Alternative Sound Selection
Since my last Alternative Sound Selection column in October, I’ve been scouring the music world looking for the very best urban music that the UK has to offer - and I can safely say that you, my dear readers, are in for a special treat. 19-year-old female singer Syron has been receiving a lot of good press on the back of her recently released garage-tingled debut single ‘Breaking’…
I first heard the Londoner alongside MNEK on the hugely impressive ‘Spoons’ by Rudimental back in February and since then, she has grown from strength to strength in star power and stature with the likes of The xx, Pop Justice and ID Magazine counting themselves as huge fans. Her latest offering comes by way of an exciting collaboration with German producer Tensnake entitled ‘Mainline’ which will be released on November 5 via Defected Music.
Following his UK top 10 single ‘Wonderful’, 24-year-old singer, songwriter and producer Angel is hoping for more chart success with his brand new single called ‘Time After Time’, which is to be released in December via Universal Island Records. The music video has gained nearly a million views online since its release on October 17. Emotive with rousing string arrangements, understated synths, commanding drum patterns and Angel’s captivating vocals make this one a winner.
One record label that is having an exciting time this year is Black Butter Records; not only do they have the amazing Syron on their books, but their latest signee is none other than ‘21st Century Soul’ singer Lulu James. After releasing her outstanding debut EP ‘Rope Mirage’ seven months ago, the 21-year old has been enjoying priceless media coverage from MTV Iggy, Annie Mac and The Observer to mention a few. Lulu James’ latest offering is the Hostage and Kidnap Kid-produced ‘Be Safe’ which is to be released on November 19 - it is one of my favourite songs of the year.
Rounding up my Alternative Sound Selection this month is the latest female newcomer into the (some would say already crowded) Brit soul space, Natalie Duncan – you might remember her from the BBC 2 series ‘Goldie’s Band: By Royal Appointment’. After her debut album release in July, which was standing the risk of very well disappearing under the radar, she re-emerged with an amazingly captivating and passionate performance on ‘Later with Jools Holland’ about a month ago. News soon followed that a new single from her debut album ‘Devil In Me’ was to be released on October 29. That single is entitled ‘Find Me A Home’ and it is a soulful piano-led delight from the Nottingham native.
There you have it; my favourite songs from the last month in the ever exciting world of alternative British urban music – I hope you’ve enjoyed listening to them. Until next month!
Words: Ayodele Adepoju (@wepluggoodmusic)