• 3 musicians on my 2015 radar 22 March 2015 | View comments

  • Låpsley

    Liverpudlian Holly Fletcher dropped her first EP Understudy on XL Recordings Jan 5th. Fusing her classical music background, and experience of being in a band, she decided to utilise GarageBand to make music, all whilst finishing her A-levels. The result makes for listening that stirs emotion, reflective tracks ‘Falling Short’ and ‘Painter (Valentine)’ evoke replays. ‘Station’ threw the 18-year-old into the limelight. In it, she carves a duet with herself, pitching her vocals down, the deeper tones contrasting against her delicate voice. That led her to play her first gig, at Glastonbury festival. No big deal. Holly’s production technique of James Blake esque spacious notes and pitch-shifted vocals is delightful, yet still to flourish. 

    Tom Misch

    The 19-year old is not afraid to experiment with jazzy elements, saxophones and violin riffs. UK hip-hop has never really taken off, but citing J Dilla as a massive inspiration, Tom Misch is armed with beats that’ll get any rapper spitting out nonsense. His singing shows that he is a soldier of soul, so it was only a matter of time before he was on Soulection, releasing three tracks on their imprint and DJing for the first time on their behalf in December. Track off EP with Carmody Out To Sea, ‘So Close’ is dreamy with lovely imagery and melodic layers. Tom takes to acoustic guitar in stripped back version of 'Release You' on YouTube channel Mahogany Sessions, which is well worth a watch. He's recently been spotted jamming with the equally talented Sam Wills. Expect first solo EP on his own label this year.

    TCTS

    After falling in love with clubbing at uni in Manchester, TCTS (Sam O’Neill) turned his hand to producing and submitted ‘1997’ to BBC Introducing. Huw Stevens played it and Bondax heard it. It went on to get a release on Bondax’s label in 2012. Since then, he’s joined the likes of Annie Mac and Monki to spin records. Second EP Games was released in the summer on MTA Records and certified him as a gifted producer. For instance, there’s a tough rolling bassline on ‘Forward’, the stand-out moment coming from ‘You’, featuring breath-taking vocals from Sam Sure. Aniff Akinola’s MCing works a treat on ‘Coue De Ville’ upcoming on his Body EP out March 29th.

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