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2016 Preview: Artists to Listen out for Part Three

9 Dec

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We continue our look at some of our favourite new acts with the suitably named Part Three of our countdown of Artists to Listen Out For In 2016. These are the acts who we are particularly looking forward to hearing more from next year and who we always get excited to hear more from.

As a reminder, you can see who we have already featured in Part One (here) and Part Two (here) of the countdown.

#9 – Lyza Jane

Lyza Jane

We first properly encountered Lyza Jane when she released “If It Hurts” earlier this year.Taken from her gorgeous Milk Teeth EP, it is hushed and beautiful with electronic melodies gently trickling over subtly insistent beats. The whole EP is one of understated majesty, crafted exquisitely and deftly to ebb and nudge at you in the wee hours. Her music is a wonderful blend of stark electronica, trip-hop beats and warm soulful melodies, we love it.

After playing the brand new and very successful Dials Festival this year, amongst others, we expect to see Lyza make many more appearances on the more intimate and magical stages in 2016.

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#8 – Madeira


Given that she has one of the voices we most love to hear in the world, the chances we’d be big fans of Kim Pflaum’s new solo project Madeira were always going to be high. So it is no surprise that with just a couple of collaborations and one solo track in the bag so far, we are already hooked.

“Let Me Down”, which is accompanied by a wonderful video directed by Kim herself, is a stunningly smooth and welcoming tune. It’s full of soft swaying branches of keys and rhythms as the breeze of her vocals gently brush through. Gorgeously calm and endearing, you want to close your eyes and gently sweep from side to side as it effortlessly wraps itself around you.

With a debut EP planned for the coming months, which we cannot wait for, 2016 is already looking like it could be a great one for Maderia.

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#7 – nvdes


It may have been something to do with the fairly ropey weather we were having at the time, but when nvdes burst onto the scene back in June, it was like everyone wanted to bask in the warmth of his tunes.

Debut track “Before The Weekend Comes” was like a shot of sunshine administered aurally, and we couldn’t get enough. Dripping with laidback 90’s summer groove vibes, it was fantastically warm and uplifting. Fast forward a bit and follow up “Unforgettable” kicked things up a gear, injecting a little more energy into this heavenly world of sunshine and happiness he was creating.

Hopefully there are many more tunes to come in the new year but frankly, we’d be delighted if he just kept on soundtracking our summer.

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Boycrush – “Flirt” feat. Madeira (free download)

14 May


Much like in our last post about Meraki, today we are dealing with musical disappointment that has turned into excitement. Recently we were dismayed to learn that the wonderful Kim Pflaum had left blog favourites, Yumi Zouma meaning the divine EP II would be the last to feature her gorgeous vocals. This sad news was tempered with the knowledge that she is working on new music as Madeira. Even better is the fact that she already has something to share, in the form of guest vocals on the latest track from fellow Kiwi Alistair Deverick, aka Boycrush.

Those of you with a keen memory may recall that Boycrush has featured on the site before, collaborating with Chelsea Jade back when she was Watercolours. That was part of a split 7” and “Flirt” is the lead single from his forthcoming Girls On Top EP.

Oddly the very first thing we think of as the track opens up is the Beats International classic, “Dub Be Good To Me”. That tank fly boss walk jam nitty gritty moment is fleeting though as the track quickly melts into soft synth laden funk and oh so dreamy vocals. It’s intricately woven with rhythms rippling seductively beneath the electronics and judder of guitar. It’s a lush soft focus disco full of easygoing patrons, boogying gently and happily away.

”Flirt” is taken from the ‘Girls On Top’ EP which is due for release on 27 May.

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