Alternative Sound Selection
In 2012, there is so much more to UK urban music than the genres of rap and grime; and while I’m not saying that there's anything wrong with either genre, I do think that UK urban music encompasses so much more these days and it’s worth a mention. Over the next few minutes, I will be aiming to highlight some of my favourite British songs in the genres of r&b, soul, alternative-urban, experimental, progressive and everything else inbetween...
Alternative r&b duo AlunaGeorge recently blessed us with their new single ‘Your Drums, Your Love’ - its reverbed drum patterns, bass-heavy pop stylings and lush synths backdrop over Aluna’s sultry vocals leave me yearning for more. Set to be released on October 7 with a full length EP scheduled for 2013, the mainstream now beckons for Aluna Francis and George Reid - and rightly so.
Online tastemakers all over the country are calling Azekel the UK’s answer to Odd Future’s leading man Frank Ocean - that is in large parts due to his latest demo single entitled ‘That Feeling’. Premature comparisons aside however, the slow-burning track sees the British Nigerian singer, songwriter and producer showing off his smooth vocal tone and stellar songwriting abilities that make for a very essential listen.
South London singer, songwriter and BRIT School student Rainy Milo is only 16; but she is already courting attention from major labels and appearing on Gilles Peterson compilation albums. After releasing the excellent ‘Bout You’ last year, her new single has finally arrived and is entitled ‘The Other Way’. The vocals are soft and dreamy, the lyrics are dark and personal and the production - courtesy of Oddisee - is top drawer.
So there you have it; my quick insight of the past month on the other exciting side of British urban music - I’ll be back next month with some more dope music for your listening pleasure. However, if you’re enjoying these three selections, here are three more releases you definitely should check out before you leave - let’s call these the honourable mentions.
Words: Ayodele Adepoju (@wepluggoodmusic)