Blog 19 – New Music: July 2015

Leo Stannard

2015 is the year of the singer songwriter. No doubt about it. Hozier and George Ezra both selling over 1,000,000 copies of their singles and albums respectively. James Bay had a number 1 album.  We could dig all the way down to Australia with the stats. And the talent keeps coming.  Originally from Leicester, Leo Stannard has been bubbling around for the last 12 months. His voice has the gravelly quality of Paolo Nutini. He’s putting the finishing touches on his album at the moment. And if you’re in America, he plays LA this September:


This is some of the darkest, heaviest techno I’ve heard in ages. I can already hear it at 4am in the clubs and raves of my nightmares; where people gather to just get going, as the sun comes up. I absolutely love this. Early days from the Scottish producer, but check out ‘Fear Party’ to get you excited about the future of electronic music:

Beach Baby

This lot all met while studying at Goldsmiths and have been signed by the same team behind Jungle. On first hearing them I thought about the similar jangle of Monaco or The Cure. On other tracks the vocals could almost be the Stone Roses. And ‘U R’ is a Californian road trip tune waiting to be played as you cruise through Malibu. You try and pin them down with that many reference points. A few tour dates for 2015 including Boston Music Rooms in London on October 8th:


AIM Independent Music Awards 2015

The 2015 AIM Independent Music Awards will take place on 8th September, at The Brewery in London. Dan will be presenting the ‘Difficult Second Album’ award with Wolf Alice.

Now in it’s fifth year, the AIM Awards is proud to have honored a fantastic array of independent artists, labels and industry figures such as: Björk, Adele, Edwyn Collins, Richie Hawtin, 4AD, Hyperdub, The Prodigy, London Grammar, Alcopop! Recordings, Billy Bragg, Frank Turner, Enter Shikari, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, First Aid Kit, Alt-J, SBTRKT, Vampire Weekend & many more.

Check out all the nominees here: