterns and distorted funk guitar riffs are the perfect complement to that voice of his: pure satiny luxury'.
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Hak Bakr used to be part of grime collective B.O.M.B Squad as a teenager, before he picked up the guitar and began writing his own music. which has a slight chilled out reggae feel to it.
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