We’ve done it, people, we’ve got through July! We’re on the eve of August and what better way to welcome in a new month than listening to some fantastic up and coming artists? This week we’ve got some space-age jazz-pop, settled funk and indie beats to throw at you. As always, click the pics for a little listen.
Derek Simpson – Sofia
Layering spacey guitar chords and heavy beats, Sofia is a joy to listen to. The bass line creeps along under the radar with Derek’s range and attitude in vocals providing a funky pop mentality needed to bring everything together. It’s a seductive and seducing track that just crawls along, begging you to follow it into a killer chorus. Derek Simpson shows you can do a lot with just a few layers and a spark of ingenuity.
Sawyer Fredericks – Lies You Tell
19-year-old singer-songwriter Sawyer Fredericks is fast establishing himself as a stand out artist. With vocals that work well in the more pop moments and with elements of indie gruffness, the folky blues sound of Lies You Tell suits him down to the ground. With some interesting turns of pace, great use of bongos and a strong chorus, it’s just an all-over strong track. The fiddle adds that extra layer needed to make it stand out, with plinking guitar making the most of the quieter sections.
State Park – Slow
If indie lofi beats that build into a bigger, soulful sound it what you’re looking for, State Park’s Slow is where you want to be. Bringing elements of jazz, pop and rock, the track slowly sizzles before releasing space-age synths and powerhouse drums amidst a cosmic underbelly. It playfully strips everything back right at the end leaving you wanting more. A strongly produced track.
Camp Cosmos – Cold Blood
Camp Cosmos provide all the fun you need leading into the weekend. Electrofunk is the name of the game here with settled beats, serene sounds and sax as a guide through their wonderful world. The addictive melodies are accompanied by smooth vocals and a dreamy atmosphere that is suddenly deconstructed, throwing an energetic chorus at you. It’s a shock at first but then the sheer catchiness kicks in and you find yourself with a smile on your face. Great stuff.