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Devotion, the debut album by Tirzah, is the sound of contemporary contemplation: morning-after party rhythms, hazy melodies, hands-on instruments and the private space between them. Amid these post-Grime beats are hallucinatory songs from the emotional interior.
Glasgow-based Koreless is part of the new generation of young producers rising fast through the net-fed bass community. Despite his age his music exudes maturity, nesting in the ever-expanding dubstep lexicon somewhere between softened 2-step and soulful electronica.
GOOD SAD HAPPY BAD
Good Sad Happy Bad is CJ Calderwood, Marc Pell, Mica Levi and Raisa Khan. Previously known as the moniker Micachu and The Shapes, Good Sad Happy Bad named themselves after their last album Good Sad Happy Bad. Things have changed a bit, Raisa Khan is leading the band’s vocals and songs, and they now have the addition of CJ Calderwood contributing a minimum of vocals, saxophone and recorder. Their record is called Shades.
London-based singer-songwriter, composer, and cellist Lucinda Chua started music lessons at the age of three. She’s since performed and collaborated with a range of artists, including GAIKA, Ben Vince, Helm and KÁRYYN, as well as kranky-signed groups Felix and Stars of the Lid. More recently she’s performed as part of FKA twigs’ live band, notably accompanying the avant-pop star in a special live performance video for “cellophane”, filmed at The Wallace Collection National Art Museum in London. Last year Chua self-released her debut EP, ‘Antidotes 1’, exploring the liminal space between R&B.
Many musicians like to speak of versatility, but Nabihah Iqbal has better grounds than most. She boasts an MPhil (focused on African history) from Cambridge, experience working in human rights law and a black belt in Karate. Formerly known as Throwing Shade, she’s ditched that moniker to embrace the name she was born with. Readying her debut album for Ninja Tune, ‘Weighing of the Heart’ is a big statement in two ways: first, because she’s taken her real name to stand proudly as a female British Asian artists making music and, secondly, because she’s moved her music in a bolder, more expansive direction.
At a time when dance music is embracing cross-pollination and eclecticism more than ever before, it’s a prime moment for Nabihah’s increasingly all-embracing approach. Re-connecting the worlds of introspective, innovative guitar bands with the rhythms and club-born structures of dance music, there’s a wealth of different tangents she’s managed to unpack. Informed by a well-traveled (and well-researched) perspective on music, she finds whole, uncovered pathways left to explore.
Growing up, Kareem Ali wanted to be a rocket scientist. He never actually made it into the space program, but his passion for the cosmos remains intact—in fact, it’s at the core of his artistic vision. Future Black Music, We Are Stardust, Black Science… these are just a few of the many releases he’s dropped in the past two years, each one mapping out a utopian future in which humanity—and Black people in particular—can finally carve out an existence that’s free of injustice and oppression.
Brooklyn-born and based experimentalist and multi-instrumentalist Taja Cheek, aka L’Rain, is mapping the enormity of how to change. Her forthcoming second album, Fatigue, demands introspection from ready ears with an array of keyboards, synths, and hauntingly delicate vocals that create a genre entirely her own. Cheek has dipped her toes in every corner of the arts, through her work at some of the most prestigious art institutions in NYC and collaborations with the likes of Naama Tsabar, Kevin Beasley, Justin Allen, and others in contemporary arts.
Inspired by artists ranging from Mount Kimbie, Louis Jordan, Delia Derbyshire through to Aphex Twin. Harvey also finds influence from the city of Bristol – where he is now based – with hints of Massive Attack and Portishead resonating through his sound. A thoughtful and considered lyricist, Harvey finds inspiration across themes of philosophy, physics, anthropology and architecture, adding further texture to his sound. Growing up near Slough, Harvey’s depth and integrity came from a creative childhood, his dad a musician and his mother a dancer performing in a circus throughout her younger years.
HAICH BER NA
It’s difficult to know where to place Haich Ber Na. From Depeche Mode to D’Angelo, self taught producer and singer songwriter Haich Ber Na has quickly become the weirdos’ favourite.
One of the UK’s most forward thinking pop acts, his debut and sophomore EP’s ‘Unbalanced’ and ‘Everywhere’s Home’ have paved the way for what is to be his cataclysmic third and finest project ‘From Then ‘Til Now’.
A truly mutual admiration with contemporary artists has seen Haich Ber Na championed as multi-disciplinary producer, singer, writer and director. Forever and always carrying a torch for his origins in grime and rap, Ber Na has expanded and gone on to create genre-bending sonic masterstrokes, taking influence from an assortment of music like plucking fruit from a tree.
Original, unfiltered and radiating tenacity, Tiberius b is a singer and producer adept at both emboldening audiences and offering them catharsis through diaristic songwriting.
Raised in the woods on a remote island in Western Canada, Tiberius’ take on pop music is as raw and electrifying as these early surroundings. After relocating to their birthplace of London, England in 2017, they traded the synths for a borrowed B.C. Rich Warlock guitar and swaggering downtempo beats, calling on influences from their parent’s CD collection like Portishead, Massive Attack and Blur for debut EP Stains.