As a proud and dedicated Radio 1 follower, I must listen to over two-hundred songs a week and, frankly, I can't review them all. Here are five tracks I heard over the week and think I should share with all of you guys.
HYPE - three up-and-coming artists I'm getting really excited about
Ajimal: as a huge Nemone and 6 Music fan I feel ashamed not to have picked this guy up sooner because he can play guitar. Smothered in reverb, Footnote To Love is an absolute beauty from the acoustic folk world, his voice so full of sorrow it's as if he's singing directly and solely to your tender heart strings. Forget Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Ben Howard, why isn't this eerie melodic maestro as huge as Jack Penate?
Seye: an exciting new African pop-electro producer and singer making groovy beats you can shake your hips to with a sprinkling of slightly darker dubstep and drum 'n' bass. The drums on White Noise are enough to get the most boring non-party goer on their feet so it's no wonder TEED has come out as a fan, I absolutely adore the Afro music culture and this is one pop artist you need to keep an eye on for all things funky in the next few years.
Apple Rabbits: one man - Jay Fisher from Kilburn - writing, arranging, conducting, programming, singing and playing just about every instrument on the planet to create some of the most original ambient music that will ever have haunted your ears. Aeroplane is an expansive jigsaw of future-electro, mid 1900's traditional, classical opera and another completely unique ingredient that fits together flawlessly with its violins and flutes, painting a vast expanse of pure perfection. Best artist ever to feature in this Hype section since it began.
RIPE - an old-school record that's still sounding fresh today
A LOAD OF TRIPE - a truly, truly dreadful song that I never want to hear again in my life