Nickita and her band.... Zippy dancy synth pop with soulful female vocal...- house riddims, funkee style, flooringly soulful vocals from the flame haired diva who recently collaborated with Speciman A...Hunter & The Bear specialize in Americana shaped angst ridden old school folk tinged stylings...sounding a bit like Kevin Coyne and also influenced by Cat Stevens and Dylan circa Blood On The Tracks. Rupert Stroud- great new talent in the NorthCountry Soul mode with a hint of Doves and Elbow via an aching voice strangely akin to Anthony Hegarty...
The Manouche- Gyspsy swing a la the John Jorgenson Quintet and Pearl Django. Marvellous. Arkk- "A light no longer shines on the corner where you left me" Gulp! Sad lyrics aside, this is like The Verve or the Manic Street Preachers gone acoustic and girlfren friendly doe eyed, works a treat too. CN Lester- Singer songwriter and her piano playing melancholic but attitude riven tunes in the vein of Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan. Macatier- Singer songwriter playing raw yet catchy acoustic indie folk in the vein of Ben Marwood and Frank Turner. Cathy Jewson- "Soulful acoustic guitar, harmonised by spine-tingling vocal elegance" Yes sir... Laura Marling or Fiona Apple fans will dig Cathy thinks me. Normanton Street- downbeat jazziness featuring a slinky riddim, a finely plucked guitar and an evocatively blown sax prior to smoky rap cum singing vocal...a cavalcade of words fulla social comment and poetic nuances...interesting...a new Northern beatnik scene?! (Brighton via Bradford) Jazzy Brithop in essence.
Tom Bem- Bip bop electro pop with sweet squelchy synth noise, beautiful biscuit tin riddims and the inevitable 80sness combined with a bright modern sheen...PJ- PJ is a one man tornado of metrosexual singer songer angst and most admirable too. Excellent tunesmithery bridging the lad rock and sensitive songer songwriter gap. Beachwalk Canvas- Indie/folk, sibling trio. Girls/boy. Understated, bare bones backing (accordion, acoustic guitar, percussion), nicely naive but forceful Kate Nash meets Watersons vocal stylings. Bit of Bjork in the singing too. Some nice lyrics well delivered what with the lovely quaver in the lead vocal. Zerita- talented big voiced young female singer songer with reference points from Abba to Duffy to Eliza Doolittle. Sweet.
Johnny Boy James- This young harp blowing fella has titilated many a band and a jam with his fine hollersome bluesology...fine singing too and all round playing what is more, but yeah, gotta say.... truly excellent harp blowing! Jemmy Button- Frenetic garagey indie, raw bluesey psych and post punk tinged guitar and a dynamic punky approach to the playing, especially the taut JJ Burnel alike bass...it's a bit ike Babyshambles via early Kinks and The Fall. The Big Casino- Acoustic folk pop indiefication, think the Fratellis gone acoustic meets Jason Mraz. Hayley Collins- Singer songwriter playing tunes in the vein of Tori Amos and Charlotte Martin. Jason Barker- singer songwriter time, but this one also fronts a rock band so he's got a bit of a gutsier and at times more soulful approach to things, sounds a bit like Chris Cornell offa Soundgarden in acoustic mode. Good workings. Kieran Skye- singer songwriter guy and man this is good, musically quite interesting, like a cross between Tears For Fears and Blue Nile, stirring emotive voice too.