Le Youth

I can’t get enough of this.

If you’re a fan of low-charting r&b, you’ll recognise Le Youth (aka LA producer Wes James) ‘Cool’ as a cover of Cassie’s Me + You. It’s a low swung, chilled Balearic vibe that fits in nicely next to Chris Malinchak and Perseus. Remember this version of Ashanti’s Foolish from last year?

Check out Le Youth’s mixtape for some similarly chilled vibes

Kate Boy

Tegan & Sara produced by The Knife. This is Kate Boy.

In a shock twist for a country renown for a real lack of good music, Kate Boy are Swedish. Well three of them are – the charmingly named Hampus, Oskar and Markus – and they’re joined by Australian Kate Akhurst on vocals.

Whether they are pop svengalis who have discovered a singing puppet remains to be seen. They are currently running the ‘oooh we’re mysterious’ template.


90s rave aficionados – heads up! This is Mainline.


Coming out via Defected on 4 Feb, it’s the new single from German DJ, Tensnake – full of snares and fizzy drums, with a topline to get any North West dancefloor filling up. And on that topline is yet another Black Butter Records signee – Syron.

She’s 19, from South London and I know her best from her feature on 2012’s Spoons by Rudimental. Here’s another track she put out last year to much critical acclaim. Buzzing nicely in all the right circles, it’s just a matter of time until she scores a feature on a chart smash.

Clean Bandit

Yesterday I was struggling to complete my Sound of 2013 votes for the BBC. Some years it’s really clear who I believe will be big next year, but there hasn’t be a huge amount of stuff coming through to my ears of late save for the obvious stuff that’s been specifically set up and held back just to get on the 2013 poll (see A*M*E, Haim, Willy Moon) which is a bit dull.

As I was about to submit my 3, one of Radio 1’s music team posted this gem as his top choice. It’s a band called Clean Bandit and this is the absolutely incredible A&E. There’s soul, classical violins, trippy vocals, garage vibes, everything you need for a smash. Released through the fresh talenthouse that is Black Butter Records, it appears that the band are the instrumentalists and they’re working with a variety of vocalists on their material. This time round we’re listening to the really cool sounds of Kandaka Moore & Nikki Marshall.


I’m off to listen to Goldust and Sweet Like Chocolate now.

Gabriel Bruce

I don’t really know much Bauhaus, Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen and all the artists that have real life influenced Gabriel Bruce – so instead my reference point for this song is The Divine Comedy. as Gabriel’s vocals just give me that hint of Hannon. He’s 22, signed to Mercury, managed by the team behind Florence and has a ridiculously deep voice.

If he doesn’t make it as a pop star I would like to hear him read an audio tape of Victorian horror stories.

(ht to XO London)

Wild Belle

Just signed to Columbia Records in the UK, Wild Belle are Chicago siblings Natalie and Elliot Bergman.

Natalie looks like she could be an Olson and sings like she’s just waking up from slumber, sounding cute but like she could quite happily shoot you a look that could kill. Everything is a little ska at the moment but lushly so, with tinges of afrobeat and romance. This will sound great at a sunny Glastonbury.

Misha B

This is the 2nd single from Misha B and it’s almost as good as Titanium. Arm the glitter cannons.


The video just made me weep actual running down my face mega-tears at my desk. HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE.

Solange is back!

I would like to twirl round and round and round to this in a Horsemeat Disco-esque environment. Written by Solange and Dev Hynes (!!), it’s the first single from her forthcoming third album something 1989 Madonna would have loved a slice of.


Arthur Beatrice

Arthur Beatrice

Orlando, Ella, Hamish and Elliot sound like the poshest line-up to a band ever. They are Arthur Beatrice – a little XX, a little Wild Beasts, a little all over the place (in a lovely way) but most importantly, are they named after a Golden Girl??

This is their most recent AA release ‘Charity’/ ‘Not Without Thinking’. I love the pureness of Ella’s voice and the combination of wallowing, dark lyrics with some sprightly choruses. Neat.

Rizzle Kicks – Dreamers

Rizzle Kicks are undoubtedly the breakthrough act of the last 12 months of UK music and I hope they get rewarded for it when it comes to Brits time.

This isn’t an official single, but the boys have teamed up with an amazing line-up of Pharoahe Monch, Hines, Professor Green, Ed Sheeran, Foreign Beggars Fam & Chali 2NA for the ‘epic’ remix of their charming ‘Dreamers’.