Put simply, you could call Young Fathers a lo-fi R&B trio; however, they don’t completely fit in that box with their wide-spanning spread of alternative rap, indie pop, reggaeton, and electronic music.
Formed in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2008 by Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole, and G. Hastings, the group started performing in nightclubs when the band members were in their teens, ultimately recording a debut album, Inconceivable Child… Conceived.
Their second full-length, Dead, was released in February 2014. The album – built on their knack for fusing inventive but gritty rhythms and sounds with incisive lyrics – gained a lot of critical attention.
Rain Or Shine is taken from their new album White Men Are Black Men Too.
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I Don’t Speak French are Håkan Moberg Persson, Jens Torvaldsson, Andreas Bohlin, Louise Lindenger and Nathanaël Bartolo.
The band started out as the artistic outlet for a young producer and songwriter from the south of Sweden. But it slowly grew into something much more with help of fellow musicians and close friends.
The music in its essence is simple, and could be labeled as “indiepop”. But strives to grow and develop into something bigger than the box that it spawned from.
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Rhodes is a British musician, singer and songwriter from Baldock in Hertfordshire.
His music began to spread early 2013 when his demo track Always was playlisted on Amazing Radio at the beginning of the summer and then picked up plays from BBC Radio 1.
Following a busy summer supporting Rufus Wainwright, Laura Marling and Nick Mulvey in the UK, his debut EP Raise Your Love was released in October 2013 followed by second EP Morning in May 2014.
Turning Back Around is taken from the forthcoming same-titled EP.
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zZz is a Dutch band from Amsterdam, founded in 2001, formed by Björn Ottenheim and Daan Schinkel. The duo makes dark, danceable rock.
On their debut album, the instruments of the band only consisted of an organ and a drumkit. The album (Sound of zZz – 2005), recorded for the biggest part on their boat-turned-music-factory, was the kick off for a two year tour around the globe. Several months in the USA, shows in Japan, Russia and South Africa. All over Europe including festivals like Benicassim and Glastonbury. During these two years, zZz became known for their intense live performances and massive sound.
When I Come Home is taken from their forthcoming album Juggernaut.
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Born in 1996, Raury (full name, Raury Tullis) comes from Stone Mountain, East Atlanta. He wrote his first music when he was only 3 years old, began rapping at the age of eight and by eleven, he had taught himself to play the guitar by watching YouTube videos.
His debut project Indigo Child, is a mix of hiphop, funk, R&B and guitar riffs. Raury said that this project “was written from the viewpoint of a young kid who was looked down upon, was an underdog, and was uprising. It’s a really youthful project, and the next album / project will be about that same kid that found success and is happy about it.”
The album was released in 2014 and is available for free download at IndigoChildProject.
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