Marlon Roudette – When The Beat Drops Out


If Marlon Roudette’s name sounds familiar it might be because it’s an amazing name for a popstar, but most likely because he’s been banging about for a few years – in fact he might be someone you would expect to appear on The Voice looking for a 2nd chance. Instead his new single ‘When The Beat Drops Out’ offers him his strongest chance of making it in his home country.

Marlon originally came on the radar back in 2005 as part of Mattafix, then he came back in 2010 claiming to have ‘gone pop’ and scored a huge European hit with the Guy Chambers penned ‘New Age’. It was great, but the UK didn’t care – it charted at #90.

Now here we go again… When The Beat Drops Out is again, a brilliant song. It’s been #1 in Germany, and the all important Latvia. It’s out in the UK on January 25 and Marlon is in a much better position, as the only non talent show act, other than Labrinth, to be signed to Syco. You can hear how it would fit pretty much on all the mainstream radio stations and it’s already on Spotify gaining traction.

Echosmith – Cool Kids


Normally when I go to America I hear a couple of songs that are definitely going to make it in the UK. Last year it was Lorde, and this year Echosmith,

Cool Kids has been a ‘sleeper hit’ in the USA, and like so many great acts before it, first began to get traction due to the band’s slot on The Warped Tour. Eventually it hit #9 on the confusing US chart, and I saw them perform it on Jimmy Fallon.

This week they played London for their first UK show and sent Cool Kids out to radio here with a 21 December release date. I’m pretty sure it’s not going to make much impact right now, but instead will just get the right people noticing them ahead of a re-release and proper campaign next Spring. What a tune though. It’s not OMG AMAZING but it’s very, very close. They’re my new ‘Under The Blacklight’ Rilo Kiley and live at The Barfly they rocked it with singer Sydney pushing Lana Del Rey meets Anna Kendrick cute vibes. I’m just annoyed they arrived on my radar a week too late to give them a BBC Sound of… vote!