New British music artists
With 2016 upon us, it’s time for Radio X to name the acts we’re tipping for great things this year.
In January 2015, we named Circa Waves, Prides and James Bay as ones to watch, and we’ve previously given you the heads up on bands like Royal Blood, CHVRCHES and Catfish And The Bottlemen.
Here’s who we’re tipping for 2016 - click on the links to find out more and hear music from these great new acts.
1. All Tvvins
The Dublin duo of Lar Kaye and Conor Adams already have a wealth of experience between them. Kaye was a member of the trio Adebisi Shank, while Adams was an occasional member of The Cast Of Cheers. Their love of glorious pop showed on their fantastic single Darkest Ocean and they attracted some attention by covering Justin Bieber’s hit as WHERE R U NOVV.
2. The Amazons
This Reading quartet - fronted by the powerful vocals of Matt Thomson - have been perfecting their own brand of melodic indie rock for the past year. They achieved something of a buzz with the release of their debut single, Junk Food Forever, in the summer, while the follow-up EP, Don’t You Wanna, arrived at the end of the year.
With a warm retro sound and killer look, this Stockport band look set to join the growing of number of bands bringing psychedelic music bang up to date. 2015 saw three immense singles to come from the band via James Skelly of The Coral’s Skeleton Key Records.
5. George Cosby
The dark voice of George Cosby is already a firm favourite of our very own Maz Tappuni on his Communion show on Radio X late last year. Hailing from South London, George cites influences as diverse as Jeff Buckley, The National, Eddie Vedder and Bon Iver, and released his debut EP, Human Touch, in November.
Hailing from Cardiff in South Wales, Estrons are fronted by Canadian-Swede Taliesyn Källström and guitarist Rhodri Daniel and first got together in 2012 after “a chance encounter on a beach” in Aberystwyth. Their dynamic mix of indie punk was first aired on their single C-C-Cariad at the end of 2014 and their EP, Whoever She Was, arrived in December on Gofod Records and features the superb lead track Make A Man.
7. Adam French
22-year-old Adam French is from Congleton in Cheshire, with a distinctively smooth vocal style and skills on guitar, bass, piano and drums. His debut EP, More To Life, was issued at the end of 2014 and the past twelve months have seen shows at Bushstock, Latitude and The Great Escape. The double A-side Hunter and Punchbag Love was released in November 2015, and Adam heads out on a UK tour in January to showcase new music.
8. Jack Garratt
This 24-year-old multi-instrumentalist from Buckinghamshire comes into 2016 having already reached huge audiences by supporting Ben Howard and Mumford And Sons over the past twelve months. But he has talent to back up the buzz: his single Weathered was a huge favourite of Radio X’s in 2015 and his much-anticipated debut album Phase arrives in February.
This South London quartet produce blissed out sheets of guitar noise that caught the ear of the Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, who released their debut single, Regeneration, on his Cult Records imprint in the US.
10. Lake Komo
Together since 2012, the quartet of Jay, Pete, Maxwell and Jess have been performing some well-received shows in and around their hometowns of Lancaster and Kendal. They released the debut single, Ritual, in May 2015 and in the autumn, the band moved to Manchester to record their debut album, offering an EP, Resurrect, on the major label Columbia. 2016 will be a big year for them.
11. Billie Marten
Billie is a 16-year-old singer songwriter from Yorkshire with a delicate, bewitching voice. The As Long As EP was released in November and featured the excellent track Bird, which she describes as “a song about how words can truly affect people, not always for the right reasons”.
12. Rukhsana Merrise
Hailing from West London, Rukhsana came to the attention of the world by releasing a song every week in the month of September 2014. The resulting “September Songs” EP clocked up a quarter of a million plays on Soundcloud, causing our pals at Communion Records to sign her up.
This London-based five-piece are fronted by the charismatic Sarah Nimmo and Reva Gauntlett. The band signed to Columbia in 2014 and have been honing their sophisticated brand of electro pop with shows supporting Years And Years.