Who is Thunder Jackson? First popping onto our radar a while back after an anonymous email fell into our inbox, the unknown duo – made out of an American singer-songwriter and a British songwriter-producer – have now dropped their debut track “Guilty Party”. An unashamed pop banger, it’s the first taste of the album that the pair have been working on in a basement studio in California. Thank God we didn’t block the email address thinking it was spam/an annoying PR, eh?
Our fave songs at the moment.
Thunder Jackson – “Guilty Party”
Franc Moody – “Pheromones”
What do you get when you combine the brilliant minds of Ned Franc and Jon Moody? A surname-heavy disco fuelled collective led by said duo, that’s what. In their own words, the group say: “We set out to combine the epic intergalactic funk sounds á la George Clinton with stellar bass n’ drum grooves of Sly Stone with some of our disco and electronic idols thrown in.” And if this sounds right up your street, check out their funk-filled latest “Pheromones” ASAP.
Trudy and the Romance – “Junkyard Cat”
We’re real-meets-cartoon… kind of tacky but great, y’know, it’s trashy. It’s a bit like Ralph Bakshi’s Cool World, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Mary Poppins or Space Jam.” TBH, if that doesn’t sound like a band you wanna learn more about, we don’t know what we can do for you… Dropping their “Junkyard Jazz” EP earlier this month, the Liverpool based trio have rounded off the year with a vibey retro record that’ll make you smile. Check out lead (and our fave) track, the mesmerisingly melodic “Junkyard Cat”.
KAWALA – “Small Death”
Stemmed from the group’s inability to spell “koala”, KAWALA are about to become your new fave – if albeit slightly illiterate – duo. One of the most recent signings on Mahogany Records, their first track “Small Death” is an exciting look at what the double act can do. With a Glass Animals-esque glee, it’s an overwhelmingly lovely song, blending enchanting melodies with captivating rhythms, and we can’t wait to hear more.
White Room – “Twisted Celebration”
Brighton based quartet White Room are fast becoming the ones to watch. Gearing up for the release of their forthcoming double EP “Eight” on Friday, the gang are spoiling us by dropping the penultimate track “Twisted Celebration”. Perfectly incorporating it’s name, the track brilliantly shows off the five-piece’s off-kilter psychedelic rock stylings which we are slightly obsessed with.
Poppy Ajudha – “Tepid Soul”
No joke – Poppy Ajudha is literally an angel descended from Heaven. Seriously. No one can have a voice like that and not be part celestial being… Dropping her latest sublime slice of jazz-infused soul, “Tepid Soul” is a gorgeous track from the rising London star. Set to have a brilliant 2018, she’s undoubtedly one of the most exciting new musicians on the scene at the moment, and TBH we fucking love her.
Azekel – “Can We Have Fun (In This House Tonight)”
East London babe Azekel has released his latest smooth slow-burner and holy shit it’s good. With his elegant concoction of soul, R&B, jazz and electronics, “Can We Have Fun (In This House Tonight)” is a fantastic first look at his forthcoming debut album. Sexy and stunning, if you’re not in love with Azekel already, you will be after you’ve heard this.
Whinnie Williams – “What About Me”
Releasing her sparkling new pop number, Whinnie Williams is establishing herself as a pop phenomenon in the making. Showing off her stunning and unique vocals, “What About Me” is a luxurious track, produced by our faves Crystal Bats. Speaking on the track, the pop babe tells us: “I was going through a phase where I felt like I was helping a lot of people but wasn’t getting the same back, so I was In the studio with Will Vaughan from Crystal Bats and we were working on a song and I just sang out the line ‘What About Me!!’ I wanted to tap into the Crystal Bats sound with my RnB melodies and I love the combination!”
Wyvern Lingo – “Snow II”
If you’re not aware of who Wyvern Lingo are yet, you’re about to be. Dropping their dreamy new track “Snow II”, the trio’s delicate blend of pop and folk melodies has created an utterly captivating song that’ll stay with you for days after you’ve heard it. Speaking on the track, vocalist Caoimhe Barry says: “’Snow II’ is partly written as a response to Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘I Am A Rock’. It’s from the perspective of the person trying to reach an ex lover who is in that dark place, cutting themselves off from the world. It’s about wanting to comfort them, but you can’t speak to them or hold them like you might have when you were in a relationship, and how sad and confusing that is.”
Banfi – “Caroline”
The babes at Banfi are back with a gorgeous new track telling the emotional story of grief at Christmas time. “The demo of the song only started to make sense and come together when I realised I was writing the lyrics for my parents and their loss, and other people out there who lose their parents at such a crucial age, like my friend who lost her mum recently.” Frontman Joe Banfi explains. Poignant and powerful, it’s a haunting track from the rising London three-piece which is destined to hit you right in the feels.