Ever get the feeling that the world of new music and undiscovered talent is a daunting place? Here at blinkbox Music we certainly understand how overwhelming it can seem, so why not leave the searching to us and take a listen to what could be some of your future favourites.
Keeping you ahead of the curve with our latest batch of Next Big Things, this week we present three unique acts, all carrying different but brilliant musicalness.
Hear their music, plus loads more from our other featured newbies, in our Next Big Thing station here.
Introducing rising South London soul singer Kimberly Anne, inspired by her love for poetry and spoken word and influenced by the narrative rapping styles of Nas, here’s one lady who’s absolutely beaming with raw talent and authentic spirit. The songstress has worked with a number of top quality producers (those behind the songs of Bastille, Lianne La Havas and Bombay Bicycle Club) and her latest effort ‘Liar’ is a beautiful soulful cut, melody rich and driven by her powerful vocal. You might have recognised her sweet sound in a recent episode of Made In Chelsea, where the show featured her now chart climbing beautiful cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Sound of Silence’.
Already making waves in the UK, this year has seen Irish folk-pop brothers Harry and Alfie gain prestigious recognition from Radio 1’s Hugh Stevens and Zane Low, with both DJ’s choosing their current and previous singles as their ‘Hottest Record In The World’. The boys have spent the summer establishing themselves as a firm live favourite, recently finishing up their massive festival stint, including performances at Reading & Leeds, and next month will see them support Jake Bugg at his live show in Alexandra Palace, London. We sense a big breakthrough over the next upcoming months, and we can’t wait for their debut album, set for release next year.
Like your music mellow? Then you’ll love this Swiss producer who’s serving up something a little different. We first discovered his new track on the website of his label; the same label who’ve brought us Rudimental and Clean Bandit. First entering the world of music producing hip hop and influenced by a melting pot of different genres, Nouvelle’s organic songs are formed through a combination of soulful R&B sounds and relaxed vocal samples, topped off with electronic beats. Have this song on hand for a relaxing Sunday. Best served chilled.
Fancy winning a pair of tickets to Bombay Bicycle Club’s biggest UK tour to date? Of course you do!
The four-piece – on a high since nabbing their first No. 1 album back in February – will be taking a jaunt round the UK this December with a run of dates including Earls Court.
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to the date of your choice is tweet us at @blinkboxmusic with the name of one of the artists the band play as part of the exclusive Hosted By station we recorded with the band.
Want a better insight into the influences and inspirations that get the band fired up? Then take a listen right now by following the link below!
The full list of December dates is:
03 – LEICESTER DE MONTFORT HALL
04 – PLYMOUTH PAVILIONS 05 – BOURNEMOUTH BIC SOLENT HALL
07 – MANCHESTER O2 APOLLO
10 – WOLVERHAMPTON CIVIC HALL
11 – EDINBURGH USHER HALL
12 – NEWCASTLE O2 ACADEMY
13 – LONDON EARLS COURT
As Summer slips into Autumn, we’ve got another bunch of exciting new tracks to get your ears around this week! Remember, you can download the Brand New & Brilliant station to your mobile or tablet any time – perfect for when you’re stuck without wi-fi on the morning commute.
Sigma feat. Paloma Faith – Changing
Ever since this track first debuted, it was clear it was going to be one of the biggest dance hits of the year. It’s easy to see why, with Sigma laying down a hectic drum n’ bass beat to back Paloma’s incredible vocals. This has got Number One stamped all over it, and personally we reckon it’s Paloma’s finest moment to date. That chorus! Just WOW!
Professor Green – Lullaby
The charismatic Brit-rapper is finally back – two years on since his last single graced the airwaves. It’s a confident return though, with new single Lullaby capturing the same melancholy vibes as Pro’s mega-hit Read All About It.
Lily Allen – As Long As I Got You
No one does cheeky, chirpy pop quite as well as Lily Allen. Her new cut is one of the better moments on her provocative Sheezus album, mixing quirky country sounds and a sing-song vocal line. A surprisingly catchy toe-tapper!
Gaining worldwide success with hit ‘Riptide’ this year wasn’t a bad way to kickstart the 26 year old ‘s music career. Fast-forward half a year, and this month we see Aussie singer-songwriter Vance Joy explore his sweet and breezy sound a little further with the release of his debut album ‘Dream Your Life Away’.
With acoustic music as popular as ever, we see Vance Joy join the recent wave of trending singer-songwriters and their stripped down, organic styles we’ve been loving all year, along with Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith & Paolo.
Tune into to our Hosted by station to listen to new music from Vance Joy, discover his wide-ranging musical influences from The Killers to Avicii, as well as tunes he’s currently loving right now.
2014 has been pretty kind to Bombay Bicycle Club. Not only did they nab their first UK No. 1 with their excellent album So Long, See You Tomorrow, but last week they found out it had also been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.
The band’s career has seen them go from strength to strength since their acclaimed 2009 debut, blending in increasingly varied sounds with each album; from electronica to Bollywood.
With such a wide range of influences to discuss, we sat down with Ed and Jamie from the band to quiz them on inspiration old and new, teenage musical tastes, headlining festivals, and a surprising love of Kanye West.
And that’s not all – be sure to check back later this week as we’ll have a fantastic opportunity for you to win tickets to the band’s hotly anticipated UK tour this December.
Just tune in below to hear Jamie and Ed introduce a selection of their favourite songs, the perfect audio accompaniment to the full interview below!
For this week’s Next Big Thing we’re placing our bets on three individuals who stand out among other artists in the current music scene for their distinctive sounds, strong image, and ability to make us feel good!
So, hopefully you’ll be smiling by the end of this post (and our station, of course!) If not, then just give it another listen…
This particular Next Big Thing is hotting up fast! TIEKS is the London-born talent who has been making appearances all over the place this summer, from Reading & Leeds to Bestival - this guy clearly loves a festival! He’s also got the backing of top Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac who tipped his dark dance track ‘The Number’ for her Free Music Monday. His tunes are the perfect floor-fillers - laden with house beats, delightful harmonies (that remind us of TIEKS’ buddy MNEK), and a little bit of flashback synths thrown in there for good measure. This is probably the closest we’ll get to time travel… destination - the 90s.
We’ve got another Londoner for you, but his music is a hell of a lot more chilled out. Singles like ‘Memory’ from 19-year-old Tom Misch remind us that sometimes it’s good to take things easy, especially when there’s steel drums involved. A blanket of beachside melodies should help you drift off in that “happy place” in your head, or you could take a relaxation tip from Tom, who gently sings "Tonight I’m sleeping under the stars." Perfect for the end of summer and the start of sleepy autumn, we’ve got this one on repeat.
Sway Clarke II
Right, time to head out of Britain for our next newbie. Originally from Toronto, loveable singer Sway Clarke II made the big move to Berlin and starting putting out singles like ‘Secret Garden’. We’re actually struggling to put him into any genre… R&B is probably the closest we’re going to get. As the artist explains on his Facebook bio under ‘Influences’, "This a stupid section, but the answer is EVERYTHING! From Peter Tosh, to Peter Gabriel. From Bob Dylan to Bob Marley. From Steely Dan to Dan Auerback. From Deadmouse to Modest Mouse. Radiohead to Talking Heads. Jay Z to ZZ Top. All of it." So, if you want to hear what music sounds like when it’s inspired by ‘everything’, then tune in.