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.
Lloyd Yates – Bring Back The Life
I am officially obsessed with Lloyd Yates. Like a lot. As in I sat and listened to the six songs he has on Spotify for two hours straight last night and was perfectly content. His voice has a raw power to it that makes his music seem frighteningly heartfelt and honest. I’m a sucker for imperfect vocals on a track, and Lloyd Yates is about as imperfectly perfect as they come. Bring Back The Life is the lead track on a five track EP, released in 2013. Upbeat with a killer singalong hook it is clear to see why this is the lead track, but it is the final track that really does it for me. Sunday Man is a slow-burner all about the struggle to be a better man and it is compellingly honest and just straight up moving. Long story short, I really, really like Lloyd Yates.
For fans of: Nathaniel Rateliff, Tommy Reilly, Passenger, Stu Larsen, Bear’s Den
Martin Luke Brown – Scars on Scars
Martin has been on my radar for over a year now, and it is incredible to see the reception he’s been getting from his support slots and festival sets in the past few months. He has already come on leaps and bounds from playing a teensy pub backroom in North London with just him and a keyboard. His latest track Scars on Scars is a real testament to that. There is a silky smooth bluesy feel to the production, augmented by powerful vocals. Definitely one to watch for the coming year. Plus he is really, really cute.
For fans of: James Bay, Rae Morris, RHODES, Port Isla
Ella Eyre – Home
Ella’s highly anticipated debut album comes out tomorrow. Whilst best known for her dance tracks, such as collaborations with Rudimental and DJ Fresh, and her solo sassy pop tunes, nestled about 3/4s through the tracklisting is this little gem. Home is an excellent showcase of that unique raspy quality of her voice that had her performing at the Brit Awards with Rudimental and Bastille before she’d even turned 20. Complete with gospel choir backing, this track takes you back to Ella’s roots and really gives a sense for who she is as an artist and person, beyond the high energy tracks and amazing hair.
P.S. Ella can we be friends?
For fans of: Emeli Sandé, Ella Henderson, Jessie Ware, Labrinth, Bastille, Sam Smith