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Looking for some hot tips for 2012? Well PR company Family have provided a playlist for your listening needs. Play the tracks above, and read about the artists below.
Sisters Colette and Hannah Thurlow make the kind of beautifully pitch black, drama-filled rock and roll which sounds like it was made to soundtrack the witching hour, all ringing guitar lines, pounding drums and forbidding lyrics about love and loss. Now signed to Fiction (home to TV On the Radio and Ian Brown, among others) they have just released the “Scarlet” EP, a tantalising 4-track teaser for their forthcoming debut album in 2012, and one which has already won them copious airplay from the tastemaker DJ’s as well as a wealth of fans in the press, from NME to Kerrang.
DJ/ producer Brackles is no stranger to London’s underground clubbing scene and is renowned for his effortless sets taking in Funky, Grime, Vintage 2-step and Bassline. He started spinning at 15 and since then has produced several sought after releases on some of the best labels around including Planet Mu, Appleblim’s Pips label, Berkain Sol as well as his own Blunted Robots. This year saw the release of his banging debut on Rinse “Number One.” With more in the pipeline for 2012 Brackles is set to be some of the London’s hottest underground property .
17 year old South Londoner Archy Marshall released one of the singles of last year in the form of “Out Getting Ribs”, under his previous moniker Zoo Kid. This year, he ditched the alias, became King Krule, and stepped it up a notch with a self-titled EP, released in November on True Panther Sounds – 5 glimmering, twinkling slivers of world weary angst and regret, which netted him even more admirers and has everyone keenly watching and waiting to see what exactly he does next.
Trailer Trash Tracys
You may remember the jaw dropping David Lynch meets My Bloody Valentine swoon of “Candy Girl”, which Trailer Trash Tracys released on No Pain in Pop a couple of years back. Now the band have signed to Domino sister label Double Six and are readying their long-awaited debut LP “Ester” for release in January – a gorgeously atmospheric, coolly off-kilter odyssey into a nocturnal world of shimmering synths, hazy guitars and vocalist Suzanne Aztoria’s angel voiced whispers.
Jamie Fairbrass aka J:Kenzo has been causing quite a stir this year with his standout style of dubstep. By producing tracks that fall firmly within the Loefah school of minimalism he has already become a staple in scene figurehead Youngsta’s DJ sets and Rinse FM shows. Having released his first two EPs on Tempa this year J:Kenzo has already proved that although the number of producers making vital-sounding dubstep may have slimmed, there’s still a great deal of power within the genre, locked away and just waiting to be tapped…. something that we can all look forward to in 2012.
A deliciously unique pop proposition who crafts brooding retrofuturistic disco belters and has already been likened to Grace Jones, Santigold and Lykke Li, Ruby recently released her epic single ‘Get On It’ through her own label Goe Music, and there is much more to follow. Having collaborated with Stanton Warriors on their forthcoming album and penned tracks for a variety of other artists, Ruby readies a debut album to be released next year. With such strong visuals, vocals and songs in place 2012 will undoubtedly see Ruby rise to the fore.
Already winning plaudits this year from the likes of NME, Guardian Film and Music and Music Week for their brilliantly scruffy, rough around the edges pop songs (and see their singles “Roman Holiday” and “My Stupid Brain” for evidence of this), this London trio (and recent Fat Possum signings) are going to follow up extensive touring this year with the likes of Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Yuck with a spell in the studio to complete their debut LP. If the previous tracks are anything to go by , it’s bound to be something truly special.
As a pioneer of the UK scene, Zinc has participated in numerous strains of UK club music; jungle, garage, drum n’ bass and is a founding member of the Dubstep scene. Over the past couple of years his Crack House EP’s have showcased the latest evolution of his sound, the epitome of which was felt in last year’s ubiquitous ‘Wile Out,’ featuring Ms Dynamite. After the release of his “Sprung EP,” this December, 2012 will see Zinc delve into new and unexpected musical territories …watch this space!