Don’t get me wrong I am crazy excited about the Spice Girls comeback but for me 2019 is about keeping it fresh! Both locally and nationally there are some absolute bops on the way and here’s your 2019 preview.
2018 saw the likes of Tom Walker, Billie Eilish and Freya Ridings blossom in the world of UK chart music however, there are a few more you should have your eye on…
The Leicester born alt-R&B singer has been in the background since being signed at the age of 13. Her growth has taken time but the wait has been worth it especially after the releases of ‘Sober’ and ‘I Wish I Missed My Ex’, which have been on the radars of national radio stations this year alongside her Brits critics’ Choice award nomination.
In three words: Psycho acoustic soul (her words, not mine)
Top track: Sober
When ‘Lottery’ was released last year, its chorus would repeat itself in my head as if it was stuck. Its repetition sent me down a rabbit hole obsession with the folk/pop singer who’s voice gives me soft Dolly and First Aid Kit vibes. Her success has landed herself in BBC’s Sound of 2018 so 2019 should be a good one for our Jade.
In three words: Raw, hazy folk
Top track: Lottery
BBC Introducing whipped up her track ‘Place We Were Made’ before adding it to the BBC Radio 1 playlist. Her fame continued to rise when she joined Tom Walker on his tour back in October. Maisie’s latest EP ‘Dressed Too Nice For a Jacket’ shared mature, heartfelt lyrics produced through timeless heartache.
In three words: Delicate heart healer
Top track: Worst of You
It’s his own edge that gives him even more edge in today’s music industry. Teamed up with his 90’s-esque bowl cut and oversized vintage clothes, Gus Dapperton creates his music uniquely and single-handedly. That’s anything from playing instruments to mixing and engineering. He’s an American threat waiting to take the UK by storm in just a few months.
In three words: Bringing 90’s back!
Top track: Prune, You Talk Funny
On her 2018 album ‘Isolation’, Kali Uchis had collaborations with Steve Lacy, Jorja Smith and Tyler, The Creator which was enough to drop her in my top 9 for 2019. Kali also supported Lana Del Rey in 2017 which boosted her as an artist but it was the days before her success that inspired me most. As a teenager Kali would spend weeks sleeping in back of her Subaru Forester where she wrote the song now known as ‘Killer’ proving that hard work pays off.
In three words: Independent powerful storytelling
Top track: After the Storm (feat. Tyler, The Creator)
GRAACE became known to the Australian music scene after featuring on and co-writing ‘Numb’ by Hayden James which went platinum! Since then GRAACE has had her tracks added to Spotify’s New Music Friday and has racked up nearly 5 million streams on her single ‘Last Night’. It’s her soft nature and emotional lyrics that leave listeners wanting more.
In three words: Upbeat heartbreak
Top track: Last Night
Ravyn celebrates music in her own way, not blinded by fame but creates her own path that delivers soft, sexy soul and R&B in her own musical world. Her music has since blossomed with the help of the Internet’s Steve Lacy. Their irresistible connection has unlocked a desirable talent from the classically trained singer in her track ‘Sticky’. My personal favourite though is ‘Free Room’ that features Appleby.
In three words: Quirky, funky and current
Top track: Sticky
NIKI started creating acoustic music for fans through YouTube but soon joined the collaborative group 88rising to produce more tracks. More recently NIKI has gained a reputation after featuring multiple times on the 88rising album ‘Head in the Clouds’ released this year. The Indonesian singer is giving R&B some real sass. You go gal.
In three words: Experimental, glossy & husky
Top track: Warpaint
We can all thank Harry Styles for this one who once tweeted lyrics ‘I hate it when dudes try to chase me, but I love it when you try to save me’ from her track ‘1950’. Kim Kardashian also jumped on the bandwagon which might be why the track on Spotify has nearly 180 MILLION streams. The American singer-songwriter celebrates her open sexuality in which her fans call her ‘gay Jesus’ and I’m living for it.
In three words: Mellow, modern and memorable…
Top track: 1950
And that’s my top 9 for 2019. I’m sure you’ll be hearing them around at some point next year but if you’re too eager for then have a listen to the ‘Melodies of the Month’ playlist where all of these musicians feature.
Peace and love,