Xylaroo – Sweetooth review

Xylaroo are Holly and Coco Chant: two sisters making marvellously imaginative music which draws from an exotic cocktail of musical influences. The two sisters have lived in half a dozen countries, including Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka, before settling – for the moment – in Canning Town, London. Their debut album, Sweetooth, is a journey that’s profoundly broad, wildly original and downright delicious on every level. Continue reading

Kano – Made in the Manor review

Hip hop artist, Kano, is one of the UK grime scene’s godfathers. He’s had hits such as ‘Typical Me’ and ‘This is the Girl’, and has appeared on albums by Chase & Status, Gorillaz and many more. Made in the Manor is his fifth album, and pulls no punches in reaffirming the MC’s greatness. Continue reading

Daughter – Not to Disappear review

Daughter 2015 press photo (800x450)Daughter’s 2013 album, If You Leave, was a graceful arrival by frontwoman Elena Tonra, guitarist Igor Haefeli and drummer Remi Aguilella. And who can forget the group’s killer cover of Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’. Three years on, Not to Disappear is a record of boy problems and a stride for independence. Continue reading

Izzy Bizu – A Moment of Madness review

Izzy Bizu, press photo 2015 (2880x1620)Izzy Bizu’s debut album is a party. A party with plenty of liquid punch, your favourite selection of synthetic snacks and few real surprises. It’s like a made-for-radio tour through pop albums of the last two decades: a dollop of Jess Glynne, a pinch of Little Mix, a squeeze of Jamelia and just a hint of Little Jackie. But, what it lacks in originality it makes up for in sheer sun-glazed pick-‘n’-mix pop. Continue reading

Music acts to watch in 2016

AOSOON at Annie Mac Presents, ICA, London, Feb 4, 2016 by Aaron Lee (1920x1080)Springtime is the start of new beginnings. Meet five young music talents who are just beginning to blossom and are already showing signs of greatness to come.

From an LA rap crew bringing back the sound of 90s hip hop to a south London producer rebelling against the selfie generation, these are the mavericks and melody makers who are brightening the music scene in 2016. Continue reading

Sherika Sherard – Just Saying review

Sherika Sherard, 09, by Daniel Quesada (1920x1080)Jake Bugg has got nothing on Sherika Sherard. She doesn’t go about attempting to convince people of her musical authenticity. Because she is authentic, that’s who she is. This London-born singer-songwriter caught the attention of thousands – myself included – when a video of her busking went viral in 2014. Since then, her music has taken her around London and beyond UK shores. Her debut album – crowdfunded by her early supporters, and produced and mixed by Phil Holloway – represents a triumph for independence and authorship, even if the end result could use some technical adjustments. Continue reading

Jam of the Week: Kahlia Bakosi – Small Print (ft. Mumblez Black Ink)

Kahlia Bakosi - Small Print single (500x281)Kahlia Bakosi is revealing her talent like the slow unfurling of flower petals. Sounding like she’s perpetually on an emotional cliff edge, her honeyed vocals are tinged with projection approaching the big-ticket bombast of a Dawn Richard. She caught my ear some months ago with a track called, ‘Fire’. Continue reading