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Post-hardcore four-piece with electronic-trance influences. Hailing from St Albans, the band have become known for their relentless touring and their innovative sound, fusing hardcore-metal with dance music. Since forming in school back in 2003, Enter Shikari have played well over 1000 live shows and sold out numerous prestigious venues worldwide such as London Astoria, Brixton Academy, Hammersmith Apollo, New York's Irving Plaza and LA's Roxy. '...one of the most exciting, brutal and explosive live bands on Britain's screamo / post hardcore scene.' - LastFm
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From their initial somewhat shambolic goth-garage-punk beginnings, covering Screaming Lord Sutch's 'Jack The Ripper' and having an admiration for The Sonics, Faris Badwan and friends have matured considerably over the course of their career, becoming a respected name and stadium-level stars. Their dark gothic sounds now lean more towards Nick Cave and Joy Division than their original garage-rock roots. The not-so-difficult second album 'Primary Colours' was awarded NME's best album of 2009 and received a Mercury Prize nomination, while 2011's 'Skying' and 2014's 'Luminous' both met with great critical acclaim, entering the UK Official Album Chart at numbers 5 and 6 respectively, while 2017 saw the release of 'V', their 5th album.
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De La Soul
One of the most artistic and creative hip-hop acts ever, this trio from Long Island have had an unquestionable influence since their debut in 1987. As well as hits from their legendary album '3 Feet High and Rising' including 'The Magic Number', 'Say No Go' and 'Me Myself and I', their recent releases have included a collaboration with Gorillaz, 'Feel Good Inc', which reached no 2 in the UK singles charts.
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As her debut album, Lights, made so thrillingly clear, Ellie Goulding uses her voice as a texture in much the same way that a skilled instrumentalist would. It is a sound – in Ellie's case, an utterly distinctive and unforgettable one – that can play as important a role in her songs as any other musical detail. The BRIT-winning singer/songwriter released Lights in 2010 and followed it up with Halcyon in 2012. Both albums peaked at number one in the UK album chart and went double-platinum. Halcyon was re-released with ten additional tracks as Halcyon Days in 2013. These included How Long Will I Love You?, which became the BBC Children in Need single, and her first number one single, Burn, which has since racked up nearly 160 million views on YouTube. Her 3rd album, 2015's 'Delirium', then spawned the huge worldwide hit 'Love Me Like You Do', which featured on the soundtrack of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie.
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This Glasgow six-piece formed in January 2006. Drawing on influences from Rocket from the Crypt and Sonic Youth to Jim O'Rourke and Stereolab, they have dubbed their raw brand of music 'Fight Pop'.
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This Manchester outfit blend falsetto vocals with synths, guitars and discordant pop hooks. Quirky singles like 'Photoshop Handsome' have seen comparisons to XTC, Wild Beasts and Django Django, but the band also have a sound all of their own.
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Egyptian Hip Hop
Manchester four-piece with a sound described as everything from melodic grunge to lush scuzzy pop and housey math rock. Hip-hop this is not!
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Synth-led dancing rhythms.
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English-American singer-songwriter and filmmaker signed to the Wall Of Sound label. His fourth single; 'Gay Pirates', was considered "wonderful" by Stephen Fry, who put a link to its video on his Twitter feed.
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