The Great Escape have added a hundred new artists to their line-up. We round-up some of our favourites.
Festi-fever is in full affect right now. Line up announcements are flying at us from every angle, and we love it. Speaking of which, Brighton’s The Great Escape have added another hundred names to an already stellar line up.
Brighton Dome’s Spotlight Show hosted by GRM Daily has shot up a gear, with Steel Banglez, Fredo and Ebenezer joining MoStack and Birmingham’s MIST on the bill. Further highlights across the board include Bad Gyal – hailing from Barcelona with a penchant for dancehall – South London jazz aficionado Henry Wu presenting his Kamaal Williams project, and sugary indie-pop in the form of Manchester band Pale Waves.
With such a hot bed of up and coming talent, we thought we’d cherry pick a few of our favourites for you below. Scroll down further still for the full list of new additions.
He’s recently spent time in the studio with Rebel Kleff – the producer behind Loyle Carner’s record – and we think Kofi Stone has a bright future ahead of him. His most recent single, “Daddy Don’t Want This” featured a soulful R&B melody from Kalu, combining fresh neo-soul with a classic hip hop beat and Kofi’s own sharp and articulate vocal.
Inspired by the likes of Erykah Badu and The Fugees, Mahalia’s relatable slow jams are made for fans of the likes of Jorja Smith and Jhene Aiko. She hits sultry low notes as well as she does the more fervent top lines and flirts with afrobeat in her Jay Prince and Nana Rogues produced “Hold On” featuring Buddy. Her 2017 single “Sober” below is the perfect R&B ode to the art (or lack thereof) of the drunk text.
South London’s burgeoning jazz scene is super exciting right now, and Deptford born Poppy Ajudha is adding fuel to the fire with her velvet neo-soul. With a timeless vocal reminiscent of the likes of Lianne La Havas, her hazy and soulful jazz sound is born of her childhood; she grew up immersed in jazz and roots as her Dad owned Deptford’s The Paradise Bar.
One of Gilles Peterson’s Future Bubblers, Skinny Pelembe will play their special showcase at this year’s The Great Escape. His music is inspired by his own dreams, and marries afro-soul with dreamy guitars, psychedelic percussion and wistful melodies. Inspired by everything from Fela Kuti to Masters At Work, Skinny Pelembe’s vision has always been to create a unique sound that draws from his past and his surroundings.
Belgian’s Charlotte Adigéry is no stranger to the music industry. As a practiced backing vocalist who has performed with the mighty Soulwax, in 2017 she released La Falaise under a new moniker – WWWater. An experimental and exploratory project, WWWater examines the plight of our society, the struggle of constant information overload. Manipulating her own delicate vocal over dissonant and eerie production, WWWater’s music is a surreal battle between the organic and the machine.
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