Soul-saturated pop singer hailing from Colombia, whose rich, silken vocals we can’t get enough of this week. I discovered her very recently, through her featuring on the new Gorillaz album in both ‘Ticker Tape’ and ‘She’s My Collar’, and her vocals in the latter are so outstanding that you’d be crazy not to go listen to her solo work afterwards. She released her debut album ‘Por Vida’ a couple of years ago, and its leisurely, classy sounds really fill a gap in the market next to Solange and NAO, but with luxurious jazz vocals like no other. An outstanding artist to get very excited about.
Montreal pop duo whose new single, ‘Ghost of You’, deserves a lot more listens. The pair started off their music careers through uploading a variety of covers on YouTube, ranging from Linkin Park to Leonard Cohen, but in the last couple of months have began recording and releasing their own originals. Their debut single ‘Out of the Dark’ is a vocal-driven, powerful song, blending piano and guitar in a way that mirrors their influences whilst reinventing it into their own style. Their recently released second single ‘Ghost of You’ is slightly softer then their debut, with a beautifully produced video to accompany it, and proves that they’re just as good – if not better – at writing their own tracks as they are at covering other songs. Look out for their upcoming ‘Out of the Dark’ EP!
A singer/songwriter who we featured earlier this year as one of our ‘Sound of 2017’ artists to watch out for, and has only gone on to create further exciting music since then. Her enchantingly dark debut single ‘Studio54’ was extremly impressive, as was ‘Like the Way’, and her latest single ‘California’, doesn’t disappoint as a follow-up to these. Elegant, assertive, and with a vocal aura reminiscent of the luxurious sounds of First Aid Kit, it’s another incredible track boding very well for her upcoming debut EP ‘Marie Antoinette’. Look out for future London-based gigs from her this summer.
Another top-notch local Leeds artist for you – the Northern cultural capital is bustling with brilliant music this year. This time, we’re introducing mellow dream-pop solo project LELO and his debut single ‘HOME’. ‘HOME’ is a slow, purely acoustic track, at once uplifting and nostalgia-provoking, and a perfect listen for lovers of musicians like Bear’s Den and Luke Sital-Singh – and perhaps providing a source of comfort during this slightly scary, post-election period of uncertainty. Look out for LELO’s debut EP to be released on July 10th and if you’re in Leeds, catch him at Oporto on July 16th.
Baths’ weird, winding sounds are delicate enough to be background music, whilst being engaging enough to prevent any chance of you falling asleep during revision. ‘Animals’ and ‘Lovely Bloodflow’ are two of the most wonderful, timeless songs ever, incomparable to any other music forms, and I can’t recommend them highly enough.
Just another blissfully chilled, background track to your studying. A really beautiful tune in itself: it’s been a favourite of mine to listen to whilst just reading or relaxing in the evening since it was released about 3 years ago, and has developed into an exam season staple as well.
My ultimate go-to music for studying for years. Their debut album ‘Melody AM’ may now be 16 years old, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less sensational or inspiring. Wonderful music not just for revision, but for life also – you can never tire of this Norwegian duo’s warm, spacey, downbeat electronica.
A local Leeds artist with an exquisite, dark new single ‘Knees Please’. Influenced by Nick Cave and James Blake, Branfoot has settled upon a sombre brand of pop, and one which is really somewhat different to what other upcoming bands on the Leeds scene have to offer. There’s a majestic, smooth quality to both the vocals and fragmentary instrumental of ‘Knees Please’, which is as unnerving as it is entrancing, and it’s no wonder that his single release show at Wharf Chambers a couple of weeks ago was so successful. Definitely music which stays with you even after the song has ended. Make sure to catch Tom Branfoot supporting PILL at Headrow House on May 30th.
Next up in our special revision features comes a song that is encouraging right from it’s name. The downtempo electronic beats are joined by only one lyric – “you got to believe in something” – and this simplistic combination makes for a song that is really quite motivating to work to. A rare track that will lift your mood without distracting you from revision.
ODESZA’s entire catalogue is the absolute ideal music to revise to. Their dreamy electro-pop strikes a clean balance of being interesting and motivating without being too distracting: most of their songs are purely instrumental, meaning there’s no chance of accidentally singing along for an entire album or so without getting any work done. ‘How Did I Get Here’, ‘Koto’ and ‘Bloom’ are ones we particularly recommend, but really, you could put either of their albums on and get a good amount of revision done.