Musical discoveries in the form of lovely music by new artists or new songs by old favourites. Basically consisting of whatever I have been playing to death this week.
Samuel Ford – The Storm
After catching his set on a rainy Friday afternoon at Somersault Festival the majority of my 7 hour train journey from Bristol to Scotland consisted of me playing this track on loop and quietly singing along under my breath (fyi combined with still being covered in mud and not showering since Thursday morning this is a great way to keep people from sitting next to you for the duration of your journey). Charming, gracious and incredibly humble Sam’s music is understated but well-written and well-performed.
For fans of: Ben Howard, Nick Mulvey, Jack Savoretti, or just generally people who enjoy men with guitars
Crystal Fighters – LA Calling
Another Somersault find, this time in the form of Sunday night co-headliners Crystal Fighters. Whilst I had heard of the band many years before in the form of catchy upbeat single Plage I had written them off as another group of pleasant sounding indie-pop darlings. How wrong I was. They were the perfect close to the festival as they had everyone dancing merrily in the rain, myself included, offering an energetic set of a consistently well conceived blend of electro, pop and guitars.
For fans of: Friendly Fires, Bombay Bicycle Club, Two Door Cinema Club, Metronomy, The Other Tribe
Banfi – Where We Part
Released in April this is the debut single from new band formed in 2015 by accomplished vocalist Joe Banfi. A stark departure from his solo tracks, such as Where Did You Sleep Last Night and Olive Green, which have a brooding urgency to them, Where We Part feels very light and fresh, with Joe’s vocals being complemented by a strong and well-thought out percussive instrumental.This is currently the only track available anywhere on the internet from these guys, but it has definitely left me wanting more (and soon please!).
For fans of: Prides, SOAK, Two Cartoons, Sunset Sons
Red Flag – Stephanie Lambring
I’m not embarrassed to admit that I like country music, a lot. Or that I watch Nashville religiously, both for the music and the severe crush I have on Sam Palladio (but can you blame me look at him). This is a song that featured a couple of episodes ago and it is literally everything that is right with female country musicians. It’s got the exact right amount of bad-assery to it (think Carrie Underwood ‘Before He Cheats’). It genuinely really upsets me that country music is not a bigger thing in the UK because I would gladly have this on the radio than the club ready pop music that has taken over our charts.
For fans of: all things country, Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, Nashville, that Mike Ward and Emma-Jade Garbutt duet on The Voice (idk we don’t get much in the way of country music here in the UK)
Thomas Jack – Rivers
This is the first original song released by tropical house pioneer Thomas Jack. For anyone not familiar with the tropical house genre think deep house with more panpipes, sunshine, steel drums and twinkly guitars. Curator of Thomas Jack Presents, a popular tropical house mixtape which have upwards of 5 million plays of Soundcloud, Thomas Jack has worked with the likes of Kygo, Robin Schulz and Felix Jaehn. Specialising in remixes of chilled indie tracks by artists such as Benjamin Francis-Leftwich, Gabriel Rios, alt-J and Of Monsters and Men, he is comfortably up there with the ‘who’s who’ of the genre and is now looking to follow fellow tropical house DJ Kygo’s mainstream success with the release of his own music.
For fans of: Kygo, Klingande, Robin Schulz, Marv, Autograf, Bakermat, and all other things tropical house