Brit Spotting Round-up 9/18
September 18th, 2012
BRITISH MUSIC PULSATING IN THE US
British music invasions usually come in fits and spurts. Every 10 years or so a band crosses over to the American mainstream market and makes the world sit up. Lately though, there seems to have been a steady flow of British talent gaining credible exposure in the US. Whether it’s a lack of competition, a more receptive audience or just the recognition that the UK has some top-quality performers, the timing couldn’t be better for British acts hoping to sell out US arenas.
Here are some hot new artists currently being introduced to US audiences…and remember where you heard about them first!
Jessie Ware & Aluna George
The New York Times recently featured weighty reviews of Jessie Ware’s debut album ‘Devotion’ (which has been shortlisted for a Mercury Prize) and AlunaGeorge’s latest single ‘Your Drums, Your Love’. Both acts hail from London and flaunt an electronic soul vibe. The NY Times describe Ware’s music as ‘sensuous and stirring’, comparing her to Lisa Stansfield whilst vocalist Aluna Francis from AlunaGeorge has a chillier style, who’s vocals are labelled as more ‘nasal and punchy’.
Decide for yourself and expect to see both acts performing on a late night US talk show soon:
Here's a great teaser vid of Jessie Ware's album:
Lianne La Havas
Top UK Female Rappers
Another heavyweight publication has put their stamp on a collection of emerging female MC’s from the UK. Billboard magazine spotlighted 7 lady rappers they claim we should ‘keep an ear out for’. It’s a respectable list of established and rookie talent most of whom US rap fans have probably never heard of. But that’s the beauty of these spotlight lists - somewhere in your consciousness the names are stored for future recognition. With a practically non-existent female market in the States, these ladies have more of a chance than ever before to make a name for themselves.
Check out the list:
With less of a distinctively British style, this band has been quietly infiltrating the American musical arena for a while. A number of their tracks have been licensed as soundtracks to a variety of US shows and films, including their hit song ‘How You Like Me Know’. The single has been featured on ‘Entourage’ and ‘Community’, a Super Bowl car ad and during President Obama’s re-election campaign. Not bad for four guys from Bath.
Funky, soulful and with tinges of James Brown and Curtis Mayfield-like vocals the band, who’s new album is called ‘The Glorious Dead’, are touring North America now.
Check out their sound: