First up, The Gadsdens – a four-piece from London who actually don’t sing in a regional accent, have piano based songs that don’t sound like Keane and are fronted by a man with a voice that’s a dead-ringer for none other than Tracy Chapman. Songs like Stalker’s Tango and The Confession are stark, dark and moving, while Sailor Song just sounds desperately moving. They’re unsigned at the moment, but that’s sure to change pretty soon.
Hear more: http://www.myspace.com/thegadsdens
Key Track: The Sailor Song
There are a hell of a lot of female singer / songwriters out there right now, but one that I keep coming back to is the appropriately named Emmy The Great. Emma-Lee Moss was born in Hong Kong and has been a regular fixture on the London gig cicuit for the last three years.
She’s collaborated with the likes of Jeremy Warmsley and Lightspeed Champion, and Kate Nash can’t seem to get through an interview without plugging her. Her MySpace page will give a pretty good idea of the literate, yearning folk on offer, but at the time of writing is missing Canopies & Grapes, a heartwrenching account of a relationship breakup.
Hear more: http://www.myspace.com/emmythegreat
Key track: Canopies & Grapes
Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip probably don’t really count as a ‘new act’ anymore, but they’re still a lot less well known than they should be. Le Sac provides the slightly barmy electro-pop backing over which MC Scroobius Pip quickly garbles out quick-fire, articulate rhymes. The Beat That My Heart Skipped should have been a much bigger hit than it actually was, but it’s Thou Shalt Always Kill that proves the most addictive – a series of ‘new commandments’ which range from "Thou shalt not think any male over the age of 30 that plays with a child that is not their own is a paedophile" to "thou shalt not put musicians and recording artists on ridiculous pedestals" before reminding us that The Clash, The Beatles and Arctic Monkeys were "just a band".
Hear more: http://www.myspace.com/lesacvspip
Key track: Thou Shalt Always Kill
Black Kids have been touted as a mix as The Cure and Arcade Fire, and as strange as that hybrid may sound it does actually work. They’ve already been blogged to death (helped by the free download release of the excellent Wizards Of Aaah EP) and are due to support both Sons And Daughters and Kate Nash in the next month or so. Expect to be bouncing around to Hurricane Jane and I’m Not Going To Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You (the latter already covered by Ms Nash) for the remainder of the year.
Hear more: http://www.myspace.com/blackkidsrock
Key track: Hurricane Jane
And finally, Glasvegas have already caught the attention with their dramatic Daddy’s Home single, released at the tailend of last year. Feedback aplenty, waves of noise and broad Scottish accents all combine to create something some startling. The aforementioned single was a haunting tale of parental abandoment, but the forthcoming It’s My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry will surely grab all plaudits – and not just for that memorable title.
Hear more: http://www.myspace.com/glasvegas
Key track: It’s My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry